Mountain Views News     Logo: MVNews     Saturday, September 8, 2012

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Body Builder Grand Marshals Brian and Jennifer Whelan 



DUARTE, CA, September 4, 2012 –A 
memorial tribute to the victims of 9/11,” will 
be held Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 8:30 a.m. in the 
City of Duarte on the grounds of Beardslee 
Elementary School located at 1212 Kellwil 
Way in Duarte. The public is invited to 
share a time of inspiration and reflection in 
a ceremony that will include representatives 
from the City, School, County and State, and 
members of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s and 
Fire Departments. 

Students from Beardslee will sing patriotic 
songs, recite an inspirational reading, and 
participate in a memorial flower ceremony. 
Beardslee Elementary school children will 
also present to the Duarte Community 
Services Council canned food collected as 
part of a campus wide food drive. For more 
information, contact Airika Narcisse at 626 
357-7931, ext. 267.

With “Get Fit on Route 66” the theme of Duarte’s 
17th annual Route 66 Parade on Saturday, Sept. 
22, parade-goers are encouraged to flex their 
muscles when Grand Marshals and champion 
body builders, Brian and Jennifer Whelan pass 

 The Whelans are the owners of the 
popular Foothill Gym in Monrovia where they 
train and coach their clients toward a healthy way 
of life and fitness. They were recently titled Mr. 
and Mrs. Muscle Beach at Venice Beach. Jennifer 
is a national level figure competitor and Brian a 
top body builder. 

 Duarte’s own fitness guru, Stacey Park, 
owner and circuit coach of Curves is this year’s 
Community Grand Marshal. Park also serves 
the community as an energetic volunteer, active 
in the Duarte Chamber of Commerce and other 
local organizations.

 Two longtime and beloved Duarte 
residents, Bill and Nita Norgard will be celebrated 
in the parade as Duarte Honored Citizens for their 
many contributions and years of volunteerism in 
the community. 

 The parade, which will lead off a day of 
festivities celebrating the City’s 55th Anniversary, 
will step off at 10 a.m., followed by the Duarte 
City Picnic and Classic Car Show at Royal Oaks 
Park from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

More than 100 parade entries will travel along 
a one-mile segment of Duarte’s historic Route 
66, Huntington Dr., from Cotter St. east to 
Mt. Olive Ave. The colorful cavalcade, co-
sponsored by the City of Duarte, the Route 66 
Parade Committee and the Duarte Community 
Coordinating Council, will feature antique and 
classic cars, marching bands, equestrian units, 
and floats. Some 1,400 participants in all will 
take part in the event, including local school, 
church and community groups. The parade also 
attracts participants from throughout Southern 
California eager to share a role in the nation’s 
only annual parade to celebrate Route 66, the 
Mother Road, among them, 10 high school 
marching bands. Entertaining the parade crowd 
will be bands from Diamond Bar High School, 
Diamond Ranch High School, Ganesha High 
School, Mayfair High School, San Dimas High 
School, Workman High School, Don Lugo High 
School, Beckman High School, Basset High 
School, and Duarte High School. 

Business sponsors for this year’s parade are: City 
of Hope, Burrtec Waste, California-American 
Water, Performance Nissan, Rancheros 
Restaurant, Sonic, The Leven Oaks Assisted 
Living, Stor America, 7-11, Simon Rentals, Jan’s 
Towing, and DCTV. 

Following the parade, the fun continues at the 
City Picnic at Royal Oaks Park. The public is 
invited to enjoy food, craft and game booths 
sponsored by community nonprofit groups. Two 
performance stages will offer a variety of live 
entertainment. The main Celebration stage will 
feature performances by As One, Colton B & the 
L.A. Hip Kidz, and Rage Crew, world champion 
dance group. Youngsters can enjoy a variety 
of special entertainment performed on the 
Children’s Stage, including children’s Pop band, 
Perfect Opposite. A free arts and crafts area will 
be located adjacent to the Children’s Stage, along 
with a mini-carnival area with free games and a 
giant inflatable slide. 

Car enthusiasts and the whole family can get 
their kicks at the Route 66 Classic Car Show 
across from Royal Oaks Park. The car show offers 
an opportunity to take a close-up look at some 
of the many beautiful antique and classic cars 
featured in the parade.

