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How an attorney stopped a cemetery from raising 'rent'

When I first transplanted from New York out West, I lived in Southern California. My mom would often remind me to visit with Uncle Harold and Aunt Lilly, my great-aunt and great-uncle. I had never met them. They lived in San Leandro, a town I had never heard of.

Quite a few years later, I traveled to the Bay Area and looked Harold and Lilly up. They were family and we had a grand time – telling stories, playing card games and breaking bread. We became close, and they drew me to Northern California. In the early 2000s, I moved up this way.

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Meet the sweet-tooth whisperers

A child investigates Sugarbaby Sweetshoppe’s bulk candy selection. The store’s owners are surprised that only approximately one-third of their customers are kids.

Darren Howze and his wife, Colleen, own Sugarbaby Sweetshoppe on State Street, which opened in February. They have prided themselves on changing their selection to keep up with the changing seasons – and tastes – of Los Altos.

Early returns positive for Third Street Green

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The Third Street Green featured a pingpong table on some days. Robin Abrams, chairwoman of the Green’s steering committee, said teenagers asked her for more pingpong tables in 2017.

Amy Watenmaker did not expect to make a detour down Third Street when she visited Los Altos last week. The Sunnyvale resident had lunch at Rick’s Cafe and was planning to run errands with her 5-year-old son, Ilan.

“We just met our friends here,” Watenmaker said.

Clutter can stress out homeowners

Clutter can affect a person’s mood and self-esteem and can even lead to depression, according to research by UCLA’s Center on Everyday Lives and Families.

Houselogic, a site created by the National Association of Realtors for homeowners who want to improve and maintain their homes, reported that many homeowners are overwhelmed by clutter and experience anxiety and depression over clutter that may emotionally paralyze them or prevent them from inviting friends over. Clutter can be especially difficult to tackle for older adults whose homes contain a lifetime of memories, from family photographs to their children’s old toys and other mementos.

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