Mountain Views News, Sierra Madre Edition [Pasadena] Saturday, December 15, 2018

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Mountain Views-News Saturday, December 15, 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 E. Bradbourne Ave., Duarte, CA 91010

(626) 301-9809

Principal: Nancy Lopez

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



By Dr. Edward C. Ortell

Citrus College Governing Board Member

For more than 50 years, Citrus College has played an 
important role in the San Gabriel Valley’s health care industry. 
From dental assistants to emergency medical technicians, the 
college’s health sciences programs have produced thousands 
of professionals who use their skill and knowledge to care for 
local residents. Citrus College’s nursing programs have proven 
especially prolific, with graduates gaining employment at 
hospitals, rehabilitation facilities and skilled nursing centers 
throughout the region.

 With a nationwide nursing shortage making national 
headlines for over a decade, the college’s commitment 
to providing students with a sound nursing education is 
particularly noteworthy. Citrus College currently offers three 
nursing career pathways: an associate degree in nursing 
(ADN) program, a licensed vocational nursing (LVN) 
program, and a certified nursing assistant (CNA) program. 
Each option includes instruction provided by knowledgeable 
faculty members, guidance from a full-time nursing counselor 
and hands-on experiences in a state-of-the-art skills lab and 
simulation lab.

 Another characteristic of Citrus College’s nursing programs 
are the strong partnerships they have with clinical affiliates. 
Formal relationships have been established with a number of 
care facilities throughout the area. Soon, a new partner will 
be in our own backyard – the college is currently working on 
establishing a clinical agreement with Methodist Hospital in 

 These partnerships are just one way that Citrus College 
demonstrates its commitment to the achievement of its 
nursing students. A variety of resources are available to ensure 
that every student accomplishes their goals. As a result, the 
nursing programs have experienced impressive success rates. 
In fact, the board licensure pass rates for the ADN, LVN and 
CNA programs are all 90 percent or higher.

 Of course, Citrus College is concerned about more than 
pass rates. In recent years, the college has made a concerted 
effort to encourage its nursing students to think past 
their community college education. When a 2010 report 
from the Institute of Medicine recommended that nurses 
achieve additional education and training, higher education 
institutions throughout the United States accepted the 
challenge to increase the number of nurses who have earned 
a bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN).

 Citrus College has taken steps to promote a seamless 
academic progression from an ADN to a BSN. Articulation 
agreements have been established between the college 
and several four-year institutions with BSN programs. In 
addition, the college began hosting the RN to BSN/MSN Fair 
in 2013. Designed to provide articulation information from 
local colleges and universities that offer bachelor’s degrees 
and master’s degrees in nursing, the RN to BSN/MSN Fair 
introduces students to a variety of options for pursuing higher 
education in nursing.

 Richard Medina, a Duarte High School graduate who is 
currently studying to be a registered nurse at Citrus College, 
attended last year’s fair. He believes the event, as well as the 
other resources provided by the Citrus College’s nursing 
program, have helped him make important decisions about 
his future. “I knew I wanted a career that would allow me to 
make a difference in the lives of others, and nursing does this,” 
he said. “My ultimate goal is to earn a bachelor’s degree in 
nursing from California State University, Long Beach.”

 Medina and other Citrus College students who choose 
to pursue a BSN are more marketable when entering the 
workplace. With nearly 3 million jobs nationwide and job 
growth at 15 percent, the employment outlook for registered 
nurses is incredibly positive. That said, those holding bachelor 
of science degrees in nursing will have an even greater 
advantage when seeking employment.

 The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a shortage of 
more than one million registered nurses by the year 2022. As 
the senior board member on the Citrus Community College 
District Board of Trustees, I am proud of the college’s success 
at producing health care professionals; particularly, registered 
nurses. I am certain that Citrus College’s impact on the health 
care industry in Duarte, Arcadia, Covina and beyond will be 
felt for years to come.

 Dr. Edward C. Ortell, Citrus College governing board 
member, poses in one of the college’s high-tech simulation and 
skills labs.




HAPPY BIRTHDAY! ….December Birthdays*

Pat Karamitros, Joan Hufnagel, Mary Alice Cervera, Carol Horejsi, Shirley Anhalt, 
Mignon Grijalva, Helen Reese, Levon Yapoujian, Toni Buckner, Lottie Bugl, Pat 
McGuire, Sheila Wohler, Nan Murphy, Eleanor Hensel, Sylvia Curl, Elizabeth Levie, 
Gayle Licher, Cindy Barran, and Melissa Stute. * To add your name to this distinguished 
list, please call the paper at 626.355.2737. YEAR of birth not required but you must be over 60.



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 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. 
Join the class with Instructor Barbara Dempsey as she leads you in the art of Hula!

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

Free Blood Pressure Testing: 2nd Tuesdays Monthly from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. No appointment is necessary.

Brain Games: Thursday, December 13th 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Join us 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. A great way to strengthen your mind and make new 
friends... Games are facilitated by Senior Volunteers.

