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The 63rd Annual Miss Friendly and 2nd Annual Mister Friendly El Monte/South El Monte Pageant by Ren McGee, Contributing Writer El Monte / So. El Monte

On January 27, the Miss Friendly El Monte/South El Monte Pageant Association held their annual pageant at El Monte High School. The program included an opening dance, introduction to the judges, contestants, past courts, and board of directors, and competitions among the contestants. These consisted of platforms and issues, a talent competition, evening wear, onstage questions, and performances, all leading up to the crowning of the 2018 Royal Court. The Pageant was designed to inspire leadership, community commitment, academic success, and ethical standards of the highest regard. “It is very rewarding to see our contestants develop and mature throughout the Pageant process,” Christine Knight, President of the Pageant Association stated, “The Pageant is an event that will be cherished by our contestants for the remainder of their lives.” This year’s judges included Candice Woods, Joseph Han, and Marlena Martin. Dr. Lilly Chung, Pageant Direc-

tor stated, “The contestants have invested numerous hours in making this evening memorable...all of the contestants’ hard work will be apparent on stage and all are deserving of the crown. It will be very challenging for the judges.” The event began with an opening dance number, Poi and Fire, Ka Mate, He Mele No Lilo, and Kai Ulou Veo Kakai, which included last year’s Queen Jasmine Covarrubias and King Nicholas Segura. After the opening dance, there were introductions to several contributing members throughout the event. This included Masters of Ceremonies Dr. Edward Zuniga and Mr. Larry Cecil, judges and tabulator Michael Osborn, and contestants Megan Ulloa, Malinelly Romero, Anahi Perez, Julleah Marie Velez, Ruben Macias, Austyn Perez, and

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El Monte Council Appoints New City Manager by R. Conner, Staff Writer El Monte

The El Monte City Council unanimously appointed Alex Hamilton as the City Manager Tuesday, January 23. Mr. Hamilton has been serving as El Monte’s Assistant City Manager since 2015. “Alex Hamilton has been an effective Assistant City Manager since he started working for our City,” said El Monte Mayor Andre Quintero. “The City has been building momentum for many years and his leadership and steady hand will allow us to maintain continuity and continue building the future.” As a public servant, Mr. Hamilton has over 25-years’ experience working in federal and local government. He began his career in the U.S Army Corp of Engineers in the Environmental Resources Branch. “Alex Hamilton is a seasoned public servant,” said Mayor Pro Tem Juventino “J” Gomez. “With his experience leading local government, we will maintain the City’s drumbeat of

success.” Mr. Hamilton’s tenure in local government includes serving the cities of Los Angeles, Norwalk, Glendale, Commerce, Montebello, and most currently El Monte. Within local government, Mr. Hamilton has worked in diverse areas, including planning, economic development and city administration. “Throughout his tenure as Assistant City Manager, Alex has shown a diverse skillset that makes him an effective leader,” said Councilmember Norma Macias. “I look forward to this chapter of El Monte’s leadership and the successes to come.” As Assistant City Manager for El Monte, Mr. Hamilton directed the development of the City’s Economic Development Plan, adopted by the City Council in 2017. The Economic Development Plan serves as a roadmap for development in the City. Mr. Hamilton also facilitated the creation of the City’s Strategic Goals and Objectives, adopted by the City Council in 2016. “Alex has demonstrated a strong

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El Monte-Rosemead Adult School Receives $15,000 Donation

by R. Conner, Staff Writer El Monte

El Monte High School District Updates Websites by R. Conner, Staff Writer El Monte

Having a website means students, parents, and members of the community always have access and recently the El Monte Union High School District updated websites for all the schools offering a new look, a new feel, and an easier way to get information. Hi-tech, digital solutions are affecting every aspect of life. The educational system is no exception. Schools need to become a part of the trend through the creation of high quality, functional websites. District websites reflect the school in terms of values, attitude towards prospects, and acceptance of modern trends. Not just acceptance, but ability to adapt and capacity to educate on modern topics in an everchanging

economic landscape. The manner in which students engage in the academic process is changing. School administration needs to address these changes and come up with innovative solutions. Along with the refreshed look and feel comes improvements for mobile device viewing, up to date calendar of events, on-the-fly language translations, & more multimedia opportunities. A clear and user-friendly navigation gives visitors a smooth experience and easier search features. The District has made the most of this opportunity as load times for the website have significantly improved and multi-media elements stream with ease and no apparent buffering. For more information and to use the new websites please visit www.

