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Mountain Views News Saturday, August 13, 2011

Foothill Unity Center announces 2011 

Neighbors Helping Neighbors honorees

Monrovia Police Blotter

During the last seven-day period, the Police 
Department handled 552 service events, resulting 
in 80 investigations. Following are the last week’s 
highlighted issues and events:

Battery Thefts

On July 29, two curbside box battery thefts 
were reported in the early morning hours. The 
boxes were pried open and the batteries stolen. 
The thefts occurred on Duarte at Magnolia and 
the 400 block of East Cherry. The investigation is 


On July 29 at 9:29 p.m., officers were flagged 
down by a male subject who was bleeding from 
the mouth. He told officers he was jumped by two 
to three male juveniles. No suspects were located. 
Investigation continuing.

Wanted Robbery Suspect Arrested

On July 30 at 11:09 a.m., officers located a 
named robbery suspect they had been searching 
for extensively. The suspect was wanted for the 
robbery of a business in the 300 block of West 
Huntington that occurred on July 12. The suspect 
had approached a cashier with his hand in his 
jacket pocket and threatened to shoot her if she 
didn’t give him money from the register. After 
obtaining the cash, he fled the location. Officers 
had identified the suspect and had been watching 
several locations he was known to frequent. He 
was located working on a vehicle in the city of 
Duarte and was arrested without incident.

Domestic Violence / Child Abuse - Suspect 

On August 1 at 3:49 p.m., officers responded 
to the 400 block of East Los Angeles Avenue 
regarding a male subject hitting another subject 
with a bat. When officers arrived, they located 
a male subject that was bleeding from a head 
injury. The two suspects with the bat had left 
the location. The investigation revealed that 
the subject with the head injury had physically 
abused his girlfriend, with whom he has two 
children. He had also physically abused one of 
the children. This subject was taken to a hospital 
for treatment. The identity of the two suspects 
that assaulted the domestic violence suspect is 
unknown at this time. The injured suspect was 
arrested after he was treated and released from 
the hospital. Investigation continuing. 

Hit and Run Traffic Collision

On August 2 at 12:06 a.m., police received 
the report of a vehicle striking the Acapulco 
Restaurant building. The occupants of the vehicle 
fled the scene. Officers arrived and determined 
there were no injured patrons in the restaurant and 
no occupants of the car remained at the scene. A 
driver’s license and an employee badge belonging 
to a female subject were found at the scene, along 
with an identification card for another female 
subject. Further investigation revealed that the 
driver at the time of the accident was probably 
the female with the identification card. A location 
check of her residence was made, but she was not 
located. The investigation is ongoing and charges 
for driving without a license and hit and run will 
be pursued. Investigation continuing.

Felony Vandalism

On August 3 at 7:25 a.m., a resident in the 400 
block of East Olive reported her vehicle had been 
vandalized. The vehicle was parked on the street 
and had been keyed during the night. At about 
12:01 p.m., officers returned to the location, as 
two other vehicles belonging to the same victim 
had also been keyed. All of the vehicles had been 
vandalized sometime between midnight and 7:25 

Southern California Edison Region Manager Elisa Clifford, center, joins other SCE volunteers at last 
year’s Foothill Unity Center Back to School Fair. 

Volunteers Henry and Lou Thedinga, Southern 
California Edison and The Monrovian Family 
Restaurant will be honored at 13th Annual 
Golden Plate Awards September 22 

August 10, 2011 — Dedicated volunteers Henry 
and Lou Thedinga, longtime corporate champion 
Southern California Edison, and business 
supporter The Monrovian Family Restaurant will 
receive Neighbors Helping Neighbors Awards 
at Foothill Unity Center’s 13th Annual Golden 
Plate Awards dinner on Thursday evening, 
September 22 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia. The 
Center presents these honors each year to local 
businesses, organizations and individuals who 
have offered extraordinary support. 

Longtime Monrovia mayor Bob Bartlett and 
community hunger fighter Robin Salzer, owner 
of Robin’s WoodFire BBQ in Pasadena, will also 
be honored at the event with the Center’s Heart in 
Hand Humanitarian award, presented annually 
to local people who have made an outstanding 
impact on the quality of life in their communities 
and beyond. 

Reservations to the event, the Center’s 
only major fundraiser of the year, are $75 per 
person. They may be ordered online at www., or by mailing a check to 
Golden Plate Awards, Foothill Unity Center, 415 
West Chestnut Avenue, Monrovia CA 91016. 

