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** Grand Remodel Reveal & Ribbon Cutting**
Dr. Hernandez Optometry

Dr. Hernandez Optometry
1235 Buena Vista St., Duarte
(626) 359-8145

** Grand Opening ** Yogurt Blast

Yogurt Blast
1428 Huntington Dr., Duarte
(626) 357-4455

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Gold Line Train Testing for Two Weeks
in Arcadia, Monrovia and Duarte

Above photo was taken Dec. 8 as the test train was pulled along the rail corridor toward the Arcadia station. The vehicle, a $4 million AnsaldoBreda P2250 weighing over 100,000 pounds, was outfitted with specialized gear to test clearances, wheel/rail interface, rail switches, and the Overhead Catenary System.

The 11.5-mile Foothill Gold Line from Pasadena to Azusa light rail project will conduct initial train testing for the next two weeks, from Monday, December 8, 2014 thru Friday, December 19, 2014. Train testing will take place weekdays only. During this two-week period, a single train will be first pulled and then operated on its own power within the rail corridor. This initial testing activity will test train clearances, wheel/rail interface, rail switches, and the Overhead Catenary System that powers the trains.

Monday, December 8, 2014 thru Friday, December 19, 2014, Mondays thru Fridays ONLY, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.:
Train testing will be conducted on the railroad tracks in Arcadia, Monrovia and Duarte.

Intersection crossings that will be impacted temporarily during the towing of the vehicle and initial clearance tests:
  • First Ave/Santa Clara St (Arcadia)
  • Mayflower Ave (Monrovia)
  • Magnolia Ave (Monrovia)
  • Myrtle Ave (Monrovia)
  • California Ave (Monrovia)
Intersection crossings that will be impacted more extensively during the testing period:
  • Mountain Ave (Monrovia & Duarte)
  • Buena Vista St (Duarte)
  • Highland Ave (Duarte)
During the testing, the train's "quacker" horn may be sounded. Flaggers will assist with traffic management at all intersection crossings as the train passes. Pedestrian access on the sidewalks will remain open at all times, however, flaggers will be managing pedestrian traffic when the train is approaching.

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Duarte Unified School District Governing Board Provisionally Appoints Jim Dinsmore
to Fill Vacant Board Seat

At its regular meeting on December 4, the Duarte Unified School District Governing Board took action to provisionally appoint Jim Dinsmore to fill a vacancy on the Board.

Mr. Dinsmore is currently employed as the General Manager of the Benchmark Development Group construction company. He has over 15 years of experience in the construction and landscape design fields including a prior long term position with Arcadia Landscape Design Inc. He also has extensive experience in law enforcement. Mr. Dinsmore served as a police officer in Kern County as both a patrol officer and Watch Commander. During this time, he worked in the K-9 Narcotics Department and held the position of School Resource Officer. Mr. Dinsmore’s background in law enforcement also includes working as a private security consultant. Presently, he serves as a Station Volunteer for the Los Angeles County Sheriffs’ Department.

Mr. Dinsmore has diligently served the community of Duarte and students of the Duarte Unified School District for over a decade in various public service roles. He is a member of the Duarte Unified Community Education Council and is the Soccer Coach for Northview Intermediate School. Mr. Dinsmore was also the Public Safety Commissioner for the City of Duarte and is an active member of the Kiwanis Club.

Mr. Dinsmore and his family have resided in Duarte for over 16 years, and his three daughters are all proud Shoulder Tapped Graduates of Duarte High School.

Jim Dinsmore is conferred with all powers and duties of a governing board member immediately following his provisional appointment. Unless a petition calling for a special election, containing a sufficient number of signatures is filed in the office of Los Angeles County Superintendent of Schools within 30 days of the date of Jim Dinsmore’s provisional appointment, his shall become an effective appointment, and Mr. Dinsmore will serve as a member of the Governing Board for the remainder of the vacated term through November 2015.

Holiday Mixer and
Duarte Community Service Council Toy Drive
at Advantage Ford Lincoln December 3

Duarte Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast Honors Outstanding Community Volunteers

Duarte's Outstanding Community Volunteers received awards and recognition for their contributions at the Duarte Mayor's Prayer Breakfast Nov. 25 at the City of Hope. Pictured from front left are: Sheryl Lefmann, Mayor Liz Reilly, Janet Malone, and Dr. Susan Kane. Back row from left are: Tim Rhambo, Bob Cruz, Stephen Martinez, and Kassandra Lopez. Not in photo is Autumn Knight.

