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Library Fine Amnesty is Back!

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§Monrovia Library is celebrating the New Year by waiving your fines all month! Simply bring back any overdue items between January 1 and January 31st and pay nothing!! What better way to ring in the New Year! Check out the attached flyers, and help spread the word! Some restrictions may apply. Contact the Library for more details! 

DON’T FORGET TO RECYCLE YOUR CHRISTMAS TREE!

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As Christmas wraps up, we wanted to share a quick note to let everyone in Monrovia know that Athens Services will be recycling your Christmas trees through January 7, 2018!  To participate in the program, simply place your used Christmas tree curbside on your regular trash collection day.  Of course, if you could please remove all ornaments, tinsel, plastic bags, nails, lights, and plastic/metal stands, it would be much appreciated!  Also, flocked trees and trees coated with fire retardant will most certainly be accepted!  If you have any questions about this program, or if you would like more information, please feel free to contact our Public Works Division at (626) 932-5575, or Athens Services at (888) 336-6100.

Police Department Semi-Weekly Neighborhood Watch Report

The most recent Police Department semi-weekly neighborhood watch report for the period December 18-20, 2017, has been included for your review and reference. During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 408 service events, resulting in 69 investigations.

A copy of the report can be found at the following link: Neighborhood Watch Report

Proposed Water Rate Adjustment in this Month's Utility Bill!

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In an effort to reach additional water customers who may have missed the first mailer that was sent to every customer in late November 2017, staff has prepared a water bill insert with information on the proposed water rate adjustment that will be included in everyone’s monthly utility bill.  The two-sided insert contains information on the proposed rates and the public hearing to be held on January 16, 2018 in both English and Spanish to help inform our Spanish-speaking residents and business owners as well.
These inserts will be mailed to residents with their bills on December 22 and 29, 2017 and January 5, 2018.  Should you have any questions, please visit the water rates website


MONROVIA POLICE DEPARTMENT REUNITES A LONG-TIME HOMELESS RESIDENT WITH HER MOTHER THIS HOLIDAY SEASON!

Over the last several weeks, the Monrovia Police Department has been working with one of our long-time homeless residents, who we’ll call Rose, to find her permanent housing.  You may have come across Rose sleeping in front of our Community Center’s planter area or camping out across the street next to the Library.  Previously, Rose has lived on Fifth Avenue, just above Colorado Boulevard, on the east side of the street in a yellow house that had burned down years ago.  This forced her into her motorhome, where she lived until it was towed.
Last week, our new Community Policing Officer, Javier Leon, tracked down Rose’s 87 year old mother in Seattle, Washington, where she asked for help to fly her daughter out to join her in Seattle.  Rose agreed to fly to Seattle, so Officer Leon quickly began to set the plan in motion.  Officer Leon found out Rose had no identification to board a plane, but she had recently gone to the DMV with a field worker from the Union Station Homeless Services.…

Monrovia Rotary Club Blood Drive!

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The Monrovia Rotary Club is pleased to sponsor a blood drive, set to take place on Wednesday, January 24, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at 800 Royal Oaks Drive, Monrovia.
You can sign up to give online.  Alternatively, you can call the City of Hope at (626) 218-7171 for additional information.  Please consider giving the gift of life by participating in this event, and many thanks to Monrovia’s Rotary Club for their work in facilitating this effort!

Sidewalk Poetry Contest!!!

Monrovia Residents, now is your chance To give our sidewalks more than a passing glance For those of you with mad writing skills, It’s the sidewalk poetry contest, so bust out your quills Immortalize your words in a slab of concrete To give pedestrians a case of happy feet!
As part of the Monrovia Renewal Project, the City will stamp Monrovia resident’s original poems into newly poured sections of sidewalk.  The contest is open to all residents of Monrovia, and if you win, your poem could appear anywhere around the City – a wonderful surprise to anyone out for a walk!  The contest ends December 31, 2017, so start thinking up your poems now! Head over to the City's website to fill out applicationsand if you have any questions, please contact Diane Delmatoff at (626) 932-5531 or ddelmatoff@ci.monrovia.ca.us for more information.

