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Hills man arrested on molestation charges

Hills man arrested on molestation charges

Gregory Helfrich

Santa Clara Sheriff’s detectives have arrested a Los Altos Hills man they suspect repeatedly molested a child decades ago.

Detectives arrested Gregory Helfrich, 54, on a warrant at his Old Page Mill Road home April 27 and...

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Schools

Local AAUW gives gift of science to junior high students

Local AAUW gives gift of science to junior high students


Courtesy of Jessica Harell
Blach Intermediate School seventh-grader Paris Harrell, who loves science and animals, recently received a scholarship from the local branch of the AAUW to attend Tech Trek camp.

It’s not every day that a junior hig...

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Community

At 98, former language teacher remains a lifelong learner

At 98, former language teacher remains a lifelong learner


Federici

Longtime Los Altos resident Mario Federici, who turned 98 Feb. 24, is a man of many languages. He shared his knowledge with thousands of students during his long career as a teacher.

Federici was born and raised in Italy, where he stud...

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Attend an event, get involved, have fun: Editorial

You don’t have to run for city council to get involved in the community. Sometimes it can be as simple as attending a Los Altos event. You’ll have plenty of opportunities, as the May and June calendars are bustling with activity.

The Dow...

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Special Sections

Racing around Monterey

Racing around Monterey


Gary Anderson/Special to the Town Crier
The easy handling of the VW Golf R, above, makes for an ideal ride along the Big Sur coast.

 

When automotive journalists are asked to list their favorite places in the world to drive, Monterey alway...

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Business

'Steampunk' eatery toasts local libations

'Steampunk' eatery toasts local libations


Courtesy of Eureka
Eureka, a new restaurant in downtown Mountain View, highlights local craft beer and whiskeys on a menu of food spanning from sea to farm.

Craft beer and fancy whiskeys headline the menu at Eureka, the new restaurant that opene...

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People

Stepping Out

PA Players seek escape in 'Into the Woods'

PA Players seek escape in 'Into the Woods'


Courtesy of Palo Alto Players
The Baker’s Wife, left, and Cinderella’s erstwhile Prince stand out in the Palo Alto Players production of “Into the Woods.”

Little Red Riding Hood sets forth at the outset of “Into the...

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Spiritual Life

Los Altos United Methodist Church service salutes Heifer International

Los Altos United Methodist Church service salutes Heifer International


Courtesy of Los ALtos United Methodist Church
Hidden Villa will bring some of its farm animals to Los Altos United Methodist Church Sunday to support the nonprofit Heifer International.

Los Altos United Methodist Church is scheduled to salute th...

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Woz spouts geeky wisdom at Celebrity Forum

Wozniak

Self-professed geek Steve Wozniak entertained the audience at the Celebrity Forum Speakers Series Jan. 24, sharing his philosophy of happiness at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts on the De Anza College campus.

“H equals S minus F,” Wozniak said. “Happiness equals Smiles minus Frowns. That’s what life’s all about.”

Speaking from the Flint Center stage, Wozniak recalled how he attended UC Berkeley but enrolled in night classes at De Anza, making it an especially “great feeling being on this stage.”

Wozniak co-founded Apple Computer Inc. with Steve Jobs and Ronald Wayne in April 1976. The Apple I was their first product, but Wozniak’s more successful Apple II was the last he ever designed. Today, teams design computers.

Most of Wozniak’s presentation covered his early days before he met Jobs.

“I grew up a geek and I loved to write about computers and became a social outcast,” Wozniak said.

Involved in pranks decades ago, Wozniak owned the first Dial-A-Joke service in the San Francisco area, receiving more than 2,000 calls a day. In 1973, he began working for Hewlett-Packard Co.

While attending Homestead High School, he met another prankster: Jobs. They undertook outlandish projects, such as calling the pope and designing a pet rock. They also built the first digital blue box, enabling them to make illegal toll-free calls.

Wozniak and Jobs made a great team: Wozniak knew electronics and how to make things work, while Jobs knew how to sell things with his marketing skills.

During the post-speech question-and-answer session conducted by moderator Dick Henning, Wozniak mentioned that he had wanted to be a teacher because he cared about young people.

“You should give back to the institutions that gave you a start in life,” he said.

One audience member asked about his appearance on “Dancing with the Stars.”

“They talked me into it,” Wozniak said. “It’s hard to train the muscles four hours a day, six days a week. I practiced and, for a geek, I was lucky to be on the show.”

Wozniak offered a brief comment on the death of Jobs: “Our last conversations were all reminiscent of the old days.”

For tickets and more information, visit celebrityforum.net.

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