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Mountain Views-News Saturday, September 7, 2013 


The Duarte Chamber of Commerce and the League of Women Voters will host a Candidates Forum 
for Duarte Unified School District Board and Duarte City Council candidates contending in the Nov. 
5 election. 

The Candidates Forum will take place on Thursday, Oct. 17, at the Duarte Community Center, 1600 
Huntington Dr. Six School Board candidates vying for two seats on the board will be talking and 
answering questions from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The eight candidates running for three City Council 
seats will also be talking and answering questions from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The public will be invited to 
submit written questions to the candidates that night. 

Both forums will be videotaped by Duarte Public Access, DCTV for 
cablecast on Charter Cable Channel 3 in Duarte and on the web at

For more information, call the Duarte Chamber of Commerce at 
(626) 357-3333 or 



Duarte, CA – Duarte Unified 
School District (DUSD) is ecstatic 
to announce that Duarte High 
School and Northview Intermediate 
School will receive 67 instruments 
from the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, 
which donates new and 
refurbished instruments to under-
served music programs. Funding 
for these instruments - valued to 
be worth $97,693 - was generously 
provided by The Green Foundation, 
a non-profit organization dedicated 
to supporting institutions that focus 
on arts outreach and education. 
Duarte Unified School District has 
also entered a formal long-term 
partnership with the Mr. Holland’s 
Opus Foundation to support the 
on-going development of the district’s 
music education programs.

“The donation of these instruments 
by the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation 
will make a world of difference 
to our students, and we thank The 
Green Foundation for their support 
and tremendous generosity. 
This gift comes at an optimal time 
for our district,” said Superintendent 
Terry Nichols. “Many districts 
are cutting the arts and music from 
their schools to balance budgets, 
but at DUSD we are making them 
a district priority.” Duarte Unified 
is currently mobilizing to implement 
a comprehensive district-wide 
K-12 music education program, 
and the donation from The Green 
and Holland’s Opus Foundations 
will be used to sustain and expand 
the band programs at the secondary 

The instruments donated to Duarte 
High and Northview are a much 
welcome relief. The high school and 
middle school band programs had 
been making do for many years with 
a limited inventory of instruments 
that were old and in poor condition, 
and increased enrollment in the 
secondary music programs made it 
necessary for students to share. In 
addition, over fifty percent of the 
students served by Duarte Unified 
qualify for the free-reduced meal 
program with many unable to afford 
to purchase or rent an instrument 
from a private vendor. Maintaining 
an inventory of instruments 
supplied by the schools for students 
to borrow is essential for the success 
and expansion of our programs. 
“Without the instruments supplied 
by the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, 
the district would have been 
hard pressed to find the funds to 
purchase them ourselves,” said Superintendent 
Terry Nichols.

The Principals and Band Instructors 
at both recipient schools were 
directly involved in the application 
process and expressed their delight 
and gratitude upon learning of 
the awarded donation. Northview 
Intermediate Principal Michael 
Chavez said, “The opportunity to 
have an instrument to learn to play 
should be part of every child’s well-
rounded educational experience, 
and now our students will have this 
chance. We thank the Green Foundation 
and the Mr. Holland's Opus 
Foundation for the positive impact 
their donation will make to the educational 
experience of our current 
and future Northview Intermediate 
students.” In her statement, Duarte 
High School “I am elated that the 
Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation has 
recognized our district’s commitment 
to building and expanding the 
music programs in our schools. The 
partnership with the Mr. Holland’s 
Opus Foundation is a priceless opportunity 
that we are thrilled to 
begin,” said Superintendent Terry 

Duarte Unified will be hosting a 
celebration to showcase the instruments 
donated by the Mr. Holland’s 
Opus Foundation and to properly 
thank The Green Foundation and 
all of the individuals involved in 
procuring this grant when they are 
delivered to the school sites. Event 
information will be issued to the 
public at that time.

