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A Publication of the Whittier Area Chamber of Commerce

JUNE 2012 • VOL. 18 NO. 6

Economic development, mineral extraction to be discussed at State of the City Address

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City of Whittier staff and leaders will reflect on City accomplishments from the past year, discuss current economic concerns and review plans for the future, including steps to ensure the health and stability of Whittier, at the annual State of the City breakfast presented by the Whittier Area Chamber of Commerce. This popular event is open to all business owners and residents of Whittier and will be held on Thursday, June 7 at the Whittier Area Community Church from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Registration will open at 8 a.m. with a lite breakfast courtesy of Herach & Ara Catering. Tickets are $15 per person. This year ’s Address will highlight

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development projects along Whittier Boulevard and throughout the City such as Mosaic Gardens, the new multi-family residential project near Uptown Whittier, as well as infrastructure updates and the City budget. With the demise of redevelopment earlier this year, there will also be some information on what lays ahead for the City and the Successor Agency. Mayor Owen Newcomer is expected to serve as Master of Ceremonies for the morning's program. "The Whittier Chamber is pleased to provide access to our local elected and city officials and host this important event for our community," stated Chamber President Sue Dean. "The State

of the City Address is an excellent opportunity for local businesses owners and residents to get the latest information on upcoming developments," concluded Dean. Take advantage of this opportunity to hear firsthand what exciting developments are occurring in Whittier by attending this event on June 7. To RSVP for the Whittier Chamber's 2012 State of the City Address, please call the Whittier Chamber at (562) 698-9554 or register conveniently online at

Shop Local Showcase: outdoor expo to feature local businesses and restaurants; free and open to the public Sponsored by Whittwood Town Center & the City of Whittier Looking for a fun way to network with local businesses and secure new leads? Join the Whittier Chamber at the Shop Local Showcase on Wednesday, July 11 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Whittwood Town Center. All community members are invited to come stroll through this free outdoor tabletop expo and network with businesses from both the Chamber and the Whittwood Mall. “Last year’s Fall Business Showcase was a huge success with over 50 vendors participating and 500 guests in attendance,” stated Chamber Chairwoman Bonnie Watje of ACRO Printing, Inc. “We think moving the event to the summer and incorporating more community services will surely make this one of the biggest local events of the summer. Whether you are a business person or a resident, this is one community event you do not want to miss!” The Whittwood Town Center, with its ample parking, central location, awesome food court and fabulous shops, is the perfect location for the Shop Local Showcase. The event is set to take place in the parking lot between Sears and 24 Hr. Fitness.


“The opportunity that the Whittier Chamber offers to network with the 'community at large' is awesome at the Shop Local Showcase July 11." - Bonnie Watje, ACRO Printing, Inc. The Shop Local Showcase is a perfect venue to brand your business to the community while promoting your goods and services. Come visit these local businesses, restaurants and organizations that have already committed to participate:

Participating in the Shop Local Showcase is simple! 1) Decide what type of table you want to reserve: a. $110 - table, 2 chairs, linen and table top sign b. $160 - table, 2 chairs, linen, table top sign and canopy 2) Reserve your table by calling the Chamber office at (562) 698-9554 or by visiting the Chamber Mall at 3) Start designing your table by putting together marketing materials and products that “showcase” your business… don’t forget to include a plan to collect contact information from interested customers and clients 4) Invite clients, employees and friends to visit your table at the Shop Local Showcase, which is free and open to the public

Event Sponsors: City of Whittier • Whittwood Town Center Corporate Sponsors: Orbit Event Rentals • Southern California Edison RMH Dance and Productions Water Sponsor: Central Basin Municipal Water District - Bob Apodaca Vendors: ACRO Printing, Inc. • AVON, Pam Gilbert Coldwell Banker Alliance Realty, Gil Rodriguez Keller Williams Realty, Debbie Brown • LPL Financial Reliance Funding • Scentsy • Theresa’s Treasures Union Bank • Whittier Hospital Medical Center Whittier Republican Women Federated

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Whittier Chamber President Sue Dean stops to smile with Wanda Behnke of Granite Payment Alliance (left) and Volunteer & Ambassador of the Year La Donna Munier with Friendly Hills Bank wearing their best orange outfits during CAPC, Inc.’s 5-Chamber Kaleidoscope Mixer last month. For more photos from community events, see page 3

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Concept 7’s John Peel (far right) discusses his organization’s mission with Councilmember Cathy Warner and Whittier City Manager Jeff Collier during the annual Salute to Service program at Wake Up Whittier in May. Turn to page 4 for more photos from the monthly breakfast or see pages 8 & 9 for a special Salute to Service centerfold



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What does summertime mean to you? Is it a time for long days, warm nights and evening walks on the Greenway Trail or in Uptown? Does it also mean that there’s much to celebrate and enjoy in our great city as we approach mid-year? I think both! We recently had the opportunity to celebrate and learn more about many of the excellent service organizations in our chamber at May’s Wake Up Whittier, held at Whittier Hospital Medical Center. Whittier has such compassion for those in need, and the annual Salute to Service Wake Up Whittier provides an abundance of information, recognition and appreciation to these local service Sue Dean, organizations and nonprofits. Notary Signing I always look forward to our State of the City Address, which will Network be held this year on Thursday, June 7 at Whittier Area Community Church, with the event beginning at 8:30 a.m. The address will be presented by our Mayor, Owen Newcomer, and our City Manager, Jeff Collier. This event is full of information about our city and something you won’t want to miss. This month’s Wake Up Whittier will be held at Harmony Center for Spiritual Living in Uptown on Wednesday, June 20 with great networking and leads opportunities starting at 7:30 a.m. The Whittier Chamber partners with local businesses to host these monthly Wake Up Whittier events and always does an amazing job of bringing together over 200 people who are interested in meeting others and staying up-to-date on our current happenings, and of course leads, leads, leads! Be sure to take advantage of all that your membership has to offer! Our Tasty Tuesday events are just another way to meet and share opportunities with other local businesses. This month’s Tasty Tuesday will be on June 26 at 11:30 a.m., and will be hosted by healthy Uptown eatery Fenix 5-4. Since you “have to eat lunch somewhere” why not make it to your advantage and join in on this exceptional networking opportunity! Coming up quickly is our Shop Local Showcase, held at the Whittwood Town Center from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 11. The event, formerly referred to as the Fall Business Showcase, has moved to the summer and was a great success last year. Attendance will be free and open to the public making it a fantastic community event you can bring the whole family to. You’ll want to plan now, so be sure to watch for further details; whether you want to join us by hosting a table or booth, or just come by to collect information on local businesses, it’s sure to be a great networking event. Finally, I hope you all have a very special Father’s Day and enjoy making somez special memories with your family and friends this month!

It certainly has been a busy and exciting month for the city. First, kudos are in order to all who participated in the wonderful 125th Anniversary Celebration at this year’s Founders’ Day at Central Park. All the dance groups and entertainment, such as the Whittier High School Band and the East Whittier Middle School Jazz Band, were fabulous! A big thank you is also in order to the Whittier Historical Society, the Whittier Conservancy and all the community groups that participated. The Annual Health Fair and Police Open House was also a big success the following weekend with hundreds of children participating in the Kiddie-K Fun Run. The “jaws of life” and K-9 Owen Newcomer, demonstrations were quite popular with both parents and kids. If Whittier City Mayor you have children, this is a must-attend event next year. It’s wonderful to see business continue to pick up. Last month, Panda Express and Chipotle both opened for business at the Whittwood Town Center and it is expected that The Habit Burger Grill will open very soon. Also joining the Whittwood Town Center family is Sephora, which will be located inside JC Penney. Sephora will offer makeup, skincare, face & body tools and fragrances from more than 200 famous beauty brands. It’s great to see so much activity happening at the Whittwood Town Center! Whittier took the next step in the mineral extraction project in May when we delivered a check to the County of Los Angeles representing the appraised value of the land to be affected within the Preserve. As specified in Proposition A, the 1992 county initiative that provided funds to buy the property in 1995, the use of the land may be changed upon payment of compensation to the County Open Space District in an amount equal to the appraised value of the land. I have purposely kept this month’s update brief in hopes that you will join the City and the Chamber on Thursday, June 7 for the 2012 State of the City Address at the Whittier Area Community Church on Colima Road and Mar Vista Street. Rather than providing details about upcoming projects here, I encourage you to attend the State of the City Address to learn about all the exciting things happening around Whittier. A presentation on last year’s accomplishments, updates on current projects and information on what the community can expect for fiscal year 2012-13 will ensure an informative and exciting event for all. As in previous years, the audience will have an opportunity to ask questions of me and our City Manager Jeff Collier immediately following the presentation. If you are unable to attend, look for highlights from the event in next month’s message. For more information or to purchase your $15 ticket which includes a lite breakfast, contact the Whittier Chamber at (562) 698-9554.

