On Saturday, October 25 Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride took a detour through Claremont and ended with a Disney DUI. Kaprish Thomas, dressed as Minnie Mouse with ears and all, was driving around 2:30 a.m. when officers witnessed the vehicle make a right turn on a red light near Indian Hill and San Jose. Police conducted a traffic stop and what they saw warranted more than just an E-ticket.
Dozens of local students got a glimpse of a cool cosmic event last Thursday, thanks to a visit by an Oakmont parent who is an enthusiastic member of the Pomona Valley Amateur Astronomers.
Mathew Wedel arrived to Oakmont School, where his son London is in 4th grade, about a half-hour before school let out and just as the sun began to be swallowed by shadow.
It was a partial eclipse of the sun, and Mr. Wedel, who is president of the PVAA, wanted to make sure that the kids in Oakmont’s Best After School Learning Program (BLAST) got a good look at a rare event.
Assemblyman Chris Holden updates the Claremont community on new legislation in Sacramento during his annual visit to the City Council on Tuesday. Mr. Holden highlighted the push for upcoming measures on the November ballot including the state water bond Proposition 1, which is a priority for Governor Jerry Brown. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
UPDATED: A preliminary hearing for accused rapist Joseph Chandler Davall went forward as scheduled Monday morning, with the alleged victim taking the stand in Los Angeles County Superior Court.
With the defendant present in the courtroom, the young girl recounted the violent sexual assault she endured this past March while sleeping in her Claremont home.
Dressed in an oversized gray sweatshirt with her long, dark hair piled high on her head, the preteen told the court she had been at a friend’s house earlier in the evening when her father and his friend picked her up to take her home.
The Claremont Museum of Art will host the 11th annual Padua Hills Art Fiesta on Sunday, November 2 with an outdoor art show, art and craft demonstrations, music and more. This year’s exhibition will feature original Fiesta artist John Svenson.
Some local residents still recall the popular Art Fiesta held through the 1950s. Since 2011, the CMA has continued the tradition with Claremont area artists showing their work under the shady olive trees of the beautifully restored Padua Hills Theatre.
As the Novemeber 4 election draws near, dozens of voters for Claremont's water bond show their support for the measure with a rally at the corner of Indian Hill and Foothill Boulevards Friday. Organized by Claremont FLOW (Friends of Locally Owned Water), the group wanted to send a strong get out the vote message to local residents. Be sure to check out the COURIER's continued coverage of Measure W in print and online. Photo courtesy of Maximillan Ho
Leo Gladden and seven-month-old Benjamin dress as a chef and a lobster in a pot for the Village Venture on Saturday in Claremont. The Apple Valley resident came up with the idea after winning a chili cook off and then found the costume online. More photos in our next edition. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Claremont resident Maria Andrade received her vote-by-mail ballot from the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder about a week ago with one glaring omission—Measure W.
She filled out the ballot and mailed it in, thinking she would receive a separate ballot to include Measure W, which is a city bond measure and will not be voted on by all county residents.
“I was hoping that the Registrar would address my concern quickly to send me something or to tell me what to do,” Ms. Andrade said.
On Wednesday, October 15 a call about a possible vehicle theft resulted in the arrest of six people, but it had nothing to do with a stolen car. Amanda Maxwell, 34, had called police around 1 a.m., indicating that her car had been stolen from the parking lot at Hotel Claremont. When officers arrived and located the parked vehicle in the lot, they questioned Ms. Maxwell who admitted she’d smoked methamphetamine earlier in the day.
With the vote on Measure W fast approaching, Claremont voters continue to seek clarification on the ballot measure that would allow the city of Claremont to borrow up to $135 million in revenue bonds to finance the acquisition of the water system, currently owned and operated by Golden State Water Company.
On October 16, over one hundred of those voters, as well as Claremont City Council members, gathered at the Alexander Hughes Community Center for a two-hour forum presented by Active Claremont. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
In a town as old as Claremont, there’s bound to be a ghost story or two—from Walter at Bridges Auditorium to reported hauntings at Some Crust Bakery—residents have shared their tales with local Girl Scouts, who recently retold the tales at their Village Ghost Walk.
Outfitted with glow-in-the-dark necklace, Girl Scouts from Troop 1094 escorted roughly 200 people on a 75-minute, family-friendly walking tour through the Village. Produced by the Scouts in association with Claremont Chamber Village Marketing Group, the sold-out ghost walk was so successful; organizers have already begun plans on next year’s walk.
Locals read the informational displays on Monday during a public meeting at Taylor Hall about the progress of the Claremont Hill Wilderness Park Master Plan. About 100 people came out to hear John Baas of consulting group MIG discuss goal and guiding principles for the plan. COURIER photo/Angela Bailey
A large flock of wild parrots descended on north Claremont over the weekend providing a very noisy but popular distraction. The birds were apparently feeding on seedpods and other flora in the area mostly in the early morning and late afternoon. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
With the ongoing drought and a growing emphasis on sustainability, more and more people are opting to switch out water-heavy landscaping with native plants. But once you get them in the ground, how do you care for them?
You can find out on Saturday, October 25 from 9 a.m. to noon when Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Gardens production manager Antonio Sanchez gives a workshop on how to care for native plants