You are cordially invited to the MAP Ed Quarterly Meeting!

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Saturday January 20, 2018 11:00am – 1:00pm
City of Monrovia Community Center– Senior Game Room 119 W Palm Ave Monrovia, CA 91016
         Join us for another can't miss quarterly meeting. On Saturday, January 20, we will start the      meeting with an update from Monrovia PD and we will be introducing new faces in Community Policing! In addition to that, we will go over all of the exciting things that MAP will be bringing to you for 2018! Get ready for tons of information on; our upcoming block parties, the MAP Neighborhood Conference, Neighborhood Treasures (& an art reveal!!), and MAP's 2018 theme and mission. We are so excited to share with you all that we have been planning are ready to jump head first with you into our best year yet! Don't forget to bring a friend to hear this great information.  Please RSVPby calling Ariel at 626-932-5563 or email at atolefree@ci.monrovia.ca.us.

Stay Connected with the City of Monrovia on Instagram!!!

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Remember, you can now follow us on Instagram to stay up to date on all the terrific things that are happening in our community!  
So start following us today @cityofmonrovia, and we promise to fill your newsfeed with the best things going on in the City!  Also… be sure to join and engage in the conversation by using a few of these hashtags so we can see your amazing posts: #monroviaca #mymonrovia 


New Years on Myrtle Avenue!!!

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2018 will be here before you know it, so make plans now to ring in the New Year on Myrtle Avenue!   The City is set to present our annual New Year’s Eve on Myrtle Avenue event on December 31, 2017, from 6:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. 

Monrovia Public Library Happenings for this Week!

Adult Literacy Center – Weekly Conversation Groups – Culture & Conversation: Practice speaking English by discussing and reading the ‘News for You’ weekly newspaper in a friendly and relaxed setting. Build confidence in your work, school, family and social life. For more information, call (626) 256-8273 or email vcastellanos@ci.monrovia.ca.us
§Every Thursday, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m., Heritage Room
Adult Literacy Center – Speak Easy – Join us for round-table talking and practice speaking English in a friendly and relaxed setting. New topics weekly, including: popular culture, work and jobs, health, and more. Build confidence in work, school, family and social life. For more information, call (626) 256-8273 or email vcastellanos@ci.monrovia.ca.us
Teen Winter Scavenger Hunt & Movie Mania - Sleigh this holiday season by brushing up on your cookie decorating, gift wrapping, tree ornamenting, and hot cocoa making skills! Then curl up and watch a holiday movie. For grades 6 – 12.
§Friday, Decem…

Help Monrovia Conserve Water!

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Our region is still facing severe water shortages!  Please watch and share Monrovia’s water conservation video to help spread the word about what’s happening in our region, and how it will be impacting us all in the coming months and years.  You can watch the full video online on the Monrovia Conserves webpage, where you will also find additional information on how you can make a difference by conserving water and limiting your outdoor water use.
Please remember to water early in the morning or late at night to minimize water loss, and only water once every four days.  As outlined in the mandatory Phase IV Water Conservation Regulations, outdoor watering should be limited to:
About once per week (no more than every fourth day)No more than 15 minutes per landscaped area.Note: The 15-minute limit does not apply to drip irrigation systems, new planting of low-water usage plants, or if reclaimed water is being used as permitted by law.
Only before 8:00 a.m. or after 6:00 p.m
Be sure to visit …

ALDI’S GRAND OPENING!!

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We wanted to let everyone know that Monrovia’s new Aldi’s Supermarket will be hosting a grand opening celebration on Thursday, December 7, 2017, with a formal ribbon cutting scheduled to take place at 8:25 a.m.  Aldi’s is known for its premium exclusive brands, high-quality grocery items, and low prices… and all of us here at the City are excited to welcome the supermarket retailer to our community!
To RSVP: rbrehm@webersandwick.com

30,000 Grant Funding Awarded to the City!

