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Glimpse the Heavens Tonight


If you want a look through a telescope the Monrovia Old Town Sidewalk Astronomers will be at the corner of Myrtle and Lime for about two hours tonight, starting at about 7 p.m. tonight.

- Brad Haugaard

Magazine Sales People Not From Monrovia High


Monrovia Schools Superintendent Katherine Thorossian reports that the district has "been alerted to a door-to-door sales scam in our community by individuals claiming to be Monrovia High School students and using the names of school staff in order to convince families to purchase magazine subscriptions." She says they're not students and the district "does not sanction door-to-door selling by its students." https://goo.gl/hUUWMK

- Brad Haugaard

New Ladder Fire Truck for Monrovia; County Leaving GoMonrovia Program; 'Balanced Energy'


Dark purple area will not be in GoMobnrovia service area. Just light purple.

At its next meeting (agenda: https://goo.gl/LR8etW) the Monrovia City Council will consider ...

~ Buying a KME ladder truck for the Fire Department for $1.5 million paid for using a lease-to-buy option with annual payments of $341,000 and an interest rate of 3.45%. https://goo.gl/FZCeyj

~ The GoMonrovia service area will be 31% smaller (Just a bit more than Monrovia proper now. See map) because LA County is not willing to pay the $1 million needed to service county area. Currently the County is paying $225,000 a year. https://goo.gl/hfTBZN

~  Dropping out of the County's Congestion Management Program, which the staff report says is "antiquated." https://goo.gl/Y3njKN

~ Adopting a resolution which "supports balanced energy solutions and the maintaining of local control of energy solutions." This because the State has mandated that the state rely "entirely on zero-emission energy sources for its electricity by the year 2045." The city, however, says this could cost the average family $7,200 to switch their homes to all electricity and $388 a year more in energy bills, and besides, 80% of Californians oppose prohibiting gas appliances.

- Brad Haugaard

Rain and Mosquito Breeding - Topic at Garden Club


Levy Sun, with the San Gabriel Valley Mosquito and Vector Control, will speak at the Monrovia Garden Club at its March 26 meeting. 6:30 p.m. in the Fireside Room of Monrovia First Presbyterian Church, at Myrtle and Foothill. Topic: How the recent rains create breeding places for mosquitoes. Bring a friend, and if you like, a snack to share.

- Brad Haugaard

Lunch at Baja Fresh


Lunch at Baja Fresh, on Huntington at Fifth. Got a BBQ chicken salad for $8.69 and an iced tea for $2.29.  Nice, and as the name says, very fresh. 

- Brad Haugaard 

Monrovia Police: Oops! Forgot to Put the Brake On; Domestic Violence; Lots of Crimes Involving Cars; Etc.


[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for Highlighted Activity for March 7-13. - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 414 service events, resulting in 84 investigations.

Theft / Vehicle Tampering – Suspect Arrested
March 7 at 3:38 a.m., a caller reported seeing a male subject attempting to enter his neighbor’s vehicle in the 700 block of W. Olive. Officers responded and located the suspect. The investigation revealed the suspect had stolen items from an unlocked vehicle in the area and attempted to enter another. He also provided a false name to officers. After being positively identified, he was found to be on parole. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Vehicle Burglary
March 7 at 6:12 a.m., a vehicle burglary was reported in the 2600 block of Doray Circle. The victim reported both the front and back driver-side windows were shattered on his vehicle, and the suspect ransacked the center console. It did not appear anything was taken from the vehicle. The investigation is continuing.

Vandalism
March 7 at 8:38 a.m., a vandalism incident was reported in the 2600 block of Doray Circle. The victim reported that the rear driver-side window of her vehicle was shattered. Officers responded and conducted an investigation, but no suspect was identified. The investigation is continuing.

Possession of a Controlled Substance / Warrant – Suspect Arrested
March 7 at 1:57 p.m., an officer was patrolling the area of Olive and Myrtle when he saw a known male subject he knew had a warrant for his arrest. The subject was riding a bicycle and tried to flee when he saw the officer. The officer followed the suspect and called for additional officer assistance. While attempting to evade the officers, the suspect crashed his bicycle and then tried to run. He was quickly taken into custody. He was also found to be in possession of a controlled substance. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Battery
March 7 at 5:33 p.m., a female subject reported a battery incident in the 900 block of W. Duarte. She was involved in an argument with her daughter, and her daughter pushed her and caused some scratches. Officers arrived and found the daughter had fled prior to their arrival. The investigation is ongoing.

