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Starting a new Business? Register your name at Temple Tribune CITY Monday edition of the Monrovia Weekly ArcAdiA Weekly MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 5 - SEPTEMBER 11, 2011 VOLUME XVI, NO. XXX John Shear To Be Honored at Santa Anita Race Track October 1 for Heroic Deed Call 626-301-1010 Ask for Brad or Victor to advertise your business FREE What’s Happening in El Monte This Week BY DENA M. BURROUGHS John Shear, 90, saved a young girl from a bolting horse last March and suffered serious, life threatening injuries as a result. Shear spent over a month in Huntington Memorial Hospital recuperating from his injuries - Photos by Terry Miller Santa Anita Park will pay tribute to its heroic 90-year-old Paddock Guard John Shear on Saturday, Oct. 1, as the Great Race Place will name a designated race “The John Shear Hero Purse.” The race will include a winner’s circle ceremony in which Shear will be recognized for his selfless act of heroism earlier this year on March 12, when he shielded a 6-year-old girl from a runaway horse prior to the third race just outside of Santa Anita’s walking ring. “This is going to be a very proud moment for all of us here at Santa Anita,” said George Haines, Santa Anita President. “John is a one in a million type of person and he’s made an amazing recovery from what could have been a catastrophic accident. This was a truly amazing act of heroism and he never thought twice about it—he just reacted instinctively to protect the little girl. “We’re looking forward to welcoming John back along with his wife Diane, their son Michael and a group of their friends. I know all of our employees and many of our fans are anxious to see John and to wish him well. It should be a special day.” Shear, who was taken by ambulance to Huntington Memorial Hospital immediately following the accident, sustained several injuries, including a fractured pelvis and he lost a considerable amount of blood due to internal bleeding. Michael Shear has attributed his father’s speedy recovery to diet and a vigorous lifestyle. “My dad Please see page 2 9/11 Memorial Blood Drive – Sept 7 The City of El Monte will hold its bi-annual blood drive this Wednesday September 7 from 7 am to 1 pm at the Grace Auditorium, located at 3130 Tyler Ave. Participants should make an appointment by calling 626.580.2200. Donors will be scheduled in 15-minute increments as all blood must be tested and approved prior to donating. Donors must present their identification card. The city is offering Star- bucks coffee, juice, fruit, and door prizes as part of the experience. All donors will receive a certificate for a free Cold Stone Creamery Creation, two complimentary VIP tickets to the Laugh Factory, and a voucher for two tickets for a Chivas soccer game (a $10 processing fee will be needed when redeeming the voucher). Economic Development Department community meeting – Sept 8 Please see page 3 Get Free Answers to your Housing Questions in El Monte Are you facing an eviction? Is your home threatened by foreclosure? If you need help with the paperwork involved and to understand your rights, take advantage of the free housing counseling offered in El Monte by the Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice (LACLJ). Funded by a grant by the California Community Foundation, the LACLJ can provide you with guidance, free of charge, during the housing counseling sessions scheduled every Tuesday from 1 pm to 5 pm in the “Crafts” room of the Jack Crippen Senior Citizen Center. “We just moved here two weeks ago,” said Maria Aguila, the Housing Outreach Coordinator who week after week offers guidance to those with questions. “For two years we worked out of City Hall, but now the Senior Center invited us to work at these premises,” she added. Along with Theresa Beaumier, a housing para- Please see page 4 The Hilarious and Heartfelt musical “FLOWER DRUM SONG” comes to the Historic San Gabriel Mission Playhouse Contribution to Arroyo High School Football Team The San Gabriel Valley Music Theatre and their Award Winning Creative Team which brought last year’s smash hit Miss Saigon to the San Gabriel Valley are mounting one of the most beloved musicals of all time, Rodgers and Hammersteins’ Flower Drum Song, over the weekend of October 1 and 2, 2011. Taking place at the His- The owner of American Reclamation, Inc. John Gasparian heard that the athletic department for Arroyo High School needed $2000.00 for new equipment for their football team or the season my have been in jeopardy. Football and education have always been a priority in the Gasparian toric 1,400 seat San Gabriel Mission Playhouse, this opulent production is directed by Ray A. Rochelle, and will feature a stellar cast of performers accompanied by a live twenty-piece lavish orchestra conducted by Maestro Richard Allen. Producer Bobby Hundley says, “Flower Drum Song remains one of the most popular musicals of all time not only because of the fantastic score and terrific characters but it was such a progressive work for its day. In a fitting tribute, SGVMT will be honoring Hollywood Screen Legend Nancy Kwan at a dinner and performance in her honor for paving the way for Asian artists into the mainstream Hollywood and Broadway limelight. We’re honored to be associated with Ms. Kwan and have the chance to bring this beautiful and funny masterpiece to our community.” Nancy Kwan was the original Linda Low in the film version of Flower Drum Song and recently released a Please see page 4 family and they all hold a great love of the game. John gladly volunteered to contribute the funds necessary to provide the equipment for the football team and was presented with a certificate of appreciation from Mr.. Jim Singiser ,”the athletic direc- Please see page 3

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