We wanted to share with everyone that the City was recently awarded a $30,000 grant to facilitate our continued focus on addressing homeless issues here in Monrovia.  L.A. County and the United Way developed the grant program that would allow for a maximum award of $30,000 for agencies the size of Monrovia, and we are excited to have been selected as an award recipient.  The funding is aimed at developing additional mechanisms through which homeless individuals can find permanent housing. 
One of the reasons that Monrovia was selected for this grant award has to do with the program that we have developed here locally.  By working together, our Monrovia Homeless Outreach Team has facilitated permanent housing solutions for 7 of our homeless population.  While in the permanent housing arrangement, the 7 individuals are required to enroll in program geared towards teaching life skills, job training, and rehabilitation / mental health care.
There is still much work to be done, as the City…

Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony & Holiday Parade!

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The holiday season is right around the corner and to celebrate this special time of the year, the City is hosting the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and Holiday Parade on Thursday, December 7, 2017!  The evening is set to begin at 6:00 p.m. with the Tree Lighting Ceremony in Library Park, 321 South Myrtle Avenue.

Following the Tree Lighting Ceremony, the City’s Holiday Parade will begin at 7:00 p.m. The parade will travel north on Myrtle Avenue from Chestnut Avenue to Palm Avenue. If you’re interested in submitting an entry to the Parade, please return the application to the Monrovia Community Center by Wednesday, November 22.
We also thank our partners, the Monrovia Old Town Merchants, who have sponsored the Holiday Parade for many years. Come out and join us for this fantastic community event!  And if you have any questions, please contact Lisa Hansberger at (626) 256-8246, or via email at lhansberger@ci.monrovia.ca.us.

Monrovia Renewal Update!

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Construction is underway in the Northwest Section of Monrovia Renewal, and will be occurring over the next several months.  Monrovia Renewal is the City’s multi-year initiative to address needed repairs and make system-wide improvements to our water, sewer, street, and sidewalk infrastructure.  The Northwest Section of the project includes the area of town bordered to the north by Hillcrest Boulevard, to the south by Colorado Boulevard, to the east by Myrtle Avenue, and to the west by the western limits of the City.The updated construction map outlines the latest improvements happening as part of the Northwest Section improvements for Monrovia Renewal… check it out and see what you have going on around your street!
Please note that as part of the planned work, there are three (3) stages for the construction activity.  Those stages include: If underground work is required to repair a water or sewer pipeline beneath your street, this will take place prior to the concrete or street repairs…

Julian Fisher Park Dedication THIS SATURDAY!

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East San Gabriel Valley Winter Homeless Shelter Schedule

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This past week, the City was provided with winter shelter schedule, as developed by the East San Gabriel Valley Coalition.  Winter shelters will be available beginning December 1, 2017, and will remain activated in various parts of the San Gabriel Valley through March 1, 2017. 

A copy of the schedule has been included as an attachment to this email for your reference, and the City has distributed the schedule to key members of our team to ensure that those who are in need of help and services have access to the information.  If you have any questions, the Emergency Assistance Center operated by the East San Gabriel Valley Coalition for the Homeless can be reached at (626) 333-7204. 

PUBLIC HEARING TO ADDRESS PROPOSED WATER RATE ADJUSTMENT SCHEDULE

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At last Tuesday’s City Council meeting, the City Council also authorized staff to begin the Proposition 218 process that must be followed prior to adopting the proposed water rate adjustment scheduled for early 2018. The water rate adjustment is needed in order to absorb new fees being passed down to the nearly 30 water agencies in our region. These fees are being levied on the City by the Main San Gabriel Basin Watermaster (Watermaster) and the Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District (Upper District) in order to address the water supply shortage in the Main San Gabriel Basin following the historic, decade-long drought. By instituting these fees, the Watermaster was able to purchase 40.7 billion gallons at a cost of over $100 million to replenish the groundwater aquifer that supplies our region and return the Basin to a healthy level to ensure a continued water supply.

