Liberian-born journalist and author appears at Morning Forum


Liberian-born journalist Helene Cooper used vivid storytelling and warm humor in her June 2 Morning Forum of Los Altos appearance to explain how Liberia’s violent civil war led her to leave her native country when she was 14 years old and how a near-death experience in Iraq 23 years later compelled her to return.

Cooper, a descendant of freed slaves who founded Liberia in the early 1800s, is Pentagon correspondent for The New York Times and author of the memoir “The House at Sugar Beach: In Search of a Lost African Childhood” (Simon & Schuster, 2008).


Open space district vision plan creates trails, wildlife corridors

The map shows projects set to take place under the Midpeninsula open space district’s vision plan.

A $300 million bond measure approved by voters a year ago will forge more than 200 miles of trails, create wildlife corridors and open 20,000 acres of land within the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, the Los Altos-based organization announced last week.

The improvements are to be accomplished through 25 of 54 projects detailed in a vision plan the district unveiled June 8. The top 25 projects are considered “priority actions,” or those in which public interest and the return on investment are deemed highest, and it’s the district’s intention to complete them within five years. The remaining projects will be completed as time and funding allow.


Help One Child partners with Junior League to help at-risk kids, seeks volunteers

The Los Altos-based nonprofit Help One Child, a recipient of the Town Crier Holiday Fund, seeks volunteers to support local at-risk children.

Help One Child’s M-Power program, in partnership with the Junior League of Palo Alto-Mid Peninsula, aims to help children ages 6-11 who have experienced a disruption in early childhood development. Over M-Power’s eight sessions, children learn about communication, self-esteem, relationships, reciprocity, building character and values, handling emotions and following social cues.


LAH honors longtime resident May Davenport's rich legacy

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Los Altos Hills Mayor Courtenay C. Corrigan, left, greets longtime resident May Davenport at town hall May 28. Town officials and Davenport’s friends and family members honored her personal accomplishments and contributions to the town.

May Davenport knew something was amiss when her oil paintings – some as large as 4-feet-by-6-feet – began disappearing from her home’s walls. But the 93-year-old Los Altos Hills resident didn’t fully understand the significance of their absence until a dozen smiling faces greeted her within town hall’s lobby May 28.

“Hi, May,” they said softly, a small gallery of Davenport’s artwork behind them. “Hey, May.”


LAHS student's cakes support foster youth

Courtesy of Apala Egan
Riley Fujioka of Los Altos High School bakes cakes for foster youth through the nonprofit agency Cake4Kids.

Riley Fujioka, a member of the National Charity League’s Stanford Hills Chapter, has a sweet mission.

A sophomore at Los Altos High School, Fujioka has made it her goal to serve children, including those in foster care, at risk or without shelter. Many lack basic necessities and parental love and support.


Local Service League of Boys devotes 1,200 hours to volunteer service

Courtesy of Annette Jenab
The Mountain View/Los Altos Service League of Boys joined with other local organizations in April to clean, paint and landscape Cesar Chavez Elementary School in East Palo Alto as part of National Rebuilding Day.

The Mountain View/Los Altos Service League of Boys recently completed its second full year of service to the community.

Founded in 2013, the Service League of Boys – a philanthropic organization that seeks to strengthen parent-son relationships and promote leadership development through community service – comprises nearly 100 boys representing a dozen local middle and high schools.


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