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Claudia Heller and the Duarte Historical Museum Preserve Local History

By Susie Ling Sometimes, things are just meant to be. Claudia Heller grew up under the “D” of the Hollywood sign; she now lives near the “D” of Duarte. In her first visit to the Duarte Historical Museum in 1980, she met “Vicki” — that’s...

Face Time

People are finally wearing facemasks in public By Terry Miller Apple indeed has proved to be a little ahead of the curve, especially with their application known as FaceTime. Little did Tim Cook realize, however, just how important its name would become. From the beginning, the pandemic...

Sign of the Times in Monrovia – ‘Fashion’ Statement

By Terry Miller In these troubling times, many an entrepreneur is born. The latest attempt to make ends meet seems to be a tending freeway off-ramp salesperson. No, not asking for donations but cashing in on the growing need for face masks.

Living With Covid-19: A Story of Faith

Ulises Gutierrez sat down with me recently via Zoom, to discuss the moment he found out he had COVID-19 and the struggles he had to overcome: the physical and emotional pain, and the stigma associated with it.

A Conversation with Ralph Walker

By Hanna Nielson On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, I arrive at KGEM-TV Studio in Monrovia to find Ralph Walker busy interviewing candidates for the upcoming City Council election. As he does every year, he features each candidate on his locally broadcast talk...

Tribute to Wild Places: Olive Avenue Park Remembered

kids playing in park
It was interesting to read last week that the city had just been awarded a grant from the California Department of Parks and Recreation from the Statewide Park Development and Community Revitalization Program to expand and improve Lucinda Garcia Park. Monrovia is one...

Homage to Reverend Bailey of Monrovia’s Second Baptist Church

George Bailey
George Bailey in 1933. – Courtesy photo / Jessica Valentine Reverend George Godfrey Bailey was a good man. His main focus was on Monrovia’s children. Councilmember Larry Spicer remembers his mentor fondly, “He always told the youth that no matter what...

Preserving Monrovia’s Black History

“We are not makers of history. We are made by history,” said Dr. Martin Luther King. Black History Month was first officially recognized by President Ford in 1976. Black History Month had been earlier proposed by African American students at Kent State in 1969. They, in...

Black History Month Focuses on Voter Rights, Suppression

Monrovia Duarte Black Alumni Association to hold a lecture on Voting Rights this Saturday African Americans and the Vote is the theme for this year’s Black History Month, a topical subject for an election year....

Popular Monrovia Photographer Goes Back to the Future with 35mm Film

Rick Keshishi
They shoot film, don’t they? By Terry Miller Many photographers are putting down their smartphones or digital cameras in favor of shooting the old-fashioned way. Like vinyl records, good old typewriters and other wonderful analog stuff, film has an...

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