The Stanley W. Ekstrom Foundation generously donated $15,000 to the El Monte-Rosemead Adult School for student scholarships. Stan’s father Marvin founded Cardinal Industrial Finishes in 1952, based on the premise that since most things in the world were painted, paint would be profitable product to manufacture. In 1988, Presidency of the company was passed on to his son Stanley. The Stanley Wayne Ekstrom foundation is entirely self-funded, staffed with volunteers, and supports organizations that impact education for academically gifted students from financially challenged families, abandoned and neglected animals, and

at-risk women and children to name only a few. The donation will be distributed to about 75 adult school students; each of whom will receive $200 to support their educational goals.

Scholarships for Women and Single Mothers by Staff El Monte

The American Association for University Women recently reported that 53% of women have high student loan debt just one year after graduation, compared to 39% of men. Many women also face the added difficulties of trying to go to college for the first time later in life, returning to school after long gaps of time, and attaining a degree while being a single parent. Remarkably, there are some fields where women are underrepresented such as in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) fields. If you happen to be a woman who excels at and is interested in a scientific major or concentration, this could be a great opportunity for you as technical schools work to get more female students on campus and in their labs. Check out the scholarships and fellowships listed below for award options you may be eligible for. The

information is out there so don’t let anyone tell you that “you can’t” because you can, and there is a difference between “can’t” and “won’t”. The (ISC)² Foundation Women’s Cybersecurity Scholarship Application Deadline: March 19, 2018 Award: $10,000.00 Applicants must be pursuing, or plan to pursue, a degree with a focus on cyber security or information assurance. You may be a senior in high school, an undergraduate student, graduate or post graduate student to be eligible. A minimum 3.2 GPA is required. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider’s website. For more information go to the (ISC)2 Foundation website at 1000 Dreams Scholarship Application Deadline: March 30, 2018 Awards: Five Scholarships in the Scholarships continued on page 3

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amount of $1000.00 each The 1,000 Dreams Scholarship provides one-time educational assistance for currently enrolled high school or college-aged women of up to $1,000. This scholarship is not for tuition, but rather expenses beyond the classroom and can include assistance for needs including but not exclusive to: educational conferences, instructional programs related to creative or artistic pursuits, graduate exam ap-

plication fees, or textbooks. For more information or to apply, please email Re-Entry Women Scholarship – AAUW Poway-Penasquitos (CA) Branch Application Deadline: March 1, 2018 Awards: Three Scholarships in the amount of $1800.00 each The Women’s Re-Entry Scholarship is awarded by the Poway-Penasquitos Branch of the American Association of University Women and is intended for a woman who is returning to a school of higher education to complete her education. Applicant must live or attend school in north San Diego county including northern city of San Diego. For more information and complete eligibility criteria, visit the website at

El Monte Union High School District Community Committed to College and Career

We are proud to present the inaugural

STATE of the DISTRICT With Superintendent Dr. Edward Zuniga Learn about our new District vision, mission and goals, Measure D Bond construction projects, award-winning educational programs, and our collective accomplishments to ensure student success for a prosperous future.

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 24, 2018 10:00 a.m.

EL MONTE HIGH SCHOOL AUDITORIUM 3048 Tyler Ave. • El Monte, CA 91731 The program will feature student performances. Refreshments will be served.

For more information, call the District Office at (626) 444-9005, ext. 9804.

