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FAA report "a start" in allaying noise onslaught


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Anti-noise advocates exchange informational door hangers to give to neighbors.

A federal report released last week identifies possible solutions to the aircraft noise plaguing South Bay communities.

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Schools

Almond community packs meals for those in need

Almond community packs meals for those in need


Courtesy of Polly Liu
Almond School families worked together last month to package more than 15,000 meals for the Stop Hunger Now organization. Approximately 85 volunteers, including students in grades K-6, packaged meals of rice, soy, vitamins and...

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Community

Veteran Marie Houghton Mong: Mapping out a long life of doing

Veteran Marie Houghton Mong: Mapping out a long life of doing


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Marie Houghton Mong relaxes with one of her two 16-year-old cats at The Terraces at Los Altos retirement community.

On the average day, Marie Houghton Mong can be found in her attractive and comfortable apartment at T...

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Comment

Blame it on Rio: No Shoes, Please

In 2008, I wrote a column explaining why I thought Beijing was an inappropriate venue for that year’s Summer Olympic Games. I cited health risks: the city’s terrible pollution and the country’s corrupt food supply chain. I also note...

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Special Sections

Upscale modern: Los Altos Hills home honors DNA of originals

Upscale modern: Los Altos Hills home honors DNA of originals


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Melissa and Nick French, right with son Grayson, pooled their talents to design their dream home. Melissa designed the living room sofa and table.

Melissa and Nick French took “do it yourself” to a new dim...

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Business

ATHENA awards recognize local leadership

ATHENA awards recognize local leadership


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Chamber of Commerce Mountain View presented this year’s ATHENA Leadership Award to Maria Marroquin, left, and Leane Reelfs, right. The ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award went to Diana Bautista, center.

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People

ERNEST TRAUGOTT

ERNEST TRAUGOTT

Resident of Los Altos 
August 18, 1920 - May 11, 2016 

Ernie died peacefully at his home, just a few months short of his 96th birthday. 

Ernie had an amazing life, born in Germany he and his family fled the Nazi's soon after Kristal...

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Stepping Out

LA Stage Company's 'Arts Razzle-Dazzle' showcases local talent

LA Stage Company's 'Arts Razzle-Dazzle' showcases local talent


Courtesy of Eileen Eng
Mountain View High junior Julia Rogers, 2015 South Bay Teen Idol winner, is slated to perform at Tuesday’s “Arts Razzle-Dazzle” at Bus Barn Theater.

Los Altos Stage Company shines a spotlight on the perfo...

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Spiritual Life

Former St. Nicholas pastor shares his story as exorcist

The Rev. Gary Thomas served the Los Altos faith community as pastor of St. Nicholas Catholic Parish for several years before he announced in 2005 that San Jose Bishop Patrick J. McGrath had assigned him to study in Rome, not unusual for U.S. priests...

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Virginia Arbulich, 88, beloved Los Altos mom, hospitable neighbor

Virginia Critchley Arbulich, a resident of Los Altos since 1960, died June 1 of pneumonia. Mrs. Arbulich was 88.

Family members remember the Salt Lake City native best as a devoted mother, as well as “an extended mother to all of their friends, and their friends, and their friends. ... She was endless with her quiet compassion and welcoming hospitality.”

The Arbulichs moved to Los Altos in 1960 and purchased a one-of-a-kind property at 350 University Ave. The house, built in 1917, sat on 2.5 acres, which today is much of Shoup Park. Family members recalled that Mrs. Arbulich adored her property and could be seen driving a tractor at midnight around the yard.

She founded the Tom Thumb Nursery School, working as school administrator, director and teacher. Mrs. Arbulich grew the school to 14 different facilities.

“Even as busy as she was, her children and their activities were foremost, so she’d run back and forth during the day between several of her schools and 350 University to see what was up,” recalled her son Scott.

Reading and collecting porcelain plates numbered among her many hobbies.  

As a single, working mom back in the 1950s and 1960s, Scott said Mrs. Arbulich “made things happen on her own.”

“Mrs. A was so innovative, creative and frugal,” Scott said. “Back then, Mrs. A had in mind several improvements to her property, but hiring a contractor was too expensive. So when it came to adding a desired sprinkler system, she went to the library and read up on all it would take to complete – then installed her own version, and it worked!”

She also had a living unit built under the house for her mother.

“The digging, the framing, the electrical, etc., came to fruition,” Scott said, “and it all turned out successfully, without permits.”

Mrs. Arbulich was well known around the neighborhood in those early days.

“Whether you strolled, biked, drove, sneaked out or rode your horse over, you knew you’d never be turned away,” Scott said. “In fact, many friends would stop by even when (other family members) were not at home.”

Said Scott: “She factors into so many of our lives, some of the most important and, yes, daring times of our growing-up years. But who would we all be without her?”

Mrs. Arbulich is survived by sons Scott and Mark Arbulich. There are no services planned.

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