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The Old Monrovia Man and the Sea of Medicare
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The Old Monrovia Man and the Sea of Medicare

Explaining the inexplicable in Monrovia By Terry Miller Once upon a time, when your body turns a pungent “old” age of 65, your government starts paying you back for all those years you paid into the Medicare bank during your entire working life. Consider it a no interest savings account that you had to have…

Once Upon a Time in Monrovia: Movies, Murder and Madness
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Once Upon a Time in Monrovia: Movies, Murder and Madness

By Terry Miller Monrovia is a mere heartbeat away from Hollywood, as the crow flies — or whichever cliché you’d care to scribe. But this year, above all, Monrovia has once again made international headlines as it seems everyone is talking, writing or making films about the 1969 Manson Family murders and therefore Monrovia High…

Mimaki Sisters of Monrovia
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Mimaki Sisters of Monrovia

By Susie Ling “A sister is a little bit of childhood that can never be lost.” The Mimaki sisters – Helen, Bobbi, and Marian – are now 99, 97, and 95. When they came together recently, it was indeed like being with three little girls. “We all have odd-numbered ages now,” said one. Another said,…

How Do We Communicate in the Digital Age?
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How Do We Communicate in the Digital Age?

Context of communications like emotions and nonverbal cues are often neglected By Terry Miller Thousands of years ago, human beings communicated exclusively through spoken languages. Communities were small and nomadic. Gradually, people developed writing skills, creating a more permanent form of communication. As a result, folklore and oral tradition transitioned into literature. The invention of…

Fisher Family Reunion Celebrated During Monrovia Days
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Fisher Family Reunion Celebrated During Monrovia Days

By Susie Ling Of course, the Fisher Family would have their reunion on the same day as the Monrovia Day celebration. Said Betty Fisher Thomas, “This is so nice. I went to the Monrovia Day parade in the morning and to this gathering for the evening. There are still 44 first cousins that are the…

‘Big Jim’ Espinosa of Monrovia
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‘Big Jim’ Espinosa of Monrovia

A tale of Mexican-American struggle, determination and kindness By Susie Ling, Monrovia Legacy Project “Big Jim” Espinosa was 6-foot-3 and between 200 and 300 pounds of mostly muscle, but it was his heart that was really big. Big Jim was a Monrovia community leader of his time. James William Espinosa (1904-1981) was born on Lucky…

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,…

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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