Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, December 7, 2019

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Mountain Views-News Saturday, December 7, 2019 


DUARTE, CA, On Saturday, 
Nov. 30, Carlos Mejia and 
Marcos "Boo Boo" Ramirez, 
representing the Duarte 
Boxing Club, brought home 
gold medals for the 2019 Silver 
Gloves State Cham-pionships, 
held in Compton, CA. 

This was Mejia's (154lb 
weight-class) and Ramirez's 
(175lb weight-class) first 
time competing in the Silver 
Gloves State Championship. 
Both boxers are only 14 
years old, and, notably, Mejia 
has been only box-ing for 
about a year.

Mejia and Ramirez will advance 
to the Silver Gloves 
Regionals in January to compete 
against fighters from 
California, Arizona, New 
Mexico, Utah, Colorado and 
Nevada. Regionals will also 
be held in Comp-ton, CA.


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


Jeff’s Book Pics By Jeff Brown


by Hunter Clarke-Fields 

“A wise and fresh approach to mindful parenting.”Tara Brach, 
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a parent is hard work! And, as parents, many of us react in times of stress with-out thinking—
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habits shaped by your par-ents, so you can break the cycle and respond to your 
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 [Nyerges is the author of “Self-Sufficient Home,” “Extreme Simplicity,” “How to Survive Any-where,” and other books. He can be 
reached at]

 I occasionally meet some very unusual people. Once, after I had given a lecture about the native uses of wild 
plants, a man stood by and began to chat with me. I’d never met him before. He declared that he knew I was “Illuminati” 
because he said I never used money.

“Who told you that?” I asked him. 

“You eat wild foods so you don’t have to buy food. And you bicycle so you don’t pay for fuel,” he declared, as if he was in on some deep 

I began to laugh because what he was saying was ludicrous, and since I’d never met that man before, he couldn’t have known anything 
about me except the occasional tid-bits that he’d read in the paper.

“How do you think I got here?” I asked the stranger. “I didn’t bicycle. It’s too far, plus look at all the supplies I brought with me.” I pointed 
with my hand to the table of books and plants and various sandals and brushes I’d made from yucca leaves.

He looked skeptical. “I know you’re part of a group that works outside the system,” he told me, knowingly.

“Really?” I responded. “What group is that? I wish I could live without money. Maybe the Illuminati can start providing me with money,” 
I declared, hoping that by making this a joke, the man would just go away. I could tell he was not convinced, and that he be-lieved something 
about me, or heard something about me, that made him think that I could maneuver through daily life without the necessity of 

I wanted to pack everything up and depart, but didn’t want to just ignore the man. “Do you really believe that there is a group called the 
Illuminati, living somewhere?” I asked him.

“Yes, of course,” he replied.

“Well, whoever they are, don’t you think they eat food? Don’t you think they have to buy food like everyone else?” I paused to let that 
sink in.

“And if they manage to operate outside of the system, without the need for money, then they’re probably living in some remote forest, or 
island, where they produce everything they need. How else could they not use money?”

“Oh,” the man said, ponderingly.

“Anyway, I’m not Illuminati – whatever that is – but thank you for thinking I was,” and I departed as the man smiled and shook my hand.

Another time in a similar situation, a young girl asked me what I thought we should do about all the people who are ruining the world.

“What people are you referring to?” I asked, even while I knew in my heart that I also don’t like people ruining the world. 

“You know, everyone polluting, polluting the landscape, paving over the wild areas.”

“Oh,” I said. “I can see how you feel.” Then, I paused for just a bit because I wanted to make a point without actually disagreeing with her.

“Do you live in a house?” I asked her.

“Yes, of course,” she replied.

“What was there on that land before your house was there? Didn’t that land have to get cleared or paved so you could have a place to 

“Well, yes,” she replied. “But I still like to see wild areas left untouched.” 

“Yes, so do I,” I replied. “And do you wear clothes, and buy appliances, and food, and things that you need?”

“Of course,” she said, wondering where I was going with that.

“So, do you track what happens to all the wrappers and boxes and plastic after you’ve discarded things?”

“Oh, we recycle at home,” she proudly declared.

“Yes, that’s good,” I said. “So do I. But you probably don’t and can’t recycle every-thing. In other words, every single time we buy anything, 
it had to be manufactured, somewhere, and that often meant industrial pollution. And since we don’t recycle eve-rything we use, lots goes 
into the landfill, using up otherwise beautiful land to store trash.”

“Oh,” she said. By then a few adults were listening, and one spoke up, telling me I was being a bit hard on the young girl. “OK,” I said to 
the adult, “I’ll offer some positive ide-as. I’m actually very much on her side. I regard myself as an environmentalist too.”

I turned to the girl and told her that I try to always buy from yard sales and thrift stores, where possible, because that way I’m not creating 
new trash from the manufacturing cycle. I use things up, and I fix things when they break. But the biggest thing I try to do is to not get 
into a habit of acquiring useless trinkets that clutter up my life. I like being 
a minimalist. It’s amazing how well you can live when your life and your living 
space is not cluttered up with piles of things that you really don’t need.

“Everyone likes and wants all the toys and technologies that our modern 
society pro-duces, and just about everyone hates the trash and pollution, 
forgetting that we’re part of the problem. One solution is to just use less, 
and live lightly.” By now, the few adults standing around had gotten into the 
conversation and were all sharing positive solutions with the girl, which was 
good. My goal was to get her into a state of mind where she chooses to lives 
a life that is less impactful on the environment, and get out of the habit of 
blaming others for the woes of our world.

Those are just two examples of interesting people I’ve met in the last few 

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