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Holiday Concert at Monrovia's First Presbyterian | Rotary Helps Package 14,000 Meals

~ The San Gabriel Valley Choral Company presents its "Holiday Concert" on Saturday, December 6 at 7:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Monrovia. A festive musical collection of seasonal favorites with music by Holst, Britten, Tallis, Robles, and more. Complete with bells, drums, and several sing-along selections. It will include the voices of the new SGVCC-sponsored "Kids in Concert!" program for kindergartners through fifth graders at Monrovia's Monroe Elementary School.

~ Monrovia Rotary Club joined Interact students from Monrovia High School to package more than 14,000 meals for the Stop Hunger Now project. http://goo.gl/sK4Zxd

- Brad Haugaard

Lunch at ABC Hawaiian BBQ


Lunch at ABC Hawaiian BBQ, in the Pavilions parking lot at Foothill and Myrtle. Got the Hawaiian BBQ Mix ($8.95) and a drink ($1.69). It's a mix of beef, chicken and short ribs, with rice and macaroni salad on the side. Light on veggies. I particularly liked the chicken. Good if you are in the mood for meat and carbs. 
- Brad Haugaard 

Willow the Wolf | Monrovia Humanitarian Real Estate Company

~ See Willow the Wolf, who came to visit the Monrovia Canyon Park volunteers meeting: http://goo.gl/tulNYk

~ There is a new Monrovia company, at 137 E. Colorado, called THNQ TANK. I was curious what it is, and Kamille R. Soler said it is a real estate agency with a humanitarian mission. She said the company hosts a "Mastery Session" every Monday from 3-4 p.m., covering topics "from business to finance to health to becoming a better communicator and to living a more balanced lifestyle." To attend, email THNQTANK@gmail.com to reserve a spot.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Tips to Protect Christmas Package Delivery

With lots of package deliveries coming up for the Christmas season, and a good chance packages will be left on front porches, thieves often follow delivery trucks. The Monrovia Police department has some suggestions help prevent theft of your packages:

- If possible, use your workplace as the shipping address.
- Track your shipments by phone or online so that you know what day they should arrive.
-  Ask your neighbor to watch for your delivery and then hold the items until you arrive home.  Keep an eye on your neighborhood and report suspicious persons or vehicles in the area.
-  Request a signature delivery option if available or request the shipment be held at the shipping facility such as a UPS office.
-  Check with "mailbox" businesses in your town and see if they will accept shipment of your item for a fee.
-  If you do not receive your shipment on time, check with the company of origin and confirm the delivery. If the item was delivered and you did not receive it, report the theft or loss to the original company, the shipping company, and your local police.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Aggressive Ex-Boyfriend; SUV vs. Utility Pole; Stealing Seats from SUV; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for November 17-19 . - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 386 service events, resulting in 74 investigations.

Disturbance / Trespassing – Suspect Arrested 
On November 17 at 8:45 a.m., officers were dispatched to a residence in the 300 block of East Palm regarding a male and female yelling at each other at the location. Officers arrived and determined there was no physical fight, but the verbal altercation was loud and aggressive. The male subject is the ex-boyfriend of the female. The mother of the female subject is the lawful tenant of the residence and stated that the ex-boyfriend is not a resident and was not to come back to the location. The male subject was told to leave the location and he complied.

The subject then came to the police department and was, once again, advised not to return to the location on Palm. However, immediately upon being warned, he headed in that direction. Officers followed and found that the subject had returned to the location and was aggressively yelling at the female subject again. Officers arrested the subject for trespassing and for causing a disturbance; he was held for the likelihood of reoccurrence.

Expired Registration / Possession of a Controlled Substance – Suspect Arrested 
On November 17 at 9:54 p.m., an officer on patrol in the area of Buena Vista and Huntington stopped a vehicle for expired registration. The driver did not have proof of registration for the vehicle. A consent search of the vehicle revealed a white substance on the driver’s seat and the floorboard area, which tested positive for methamphetamine. The driver was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and was taken into custody.

Hit and Run Traffic Collision – Suspect Arrested 
On November 18 at 8:07 a.m., officers responded to the report of a utility pole down due to an accident. They arrived and found a utility pole had been sheered off, apparently from a vehicle hitting it, but the vehicle had fled the scene. Electrical wires were down, so Edison was notified. Witnesses reported that a male subject in a black Ford SUV had hit the pole and fled south on Sierra Terrace, possibly to an apartment on Sesmas. An officer searching for the vehicle was approached by a male subject who claimed his girlfriend was the driver in the accident, and the vehicle was hers. The officer located the damaged vehicle and girlfriend/registered owner. When confronted with the witness statements, the girlfriend admitted her boyfriend was driving the vehicle and she was not in the car. The officer questioned the male subject again, but he was not cooperative; he was arrested for misdemeanor hit and run and delaying and resisting an officer.

Vehicle Burglary 
On November 19 at 4:26 a.m., a vehicle burglary was reported at a hotel parking lot in the 900 block of West Huntington. The victim parked his rental SUV in the lot and locked the vehicle. When he returned, he found the third row seats were missing. He called police. The investigation is continuing.

