Mountain Views News, Sierra Madre Edition [Pasadena] Saturday, March 2, 2019

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Mountain Views-News Saturday, March 2, 2019 




For the 12th consecutive year, Citrus College 
has been recognized as one of the nation’s 
top community colleges by the Hispanic Outlook 
on Education. 

A national monthly magazine, the Hispanic Outlook 
on Education provides education news from 
a Hispanic perspective. Every year, the publication 
produces a special edition spotlighting innovations, 
trends and news affecting the nations 
community colleges. The issue also includes a 
ranking of the leading community colleges in the 
United States. 

This year, the Hispanic Outlook on Education 
ranked Citrus College 25th out of the nation 
more than 1,100 community colleges for the 
number of Hispanic students receiving degrees 
and certificates. The college was also ranked 
32nd for total enrollment of Hispanic students. 

Being recognized as a national leader in higher 
education is always a source of pride for the college 
community,said Dr. Geraldine M. Perri, 
superintendent/president of Citrus College. 
â€oeThe faculty and staff of Citrus College are 
committed to creating a learning environment 
in which the values, goals and learning styles 
of students are recognized and supported. It is 
gratifying to have this commitment validated by 
the Hispanic Outlook on Education.

In 2012, the Citrus College community pledged 
to intensify its efforts to ensure that students 
complete their college education. This pledge 
was reaffirmed with the college 2016-2021 Strategic 
Plan, which has one overarching goal: increase 
student success and completion. 

Over the past several years, the college has introduced 
a number of innovative programs and services 
to help fulfill this objective, including the 
Early Decision program, which assists students 
as they progress from high school to college; I 
Will Complete College (IWCC), a program that 
provides first time students with individual guidance 
and support; and the Citrus College Promise, 
which is designed to cover enrollment fees 
and other college costs for first time students. 

â€oeCitrus College works diligently to provide 
students with the tools needed to achieve their 
educational and professional goals, continued 
Superintendent/President Perri. â€oeOur student 
population is extremely diverse, so we strive 
to provide a wide variety of academic, social and 
financial resources that empower each individual 
to complete his or her college education. 
Consistently receiving recognition for serving 
students and having high graduation outcomes is 
a welcomed acknowledgement and validation of 
this hard work. Citrus College’s inclusion in the 
Hispanic Outlook on Education’s “Top 50 Community 
Colleges” rankings is the latest addition 
to an ever.growing list of institutional recognitions. 
Most recently, the Campaign for College 
Opportunity validated Citrus College as a state 
leader in producing transfer degrees. The college 
has also been voted the San Gabriel Valley’s “Best 
Community College” by the audiences of two 
different multimedia organizations. 

“I am grateful to the faculty, staff and students 
of Citrus College who work daily to create a diverse 
educational community where academic 
excellence is both fostered and celebrated,” said 
Susan M. Keith, president of the Citrus Community 
College District Board of Trustees. “Being 
ranked among the nation’s top 50 community 
colleges for Hispanic students is a reflection of 
the college community’s commitment to student 

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


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Dear Savvy Senior: 

I will be enrolling in Medicare in a few months, 
and would like to know how Medicare covers vision 
services? I currently have vision insurance 
through my employer but will lose it when I retire. 
Looking Ahead

Dear Looking:

Many people approaching 65 are unclear on what 
Medicare does and doesn’t cover when it comes 
to vision services. The good news is that original 
Medicare covers most medical issues like 
cataract surgery, treatment of eye diseases and 
medical emergencies. But unfortunately, routine 
care like eye exams and eyeglasses are the beneficiary’s 
responsibility. Here’s a breakdown of what 
is and isn’t covered. 

Eye exams and treatments: Medicare does not 
cover routine eye exams that test for eyeglasses 
or contact lenses. But they do cover yearly medical 
eye exams if you have diabetes or are at high 
risk for glaucoma. They will also pay for exams 
to test and treat medical eye diseases if you’re 
having vision problems that indicate a serious 
eye problem like macular degeneration, dry eye 
syndrome, glaucoma, eye infections or if you get 
something in your eye. 

Eye surgeries: Medicare will cover most eye surgeries 
that help repair the eye function, including 
cataract surgery to remove cataracts and insert 
standard intraocular lenses to replace your own. 
Medicare will not, however, pick up the extra 
cost if you choose a specialized lens that restores 
full range of vision, thereby reducing your need 
for glasses after cataract surgery. The extra cost 
for a specialized lens can run up to $2,500 per 

 Eye surgeries that are usually not covered by 
Medicare include refractive (LASIK) surgery 
and cosmetic eye surgery that are not considered 
medically necessary.

Eyeglasses and contact lenses: Medicare does not 
pay for eyeglasses or contact lenses, with one 
exception: If you have had a conventional intraocular 
lens inserted during cataract surgery, 
Medicare will pay for eyeglasses or contact lenses 
following the operation. 

Ways to Save

Although original Medicare’s vision coverage is 
limited to medical issues, there are ways you can 
save on routine care. Here are several to check 

Consider a Medicare Advantage plan: One way 
you can get extra vision coverage when you join 
Medicare is to choose a Medicare Advantage 
plan instead of original Medicare. Many of these 
plans, which are sold through private insurance 
companies, will cover routine eye care and eyeglasses 
along with all of your hospital and medical 
insurance, and prescription drugs. See Medicare.
gov/find-a-plan to shop for plans.


Purchase vision insurance: If you get routine eye 
exams and purchase new eyeglasses annually, a 
vision insurance plan may be worth the costs. 
These policies typically run between $12 and $20 
per month. See to look 
for plans. 

Check veterans benefits: If you’re a veteran and 
qualify for VA health care benefits, you may be 
able to get some or all of your routine vision care 
through VA. Go to, and search for “vision 
care” to learn more. 

Shop around: Many retailers provide discounts – 
between 10 and 30 percent – on eye exams and 
eyeglasses if you belong to a membership group 
like AARP or AAA.

 You can also save by shopping at discount retailers 
like Costco Optical, which is recommended 
by Consumer Reports as the best discount store 
for good eyewear and low prices – it requires a 
$60 membership fee. Walmart Vision Centers 
also offer low prices with no membership. 

 Or consider buying your glasses online. Online 
retailers like, ZenniOptical.
com, and all get top marks 
from the Better Business Bureau and offer huge 
savings. To purchase glasses online you’ll need a 

Look for assistance: There are also health centers 
and local clinics that provide free or discounted 
vision exams and eyeglasses to those in need. To 
find them put a call into your local Lions Club 
(see for referrals. 


HAPPY BIRTHDAY! …March Birthdays*

Clare Marquardt, Karen Blachly, Carla Duplex, Ella Guttman, Viky Tchatlian, Mary 
Cooper, Sun Liu, Helen Wallis, Joan Crow, Nancy Fox, Martha Cassara, Rita Johnson, 
Mercedes Campos, Dorothy Webster,Terri Elder, Carol Cerrina, Amy Putnam, Sally 
Contreras * To add your name to this distinguished list, please call the paper at 
626.355.2737. YEAR of birth not required



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. 


The Senior Community Commission and Community Services Department is 
now accepting nominations for the Older “Sierra Madre” American of the Year. 

If you know someone who lives in Sierra Madre, has demonstrated outstanding 
community service, and is 60+ years of age or older please be sure to fill out a 
nomination form due by Thursday, March 21st, 2019. 

Forms are available at the Hart Park House or by calling the Senior Services Office 
at 626-355-5278 x 704.

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