Veterans event commemorates 20th anniversary of Cradle of Liberty statue dedication

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“The Cradle of Liberty,” a bronze statue standing approximately 8 feet tall, is the creation of Los Altos artist R.J. Truman. It is installed in a quiet area of Shoup Park near Adobe Creek. A 20th anniversary celebration of the statue is scheduled on the Fourth of July.

It was described as a bustling yet serene scene on the Fourth of July in 1998 – an estimated 1,000 people had gathered in Los Altos’ Shoup Park not to celebrate war, but to revel in peace.

They did so at the unveiling of a statue saluting the work of U.S. servicemen and women from all eras who protected the freedoms Americans cherish. “The Cradle of Liberty,” a creation of Los Altos artist Rebecca (R.J.) Truman, depicts an American soldier cradling an infant named “Liberty,” symbolic of keeping the U.S. safe for future generations.

New service InPlay helps Mtn. View parents find summer activities

The new service InPlay helps parents find local, affordable after-school and summer camp programs in Mountain View.

InPlay, in partnership with Santa Clara County and the Mountain View Whisman School District, launched a Mountain View webpage at that offers an aggregated database of activities in and around Mountain View.

Public-private partnership involving local agency secures Santa Cruz Mountains open space

Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST), the Los Altos-based Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District (MROSD) and the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority recently purchased two properties that link more than 31,000 acres of protected lands in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

The properties, located south of Almaden Reservoir, establish a permanently protected corridor between MROSD’s Sierra Azul Open Space Preserve and the Open Space Authority’s Rancho Cañada del Oro Open Space Preserve. They also expand the network of open space that includes Calero and Almaden Quicksilver county parks.

Before 'Cradle,' 'Freedom Tree' stood as tribute to POWs, MIAs

Courtesy of Ron Breuch
Cecile (Boggs) Breuch, above left with Glenn and Lucille Boggs, family members of MIA soldier Maj. Paschal G. Boggs, pay tribute at the “ Freedom Tree” during its 1973 dedication. 

“The Cradle of Liberty” was not the first monument in Los Altos – or even Shoup Park – serving as a tribute to veterans.

Paschal G. Boggs, a major in the U.S. Marine Corps, went missing in action after his plane was shot down over North Vietnam in 1967. Boggs’ sister, Cecile (Boggs) Breuch, lived in Los Altos at the time before moving to Monterey in 1990.

Subjects of TC's iconic 'Cradle of Liberty' photo reflect on experience

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Veronica and Keith Wharton participate in the 1998 “Cradle of Liberty” dedication. An event commemorating the statue’s 20th anniversary is scheduled for the Fourth of July.

It may not reach the iconic status of the photo of the sailor kissing the dental assistant in Times Square at the end of World War II, published in Life Magazine. But one powerful Town Crier image from 20 years ago also reflected those post-war times and spoke to the hope for a better future represented in the faces of young children.

Artist donates profits from Gallery 9 exhibition to Humane Society

Courtesy of Nicole Jakaby
Animals and nature are sources of inspiration for Los Altos artist Nicole Jakaby. She is donating profits from the sales of her paintings this month to Humane Society Silicon Valley.

Artist Nicole Jakaby has loved two things for as long as she can remember: animals and nature.

Jakaby used to volunteer as a dog socializer at Humane Society Silicon Valley, but when the physical demand of the job became too much, she found another way to help out – through her art. She plans to donate all of the profits from her exhibition of animal and nature paintings displayed this month at Los Altos’ Gallery 9 to Humane Society Silicon Valley.

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