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Monrovian Superstar, Architect Robert Kennard
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Monrovian Superstar, Architect Robert Kennard

By Susie Ling In 1986, Robert Kennard was inducted into the prestigious AIA College of Fellows for excellence in the field of architecture. Established in 1957, his Kennard Design Group (KDG) is one of the largest and oldest African American architectural firms in Los Angeles. Robert Alexander Kennard (1920-1995) was a Monrovian who graduated from…

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…

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: Fonzo and Old Town Bistro in Monrovia
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Summer in Town: Fonzo and Old Town Bistro in Monrovia

By Susie Ling Monrovia Trivia Question: Who is Fonzo? Well, of course Fonzo is the life-size chef statue in front of Old Town Bistro on Myrtle Avenue. This restaurant was opened in 2011 by the husband and wife team, Soren and Sunday Loft. It should be noted that their third chef with 2 percent ownership…