Duarte expressed its thanks to outstanding community volunteers and kicked off the holiday season at the 29th annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast and 27th annual Duarte Chamber Community Service Recognition Awards on November 25 at the City of Hope Cooper Auditorium.

Ed Barron, Executive Director of Multi Ethnic Programs at Azusa Pacific University (APU), was this year’s featured speaker.  As Executive Director, Mr. Barron promotes diversity and racial reconciliation at APU.  His vision is to strengthen the APU community by building partnerships and equipping APU student leaders with the skills to serve as change agents within the APU community.  

The 29th annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast was sponsored by Burrtec Waste Industries, and co-sponsored by the following: City of Duarte, Duarte Church and Clergy Association, Duarte Chamber of Commerce, City of Hope, Duarte Kiwanis Club, Duarte Key Club and Duarte Woman’s Club.

Outstanding community volunteers honored by the Chamber of Commerce this year are:
  • Outstanding Youth Award - Kassandra Lopez and Autumn Knight
  • Outstanding Service to Youth Award - Tim Rhambo and Stephen Martinez
  • Outstanding Civic Service Award - Sheryl Lefmann
  • Outstanding Humanitarian Award - Dr. Susan Kane
  • Outstanding Service to Senior Citizens/Disabled Award - Janet Malone
  • Outstanding Business Person Service Award - Bob Cruz, The Gas Company
The event also launched the annual "Holiday of Promise” project collecting food, personal items and gift donations for both the Duarte Community Service Council and Foothill Unity Center to support needy families during the Christmas season.  The project is sponsored by Duarte’s Promise – The Alliance for Youth, the Duarte Church and Clergy Association, and numerous area businesses. Gift donations can be dropped off through December 10th at numerous locations including Duarte City Hall, the Duarte Chamber, and the Duarte Public Safety office in the Target Center.

For more information call Duarte Chamber of Commerce at (626) 357-3333 or Duarte City Hall, (626) 357-7931, ext. 267.

Duarte Businesses Collect Batteries
Making Recycling Easier

Two businesses in the City of Duarte are part of 38 establishments in the San Gabriel Valley participating in a pilot program that aims to increase battery recycling within the City and throughout the Valley. The state of California banned batteries from disposal in landfills in 2006 in an effort to recycle more metals and to reduce groundwater contamination caused by the presence of batteries in landfills.

The following locations are participating in Duarte as battery take-back sites:

Frontier Hardware, 2137 Huntington Dr.
Route 66 Car Wash, 2110 Huntington Dr.

Residents can conveniently bring any household batteries (rechargeable or alkaline that weigh less than 11 lbs.) and cell phones to the take-back locations. This means that old lithium-ion cell phone and camera batteries along with traditional AAA-D batteries can be brought to the same convenient take-back location. Signs on store windows identify take-back locations. Customers can turn in their batteries at the marked battery recycling boxes inside the store. Simple instructions on how to safely recycle batteries are located on each take-back box. Full boxes of batteries are mailed to recycling facilities at no charge to the participating businesses.

Thanks to an approximate $396,000 grant from the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle), the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments (SGVCOG) has been able to facilitate a pilot-recycling program for household batteries. The SGVCOG is working to make battery recycling more convenient by partnering with local businesses to become battery take-back locations. The Call2Recycle® program is paying for all disposal costs associated with the battery recycling. This take-back process reduces costs to the public because battery producers pay for the shipping and recycling. Furthermore, recycling is more convenient for consumers because local retailers throughout the San Gabriel Valley host collection locations.

For more information about the battery-recycling program or to find a take-back location near you go to www.SGVCOG.org/batteryrecycling or contact Nicholas Conway, SGVCOG Executive Director at (626) 457-1800. For more information about CalRecycle go to www.calrecycle.ca.gov.

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AA Wireless, Inc.