Lions Over Vikings for Mission Valley League Title by S. Jackson El Monte

The El Monte Lions went on the road and defeated the Mountain View Vikings 2-1 in a thrilling game that will not be soon forgotten. The Lions started out the game strong controlling the ball possession and creating a few scoring opportunities. Despite all the pressure from the Lions, in the 18th minute Vikings somehow took the lead. Alfredo Gutierrez kicked an amazing cross that went 50 yards into the box where Miguel Hernandez leaped in the air and headed the ball into the net. Hernandez also collided hard with Lions Goalkeeper Jose Renteria after scoring the goal on the same play, but he was able to stay in the game. The Vikings had a few opportunities to double their lead a few minutes after the goal that they did not capitalize on and it proved costly. The Lions tied the game up 1-1 in the 30th minute with a goal from Christian Uren᷉ a off a corner kick that was kicked too high, but Jerry Salazar headed the ball back into the box and it caused havoc that led to the tying goal. With

the score even, the 2nd half sure anticipated a classic finish and did not disappoint. Both teams exchanged scoring chances for the first 20 minutes of the 2nd half. Vikings Goalkeeper Lorenzo Herrera and Lions Goalkeeper Jose Renteria came up big. Lions’ players Andy Garcia and David Rodriguez were the two best players for their respective team. Vikings players such as Emmanuel Amado and Miguel Hernandez had strong games as well. In the 78th minute Lions Forward Brandon Vega made a great pass to Andy Garcia that put him alone with Herrera and he made a magnificent play, he lobbed the ball over the goalkeeper’s head and put the ball in the net to give the Lions the 2-1 lead near the end of the game. The referees gave about 7 minutes of stoppage time after many injuries and stoppages but the Vikings couldn’t tie it and the Lions won the Mission Valley League title for the first time since 2002. It was an amazing game where both teams fought till the very last whistle and left it all on the field.

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Philadelphia Eagles Take Down the Evil Empire by Mike Nelson, Contributing Sports Writer National / Los Angeles

Someone forgot to tell the Philadelphia Eagles they were supposed to lose the Super Bowl. The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the New England Patriots 41-33 to win their first Super Bowl in a thrilling game from US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles accumulated 373 passing yards, 3 TD, and an incredible TD reception near the end of the 1st half. Foles carried this team in the playoffs after starting QB Carson Wentz tore his ACL in a game against the Los Angeles Rams in early December. Wentz needed season ending, and the Eagles looked to Foles who answered the call during the entire post season. The Eagles led 9-3 at the end of the 1st quarter in a strange quarter. The Eagles missed an extra point and the Patriots botched a snap on what should have been a chip shot field goal. In the 2nd quarter Nick Foles threw an interception leading to a Patriots touchdown. The Patriots were coming back, and the Eagles had to do something to change the momentum. So, they scored a touchdown. The Eagles took everyone by surprise by scoring a touchdown on 4th and Goal with 34 seconds to go in the half. From the shotgun, A shift to move Foles from center Jason Kelce, a direct snap to running back Corey Clement, a handoff to tight end Trey Burton and a pass back to the wide-

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open quarterback. The Patriots went down the field to start the 2nd half and scored a touchdown and with the extra point, closed the gap to 22-19. The Eagles then had a drive of their own that started deep in their own field that led to a touchdown to make it 29-19 and the shootout was on. The Patriots then went down the field also and got a touchdown to make it 29-26 and it just shows the kind of shootout it was with Tom Brady and Nick Foles of all people going at it. The Eagles got a field goal early in the 4th quarter to make it 32-26. Tom Brady threw for another touchdown to give the Patriots their first lead after the extra point at 33-32 with 9 minutes to go. Brady shattered his own Passing Yards per game Super Bowl record with 504 passing yards in this game. The Eagles took the lead with a Zach Ertz TD with 2 minutes to go and it

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was 38-33 after a failed two-point conversion. The stage was set for Tom Brady. A little over two minutes left in the game and one time out. The Brandan Graham abused Shaq Mason, and forced a fumble recovered by Eagles Derek Barnett. The Eagles added a field goal didn’t look back to win the Super Bowl 41-33.