Vehicle Burglary
March 7 at 5:52 p.m., a vehicle burglary was reported in the 700 block of Monterey. The suspect stole keys, receipts, earrings, and other miscellaneous items sometime during the previous evening. The investigation is ongoing.

Hit and Run Traffic Collision
March 7 at 7:37 p.m., a hit and run traffic collision was reported at the intersection of Peck and Live Oak. A driver was stopped at a red light at the intersection and was rear-ended by another vehicle. The suspect driver reversed the vehicle and fled the area, heading north on Peck Road. Officers arrived and checked the area for the suspect vehicle, but it was not located. The investigation is continuing.

Injury Traffic Collision
March 8 at 7:16 p.m., officers responded to an injury traffic collision at Duarte and Mayflower. A vehicle was traveling north on Mayflower, when another vehicle traveling south made a left turn and collided into the driver-side rear portion of the vehicle, causing it to flip over. Both drivers complained of pain, but refused transport to the hospital.

Weapon Offense
March 8 at 7:29 p.m., a caller reported a male suspect talking to himself while holding a knife inside a business in the 100 block of W. Foothill. Officers responded and saw the suspect carrying a switchblade. The suspect was cooperative with officers. He was arrested for being in possession of a switchblade knife.

Hit and Run Traffic Collision
March 9 at 3:04 a.m., a caller reported a vehicle hit a parked car while traveling west on Chestnut. Officers checked the area and located the unoccupied suspect vehicle stopped in the middle of the street at Mayflower and Chestnut. After further investigation, officers located the suspect in her nearby apartment. The suspect admitted to the collision. A report was completed and sent to the District Attorney’s for possible filing of charges.

Grand Theft
March 9 at 10:45 a.m., a caller reported that someone stole the catalytic converter off his parked vehicle in the 800 block of W. Walnut. Officers arrived and a report was taken. The investigation is ongoing.

Domestic Violence / Robbery
March 9 at 10:54 a.m., a domestic violence/robbery incident was reported to police. The female victim advised she had just been assaulted by her ex-boyfriend while they were driving near the intersection of Lemon and Mountain. The two subjects were arguing and the victim asked the male subject to exit the vehicle. As he did, he grabbed her cell phone. She attempted to reach for her phone and he punched her in the face. The victim was taken to a hospital for treatment. The suspect is known and a wanted person warrant was issued for his arrest.

Domestic Violence
March 9 at 10:58 a.m., an officer responded to a domestic violence report in the 200 block of Terrace View. The victim was involved in an argument with her boyfriend, who lives with her. He became angry and began hitting and slapping her, causing her to hit her head on the marble seating in the shower. He then began kicking her and drug her down the stairs. He then left the location prior to police arriving. The victim sustained multiple cuts and bruises, and was taken to a hospital for treatment. The suspect is known and a wanted person warrant was issued for his arrest.

Grand Theft of Catalytic Converters
On March 9, police received three separate calls reporting the thefts of a catalytic converters. The thefts occurred in the 500 block of Parkrose, the 1100 block of Teresita Circle, and the 1800 block of S. Alta Vista. The investigations are ongoing.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
March 9 at 10:06 p.m., an officer conducted a traffic stop on a bicyclist for a vehicle code violation near the intersection of Mayflower and Evergreen. The subject was found to be on probation and had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Non-Injury Traffic Collision
March 9 at 10:13 p.m., police dispatch received a call reporting that a vehicle had collided into a building in the 1100 block of S. Fifth. Officers arrived and found a delivery driver had forgotten to place his vehicle into park when getting out for a delivery. The vehicle then rolled into the building, causing minimal damage. A report was taken.

Injury Traffic Collision / Driving Under the Influence
March 10 at 3:03 a.m., a driver was traveling in the 800 block of Magnolia when he collided into multiple parked cars. Officers arrived and found the vehicle had rolled over onto its side. The driver appeared to be intoxicated. He complained of pain to his neck and chest, and was taken to a hospital for treatment. A report was completed and sent to the District Attorney’s office for possible filing of DUI charges.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
March 10 at 3:10 a.m., an officer conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for a vehicle code violation near the intersection of Duarte and Enterprise Way. During the traffic stop, the officer suspected the driver of the vehicle was intoxicated. After field sobriety tests were conducted, the driver was arrested for DUI.