“I can’t wait to see the smiles these 
instruments will put on our students’ 
faces and to hear their cheers 
of joy,” said Superintendent Terry 
Nichols. “That will be music to my 

The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation 
was inspired by the acclaimed 
motion picture Mr. Holland’s Opus, 
the story of the profound effect a 
dedicated music teacher had on 
generations of students. The film's 
composer, Michael Kamen, started 
the foundation in 1996 as his commitment 
to the future of music 
education. The foundation donates 
both new and refurbished instruments 
to school music programs 
that lack the resources to keep up 
with equipment loss due to attrition, 
depreciation and wear over 
time, and to accommodate students 
on waiting lists or who have to share 
instruments. http://www.mhopus.

The Green Foundation is a 501 (c)
(3) nonprofit organization. Leonard 
I. Green was a pioneer in the development 
of the leveraged buyout 
industry and founded his company 
Leonard Green & Partners, L.P. in 
1989. The Green Foundation, with 
a primary focus on The Arts, Education, 
and Human Services, seeks 
to preserve and enhance Leonard's 
philanthropic vision. http://www.



 MONROVIA - Friends of 
the Monrovia Public Library 
announce the Friends Fall 
Sale, on October 11, 12, and 
13. The sale is open to the 
public in both Library Park 
and the Library Community 
Room at the following times:

 Friday October 11: 

Saturday October 12: 

Sunday, October 13: 

Our famous $2.00 a Bag Sale 
will be on Sunday from 4-5 

 100% of the proceeds benefit 
the Monrovia Public Library. 
Our volunteers operate 
the only book store in 


 On October 13-14, more 
than 5,000 books will be 
available for purchase – 90% 
of them donations from 
the public. Prices for regular 
books and media range 
from 25¢ to $2. Collectables 
are individually priced from 
$5 to $40. While book sellers 
are welcome, scanners 
are not permitted. 


 The Friends of the Monrovia 
Public Library promote 
the Library by stimulating a 
greater use and appreciation 
of the literary, educational, 
and cultural advantages the 
library offers throughout the 

 Monrovia Public Library 
321 South Myrtle Avenue, 
Monrovia, CA 91016. For 
more information, call (626) 
932-5555, Ext. 3124 or visit 

Jennie Avila has Route 66 covered in more 
ways than one! As a founding member 
and past president of the California Route 
66 Association and present curator of the 
Azusa Historical Society, she has promoted 
the Mother Road for many years. During 
September, Avila will display her collection 
of Route 66 blankets at the Duarte Historical 
Museum, 777 Encanto Parkway, Duarte.

One custom blanket, commissioned by 
the City of Azusa and the Golden Days 
Committee to raise funds, depicts scenes 
of Azusa’s stretch of Route 66, and was 
presented to her by Danny Castro, also 
past president of the California Route 66 
Association. Another blanket in the exhibit 
was presented to Avila when she served 
as the grand marshal in San Bernardino’s 
2012 Route 66 parade. All of her blankets 
contain scenes of Route 66 icons. Her 
exhibit coincides with Duarte’s Route 66 
parade month.

Avila, past Azusa City Council member, 
was born and raised in Azusa and remains 
an active volunteer in town. Her blankets 
will be on display through October. The 
museum is open Saturdays from 1 to 4 p.m. 
and the first and third Wednesday of each 
month, 1 to 3 p.m. Admission is free. For 
more information call (626) 357-9419.

Monrovia Police Blotter

Highlighted Activity for the Weekend of August 29-September 1, 2013

Following are the weekend’s highlighted issues and events. To see a complete listing of crimes reported, 
go to the City of Monrovia website and click on the crime mapping link. Sign up to follow us on twitter 
for police notifications.

Theft From a Vehicle

August 29 at 12:20 p.m., a theft from a vehicle was reported in the 200 block of North Mayflower 
Avenue. The vehicle was broken into sometime between August 28 and August 29. The vehicle was 
left unlocked and the suspect(s) took the vehicle registration and an insurance card from inside. 
The investigation is continuing.