Annual State of the City Address Thursday, June 7 • Begins 8:30 a.m. Whittier Area Community Church

2012-2013 Board of Directors EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE President Sue Dean, Notary Signing Network Immediate Past President Ben Greer, GM Properties VP Administration & President-elect Bonnie Watje, ACRO Printing, Inc. VP Business Information Greg Gunter, Greg's Auto Body VP Community Affairs Heather Crawford, Prudential California Realty VP Finance Jeff Ball, Friendly Hills Bank VP Marketing Shannon Gimbel, Shannon G's Flowers VP Membership David Krake, Merrill Lynch VP Special Events Rudy Hernandez, RMH Dance & Productions

DIRECTORS Gus Arriaza, Cartridge World Susie Ausdal, Union Bank Melanie Bickley, Whittier Brokers Ernie Ceja, Vinatero Wine Shop Eric Day, Credit Union Of Southern California Miguel Granados, Rose Hills Memorial Park & Mortuary Ana Gutierrez, Whittier College Gary Lee Martinez, The Traveling Traveler Carolyn Reggio, CAPC, Inc. Gil Rodriguez, Coldwell Banker Alliance Realty Monique Rodriguez, Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital STAFF Carol Crosby & Lyn Carty, Executive Directors Jessica Schreiner Magdosku, Director of Membership Katie Galvin, Director of Public Relations Amber Bookil-Lawrence, Bookkeeper Natalie Saenz, Event & Member Relations Coordinator

Whittier Chamber Business Focus Official monthly publication of the Whittier Area Chamber of Commerce This publication is mailed monthly to all licensed businesses in the city of Whittier, all Whittier Chamber members and 4,500 Whittier residents in selected areas. Papers are also distributed via various community locations such as Whittier Library, Community Center, Senior Center, City Hall, etc. Total circulation is 6,000. We welcome comments, press releases and community interest stories. All submissions are due by the 10th of the month prior to publication. The Whittier Chamber reserves the right to approve and edit submitted material. The Business Focus is also an excellent vehicle within which to advertise! For current advertising rates, please contact Katie Galvin at (562) 698-9554.

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City, Chamber to host free business seminar on creating successful business plan Having a business plan is essential for all business types regardless of size. Business plans are a tool which can be used for financing and they can serve as a roadmap for each business owner. Because they are referred to as living documents, BUSINESS OWNERS SEMINAR SERIES to you by the business plans should be updated regularly to help plan for Whittier Brought Area Chamber of Commerce the future. Business consultant and business plan expert, Bruce Dobb, will be the guest speaker at the final B.O.S.S. (Business Owners’ Seminar Series) workshop of the season. He will teach the importance of business plans, the key required elements of a basic plan and data that must be included. Additionally, Ms. Iris Alvarado, Loan Administrator with the Los Angeles County Community Development Commission, will also be on hand to discuss the County’s commercial and industrial loan programs. Yes, there is still money available for businesses! Please call the City of Whittier’s Community Development Department at (562) 567-9320 or the Whittier Chamber office at (562) 698-9554 to RSVP for this informative seminar, which will take place on Thursday, June 14 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at the Whittier Central Library, 7344 Washington Ave. The event is free and open to the public.


Chamber and community supporters gathered for a double ribbon cutting at the offices of Dr. Ramsey Ezaki and Drs. Izadi and Szeto and enjoyed lunchtime networking and entertainment

The staff, family and friends at Arden Escrow in Whittier celebrated the opening of their offices with a special ribbon cutting ceremony

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Wake Up Whittier Deb Tait & Ron Meyer, representing Meyer Paintless Dent Repair, enjoyed meeting fellow business owners during the Whittier Chamber’s monthly networking breakfast hosted by Whittier Hospital

Whittier Hospital CEO Lee Suyenaga (center) takes a break from the breakfast to thank his staff members Frieda Wenzara-Pastor and Jorge Ortiz for their hard work in putting together another wonderful Salute to Service event for the Whittier Chamber

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LABOR LAW Voluntary Wage Assignment Differs from Court-Ordered Garnishment Are federal student loan wage garnishments and voluntary wage assignments considered the same as court-ordered garnishment notices? If an employee executes a voluntary wage assignment for the benefit of a particular creditor, this would not constitute a judgment garnishment notice that could be counted pursuant to Labor Code Section 2929. Employees who have defaulted on student loans create unique questions. The Higher Education Act (Title 20, U.S. Code Section 1095a) authorizes the Education Department as well as student loan guaranty agencies to collect defaulted federally financed student loans by means of an administrative order to the employer, and without the need for a court order. The administrative order requires the employer to withhold and pay over to the Education Department or the guarantor up to 15% of the debtor’s disposable pay. This federal law supersedes any state law governing wage garnishment. Employers should note that notices of garnishment are serious matters that can result in liability if ignored. If an employer fails to withhold or to pay over the amount the notice requires the employer to withhold, the judgment creditor may bring a civil action against the employer to recover the amount. Garnishment Defined The definition of garnishment in California Labor Code Section 2929 is: “any judicial procedure through which the wages of an employee are required to be withheld for the payment of any debt.” Section 2929 of the California Labor Code provides, in part, that “no employer may discharge any employee by reason of the fact that his wages have been subjected to garnishment for the payment of one judgment.” Sometimes employees will challenge the validity of garnishment notices by filing motions with the court to set the garnishments aside. It should be noted, however, that such a motion, before some action by the court, has no effect on the order received by the employer.

Whittier Chamber Past President Carolyn Reggio of CAPC, Inc. and Whittier Chamber’s Education Committee Chairwoman Jeanie McHatton stop to smile during the special Salute to Service table-top expo

Assignments Unlike a garnishment wage order, an employer has no obligation to honor an assignment. Before simply deciding to honor the assignment, however, the employer should discuss the authorization with the employee and review it with counsel. Although the protections of Labor Code Section 2929 would not apply, the validity of the assignment is governed by the provisions of Labor Code Section 300. Labor Code Section 300 invalidates any assignment unless: • The assignment is contained in a separate written instrument signed by the employee. • The assignment must specifically identify the transaction to which the assignment relates. • If the employee is married, the written consent of the spouse must be attached to the assignment. Continued on page 14