Sponsorship packages begin at $1,000. Each 
comes with a number of special recognitions 
including ads in the Tribute Journal. The Center 
is also seeking items for the evening’s silent 
and live auctions. Those valued at $50 or more 
received by August 26 will be acknowledged in 
the Tribute Journal. For more information, visit or contact Gerald at 
the Center, (626) 358-3486. 

2011 Neighbors Helping Neighbors Awards

 Volunteer Award: Henry & Lou Thedinga 
Henry, a very young 93-year-old and a Pearl 
Harbor survivor, and his wife, Lou, who turns 
90 this year, have been Center volunteers for 
twelve years. Over that time, they’ve worked in 
just about all areas. Currently, Henry registers 
arriving clients and Lou works the Choice Pantry, 
where clients can select special items. The couple 
also pitches in at all special events, including 
Thanksgiving and Holiday Distributions. They’re 
regular donors as well. The Center is proud to 
be one of several organizations that benefit from 
their time and energy. 

Corporate Award: Southern California Edison

With the help of Region Manager Elisa Clifford, 
who sits on the Center’s board, SCE has been a 
key supporter for many years in many ways. Every 
year, the company has sponsored the Golden Plate 
Awards and participated in the Back to School 
Fair, awarding it major grants for the past two 
years. SCE has also sponsored the organization’s 
annual Volunteer Appreciation Lunch and raised 
money at their annual employee event for Center 
programs. It’s not unusual for SCE to bring nearly 
70 volunteers to help out at the food warehouse. 

Business Award: The Monrovian Family 

Owner Sia Soris and her team are among the 
Center’s most devoted and steadfast fans. The 
Monrovian has donated the food and provided 
the location for the organization’s Volunteer 
Appreciation Luncheon for the past three years, 
and supplied food for 400+ volunteers working 
our Back to School Fair for the last five years. 
They are always ready and willing to help with 
whatever is needed, from soup to turkeys. 
The Monrovian also prominently displays the 
Center’s Auxiliary donation bank at their register, 
generating regular support funds. 

Longtime Volunteers Henry and Lou Thedinga have 
been donating their time to the center for over a 

Sia Soris is owner of The Monrovian Family 
Restaurant, an enthusiastic supporter of Foothill 
Unity Center. 

The Library Brings the Summer Reading Club 
to the Summer Extravaganza Program

The Youth Services staff held their annual 
Summer Reading Club on the road for the 
Summer Extravaganza Program for five weeks 
this summer. The 268 youth, ages six to 16, 
participated in the reading incentive program. 
Staff met under the trees to discuss books, passed 
out reading incentives and presented book-related 
games and other activities. A visit to the Library 
for the teen Summer Extravaganza participants 
was held on Monday, August 1. The teens played 
a Library version of The Amazing Race, talked 
about books and watched a short film.

Library Storytime Hiatus

All storytimes and additional Library youth 
programming will take a short break beginning 
the week of August 8. Baby Time, Time for Twos 
and Munchkin Storytime will resume on Tuesday, 
September 6. 

Senior Trip to the Los Angeles Farmer’s Market

A senior day trip to the Los Angeles Farmer’s 
Market will be held on Friday, August 19. 
The participants will meet at the Community 
Center at 9:30 a.m. and are scheduled to 
return at 4 p.m. Tickets may be purchased 
for $17 at the Community Center and will 
include transportation. The participants will be 
responsible for their lunch. Spend the day in L.A. 
and receive a free gift bag of goodies. Space is 
limited and reservations are required. 

For additional information and reservations, 
please contact the Department of Community 
Services, at (626) 256-8246. 

Monrovia Public Library Teen Advisory Board (TAB) 
has a New Book Club

Check out the Teen Advisory Board’s (TAB) 
new book club Popular Paperbacks for Monrovia 
Teens, created by teens, for teens. Read thrilling 
adventures, or books, about evil bullies and 
complete a short survey, telling Librarians across 
the country what you think. The teen feedback 
will help facilitate the creation of book selections, 
by the group; Popular Paperbacks for Young 
Adults, a national committee of librarians, 
sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services 
Association (YALSA). Stop by a TAB meeting, 
held on the first Monday of the month, to be a 
part of the book club. 

For additional information, please contact the 
Monrovia Public Library, at (626) 256-8274.