Stolen Vehicle Recovered

August 29 at 7:24 p.m., a caller reported a vehicle that had been parked in the 600 block of Fig for 
several days and provided the license plate. A computer check of the plate revealed the vehicle had 
been reported stolen to the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department on August 26. The vehicle is a beige, 
four-door, 1999 Lincoln Continental. An officer was dispatched to recover the vehicle.

Wanted for Burglary – Suspect Arrested

August 29 at 7:27 p.m., police responded to the report of a 50-year-old male subject dressed in 
all black, pacing to and from an ATM machine in the 500 block of West Huntington. An officer 
responded and located the subject. A computer check revealed the subject was wanted for burglary 
by the West Covina Police Department. It was confirmed that the subject was still wanted and he 
was arrested and later released to West Covina Police Department.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested

August 30 at 1:51 a.m., an officer observed a vehicle commit a vehicle code violation heading westbound 
on Huntington. He stopped the vehicle at Santa Anita. During the investigation, the officer 
determined the driver was driving under the influence and he was arrested for the charge.

Commercial Burglary – One Suspect Arrested

August 30 at 10:23 a.m., two suspects entered a business in the 1600 block of South Mountain and 
separated. One suspect selected several smoke alarms, while the other exited the store, drove his 
vehicle to the garden area and waited for the suspect inside the store to exit. The suspect who selected 
the items walked out the front entrance without paying for them. As loss prevention officers 
responded and approached the suspect, the other suspect in the vehicle yelled out that he was being 
followed. The suspect with the items tossed them into the waiting vehicle, jumped in and both

suspects fled.

Officers responded to take a report on the burglary and recognized the suspects from the store 
security cameras. One of the suspects was later seen by officers at a park in the 300 block of South 
Myrtle and he was arrested. A want was entered into the law enforcement computer system for the 
arrest of the second suspect, the driver. The investigation is continuing.

Welfare Check / 72-Hour Mental Evaluation August 30 at 11:42 a.m., officers responded to a welfare 
check in the 800 block of Bonita Street. The subject was purposely hitting his head up against 
a wall. The subject was taken to a hospital and placed under a 72-hour hold for mental evaluation.

Disturbing Subject / 72-Hour Mental Evaluation August 30 at 12:05 p.m., officers were dispatched 
to a business in the 1400 block of South Mountain regarding a disturbing subject. A female subject 
was swearing and yelling at customers at a business. Officers responded and the woman was taken 
to a

hospital, where she was held for 72-hour mental evaluation.

Traffic Collision

August 30 at 3:02 p.m., a rollover traffic collision was reported in the area of Mayflower and Evergreen. 
A vehicle was crossing Mayflower, eastbound on Evergreen, when a northbound vehicle 
collided into the side, causing the vehicle to roll over. No one was injured.

Domestic Battery With Great Bodily Injury

August 31 at 12:17 a.m., officers were dispatched to a residence in the 100 block of Spanner regarding 
a possible burglary in progress. On arrival, they made contact with the victim, who had locked 
herself in a room, along with her parents. A check of the property was conducted, but the suspect 
had left.

The victim is dating the suspect, who had entered the house through a rear door that was left open 
due to the heat. The suspect argued with the victim and accused her of cheating on him. He then 
punched the victim in the face three times, just below the right eye, causing the eye to swell shut 
and a half inch laceration. A wanted person entry was made into the law enforcement computer 
system for the suspect. The investigation is continuing.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect

August 31 at 2:11 a.m., an officer on patrol stopped a vehicle at Myrtle and Los Angeles

for a vehicle code violation. The driver showed signs of intoxication. Through further

investigation, the officer determined the subject was driving under the influence and arrested him.

Criminal Threats / Battery

August 31 at 10:18 p.m., officers responded to a residence in the 800 block of East Lemon regarding 
a battery incident. The suspect had fled the location. After investigation, the officer determined 
the suspect criminally threatened and battered the boyfriend of his former girlfriend. The suspect 
was not located, but his identity and residence are known. A wanted person entry was completed 
for the suspect's arrest.