In February, Chris and John Peltekci took over ownership of the Claremont Village landmark toy store Boon Companion following the retirement of long time owners Reed and Nancy Johnson. The new shop is both familiar and different with many of the same toys, and a few new additions. Also the Pelteckis opened up a long shuttered window and rearranged the aisles giving the shop a brighter and more open appearance. More in our next edition. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Prospective buyers often contact me looking to purchase a home in the “area.” Sometimes, they are looking over a span of cities along the foothills but, more often than not, they are looking for a home in Claremont—only Claremont. As a lifelong resident, it’s no surprise to me that Claremont commands such a demand. The city is beautiful, the amenities are bountiful, the feel is charming and the real estate market…is booming.
So why is Claremont such a great place to live? Many residents will say it offers so much for people of all ages. Long known for the city of trees, Claremont could also be the city of parks. And that doesn't include other city services like two senior centers, the colleges, and the ever popular Wilderness Park on the north side of town. Here's the round up.
A wind and terrain driven wildfire has burned over 1000 acres in Etiwanda, north of Rancho Cucamonga, and is moving in a southeast direction with 10 percent containment. Claremont officials are aware of the fire and will continue to monitor its location. Currently, the fire is not moving towards Claremont, but the city is prepared to deal with the situation should the winds shift, including evacuations if needed. Waether conditions will remain windy with temperatures in the mid-90s through Saturday. A cooling trend is expected next week.
As a precaution, the Wilderness Park will remain closed until further notice and a red flag warning is now in effect through Thursday. Photo/KTLA-TV
Residents interested in taking a more active role in the city’s decision-making process relating to sustainability are encouraged to apply for appointment to the Sustainability Committee. Persons interested in being considered for appointment to the Sustainability Committee are encouraged to file an application with the City Clerk by 6 p.m. tomorrow, Thursday, May 1.
The Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden will play host to the zombie apocalypse this spring as the City of Trees’ becomes the City of The Walking Dead for the first annual Claremont Zombie Run on Saturday, May 3.
Claremont’s inaugural fun run is a departure from the staple Claremont celebrations or the recent influx of quirky 5Ks like the Fairplex’s Color Run and Bonelli Park’s Tough Mudder. The object in this three-kilometer race is to navigate the trailheads teeming with crawling creatures and come out with limbs and flags intact. A maze of paths to choose from, some of which end in a pit full of monsters, add further mayhem to the madness
In connection with the nationwide theme of the 2014 Holocaust Remembrance Week, this year’s commemoration at Temple Beth Israel will focus on the American response to Nazi evil before, during and after WWII, as well as America’s continuing role in combating genocide. The event will take place this Sunday afternoon, April 27, at 4 p.m. at the synagogue at 3033 N. Towne Ave., Pomona.
Chaparral Elementary School Roadrunners, both young and old, came together Friday evening for a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the school’s opening. Former students Juan Gamboa and Charlie Gale, above, looked for old friends in a display of class pictures going back to the 1970s. Mr. Gamboa, who was in the sixth-grade class of 1976, and Mr. Gale, who was in the class of 1979, are now parents of Chaparral students, which they noted seemed pretty common. The party was well attended despite brisk temperatures and included songs by current students, food trucks, games and a visit from long-time principal Dave Paul. More in our next edition. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
The Claremont Police Department and Community and Human Services division will have their phone lines down on Monday, April 28, starting at 8 a.m. The police department’s emergency 9-1-1 line will still be in operation.
Recent litigation is fueling an unusual amount of activity in a midterm election year for local democrats, as officers of a local club’s executive board prepare for court over a money debacle.
Several years of conflict came to a head last month when group members Rudy Mann, Zephyr Tate-Man and Bob Gerecke, representing the Inland Communities Democratic Political Action Committee (PAC), filed a complaint against the Democratic Club of Claremont (DCC), its president Gar Byrum and former treasurer Debi Evans for claimed fraud and breach of contract, among other allegations. The DCC has responded to the PAC’s lawsuit with litigation of its own, claiming the trio of PAC members are involved in “fraud, embezzlement and misappropriation of fundraising funds.”
The salads, fruit and assorted entrees at Claremont McKenna’s Collins Dining Hall aren’t quite complete without one more ingredient added to the mix: Cheva M. Garcia. The 89-year-old Claremont resident has been a permanent fixture at the school’s lunch line since she was hired on in 1951. She remains the school’s longest standing employee, an honor she wears with pride.
“This place is like my second home,” Ms. Garcia said. “These people are my family.”
Meal service at CMC has changed over the years—from a mix of hors d'oeuvres to a family-style spread to the more traditional pick-your-pleasure cafeteria fare that is served today—but Ms. Garcia approaches her work with the same gusto. This is just one of the feature stories in Friday's Healthy Living special section. COURIER photo/Peter Weinberger
Graduation might be around the corner, but the students of Pitzer College aren’t sitting idle just yet.
Amidst final papers and exams, a group of Pitzer students led by senior Michael Ceraso took a timeout to put their acquired tech savvy into real-world application by hosting the city’s first civic Hackathon last weekend. The event, held on the Pitzer College mounds, is part of a student-led effort to bridge the gaps across the Claremont community through computer codes and technology.
While the concept appears daunting, the idea is actually quite simple—recruit a group of talented people from a variety of backgrounds to determine how technology can help build a stronger Claremont community.
The parking restrictions continue to mount as use of the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park steadily climbs.
The Claremont City Council Tuesday night added additional permit parking-only zones on three residential cul de sacs next to the bustling wilderness area—Holyoke Place, Macalester Place and Forsyth Place. These permit parking zones are expected to sunset in September 2015, along with a slew of other wilderness loop parking restrictions, as the city works on an overarching master plan to solve lingering parking problems.
Drawing and painting teacher Tamara Kirkpatrick helps sophomore Christine Hyun with a charcoal drawing last week at Claremont High School. Ms. Hyun’s work will be among 60 other students featured in the Sixth Annual Claremont High School Student Art Show next month at the Claremont Chamber of Commerce. The public is invited to an artist’s reception on May 2 at 5:30 p.m. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff