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** Grand Opening**
ChapCare Lime

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

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

Foothill Family Service
Duarte Family Center

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

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​Honorees Announced for Nov. 25 Duarte Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast 

Duarte will express its thanks to outstanding community volunteers and kick off the holiday season at the annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast and Duarte Chamber’s Community Service Recognition Awards. The event will be held Wednesday, November 25, from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the City of Hope Cooper Auditorium, 1500 Duarte Road, Duarte.   

Being honored this year by the Duarte Chamber of Commerce are: Sara Nureldeen-Diaz, Outstanding Youth Award; Amy Bustos, Outstanding Service to Youth Award; Congresswoman Grace Napolitano, Outstanding Civic Service Award; Jean Glass, Outstanding Humanitarian Award; Mary Pat Paddock, Outstanding Service to Senior Citizens / Disabled Award; and two Outstanding Business Person Service Awards: Rinaldi Halim of Nissan of Duarte, and Alfredo and Grace Mejia of Ranchero Mexican Restaurant

Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for children and seniors. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance from the Duarte Chamber of Commerce, at Duarte City Hall, or online by clicking here. A limited amount of tickets will be available at the door.

The annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast is sponsored by Burrtec Waste Industries, and co-sponsored by the following: the Duarte IHOP, Duarte Church and Clergy Association, Duarte Chamber of Commerce, City of Hope, Duarte Kiwanis and Key Clubs, and the Duarte Woman’s Club.

Ranchero Mexican Restaurant Celebrating 25 Years, Now Moving On

Alfredo and Grace Mejia have lived the dream. After establishing Ranchero Mexican Restaurant in Pasadena decades ago, they had the opportunity to expand, and chose Duarte for their next restaurant. That was 25 years ago.

During that time many members of the family worked in the restaurant but have since moved on to different careers.  Alfredo and Grace are still working every day at "The Ranch" in Duarte. After experiencing a very successful venture here they have decided it's time to retire and "pass the torch" to a new family that is looking forward to their new adventure of owning a Mexican restaurant.

Saturday, November 14, will be the last day for Ranchero in Duarte. The next day, Sunday, November 15, will be the first day for a new business, Morralito Mexican Grill.

The original Ranchero Mexican Restaurant at 2663 E. Foothill Blvd. in Pasadena is still open and owned by the Mejias, serving the same family recipe food and Margaritas.

The Mejia family has been very involved in Duarte and very supportive of the community since their beginning here. We thank them and wish them continued success and extend our best wishes.

Duarte Honoring Veterans Nov. 11

Veterans, families of those currently serving, and the general public are invited to attend a special Veterans Day ceremony sponsored by the City of Duarte at Thorsen Park, Wednesday, Nov. 11, at 9 a.m. Thorsen Park is located at 2801 Huntington Dr. at Encanto Parkway. Seating will be available at the ceremony and refreshments, donated by the Duarte Kiwanis Club and Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, will be served immediately after the ceremony.

To ensure that Duarte veterans are personally remembered and thanked for their service at the ceremony, veterans and their families are invited to provide City Hall with those names so that they can be acknowledged at the ceremony. Contact Lupe Valerio at (626) 357-7931, ext. 260.  The City will also recognize the community’s Blue Star families.

Honoring military service to the nation is at the heart of a Military Banner Recognition Program launched in 2012.  Duarte residents with family members currently serving in the military still have the opportunity to honor their loved one's service in the United States Armed Forces with a Military Recognition banner placed along the City's main corridor, Huntington Dr.

City of Hope has partnered with the City of Duarte on the banner program and has provided funding to underwrite the first 30 Military Recognition banners. These banners are still available at no-cost to the first 30 military personnel who complete a program application, provide necessary verification documents and are deemed eligible. Additional banners are available for purchase or sponsorship at a cost of $155 each.
The program is designed to honor current military personnel who reside in the City or unincorporated county area of Duarte, or an immediate family member of a Duarte resident.
For more information about the Veteran’s Day Event or Military Banner Recognition programs, call Duarte City Hall at (626) 357-7931 or visit www.accessduarte.com.
Unofficial  Duarte School Board Election Results

11 of 11 Precincts Reporting - 
Results as of 11/6/2015 2:08:29 PM
3 positions open

*Cheryl Taylor  -  894
*Tom N. Reyes (I)  -  706
*Douglas Guthery Edwards (AI)  -  625

James "Jim" Dinsmore (AI)  -  595
Robert N. Jole  -  582
Lupe Valerio  -  575
Lillian Rose Cabral  -  263

* Unofficial winner
I = Incumbent
AI = Appointed Incumbent

Unofficial  Citrus College Board Election Results
Trustee Area 5

13 of 13 Precincts Reporting -
Results as of 11/6/2015 2:08:29 PM
1 position open

*Joanne Montgomery (I)  -  1,665

Gary L. Woods  -  763

* Unofficial winner
I = Incumbent

​Smart and Final Extra
Coming to Duarte in Early 2016

Weingarten Corporation, owner of the Buena Vista shopping center, has announced that Smart & Final Extra, the consumer-focused model of the traditional warehouse store, will be coming to Duarte in early 2016. The new store will take approximately 2/3 of the space recently vacated by Ralph’s who closed in July.

This newer concept from Smart & Final will provide Duarte and other area customers with expanded “everyday” grocery selections such as to-go meals, baby products, grooming merchandise and a larger selection of fresh produce all at warehouse pricing.

Most of the new Smart & Final Extra! Stores are larger than their traditional warehouse models carrying 4,500 more basic grocery items in smaller sizes to meet the weekly grocery shopping needs of everyday shoppers.

The Los Angeles-based non-membership warehouse chain Smart & Final operates 98 of its 254 stores under the new Smart & Final Extra banner. In 2015, the company plans to add 20 additional Extra stores. 

​Grocery Outlet Bargain Market Coming to Duarte

The former Mike’s Food location will be the new home for Grocery Outlet Bargain Market. The space is 18,000 square feet.

The property owner is in the process of a major façade enhancement for the building that includes the former Mike’s Food space, Young’s Gourmet, the barber shop and Little Caesars. Plans are approved and in plan check with the City of Duarte and construction should begin before the end of the year. 

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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Community Health Alliance of Pasadena

Federico's Bakery

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

Mt. Sierra College


Kevin Shaw Plumbing

Duarte Youth Athletic Club

Nature's Cleaners

VivaDance and Fitness Studio

Massage Envy Spa Azusa

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

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

Daniel J. Lien Professional Services

Foothills Pregnancy Resource Center

David Granillo Air Conditioning & Heating

Beacon Media

Southland Opera

Costco Wholesale Azusa

Meridian Financial & Insurance Services

Southern California Edison

Santa Anita Soccer Club


Banner 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

Health Care Partners Medical

City of Hope