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Caturday draws Mountain View's VICs (very important cats)

 

Mountain View cat lovers and cats gathered in Pioneer Park June 3 to mark the first Caturday of the month.

The unofficial social gathering, ostensibly organized only by cats, drew more than a dozen human attendants in the role of cat wranglers and admirers. The Caturday concept first rose to prominence when internet message board 4chan’s users nominated Saturday as the peak time to share LOLcats, the pictures that superimposed jokey phrases on photos of cats being goofy. That initial meme went mainstream, and has spawned loosely organized in-person meetups around the world.

Santa Clara Valley Lives: How Frank Lloyd Wright helped Los Altos find its heart


Robin Chapman/ Special to the Town Crier
Famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright designed Hanna House at Stanford University in 1936. Wright stayed at the home during a 1954 visit. The historical house, donated to Stanford in 1975, sustained damage in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake but has since been restored.

One of the 20th century’s most famous architects paid a visit to Los Altos in 1954 and helped city officials pick the site for the civic center. It is a little-known tale, first uncovered by reporter Robin Hutchings in a 1977 Town Crier article.

Buried in the article about the upcoming dedication of the Los Altos History House, former Mayor George Estill Sr. and historian Joseph Salameda reminisce about how the civic center property was chosen.

Morning Forum: Former Stanford dean laments rise of helicopter parenting

In the final Morning Forum of Los Altos presentation of the season June 6, Julie Lythcott-Haims, author and former Stanford University dean, discussed “The Harm of Helicopter Parenting.”

Lythcott-Haims wrote “How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kids for Success.” 

Beloved postal clerk puts final stamp on career


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Grace Liang serves a customer during one of her final days on the job at the Loyola Corners Post Office.

For years, dropping off a parcel at the Loyola Corners Post Office came with special service – at a minimum a warm smile or sympathetic glance, or, if you were lucky, love advice from Grace Liang, the longtime postal worker who anchored counters downtown and then on Miramonte Avenue for 30 years. She retired last month.

Liang grew up in Taiwan and moved to the United States as a young bride. She was joining a husband her family had found for her – a bit older than she was, and more or less unknown. She discovered she’d married a “sweet guy” and also lucked into supportive in-laws in Los Altos.

Mayors talk cities' good fortune at 'State of the Cities' event


Asher Kohn/Town Crier
Walter and Marie Singer Award recipients Liz and Paul Nyberg, center, accept congratulations and plaques from Los Altos Mayor Mary Prochnow, from left, Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian, Los Altos Hills Mayor Gary Waldeck and State Sen. Jerry Hill.

At Friday’s annual “State of the Cities” event, the mayors of Los Altos and Los Altos Hills offered an optimistic sense of where the two cities are and where they hope to be in coming years.

For Los Altos Mayor Mary Prochnow, a recent trip to a conference of American mayors proved eye-opening. Compared with problems plaguing other cities, such as high unemployment rates and opioid addiction, Los Altos, she said, has “an embarrassment of riches.”

HOME unveils apartment upgrades


An-Li Herring/Town Crier
Visitors tour the upgraded HOME apartment, one of 42 being renovated at the complex near Stanford’s medical center.

The Assistance League of Los Altos last week marked 30 years of offering low-cost housing to outpatients at Stanford University Medical Center by unveiling renovations to its apartment complex, located adjacent to the medical campus.

The upgrades, which so far are limited to one model unit and a few common areas, will make the apartments more handicapped-accessible and energy-efficient. Plans also include modern features such as stainless-steel appliances, laminate flooring and colorful furniture.


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