Mountain Views News, Pasadena Edition [Sierra Madre] Saturday, August 4, 2018

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Mountain Views-News Saturday, August 4, 2018 



Alverno Heights Academy

200 N. Michillinda Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

(626) 355-3463 Head of School: Julia V. Fanara

E-mail address:

Arcadia High School

180 Campus Drive Arcadia, CA 91007

Phone: (626) 821-8370, Principal: Brent Forsee

Arroyo Pacific Academy

41 W. Santa Clara St. Arcadia, Ca, 

(626) 294-0661 Principal: Phil Clarke

E-mail address:

Barnhart School

240 W. Colorado Blvd Arcadia, Ca. 91007

(626) 446-5588 

Head of School: Ethan Williamson

Kindergarten - 8th grade


Bethany Christian School

93 N. Baldwin Ave. Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

(626) 355-3527 

Preschool-TK-8th Grade

Principal: Dr. William Walner

website: www.

Clairbourn School

8400 Huntington Drive

San Gabriel, CA 91775

Phone: 626-286-3108 ext. 172

FAX: 626-286-1528


Foothill Oaks Academy

822 Bradbourne Ave., Duarte, CA 91010

(626) 301-9809 

Co-Principals Nancy Lopez and Diane Kieffaber

Frostig School

971 N. Altadena Drive Pasadena, CA 91107

(626) 791-1255

Head of School: Jenny Janetzke


The Gooden School

192 N. Baldwin Ave. Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

(626) 355-2410 

Head of School, Carl Parke 


High Point Academy

1720 Kinneloa Canyon Road 

Pasadena, Ca. 91107 

Head of School: Gary Stern 626-798-8989


La Salle High School

3880 E. Sierra Madre Blvd. Pasadena, Ca. 

(626) 351-8951 website:

Principal Mrs. Courtney Kassakhian

Monrovia High School

325 East Huntington Drive, Monrovia, CA 91016 

(626) 471-2800 Principal Darvin Jackson


Odyssey Charter School

725 W. Altadena Dr. Altadena, Ca. 91001

(626) 229-0993 Head of School: Lauren O’Neill


Pasadena High School

2925 E. Sierra Madre Blvd. Pasadena, Ca. 

(626) 396-5880 Principal: Roberto Hernandez


St. Rita Catholic School

322 N. Baldwin Ave. Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

Principal Joan Harabedian (626) 355-9028 


Sierra Madre Elementary School

141 W. Highland Ave, Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

(626) 355-1428 Principal: Lindsay Lewis

E-mail address:

Sierra Madre Middle School 

160 N. Canon Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

(626) 836-2947 Principal: Garrett Newsom

E-mail address:

Walden School

74 S San Gabriel Blvd

Pasadena, CA 91107 (626) 792-6166

Weizmann Day School

1434 N. Altadena Dr. Pasadena, Ca. 91107

(626) 797-0204

Lisa Feldman: Head of School

Wilson Middle School

300 S. Madre St. Pasadena, Ca. 91107

(626) 449-7390 Principal: Ruth Esseln

E-mail address:

Pasadena Unified School District

351 S. Hudson Ave., Pasadena, Ca. 91109

(626) 396-3600 Website:

Arcadia Unified School District

234 Campus Dr., Arcadia, Ca. 91007

(626) 821-8300 Website:

Monrovia Unified School District

325 E. Huntington Dr., Monrovia, Ca. 91016

(626) 471-2000 


Duarte Unified School District

1620 Huntington Dr., Duarte, Ca. 91010



Arcadia Christian School

1900 S. Santa Anita Avenue Arcadia, CA 91006

Preschool - and TK - 8th Grade



Principal: Cindy Harmon


Prado Helitack Base-San Bernardino Unit located 
at the Prado Conservation Camp in Chino offered 
Monrovia Cub Scout Pack 66 and Monrovia 
Troop 66 an experience they will not soon forget. 
The Scouts were treated to an unexpected demonstration 
from the Helitack crew.


The scouts were greeted by Fire Captains Jason 
Camillieri, and Arnold Ramirez. The Captains 
hosted a safety briefing and explained to the 
scouts what they will be seeing. While the scouts 
were being briefed, in the background the UH-
1H Super Huey helicopter was being loaded with 
fire crew, safety checks being performed, gear being 
stowed and the crew dawning their turnout 
gear. All the while the rotors were slowly spinning 
and gaining momentum to the all familiar whine 
of the UH-1H Super Huey.


