Runners try to avoid being caught by Claremont resident Tsun Tao, playing a slumber party zombie, on Saturday during the first ever Zombie Run at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden. Runners were challenged to complete the maze like course while avoiding getting a flag belt tied around their waist taken by one of the many costumed zombies. The event proved to be very popular attracting hundreds of participants, who could relax after the run at the many vendor booths set up at the entrance. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
The Claremont Hills Wilderness Park will remain closed Friday, May 2, as firefighters continue to battle the Etiwanda Fire burning to the east of the city.
Claremont police tell the COURIER that officials will re-evaluate the situation on Saturday morning and decide at that point whether to reopen the park for weekend visitors. Updates on the closure will be posted on the city’s website at http://www.ci.claremont.ca.us.
Joseph Chandler Davall, the man arrested and charged with the rape of a 12-year-old Claremont girl, is no stranger to law enforcement or the California legal system.
According to court records obtained by the COURIER, the 34-year-old date farmer has a history of criminal behavior spanning almost two decades and covering at least four counties throughout the state.
In addition to the seven felony counts in Los Angeles County, Mr. Davall has previously been charged with various other crimes in San Bernardino County, Riverside County and Ventura County.
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