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Chinese supermarkets prepare for Lunar New Year; El Monte senior wins Player of the Year; robbers steal TVs in Rosemead

News from around the West San Gabriel Valley:

Chinese grocery stores stocking up on Lunar New Year goodies (World Journal)Lunar New Year is on Feb. 10 and Chinese grocery stores in the San Gabriel Valley are stocking up on traditional fare such as candies, red envelopes, firecrackers, lanterns, New Year scrolls, tangerines, and fortune calendars. While some grocery store managers say that consumers have been spending less on New Year products in recent years, others believe this year will be better for business.

El Monte high school senior wins Player of the Year (San Gabriel Valley Tribune)The Tribune awarded El Monte football player Brandon Martinez Player of the Year for the 2012 season. Martinez is a high school senior at El Monte High School, where he played quarterback and led his team to their first league title since 1979 and first playoff game win in more than 20 years. He holds the San Gabriel Valley's single-season record for passing yards at 4,286 yards and broke the old record for passing touchdowns with 44.

Three robbers steal TVs in Rosemead (San Gabriel Valley Tribune)Two men and a woman with rifles robbed a Rosemead store and stole five big screen televisions Sunday afternoon. The robbers entered Vega TV on Garvey Avenue east of Walnut Grove Avenue, and after brandishing a hunting rifle, ran off with the TVs and fled the scene in a white van. They are described as two Latino men and one Latino woman wearing dark clothing.

Our news roundup includes stories from Alhambra, Monterey Park, San Gabriel, South Pasadena, Pasadena, El Sereno, San Marino, Rosemead, and Temple City.

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