Foles became the 2nd QB in history to win the Super Bowl as a starter after starting the season as a backup, the 1st one ironically was Tom Brady in 2002. The Eagles deserved this game because the Patriots blinked when it mattered it most and that’s why the Eagles opened, held the trophy and will wear the LII Championship ring in the end.

felt about joining the Pistons, “This is where I want to be. This is a place that wants me and that’s the type of organization that I want to play for. I wouldn’t want to be stuck in a place where it wasn’t working.” Well it clearly wasn’t working because the Clippers were willing to part ways with him at such an odd time, right

in the middle of a playoff chase that they are currently in as they sit 9th in the Western Conference. Griffin scored 24 points, got 10 rebounds and had 5 assists in his debut with Pistons last Thursday against the Memphis Grizzlies in a 104-102 Pistons win. On the other hand, Tobias Harris had 24 points in his Clippers debut against the Chicago Bulls last Saturday in a 113-103 Clippers win. The Clippers are expecting Bradley and Harris to be immediate impacts as they continue their playoff push. Griffin will have an opportunity to play the Clippers this Friday afternoon at 4 PM (Prime Ticket) in what should be a classic game from Detroit. It will also be interesting to see how the Clippers look as a team since this game will be a day after the NBA Trade Deadline and the Clippers are rumored to not be done making deals in the trade season.

Blake Griffin Traded to the Pistons

by Mike Nelson, Contributing Sports Writer National / Los Angeles

On January 29th the Los Angeles Clippers shocked the basketball world when they traded Blake Griffin along with Willie Reed and Brice Johnson to the Detroit Pistons for Avery Bradley, Tobias Harris, Boban Marjanovic, a 2018 1st round pick and a 2019 2nd round pick. Griffin had played his entire with the Clippers up until the trade and had been

summer. Nobody expected that just 5 months later the Clippers would ship him away. Griffin reportedly did not know about the trade until he saw it on Twitter and it is unfortunate that the Clippers did not handle this differently with such an iconic player for this franchise. Griffin spoke about how he regarded as maybe the best Clipper player of all time. What made the trade even more surprising was that the Clippers had just signed Griffin to a 5-year 173 million dollar back in July 2017. It even has been reported that a mock-retirement jersey ceremony took place at Staples Center to try and lure Griffin to stay last

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Webb's Rules

PRICE TO PAY by Eugene R. Webb

I know that this is going to sound funny; but the whole world is all about money. I don’t know of any place you can go; That is if you are without any dough. I heard that it even takes a lot of money; If you wish to acquire a wonderful honey. It really doesn’t matter what you want to do; I know it’s going to take a lot of money too. Even the air that we all breathe is not free; Everything it seems that we do comes with a fee. Even the poli-

ticians are as crooked as can be; All because of their love for the money. It really doesn’t matter what we do or say; In life there will always be a price to pay. When it comes to money, we can’t get enough; For most of us are always wanting some stuff. There’s some changes in our life we can’t control; And some of us are actually forced to pay as we go. Taxes on top of taxes we’re always going to pay; That is until the Good Lord comes to take us away.

Supervisor Solis Honors New Temple Elementary School by R. Conner, Staff Reporter San Gabriel Valley

Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis chose New Temple Elementary School in the Valle Lindo School District as the first school in San Gabriel Valley to experience the

All Photos courtesy of the Office of Supervisor Hilda Solis

National History Mobile Museum. During the ribbon cutting ceremony for the mobile museum, Supervisor Solis encouraged students in attendance to follow their dreams, study

hard in school, and learn as much as they can about the natural history of California. The mobile museum will be parked at New Temple Elementary School for one week allowing all third and fourth grade students an opportunity to visit the museum, providing education about the natural history of California and the Chumash Indians through archaeological artifacts that are on display. The students showed Supervisor Solis their appreciation for her bringing the museum to the school with a special presentation singing “California Here I Come”, accompanied on the piano by South El Monte High School senior Gavin Spillard and led by teacher Janet Lindsey. Valle Lindo PTO President Evelyn Vargas and treasurer Elena Gaeta showed their appreciation, on behalf of the parents of the school, by pre-