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TAX TIPS Simplified Employee Pensions (SEPs) If you are thinking about setting up a retirement plan for yourself and your employees, but are concerned about the financial commitment and administrative burdens involved in providing a traditional pension or profit-sharing plan, there is an alternative program you may want to consider– a “simplified employee pension,” or SEP. SEPs are intended as an alternative to “qualified” retirement plans, particularly for small businesses like yours. The relative ease of administration and the complete discretion you, as the employer, are Richard Scrivanich, permitted in deciding whether or not to make annual contributions, Harvey & Parmelee are features that are especially attractive. Here's how these plans work. LLP If you don't already have a qualified retirement plan, you can set up a SEP simply by using the IRS model SEP, Form 5305-SEP. By adopting this model SEP, which doesn't have to be filed with the IRS, you will have satisfied the SEP requirements. This means that you, as the employer, will get a current income tax deduction for contributions you make on behalf of your employees. Your employees will be taxed not when the contributions are made, but at a later date when distributions are made, usually at retirement. Depending on your specific needs, an individually-designed SEP—instead of the model SEP—may be appropriate for you. When you set up a SEP for yourself and your employees, you will make these deductible contributions to each employee's IRA, called a SEP-IRA, which must be IRS-approved. The maximum amount of deductible contributions that you can make to an employee's SEP-IRA, and that he or she can exclude from income, is the lesser of: (i) 25 percent of compensation, and (ii) $50,000 (for 2012). The deduction for your contributions to employees' SEP-IRAs isn't limited by the deduction ceiling applicable to an individual's own contribution to a regular IRA. Your employees control their individual IRAs and IRA investments, the earnings on which are tax-free. There are other requirements which you have to meet to be eligible to set up a SEP. Essentially, all regular employees must elect to participate in the program, and contributions can't discriminate in favor of the highly compensated employees. But these requirements are minor compared to the bookkeeping and other administrative burdens connected with traditional qualified pension and profit-sharing plans. The detailed records that traditional plans must maintain to comply with the complex nondiscrimination regulations aren't required for SEPs. And employers aren't required to file annual reports with IRS—Forms 5500— which, for a pension plan, could require the services of an actuary. What record-keeping is required can be done by a trustee of the SEP-IRAs—usually a bank or mutual fund. Another option for a business with 100 or fewer employees is a “savings incentive match plan for employees” (i.e., a “simple” plan). Under a simple plan, a “simple IRA” is established for each eligible employee, with the employer making matching contributions based on contributions elected by participating employees under a qualified salary reduction arrangement. The simple plan is subject to much less stringent requirements than traditional qualified retirement plans. Or, an employer can adopt a “simple” 401(k) plan, with similar features to a simple plan, and automatic passage of the otherwise complex nondiscrimination test for 401(k) plans. If you have any questions regarding the above discussed topic or any other tax matter, please feel free to give me a call at (562) 698-9891.

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TASTY TUESDAY z Three’s a crowd! These Whittier Chamber members took a break from their bites to say cheese during Tasty Tuesday at Bailey Street Kitchen

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MEMBER SPOTLIGHT Paintless dent repair offers convenient alternative to costly body shop visits Dents are nothing new to Ron Meyer. As a lifetime car enthusiast, and with more than 25 years of experience in the automotive industry, Ron has repaired more dents than one could imagine. As the former owner of La Habra Collision Center at Lambert and Palm, he specialized in rehabilitating vehicles which were almost completely destroyed, as well as repairing minor fender benders. After 25 solid years of being in business, Ron made the transition to Paintless Dent Repair (PDR) with Right-Look training and the selective PDR tool investment. To this day, he still finds satisfaction in autobody perfection - dents, dings, paint and minor body repairs. Ron also includes windshield repair and headlight restoration services. Talk about working smart! A wide range of damage can be repaired using PDR, which offers a convenient alternative to filling in the gaps when repairs could be made without extensive bodywork. The most common practical use for PDR is the repair of hail damage, door dings, minor body creases and minor bumper indentations. Limiting factors for a successful repair using PDR include the flexibility of the paint and the amount the metal has been stretched by the damage incurred. Extremely sharp dents and creases may not be repairable, at least not without painting afterwards, although a very skilled tech can surprise you with what can be repaired. Paintless dent removal takes years to learn; it is definitely more of an art than a specific set of skills. The ability to successfully remove dents and dings is learned through trial and error, alongside some experienced know-how. An untrained individual can actually damage a dent if attempting a repair without the correct skills and knowledge. Meyer Paintless Dent Repair offers highly competitive rates for all customers. It is Ron’s main priority and a way of saying “thank you” for the word-of-mouth advertisement and referrals passed on from customers, family members and friends. Your car is an investment: you may need to keep it longer, so why not protect its value? PDR can get your vehicle looking great “It’s fun to take a car that’s and can save money when compared to been completely demolished conventional body shop repair costs and and put it back together to expensive paint prices. In this economy, it’s to the customer’s advantage to repair unsightly where it’s better than new!” scratches, rock chips or bumper ding damage. This substantially increases the value of your - Ron Meyer car on a lease return, trade-in or when selling the car. Ron can restore the value and factoryfinish beauty of any vehicle – it doesn’t get better than that! Meyer Paintless Dent Repair offers free estimates. If they can’t fix it, you don’t pay. They also offer mobile service to your location, whether it be your home or office. Meyer Paintless Dent Repair is professional, knowledgeable and competitively priced. Just mention this article and receive $20 off your repair! Ron’s business was built over the last 20+ years and with his passion for the field, he hopes to continue helping and serving local communities. Please visit the new Meyer Paintless Dent Repair website at or call (562) 686-1098 for more information. Feel free to email a photo of your dent or damage to

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WHAT’S COOL IN YOUR SCHOOL Whittier High School Alumni Association Pioneer High School’s Titan Tones win top honors at regional choral festival awards 2012 scholarships The Whittier High School Alumni Association’s Educational Foundation selected 12 students for its 2012 Alumni Scholarship Awards. All of the scholarship recipients were honored at the Alumni Association’s 13th annual Hall of Fame dinner and silent auction. “We’re delighted to be able to assist these brilliant young Whittier High School seniors as they begin their college careers,” said John Peel, of the Whittier High School Alumni Association. “It was wonderful to be able to honor their achievements at our Hall of Fame event.” Sergio Perez received the Vic Lopez Award, Andres Garcia took home the Kilinski “Believe It – Achieve It” Award and Christianne Pantoja was given the Maxine Milner Award. Marcos Gonzalez, Jr. and Isabel Macias each received a Nixon Scholarship. Wendy Carrillo was awarded an Alumni Scholarship of $2,000. David Acevedo, Yazmin Acosta, Andrew Armendaris, Alejandra Gonzalez, Monica Negrete and Giuliana Regina each were awarded an Alumni Scholarship of $1,000. This year’s Hall of Fame honorees were: Dr. Breene Murphy, class of 1942; Patricia Hofstetter, class of 1944; Marilyn Hofstetter, class of 1945; Dr. Rick Herold, class of 1951; Gus Velasco, class of 1958; Dr. Steve Gothold, class of 1959; and David Owens, class of 1973. The Alumni Association also honored Whittier High School’s faculty who work with students who are a part of the Academic Mentors/Senators program, through which junior and senior student leaders assist freshmen with the transition from middle school to high school. The teachers to be acknowledged were Martha Arrona, Robert Valadez, Dan Esquerra, Cynthia Lara, Jose Lopez, Bill Tolmachoff and Chris Schneider.

Whittier High School Alumni Association’s 2012 scholarship recipients are: Top row, left to right: Andres Garcia, Marcos Gonzalez, Yazmin Acosta, Andrew Armendaris. Middle row, left to right: Alejandra Gonzalez, David Acevedo, Monica Negrete, Sergio Perez. Bottom row, left to right: Wendy Carrillo, Guiliana Regina, Isabel Macias, Christianne Pantoja

Pioneer High School’s varsity vocal ensemble, the Titan Tones, recently received its highest honors yet for the group’s vocal performances at the recent WorldStrides Heritage Performance Program’s regional choral festival held in San Francisco. The Titan Tones took the First Place Gold Award, the Outstanding Choral Group Award Trophy, for achieving the highest score in the choral category for the entire festival; and the Adjudicator's Award Trophy, for receiving a score of 95 percent and above from each of the festival’s judges. In addition, Pioneer students Dalia Cruces and Emilio Valdez each received Solo Maestro Awards for their solo performances. The ensemble’s award-winning performance earned the group a second invitation to perform in the WorldStrides’ Heritage Performance Program’s Festival of Gold at Carnegie Hall in New York City in April 2013. Last year, the group traveled to New York and received the highest scores at the National Heritage Festival of Gold. “These are the highest honors we have yet to receive at one event,” said Evan Mooney, director of the Titan Tones and chair of Pioneer High School’s visual and performing arts department. “We are on cloud nine.” Mooney said that Deke Sharon, a well-known singer, arranger, composer, as well as a vocal producer for the television vocal competition show, “The Voice,” was one of the judges at the event and has offered to arrange a song for the ensemble next year. “I am more than proud of our Titan Tones,” Mooney said. “I am humbled and honored by our fantastic students.” “I owe everything to Mr. Mooney, and I really want to thank him for everything he’s done for us,” said Emilio Valdez, a senior, who was also one of four Pioneer High School students to be chosen by audition to perform this year in the Southern California Vocal Association Honor Choir and the All-State Honor Choirs. "We are all so very proud of our Titan Tones and the level of excellence they have achieved," said Whittier Union High School District Superintendent Sandra Thorstenson. "We are also deeply grateful to Evan Mooney for his time, energy and commitment to his students. He is a masterful teacher and choral director who infuses his deep love, knowledge, and appreciation of music and the arts in all that he teaches. He is a true inspiration to his students." Founded in 1980, WorldStrides Heritage Performance Programs for choir are held throughout the United States and bring together high school musical ensembles to perform and compete for adjudicated rankings based on an international standard.