Opened in 1926, Route 66 was the first highway 
to connect Chicago to Los Angeles. It was 
nicknamed the Main Street of America because 
it passed through the heart of communities, 
including Duarte, more than 2,000 miles from 
the Great Lakes to the Pacific Ocean. Route 66 
was decommissioned in 1973 when the interstate 
highway was completed, but the love and lore of 
Route 66 lives on. 

For more information about Duarte’s Route 66 
Parade and Classic Car Show, visit the event 
website, For 
additional information about the City Picnic 
contact Duarte Parks and Recreation at (626) 



During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 422 service events, resulting in 64 
investigations. To see a complete listing of crimes reported, go to
map/ca/monrovia for crime mapping. For Police Department news and information, visit our website 
at and follow us on Twitter for police notifications.

Vehicle Burglary

On August 30 at 7:58 a.m., a vehicle burglary was reported in the 400 block of Linwood. The victim 
parked his vehicle in front of a residence at 8 p.m. in the evening and returned to it the next morning 
at 7:50 a.m. When he returned to the vehicle, he found the door lock was punched. A CD player and 
subwoofers speakers were taken. Investigation continuing.

Bank Robbery

On August 30 at 12:54 p.m., officers responded to a robbery at a bank in the 600 block of West Huntington. 
The suspect handed the bank teller a note, money was given to the suspect, and the suspect 
walked out. No weapon was seen. The suspect got into a silver, 2010 Chevy Impala and drove away. 
Surrounding agencies were notified. The suspect is described as a male, Black, 5' 8" tall, thin build, 
thin moustache, thin goatee, wearing a red, white and black plaid shirt and dark sunglasses. The 
investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft from a Vehicle

On August 30 at 17:32 p.m., an officer was dispatched to the 300 block of West Palm regarding a theft 
from a vehicle. The victim parked her vehicle at 7:30 in the evening and did not lock it. When she 
returned to her vehicle in the morning, she found her laptop computer, purse with cash in it and her 
wedding ring had been stolen. Investigation continuing.

Theft - Suspect Arrested

On August 31 at 9:30 a.m., a customer at a fast food restaurant in the 800 block of East Huntington left 
his briefcase full of valuables on the floor of the business and walked away briefly. While the man's 
attention was away from his briefcase, a male suspect took the case, walked out of the business and 
drove away with it. Through witness interviews, it was learned that the suspect possibly worked for 
a local business. The manager of the business was contacted and was able to identify the suspect on 
video surveillance as one of his employees. The suspect was contacted by phone and immediately 
returned with the briefcase. He was arrested for the crime and the stolen property was returned to 
its owner.

Theft from a Vehicle

On September 1 at 9:29 a.m., an officer on patrol in the 200 block of West Olive observed an unoccupied, 
parked vehicle with the front passenger door open. He stopped and ran the license plate 
number, which returned to an address in the 200 block of West Olive. The officer made contact with 
the owners of the vehicle. They told the officer they had parked the vehicle the night before and had 
left it unlocked. The loss from the vehicle was a cell phone charger, a Bluetooth headset, and medication. 
Investigation continuing.

Commercial Burglary - Suspect Arrested

On September 1 at 2:14 p.m., loss prevention at a business in the 500 block of West Huntington reported 
a shoplifter in custody. The suspect used a pair of scissors to cut tags and security sensors off 
merchandise and concealed the items on his person. He then exited the store without paying and was 
detained by loss prevention. The suspect was arrested and taken into custody. 

Grand Theft Auto

On September 1 at 3:44 p.m., a vehicle was reported stolen from the 500 block of Diamond. The victim 
parked his vehicle on the street in front of his residence in the evening. He locked and secured 
the vehicle and went inside. He returned to the vehicle at 5 a.m. the next morning and his vehicle was 
missing. The victim went to work and did not report the crime until he returned home from work. 
The vehicle is a gold, four-door, 1997 Honda Accord. Investigation continuing.

Attempt Assault with a Deadly Weapon - Suspect Arrested

On September 1 at 4:33 p.m., Monrovia Library personnel reported a subject with a knife chasing the 
library security guard. Officers arrived and detained the suspect. Apparently, the suspect became 
upset while trying to use the copier in the library and began yelling at library employees and patrons. 
When the security guard tried to talk with the suspect, he pulled out a folding knife and began swinging 
it at the security guard. The security guard held his baton in front of the suspect to keep him at 
bay. Officers arrived and the suspect was arrested without further incident.