Non-Injury Traffic Collision / Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
March 10 at 4:04 a.m., a caller reported a driver passed out inside a vehicle that was still running in the 500 block of S. Myrtle. Officers arrived and saw the vehicle on the curb. Further investigation revealed the driver was intoxicated. The driver was arrested for DUI.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
March 10 at 4:44 a.m., an officer conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for a vehicle code violation near the intersection of Duarte and Myrtle. The driver appeared intoxicated and field sobriety tests were conducted. The driver was arrested for driving under the influence.

Wanted Person – Suspect Arrested
March 10 at 5:45 p.m., officers arrived at a residence in the 600 block of Vaquero to assist a domestic violence victim in retrieving her property. The male suspect was at the location and was contacted by officers outside the home. He was arrested for domestic violence and taken into custody.

Domestic Violence – Suspect Arrested
March 11 at 10:11 p.m., officers responded to the 800 block of W. Duarte regarding a family disturbance. An investigation revealed a couple had been arguing and the alteration became physical. One of the male subjects suffered an injury as a result. The other was determined to be the aggressor and was arrested for domestic violence.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
March 12 at 3:35 a.m., a caller reported a vehicle was driving with only three tires near the intersection of Mountain and Central. Officers responded to the area and conducted a traffic stop. The driver showed signs of intoxication. After field sobriety tests were conducted, she was arrested for DUI.

Injury Traffic Collision
March 12 at 7:48 p.m., a vehicle traveling near the intersection of Duarte and Magnolia turned left directly into another vehicle. Officers arrived and conducted an investigation. One driver complained of pain, but refused medical treatment. The driver of the first vehicle was issued a citation for failing to yield the right of way.

Domestic Violence – Suspect Arrested
March 12 at 9:45 p.m., a female caller reported she had been assaulted by her boyfriend in the 300 block of S. Lincoln. Officers arrived and conducted an investigation that revealed the female caller was the aggressor. She was arrested and taken into custody.

Theft
March 13 at 1:15 p.m., a female customer of a grocery store in the 100 block of W. Huntington reported that someone had stolen her wallet from her shopping cart while inside the store. Her wallet was inside her open purse in the shopping cart. She believes someone took the wallet out of her purse when she wasn't looking. The investigation is ongoing.

Injury Traffic Collision
March 13 at 2:20 p.m., a traffic collision was reported at the intersection of Magnolia and Central. Officers responded and conducted an investigation. One of the drivers was transported to a nearby hospital to be checked out. The other driver was not injured.

Monrovia Today Magazine Online


You should have received a paper copy of the Monrovia Today magazine, but if you'd like to flip through it online, here it is: https://goo.gl/WdsFkn

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Robotics Teams Need Money - Lots! - To Get To Championship Games



The Hippie Bots



The Kings and Queens

To donate to Kings and Queens: https://goo.gl/NAzmRE
To donate to Hippie Bots: https://goo.gl/WGcQHM

Monrovia High School's "Kings And Queens" robotics team and Clifton Middle School's "Hippie Bots" are two of seven SoCal Region teams to earn spots in the FIRST Tech Challenge World Championship to be held in Houston April 17-20.

On Saturday March 10th two student robotics teams from Monrovia schools emerged as the victors of the SoCal Region FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) Regional Robotics Championship held at Monrovia High School. The competition featured the top 48 teams from the SoCal region, which stretches from Santa Barbara to the San Diego County border. Those teams were competing for 7 coveted advancement slots to move on to the FTC World Championship to be held in Houston, TX on April 17-20. After a grueling day of competition an alliance made up of Kings and Queens, Hippie Bots, and team Brain Stormz of Camarillo overcame mechanical failures and fatigue to not only win the event, but also put up two of the top 10 match scores in the state for this season. Out of over 7,000 FTC teams around the world, only 320 qualify to compete in the World Championship, and only 148 advance from performance on the competition field.

Each FIRST Tech Challenge student team designs and builds their own robot each season from aluminum shapes, metal and plastic sheet, and customized machined metal and 3D-printed parts. Robots compete in teams of two in "alliances" against other pairs on a 12 by 12 foot field to see which alliance can complete the most game tasks in a 2-1/2 minute period. Before the start of the match the robots have to fit into an 18x18x18 cube, but can unfold and expand to any size once the match begins. This year's game "Rover Ruckus" has a space theme where robots act as though they are exploring a distant planet and navigating obstacles to gather mineral samples and claim territory by dropping a team flag in a designated spot. In matches the robots are required to detach from hanging above the field surface on a raised hook on a simulated planetary lander, identify objects on the field by color, and navigate accurately around the field to park in a simulated "crater." Then the robots collect plastic cubes and ball "minerals" from inside the crater, separate them, and deposit them into storage hoppers in the lander 30 inches off the floor. Finally the robot has to reattach to the hook on the lander and raise itself back above the surface to prepare to return to Earth. All this while coordinating with a partner robot and while sharing the field with an opposing team of robots intent on accomplishing the same tasks.

Though each FTC team designs their robots to accomplish the same objectives, the robot they design and the team's choice of name and identity are distinctly different. The Monrovia teams are no exception. The Kings and Queens are true to their name and compete resplendent in purple and black renaissance costumes with gold crowns for the boys and eyecatching purple and gold dresses and gold tiaras for the girls. Their robot, named "Sir Gawain" is striking for his regal purple and gold livery and for his elegant design. The Hippie Bots sport a red-white-and-blue tie dye look harking back to the 1960's. Their robot, named "Bot Marley," is a purposeful square design that is all business. Both robots are strong performers. This marks the fourth year that Monrovia High School's nine-year-old FTC robotics program has sent a team to the World Champions. This is the first time Clifton Middle School has advanced a team. The success of the Kings And Queens and Hippie Bots caps a strong year for the robotics programs of the Monrovia School District which fields ten FTC teams, six at Monrovia High and two each at Clifton and Santa Fe Middle Schools. Of the ten Monrovia teams, five qualified as one of the 48 teams that advanced to the Regional Championship. The Kings and Queens and the Hippie Bots are actively seeking tax-deductible donations and company sponsorships to help cover the approximate $17,000 cost each of taking the teams to Houston in April. Donations may be made through their GoFundMe pages at https://www.gofundme.com/kings-and-queens-to-worlds-2019 or https://www.gofundme.com/hippiebots2019

For more information please contact Thomas Dobson, Monrovia High School Physics Teacher, MHS Robotics coordinator (FIRST Tech Challenge), tdobson@monroviaschools.net, 471-2800 Ext: 7243. Or contact Paul Flores, Clifton Middle School History Teacher, Hippie Bots Coach, pflores@monroviaschools.net, 471-2600 Ext: 4621.

- Brad Haugaard

Intro to Kindergarten Meeting Monday


There will be a meeting to introduce parents to the various kindergarten programs Monrovia Schools offers. It'll be Monday, March 18, at 6 p.m at the Monrovia Unified District Office, 325 E. Huntington Dr. https://goo.gl/q1CVNs

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Robotics Teams Advance to World Championship Competition


Two robotics teams from Monrovia High School and Clifton Middle School are advancing to the FIRST Tech Challenge  World Championships in Houston, Texas. https://goo.gl/WNMfQh

- Brad Haugaard

Students Go Bald to Support Cancer Victims


Twelve students from Monrovia Unified elementary, middle and high schools - and nine district employees - will shave their heads at the fourth annual Old Town Monrovia FuzzFest (Friday, March 15, 5 to 9 p.m. at the Old Town Street Fest), in partnership with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. Shaving shows support for children who lose their hair during cancer treatment. Fundraising teams from Mayflower Elementary, Clifton Middle School, and Monrovia High School are currently the top three fundraising teams for the event. https://goo.gl/QhYMzD

- Brad Haugaard

Meeting on Four Big Projects Planned for City; Sales Tax Meeting; TWO Burgerim's; Etc.


In his latest report (https://goo.gl/aOqX7O) City Manager Oliver Chi reports:

~ A joint City Council / Planning Commission meeting will be held Wednesday, March 20, at 6 p.m. will consider four major projects planned for Monrovia ...


  • Trammell Crow Residential - The Alexan Specific Plan - A 436-unit project proposed to be built at 1625  S. Magnolia Ave.
  • Fifield Realty Corporation - West Pomona Transit District - A 310-unit project proposed to be built at 123  W. Pomona Ave.
  • MW Investment Group - Arroyo at Monrovia Station - A 284-unit proposed project to be built on the City block by South Magnolia to the west, South Primrose to the east, West Evergreen to the north, and West Pomona to the south.
  • City Park-and-Ride Lot - A ~130 key Cambria hotel project located on the City's park-and-ride lot at the southwest corner of Myrtle Avenue / Pomona Avenue.


