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A Tree Grows at Bradoaks Monrovia
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A Tree Grows at Bradoaks Monrovia

By Susan Motander Recently while driving a former resident around town, that resident recalled an incident from her childhood. As she recalls, she was in fourth grade when she was one of the students selected to help the Mr. Brandeis (later Dr. Brandeis) to plant a pine tree on Arbor Day in front of Bradoaks Elementary…

Communal Motivation: ‘Faith is All I Have’
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Communal Motivation: ‘Faith is All I Have’

Part I: Motivational stories of those residing in Monrovia, Arcadia, Pasadena and Sierra Madre By Hansol Hwang Motivation, is the high we try to reach every week, often times achieving it through various types of narcotics such as quotes of the day, meditation, repeatedly giving pep talks to yourself on the drive to work, coffee,…

Racism Rears Its Ignorant Head in Monrovia Monday Morning
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Racism Rears Its Ignorant Head in Monrovia Monday Morning

Editor’s note: The following is a first person account of a sad but commonplace misconception in our troubled world. The incident took place the day before the 17th Anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. The victim was wearing a hijab. Police called on a woman wearing her hijab By Esma Ali I am writing to…

Shiloh A.M.E. Zion Church Celebrates 132 Years in Monrovia
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Shiloh A.M.E. Zion Church Celebrates 132 Years in Monrovia

By Terry Miller and Steve Baker African-American churches are a critical element in Monrovia’s rich history. Institutions such as the Shiloh A.M.E. Zion Church on Canyon proved to be more than a place of worship for local African Americans like Dorothy Dudley who spent the better part of ten years trying to get the city to…

Longtime Monrovians Exude Their Passion for the City
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Longtime Monrovians Exude Their Passion for the City

Summer in town: Monrovia’s Welcome Wagon – won’t you be my neighbor By Susie Ling If you’ve moved to Monrovia after 2003, you may know about Monrovia’s unique Welcome Wagon. Over the last fifteen years, John Watson and Hal Leavens collate information packets and plan their driving itinerary to go say “welcome neighbor” to new…

Summer in Town: Remembering Monrovia Veterans
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Summer in Town: Remembering Monrovia Veterans

By Susie Ling In 2006, 21-year-old Raul Mercado was killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq. Mercado was born in Monrovia, earned a 3.5 grade-point average at Monrovia High, and was a member of the track and basketball teams. His goal was to buy a home for his mother, a hotel worker. At the lance…

Summer in Town: Meeting at Monrovian Restaurant
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Summer in Town: Meeting at Monrovian Restaurant

By Susie Ling It was in 1979 that Jimmy and Maria Kypreos opened Monrovian Restaurant – but not at the northeast corner of Myrtle and Colorado. Many of Monrovian Restaurant’s dedicated customers remember. Joe of San Dimas said, “I used to come with my three daughters when we lived in Monrovia. Jimmy had the restaurant…

Summer in Town: Friday’s Family Fair
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Summer in Town: Friday’s Family Fair

By Susie Ling Before August of 1992, Monrovia did not have a weekly Family Festival on Myrtle! A generation later, Friday Fair is part of the rhythm and culture of Monrovia. Now a well-oiled machine, the petting zoo, the farmers, the vendors, the musicians, and thousands of folks congregate every Friday. There’s kettle corn, giant…

Summer in Town: J.B. Burgers Since 1974
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Summer in Town: J.B. Burgers Since 1974

By Susie Ling Once upon a time, a young man named Demetrios “Jim” Bakolas dreamed of opportunity in America. In 1938, Demetrios was the youngest of four born to a doctor and his wife. Demetrios was born in Karpenisi, an area in Central Greece rich in historic tradition and natural alpine beauty. But in the…

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