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JUNE 2012

2012 Salute To Service Interfaith Food Center From 30 seniors in 1983 to 4,000 people in 2012, Interfaith Food Center continues to provide the most vulnerable residents of Whittier and La Mirada with food assistance. If you’re interested in joining the family by volunteering your time, hosting a food drive or giving a monetary donation, contact IFC at (562) 903-1478 or on the web at Hunger happens 365 days a year – join IFC to end hunger and food insecurity in the community!

Concept 7 Concept 7 is a foster care and adoption agency serving all of Southern California. There are so many different children out there that feel alone, unloved and frightened. Concept 7’s major fundraising event is the Tim Salmon Golf Classic at Coto de Caza on July 16. Play golf, eat dinner, purchase a one-of-a-kind gift and save a child. If you are unable to open your home, please open your heart. Visit or for more information, or call the Concept 7 office to speak with a representative at (714) 221-8657.

YMCA of Greater Whittier The Whittier YMCA is a powerful association of men, women and children joined together by a shared commitment to nurture the potential of kids, promote healthy living and foster a sense of social responsibility. They believe that lasting personal and social change can only come about when we work together to invest in our kids, our health and our neighbors. At the YMCA, strengthening community is their cause. A leading nonprofit committed to nurturing the potential of youth, the Y has been a leader

in providing summer programs for nearly 100 years. The YMCA of Greater Whittier continues to give youth an enriching, safe experience with caring staff and volunteers who model positive values that help build their kids’ character. For more information, visit or contact the Uptown Whittier YMCA at (562) 907-6530 or the East Whittier YMCA at (562) 943-7241.

Intercommunity Counseling Center For more than three decades, Intercommunity Counseling Center has consistently offered a tremendous service to the greater Whittier community by providing affordable, professional counseling to those in need. ICC serves the community’s mental health and well-being by providing individual, marriage and family counseling; classes in anger management and cooperative parenting; workshops and support groups. In addition, ICC partners with several other area nonprofits who serve the community’s low-income and less-insured residents to provide mental health education and counseling at partners’ sites. ICC continuously explores collaborative partnerships to provide a comprehensive tapestry of care by being present with mental health support services in the same place their clients gets their family’s food, medical care, child care, education and general community assistance. For more information on ICC, call (562) 698-1272.

Whittier Area Community Church Whittier Area Community Church has been serving the city of Whittier for 40 years. They have regular worship services, Bible studies, support groups, sports leagues and programs for your entire family. All are welcome to come and worship with the WACC family! Service times are Saturdays at 5 p.m. and Sundays at 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m. Call (562) 945-4500 for additional information.

Whittier Rio Hondo AIDS Project At WRHAP, their mission is to minister to the needs of a community impacted by HIV/AIDS by providing support and understanding to individuals and families affected by this disease. Services include healthcare, social services, case management, mental health care and policy advocacy. WRHAP educates youth and the community at large through programs aimed at the prevention of HIV/AIDS, and provides a safe haven at the Christopher Wahl Youth Center, where all young people may come together to play, learn and grow in an atmosphere of mutual respect. To learn more about WRHAP, call (562) 698-3850.

SPIRITT Family Services SPIRITT Family Services is a non-profit, community-based organization that has been serving the needs of local families since 1972. SPIRITT has been committed to strengthening families by providing education, counseling, substance abuse help, domestic violence services, conflict management services and communication skills to over 8,000 adults and children annually. Programs are designed to be empowering, strength-based and culturallysensitive emphasizing the involvement of all family members. SPIRITT programs are offered at our five Family Centers located in Santa Fe Springs, Whittier, Glendora, South El Monte and La Puente. Their 40th Anniversary celebration will take place on October 4, 2012. Please contact SPIRITT for further information at the toll free number (855) 714-8800, locally at (562) 903-7000 or visit

LA CADA LA CADA (Los Angeles Centers for Alcohol & Drug Abuse) provides residential substance abuse services to adult men and women; outpatient substance

abuse services to adolescents and adult men and women; outpatient services for homeless men and women; and an HIV prevention, awareness and education program. L.A. CADA is a nonprofit 501 (c) 3 community based organization created by concerned local citizens to offer substance abuse counseling, education and related services to low-income families and youth in Los Angeles County. They believe that all families impacted by the pain of alcohol or drug addiction, emotional trauma and related conditions deserve a compassionate response with high quality support to help them rebuild their lives and relationships. L.A. CADA has provided support, education and resources for Los Angeles county families in need since 1971. Call (562) 906-2686 for more information.

SOLA Lions Club of Whittier Special Olympics Los Angeles (SOLA) Lions Club is a special interest Lions Club, under Lions Club International, supporting Special Olympics Athletes, chartered in 2009 in Whittier. SOLA is the second Lions Club in the world to serve the athletes of Special Olympics. The SOLA Lions Club supports Special Olympics athletes for who they are: CHAMPIONS. They are champions for stepping out on the track, field, pool or court and competing, and for putting smiles on each others’ faces, changing attitudes and teaching sensitivity. Members of SOLA Lions help to empower persons with intellectual disabilities and their families and are active in providing equipment for all sports, providing sporting events in the area including softball, swimming, basketball and bowling, as well as hearing testing at the Summer Special Olympics Games, Healthy Athlete Program. SOLA Lions Club meets the first and third Wednesday of each month, 5:30 to 7:15 p.m. at the Oralingua School for the Hearing Impaired, 7056 S. Washington Ave. in Whittier. For more information, please contact Sharon Montes De Oca, President, at (562) 698-0434 or visit their website

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2012 Salute To Service Shelter’s Right Hand Shelter's Right Hand is the auxiliary for Women's and Children's Crisis Shelter (WCCS), whose mission is to serve victims of domestic violence by providing shelter, support services and coordinating agencies for wellness and prevention. Today's organization holds true to the five original charitable purposes: to grow membership, to recruit and train volunteers, to seek funds, to generate awareness and to assist in maintenance. Shelter's Right Hand successfully operates a thrift shop, Sacks on the Boulevard, at 12300 Washington Blvd. The thrift shop has an all-volunteer staff that welcomes donations and serves the community. The monies generated from sales go to support WCCS. Every spring Shelter’s Right Hand hosts its 5K Fitness Walk in Uptown Whittier. They generate enthusiasm from sponsors - business, charitable, educational and individual - raising contributions and culminating in a morning walk. Local residents gather in remembrance and in honor of victims of domestic violence by “stepping out” against violence while at the same time affirming human dignity and respect. Reach out your hands to help at

Women & Children’s Crisis Shelter The Women's & Children's Crisis Shelter, Inc. (WCCS) has been serving victims of domestic violence and their children since it was established in 1977. Its mission is to provide emergency and transitional shelter programs for victims of domestic violence who request protection and assistance, to provide culturally relevant and supportive intervention services for the wellness of families and to provide information for the prevention of family violence. Services include a 24-hour bilingual (English/Spanish) hotline, 45-day emergency shelter, on-site school for elementary school age children in shelter, case management and counseling services, as well as a 9-month transitional housing program. Each year WCCS touches the lives of hundreds of women,

men and children, assisting them in breaking the cycle of violence in their lives and empowering them to rebuild non-violent lives for themselves and their families. To contact the Women’s and Children’s Crisis Shelter administration office, call (562) 945-3937 or visit

H.O.W. House H . O . W. H o u s e , which stands for honesty, open-mindedness & willingness, provides temporary housing for men with a substance abuse problem while they stabilize their recovery and financial resources. H.O.W. House provides residential services for men overcoming an alcohol or other drug addiction and have been in operation since July of 1990. Located on a quiet residential street in South Whittier close to Telegraph and Victoria, their residents are housed in three three-bedroom houses with two men in each bedroom. Residents are required to attend regular 12-step meetings, an in-house process group meeting and to either work, go to school or do community service. Residents are allowed to stay for up to two years in order to stabilize emotionally and financially. For more information on H.O.W. House services, call (562) 777-1222.