Free Legal Consultation: Wednesday, December 19th from 10:30 a.m. - Noon. Attorney Lem Makupson is available for 
legal consultation. Specializing in Family Law, Wills, Trusts, Estates and Injury. Please call the Hart Park House for an 
appointment, 626-355-5278 ext. 704. 

Senior Club: Meets Saturdays Monthly at Hart Park House… Brown Bag Lunch and great company at 11:30 a.m. 

Chair Yoga: Mondays & Wednesdays 11:00 - 11:45 a.m. with Paul Hagen. Classes include Yoga and balance exercises. 
All ability levels are encouraged and welcomed! * Voluntary Donations of $5.00 per week per participant are suggested 
but not required.

Birthday Celebration: Every 2nd Thursday Monthly at the Hart Park House. Share free birthday cake and ice cream 
kindly provided by the Senior Community Commission! 

Game Day: Every Thursday Monthly 12:00 Noon come into the Hart Park House and join a lively poker game with 

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

Save the Date: Senior Excursion, Wednesday, Dec. 19th to Rogers Gardens in Corona Del Mar. 

Dear Savvy Senior,

I’ve heard that Social Security sometimes makes mistakes 
on our earnings record, which can reduce our 
monthly retirement benefits. How can I make sure this 
doesn’t happen to me? 

Paranoid Paul

Dear Paul,

Mistakes in the Social Security earnings record are 
actually fairly common. Your Social Security benefits 
are based on your highest 35 years of earnings history. 
So, if your earnings for any particular year are 
underreported, it will reduce your benefits. 

 These errors typically occur because your employer 
either reported your earnings incorrectly or 
reported your earnings using the wrong name or 
Social Security number. Or if you got married or divorced 
and changed your name but did not report 
the change to Social Security.

Check Your Statement

The best way to keep an eye on your benefits and 
avoid any possible mistakes is to carefully review 
your Social Security statement every year. To do this, 
go to and then print your statement 
out on paper. 

 If you’re age 60 or older and not yet receiving 
benefits and don’t have a My Social Security account 
online, your statement will actually be mailed to you 
about three months before your birthday. 

 Your Social Security statement lists your earnings 
record for each year of employment and estimates 
the benefits you and your family may receive as a result 
of those earnings. 

 Once you get your statement, take some time to 
verify its accuracy by comparing the earnings listed 
on your statement with your own tax records or W-2 
statements. You have to correct errors within 3 years, 
3 months and 15 days following the year of the mistake. 
If you happen to spot a discrepancy within that 
time limit, follow these steps. 

 First, call your nearest Social Security office (see or call 800-772-1213 to get the 
number) to report the error. Some corrections can 
be made over the phone, or you may need to schedule 
an appointment and go in with copies of your 
W-2 forms or tax returns to prove the mistake, or 
you can mail it in.

 If you suspect a discrepancy but don’t have backup 
records, the Social Security Administration (SSA) 
may be able to use your employment information to 
search its records and correct mistakes. If the SSA 
can’t locate your records, you’ll need to contact the 
employer to obtain a copy of your W-2 for the year 
in question. 

 Once your earnings record is corrected, Social Security 
will send you a confirming letter. If you don’t 
receive the confirmation within three months, contact 
them again, and double-check the correction 
by making sure it appears on your Social Security 

 If corrections aren’t made on your statement start 
an appeals process (see

Other Mistakes

Social Security earnings miscalculations can also 
happen if there’s a mistake in your current mailing 
address that the IRS has on file for you. Check your 
federal tax returns for this possible error, especially 
if you’ve moved recently. 

 To correct your address, contact the IRS at 800-
829-3676 and ask them to mail you the “Change of 
Address” form 8822, or print it off at
irs-pdf/f8822.pdf, fill it out and mail it back to the 
address on the form.

 Other factors that can cause mistakes are if your 
name or date of birth in the SSA records isn’t the 
same as it appears in the IRS files. So double-check 
your Social Security statement for these possible 
mishaps, and if you find an error call the 800-772-
1213 and ask for Form SS-5, “Application for a Social 
Security Card,” and submit it with the correct information. 
The form can also be downloaded at SSA.

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

SENIOR MOVIE: 1st and 3rd Wednesdays Monthly 1:00 p.m.

December 5th National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

 Rated - PG-13 1hr 37 min 

Its Christmas time and the Griswalds are preparing for a holiday celebration. Things 
never run smoothly for Clark, his wife Ellen and their children. His bad luck is worsened 
by obnoxious family but he stays positive knowing his Christmas bonus is near.

December 19th Book Club 

 Rated - PG-13: 1hr 59 min

When deadly ghost pirates led by his old nemesis, the terrifying Captain Salazar escape from the Devil’s Triangle, 
determined to kill every pirate at sea, Captain Jack Sparrow’s only hope for survival lies in seeking out the legendary 
Trident of Poseidon, the powerful artifact bestows upon its possessor total control over the sea. 

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