Burglary / Resisting and Delaying a Peace Officer / Displaying a Weapon in a Threatening Manner – Suspect Arrested 
On November 19 at 3:22 p.m., police received a call reporting a male subject running through backyards in the 600 block of King Street. Officers arrived and contained the area. The Foothill Air Support Team helicopter arrived to assist. The subject was seen coming out of a garage with a golf club in his hand. He ran, but was confronted by officers. He held the golf club up and over his head in a threatening manner. Officers ordered him to put down the golf club and he complied. He was detained and taken into custody.

Mail Theft / Possession of Burglary Tools – Suspect Arrested 
On November 20 at 3:24 a.m., an officer on patrol in the 400 block of Granite observed two subjects dressed in dark clothing and hooded sweatshirts. When they saw the officer, they ran. Assisting officers responded to the area, and after an area search, one of the two suspects was located. He was arrested for mail theft and possession of burglary tools. The second suspect has been identified and the investigation is continuing.

More Monrovia Christmas Events

~ Santa arrives in Old Town Monrovia Friday (Black Friday), Nov. 28 and 29. Sales, receptions, in-store events throughout Old Town on Myrtle.

~ Santa Breakfasts at: Peach Cafe (Dec. 6, 20 at 8:30 a.m., Cafe Lu Mar (Dec. 6, 20 at 10:15 a.m.), Monrovian Family Restaurant (Dec. 13 at 9 a.m.), Rudy's Mexican Food (Dec. 13 at 11 a.m., Dec. 21 at 1 p.m.), Jake's Roadhouse (Dec. 6 at 9:30 a.m., Dec. 13 at 10 a.m., Dec. 20 at 9:30 a.m.). Call restaurants for reservations.

~ Sing Along, Dec. 18, 7-8 p.m. in Lemon Avenue Courtyard behind the east side of 400 block of Myrtle. Kattywompus String Band and Friends.

~ New Year's Eve Party on Myrtle, Dec. 31 from 7 p.m. to midnight. Ball raising, beer and wine, music by the band, The Lance and Gary Show, family friendly area with tables, snacks, crafts and kid-fun stuff. For info call Pam Fitzpatrick at 357-1091.

For even more: http://goo.gl/aohEIa

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Man Arrested: Threatened Officer With Golf Club

Monrovian arrested after threatening officer with golf club. http://goo.gl/FvXzuS

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Council Approves Demolition and Construction Moratorium

Last night the Monrovia City Council unanimously approved a 45-day moratorium on demolition of homes built before 1940 and another 45-day moratorium on new home construction permits. According to City Clerk Alice Atkins, there is no delay and the measures are now in effect. Details: http://goo.gl/kr7zd8

- Brad Haugaard

Christmas Comes To Myrtle

Christmas decorations are up along Myrtle in Old Monrovia. 

- Brad Haugaard

Veterans Program for Monrovia's KGEM?

Monrovia's American Legion is reporting that our local access cable channel, KGEM, is developing a project for and about veterans. http://goo.gl/w65978

- Brad Haugaard

Veterans Get Free Cars | Grand Opening of Monrovia Business, Smitten on Paper

~ Two military veteran students at Citrus College, which serves Monrovia, will be awarded free cars at 1 p.m. on Nov. 25 at Seidner's Collision Centers' Duarte location. California Casualty Insurance, AAA and Seidner's will award the vehicles through the National Auto Body Council program, Recycled Rides, which involves insurers, collision repairers, paint suppliers, parts vendors and others who repair and donate vehicles to deserving individuals and service organizations throughout the country. More than 900 vehicles have been donated since 2007.

~ Smitten on Paper will hold its grand opening on December 6 at 6 p.m. at 114 E. Lemon (at the site of the former Historic Lighting). The company works with brides "to create a perfectly custom wedding invitation suite for their big day." " Our shop will also be filled with tons of unique cards, gifts, and accessories."

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Jewelry Snatch; Water Squirt Leads to Punch and then to Hiding in Closet; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for November 13-16 . - Brad Haugaard]

Following are the weekend’s highlighted issues and events.

Attempt Vehicle Burglary 
On November 13 at 7:51 a.m., an attempt vehicle burglary was reported in the 300 block of California. Unknown suspect(s) smashed the window on a Chevy Silverado pickup truck that was parked in a rear alley. Nothing was taken from the truck. The investigation is continuing.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested 
On November 13 at 2:10 p.m., an officer was on patrol in the area of California and Cherry when he stopped a motorist for a vehicle code violation. Further investigation revealed the motorist to be driving under the influence. The driver was arrested and taken into custody.

Driving Under the Influence / Traffic Collision – Suspect Arrested 
On November 13 at 11:00 p.m., a traffic collision in the area of Huntington and Shamrock was reported to police. The driver of a vehicle had sideswiped another vehicle. Police responded and determined the driver was driving under the influence. The driver was arrested and held for sobering.

