As summer vacationers set out to enjoy the area’s coveted hiking trails and wilderness areas, local officials are working hard to ensure they have the continued ability to do so.
Claremont officials aim to balance the recreational needs of those traversing local trails while also maintaining the landscape guests have come to know and love. In response to the federal government’s proposed changes to the designation and keeping of local open space, the Claremont City Council has reaffirmed its intent to protect the local wilderness area, as well as promote continued local control amid streamlining efforts.
Check out Claremont art galleries between 6 and 9 p.m. tonight for artist receptions, live music and complimentary refreshments. Pliny & The Elders perform at Hendricks Pharmacy and Black Bear & The Cheyenne Autumn Band perform at The Colony at Loft 204. Refer to the gallery section of the newspaper for a map and listing of participating locations.
As residents already begin to mark their spot along the Fourth parade route on Indian Hill Boulevard, we figured you would need valuable information about what's happening on Claremont's Rock the Fourth. So this special section is designed for you. We focused on publishing important detaIls on the city's planned activities and events, from the 5k road race, pancake breakfast, speakers corner, Rock the Fourth parade, and of course the fireworks show at 9 p.m. We also included interesting feature stories on the Claremonters celebrating in unique ways. Have a good holiday! COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
In addition to the Village’s Friday Nights Live, the city’s Summer Concert Series returns this Monday, July 8 with a full line up of free, live music lasting through September 2.
Co-sponsored by the city and the Kiwanis Club, the concerts take place on Monday nights at Memorial Park, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd. This year, concerts will begin at 7 p.m. and run until 8:30 p.m.
The series kicks off with some Classic Rock provided by LCR and continues on Monday, July 15 with 1970s Top 40 hits performed by Cold Duck.
Claremont’s 2013 Fourth of July Parade honoree needs little introduction. At the tender age of 23, Hal Hargrave Jr. is a young man who worked years to bring the first franchised Project Walk clinic to Claremont. The clinic helps people with spinal cord injuries in a push to live healthy, fulfilling lives.
Having inspired paraplegics, quadriplegics and many others with incapacitating physical injuries to persevere through the Be Perfect Foundation, Mr. Hargrave is a deserved recipient of this honor, although his modesty would have you believe otherwise.
Home Performance Matters (HPM), a Claremont-based home performance contractor, is helping out its sustainable counterpart with the recently debuted “HPM and Friends Give Back campaign”—providing an all expenses paid home energy audit and retrofit to those in need.
The company began work this week on their first gifted installation—an estimated $10,000 retrofit, complete with LED lighting, donated to Claremont resident Margaret Aichele, a single mom, volunteer and executive director of the dA Center for the Arts.
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Despite the bustle of activity surrounding Claremont’s annual Independence Day bash, time is always taken to refocus on the individuals and groups that make the community worthy of the celebration.
A Grand Marshal, Honored Individual and Honored Group are traditionally recognized with special fanfare both before and during the Fourth of July festivities. This year, an additional group is being awarded for embodying the spirit of the Claremont community.
Community members will join in honoring the Claremont Museum of Art, bestowed with this year’s resurrected “Blue Ribbon Spirit Award.”
Using London’s Hyde Park Corner as his inspiration, Reverend T. Willard Hunter began the Claremont Independence Day Speakers’ Corner in 1977 to showcase the constitutional right of free speech.
As a result, a variety of topics ranging from politics and religion to current events and history have graced the podium for the past 3 decades.
In the 1970s, Rev. Hunter saw Claremont historian (the late Judy Wright) speak at a local event. Although the 2 had never met, he was so impressed by her public speaking he reportedly passed her a note after her address and—in the direct, yet jovial, manner he was well known for—asked simply, “I’d like you to speak at my funeral.”
He’s had a part in almost every area of Claremont schools for close to 4 decades, and has not lost his enthusiasm for the schools and city he calls home.
Charles Worthing Freitas, better known as “Chuck” is the Grand Marshal for “Claremont Rocks the Fourth,” presiding over Thursday’s gala parade to mark the occasion.
Mr. Freitas’ journey to Claremont began in Huntington Park, where he was born to Worthing and Jordis Freitas in 1942. His father was a US Marine during World War II who went on to a career in the oil refinery business. His mother was a registered nurse, and the family included his younger sister, Judy Baker.
The Stan West Blues Band perform outside city hall during Blues and Brews Craft Beer Walk on Saturday in the Claremont Village. Guests had the opportunity to visit participating locations for beer and food samples as well as live music. Even with temperatures hovering around 100 degrees, everyone from beer drinkers to music lovers didn't let the heat deter them from having a blast and the ever popular event. COURIER photo/Jenelle Rensch
A resident was robbed at gunpoint on Sunday, June 30 at approximately 9:00 p.m. The victim was walking through a parking lot on the corner of Mills Avenue and Foothill Boulevard when the suspect displayed a black
semi-automatic handgun and demanded the victim’s purse. He then fled
eastbound on Foothill Boulevard.
The suspect is described as a heavyset male Hispanic, approximately 30 years old, standing 5-feet, 10-inches tall with a moustache. At the time of the robbery, the suspect was wearing a hat, and a dark jacket over a grey shirt and dark pants.
If you have any information regarding this crime, please call the Claremont Police Department at 399-5411.
Members of the Claremont High School cross country team beat the heat with a boys against the girls water balloon fight on Friday at CHS. An extended heat wave has hit the Inland valley and will continue with temperatures predicted to be in the triple digits all weekend. The team was in the middle of their annual fundraising marathon relay that also serves as a fun team-building exercise for the upcoming season. More in our next edition. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
When it comes to the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and plans for the Gold Line light rail system, Claremont is once again getting left behind.
The MTA Thursday approved changes to the multimillion dollar Measure R transit expenditure plan without including the most up-to-date information on the Gold Line’s Foothill extension, despite pleas from Claremont officials and other local legislators.
Like fireworks? An array of sites, both near and far, are exploding with opportunities for summer enjoyment, many of them inexpensive or even free and many suited to the entire family.
The COURIER has done some sleuthing to track down some of the season’s must-attend events. Take a look at our list to find happenings that will make you want to save the date.
COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff