Duarte Chamber of Commerce

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** Grand Opening**
ChapCare Lime

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

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

Foothill Family Service
Duarte Family Center

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

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Actor T.K. Carter to Lead
Route 66 Parade Sept. 26

20th Annual Duarte Parade
Celebrates “20 Years of Memories”

The theme of this year’s Duarte’s Route 66 Parade is “20 Years of Memories,” and local comedian and actor T.K. Carter will lead the festivities as the parade’s Grand Marshal.

T.K. was born in Monrovia, lived and grew up in Duarte and attended Duarte High. He broke into the industry at the age of twelve with a stand up comedy routine. In his over 30 year career, TK is known for many comedic roles on Good Times, Punky Brewster, the Steve Harvey Show and Everybody Hates Chris as well as multiple movies including cult classics The Thing and Runaway Train. “I am a big fan, we are proud and honored that T.K. has accepted our invitation to be Grand Marshal,” said K.C. Caracci, chair of the all-volunteer Route 66 Parade Committee.

This year will also feature “Community Grand Marshal” Gaetano D’Aquino owner of Duarte’s own D’Aquino Italian Importing Company, the 2015 Duarte Chamber Business of the Year. The international company imports fine Italian wines, olive oil and coffee. They have been in business for over 38 years, 20 of them in Duarte.

The parade will be filled with marching bands, a cavalcade of classic cars, floats, equestrians, schools and community and faith based organizations. It will step off at 10:00 a.m. on the historic Route 66 (Huntington Drive), from Cotter Street to Mt. Olive Avenue.

Immediately following the parade, the celebration will move to Royal Oaks Park, 2627 Royal Oaks Drive in Duarte. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the community at large is invited to attend the Classic Car Show and the annual Duarte City Picnic. The picnic will feature music from a live band, food, crafts and game booths.

Duarte’s Salute to Route 66 Parade is presented with the support of the City of Duarte which provides logistics and public safety for the event.

Funding for the parade is provided by corporate sponsors, individual donations and various fundraising efforts. Major sponsors this year include, but not limited to: StorAmerica, City of Hope, WePackItAll, Burrtec Waste, Sierra Autocars, Ranchero Mexican Restaurant, Jan’s Towing, Grover Manufacturing, Cal-Am Water, DLL Technologies and Duarte Elks Lodge 1427.

Duarte School Board Candidates' Forum Set for Mon., Oct. 12

Election Will Be Tues., Nov. 3,
But Without Duarte City Council Candidates

A candidates’ forum consisting of the school board candidates will be held Monday, October 12. This event will be sponsored by the Duarte Chamber of Commerce and conducted by the League of Women Voters. It will be held at the Duarte Community Center, 1600 Huntington Dr., Duarte, from 7-9 p.m. DCTV will be videotaping the event for playback on local cable and on their website.

All school board candidates will be invited to attend the forum. Candidates who filed for three open positions on the school board by the closing date are: incumbent Tom Reyes, appointed incumbent Douglas Edwards, appointed incumbent Jim Dinsmore, Lillian Cabral, Robert Jole, Cheryl Taylor, and Lupe Valerio.

There will not be a Duarte City Council election in November because the number of candidates running for office (2) is the same as the number of City Council seats eligible for election during this cycle. Incumbents John Fasana and Liz Reilly have been appointed to serve four-year terms starting November 2015.

For additional information on this upcoming election, contact the LA County Registrar-Recorder of Voters (800) 816-2666.

Duarte to Dedicate Gold Line Station Saturday, August 15

Community members are invited to the long awaited celebration and join with the City of Duarte, local elected officials, the Gold Line Construction Authority and Metro to dedicate the Duarte/City of Hope Gold Line Station on Saturday, August 15, at 10 a.m. The exciting program will kick off with a  dedication followed by kid friendly activities and a reception.  Attendees will also be able to visit the information tables from the City, City of Hope and Metro.

The dedication will be held at 1777 Duarte Road and free parking is available at the station parking lot located on the southwest corner of Highland Avenue and Business Center Drive.

The Duarte/City of Hope station is part of the 11.5-mile Gold Line Foothill Extension light rail project from Pasadena to Azusa, slated to be open for passenger service beginning fall of 2016.  For additional information and to RSVP for the event, please contact Linda Manning, at (626) 305-7026 or via email at lmanning@foothillgoldline.org.

​Duarte “Raises the Banner”
for South Africa During Special Olympics “Duarte Day” July 22

South Africa and Duarte united in a fun filled day of cultural exchange where traditional dance, friendship and food were embraced as the City of Duarte Special Olympics Host Town Committee and the City of Hope on July 22 hosted a daylong series of activities designed to give the delegation a “Day in the life of Duarte” experience.

