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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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​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.

Arts For All Awards $19,800 Advancement Grant to
Duarte Unified School District

The Duarte Unified School District (DUSD) is pleased to announce that Los Angeles County Arts for All has awarded an Advancement Grant in the amount of $19,800 to support the expansion of DUSD elementary music programs.
“The creative arts enrich our lives both as a culture and as individuals,” stated Duarte Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Allan Mucerino. “Why creativity and personal expression became unnecessary to our growth as a society, I do not know. What I do know is that the children of Duarte and our neighboring communities who attend Duarte schools will receive a world class arts education as a result of our partnership with the Arts for All consortium.”
DUSD proudly became an Arts for All designated school district in 2013 as the provision of visual and performing arts education is a district priority. With support from individual donors and community partners, last year the district was able to implement K-12 choral and instrumental instruction that included 6th grade band programs at every elementary school. In addition, for the first time, DUSD hosted both an all-district band showcase and an all-district choral showcase in the spring of 2015 featuring the new elementary band and choir programs along with our established middle and high school band and choir students. These inaugural events were huge successes and much appreciated by the entire DUSD learning community.
By awarding DUSD the Advancement Grant for a second consecutive year, Arts for All recognizes DUSD’s continued commitment to student learning in the arts. The grant application was reviewed by knowledgeable representatives of the arts education community. In the letter notifying DUSD of the award, Arturo Delgado, Superintendent of the Los Angeles County Office of Education, and Laura Zucker, Executive Director of the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, stated, “We applaud the work happening in your district and the continued commitment you have made in arts education.”
DUSD will use the Advancement Grant funds received for this year to expand the district’s music offerings to include the launch of band programs for 5th grade students. Starting fall of 2015, all students in both the 5th and 6th grade band programs will receive weekly music instruction that includes learning to play an instrument, reading sheet music, the proper care and upkeep of their instrument, and the fundamentals of playing in an ensemble taught by a highly qualified certificated music teacher hired by the district. This grant offers financial support that will help our district continue to provide quality arts education to all our students.

New Drive-Through Starbucks
to Debut in Duarte

Duarte Coffee lovers have something to stir about. The city will soon have a new state of the art Starbucks drive-through on the northwest corner of Huntington Drive and Buena Vista Street.  The 1,850 square foot location will fill a key corner location in our City and replace the existing Starbucks in the Huntington-Buena Vista Shopping Center. 
For the last few months, City staff have been working with the developer, Arbor Capital Group, on the project that includes the Starbucks and an additional 2,600 square foot retail building.  The Planning Commission approved the project at its meeting on June 15.  At the Planning Commission, Charlie Arbing, store development manager for Starbucks Corporate, revealed that this location will include the unique Clover Brewing System featuring a single cup coffee brewing technology providing “exquisite balance, depth of flavor, and aroma.”  These characteristics, along with the drive-through, make this a prime location for Starbucks.
The corner project also exhibits excellent architectural design and will be a welcome addition to the community.  “The community has been waiting for some time for a great project on this corner and we finally have it. The Tuscan inspired architectural design is just beautiful and we are fortunate to have a developer that can deliver a National retailer at this location,” said Craig Hensley, Duarte Community Development Director. 
Construction is scheduled to begin in early fall and the location should be completed by early 2016.

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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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

Rotary Club of Duarte

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

PC Guru


David Granillo Air Conditioning & Heating

Beacon Media

Community Health Alliance of Pasadena

LA Plumbing Supply

Cabrera's Mexican Cuisine

New Life Assembly of God

Southland Opera

VivaDance and Fitness Studio

Mountain Vista Plaza

Citrus College

Accu-sembly, Inc.

Costco Wholesale Azusa

Delafield Corporation

Mel Cohen Insurance Services

Rolling Sushi

Judy Ann Blake

Meridian Financial & Insurance Services

Southern California Edison

Farmers Insurance

Santa Anita Soccer Club

San Pablo Home Care


Kevin Shaw Plumbing

AmericanWest Bank

Sierra AutoCars

Sierra Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram

Foothill Unity Center

LTI Architects Inc.

Old Spaghetti Factory

Royal Vista Terrace

Charter Business

Healthy Connecting LLC

Rutan & Tucker, LLP

Arcadia Association of Realtors

Right At Home

Event Guard Services

Ranchero Mexican Restaurant

Roads of Success

Trilogy Financial Services, Carol Haynes

In Your Image Life Coaching

Acti-Kare Responsive In-Home Care

City of Hope

Cooks Collision

TELACU Community Capital

Sushi Fire

Duarte Montessori School

Local Advantage Publishers Inc.

Duarte Lemonade Brigade

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