Provided in the table below is a water rate review summary for a typical single-family residence with a 5/8…

Holiday Home Decorating Contest!

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The very popular annual Holiday Home Decorating Contest, sponsored by the City of Monrovia, is right around the corner!  As part of the program, residents who decorate their homes for the Holiday Season have the chance to be recognized by the City in twelve decoration categories, including:


Best Still Display – Decorations with no movementBest Outdoor Display – Best overall outdoor decorationsBest Window Display – Decorations visible on or through a window that can be seen from the streetMost Effective Use of Lighting – Best outdoor lighting displayBest Decorated Outdoor Tree – Holiday tree must be in front of the residenceBest Neighborhood Effort – Street(s) with many homes decorated in a similar themeSnowman Award – Best display using one or more snowmenChildren’s Choice Award – Best display that depicts a youthful themeSanta’s Workshop Award – Best depiction of Santa’s Workshop in decorationsHoliday Spirit Award – Most festive display

Tim McKeehan “Best of Season” Award – Best overal…

Julian Fisher Park Formal Dedication!

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Upon the  near completion of the major renovations at Julian Fisher Park, aformal dedication event will take place on Saturday, December 2, 2017, at 10:00 a.m.  Please feel free contact City Manager, Oliver Chi at (626) 932-5585 if you have any questions regarding this matter!

Julian Fisher Park Renovation Update Over the last week, construction crews have been working to complete a new trail area in the park, along with installing drought-tolerant landscape upgrades.  Our team has also facilitated the installation of new interpretive signs for visitors of the park.  Updated pictures of the work that has been complete to date are included below, and we do think Julian Fisher Park is looking pretty terrific! 





Over the next few weeks, our team will be working to finish up the last few loose-ends at Julian Fisher Park, which includes: Gazebo improvementsComplete remaining landscape improvementsSignage installationAs a reminder, youth and adults are invited to enjoy recreational basketball at…

Join Senator Portantino For a Millenial Open Dialogue!

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Senator Anthony Portantino is hosting another open conversation with millennials to discuss the issues that matter most to them. Join the Senator for an intimate conversation about today’s political climate and how millennials can make an impact through civic engagement.
When: Wednesday, November 29, 2017, from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Pitzer College, Benson Auditorium (1050 Mills Avenue, Claremont, CA)
RSVP at rsvpsenatorportantino@gmail.com or (818) 409-0400



CITY FACILITIES WILL BE CLOSED THIS THURSDAY AND FRIDAY FOR THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY!

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'Tis the Season For Giving!

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Join Monrovia Fire & Rescue for a special Spark of Love Toy Drive event!  
On November 24 and 25 10:00am-4:00pm, come stuff the Monrovia Fire Engine with toys to bring joy to a child in need this holiday season!  The Fire Engine will be parked in front of the Studio Movie Grill (formerly the Krikorian Theater) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., so please help us fill it to the brim for those in need!  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Monrovia Fire & Rescue at (626) 256-8181.

Canyon Park's Second Kids Crafts In the Canyon Event!

Monrovia Canyon Park is hosting another Kids Crafts in the Canyon Event on Sunday, November 26, 2017!  This time around, we will be building small planters and sowing them with California Wildflower seeds!  While November may seem late in the year to plant seeds, did you know that the best time to plant in California is actually in the autumn months, rather than the spring time!  California’s rainy season is very short and seeds and seedlings will do best if allowed to soak up all of our fall and winter rains. This allows them to establish their roots before giving us all those beautiful spring flowers!

If you are interested in building a small planter for wildflower seeds and learning more about our amazing native plants, please stop by the Nature Center between 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 26, 2017.  
For more information, please feel free to call Monrovia Canyon Park at (626) 256-8282.

Monrovia Police Department Sem-Weekly Neighborhood Watch Report

The most recent Police Department semi-weekly neighborhood watch report for the period November 13-15, 2017, has been included for your review and reference. During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 376 service events, resulting in 64 investigations.
A copy of the report can be found at the following link: Neighborhood Watch Report

Library Events Coming Up This Week!