Having an opportunity such as this opens up 
doors and minds for the scouts to see careers that 
can effect change in the lives of others. Scouts are 
about being of service, and learning from CAL 
FIRE about how they operate and prepare for firefighting 
in some of the more treacherous terrains 
in the United States, is awe inspiring.


The Cal Fire crew of Copter 305 demonstrated 
five live water drop techniques. The crew showed 
the scouts how water was pumped from the water 
truck called “water loading” and how they would 
siphon water from a lake, reservoir or pool. The 
scouts watched in earnest as the crew practiced 
off-boarding while hovering, this enables the 
crews to disembark quickly with their gear when 
the chopper is not able to land. The Scouts were 
able to tour the wildland fire truck and the UH-
01 Huey that is used for getting the fire crew to 
the fire. 


Helitack Crew allowed the scouts to try on their 
gear; many of the scouts had to be balanced as the 
simple pack they used weighed in at 50 pounds, 
more than some of our scouts. After the tour 
of the water truck and its operations the scouts 
moved to the UH-1H Super Huey from the Vietnam 
era, which has been refurbished for firefighting 
and water dropping. They were able to 
all climb inside and feel what it’s like to be a fire 
fighter sitting in the back ready to jump out.


Thank you to the Crew of Prado Helitack Crew 
305 for taking the time to answer all our scouts’ 
questions and allowing them to see another side 
to wildland firefighting. A huge Thank You to the 
men who made this day possible for us, Fire Pilot 
Wayne Krager, Fire Captain Jason Camillieri, 
Fire Captain Arnold Ramirez, Fire Apparatus Engineer 
Ethan Klapp, Fire Fighter Joseph Cauzza, 
Fire Fighter Adam Elite, Fire Fighter Caleb Long, 
Fire Fighter Josh Moreno, Firefighter Chris Olsen, 
and Firefighter Saul Pinon.


Monrovia Pack and Troop 66 pride themselves on 
new experiences and adventures. To learn more 
about us please look for our page on Facebook 
@MonroviaTroop66 and @MonroviaPack66 or 
email us at




HAPPY BIRTHDAY! ….August Birthdays

Bill Nelson, Karlene Englert, Juanita Fernandez, Jeanette Francis, Joseph Kiss, 
Jacquie Pergola, Maury Whitaker, Pat Miranda, Phyllis Chapman, Jerry Burnett, 
Margaret Aroyan, Phyllis Burg, Beverly Clifton, Rosemary Morabito, Susan 
Poulsen, Dorothy Quentmeyer, Genevieve Stubbs, Miep Tulleners, Joy Barry, 
Ellie Baudino, Marcia Bent, Daryls Brechwald, Joan Spears, Ruth Torres, Jane 

 * To add your name to this distinguished list, please call the paper at 626.355.2737. 
YEAR of birth not required

ACTIVITIES: Unless listed differently, all activities are at the Hart 
Park House (Senior Center) 222 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre



Hawaiian & Polynesian Dance Class: Every Tuesday morning from 10a.m. to 
11a.m. Join the class with Instructor Barbara Dempsey as she leads you in the 
art of Hula. 

Bingo Time: Every Tuesday beginning at 1:00p.m. Cards are only $0.25 each! Everyone is welcome to 
join. Activity may be canceled if less than five people. 

Free Blood Pressure Testing: 2nd Tuesdays of the month from 11a.m. to 12p.m. No appt. is necessary. 

Brain Games: Join us on Thursday, April 19th at 10:30a.m. to 11:30a.m for Scattergories, a creative 
thinking game by naming objects within a set of categories; or Jenga, a block-building challenge that 
keeps you stacking and balancing your tower. Everyone is welcome, and no experience is needed. What 
a great way to strengthen your brain and make new friends. Games facilitated by Senior Volunteers. 

Free Legal Consultation: Wednesday, April 18th from 10:30am to Noon. Attorney Lem Makupson is 
available for legal consultation. Specializing in Family Law, Wills, Trusts, Estates, and Injury. Please 
call Hart Park House for an appointment, 626-355-7394. 

Senior Club: Meets every Saturday at the Hart Park House Senior Center. Brown Bag Lunch at 

Chair Yoga: Mondays & Wednesdays from 11:00a.m. to 11:45a.m. with Paul Hagen. Classes include 
Yoga and balance exercises. All ability levels are encouraged and welcomed!