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El Monte’s Women’s Club Hosting 43rd Annual Scholarship Fundraiser by Ren McGee, Contributing Writer San Gabriel Valley

On February 16 between 5:30 pm and 11:00 pm, El Monte Women’s Club will be hosting their annual Scholarship Dinner fundraiser at the El Monte Community Center. The theme is a 1940’s WWII Victory Party. Tickets are $30 in advanced and the event will include dinner and several prizes. This is the 43rd annual scholarship fundraiser. All fundraising efforts go to the students of El Monte in the form of scholarships. Every year about $20,000 is raised and awarded to the seven schools in the El Monte Union High School District. The theme of the event originated from last year’s Roaring 20’s Casino

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Night. “We are highlighting various decades in history to honor our many dedicated members who have committed decades of their life to volunteer service in the community,” states Tina N. Ly, an active member of the club. Catering is to be included in ticket prices and will include Chicken Picatta, mashed potato, vegetables or Steak Marsala, chipotle mashed potato, asparagus. There will also be several prizes including door prizes, raffles, and a silent auction. There will be movie memorabilia, local dining and entertainment passes, sports memorabilia, a bicycle, housewares, and various gift baskets. There will also be free parking behind the Community Center and free street parking. Women’s Club continued on page 8

“Working Overtime”

“Super Bowl Sunday and an Old Friend”

I am not going to make any predictions because by the time you read this the game will be over [Editor’s Note: Working Overtime is submitted the Saturday before publication] but I am glad that one of my fellow seniors is one of the quarterbacks. Secretly I was hoping to see the Minnesota Vikings make it, not that I am a Viking fan or because, strangely, no home team has ever played in the Super Bowl, but because an old friend of mine Viking great Gene Washington would have enjoyed it so much. Gene Washington grew up in the segregated South of the fifty’s and sixty’s where there weren’t many options for blacks. Gene had grown up playing sports in all black leagues, but he had caught the eye of legendary football coach Duffy Daugherty at Michigan State University who recruited him to attend MSU. Michigan State University had one of the first fully integrated teams in the history of college football. Gene, the team’s leading receiver, played a long side Bubba Smith, George Webster and Clinton Jones and MSU went undefeated in their final two years wining back to back National Championships! In 2011 Gene Washington was inducted into the College Foot-

ball Hall of Fame. In 1967 after graduation, yes back in the day they stayed and graduated, Gene was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings where he played for several

by Dick James El Monte years and is currently listed on the Viking’s web-site as one of the Fifty Greatest Vikings. He played in two Pro-bowls and Super Bowl #4. I met Gene at a diversity conference. While playing for the Vikings he had stuck up a relationship with 3M which is based in Minnesota and had help them establish their diversity Working Overtime continued on page 8

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Cracker Barrel “California Here I Come” By: Mike McClure El Monte

I notice that everyone is excited about the new Norm’s Restaurant that is going to be built on Valley Blvd. in El Monte. The longstanding Southern California diner chain was officially sold off to an outside investor, Jim Balis, back in 2015. The ownership change marked the first time in the sixty-five year history of the legendary brand that control has not been under the Roybark family name. The patron Norm himself, Norman Roybark, opened the first location near Sunset & Vine in 1949, the family had steadily expanded in the decades following WW2 alongside similar American-tinged restaurant groups like Big Boy and Denny’s. Long the post-club late night destination for anyone working off a stiff night at the bar, or actors and early morning workers alike, Norm’s has maintained it’s always-there presence for more than six decades. As a young actor in the fifty’s, I was

one of those customers. I was working a lot at the “Players Ring” in Hollywood over on Santa Monica Blvd. while I was attending the Pasadena Playhouse and we would often end up at Norm’s. In the late forty’s a group of actors that included Charlie Chaplin’s boys (Sidney and Charles Jr.), Edward G. Robinson Jr., and George Burns Jr. (a lot of Juniors there!) had formed and called themselves the Circle Players. They acquired a building on El Centro in Hollywood and named it the “New Theatre Wing”. They produced several plays, with directional support from the senior Chaplin, and other members like June Havoc (the original Baby June fictionalized in Gypsy) and even got to the point where the boys attempted to bring their friend Marilyn Monroe into the group (the women in the group voted her down). Some of the group ventured off and formed the “Players Ring” at the space on Santa Monica Blvd. where Cracker Barrel continued on page 8

