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Mountain View News Saturday, August 20, 2016 



 Bill passed away after a short illness of heart 
failure at the age of 87 in San Marino. He was born 
in Los Angeles to Dorothy and William Plunkett. 
He graduated from Harvard military high school 
and then graduated from Amherst Collage in 
Amherst Massachusetts. His love of cars led him 
to his first job selling care for Lathrop Hoffman. 
He became a Studebaker, Pontiac and Mercedes 
dealer in Fullerton Ca. 

 Then he was offered the opportunity to build 
the VW dealership in Sunland Tujunga. Which he 
owned for over 20 years. He also was in the auto 
leasing business. 

 He was chairman of the VW National Dealers 
Association. He was President of Los Angles Rotary 
Club 5 and District Governor of District 5280. 
He was President of several other organizations 
in Los Angles and Pasadena .He was a long time 
member of San Marino Community Church. He 
loved classic cars especially the 36 Cords. He also 
loved his home, garden, and his family. He will be 
missed by his wife Harriet of 54 years, his daughter 
and son-in-law Patricia and Rudy Colonello, 
son William Haake Plunkett, grandson William 
Connor Plunkett, and the family dog Sandy. A 
family service was held.

 Memorial donations may be made to the 
Pasadena Guild of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, 
PO Box 51101, Pasadena CA 91115

Walking Sierra Madre…The Social Side 

by Deanne Davis

“And what’s romance? Usually a nice little tale 
where you have everything as you like it, where 
rain never wets your jacket and gnats never bite 
your nose, and it’s always daisy-time.”

D. H. Lawrence

Obviously, D. H. Lawrence was in a bad mood 
that day, or he’d been out for a nice morning walk 
and gnats invaded his personal space like they’re 
invading ours this time of year. Yep, gnats want to 
be inside our eyes, nose and ears and hope we’ll 
talk so they can zip right in our mouths, too! Ugh! 
We did see a deer last week, all by his/her lonesome, 
walking through someone’s yard with a dissatisfied 
look, nothing good to eat and no water either. 

 Stopped in at Goody Bags, our newest and 
cutest store here in town. They’re at 49 W. Sierra 
Madre, right on the corner and you have got to go 
in and meet Valerie Bango and see all the goodies 
she’s assembled. Valerie has wanted to create a 
candy and gift store for twenty years. She’s been 
a real estate agent and an appraiser, all the while 
storing up exciting ideas for Goody Bags. The 
graphics on the walls are charming and Valerie has 
gathered a stock of old fashioned candy, candles, 
bread mixes and lollypops. Oh friends, there are 
lollypops everywhere, outside the front windows 
in the garden, in jars, in all sorts of sizes...and she 
has socks! Not just socks, but amazing superhero 
socks. There are tutu dresses, inspired by daughter, 
Logan, Valerie’s three year old shop assistant, and 
a ‘fridge full of alien inspired sodas. You really 
need to check out Goody Bags. Hours are: Monday, 
Wednesday and Thursday: 11 a.m.- 7 p.m.; Friday 
and Saturday: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Sunday: 12:30 to 5 
p.m. and they’re closed Tuesdays.

Valerie has plans for birthday party space rentals 
in the future...and let me tell you, this would be 
a delightful place to host parties. Valerie and 
husband, Rick, have been married for fifteen years, 
with three children – the aforementioned Miss 
Logan, Luke and Chace who are 10 and 8. Asking 
Valerie my favorite question – What made you pick 
Sierra Madre for your new store – she responded as 
everyone always does, “I just love this town!” You’ll 
love Valerie and Goody Bags, too!

 If you happen to be down by the Post Office, 
parking in the shade of the enormous and perfect 
Ficus tree, one of many which shade Baldwin down 
there below Sierra Madre Blvd., you might have 
noticed a piece of paper taped to the tree. Mountain 
Views News reader, Arline Golden, noticed it and 
stopped to read it. What it said caused her to start 
writing letters and making phone calls! What it 
said was: “The Department of Public Works has 
approved the removal of this tree, due to continuous 
damage to surrounding hardscape.” Ay Caramba! 
Take out this beauty that has been shading Baldwin 
for years and years! Dear Public Works Friends...
there has to be another way. If you’re in the group 
that thinks the tree should stay, you need to contact 
Bruce Inman, in writing, by 5 p.m. August 31st. 

This, of course, brought Joyce Kilmer and “Trees” 
to mind. 

“I think that I shall never see,

A poem lovely as a tree.

A Tree whose hungry mouth is prest,

Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast.

A tree that looks at God all day,

And lifts her leafy arms to pray.

A tree that may in Summer wear

A nest of robins in her hair.

Upon whose bosom snow has lain,

Who intimately lives with rain.

Poems are made by fools like me,

But only God can make a tree.”

Our trees are part of what makes Sierra Madre 
beautiful and unique. Even in the midst of this 
everlasting drought, we’re all trying to save our 
trees. Sidewalks can be fixed. 

 My book page: Deanne Davis


 “Tablespoon of Love, Tablespoon of Laughter” is 
available there…

An excellent The Kids Are Back In School gift, by 
the way!

The City is seeking nominations for this year’s 
Honors Awards. Submissions must be received 
by September 9 at 5:00 pm. Awards are:

George Mauer Lifetime Achievement Award

Awarded to a person / entity whose lifetime of 
service /embodies the spirit of volunteerism

Wistaria Award

Recognizes a Community partnership that 
provides community-wide programs and 

Public Safety Award

Presented for outstanding service and duty to 
the community

Public Service Award

The Employee of the Year Award for remarkable 
public and customer service

Community Youth Service Award

Presented to a youth (under 18) for outstanding 
service and dedication to the community

Nomination forms are available at City Hall 
or on the City’s website. Nominations can be 
dropped off at City Hall or emailed to Dorothy 
Costello at



During this time period, the Sierra Madre Police 
Department responded to approximately 207 day 
and night time calls for service. 

 Monday, August 8 At about 6:45 a.m. SMPD 
officers responded to the 100 block of N. Canon Ave, 
for a vandalism report. Victim informed officers 
that when he left work on 8/5/16 at about 2:30 p.m. 
he didn’t notice any damage to his windows. When 
he returned to work on 8/8, he saw that the double 
pane windows were broken. It appears that the 
unknown suspect(s) approached the window and 
threw a rock at the window causing it to shatter. 
Case to Detectives 

 Tuesday, August 9 Officers were dispatched at 
about 1:40 p.m. to the SMPD station lobby regarding 
a theft report. Victim told the officers that the 
theft occurred in the 200 block of W. Sierra Madre 
Bl. Victim discovered personal items missing on 
8/7/2016 at about 11:00 p.m. Case forwarded to 

 Thursday, August 11 SMPD officer responded 
to the front lobby at 5:00 p.m. to take a report of 
vandalism. Victim’s car was parked undamaged at 
their residence on 8/10/16 at 10:00 p.m. the following 
day at 7:00 a.m., the victim noticed scratch marks 
of the hood of the car. Victim has an idea who the 
suspect(s) might be. Detectives will follow up on 

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