Monday Movie Night - Dress in your pajamas, bring your blanket, pillow and your favorite stuffed friend to join us for Monday Movie Night!  Enjoy freshly popped popcorn as we cuddle up to watch a terrific movie with your family!  This event is sponsored by Friends of the Monrovia Public Library.oLibrary Community Room, 6:00 - 7:45 p.m. on Monday, November 20
Homework Help Canceled This Week - Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, there will be no Homework Help on Monday, November 20, and Tuesday, November 21

Stop by the Library Before the Holiday Weekend! Happy Thanksgiving Drop by the library and stock up for the holiday weekend with FREE movies or make that long, Turkey Day drive to Grandma’s house a little easier with audiobooks!
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Please join us at the 25th Annual Scholarship Gala to raise funds for local high school seniors. Tickets are $65 and attire is cocktail. Ticket request and donations can be sent to MDBAA, P.O. Box 186, Monrovia Ca 91017.



Saturday, November 11 at 6 PM - 12 AM Nov 11 at 6 PM to Nov 12 at 12 AM Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Monrovia - Pasadena Area 924 W Huntington Dr, Monrovia, California 91016

Eventbrite Link | Facebook | Website

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Hi All!  Our Friends at Monrovia High School are asking you to Save the Date for Beauty and the Beast, which will be at the Taylor Performing Arts Center. Show dates are Nov. 30th at 8:00 PM, Dec. 1st at 8:00 PM, Dec. 2nd at 2:00 and 8:00 PM, and Dec. 3rd at 5:00 PM. 

For tickets, go to lktaylorperformingarts.com!

Reminder: MAP-Ed Quarterly Meeting | Saturday 10/14

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MAP Leaders! You are cordially invited to our MAP-Ed Quarterly Meeting coming up on
THIS Saturday, October 14, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Library Community Room
We will hear updates on Monrovia’s homeless situation and how Monrovia PD is working to help.  In addition to that, we will have a special guest from Senator Portantino’s office to give us the “State of the State” and updates on initiatives and laws that will be coming in January that affect our community.  Lastly, staff will also be providing an update about the pending water rate increase being coordinated.  At the meeting, all participants will also get a sneak peek into what 2018 will bring for MAP.  Don’t forget to bring a friend to hear this great information!

For any questions and to RSVP, please call Ariel Tolefree-Williams at (626) 932-5563 or email at atolefree@ci.monrovia.ca.us.

You Are Cordially Invited | October 14, 2017

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The City of Monrovia cordially invites you to the next MAP-Ed Quarterly Meeting coming up on Saturday, October 14, 2017, from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., in the Library Community Room.  We will hear updates on Monrovia’s homeless situation and how Monrovia PD is working to help.  In addition to that, we will have a special guest from Senator Portantino’s office to give us the “State of the State” and updates on initiatives and laws that will be coming in January that affect our community.  Lastly, staff will also be providing an update about the pending water rate increase being coordinated.  At the meeting, all participants will also get a sneak peek into what 2018 will bring for MAP.  Don’t forget to bring a friend to hear this great information!

For any questions and to RSVP, please call Ariel Tolefree-Williams at (626) 932-5563 or email at atolefree@ci.monrovia.ca.us



Renewal Construction Reminder!

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Monrovia Renewal is the City’s multi-year initiative to address needed repairs and make system-wide improvements to our water, sewer, street, and sidewalk infrastructure.  Our team of dedicated staff and expert contractors are preparing to start construction in the Northwest area on September 18, 2017.

Contractors will start on the northwestern edge of the Northwest section on Lincoln Place and work their way east and south, then move to Greystone Avenue and work west, saving concrete repairs on streets with scheduled underground work for last.



