Montebello-Stepanakert Sister City Inaugural Reception Set for Sept. 25, 2005
MONTEBELLO, CA - The inaugural reception for the Montebello-Stepanakert Sister City Association will be held Sept. 25, starting at 4 p.m. at the Montebello City Hall foyer, 1600 W. Beverly Blvd., Montebello, the organizing committee announced this week.
Highlights of the reception will include addresses by elected officials, picture poster presentations, as well as a brief video of Stepanakert showing local institutions, including schools and Artsakh University, prepared by Stepanakert TV.
The launch of the Sister-City program with Montebello was initiated by the San Gabriel Valley Armenian National Committee, and supported by a score of local businesses, individuals, and city officials.
Among the 22 members of the Sister-City Committee are City Councilman Bob Bagwell, Councilwoman Normal Lopez-Reid, Chief of Police Garry Couso-Vasquez, and other volunteers from both the Armenian-American community and the Montebello community at large. Also actively participating in the Committee are members of State Assemblyman Ron Calderon's office.
During the reception, details of some of the programs that are under consideration will be announced.
Admission to the event is free. Donations to the non-profit Committee will be accepted for use in implementing the programs.
For more information, call Stepan Altounian, (562) 698-1647, or Al Cabraloff (562) 943-1081.
MONTEBELLO PAIRS WITH ARMENIAN CITY By Nisha Gutierrez, Staff Writer
San Gabriel Valley Tribune, CA Whittier Daily News, CA Sept 26 2005
MONTEBELLO -- Members of the Armenian community joined Montebello city officials Sunday as they announced the inauguration of Stepanakert, as their next sister city.
The Armenian city of Stepanakert , is the capital of Nagorno-Karabakh, which is home to about 40,000 people.
Serge Samoniantz, committee member for Montebello's Sister City Program, said that the need for an Armenian sister city came as a request from Montebello residents.
"There is a large Armenian presence here," Samoniantz said. "They came to us with the idea about four years ago. Since then we chose the city and came up with a plan."
The plan, according to city officials, is to embrace cultural exchange.
"It's for two different worlds of people to get to know each other's culture and come together as the world gets smaller," said Mayor William Molinari.
The committee will be requesting the City Council to formally vote on acquiring Stepanakert as a sister city at the Oct. 12 meeting.
However, Samoniantz said he is confident about the vote.
"We didn't jump the gun by having this inauguration," he said. "We are confident the city of Stepanakert will be approved and when it (is), the work will have already been started."
The program with Stepanakert will be made up of cultural, educational, health care and trade exchange so people can be exposed to how things are done in a different part of the world.
The committee is inviting members of the public to attend the council meeting to show their support for the program.
President Dwight D. Eisenhower began the U.S. Sister City Program in 1956 as a partnership between different groups of people, created to promote cultural understanding, increase global cooperation and enhance economic development.
Montebello's first sister city, Ashiya, Japan, was established in 1961.
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