Friday's COURIER will include our annual Healthy Living special section inserted in the newspaper and published in full on our website. This year's edition has a slight sports theme but also shows unique Claremonters staying notoriously active in different ways. In this photo, REAL Connections Director Brandi Orton embraces Margaret Wise during one of their social gatherings the organization sets up for seniors. Check out our complete story. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Hikers have one more thing to worry about when making their way out to the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park. In addition to strictly enforcing park hours, officers have now been given instructions to cite visitors who cross Mills Avenue without the use of a crosswalk.
This additional measure is being taken after the Claremont City Council unanimously voted Tuesday night to add an ordinance prohibiting jaywalking on Mills south of Mt. Baldy Road. The new measure is the city’s latest attempt to address overcrowding at the popular hiking destination.
Employees of Chevron at 267 S. Indian Hill Blvd. are having a bad week. For the second time in 3 days the south Claremont gas station has been broken into. A crook gained entrance by once again prying open the front doors. However, the second time proved less lucrative, at least for the suspect. Though it appears the man attempted to open the register, the effort was for naught. Nothing appears to have been taken. Police, on the other hand, were able to obtain footage of the suspect and a suspected vehicle. The man is described as wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt with a white emblem on the front, black gloves, dark pants and dark shoes. The vehicle appears to be a dark colored sedan. Information should be reported to the Claremont Police Department at 399-5411.
The saga of the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park continues. The Claremont City Council on Tuesday will consider adopting a code prohibiting jaywalking as the city continues to work to address overcrowding at the popular hiking destination.
Over the last 2 years the city council has been working to address overcrowding, littering and safety issues at the park. A major concern for many has been pedestrians using the roadway as a walking path. To fix this problem, the city has created a pathway along the west side of Mills Avenue as well as created a crosswalk connecting the south parking lot with the park itself.
Claremont Graduate University celebrated the winners of the 2013 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award and Kate Tufts Discovery Award during a recent ceremony on campus. Marianne Boruch, left, won the $100,000 Kingsley Tufts Award and Heidy Steidlmayer won the $10,000 Kate Tufts Discovery Award. Photo courtesy of Claremont Graduate University
Claremont Councilman Joe Lyons sustained significant injuries to his hand yesterday afternoon while cutting wood at his Claremont residence, according to the city.
Mr. Lyons was airlifted from Claremont to County USC hospital, where he underwent an 8-hour surgery to repair what was described as a severed thumb and index finger. He remains at USC. No further details were provided but we will keep you updated as information becomes available.
Police are investigating a break in that occurred this morning at the Chevron Gas Station at 267 S. Indian Hill Blvd.
Surveillance revealed a man with a beanie prying open the front doors of the business around 3:40 a.m. He made off with cash from the register and cigarettes. The man was wearing a dark jacket, jeans and black boots. His race is unknown. Investigation continues. Anyone with information on this crime should call the Claremont Police Department at 311-5411.
“This was definitely my last Boston Marathon and, of course, I will never forget it,” said Claremont resident Suzanne Wojcik as she tried to wrap her head around the tumultuous events of the previous 72 hours. It wasn’t until she was in a hotel room 200 miles away from the incident that she allowed her feelings to fully envelop her.
“I just couldn’t stop crying,” she admitted.
Long before the eerie silence that crept over the usually bustling and jovial post-marathon atmosphere, Ms. Wojcik admitted she had been feeling particularly emotional. Being back at the Boston Marathon with her family less than a year after her husband Joe Wojcik’s death from cancer was overwhelming in and of itself.
Consisting of 12 Masonite panels, 45 foot long mural—which depicts the history of pharmacy, medicine and healing—is divided into 3 sections. The first depicts the history from “prehistoric man through the classical world.” The second illustrates “the development of the western European medieval world and the Renaissance through the 18th century,” and the third is dedicated to the history of the late 18th and 19th centuries as well as the mid-20th century.
Businesses within the Vons shopping center are banding together to address problems with increased crime within the complex. A petition is circulating in hopes of encouraging the landowner to improve upon the area's safety. Among their requests, shop owners are asking for better lighting to be added to the complex.
The Claremont Police Department responded to the Claremont Heights Postal Center at 2058 N. Mills Ave. on Friday, April 19 at about 6:30 a.m. in reference to the report of a smashed front door.
The suspect(s) smashed the front glass door with an unknown object, which allowed them to gain entry into the business where they removed money from the register.
There is no suspect(s) information at this time.
Businesses in the Vons Shopping Center were hit recently, including Euro Café, Rincon Azteca restaurant and Dr. Robert Burwell’s dental practice. A string of burglaries city-wide have occurred in recent weeks with similar results—smashed front windows or doors with burglars gaining entry to take cash.
The City of Trees is living up to its green accolades and doing it up big for this weekend’s Earth Day observance. Second Street between Oberlin and Yale Avenues will shut down on Saturday, April 20 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. to make way for live entertainment, art displays and other activities in commemoration of the eco-conscious holiday.
Anita Boling, founder and executive director of the local nonprofit Village Network Africa (ViNA), has found her own sense of healing in doing the same for others. To come this far, Ms. Boling quotes the adage she references in the name of her non-profit: it took a village. “It’s a joy to me. I feel like I am really making a difference with the poorest of the poor in the world,” Ms. Boling said. “We are talking about people who don’t have plumbing, don’t have electricity, and don’t have food a lot of times. It means the world to be able to make a difference for them.”
The Claremont Manor Care Center’s yearly Spring Celebration, commemorating a season symbolic of new life and rebirth, was particularly poignant this year as it also honored more than 200 combined years of continued life both past and present.
Residents Stella Weigle and Phyllis Mahler were featured among the 50 people gathered in the shade of the care center patio on Friday as both centenarians celebrated another year. Ms. Weigle celebrated her 101st birthday on April 4 while Ms. Mahler turned 102 years young on April 1. Fellow resident Aleda Rouw, whose 87th birthday fell on the day of this year’s Spring Celebration, was happy to share the spotlight.