Vehicle Burglary

On September 1 at 9:49 p.m., a vehicle burglary was reported at a business parking lot in the 800 block 
of West Huntington. An employee of a business parked her vehicle in the parking lot and went in to 
work. When she returned to her vehicle at 9:45 p.m., she found that someone had tampered with the 
driver's door. Upon further inspection of the vehicle, the victim noticed the hood had been opened 
and it appeared someone may have tried to remove parts from the engine, but had abandoned their 
efforts. No items were missing from the vehicle. Investigation continuing.

Theft from a Vehicle

On September 6 at 1:41 a.m., a theft from an unlocked vehicle was reported in the 300 block of East 
Hillcrest. The vehicle was parked in the victim's driveway. The victim heard noises, looked out his 
window and saw an unknown suspect exit his vehicle and run eastbound. A purse was stolen from 
the vehicle. The suspect is described as a male Hispanic, 25-30 years old, medium build, wearing a 
white shirt, white shorts and white shoes. The investigation is continuing.


Thursday October 4, 2012 

This program will be held at the library located at 321 South Myrtle Avenue and is supported in 
whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services. 

Part one: “Social Media Marketing Made Simple” is presented by Kelly Flint, who will provide insight 
on social media and its value to small businesses. Kelly will provide strategies and best practices on 
how to evaluate what’s best for your business and how to create content for marketing campaigns. 
This free workshop will be held from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Library Community Room. Pre-
registration is encouraged. Stop by the Adult Reference Desk, call 626-256-8274, or visit www.monroviapubliclibrary.
org and click on the Library Calendar and follow the registration link. 

Part two: “Facebook for Business” is an optional fee-based Boot Camp program sponsored by SCORE 
Los Angeles. The hands-on program is presented by David and MJ Finstrom, owners of HUTdogs. 
This session focuses on using Facebook pages for business and non-profits. Coaches will help attendees 
move forward with their Facebook page. Bring your own laptop. The fee-based Boot Camp will be 
held from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Library Community Room. The $139 fee is payable in advance 
or at the door. Pre-registration is encouraged online only. Visit, click 
on the Library Calendar and follow the registration link. 

Thursday October 4

Library Community Room

12:00 pm to 4:30 p.m.

Part 1: Free - Part 2: $139.00




Join the ever-growing MAP Network by attending 
the Neighborhood Leadership Academy. This 
free Academy is a 6 week course that will guide you 
through local government, community resources 
and your potential as a pillar of positive change in 
the community - a MAP Neighborhood Leader. 

The Academy gives participants the unique opportunity 
to meet city staff and officials, get a tour of Monrovia 
and dialogue with other community leaders.

After the Academy, Neighborhood Leaders are invited to quarterly trainings, networking opportunities 
and receive invitations to participate in other leadership roles in the community.

Click here to learn more or to fill out an application!

Day/Hour: Thursdays, 7pm - 9pm

Dates: September 20 - November 1

Location: Monrovia Community Center


Ages: 18+


By Joan Schmidt

 Arcadia High School has its awesome Government students thanks to teacher Kevin Fox. Move 
over Arcadia. Now it’s time for Monrovia High School to shine, thanks to Science Teacher, Pamela 
Thompson, who refers to herself as a “space geek.” 

 NASA has a special Inflight Education Program which allows select schools throughout the country 
to link up directly to astronauts for a video conference as they orbit the Earth on the International 
Space Station. Forty-two schools applied for this great opportunity, but only six were chosen, and 
Monrovia High was one of the six!

 Ms. Thompson related that “They loved our proposal” and “We’re really, really super excited about 
it, because it’s really a special thing.”

 Although the download will be hosted at the high school, elementary and middle school students 
will also have the opportunity to participate in this great experience. The event will be broadcast to 
other Monrovia schools, so the entire district will be included.

 Ms. Thompson plans to compile twenty student questions for the 20 minute download session 
which will be on March 8. 

 To participate in this video conference, the class will learn about how the download technology 
works by going through a whole series of NASA activities.

 Congratulation Ms. Thompson for providing such an extraordinary learning experience not only 
for high school students, but all students in the Monrovia Unified School District.

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