Robbery 
On November 14 at 2:55 p.m., an officer was dispatched to a business in the 600 block of South Myrtle regarding a grand theft incident. The female victim was inside a business and was holding jewelry in her hand. The suspect entered the location and grabbed the jewelry from the victim's hand, taking it by force. The suspect then left the location on foot, heading southbound on Myrtle. An area check was made, but the suspect was not located. The suspect is described as a heavyset male, unknown age, wearing jean shorts and a gray hooded sweatshirt. The investigation is continuing.

Battery / Trespassing 
On November 15 at 8:54 a.m., police responded to the 100 block of East Pomona Street on the report of a battery and trespassing incident. The resident reported that he had discovered a male subject sleeping on the west side of his house in his front yard. He yelled at the subject to get off his property several times. The male subject was not leaving the property, so the resident sprayed water at him from a garden hose. The subject became angry and hit the resident in the face with his fist, causing a small cut to his nose. The subject ran west on Pomona and out of sight. Officers made an area check for the suspect, but were unable to locate him. He is described as a male Hispanic, 18-20 years old, 5’4” tall, medium build, wearing a black Los Angeles Dodgers cap, black shirt and brown shorts. The investigation is continuing.

Obstructing and Delaying a Peace Officer – Suspect Arrested 
On November 16 at 12:15 a.m., police responded to the 600 block of Linwood on the report of a battery incident. A male and female were involved in an argument, and the male subject pushed the female subject, causing her to fall. During the investigation, the male subject was trying to interfere with the officers and refused to comply with officers’ commands. He continued to walk away from the officers and struggled with the officers as they attempted to detain him. The male subject was arrested for obstructing and delaying a peace officer.

Trespassing 
On November 16 at 9:17 a.m., police received a call from a resident in the 100 block of East Pomona reporting a burglary suspect inside his residence. The property owner was out front when officers arrived, but the suspect had fled. The resident left the property for a short time in the morning, and when he returned home, he found the subject in a bedroom closet. The residence is under construction and appears vacant from the outside. The owner of the residence is staying in a back bedroom on the property, but the rest of the residence is empty. The resident had found the same subject sleeping on his property on November 15; see above battery/trespassing incident. The suspect is described as a male Hispanic, 18-20 years old, wearing dark shorts and a dark shirt. The investigation is continuing.

Celebrate New Playground at Monrovia's Grand Avenue Park

Celebration of the new playground at Grand Avenue Park, at Grand Avenue and Prospect Avenue, Saturday, Nov. 22 from 10 a.m. To noon. Music, games, snacks and fun. For more information contact Community Services at 256-8246
 
- Brad Haugaard 

Monrovia's Salsas Taqueria Now Taqueria el Diablo



The former Salsas Tacqueria, at the corner of Myrtle and Olive, has become Taqueria el Diablo. 

- Brad Haugaard 

Native Plant Sale at Monrovia Library

Native California plants for sale in front of the Monrovia library, today until 2 p.m.

- Brad Haugaard 

Resume Workshop at Monrovia Library

Resume Workshop, Saturday, Dec. 6, 10 a.m. to noon. Monrovia Library Community Room. Types of resume, make your resume stand out, transferrable skills, cover and follow-up letters. Contact Rebecca Elder at 256-8268 or relder@ci.monrovia.ca.us

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Defeats Don Lugo in Playoffs

Monrovia defeats Don Lugo in football in overtime play, 26-20. http://goo.gl/GEia0S

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Council Will Consider Moratoriums on Home Demolition and Construction Permits

At its Nov. 18 meeting (agenda: http://goo.gl/7MnsQI ) the Monrovia City Council will consider ...

~ Establishing a 45-day moratorium "prohibiting the demolition or structural alteration of any main building on a property in the city constructed prior to January 1, 1940, while the City undertakes a comprehensive advanced planning process for the preservation of neighborhood character." http://goo.gl/o47Eyz

~ Establishing a 45-day moratorium "prohibiting the issuance of permits for the construction of new residential dwellings or specified substantial additions to residential dwellings and accessory structures, while the City undertakes a planning process to analyze techniques that can be implemented to preserve neighborhood character." The staff report says the logic of this is that: "Neighborhood character can be diminished each time a new dwelling is constructed to be significantly larger than other homes in the neighborhood." http://goo.gl/ifopbf

- Brad Haugaard

Lunch at Mikomi Japanese Restaurant


Lunch at Mikomi Japanese restaurant, just south of the theater on Myrtle. Busy at lunch time and nice atmosphere. Got the, ahem, Yo, Sexy Sexy roll ($12.95) and an iced tea ($2.50). Came with very nice miso soup. The roll has yellowtail, avocado and fried jalapeƱo. Not exactly authentic but if it tastes good I say phooey on authentic. Anyway, roll was very good, as was the food I snitched from the other plates at our table. Service good, too.

-Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Church Moves to Duarte

Calvary Chapel of Monrovia is now meeting in Duarte. The church had to move from its building at 123 W Pomona Ave. (next to the Chevron station on Myrtle on the south side of the freeway) to make way for development around the Gold Line station. It is now meeting at the Duarte Performing Arts Center at 1401 Highland Avenue in Duarte. http://goo.gl/OIjP4X

- Brad Haugaard