With head in hand retiring teacher Ken Kirkwood is serenaded by his colleagues during an end of the semester assembly on Tuesday at El Roble Intermediate School. Mr. Kirkwood’s fellow teachers dressed in beards, wire rim glasses and knee high socks as they sang a special tribute to the 37-year El Roble veteran. The costumes were inspired by Mr. Kirkwood’s standard work attire, which has added to his reputation as a fixture at the school. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
The man accused of assault with a deadly weapon against a Claremont police officer that shot him entered into a plea agreement with the Los Angeles County District Attorney today in Pomona Superior Court. Dressed in a blue jail-issued jumpsuit, Marcel Esparaza Herrera was escorted into the courtroom in handcuffs and took a seat at the defendant’s table. “I’m sorry for all I’ve done to you guys,” he said, adding, “Don’t cry ma, I’m good. God is good, I’m getting another chance to restore my life.”
Pedestrians cross Mountain Avenue at Scripps Drive adjacent to Condit Elementary School on Tuesday one day after a Condit student was struck by a Claremont police cruiser in the intersection. Parent Lisa Chen called it, “A dangerous intersection.” and thought the city could make it safer by having red signals on both streets while pedestrians are crossing. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
The man accused of raping a 12-year-old Claremont girl appeared in court Monday morning and entered a plea of not guilty. Joseph Chandler Davall was arraigned in Pomona Superior Court on seven felony counts in Los Angeles County, including two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child; one count each of forcible rape; sexual penetration by foreign object; and assault to commit a felony during the commission of first-degree burglaries.
Under the city of Claremont’s Inclusionary Housing Ordinance, new residential developments are required to set aside 15 percent of the new units for affordable- to moderate-income households.
Currently, three new residential developments are accepting applications for their affordable units. Interested residents should review the pre-application checklist on the city’s website for information regarding the program details and qualification requirements, and follow up by contacting the sales officer at the desired development.
A Claremont teacher, frustrated by what he sees as persecution on the part of the Claremont Unified School District, now faces termination.
Over the past months, Claremont High School social studies teacher Dave Lukkarila has sent hundreds of updates on his struggles with CUSD administrators, teacher’s union representatives and school board members to the personal email accounts of nearly 200 members of the district community. See the full statement on this issue by CUSD Superintendent Jim Elsasser after the story inside.
In late March of 2012, Mr. Lukkarila was placed on paid administrative leave, pending dismissal under the Education Code.
The 31st Annual Claremont Folk Festival at the Santa Ana Botanic Garden on Saturday, May 31 was one of the hottest tickets in town. With the city’s own superstars Ben and Ellen Harper headlining the event, fans gathered in anticipation, eager to lose themselves in the sounds of the duo.
What they didn’t anticipate, however, was Mr. Harper’s darling duet with another Claremont native, 4-year-old Josef Luevano who ended up stealing the show.
The Claremont City Council held a special meeting and workshop Monday, June 2 at City Council Chambers to discuss the proposed revisions to the city’s Tree Policies and Guidelines Manual. Much like the previous workshops hosted by city staff, residents voiced their concerns about several of the proposed changes.
To the delight of the Tree Action Group (TAG), their voices are being heard.
“We’ve raised our questions and asked council to re-examine the use of poisons and the pruning policy for our city’s urban landscape,” says Mark von Wodtke with TAG.
Smiling faces and warm temperatures greeted members of the Claremont Police Department (CPD) and athletes from Special Olympics Pomona Valley as they ran side-by-side down Foothill Boulevard for the Law Enforcement Torch Run Final Leg. Claremont Police Aides Yvette Walker and Zachary Martin ran alongside Sgt. Lori Davenport, right, and Police Aide Michael Hillman, center, who carried the torch with pride through the City of Trees. For first time runner Mr. Martin, the event presented an opportunity to show kids that everything is possible. COURIER photo/Peter Weinberger
With sunset arriving a little later each day now, it gives us more time to observe the many beautiful summer skies in the Claremont area. This photo was taken from Base Line Road looking north towards San Dimas Canyon. Expect pretty typical mostly sunny summer weather through the weekend. High temperatures will be in the mid-80s, with lows around 60. COURIER photo/Peter Weinberger
More than 4,000 officers and Special Olympics athletes proudly run throughout Southern California in May and June carrying the “Flame of Hope” as part of the Law Enforcement Torch Run Final Leg. Claremont officers will proudly participate in the Southern Leg of the Torch Run on Wednesday, June 4.
Beginning around 1 p.m., the Claremont Police Department will take part in the run, congregating at the San Bernardino/Los Angeles County Line to accept the hand-off of the torch from Upland police officers.
Claremont community members mingled with glasses in hand Sunday at the seventh annual “Mi Casa es Su Casa” charity event benefiting the Claremont Community Foundation and Claremont Educational Foundation.
Hosted at Hotel Casa 425, around 170 Claremonters savored a variety of foods, prestigious wines, spirits and beers as they strolled through the courtyard to the sounds of the Brandon Bernstein Trio.
The event offered a little something for everyone with eats from Spaggi’s, Loving Hut, Viva Madrid and Hotel Casa 425 as well as libations from Dale Bros. Brewery, Claremont Craft Ales, VOM FASS, Plume Ridge and Chacewater Winery just to name a few.
Ben Harper and his mother Ellen Chase Harper perform a song from their new recording “Childhood Home” on Saturday during the 31st Claremont Folk Festival at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden. The Harpers were the title act at the festival that included workshops, games, food and lots of great music. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Jacqueline “Jackie” Withey, a student at the Webb Schools, will be presented with the Gold Scout Award—the highest award a Girl Scout can earn—in Pasadena on June 8.
Jackie’s Gold Award project was sparked by her concern for the underserved poor in her community that are in need of food and blankets. Because of unemployment and a poor economy, food banks are receiving less food. Through her leadership and organizational skills, she generated over 5,500 pounds of food and 75 blankets for the “His Hands Ministry” at St. Joseph’s Church in Upland.