Rasmussen Tree Care

Turner & Stevens Live Oak Mortuary

Inspire Charter Schools

Talbot State Farm Insurance Agency

Andersen, Horie & Co. CPAs

Boys & Girls Club Of The Foothills

Del Rio Pest Control

Mt. Sierra College

Pora and Henry Custodia

Sweet Nothings Cake Shop

Douglass & Zook Chapel of Remembrance

John & Kris Fasana

D'Aquino Italian Importing Co.

Dr. Hernandez Optometry

American Cancer Society/Relay for Life

AmericanWest Bank

Advantage Ford Lincoln

Courtyard by Marriott

StorAmerica Duarte

Daniel J. Lien Professional Services

McDonald's, 1122 Huntington Dr.

PC Guru

Beacon Media

Community Health Alliance of Pasadena

David Granillo Air Conditioning & Heating

Foothills Pregnancy Resource Center


LA Plumbing Supply

Cabrera's Mexican Cuisine

New Life Assembly of God

Southland Opera

Jan's Towing, Inc.

VivaDance and Fitness Studio

Accu-sembly, Inc.

Costco Wholesale Azusa

Mountain Vista Plaza

Citrus College

Mel Cohen Insurance Services

Delafield Corporation

Rolling Sushi

Meridian Financial & Insurance Services

Judy Ann Blake

Farmers Insurance

Southern California Edison

Charter Business

San Pablo Home Care


Royal Vista Terrace

Foothill Unity Center

Kevin Shaw Plumbing

Old Spaghetti Factory

Sierra Autocars Inc.

LTI Architects Inc.

Sierra Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram

Healthy Connecting LLC

Rutan & Tucker, LLP

Arcadia Association of Realtors


Event Guard Services

Right At Home

Jan & Bob Wight

Friends of the Duarte Library

Ranchero Mexican Restaurant

In Your Image Life Coaching

Roads of Success

Trilogy Financial Services, Carol Haynes

Reed Office Interiors

Duarte Community Service Council

Gentile, McCloskey & Company

Acti-Kare Responsive In-Home Care

TELACU Community Capital

Dewey Pest Control

Post Alarm Systems

Christian Alliance Bible Church

HealthCare Partners


The Slaw Dogs

Cooks Collision

City of Hope

Frontier Hardware

Methodist Hospital

Santa Anita Family YMCA

Foothill Transit

Sushi Fire

Domino's Pizza

SCE Federal Credit Union

New York Life Insurance, Patrick Miller

DLL Business Solutions

Welcome Aboard Cruise Agency

Church of the Foothills

MXM Inc.

Local Advantage Publishers Inc.

Heritage Park Apartments

Soyfoods of America

Quota International Club of Monrovia-Duarte

Santa Teresita

Mt. Olive Storage, LLC

Alex Romo Auto & Truck

Nilima M. Patel, DDS

Condor Outdoor Products

Margaret & Brad Finlay

The Gas Company

Nissan of Duarte

Cima Fire Protection

Old Town Sign Company

Duarte Liquors

Pasadena Mexican American History Association

Staples, Duarte

Pat De Rose

Duarte Unified School District

RGS Energy

Duarte Lemonade Brigade

El Salvadoreno Restaurant

Avila Gardens


Jack & Tina Heany

Super Shuttle

IHOP Duarte

Opportunities For Learning Public Charter Schools

Royal Oaks

Dahon California, Inc.

Comfort Keepers

Doubletree Hotel Monrovia

Rudy's Plumbing

Foothill Federal Credit Union

Duarte-Azusa Animal Hospital

A1 Party Rental


Teri Cronin, Nutrition Education

LA Works

Shaffer Awards

Specialty Promotions

Duarte Kiwanis

Thomas Allied Physical Therapy

Rotary Club of Duarte


California American Water

Tupperware, Karen Wilson

NRS Design Studio

Ginny Joyce Belba

Duarte Tile and Stone

Smile Finders

Burrtec Waste Services

Santa Anita Soccer Club

Advantage Ford Lincoln

Clean Air for Everyone

Westminster Gardens

YWCA San Gabriel Valley

University of Phoenix

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

Podley Realtors, Rana Madain

Durston Builders

Duarte Montessori School

RCS Heating & Air Conditioning

M & R Professional Services

Hemosure - WHPM

7-Eleven, 1430 Mountain Ave.

Central San Gabriel Valley Worksource

Country Villa Monte Vista Health Care Center

Baja Ranch

Bowden Development