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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

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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

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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

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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.

Preschoolers participate in clothing drive for new moms

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Students from Hillview’s Children’s Corner preschool last winter help Loved Twice workers load a car with clothing donations for mothers in need. Another clothing drive takes place this month.

The annual Children’s Corner and Loved Twice clothing drive doesn’t just help the new mothers who receive the clothes – it also fosters a sense of empathy in the preschool-aged children who donate.

“I think that kids must get so much out of this – somebody that young to think about others,” said Lance Lawson, Loved Twice’s development and community relations director for Santa Clara and San Mateo counties.

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