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senting Supervisor Solis with a pictorial blanket showing major milestones in the Supervisor’s life and career including her graduation from La Puente High School, serving as a Cabinet Member of former President Obama, and service on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. Upon receiving the special gift from the Parent Teacher Organization, Supervisor Solis encouraged the students that they too could achieve their dreams with hard work and determination.

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Shirpser Students Get Tools for the Classroom By A. Bury, El Monte City School District El Monte

Can you imagine having a title like Chief Giving Officer? That is exactly the title of Justin Wolff co-founder of the school supply company, Yoobi. Wolff was invited to a “Thank You” assembly at Shirpser School on behalf of the entire El Monte City School District. Wolff and Yoobi were recognized because of their generous donation of 272 Classroom Packs that consisted of special Yoobi products designed specifically for elementary grade students. In partnership with the Kids in Need Foundation, Yoobi currently works with over 30 resource centers to distribute Yoobi Classroom packs. Shirpser Principal Lorraine Torres introduced the Shirpser Student Leadership Team and then welcomed attendees that included, Wolff, Superintendent Dr. Maribel Garcia,

and School Board members Jennifer Cobian and Jessica Ancona. Every elementary teacher in the district received a brightly colored box filled with supplies for their each of their students. That means over 8,000 students received supplies!

Wolff said, “We think that school supplies should be available to every child in every classroom, and teachers should not have to spend their hard-earned money to make that Yoobi Donation continued on page 7

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DOWN 1. Steffi of tennis 2. “Me and ____ and the Dying Girl” 3. Cocoyam 4. Native of American Great Plains 5. Very much 6. 0.001 inches, pl. 7. Mozart’s “L’____ del Cairo” 8. Hajj destination 9. Head-hiding place 10. Bad to the bone 11. Post-it slip 12. Like some martinis 15. Broad-brimmed beachwear 20. Watts events, 1965 22. Make a scene 24. Hard to pin down 25. *Avian symbol of love, pl. 26. “Umble” Heep 27. Crafter’s wood 29. Impulse 31. Iranian coin 32. Cockatoo’s cousin 33. Rome’s Colosseum 34. *Paper greetings 36. Suggestive look 38. *Valentine’s Day Gettogether 42. Medicinal worm 45. Up in the air 49. Tsetse, e.g. 51. Traveling entertainer’s helper 54. Opposite of rural 56. Aung San Suu Kyi’s home 57. Vicki Lawrence’s Thelma Harper 58. Echoed by the flock 59. Source of zest 60. Those in a play 61. Uber competitors 62. “The Three Musketeers” dueling sword 63. Bolsheviks 64. Like sashimi 66. Schiller’s “____ to Joy”

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happen.” To address this, Yoobi keeps a simple promise – for every Yoobi item you buy, a Yoobi item is donated to a classroom in need. Since they have launched, they’ve donated school supplies to more than 3 million kids. Wolff went on to say, “When kids have the right tools for the classroom, there is an increase in confidence, motivation and attendance.” After the assembly Wolff, Garcia, Cobian and Ancona visited a third-grade classroom as the supplies were being distributed. Squeals of joy were heard as students opened their bright blue pencil boxes to find pencils, crayons, markers, glue sticks and more. Dr. Garcia said, “We are very grateful to Yoobi for their incredible donation. It is so exciting to see the happy expressions on the faces of our hard-working students. They so deserve this!” “We are always grateful for inspiring teachers,” Wolff commented. “It’s in our DNA to love teachers and give big hugs to all of them. They are the ones who teach and inspire future generations. We just help provide tools for kids to learn and be creative.” One elementary school teacher remarked, “With half the school year over, this is just what my students need for the last half. Thank you Yoobi!”