~ There will be a second community meeting to discuss a possible sales tax at the Community Center on Tuesday, March 26, from 6-7 p.m. Chi writes: "We want to hear from the community to see if a local tax measure could be a viable solution for Monrovia as we search for ways to protect our local sales tax capacity from other governmental jurisdictions, including LA County."

~ Two high-end Burgerim restaurants may open in Monrovia. Chi reports that "a franchise operator recently leased the former Sprint store in Old Town located just north of Studio Movie Grill to open a Burgerim." A Burgerim is already planned for 1108  S. Fifth Ave. at the Areum Apartments. https://www.burgerim.com/

~ Monrovia Neighborhood Services Program Coordinator, Ariel Tolefree-Williams, was selected as one of Assembly District 48's 2019 Woman of the Year recipients.

~ If you don't want to use a cell phone app to get a Lyft ride, you can book a GoMonrovia Lyft ride by calling in to the dispatch center. BUT, if you do that you have to pre-register. Chi said this will cut back on underage riders and simplify billing. If you use the app, no change. Here's the registration form: https://goo.gl/PqmYnf

~ The Monrovia Public Library is celebrating Women's History Month with activities and a wall of trivia in the Youth Services Area. Also Wonder Woman display in the lobby.

~ Telecommunication veterans Steve Berkson and Roger Anderson founded the Monrovia business, Jolly Roger Telephone Company, which patches callers through to a robot that wastes their time with absurd conversation: "Did you wash my leggings?" They appeared on Shark Tank. No deal but a lot of exposure.

~  Librarian Mabel Cross and Veterans Resource Center volunteer Joe Callahan were interviewed by CBSLA and told about all the resources the center has for veterans and their families. Video here: https://goo.gl/4jmg57

~ Community Media of the Foothills has a new Executive Director, David Palomares.

~ To raise awareness of suicide prevention, Healing Connections will host "Choose 2 Live" on Saturday, March 16, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Library Park. For more information call (323) 282-9892.

~ The city is accepting nominations for the 2019 Older American of the Year Award hosted by LA County Commission for Older Adults. Candidate must be a Monrovian 60 or older, working or retired, and still active in a volunteer service in Monrovia.  The award is to honor and encourage older individuals to remain active in our community. Nomination form: https://goo.gl/rD7uqg

~  Mt Sierra College and the Monrovia Association of Fine Arts will host a free art show March 15-16.  View the works of students and local artists and meet with them. March 15 from 6-9 p.m. and March 16 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Mt Sierra Campus (800 Royal Oaks Drive, Suite 101).

~  Assemblymember Chris Holden wants to highlight a small business. If you know of one that deserves to be recognized, use this nomination form: https://goo.gl/8WxHKb. Nominations are due by Thursday, March 14.

- Brad Haugaard

Shadow: A Very Large - and Adoptable - Lapdog


Shadow (A471931) is a 3-year-old German Shepherd who doesn’t really know his size and he’ll try to cram his whole fluffy body onto your lap to snuggle. He is an affectionate, mellow dog with a great temperament, looking for a home. He knows his “sit” and “down” commands and volunteers are starting to teach him to “shake.” He hasn’t quite gotten the hang of it yet but we know he’ll get there. He has gone out with our Wiggle Waggle Waggin’ team the last two weekends and has gotten along with other dogs, especially Beauty (A470898). He might have a thing for her. He doesn’t mind when strangers come over and pet him, even kids, and when he gets to know you, he’ll want to give your face a few licks. Just so you know he loves you. Come meet Shadow at the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA.

The adoption fee for dogs is $140. All dogs are spayed or neutered, microchipped, and vaccinated before going to their new home.

New adopters will receive a complimentary health-and-wellness exam from VCA Animal Hospitals, as well as a goody bag filled with information about how to care for your pet.