Three Stages of Construction Work:
1. If underground work is required to repair a water or sewer pipeline beneath your street, this will take place prior to the concrete or street repairs.
2. Concrete repairs to curbs, gutters, and driveway approaches will take place next.
3. Street repairs occur after all other work has taken place. Streets slated for repairs receive one of four treatments: a new top coat (slurry seal); minor crack / gravel re…

Taking Back Our Community

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Like Monrovia, many cities across the state are experiencing alarming increases in violent and property crimes that are affecting our safety and overall quality of life.  To address this issue, during the past month, Monrovia has taken the lead in coordinating the development of the Taking Back Our Community coalition, which is aimed at amplifying our message that certain elements of AB 109, Proposition 47, and Proposition 57 have resulted in unintended adverse public safety impacts in California.



Our Taking Back Our Community coalition certainly recognizes that criminal justice system improvements in California were needed, and that AB 109, Proposition 47, and Proposition 57 instituted some positive improvements.  Furthermore, we also believe that those criminals who commit non-violent crimes should not be subject to long prison sentences.

However, given the collective changes that have been implemented by AB 109, Proposition 47, and Proposition 57, the reality is that…

…in Californ…

Water Conservation

For more information on how to conserve water, go to MonroviaConserves.org!

Pink Patch Project: Monrovia PD

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The Pink Patch Project is a collaborative effort between the Los Angeles County Police Chiefs' Association (LACPCA) and more than 175 public safety agencies throughout the nation designed to increase public awareness about breast cancer and to raise funds for the fight against this disease. 
The program centers on vibrant pink versions of the agency’s uniform patches. Monrovia Police Department employees will be wearing these pink patches on their uniforms during “Breast Cancer Awareness Month” this October. The pink patches are intended to stimulate conversations within the community and raise public awareness about the importance of early detection and treatment in the fight against breast cancer. 
The Monrovia Police Department is selling their commemorative pink patches to the community, along with Pink Patch Project T-shirts, challenge coins, and other items. Proceeds from the sale of Monrovia’s commemorative Pink Patch Project items go to fund breast cancer education, research…

A Taste of Old Town

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SAVE THE DATE!  Because the greatest food tasting event in the San Gabriel Valley – the Taste of Old Town Monrovia – is set to take place on October 15, 2017, from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.!  Many thanks to the Julie Gentile and the Kiwanis Club of Monrovia for their efforts in putting on this premier food and wine tasting event!  See the event flyer below for additional information, and we hope to see you all there!

MAP Care For Your Neighbor Program

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On Saturday, August 26, 2017, the MAP Care for Your Neighbor Program successfully completed another community improvement project and helped a Monrovian in need.  A property on Acadia Avenue, while well kept, had a few issues with the front landscape.  Traditional code enforcement efforts were not necessarily going to solve the problem to gain compliance… so MAP stepped in.
The MAP Care for Your Neighbor Program jumped into action by coordinating community resources to help clean up and beautify the landscape.  City staff partnered with MAP Leaders, the Volunteer Center and even brought out some family members to provide resources and assistance in the efforts.  We planted succulent plants and spread mulch throughout the yard, and even installed some pavers and bricks that immediately spruced up the yard.  The property owner, a lifelong Monrovian, expressed that she was extremely grateful for the help and for being part of such an amazing community. 

Below are some before and after pic…

Grandparents Day | September 2017

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Earthquake Preparedness 9/9

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Are you ready for the next earthquake?  While we can’t know when the next big earthquake will occur, we can learn what steps to take to be prepared and how you can protect your home and family.  This workshop will feature guest speaker Margaret Vinci from the California Institute of Technology.  Best of all, this workshop is FREE, and each household in attendance will receive a free gift and refreshments to enjoy!
To learn more, please read the attached newsletter from MOHPG with more details.
§DATE: Saturday, September 9, 2017
§TIME: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
§PLACE: Community Room at the Monrovia Public Library (321 S. Myrtle Avenue)
§RSVPs REQUIRED!  Attendance is limited to 60 people and attendees must RSVP in advance! To RSVP, visit MOHPG’s website at http://www.mohpg.org

Sponsored by the Monrovia Fire Department and the Monrovia Historic Preservation Group (MOHPG)