Duarte Chamber of Commerce

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And in the Next 2 Weeks:

** Grand Opening**
ChapCare Lime

ChapCare Lime
513 E. Lime Ave., Monrovia
(626) 398-6300

** Grand Opening ** Foothill Family - Duarte Family Center

Foothill Family Service
Duarte Family Center

1801 Huntington Dr., Duarte
(626) 301-9700

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Cooks Collision and Enterprise Rent-A-Car Collect and Deliver Toys to City of Hope for Patients

Delivering holiday joy and lots of toys to Katie DuDois (third from left), City of Hope Department of Pediatrics, are: Diana Burckhard, Duarte Chamber of Commerce Marketing Director; Taylor Hill, Enterprise Rent-A-Car Area Rental Manager; and Luis Magadan, Cooks Collision General Manager.

Gold Line Testing Becoming More Frequent Day and Night

Starting  December 19-20, Los Angeles County Metro (Metro) will start running trains on the Foothill Gold Line during the daytime hours between the Sierra Madre Villa and APU/Citrus College Stations, as they continue to “burn in” the new Kinkisharyo 3010 vehicles. As you likely know, Metro has been running trains in the late afternoon/evening hours since taking possession of the Foothill Gold Line on September 24. With this change, trains will be running throughout the day and night - Sunday through Thursday - starting this weekend.

Metro has also let us know that starting mid to late-January, they will begin Pre-Revenue Operations. Pre-Revenue Operations is the final phase of work before passenger service begins, and during this period trains operate on their future schedule. Metro plans to run Foothill Gold Line trains at 12-minute headways (the time between trains) during the morning and afternoon peak periods; less often during the off-peak periods.

Through all of this, Metro will continue to place their Ambassadors at the different street crossings to educate the community on how to stay safe. They will continue to have Ambassadors along the corridor until several months after passenger service begins on March 5, 2016 (77 days from now).

As trains begin to operate at higher frequency through the Foothill Gold Line communities, always remember the following:
  • Never walk on the train tracks
  • Never go around lowered gates
  • Obey all warning signs
  • Watch for trains from both directions
~ Thank you ~
to SCE Federal Credit Union, Cabbie's Pizza, and Anytime Fitness for hosting the Shop Duarte turn in location drawings, and to Javier, Zack, and Hannah Velasquez of SCE Federal Credit Union, Duarte Chamber Board Member Vic Benavides of City of Hope, Duarte Chamber Volunteer Mike Burckhard, Duarte Chamber Ambassador Carol Haynes of Trilogy Financial Services, and Duarte Councilmember Liz Reilly for staffing the locations.

Community Service Honorees Recognized at Duarte Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast 

2015 Community Service Recognition Award recipients: Amy Bustos, Alfredo Mejia, Grace Mejia, Sara Nureldeen-Diaz, and Jean Glass. Not pictured are: Congresswoman Grace Napolitano, Mary Pat Paddock, and Rinaldi Halim.

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

Honored this year by the Duarte Chamber of Commerce are: Sara Nureldeen-Diaz, Outstanding Youth Award; Amy Bustos, Outstanding Service to Youth Award; Congresswoman Grace Napolitano, Outstanding Civic Service Award; Jean Glass, Outstanding Humanitarian Award; Mary Pat Paddock, Outstanding Service to Senior Citizens / Disabled Award; and two Outstanding Business Person Service Awards: Rinaldi Halim of Nissan of Duarte, and Alfredo and Grace Mejia of Ranchero Mexican Restaurant.

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

​Smart and Final Extra
Coming to Duarte in Early 2016

Weingarten Corporation, owner of the Buena Vista shopping center, has announced that Smart & Final Extra, the consumer-focused model of the traditional warehouse store, will be coming to Duarte in early 2016. The new store will take approximately 2/3 of the space recently vacated by Ralph’s who closed in July.

This newer concept from Smart & Final will provide Duarte and other area customers with expanded “everyday” grocery selections such as to-go meals, baby products, grooming merchandise and a larger selection of fresh produce all at warehouse pricing.

Most of the new Smart & Final Extra! Stores are larger than their traditional warehouse models carrying 4,500 more basic grocery items in smaller sizes to meet the weekly grocery shopping needs of everyday shoppers.

The Los Angeles-based non-membership warehouse chain Smart & Final operates 98 of its 254 stores under the new Smart & Final Extra banner. In 2015, the company plans to add 20 additional Extra stores. 