East Whittier Arts Education Foundation The East Whittier Arts Education Foundation was established to increase community support for the arts (drama, music, visual arts and dance) in the 13 schools of the East Whittier City School District. Their goal is to create a sustainable program in the local elementary schools K through 8 that will be carried through high school rather than rely on the State to fund the arts. Students who participate in the arts, both in school and after school, demonstrate improved academic performance and lower dropout rates. The arts have been linked to student motivation and engagement in school, attitudes that contribute to academic achievement. Contact Ginny Ball at (562) 693-0941 or by email at to help support the arts in Whittier.

Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital By the community, for the community – at Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital (PIH), that statement is the root of their charitable purpose. As a nonprofit organization, PIH continues to be a pillar in the community by keeping its patients as their top priority. As PIH and Bright Health Physicians become integrated, their stellar employees, volunteers, leadership team and doctors work together to provide excellent medical care in a safe environment. PIH offers the region various services and support programs that strive to promote healthy living, improve access to healthcare and increase knowledge through research and education. PIH’s promise to serve the community began in 1959, more than five decades ago, and remains a key part of its mission, vision and values today. For more information, please visit and find PIH on Facebook at www.facebook. com/healthpih.

Friends of Pio Pico The Friends of Pio Pico is the nonprofit arm of Pio Pico State Historic Park in Whittier. Pio Pico State Historic Park is one of California's oldest state historic parks and has been open to the public as a historic site since 1909, thanks to Whittier resident Harriet Russell Strong, who saved Pio Pico's historic adobe from destruction in 1907. History often repeats itself, and the park is slated for closure on July 1, 2012 due to state budget cuts. That's less than 60 days away! The only hope to save this historic treasure is to raise $80,000 to keep the park open. To date, the Friends of Pio Pico have raised about $10,000 and will be joining forces with the cities of Whittier and Pico Rivera to try to save the historic adobe of Pio Pico, the last governor of Mexican California. But they need help! Please make a donation to preserve this amazing historic site for future generations. Also, join them for their Fiesta de Pio Pico celebration on June 16th at the park. Visit their website at for more information.

Easter Seals Southern California Easter Seals Southern California is a leading nonprofit provider of support services for individuals with autism, developmental disabilities, physical and intellectual disabilities and other special needs. They recognize the abilities of each person and create personalized services to ensure his/her success. Easter Seals has more than 50 offices and service sites throughout six counties in Southern California. When you give to Easter Seals, eighty-six cents of every dollar goes directly to participant support services – more than any other national health charity. To support Easter Seals, contact Gail Stier at (714) 834-1111.

First Day Whittier Area First Day Coalition is a proactive/ interactive program with a vision of promoting a healthy, safe and vibrant community. Their mission is helping homeless and at-risk individuals, as well as their families, transition towards self-sufficiency. First Day’s services include an on-site health clinic, health screenings, mental health services, on-site meals, case management, clothing, transportation, 12-step meetings, education, training and employment assistance. For more information, call First Day at (562) 945-4304.

Soroptimist International of Whittier Inviting all women who’d like to be involved in service to the community: come discover Soroptimist International of Whittier! They are a 65 member club offering friendship, networking and service projects benefiting women and girls. They recently funded a computer room for The Whole Child and an anti-bullying project with SKILLS Foundation. Supported by Rio Hondo College, Soroptimist presents an annual high school girls conference. Their popular fundraiser “Laugh Out Loud” raises money for local scholarships and grants. Soroptimists meet on Tuesday at noon at the Radisson Hotel at 7320 Greenleaf Ave. Visit for more information.

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JUNE COMMUNITY CALENDAR Every Monday: Pathways Support Group @ American Red Cross (6701 Friends Ave., Whittier), 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. FREE. Contact (562) 698-0304 for more information

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Every Wednesday: Community Yoga Class @ Friends Chiropractic (6736 Friends Ave., Whittier), 6:30 p.m. FREE. Contact (562) 698-1275 for more information 4 – 12: Graduation Lei Making Classes @ Heavenly Choice (534 N. Montebello Blvd., Montebello), 4 to 6 p.m. Classes are free to attend. Contact Heavenly Choice (323) 728-2728 7.

Ribbon cutting & grand opening @ Tacos Baja (13320 Whittier Blvd.), 10:30 a.m. Free and open to the public. Contact the Whittier Chamber for more information at (562) 698-9554 First Day Community Angel Awards Dinner @ Whittier Area Community Church (8100 Colima Rd.), 6 p.m. Dinner & ceremony to honor Jim West and Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital. For more information contact Virginia Ball at

































Annual State of the City Address @ Whittier Area Community Church (8100 Colima Rd.), 8 a.m. registration; 8:30 a.m. lite breakfast & program. $15 per person; open to the public! RSVP to the Whittier Chamber at (562) 698-9554 97th Annual YMCA Volunteer Recognition Dinner @ Friendly Hills Country Club (8500 S. Villaverde Dr.), 5:30 to 8 p.m. $40 per person; $320 per table of 8. RSVP for more information to Tina Arriaga at



“Pesos for Pio Pico” Recycling Event @ Pio Pico State Historic Park (6003 Pioneer Blvd.), 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. FREE. Please bring aluminum cans, plastic & glass bottles and paper products to the park and help raise funds! Visit for more information

14. “Landing That Loan & the Perfect Business Plan” B.O.S.S. Seminar @ Whittier Public Library (7344 S. Washington Ave., Whittier), 8 to 9:30 a.m. Free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by the City of Whittier. Contact the Chamber office at (562) 698-9554 to RSVP

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NETWORKING QUOTE “We have received some of our best customer referrals from the Chamber, many times from people new to the city. It's the most logical place to start - the Chamber has more knowledge of local businesses than just about any other source available. Through their Wake Up Whittier, golf tournaments and other networking events, we have met quality business owners and community leaders and have made lifelong friends. I can't imagine being in business in Whittier and NOT being a Whittier Chamber member!”

20. Wake Up Whittier Monthly Networking Breakfast @ Harmony Center for Spiritual Living (12907 E. Bailey St.), 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. FREE for Whittier Chamber members; $20 for non-members. Contact the Chamber office at (562) 698-9554 for more information Childhood immunizations @ Beverly Hospital Women’s Care Center (309 W. Beverly Blvd., Montebello), 2 to 4 p.m. Free. Please bring immunization card with you. For information call (323) 725-1519 Groovy movies presents “The Artist” @ Beverly Hospital, Tower Basement Rooms (309 W. Beverly Blvd., Montebello), 3 to 5:30 p.m. Free. For reservations call (800) 618-6664 21. Diabetes Wellness Hour & Lecture @ Beverly Hospital, Women’s Pavilion & Breast Center (101 E. Beverly Blvd., Ste. 104/105, Montebello), 11 a.m. to 12 noon. Free and open to the public. For reservations call (800) 618-6664 22. Ribbon cutting celebration @ Wingmaster Café (6518 Greenleaf Ave.), 11 am. Free and open to the public. Contact the Whittier Chamber for more information at (562) 698-9554 Door to Door Flyers DUE for distribution to Whittier Chamber office (8158 Painter Ave.), no later than 5 p.m. $225 for 4,500 flyers. Open to Chamber members ONLY. For availability, contact Natalie Saenz at (562) 698-9554

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Ribs 4 Kids @ Boys & Girls Club of Whittier (7905 Greenleaf Ave.), 4 to 6:30 p.m. $25 (feeds two) includes full rack of baby back ribs, side salad and cheesy garlic bread. Place an order online at or contact Amanda Settlage at (562) 945-3787 x113

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23. “Pesos for Pio Pico” Recycling Event @ Pio Pico State Historic Park (6003 Pioneer Blvd.), 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. FREE. Please bring aluminum cans, plastic & glass bottles and paper products to the park and help raise funds! Visit for more information

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“Clear Day” Cleansing Workshop @ Office of Dr. Wendy Kreider, Chiropractor (16262 Whittier Blvd. #23), 1 to 5 p.m. $60 per person. Includes 2 Network Spinal Analysis treatments. To RSVP, call Dr. Kreider at (562) 943-2431 Annual “Sight for Kids” Dinner, Wine-Tasting & Auction @ Whittier Community Center (7630 Washington Ave.), 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. $50 per person. Email Rich Casford at for more information or visit

Join us for an opportunity to win a special prize and enjoy refreshments in the company of old and new friends. We hope to see you here!

