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Meet the Mountain View City Council candidates

Meet the Mountain View City Council candidates


Nine candidates have filed to run for three open seats on the Mountain View City Council in the Nov. 4 election – none of them incumbents. The Town Crier asked them to introduce themselves to readers in the following Q&A format. We knew the...

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Schools

LASD committee looks to rank campus improvement projects

LASD committee looks to rank campus improvement projects


Traci Newell/Town Crier
The Los Altos School District’s newly expanded Facilities Advisory Committee met for the first time last week. The 28-member committee’s first task is to prioritize campus improvement projects.

The Los Altos Scho...

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Community

Sports

New-look Lancers find their footing

New-look Lancers find their footing


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Jenna Adams, left, and Carly Deale attempt to bump the ball Friday night. The juniors combined for 28 kills.

This year’s St. Francis High girls volleyball team faintly resembles last season’s squad ...

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Special Sections

MV Whisman teachers cite low pay

MV Whisman teachers cite low pay


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
An estimated 75 supporters of higher teacher pay turned out for the Sept. 4 Mountain View Whisman School District board meeting.

Teachers, trustees and administrators are recovering from a dramatic Mountain View Whism...

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Business

Skin rejuvenation studio joins Rancho

Skin rejuvenation studio joins Rancho


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Esthetician Marjan Kashi showcases one of the treatment rooms at her new studio, Pure Serenity Skincare at Rancho Shopping Center. Kashi provides services including microdermabrasion and various light and heat energy the...

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Books

A woman's perspective on the Greatest Generation

A woman's perspective on the Greatest Generation


During World War II, Virgilia Short Witzel, a young mother and U.S. Navy officer’s wife, grappled on the home front in Menlo Park with wartime rationing, shortages and loneliness. During the ensuing Cold War, she experienced adventure and misadventur...

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People

JERALD (JERRY) NELSON CHRISTIANSEN

JERALD (JERRY) NELSON CHRISTIANSEN

Resident of San Jose and Los Altos, California

July 21, 1931 to August 4, 2014

Born in Arimo, Idaho, to Jerald Emmett and Rebecca Henderson Nelson Christiansen. Raised in Davis and Riverside, California, with summers in Downey, Idaho, and in Loga...

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Travel

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska


Sandy Powell/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident and bird photographer Sandy Powell recently visited Homer, Alaska, to photograph Sandhill cranes, below. While there, Powell also encountered moose, left.

Los Altos resident Sandy Powell, a...

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Stepping Out

Pear puts on a pair of plays

Pear puts on a pair of plays


J. Smith/Special to the Town Crier
Dan Kapler (as Teddy) and Betsy Kruse Craig (Trish) star in Pear Avenue Theatre’s “House.”

The Pear Avenue Theatre production of two interlocking comedies by Alan Ayckbourn – “House&...

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Spiritual Life

Back to Church Sunday offers opportunity to recommit

The children in Los Altos are back to school, and I can still hear parents cheering. Summer is officially over, even if the calendar doesn’t quite think so.

Parents have attended Back to School nights to meet their children’s teachers. B...

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Magazine

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living


Courtesy of Spectrum Interior Design
In place of a more traditional fireplace, this modern living room features a linear-flame firebox that emits heat while offering a sculpturelike design element.

After traveling the world and visiting a host...

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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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