* A voluntary donation of $5.00 per week is suggested but not required.

Birthday Celebrations: Every 2nd Thursday monthly at the Hart Park House, share some free 
birthday cake provided by the Sierra Madre Civic Club! 

Free Strength Training Class: Fridays from 12:45p.m. to 1:30p.m. with Lisa Brandley. This 
energetic class utilizes light weights, low impact resistance training and body conditioning. Class 
equipment is provided. 

Tax Assistance: Every Wednesday beginning on February 7th through April 11th from 1:00p.m. 
to 2:00p.m ...Don Brunner is available for income tax consultation... 
**Appointments are required by calling the Hart Park House Office 626-355-7394**

 ** Call Community Services Department for details about the “Ear to Ear Program” returning in 
2018** 626 - 355 - 5278

Dear Savvy Senior,

How well does Medicare cover diabetes? I’m 66 years 
old and was recently told by my doctor that I have pre-
diabetes. If it progresses to full-fledged diabetes what can I 
expect from Medicare. 

Recently Retired 

Dear Recently,

Medicare actually provides a wide range of coverage 
to help beneficiaries who have diabetes, as well as 
those who are at risk of getting it – but they don’t cover 
everything. Here’s a breakdown of what Medicare covers 
when it comes to diabetes services and supplies along 
with some other tips that can help you save.

 Screenings: If you have pre-diabetes or some other 
health conditions that put you at risk of getting diabetes 
– such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and 
triglycerides, are overweight, or have a family history of 
diabetes – Medicare Part B (medical insurance) will pay 
100 percent of the cost of up to two diabetes screenings 
every year. 

 Doctor’s services: If you’re a Medicare beneficiary, 
Medicare will pay 80 percent of the cost of all doctor’s 
office visits that are related to diabetes. You are 
responsible for paying the remaining 20 percent after 
you’ve met this year’s $183 (for 2018) Part B deductible. 

 Prevention program: Just launched in April, the 
Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program provides 
lifestyle change programs offered by health professionals 
to help you prevent diabetes. This is available for free to 
all Part B beneficiaries who have pre-diabetes. 

 Self-management: If you have diabetes, Medicare 
covers 80 percent of the cost of self-management 
training to teach you how to successfully manage your 

 Supplies and medications: Medicare Part B covers 80 
percent of the cost of glucose monitors, test strips (100 
per month if you use insulin, or 33 per month if you 
don’t), lancets, external insulin pumps and insulin (if 
you use a pump), after you’ve met your deductible. 

 If, however, you inject insulin with a syringe, 
Medicare’s Part D prescription drug benefit will help 
pay your insulin costs and the supplies needed to inject 
it – if you have a plan. Part D plans also cover most other 
diabetic medications too. You’ll need to check your plan 
for coverage details. 

 Nutrition therapy: Medicare will pick up the entire 
tab for medical nutrition therapy, which teaches you 
how to adjust your diet so you can better manage your 
condition. You’ll need a doctor’s referral to get this 

 Foot care: Since foot problems are common among 
diabetics, Medicare covers 80 percent of foot exams 
every six months for diabetics with diabetes-related 
nerve damage. They will also help pay for therapeutic 
shoes or inserts as long as your podiatrist prescribes 

Eye exams: Because diabetes increases the risks of 
getting glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy, 80 percent 
of dilated medical eye exams are covered each year, but 
eye refractions for glasses are not. 

 For more information, see “Medicare’s Coverage 
of Diabetes Supplies & Services” online booklet at

Other Insurance

If you have a Medicare supplemental (Medigap) policy, 
it may pay some of the costs that Medicare doesn’t 
cover. Call your plan’s benefits administrator for more 

 Or, if you’re in a Medicare Advantage plan (like an 
HMO or PPO), your plan must give you at least the 
same diabetes coverage as original Medicare does, but 
it may have different rules. You’ll need to check your 
policy for details. 

Financial Assistance

If you’re income is low, and you can’t afford your 
Medicare out-of-pocket costs, you may be able to get 
help through Medicare Savings Programs. To find out 
if you qualify or to apply, contact your state Medicaid 

 Also, find out if you are eligible for “Extra Help” 
which helps Medicare Part D beneficiaries with their 
medication expenses. Visit or 
call Social Security (800-772-1213) to learn more. 

 Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 
5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit Jim 
Miller is a contributor to the NBC Today show and author 
of “The Savvy Senior” book.

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