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Kenneth Giant. Visiting and past Royal Courts were also introduced along with the Board of Directors. There were several questions that the competitors were made to answer, along with physical representations of grace such as Evening Wear which included a special performance by Garrett Ching and Prince Danny Hernandez. The Farewell Walk highlighted the 2017 Miss and Mister Friendly El Monte/South El Monte Royal Court. The awards were presented by Dr. Lily Ching and afterwards the contestants performed How Far I’ll Go. The night ended with the Coronation, crowning Anahi Perez and Ruben Macias as the 2018 Miss and Mister Friendly El Monte/South El Monte Queen and King. Both the Queen and King are attendees of El Monte High School and are involved with the El Monte High School cheerleading team. All members of the Royal Court are to receive scholarships provided by the Miss Friendly El Monte/South El Monte Pageant Association.

A big thank you goes out to all of those who were involved in putting this event together. “The Pageant has been through many challenging times and is now in a position of stability and credibility,” stated Ken Rausch, Treasurer and Board Member, “Our Board is committed to providing the Court with the best opportunities for future growth and development.” Applications for the 2019 Miss and Mr. Friendly El Monte/South El Monte can be downloaded at www.

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Mountain View School DiStrict D iStrito e Scolar M ountain V iew • I nspIrIng E ach s tudEnt E vEry d ay •

Kindergarten / transitional Kindergarten enroll noW If your child will be 5-years-old on or before September 1, 2018, MVSD invites you to register your child in its outstanding full day Kindergarten program. Children turning 5-years-old between September 2, 2018 and March 2, 2019 are invited to register in MVSD’s Transitional Kindergarten program.

students in the Mountain View school district enjoy: • highly qualified teachers • a college bound culture clean, safe and secure schools • • free breakfast and lunch programs • exceptional early literacy programs • excellent after school care and instructional support • extensive technology learning programs a variety of academic enrichment programs • • a district-wide school uniform policy excellent family engagement program • • character education and positive behavior programs

For registration and enrollment information please call 626-652-4000 or visit the district website at

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Si su niño(a) cumple 5 años de edad antes del 1º de septiembre de 2018, MVSD lo invita a que matricule a su niño(a) al sobresaliente programa de Kínder de día completo. Niños cumpliendo 5 años de edad entre el 2 de septiembre de 2018 y el 2 de marzo de 2019 están invitados a que se matriculen al programa de MVSD de Kínder Transicional.

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dents,” said Councilmember Victoria Martinez. “With his guidance, we will continue bringing projects and programs that best serve our community.” “Two years ago, Alex Hamilton joined the City of El Monte as Assistant City Manager and he has been a part of the integral growth of the City,” said Councilmember Jerry Velasco. “Today, his dedication and commitment has earned him the position of the City of El Monte’s new City Manager. Working together, we will ensure El Monte continues to move forward.” Mr. Hamilton holds a Bachelor of Arts in Geography from the California State University, Los Angeles.

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The club was formed among five women as a Shakespearean Appreciation Society in 1902. Two years later the club joined the General Federation of women’s clubs, allowing for more volunteer activities. If you have an interest in joining, please attend a meeting or email

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I came in, after a show we would go over to Norm’s and hang out. The “Players Ring”s location was destroyed by fire in 1964 but while it existed it was a great training ground

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hiring outreach and when he retired from football he became 3M’s Diversity Manager and has help shape them into being considered one of the leaders in the industry. I always figured that Gene like me

and showcase for young actors but not a great source of income (if we got paid at all) so several of us owe a debt of gratitude to the Roybark family for putting up with us when we were not their most affluent customers . Thank you, Norm. because he knew that I didn’t know a thing about football and so I just liked him, I remember asking him after I got to know him if he was famous? He laughed and said, “not to you” and we always got along. Sorry old buddy, your Viking’s didn’t quite make it but I am sure you enjoyed the game anyhow. Follow us @ MidValleyNews

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Serving the San Gabriel Valley, with education, entertainment and local sports. We are a community newspaper delivering local content for th...