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Inspire Montebello! Inspire, Montebello!  

November 30, 2013

A house without books is like a room without windows. Horace Mann

Mann was an American education reformist who advocated for public schools.


Support small businesses. Dear Friend, Small businesses are the lifeblood of our communities. Patronizing small businesses supports the local economy and keeps our neighborhoods thriving. That's why I am joining millions of Americans on Small Business Saturday, November 30, by shopping at our local small businesses. To learn more about Small Business Saturday as well as recent state legislation to improve the business climate, visit my website. I hope you will join me in supporting our local small businesses. Sincerely, Cristina Garcia, Assemblymember, 58th District. From an e-mail dated November 26, 2013.

It does snow in Montebello.
      ... Save the date! Saturday, December 14. 2013, 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., Montebello City Park, 1300 West Whittier Boulevard. ... Free admission: snow slide, train rides, pony rides, moon bounce, holiday snacks. Interested in selling special crafts, foods, or displaying an informational booth? Please ...complete the vendor application and submit with payment to the Department of Parks and Recreation, 1700 W. Victoria Avenue, Montebello, CA 90640. For more information, 

Scam warning.       ... Imposters have been calling SCE customers telling them they must make immediate payment on past due bills or have their electric service disconnected. The callers are also demanding that payment be made through a prepaid cash card. Other forms of fraud involve customers being asked to purchase prepaid debit cards. Scammers ask for the debit card number and collect the value deposited on the card. SCE customers have reported about 800 instances of phone scams this year. About 150 residential and commercial customers have been victimized by some form of bill scam with the incidents costing them an average of $800 to $1,000. ...       From an e-mail dated November 21, 2013, from the office of Assemblymember Garcia.

Christmas is coming.  Celebrate the Spirit of Christmas at our 30th Anniversary Holiday Open House, Thursday December 12 from 10:00 am - 8:00 pm. Enjoy our all day Happy Hour with appetizers and lots of sweet surprises. Beauty make-up demonstrations, other activities, hourly drawings for prizes, complimentary gift wrapping, and discounts coupons on your favorites including Hello Kitty, Betty Boop, Olivia Pin Up, I Love Lucy, Sugar Skulls, Massage Oils & Lingerie. Heavenly Choice, 534 N. Montebello Blvd., 323 728-2728. 

Potluck and election.  Join the Montebello-Ashiya Sister City Association for our Annual Holiday Social & Potluck Luncheon and Election of Officers for 2014. Sunday, December 15, 2013, at 1700 Cesar Chavez, across from East Los Angeles College in Monterey Park. (Thanks to Mrs. Susan Okawa and ELAC for providing the facility). 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. Bring your favorite dish for sharing with 8 - 12 People. RSVP and call In your nominations for officers by December 6: Gloria Haro at or (323) 722-1383.


Gift pick No. 21: Community Woodshop for the DIYer,0,4466922.story 

Could Montebello students do this? Should they try?
"BACK-TO-SCHOOL SPECIAL: NYC teens rapping about science", 

New Advances in the Bamboo Bicycle: Semester HexTube Bamboo + Carbon Fiber Bike  
A Monochrome Lego Set To Teach Tomorrow’s Architects  

A Simple Red Clip Turns Park Benches Into Public Libraries  

Must read.  "Living Your Life Without Regrets: Gamifying Health and Well-being", 

Motivational Posters: Ernest Hemingway Edition 

Scientists Say They've Confirmed A New Element 

LAUSD Launches Its Drive to Equip Every Student with iPads,0,906926.story 

The US Professionals Quitting the Rat Race to Become Farmers 

Feeding 9 Billion: Carbon Neutral Lunch - Costa Rica 

How to Transform a Vacant Lot into a Community Garden  

Millennials Create Alternative Website to
Three twenty-something programmers have created a functional website,, that tells consumers what health insurance plans are available, based on their zip code, plan preference, and personal information. ...       Justmeans e-newsletter, November 19, 2013 


FDA to Ban Artery-clogging Trans Fats 

Eat More Food, Lose More Fat 

Research Links Children's Psychological Problems to Prolonged Screen Time 

As you get ready to buy holiday gifts.
  "8 Ways Violent Games Are Bad for Your Kids", 

Could Simple Things Like Stretching, Smiling, and Sitting Up Actually Make You Work Better? 

Smoothies and Fruit Juices Are a New Risk to Health, US Scientists Warn 

FDA Looks into Fortified Snacks 

Illicit Drugs and Mental Illness Take a Huge Global Toll  

How to Foster Compassion in Children,0,2477771.stor y

5 Common Cold and Flu Facts, Fictions, and Surprising Half-Truths

About Inspire! and “My Montebello”

To learn about this newsletter, Inspire!, and the accompanying, growing Web site, “My Montebello”, visit  Also, you will find instructions and contact information for submitting announcements for publication in this newsletter, and for submitting stories to “Montebello Memories” at the Web site.


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