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

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Manaforge Games

Manaforge Games
1740 Huntington Dr. #201, Duarte
(626) 531-6885

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Duarte Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast Tues., Nov. 25, 
to Honor Outstanding Community Volunteers and Kick Off “Holiday of Promise” Project

Duarte will express its thanks to outstanding community volunteers and kick off the holiday season at the 29th annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast and 27th annual Duarte Chamber Community Service Recognition Awards. The event will be held Tuesday, November 25, from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the City of Hope Cooper Auditorium, 1500 E. Duarte Rd. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for children and seniors. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance from the Duarte Chamber of Commerce, at Duarte City Hall, or online at www.duartechamber.com. A limited amount of tickets will be available at the door. 

Ed Barron, Executive Director of Multi Ethnic Programs at Azusa Pacific University (APU), will be 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 is 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 being honored by the Chamber of Commerce 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 will also launch 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 from November 19th to 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 on the event, call Duarte Chamber of Commerce at (626) 357-3333 or Duarte City Hall, (626) 357-7931, ext. 267.

Duarte Unified School District Announces Candidates for Open Board Seat

Four candidates have applied for the appointment and have cleared the requirements for the vacant Governing Board seat on the Duarte Unified School District Board of Education. The four applicants are: Jim Dinsmore, David Hall, Swati Puri, and Cheryl Taylor.

The Duarte Unified School District Governing Board is holding a meeting at Northview Intermediate School, 1401 Highland Ave., Duarte, on Thursday, December 4, at 7 p.m. to interview and make a provisional appointment to fill the Board vacancy.  The selected candidate will take the oath of office and begin the provisional term at the board meeting on December 11, 2014.

Duarte to Honor Veterans in Ceremony
at Thorsen Park Tuesday, November 11

Veterans, families of those currently serving, and the general public are invited to attend a special Veterans Day ceremony sponsored by the City of Duarte at Thorsen Park, Tuesday, Nov. 11, at 9 a.m. Thorsen Park is located at 2800 Huntington Dr. at Encanto Parkway. Seating will be available at the ceremony and refreshments, donated by the Duarte Kiwanis Club will be served immediately after the ceremony. California Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 1-18 Calvary will assist with the Posting of the Colors.

To ensure that Duarte veterans are personally remembered and thanked for their service at the ceremony, veterans and their families are invited to provide City Hall with those names so that they can be acknowledged at the ceremony. Contact Lupe Valerio at (626) 357-7931, ext. 260. The City will also recognize the community’s Blue Star families.

Honoring military service to the nation is at the heart of a Military Banner Recognition Program launched in 2012. Duarte residents with family members currently serving in the military still have the opportunity to honor their loved one's service in the United States Armed Forces with a Military Recognition banner placed along the City's main corridor, Huntington Dr.

City of Hope has partnered with the City of Duarte on the banner program and has provided funding to underwrite the first 30 Military Recognition banners. These banners are still available at no-cost to the first 30 military personnel who complete a program application, provide necessary verification documents and are deemed eligible. Additional banners are available for purchase or sponsorship at a cost of $155 each.

The program is designed to honor current military personnel who reside in the City or unincorporated county area of Duarte, or an immediate family member of a Duarte resident.

For more information about the Veteran’s Day Event or Military Banner Recognition programs, call Duarte City Hall at (626) 357-7931 or visit www.accessduarte.com.

Notice -- Duarte Historical Society & Museum
Is Applying for Reincorporation

The Duarte Historical Society & Museum is applying for reincorporation and will call for a vote on the proposed slate of officers and proposed by laws at its November 23, 2014, 3 p.m. meeting at the Museum at 777 Encanto Parkway, Duarte.  These documents may be viewed at:  www.insidesocal.com/66.

Duarte Unveils State of the Art
Electronic Message Board

October 29, 2014 – At last night’s City Council meeting, the Duarte City Council “cut the ribbon” on its new, state-of-the-art electronic message board.  Working with Architectural Design & Signs Inc. (ADS), the 14 x 10 display LED board features numerous graphic capabilities, a native river rock façade with “City of Duarte” proudly illuminated on top. The message board will be utilized for a variety of City announcements including meetings and special events and is located in front of the City’s Fitness Center. The cost of the board was approximately $96,000 including demolition of the old clock tower, which was removed for safety reasons due to significant structural problems. 

The contractor, ADS, has successfully performed similar projects for numerous cities and other public venues. The area surrounding the electronic sign will be re-landscaped with drought tolerant, California native landscaping.  Look for the sign to be fully functional in the upcoming weeks.

Duarte Unified Accepting Applications
to Fill Vacant Seat on Board of Education

Due to the resignation of Pam Kawasaki, Board President, the Duarte Unified School District currently has a vacancy on its board of trustees. At the Regular Board Meeting of October 23, 2014, the Governing Board announced the process to fill the vacancy by a provisional appointment from among qualified applicants.

The school district is requesting all those interested in serving on the school board to submit an application. Applications are available on the district website, www.duarteusd.org, and at the District Office, 1620 Huntington Drive, Duarte.

To be eligible to apply for appointment to the Governing Board, an individual must be at least 18 years old, be a resident of the Duarte Unified School District, be a registered voter in the State of California, and not be disqualified from holding civil office by the constitution or any law of the State of California.

This appointee will hold office for the remainder of the term of office for this vacancy.

An employee of the Duarte Unified School District may not be sworn into office as an elected or appointed member of the Governing Board, unless he or she resigns as an employee. If the employee does not resign, the employment will automatically terminate upon being sworn into office.

Duarte Celebrates Nature for the 19th Annual Route 66 Parade and City’s 57th Birthday

Some Snapshots from the Great Event

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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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

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Boys & Girls Club Of The Foothills

Andersen, Horie & Co. CPAs

Duarte Kiwanis

Thomas Allied Physical Therapy

Rotary Club of Duarte

Pora and Henry Custodia


California American Water

Turner & Stevens Live Oak Mortuary

Del Rio Pest Control

Tupperware, Karen Wilson

NRS Design Studio

Ginny Joyce Belba

Mt. Sierra College

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

Rancho Duarte Golf Course

Foothill Workforce Investment Board