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DMN Market
1743 Huntington Dr., Duarte
(626) 357-7600

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Pax Pharmacy
931 Buena Vista St. #104, Duarte
(626) 357-8500

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Duarte School Board Appoints
Dr. Allan Mucerino Superintendent

The Duarte Board of Education voted unanimously to appoint Dr. Allan Mucerino Superintendent of the Duarte Unified School District at its regular meeting Thursday, May 14. Following a statewide search, Dr. Mucerino was selected as a finalist from among 28 applicants for the position.
"As we interviewed candidates from across the region it became apparent that Dr. Mucerino was a distinctive leader in public education who has the respect of students, families, teachers and administrators," said Board President Reverend Douglas Edwards. “The entire Board spent a morning meeting with the staff and Board of Centinela Valley Union High School District where our insights about his skills, knowledge and compassion were confirmed by all we met.  We heard people describe to us the innovative programs he introduced to attract students, his work in collective bargaining, his presence among students and families, his knowledge of Common Core and his fiscal management skills. We drove home deeply impressed and grateful to have selected such a gifted person to become the next superintendent."

Dr. Mucerino is currently the Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services at Centinela Valley Union High School District. Previously, Dr. Mucerino was a principal for 17 years and held positions at El Toro High School and La Paz Intermediate School in Saddleback Valley Unified, and Ensign Intermediate School in Newport-Mesa Unified. Under his leadership, all three of these schools became California Distinguished Schools and one became a National Blue Ribbon School. Prior to his administrative work, Dr. Mucerino taught for five years at Millikan High School and Hoover Middle School in the Long Beach Unified School District.
He is also an instructor in the Education Leadership Doctoral Program at California State University, Fullerton where he teaches Applications of Research: Forecasting and Planning, Ethical and Legal Dimensions of Leadership, and Methods of Collection and Analysis of Assessment Data.
Dr. Mucerino received his Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University, his Masters in Educational Administration from the California State University, Dominguez Hills, and his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the California State University, Long Beach.
He presently lives in South Orange County with his wife, Deborah, and two sons, Matthew and Kyle.
Dr. Mucerino will officially begin as Superintendent of the Duarte Unified School District July 1, 2015.

​Duarte Ralph's to Close in July

The City of Duarte received formal notice from the Ralph's Grocery Company on April 30 that it will be closing the Duarte location in July, 2015. This is a corporate decision by Ralph's based on a variety of different business factors including that the Duarte Market was consistently one of its lowest performing stores and that many who shop at this store do a portion of shopping elsewhere, making the current model in the City not sustainable.

In conversations with Kendra Doyel, Ralph's Vice President for Government Affairs and Public Relations, she said the supermarket at 1193 Huntington Dr. has been among the bottom 50 of under-performing stores for years out of a 3600 store portfolio nationwide. She also added that the company tried various approaches over the years to attract more customers and that they have not worked. "We have been renting at that location and our lease is up so we made the decision to go ahead and close that location," she said. "It will probably close around July 10. There are less than 50 employees there and we're working very hard to find locations at other stores for all of them."

The Ralph's company has closed several Southern California stores in the past few years and the Duarte closing unfortunately continues that trend. Specifically, during 2014, Ralph's closed approximately 20 plus Southern California stores.

The City has already expressed to the shopping center owner the desire to fill at least a portion of the existing space with a grocery store. The City recognizes that Ralph's has been a part of the Duarte community for several years and provided a valuable service to the community and the loss is very difficult for the community. Darrell George, Duarte City Manager, commented, "Although this is a private matter between the Ralph's Corporation and a private shopping center owner, the City is committed to doing whatever it can to help attract another grocery use to Duarte."

The City has received numerous complaints and concerns over Ralph's decision and recommends that complaints be lodged with the Ralph's corporate office at 1-800-576-4377. Those with computer access can make comments at https://www.ralphs.com/customercomments.
                                              - Information provided by the City of Duarte

Art Arrives at Duarte's Gold Line Station

​The Duarte Gold Line Station art installation took place under the watchful eye of sculptor Stan Sears. Stan Sears is one of the members of the Sears and Myklybust artist team selected by the City of Duarte. Stan was present to guide installation of three sculptures on the Duarte Station platform. Each sculpture is made of Indiana Limestone, and hand-carved by the artist to represent a part of Duarte’s history and culture. Each sits atop a painted metal pillar, cut to reflect the theme of its sculptural capital, and each stands approximately 11 feet tall from base to top, and weighs between 3,300 and 3,600 pounds.
​Joining artist Sears to witness the installation were Duarte council members Liz Reilly and John Fasana. ​Over the next few months, 18 cast bronze pavers will be installed below the three sculptures as the station is completed.

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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Nilima M. Patel, DDS

Condor Outdoor Products

Foothill Oaks Academy

Marisela Adams - Author

New York Life Insurance, Patrick Miller

Foothill Federal Credit Union

Fast5Xpress Carwash

Max's Mexican Cuisine

Doubletree Hotel Monrovia

Tina Heany

Super Shuttle

Staples, Duarte

Anytime Fitness

Pro 1 Stage Productions

Nissan of Duarte

Bear With Me

Jan & Bob Wight

Royal Oaks


Avila Gardens

Maryvale Family Resource Center

Pat De Rose

Rotary Club of Duarte

Duarte Unified School District

FSP Designs

Comfort Keepers

Dahon California, Inc.

HealthCare Partners

Specialty Promotions

Duarte-Azusa Animal Hospital

Rudy's Plumbing


Hometown Pawn

Duarte Kiwanis

GE Private Security

YWCA San Gabriel Valley

Century 21 Adams & Barnes

Estevan Chantes, Broker

Duarte Tile and Stone

Thai City Restaurant

Ginny Joyce Belba

A1 Party Rental

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

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


Westminster Gardens

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

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

M & R Professional Services

Margaret & Brad Finlay

The Gas Company

Old Town Sign Company

Duarte Liquors

Pasadena Mexican American History Association

RGS Energy

Duarte Lemonade Brigade

El Salvadoreno Restaurant


IHOP Duarte

Opportunities For Learning Public Charter Schools

Shaffer Awards

Thomas Allied Physical Therapy

California American Water

NRS Design Studio

Smile Finders

Burrtec Waste Services

Santa Anita Soccer Club

Advantage Ford Lincoln

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

Podley Realtors, Rana Madain

Durston Builders

Duarte Montessori School

RCS Heating & Air Conditioning

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