View photos of adoptable pets at pasadenahumane.org. Adoption hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Pets may not be available for adoption and cannot be held for potential adopters by phone calls or email.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Gets Another Brewery


Monrovia is getting yet another brewery. Over Town Brewing at 227 W. Maple Ave. - just east of Magnolia and two blocks north of Huntington - is holding its grand opening this Friday and Saturday, March 15 and 16. The brewery promises 13 beers on tap and food trucks. Over Town is open from 4-10 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, Friday and Saturday from noon-11 p.m. Closed Monday and Sunday. https://goo.gl/b9Jizi

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia PD to Conduct Drunk Driving and License Checks This Saturday


Monrovia Police Department will be conducting a DUI / CDL (drunk driving and driver's license) checkpoint on Saturday night, March 16. Vehicles entering the checkpoint will be stopped. Drivers will then be evaluated for being under the influence of alcohol and checked for having a valid driver's license.

Over the course of the past three years, there have been 123 DUI collisions, with 32 of those collisions resulting in injuries, harming our citizens and neighbors of Monrovia.

In California, this deadly crime led to countless deaths because someone failed to designate a sober driver. Alcohol and drug-impaired deaths still make up the largest category of overall vehicle fatalities, with 29% of all deaths being caused by a drunk driver.

Monrovia Police Department offers these reminders to ensure you have a safe night of fun without a DUI:

  • Always use a designated driver - a friend who is not drinking, ride-share, cab or public transportation.
  • See someone who is clearly impaired try and drive? Take their keys and help them make other arrangements to find a sober way home.
  • Report drunk drivers - Call 911.
  • Hosting a party? Offer non-alcoholic drinks. Monitor those who are drinking and how they are getting home.


Getting home safely is cheap, but getting a DUI is not. Drivers caught driving impaired and charged with DUI can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to be upwards of $13,500. This includes fines, fees, DUI classes, license suspension, and other expenses, not to mention possible jail time.

Funding for this checkpoint is provided to the Monrovia Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Source: Monrovia Police press release

- Brad Haugaard

Identity of Man Arrested in Connection With Arson Fires


According to the LA Times, the person arrested in connection with recent arson fires is a 25-year-old Monrovia man named Ryan Dhalliwal. https://goo.gl/ugG8Y3

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Pharmacy Closes


Monrovia Pharmacy, just east of Magnolia on Foothill, has closed.

Janice Chen, representing the company, writes on Facebook:

"Dear Monrovians, Monrovia Pharmacy is closed as of today after 1 and 1/2 years of service. It was a pleasure to serve this town but the business isn't growing as much as I was hoping for.

"Thank you for those who come through the doors first as my customers and later became lifelong friends. We will still keep in touch even after the business is closed."

- Brad Haugaard

Price of Monrovia School Lunches May Go Up 25 Cents


At its next meeting (https://goo.gl/tKMjdW) the Monrovia Board of Education will consider ...

~ A twenty-five cent increase for the paid breakfast and lunch rate for the 2019-2020 and 2021-2022 school years.

~  Affirming - as required by law - that the Monrovia Unified School District will be able to meet its financial obligations for the 2018-19 fiscal year and the subsequent two fiscal years.

~ Honoring its Employees of the Month for March, including: Markiena Madison, Teacher at Bradoaks; Jesus Jara, Campus Assistant at Bradoaks; Janette Bacus, Teacher at Clifton Middle School; and Jose Simuta, School Office Manager at Clifton.

~ Commending district employee and US Army Major, Ken Singleton, Logistics Officer, who has been called to active duty and must report to Kuwait later this month.

- Brad Haugaard

St. Luke's Presents 12th Women's Evensong Invitational


St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Monrovia will present its 12th   Annual Women's Evensong Invitational on Sunday, March 17, at 4 p.m. at the church, 122  S. California Ave. at Foothill Boulevard in Monrovia.

The free public performance will spotlight the women's voices of the choir along with many invited guest singers. Music will include Gabriel Fauré's Ave Verum, Denis Mason's Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis, and the Monrovia Preces and Responses, written for this group by Kent Bennett Jones.

The Rev. Neil Tadken, Rector, will officiate. Mezzo-soprano Trisha Rivera will be Cantor.  A freewill offering will be taken. Guests are invited to a wine and cheese reception in Guild Hall following the performance.

- Brad Haugaard

Lunch at Mooncat Ramen


Lunch at Mooncat Ranen, not to be confused with Mooncat Sushi next door. It’s a cozy little place on the south side of Lime just east of Myrtle. Got the Curry Ramen for $11 and an almond milk-tea for $4. Very nice.

- Brad Haugaard