​The day began at the City of Hope with a welcome parade followed by a luncheon featuring an inspirational youth keynote speaker and six interactive, scientific activities. The delegation enjoyed the remainder of the day at the Duarte Teen Center for games, a traditional American BBQ, and "hip-hop" lessons provided by "Duarte Dance." The action-packed day ended at the Duarte Community Center, which had been transformed into an island paradise, DJ Dance Party where over 50 community members, including the Senior Center Line Dance team, both welcomed and celebrated them.

​As a Host Town, the City welcomed the 2015 Special Olympics World Games South African delegation consisting of approximately 91 coaches and athletes on July 22. Azusa Pacific University provided housing for the entire delegation of athletes and coaches during the three-day Host Town visit from July 21-24. The City of Duarte, in partnership with the cities of Azusa and Glendora and Azusa Pacific University (APU), opened their doors as Host Towns for the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles the remainder of the days.

​The day of events could not have been possible without the support of a variety of key sponsors. Special thanks to Diamond Sponsor, the City of Hope; Gold Sponsors: Office of Assemblymember Roger Hernandez, 7-Eleven, Old Town Sign CompanyFSP Designs, the Volunteer Center of the San Gabriel Valley, Pro 1 Stage Productions; Silver Sponsors: The Gas Company and MarvellWest; and the following Bronze Sponsors including Councilmember Margaret Finlay, the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, MonroviaStaplesCabrera's Mexican CuisineD'Aquino Italian Importing Company, Duarte High School Culinary Class, Janet’s Mediterranean Cuisine, Duarte Lemonade Brigade, The Leven Oaks, Panda Express, Qdoba Mexican GrillThe Slaw Dogs CaféSushi FireSweet Nothings Cake Shop, and Thai City Restaurant. Numerous volunteer contributors include but are not limited to: City of Duarte Senior Center, the Friends of the Duarte Library, Duarte Chamber of CommerceDuarte Woman's Club, the Duarte Kiwanis Club, the Duarte Education Foundation, Duarte Emblem Club, Duarte Area Resource Team, City of Duarte Mayor's Youth Council, City of Duarte Senior Line Dance Team and the Duarte Dance Team.

​Before the Special Olympics World Games began on July 25, more than 7,000 athletes from 177 countries were welcomed to Southern California through the Host Town program consisting of over 100 communities from San Luis Obispo to San Diego. In anticipation of "Duarte Day," the City hung a series of festive street banners displaying both the City and Special Olympics logos along Huntington Drive in front of the Duarte Civic Center.

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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Visionary Members

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

Tina Heany

Super Shuttle

Staples, Duarte

Anytime Fitness

Pro 1 Stage Productions

Nita Norgard

Burrtec Waste Services

Durston Builders

DMN Market

Bear With Me

Nissan of Duarte

Jan & Bob Wight

Royal Oaks

Maryvale Family Resource Center

Avila Gardens

IHOP Duarte

Pat De Rose

Duarte Unified School District

GE Private Security

FSP Designs

Hometown Pawn

HealthCare Partners

Duarte Kiwanis

Specialty Promotions

Comfort Keepers

Dahon California, Inc.

Duarte-Azusa Animal Hospital


Rudy's Plumbing

YWCA San Gabriel Valley

Century 21 Adams & Barnes

Duarte Tile and Stone

Estevan Chantes, Broker

Thai City Restaurant

Ginny Joyce Belba

A1 Party Rental

California American Water

AA Wireless, Inc.

Rasmussen Tree Care

Turner & Stevens Live Oak Mortuary

Talbot State Farm Insurance Agency

Inspire Charter Schools

Andersen, Horie & Co. CPAs

Boys & Girls Club Of The Foothills

Del Rio Pest Control

Mt. Sierra College

Sweet Nothings Cake Shop

John & Kris Fasana

Douglass & Zook Chapel of Remembrance

Pora and Henry Custodia

D'Aquino Italian Importing Co.

Dr. Hernandez Optometry

American Cancer Society/Relay for Life

Advantage Ford Lincoln

StorAmerica Duarte

McDonald's, 1122 Huntington Dr.

Daniel J. Lien Professional Services

Foothills Pregnancy Resource Center


David Granillo Air Conditioning & Heating

Beacon Media

Community Health Alliance of Pasadena

LA Plumbing Supply

Southland Opera

VivaDance and Fitness Studio

Citrus College

Costco Wholesale Azusa

Meridian Financial & Insurance Services

Southern California Edison

Santa Anita Soccer Club

San Pablo Home Care


Kevin Shaw Plumbing

AmericanWest Bank

Sierra AutoCars

Royal Vista Terrace

Charter Business

Healthy Connecting LLC

Right At Home

Event Guard Services

Roads of Success

Trilogy Financial Services, Carol Haynes

In Your Image Life Coaching

Acti-Kare Responsive In-Home Care

City of Hope

Cooks Collision

Sushi Fire

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