26. Tasty Tuesday Monthly Networking Lunch @ Fenix 5-4 (6754 Greenleaf Ave.), 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. $10 all-inclusive. For more information contact the Whittier Chamber at (562) 698-9554 27. “Home Buying Essentials” Workshop @ Credit Union of Southern California (8028 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier), 6:30 to 8 p.m. FREE. First-time home buyers will learn the basic requirements, what to expect when applying for a mortgage, and the helpful resources that are available. Contact Rebecca Burck at to reserve a seat and for more information

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29. Ribbon cutting & open house @ Orchard Post Acute Care (12385 E. Washington Blvd.), open house 12 to 3 p.m.; ribbon cutting ceremony 1 p.m. For more information contact the Whittier Chamber at (562) 698-9554

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AROUND TOWN Local Starbucks partners lend helping hands in community Back in April, Starbucks Coffee partners reunited in doing a park clean up with the City of Whittier. Several employees from 12 stores, ranging from the city of Whittier all the way to Diamond Bar, gathered at Murphy Ranch Park located near La Serna High School in Friendly Hills. They began at 8 a.m. cleaning and re-beautifying the park while working alongside several city officials in making the entrance way for fire marshals to drive through in case of fire emergencies. The Starbucks Coffee team raked and helped trimmed trees to clear the path eliminating branches, trash and other waste from the area. The Starbucks Coffee team was giving back to their local community as part of April’s global month of service. Thank you to the Starbucks Coffee team for their service in working together and volunteering their time in the community.

Local bowling alley offers summer discounts for kids The summer time is all about the kids! Beginning last month, the Summer Unplugged program offers kids 15 and under to bowl two free games each day for the entire summer! Kids 16+ and parents can purchase a summer play pass and enjoy the same great deal for only $29.95. Each pass is good for up to four people. Register your kids for free at to sign up. The seasonal pass can be purchased at Last year, the local bowling alley had over 4,000 kids registered. AMF Friendly Hills Lanes looks forward to seeing everybody hitting the lanes all summer long! For more information, contact the bowling alley at (562) 947-3815.

East Whittier Middle School music program thanks community for support The East Whittier Middle School Instrumental Music Program would like to give many thanks to all the parents, friends, families and businesses that have helped support the music program this year. Thank you also to those who contributed monetary donations to the 7th & 8th grade students for their trip to New York to perform at Carnegie Hall in April 2012. Without your support, the students would not have been able to experience this memorable and honorable trip. Congratulations to Mrs. Carnahan for leading the students through another successful year and always having their best interest at heart. For more information on the EWMSIMP, visit the website at

Innovative program offered for divorced parents The Intercommunity Counseling Center announces a valuable opportunity for divorced or divorcing parents. The Cooperative Parenting and Divorce program, which began last month at ICC, will teach parents how to shield their children from parental conflict and establish a positive, long-term relationship as “co-parents.” The course also satisfies court requirements for cooperative parenting education. Cooperative Parenting and Divorce is an eight-week class which combines video, activities and group discussion to help parents refocus their attention on their children, rather than on the divorce. In some cases, divorced parents are encouraged to take the class at the same time. Program authors Susan Boyan and Ann Marie Termini are family therapists who were inspired to create the groundbreaking video-and-discussion program after observing the harmful effects of divorce on their child clients. Rather than attempt to “fix” the children, Boyan and Termini decided to go to the source of the problem: quarreling parents. “When people are in love, they see only the positive traits of the other person,” says Boyan. “Then, when they are no longer in love, the opposite happens, and they can no longer see any good in the other person. It becomes all or nothing.” Unfortunately for the children, who still love both parents, a great deal of psychological damage can occur during this time if the parents behave badly in front of them. Using video, activities and group discussion, Mohr guides parents through eight steps: Step 1 - Making the Commitment to Caring: Parents learn to recognize parental hostility and discover how conflict affects their child’s development Step 2 - Allowing My Child to Love Both Parents: Parents learn to create two homes, minimize stress at transitions and make it a positive experience for their child Step 3 - Changing My Long-Term Role: Parents discover how their anger and bitterness keeps them emotionally attached to one another, and learn ways to let go Step 4 - Choosing My Personal Path: Parents clarify their personal choices and identify a personal path. The term “realignment” is introduced to assist parents in creating a new role as co-parents Step 5 - Managing My Own Anger: Parents determine what anger is, its signals and triggers, constructive versus destructive anger and the consequences of harboring anger Step 6 - Taking Control of Conflict: Parents examine the cycle of conflict and practice defusing or resolving it Step 7 - Negotiating Agreement: Problem-solving techniques and business relationship skills are examined from a divorced parent’s position Step 8 - Co-Parenting Is Forever: Parents review their commitment to care, to be childfocused, to practice good communication and negotiation skills The Intercommunity Counseling Center, established in 1976, provides services for children and families, including individual, marriage and family counseling and classes in parenting and anger management. For more information about Cooperative Parenting and Divorce, please contact Marilyn Neece at (562) 698-1272 or



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AROUND TOWN Tri-Cities Regional Occupational Program plans move to Pioneer High School Pioneer High School will be the new home of Tri-Cities Regional Tri-Cities Occupational Program Administrative Offices, Dental Clinic and classroom OP R ROP as of July 1 of this year. “This was a logical step for Tri-Cities ROP following direction from the Governing Board to implement cost saving efficiencies,” stated TCROP Executive Director David Bennett. The move will actually enhance support for high school students with the re-location of the clinic and a classroom to the high school campus. The majority of TCROP classes will continue to be offered on the six high school campuses, Cal High, El Rancho, La Serna, Pioneer, Santa Fe and Whittier. This summer, Tri-Cities ROP will offer the Recreational Leader class for high school students which will be taught by Jack Mahlstede, former Santa Fe High School football coach, and Mike Mendez, former Recreation Director for the City of Santa Fe Springs, and will begin Monday, June 18. The Recreational Leadership program prepares high school students for entry-level jobs in a variety of recreational situations. Students learn the skills and attitudes necessary to work in camps, parks and other recreational agencies. In addition to classroom instruction, students will participate in workplace learning at community classroom sites. High school students may earn between five to 10 high school credits. Emergency Medical Technician Pre-Certification Training will be offered to high school students who are 18 on the first day of class (June 18) and adults and will meet Mondays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This class will include the EMT Basic and Expanded Scope of Practice required by the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services and Title 22 of the California Code of Regulations to prepare students to take and pass the State of California EMT Certifying Examination. Additionally, high school students who are 16 years of age may enroll in the Nurse Assistant Pre-Certification course which prepares students for the state Nurse Assistant Certification test. Students will train in basic nursing skills through classroom instruction and supervised clinical experience at a community site. Fundamentals of patient care; nursing and communication skills; disease organisms and infection control; basic anatomy and physiology; nutrition/diet therapy; and specialty nursing will also be taught. This class is also available to adults. In the fall, students from Pioneer High School will be able to enroll in a 5th and 6th period Introduction to Dental Assisting class, and the after school Introduction to Dental Assisting class will continue to be offered for high school students who attend any of the other Whittier Union High Schools or El Rancho High School. Additionally, a Registered Dental Assisting class will be offered during the morning hours. For additional information, please call (562) 698-9571 or visit

Chiropractor encourages summer cleanse for body and mind; offers Clear Day workshop Start the summer by clearing the clutter from your body and mind! Experience a clear day at the office of Dr. Wendy Kreider on Saturday, June 23 from 1 to 5 p.m. Attendees will learn new strategies to remove stress and tap into their own healing abilities. Dr. Wendy and Dr. Kristen Breymeier will train participants in self awareness techniques and give two Network Spinal Analysis treatments per person. The cost of the Clear Day workshop is $60 per person. The office is located at 16262 Whittier Blvd. #23 in Whittier. Please RSVP to (562) 943-2431 as space is limited. Everyone is welcome!

