Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, September 14, 2019

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Mountain Views-News Saturday, September 14, 2019 




Sierra Madre Civic Club is calling all Sierra Madre 9 to 17-year-
olds to sign up for the 2019 Halloween Window Painting contest. 
The Halloween Window Painting contest is free to participants. 
The contest is by age group with one member being a Sierra 
Madre resident on a team of up to 4 students painting one window per team. 

Painting begins on October 25th at 2:30 p.m. and will wrap up October 26th at 10 a.m. 
Judging will begin at 10 a.m. October 26th. Teams will be judged on Cleanliness, Color 
Use, Halloween Theme and Creativity. Once the judging is complete awards will be given 
around noon October 26th in Kersting Court. Winning is not the main objective, but having 
fun and showing off your talent is! 

Rules and Applications are now available at local schools, Sierra Madre City Hall, Sierra 
Madre Library as well as Facebook, (click on ‘Upcoming 
Events’), (click on ‘Residents, Special Events, Halloween Happenings, 
2019 Halloween Window Painting Application’). The deadline to turn in your drawing 
and Application is October 7. 

For more information contact Sierra Madre Civic Club Halloween Window Painting 
Chair: Virginia Mullaney at or see our website: sierramadrecivicclub.

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, Jo-Anne Woolner


High Point Academy

1720 Kinneloa Canyon Road 

Pasadena, Ca. 91107 

Head of School: Gary Stern 626-798-8989


La Salle College Preparatory

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



Glendora, Calif. (– An exciting new art exhibition that explores themes of inspiration and diversity held 
its opening reception on Sept. 11 in the Citrus College Visual Arts Building Art Gallery. 

“Under the Influence,” sponsored by the Citrus College Foundation, features pieces created by 21 Citrus 
College art instructors and includes media ranging from ceramics to digital storytelling. 

According to Dyane Duffy, the Citrus College faculty member who organized the show, the goal is to 
inspire current Citrus College students to produce their own works of art. 

“Our students hail from a variety of backgrounds, and they each have incredibly moving and unique 
stories to share,” Ms. Duffy said. “We hope that, by displaying pieces their instructors were inspired to 
make, they too would come under the influence of inspiration.” 

Following the opening, guests attended a presentation by three of the artists in the Visual Arts Building. 
The featured artists discussed their work before opening the presentation to a question.and.answer 

Those who were unable to attend the reception can visit the exhibit until Thursday, Oct. 3, by appointment 
or from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. 

“This institution has a robust and prolific visual arts program,” said Dr. Geraldine M. Perri, superintendent/
president of Citrus College. “Cultural events, such as ‘Under the Influence,’ afford the Citrus 
College community the opportunity to highlight its diverse offerings and facilities, and 
promote the creation of new art. I am excited to see how our students will be inspired by this exhibition.” 

For more information about “Under the Influence” or to schedule a viewing appointment, call 



Elder abuse 
can take a 
wide variety 
of forms, but 
I think the 
worst of the 
worst is caused 
by unscrupulous adult guardians appointed 
by a court to care for seniors who are no 
longer able to care for themselves. And 
though you may not want to believe such a 
thing could happen, you need to know that 
without the right planning in place, even the 
seniors in your own family could be at risk. 
In fact, there are currently 1.5 million 
American adults under guardianship, with an 
estimated 85% of them over age 65. All told, 
these guardians control nearly $273 billion in 
assets. And a 2010 report by the Government 
Accountability Office (GAO) found hundreds 
of cases where guardians were involved in 
the abuse, exploitation, and neglect of seniors 
placed under their supervision. 

Exploitation disguised as protection

Although most of the reported abuse was 
committed by family members, an increasing 
number of elder abuse cases involve professional 

These predatory guardians search for seniors 
with a history of health issues, and they’re often 
able to obtain court-sanctioned guardianship 
with alarming ease. From there, they can force 
the elderly out of their homes and into assisted-
living facilities and nursing homes. They can 
sell off their homes and other assets, keeping 
the proceeds for themselves. They can prevent 
them from seeing or speaking with their family 
members, leaving them isolated and even more 
vulnerable to exploitation.

What’s more, though it’s possible for a 
guardianship to be terminated by the court if 
it can be proven that the need for guardianship 
no longer exists, a study by the American Bar 
Association (ABA) found that such attempts 
typically fail. And those family members 
who do try to fight against court-appointed 
guardians frequently end up paying hefty sums 
of money in attorney’s fees and court costs, with 
some even going bankrupt in the process.

An open door for potential abuse

Obviously, not all professional guardians exploit 
the seniors (known as wards) placed under 
their care. But with the combination of the 
exploding elderly population—many of whom 
will require guardians—and our overloaded 
court system, such abuse will almost certainly 
become more common. Indeed, as the swelling 
aging population strains court resources, strict 
oversight of professional guardians is likely to 
become increasingly more difficult, enabling 
shady guardians to more easily slip through the 

Facing these facts, it’s critical for both seniors 
and their adult children to take proactive 
measures to prevent the possibility of such 
abuse. Fortunately, there are multiple estate 
planning tools that can dramatically reduce 
the chances of you, or your elderly loved ones, 
being placed under the care of a professional 
guardian against your/their wishes. 

What’s more, because any adult could face 
court-ordered guardianship if they become 
incapacitated by illness or injury, it’s crucial that 
every person over age 18—not just seniors—
have planning vehicles in place to prepare for 
their potential incapacity.

Should you become incapacitated and not 
have the proper planning vehicles in place, 
your family would have to petition the court in 
order to be granted guardianship. And it’s this 
lack of planning that leaves you vulnerable. In 
most cases, the court would appoint a family 
member as guardian, but this isn’t always the 
If you have no living family members, or those 
you do have are unwilling or unable to serve or 
deemed unsuitable by the court, a professional 
guardian would be appointed. And in certain 
cases, particularly when your family doesn’t 
live close by, guardianship can be granted 
without your loved ones—or even you—being 
aware of it. 

A total loss of autonomy

Once you’ve been placed under court-ordered 
guardianship, you essentially lose all your civil 
rights. Indeed, whether it’s a family member or 
a professional, guardians have complete legal 
authority to control every facet of your life. 

Given the extreme power guardianship affords, 
courts are supposed to exercise tight oversight 
over adult guardians, yet the reality is that only 
cursory supervision is provided. What’s more, 
courts often don’t even keep complete records of 
guardianship cases, and those that do typically 
keep those records sealed from public view.

With no real system in place to prevent abuse by 
professional guardians, it’s up to you to protect 
yourself and your elderly parents through 
proactive estate planning. 

Dedicated to empowering your family, building 
your wealth and defining your legacy,

A local attorney and father, Marc Garlett is on a 
mission to help parents protect what they love

most. His office is located at 55 Auburn Avenue, 
Sierra Madre, CA 91024. 

Schedule an appointment to sit down and talk 
about ensuring a legacy of love and financial 
security for your family by calling 626.355.4000 
or visit for more information.


USC Trojan Affiliates invites the community to attend its second 
annual USC Merchandise Pop Up Sale on Saturday, October 5, 2019 
at 929 Buena Vista Street, South Pasadena, from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. 

A wide assortment of merchandise will be available at very discounted 
prices. There will be clothing, items for the home and garden, and 
collectibles available. 

 For further information contact Aleta Blanc at

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