Susan Motander

Monrovia Officer of the Year Named
News

Monrovia Officer of the Year Named

By Susan Motander Last week, the Monrovia Police Department named its Police Officer of the Year for 2018 and honored him with its Distinguished Service Medal. Officer Rosendo Ramos III was presented with a medal to recognize this award by Chief Alan Sanvictores. According to the citation with which Ramos was presented, he has been…

World Harvest to Hold Fundraiser in Monrovia to Benefit Children
Community

World Harvest to Hold Fundraiser in Monrovia to Benefit Children

By Susan Motander World Harvest is a local non-profit working to educate and empower children around the world. It is doing the same thing locally working with approximately 25 local children by teaching them to become entrepreneurs. These youngsters from kindergarten-age through eighth grade have started their own businesses or stores. On Sunday, at the headquarters of World…

Summer Reading Program Begins in Monrovia
Community

Summer Reading Program Begins in Monrovia

By Susan Motander Perhaps one of the greatest joys in childhood is the day someone in the neighborhood buys a major appliance: a dishwasher, a water heater, or best of all, a refrigerator. This was not because of the appliance, but the box. It was fodder for the imagination of the neighborhood children. The dishwasher box could become…

City Council Moves to Keep Tax Monies in Monrovia
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City Council Moves to Keep Tax Monies in Monrovia

By Susan Motander On Tuesday, June 4, the Monrovia City Council voted to hold a special election on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019 to raise the local tax rate to 10.25%.  If enacted the measure, Keep Monrovia Revenue Local Sales and Use Tax Proposal, would raise the local tax rate by 0.75%, the highest amount allowed by…

Warrior Art Project to Benefit Monrovia VFW
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Warrior Art Project to Benefit Monrovia VFW

By Susan Motander The Veterans of Foreign Wars Meeting House needs repairs to its roof. To raise the funds, the VFW is holding a painting party. Unlike Tom Sawyer, the veterans are not asking for help with the roofing, but rather are hosting a Warrior Art Evening at the VFW Hall, 825 S. Magnolia Ave., on June…

Meet Monrovia Unified’s Newly Appointed School Resource Officer
Education

Meet Monrovia Unified’s Newly Appointed School Resource Officer

By Susan Motander For the last few years Officer James Ruano has served as the School Resource Officer (SRO) to Monrovia Unified School District (MUSD). Ruano brought his own special touch to the position bridging together the resources of the Monrovia Police Department (MPD) and MUSD. But the assignment is designed as a temporary one and at…

Monrovia City Treasurer Steve Baker Receives Recognition
Community

Monrovia City Treasurer Steve Baker Receives Recognition

By Susan Motander Monrovia’s City Treasurer Steve Baker also serves as the city historian. It was in this latter capacity that he received his most recent award, The Waddingham/Doctor Award from the California Historical Societies. Nominated by Jim Wigton of the Monrovia Historic Preservation Group (MOHPG), Baker was recognized for his years of service to the community,…

The Timing Was Perfect: Memorial Day 2019 in Monrovia
Community

The Timing Was Perfect: Memorial Day 2019 in Monrovia

By Susan Motander Every year (weather permitting) the Condor Squadron executes a flyover during the Allied Veterans’ Memorial Day services at Live Oak Memorial Park. This year, the timing was perfect. The Monrovia High School Band was playing “God Bless America” as the squadron made their first two passes over the cemetery. The band had just reached…

Support Monrovia’s First Responders and Local Charities
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Support Monrovia’s First Responders and Local Charities

By Susan Motander Saturday, May 11 is Fire Service Day. To celebrate, the Monrovia Firefighters Association is holding its Annual Pancake Breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. at Fire Station 101, 141 E. Lemon Ave. The cost is only $5 per person with kids younger than 3 eating free. The best part of this bargain meal is that firefighters…

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