Adrian Vargas may work long hours—sometimes as many as 15 hours a day, 7 days a week—but the La Verne farmer, owner of Claremont’s longstanding Strawberry Patch, revels in the fruits of his labor despite the daily drudge.
He blames it on his bloodline, part of a long line of farmers who prospered in the vegetable fields of Michoacán, Mexico. More than a thousand miles away, Mr. Vargas is proud to carry on the family tradition in Claremont and La Verne. Be sure to check out our Rites of Spring/Spring Bride special section on Friday.
COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
The 2014 Independence Day Committee will hold auditions on Wednesday, April 16 in search of singers interested in belting out the National Anthem at the city’s Fourth of July Fireworks Show. The audition takes place at 7 p.m. in the Padua Room of the Alexander Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury.
Interested applications must submit a form by Monday, April 14. Entrants must be in grades 7-12 and either reside in Claremont or attend a Claremont school. Applications are available at www.Claremont4th.org.
Police are requesting the public’s help in finding a man involved in the sexual assault of a juvenile on Friday night between 10:30 p.m. and 11:45 p.m. The 12-year-old girl was home alone when the man reportedly gained access to her apartment and proceeded to physically and sexually assault her. The suspect is described as a Caucasian male about 30 years old, approximately 5’8’’ or 5’9’’ with a medium build, blue eyes and brown hair.
Indian Hill Boulevard is closed today, Wednesday, March 26, until 1 p.m. while school officials and police conduct the drunk driving program, Every 15 Minutes. Residents will see an increased police presence including fire and paramedic personnel, a coronor's van and a simulated traffic accident. The exercise is held annually at the high school in an effort to dissuade students from drinking and driving.
An armed robber remains at large after attacking a clerk at La West liquor store, located at 333 E. Arrow Highway, on Monday night. Equipped with a handgun, the suspect entered the business and demanded cash from the register, according to Claremont police. The clerk complied, handing over an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspect then fled the business in an unknown direction. The robber is described as a Hispanic male, 22 to 27 years old, about 6 feet tall and 170 pounds.
City officials are seeking community input for the creation of the Claremont Hills Wilderness Master Plan. A meeting will be held on Monday, March 24 at 6 p.m. at Taylor Hall to hear local feedback addressing hillside usage, trail facilities, parking and environmental impacts. The water talk continues on Tuesday, March 25 with the Claremont City Council slated to take action on two significant issues surrounding the city’s potential water system acquisition. At 6:30 p.m. at Taylor Hall, 1775 N. Indian Hill Blvd., council members will discuss an environmental report evaluating the proposed water system acquisition.
Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center (PVHMC) celebrated a major milestone with The Robert and Beverly Lewis Outpatient Pavilion this week. At a topping out ceremony, the final steel beam for the new outpatient pavilion was installed, marking the completion of the steel work.
Once completed in January 2015, the new 55,000-square-foot Robert and Beverly Lewis Outpatient Pavilion will include five outpatient surgery suites, 20 prep and recovery beds, physical therapy and rehabilitation services and pre-admission testing.
A police chase of burglary suspects came to a grisly end in Claremont on Sunday evening.
The pursuit began around 5:20 p.m. at a Target in Montclair, where a man was spotted leaving the store with two large TVs, according to a police statement. Officers followed in pursuit as the man got into a 2004 green Honda Accord driven by a female. The driver headed onto the 10 freeway heading west at a high rate of speed. The pursuit came to an end off the Indian Hill Boulevard exit when the Honda collided with three other vehicles on the exit ramp. The male robbery suspect was ejected from the backseat of the car and pronounced dead at the scene.
Southern California haze and smog are frowned upon for us living in Claremont, but it can help mute a bright sunset in order to take many unique photos of the setting sun. Such was the case here, where this photo was taken from the Mountain Avenue overpass in Claremont, yet shows details of the next exit east over a mile away past Towne Avenue. Weather in Claremont for the week will stay cool, with highs in the 60s and lows around 50. Be sure to check out our week in photos slideshow. COURIER photo/Peter Weinberger
One of the Rotary Club of Claremont’s goals this year was to identify and complete a new service project. Under the leadership of project co-chairs Charles Carpenter and Al Herrlinger, a committee was formed to research potential service projects. AbilityFirst eagerly embraced Rotary’s offer to help.
AbilityFirst in Claremont provides programs for children and adults with physical and developmental disabilities
Officials from the cities of Claremont, La Verne, Upland, Rancho Cucamonga and San Dimas gathered at the Old School House complex Friday morning to welcome Assemblyman Chris Holden and representatives to his new permanent office at 415 W. Foothill Blvd., Suite 124.
This is the second office for the assemblyman of the 41st district. With his first office established in Pasadena, the legislator made the choice for a second location in Claremont in order to be more readily available and transparent to the district’s easternmost portion, he shared.
COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Bardot, a chic new Village eatery, opened its doors on the corner of Harvard and Bonita Avenues for the first time this week. The new business replaces the longstanding Harvard Square cafe, which closed in 2012.
The beloved bistro might be a part of the city’s past, but a couple of the restaurant’s familiar faces have returned to revitalize the popular Claremont corner spot.
While Harvard Square’s famed front patio still remains, Bardot is a far cry from the old establishment.
Joe Lyons is not one to say no. The lifelong proponent of volunteerism admits it’s a characteristic that sometimes gets him into trouble as he piles on new and challenging duties. His latest volunteer position, however, is a welcome addition to his full schedule as he takes on the title of Claremont mayor for 2014-2015.
With that role comes heightened responsibility. Staying true to his style, however, the council member has hit the ground running
Between a gun scare and a controversial incident involving the Confederate flag, Claremont High School has had a difficult week.
On Wednesday, graffiti was found scrawled in a boys restroom in the 800 quad of the CHS campus indicating that a student planned to bring a gun to school the following day. The threat did not target a particular student or group of students, nor were any faculty or staff members mentioned.
The Claremont Police Department has determined that the graffiti does not represent a credible threat. Given today’s heightened wariness of school violence, however, the situation has received significant media attention.