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Mountain Views-News Saturday, October 20, 2012 


 Duarte residents with family members currently 
serving in the military will have the opportunity 
to honor their loved one’s service in the United 
States Armed Forces with a Military Recognition 
banner placed along the City’s main corridor, 
Huntington Dr. 

 City of Hope, which will celebrate its Centennial 
in 2013, has partnered with the City of Duarte 
to launch the banner program and has provided 
funding to underwrite the first 30 Military 
Recognition banners. These banners will be 
made available at no-cost to the first 30 military 
personnel who complete a program application, 
provide necessary verification documents and 
are deemed eligible. Additional banners may be 
purchased or sponsored for $155 each.

 The program is designed to honor current 
military personnel who reside in the City or 
unincorporated county area of Duarte, or an 
immediate family member of a Duarte resident. 
The military banner program will be launched on 
Veterans Day, Nov. 12, in conjunction with the 
City’s annual Veterans Day ceremony at Thorsen 
Park. The public ceremony honors both veterans 
and those currently serving in the military. 

 Each banner will have the name and branch 
of the serviceperson and the current sponsor’s 
name or logo. Upon completion of active duty, 
the banner will be presented to the honoree. The 
City website will also feature a 
special military banner program section and list 
its participants.

 Applications are available on the City’s 
website,, and at City 
Hall. Completed applications must include a 
copy of the military personnel I.D. along with a 
California I.D. or a utility bill showing a Duarte 
address of the military service member or his 
or her immediate family member. Immediate 
family members are considered wife, husband, 
son, daughter, grandson or granddaughter.

 For additional information, call Karen Herrera 
at Duarte City Hall, (626) 357-7931, ext. 221. 


 This past Saturday marked the 
seventh year of “No Limits…If you 
can dream it, you can be it.” This Girl 
Power Community Conference for 
girls, grades 5th-12th is the brainchild 
of Tamala Kelly, Girl Power Founder 
and Conference Chair.

 If Tamala’s name sounds 
familiar, it should. She and her 
husband William are Senior Pastors of 
the Abundant Living Family Church-
San Gabriel Valley. (More info about 
their phenomenal ministry can be 
found on line and on Facebook.)

 Girls arrived Saturday 
morning and were warmly greeted 
by Tamala. They were ushered to the 
registration table where Mayor Mary 
Ann Lutz, Conference Co-Chair was 
assisting. The girls signed in and 
were given tote bags with goodies. 
Then they walked into the hall for a 
Continental Breakfast. I walked from table to table and met girls came from Monrovia, Duarte and 
Claremont. Local schools represented included Santa Fe, Monrovia High, Northview, and Duarte 
High Schools. The young ladies were thrilled to be there and posed for pictures.

 Breakfast was followed by girls breaking into different sessions. The sessions included, “I am 
Perfect for my Purpose”- Tamala Kelly, “Relationships/How Do I Help a Hurting Friend”- Gloria 
Crudgington(High School age only), “Relationships/Drama Free-Navigating Through Conflict”- 
Alicia Fields and Shannon Di Filippo(Middle School age), “Fitness/Let’s Move”-NiNiesha Tucker, “ 
Skin Care”-Tony Orihu and Megan Bormacoff. The girls learned a lot by listening to their speaker, 
followed by discussion, questions and answers/

The day ended with a wonderful banquet-sumptuous Mexican food, and keynote speaker Kim Rhode, 
whose message was “Never Give Up”. This was something that Kim’s parents had instilled in her. She 
encouraged the girls and told them they could be anything they wanted. She spoke of hard work 
and determination…it wasn’t always easy. Kim recalled an injury in Peru when she jumped up and 
fell. The result was four staples in her head, but she went on. Kim described each of her five medals, 
what they were made of, the design and insignias on them. She recalled how her gun was stolen, but 
eventually recovered. Kim also said you may be nervous when you are performing a task, but you 
keep at it, and eventually you’ll overcome it and work through it. The journey to the Olympics was a 
four year process, and a great competition as only ONE LADY represents the United States in Kim’s 

 The day was a huge success and the girls I spoke with at the end said, “It was really fun!”


During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 445 service events, resulting in 70 investigations. 
To see a complete listing of crimes reported, go to
monrovia for crime mapping. For Police Department news and information, visit our website at http:// and follow us on 
Twitter for police notifications.


Felony Hit & Run Traffic Accident

October 16 at 6:36 p.m., police responded to a traffic accident reported in the 1100 block of South 
Mountain. An 18-year-old male subject was jay-walking westbound across the street in the 1100 
block of South Mountain. A dark blue, 2-door, compact car was traveling southbound and struck the 
pedestrian. The vehicle did not stop and was last seen westbound on Huntington. The victim was taken 
by ambulance to a hospital, where he was treated for a broken leg. The investigation is continuing. 

Fire Assist / Mental Evaluation 

October 17 at 10:46 p.m., the Monrovia Fire Department responded to a location in the 100 block of 
South Violet regarding a fire. They were told a fire had erupted in one of the apartments two hours 
earlier. When fire personnel tried to investigate, the male resident was uncooperative and said there 
was no fire. Fire personnel looked in through a window and saw fire damage. Police were requested 
and officers responded to contact the resident. Initially, he denied there was a fire, but officers confirmed 
there was a large kitchen fire, which damaged the entire kitchen and ceiling area. The resident 
was found to be mentally unstable and was taken to a hospital and placed on a 72-hour hold for 
mental evaluation.




Earthquakes - Are You Prepared? 

This week the City of Monrovia participated in 
the Great California ShakeOut. Californians 
must get better prepared before the next big 
earthquake, and practice how to protect ourselves 
when it happens. The purpose of the Great 
California ShakeOut is to help people and organizations 
do both.


On October 18, 2012, at 10:18 a.m., millions of people joined in the annual Great California ShakeOut, 
bringing awareness to a very real threat to California. Great ShakeOut earthquake drills help 
people in homes, schools, and organizations improve preparedness and practice how to be safe during 
earthquakes. Preparedness and knowledge are the keys to surviving during and after a significant 
earthquake. When an earthquake hits, remember to:


DROP to the ground (before the earthquake drops you!), take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk 
or table, and HOLD ON to it until the shaking stops.


 The City of Monrovia Community Services Department 
is offering a Halloween Costume Contest 
and Parade of Characters on Wednesday, October 
31, 2012. Ages 0-14 can participate and registration 
is free. You can even enter your pooch in 
the Dog Costume Contest. Join us for a toddler 
area, face painting, story times, arts & crafts, photo 
booth and trick-or-treating at Old Town Monrovia 
businesses. Click here for more information on 
upcoming holidays.

And for those who registered for the Cemetery 

The Annual Cemetery Walk and Talk scheduled for 
Thursday, October 11 was postponed due to rain. 
All those who registered for this event may reschedule 
for Thursday, October 25 or on Thursday, 
November 8, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tour guide 
and Monrovia Historian, Steve Baker, will lead the 
evening’s program; noting historical facts and stories 
of the residents at Live Oak Memorial Cemetery. 
For upcoming excursion information, please 
contact the Department of Community Services at (626) 256-8246.



The Monrovia Police Department and the Automobile 
Club of Southern California (AAA) 
are reminding drivers to be aware when school 
is open and to "Pay Attention, Slow Down, and 
Watch for Children."

According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic 
Safety, a pedestrian struck by a vehicle traveling 
at a reduced school zone speed of 25 mph is nearly 
two-thirds less likely to be killed compared to 
a pedestrian struck by a vehicle traveling just 10 
mph faster. School zone speed limits are in place 
to save lives.

In addition to slowing down, the following advice 
will help motorists keep children safe as they 
navigate their way through school zones:

Ditch distractions - Research shows that taking 
your eyes off the road for just two seconds doubles 
your chances of crashing.

Stay alert - Don't rush into and out of driveways. 
Expect pedestrians on the sidewalk, especially 
around schools and in neighborhoods.

Stop at stop signs - It sounds obvious, but research 
shows that more than one third of drivers 
roll through stop signs in school zones or 

Watch for bikes - Children on bicycles are often 
unpredictable; expect the unexpected.

Brake for buses - A recent National Association 
of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services 
survey showed that over 75,000 vehicles pass 
stopped school buses on a typical day, with more 
than three percent passing on the right. Not only 
is it dangerous, it's against the law.

Plan ahead - Leave early for your destination and 
build in extra time for congestion. If possible, 
modify your route to avoid school zones.


California State Library awarded Monrovia Public Library a grant to develop a Job and Career Center 
providing a valuable resource to the community. The job center provides a dedicated workstation for 
job searching, completing job applications, and filing for unemployment benefits, resume writing and 
test preparation. The workstation supports Microsoft Office 2007, resume software and online services 
(Cengage Learning’s Career Transitions, Testing and Education Reference Center, and Career E-
Books; and Brainfuse’s JobNow, Business Soft-Skills and Hoovers’ Library Solution) to aid job seekers.

 The workstation is available during library operating hours. Patrons must have a valid Monrovia 
Public Library card to use the service. The Adult Services Librarian uses a designated library card to 
log on to the computer. Job seekers may sign up for one 90 minute session per day. Patrons may sign 
up on a first-come, first-served basis. No advance or telephone reservations accepted.