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Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital named 2012 Franklin Award of Distinction Winner; first hospital in Southern California to receive national award In April, The Joint Commission and the American Case Management Association (ACMA) presented Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital’s (PIH) Care Management team with the 2012 Franklin Award of Distinction at the ACMA National Conference in Denver, Colorado. PIH is the first hospital in Southern California to receive the award and one of only three West Coast recipients since the first Franklin award was presented in 2003. "The PIH team-based care model – which includes proactive daily rounds with the patient care team – distinctively characterized their case management service," says L. Greg Cunningham, MHA, CEO, ACMA. "The hospital's investment in social medicine with post-hospital discharge clinics and dedicated staff in the homeless shelter are evidence of the organization's community commitment and the recognition of patients' and case management's needs." PIH Care Management program’s team-based approach to case management provides for common policies and procedures, electronic case management tools and a collaborative practice approach that includes nurses, social workers, physicians, patients, caregivers and the community. “Our approach to Care Management has been successful due to the partnerships we’ve built across the different disciplines that make up our team,” said Jill Schuyler, Director of Care Management. “Pinpointing areas where we could respond proactively has also been beneficial. Having a registered nurse practitioner position at the Whittier Area First Day Coalition homeless shelter has significantly reduced homeless patients’ unnecessary admissions.” Named for Benjamin Franklin, the co-founder of the first organized hospital in the United States, the award represents the type of leadership and forward thinking that distinguish the hospitals or health systems recognized as Franklin Award recipients. "It is an honor to receive recognition as a national leader for our care management program," said PIH President and CEO Jim West. "Receiving this award of distinction is a testament to the dedication of our care management team's focus on patient advocacy and the organization's commitment to delivering quality healthcare to our community." For more information about PIH, visit

Heavenly Choice offers lei-making classes for graduation season Create a unique graduation lei for that special graduate! Heavenly Choice will be teaching Lei making classes from June 4 through June 12 and will demonstrate 6 different lei styles. Come Monday and Wednesday from 4 to 6 p.m. for high school grad favorites made of money, ribbon and bows. Saturday will be fresh flower creations from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Each session will also include specialty themes such as children's and kindergarten designs in cellophane, plus Hello Kitty, princess, Spiderman, Avengers and sports themes. Make your own Lei packages will be available in local school colors at 9.99 and up. Stay within a budget while creating a unique gift for that favorite graduate! Classes are free and all are welcome to attend. Heavenly Choice Plaza is located at 534 N. Montebello Blvd. in Montebello. For further details, please call (323) 728-2728.

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Looking to begin an exciting adventure in the field of beauty? Then check out Marinello Schools of Beauty! Marinello Schools of Beauty has been defining beauty education since 1905 and operates more than 60 campuses nationwide. Marinello has provided thousands of graduates with Cosmetology education in Arizona, California, Connecticut, Kansas, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon and Utah. The Whittier campus is proud to offer vocational programs in Cosmetology, Esthetics (Skin Care) and Manicuring. Marinello’s educational approach combines technical instruction with salon experience to ensure that students become experts in hair, skin and nail care. They offer flexible class schedules, as well as financial aid, for those who qualify. Upon graduation, career placement assistance is also available. To learn more about graduation rates, median debt of students and other important information, visit the www.marinello/disclosure page to download the Marinello Schools of Beauty Gainful Employment Disclosures. For more information, call (888) 434-6986 or visit the Whittier campus located at 6538 Greenleaf Ave. in Uptown Whittier.

The Whole Child will be holding its first ever summer Monte Carlo Night… Play for Children on Friday, July 13 from 6 to 10 p.m. at the magnificent Clarke Estate, near the intersection of the 5 and 605 freeways. The event will feature casino games, business networking, basket raffles, a Grand Raffle, wine and a “taste of local restaurants” including Doppio Bacio, Bailey’s Street Kitchen, Spin Lounge and Restaurant, Zapien’s Salsa Grill and Taqueria, Black Tie & Blue Jeans Creative Catering, Sage Restaurant and & Lounge, Manuel’s Original El Tepeyac Café, The Radisson, Dattilo Italian Restaurant, Café N Stuff, Vintage Café, Zumaya, Olive Garden and A Mi Hacienda Bar & Grill. The Monte Carlo Night, a community mixer and inspirational tribute to The Whole Child’s mission, is expected to draw over 250 participants representing business, local government and community-based organizations, as well as community members, who come together to support the important work of The Whole Child. In Los Angeles County, there are over 10,000 families with children struggling with homelessness. In our community alone there are more than 1,000 of these families. The Whole Child Is turning to its supporters to help house these children in safe, clean homes to ensure their success and ability to thrive and grow into caring, responsible members of the community. Sponsorships, as well as wine and restaurant tables, are still available. Early sponsors include Popular Community Bank, Rose Hills Memorial Park & Mortuary, Pacific Western Bank, Corrales Creative Imaging Get Flipped, The Traveling Traveler, The 6740 and PIH. Individual tickets are $75. The Grand Raffle is a trip to Las Vegas with two nights/ three days at the Luxor and a set of Macy’s luggage. Tickets are $20 or six for $100. The invitation is available online at or contact Meg Rottman at or by calling (562) 692-0383 ext. 269.

Hispanic Outreach Taskforce seeks sponsors for annual fundraising luncheon The Hispanic Outreach Taskforce (HOT), which for more than 20 years has worked to improve the quality of life for families in the greater Whittier/Rio Hondo community, is seeking corporate and business sponsors to support its annual Positive Image Award (PIA) Luncheon in September. “With the support of the business community in the past, we’ve helped to send deserving high school seniors to college, as well as to help address critical issues facing our community,” said Alex Tenorio, PIA Committee Chairman. Proceeds from the PIA luncheon, which is scheduled for Sunday, September 30 at 2:30 p.m. at the Crystal Marquis Ballroom in Whittier, will help fund college scholarships, as well as programs to promote higher education, parenting, health & wellness, anti-gang activities and the cultural arts in the community. At the luncheon, HOT will also recognize individuals in the fields of business, education, entertainment/media and community service for their contributions to the Whittier/Rio Hondo community. With sponsorship packages beginning at $500, HOT has a variety of contribution levels to help interested contributors support the organization’s goals and objectives, as well as tomorrow’s community leaders. HOT is also seeking donated items for the PIA’s silent auction, which could include weekend getaways, golf trips, tickets to sporting events, theater or concerts, gift baskets and gift certificates among other things. For more information about the PIA luncheon, please contact Alex Tenorio at (562) 789-0550.

Whittier to host patriotic ceremony July 4 Whittier will commemorate Independence Day, Wednesday, July 4 with a Flag-Raising Ceremony and Freedom Walk at the Palm Park Greenway Trailhead, 5703 Palm Avenue. The event will begin with a flag-raising at 8 a.m., featuring patriotic entertainment by the Whittier High School Pep Band. Light refreshments will be served. Special invitations are being sent to all Blue and Gold Star families, as well as local Veteran’s organizations. Following the flag-raising, there will be a community procession along the Greenway Trail, beginning at 9 a.m. Prior to the walk, there will be a craft booth for children to make fun items. The community is invited to attend this free patriotic event, especially local veterans to be honored by the community. Residents are reminded that private use of fireworks is against the law in Whittier, according to Municipal Code #15.16.010, and could result in a $1,000 fine. Due to high fire danger, residents are asked to report use of illegal fireworks to the Whittier Police Department by calling (562) 567-9200. For more information on the holiday festivities, contact Palm Park at (562) 908-3666 or





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Thank you to our renewing members! American Cancer Society (562) 437-0791 · 27 Years

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Southern California Alcohol and Drug Programs (562) 698-2998 · 10 Years

Legacy Running Co. (562) 907-7523 · 1 Year

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Salinas Tire Service Frank Salinas 11500 Whittier Blvd. Whittier, CA 90601 (562) 417-7231

Crossroads Montessori Childcare Zafira Firdosy 12900 Crossroads Parkway City of Industry, CA 91726 (562) 908-4413

Salinas Tire Service is your one-stop shop for all of your cars’ needs: tires, rims, auto body repairs, alignment, brakes, window/tint, lift and lowering kits and audio needs. They have a complete line of auto and truck accessories and offer the best pricing in Whittier to lower your vehicle. They sell wholesale wheels and tires, and stock any brand. Lowering is offered as low as $89.00, including labor and parts. They can do 4X4 lift kits and 100% financing is also available. Referred by Erick Soto, Soto & Soto Financial Services

The Montessori education is not a system of teaching, but a method of helping children in the total development of their personality during this fundamental period of growth. The child must have freedom in order to develop his/ her personality to the fullest - a freedom that is achieved through work, order and self-discipline. Crossroads has integrated the Montessori education through a prepared environment, concrete learning materials, multi-age classrooms, children setting their own goals, a focus on the whole child and an integrated curriculum. Their curriculum includes: practical life, language, culture, mathematics, sensorial, geography, music, art and science.