​Grocery Outlet Bargain Market Coming to Duarte

The former Mike’s Food location will be the new home for Grocery Outlet Bargain Market. The space is 18,000 square feet.

The property owner is in the process of a major façade enhancement for the building that includes the former Mike’s Food space, Young’s Gourmet, the barber shop and Little Caesars. Plans are approved and in plan check with the City of Duarte and construction should begin before the end of the year. 

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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City of Hope

Duarte Unified School District

Rudy's Plumbing


Tina Heany

Nissan of Duarte

Dahon California, Inc.

Comfort Keepers

Trilogy Financial Services


A1 Party Rental

Thai City Restaurant

Servpro of Arcadia & Pasadena North

Nita Norgard

Healthy Connecting, LLC

HealthCare Partners

Specialty Promotions

Inspire Charter Schools

Charter Business

Douglass & Zook Chapel of Remembrance

Ginny Joyce Belba

Andersen, Horie & Co. CPAs

Boys & Girls Club Of The Foothills

Talbot State Farm Insurance Agency

California American Water

Del Rio Pest Control

John & Kris Fasana

Bethesda Chiropractic Pain Clinic

Turner & Stevens Live Oak Mortuary

Bank of America

Duarte Tile and Stone

D'Aquino Italian Importing Co.

Dr. Hernandez Optometry

Advantage Ford Lincoln


Community Health Alliance of Pasadena

Federico's Bakery

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

Mt. Sierra College


Kevin Shaw Plumbing

Duarte Youth Athletic Club

Nature's Cleaners

VivaDance and Fitness Studio

Massage Envy Spa Azusa

Cabrera's Mexican Cuisine

Sierra Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram


Rolling Sushi

Rutan & Tucker, LLP

Pax Pharmacy

JW Roofing Services

Accu-sembly, Inc.

New Life Assembly of God

Rotary Club of Duarte

Delafield Corporation

Westminster Gardens

Mel Cohen Insurance Services

Mountain Vista Plaza

PC Guru

Judy Ann Blake

Duarte Montessori School

Foothill Family

Curo Managed Print Production

American Medical Response

Duarte Lemonade Brigade

Duarte Cable Public Access (DCTV)

Teri Cronin, Nutrition Education

Foothill Unity Center

Baja Ranch Supermarkets

Arcadia Association of Realtors

TRL Insurance

Duarte Education Foundation

Courtyard by Marriott

Duarte Community Coordinating Council

Duarte Liquors

Jan's Towing, Inc.


Post Alarm Systems

Quality Inn

Podley Realtors, Rana Madain

Domino's Pizza

The Slaw Dogs Cafe

Santa Anita Family YMCA

AxonTech, LLC

Methodist Hospital

Margaret & Brad Finlay

Welcome Aboard Cruise Agency

Christian Alliance Bible Church

Frontier Hardware

RCS Heating & Air Conditioning

Sierra Autocars Inc.

Dewey Pest Control

Joanne Montgomery

Gentile, McCloskey & Company

M & R Professional Services

Old Town Sign Company

Church of the Foothills

MXM Inc.

SCE Federal Credit Union

Duarte Christian Church

Foothill Transit

Friends of the Duarte Library

Soyfoods of America

Opportunities For Learning Public Charter Schools

Alex Romo Auto & Truck

The UPS Store #3591

Heritage Park Apartments

Mt. Olive Storage, LLC

Santa Teresita

Condor Outdoor Products

Nilima M. Patel, DDS

Foothill Federal Credit Union

Foothill Oaks Academy

Marisela Adams - Author

New York Life Insurance, Patrick Miller

Fast5Xpress Carwash

Doubletree Hotel Monrovia

Max's Mexican Cuisine

Super Shuttle

Staples, Duarte

Anytime Fitness

Pro 1 Stage Productions

Burrtec Waste Services

Durston Builders

DMN Market

Bear With Me

Jan & Bob Wight

Royal Oaks

Maryvale Family Resource Center

Avila Gardens

IHOP Duarte

GE Private Security

FSP Designs

Hometown Pawn

Duarte Kiwanis

YWCA San Gabriel Valley

Century 21 Adams & Barnes

Estevan Chantes, Broker

Rasmussen Tree Care

Sweet Nothings Cake Shop

Pora and Henry Custodia

American Cancer Society/Relay for Life

Foothills Pregnancy Resource Center

David Granillo Air Conditioning & Heating

Southern California Edison