Gateway Management Company Doug Smaldino, Vice President Gateway Management Company 13601 Whittier Blvd., Suite 200 Whittier, CA 90605 (562) 696-6900 x224

Richard Magdaleno is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner, Chartered Financial Consultant® and founder of Magdaleno Financial Services. A comprehensive financial planning specialist, Richard works primarily with affluent clients who are typically professionals, executives and business owners who require professional guidance with wealth preservation strategies for estate planning, or retirement planning. As an independent advisor who voluntarily abides to the Certified Financial Planning Board of Standards (CFP Board) Code of Ethics, Richard works with his clients in a fiduciary capacity and places the interests of his clients ahead of his own. A firm believer in the team approach, Richard also collaborates regularly with legal and tax professionals in developing and implementing complete solutions for their mutual clients. Richard has been a member of the Financial Planning Association (FPA) since 2007. The FPA is the largest membership organization for personal financial planning experts in the U.S.

Gateway Management Company was founded in 1986 and has been located in Whittier for over 25 years. They own, manage and are located in the Whittier Area Commerce Building at the intersection of Whittier Boulevard and Laurel Avenue (across from the Quad shopping center). Gateway Management Company also recently built Victory Plaza which is the newest Class A retail space in the city of Whittier. They have quality office and retail space available at the most competitive rental rates in Whittier, plus there is the luxury of onsite management to handle all tenant requests in a timely manner. They look forward to helping your business prosper and grow. Referred by Gary Lee Martinez, President of The Traveling Traveler

PUBLIC RELATIONS Senior Industry Professionals, Inc. Not Born Yesterday! Magazine Chuck Morse (562) 691-2509



Not Born Yesterday presents opportunities and services for seniors in southern California. It also addresses financial concerns, travel, legislation, and features people who have an impact on the senior community. Visit www.nbynews. com today to request a hard copy, or peruse their website to obtain valuable information for seniors in your community.

Aflac is a voluntary program that allows employees to customize their benefits to suit their particular needs. Aflac helps attract and retain quality employees, all at zero cost to SOCIAL SERVICES the business. Call Mr. Brehmer to see how Aflac can benefit In2Vision Services your business. Jose Meraz, Program Director LIQUOR STORE 13601 E. Whittier Blvd. Suite 107 Liquor Mart Whittier, CA 90605 Mario Valle, President (562) 789-8888 13583 E. Whittier Blvd. Whittier, CA 90605 562-693-7731 Liquor Mart was established & has been serving the Whittier community since 1976. Purchased from Mr. S. Liquor Mart Inc. by V & C's Beverage Depot Inc. in 2007, the current owner has continued the Liquor Mart tradition of quality and customer service. They feature a large selection of beer, including imports and american craft at competitive prices. They also offer a great selection of wine and spirits, hard to find liquors and vintage wines. They have a friendly and competent staff to help you with all your adult beverage needs. Visit them at, friend them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter. Referred by Doug Smaldino, Vice President of Gateway Management Company

RESTAURANTS Manuel’s Original El Tepeyac Café Mexican Food and Sports Bar 13131 Crossroads Parkway South City of Industry, CA 91746 (562) 695-2277 The family tradition continues at their new location in the City of Industry. Home of the original Manuel Special and Hollenbeck burritos, they continue to serve the tastiest Mexican food in Los Angeles County! Stop by for breakfast, lunch or dinner, watch your favorite team in their sports bar with happy hour specials or call in for takeout. Either way, you are guaranteed a delicious meal. Catering and taco grill services are also available for your next celebration. Give El Tepeyac a call to schedule your next event. Taco’s Baja #2 Lulu Martinez 16032 Whittier Blvd. Whittier, CA 90603 (562) 943-6163


FINANCIAL SERVICES Magadleno Financial Services Richard Magdaleno, CFP® ChFC® CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ 260 Newport Center Drive Suite 100 Newport Beach, CA 92660 (949) 200-7559

Aflac Insurance Services John Brehmer 110 Pine Ave. Suite 720 Long Beach, CA 90802 (562) 951-0842


In2vision provides high quality and individuallydesigned services to support people with developmental disabilities. They are a person-centered instructional agency. Their purpose is to guide and support clients to become as independent as possible. Their program helps clients make choices in their daily lives, provides opportunities to practice critical skills and supports them in attaining employment or volunteer positions. Their curriculum includes mobility training, shopping management, health and nutrition, money management, self-support, communication skills and emergency preparedness. In2Vision helps their clients live lives that are similar to yours and mine, while meeting the challenges of a client transitioning into an independent or semi-independent lifestyle.

Tacos Baja #4 13320 Whittier Blvd. Whittier, CA 90602 (562) 945-8121 Tacos Baja is a quick spot to relax and enjoy Ensenadastyle dishes. Popular choices range from fish tacos, shrimp tacos, shrimp cocktails and ceviche tostadas, all distinctly accompanied by roasted yellow "chiles gueros" lightly sprinkled by red chili powder. The Tacos Baja concept looks to recreate a dining experience a person would have after visiting Ensenada in Baja California, Mexico. At the same time, it aims to provide a unique "getaway" eating experience from the constant busy urban life. The environment resembles one of actually enjoying tasty fish tacos at a quick service, beach-side eatery in Ensenada. Their popularity has captured the attention of several well known magazines & newspapers and they all agree that Tacos Baja is a must-do experience in Southern California. Visit to see their tasty menu. Visit them on Wednesdays for 99 cent fish tacos!

SKIN CARE Pure Skin Solutions Christina Corral 13117 Philadelphia St. Whittier, CA 90601 (888) 288-7546 Christina is proud to be the first Latina in Los Angeles County to research and formulate a professional medical skin care line. As a licensed esthetician for the state of California, she has spent over 20 years in the "beauty" industry and has worked in every capacity from being a manicurist to the stars, cutting hair, working with famous plastic surgeons from Dr. 90210 and skin care sales, to research and development. She is fortunate to be able to share with you this incredible skin care line. Not only does she believe in every single ingredient, she allows her own children to use them. She has tried and tested these awesome products on herself and her family first. If, and only if, she is satisfied with the results, will she continue the manufacturing process. Visit to see a list of their products and then call Christina to book your appointment and see how she can help you to transform your skin! Referred by Ambassador and Volunteer of the Year, La Donna Munier of Friendly Hills Bank

WEBSITE DEVELOPER Tucker Professional Web Services Jason Tucker (562) 321-5411 Tucker Professional Web Services is a full-service web design and development marketing company based in Whittier, California, that caters to clients of all sizes. Jason Tucker heads the company and brings more than 15 years of experience to every project. He and his team help propel businesses to new levels through their expertise in software implementation and graphic design. Utilizing the latest tools in communication platforms, Tucker Pro can assist companies, local and global, in gaining new leads, growing databases, connecting with consumers and enabling online sales. They can transform your website to be properly sized for tablets and mobile phones and produce original content that is shareable in social media. No matter the size or marketing challenge, Tucker Pro is on hand to provide affordable estimates to help you increase your online awareness and engage with your consumers.



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Community & Business Expo

Fun! Food! Networking! Whittwood Town Center parking lot Wednesday, July 11 • 4 to 7 p.m. Learn more about Whittier and see some of the best local businesses on display at this great community and business expo.

$110 – table, 2 chairs, linen and signage $160 – table, 2 chairs, linen, signage and canopy For more information call (562) 698-9554 To register online please visit

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