There is hardly an area of community service Marilee Scaff has left untouched in her nearly 70 years living in Claremont. There’s her role with the Community Friends of International Students and her devotion to Rancho Santa Botanic Garden for example. Ms. Scaff is entering her 30th year as a volunteer at the local botanic garden, where she spurs on her never-ending curiosity with native wildflowers, a passion developed as a young child. She has also made a name for herself with the local chapter of the League of Women Voters, serving at both the local and county level.
Claremont police officer Sean Evans questions a suspected burglar after he was taken into custody Wednesday afternoon in north Claremont. According to Nancy Staples who was at her daughter’s home in the 2300 block of Oxford Drive, a man knocked on the home’s door then left and returned with an accomplice. After knocking on the door a second time the suspects entered the home through an unlocked side door and began ransacking the residence. Ms. Staples called 911 and barricaded herself in a bedroom until police arrived.
Pilgrim Place will hold its third annual Napier Awards ceremony on Saturday, February 9. Anne Napier Caffery, the daughter of the Napiers, who were longtime residents at Pilgrim Place, will serve as keynote speaker for the reception and banquet.
Each year, 2 local students who have been working on projects promoting social justice and world peace assisted by residents/mentors at Pilgrim Place, are awarded $10,000 Napier Fellowships.
Renowned writer Joyce Carol Oates will speak at Claremont McKenna College on Monday, February 4 from 6:45 to 8 p.m.
Ms. Oates is noted for psychologically searing stories such as “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” and novels such as Them and Blonde, which were respectively honored with a National Book Award and a Pulitzer Prize nomination
She is the author of more than 50 novels and has penned numerous collections of short stories, poetry and nonfiction. Her most recent offerings are the novel “Daddy Love” (2013) and the short story anthology “The Black Dahlia and White Rose” (2012).
“An Evening With Joyce Carol Oates” will be held at the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum, 385 E. 8th St., and is free and open to the public.
The congregation at the Claremont United Church of Christ, Congregational, has said goodbye to Senior Pastor Rob Patton, who resigned from his post earlier this month. He submitted his resignation after a prolonged medical leave.
“I cannot fully express my emotions connected with this transition,” Rev. Patton wrote in a letter to the public.
Rev. Patton came to CUCC in April 2008 after serving at St. Stephen United Church of Christ in his native Ohio.
Wolfe’s Market, 160 W. Foothill Blvd., was targeted in an early Thursday morning burglary. Three crooks, dressed in light colored sweat suits and masks, entered the town specialty store and deli by prying open the front door, according to the police report. They made off with the store safe in a white late model, 4-door vehicle. Any information on this crime should be reported to the Claremont Police Department at 399-5411. We will report more information as it happens.
Claremonters may have said no to 7-Eleven on the city’s portion of Foothill Boulevard, but it hasn’t stopped the Big Gulps from coming close to town.
Upland is moving forward with plans to build the convenience store known for its soft drinks and Slurpee’s on Campus and Foothill Boulevard just 5 miles down the road from where a similar store was proposed in Claremont. The nearly 3,000 square foot building is expected to open this spring.
"It's revenue for the city, and by golly we all know we need the revenue,” said Upland Councilwoman Debbie Stone in late December.
On Wednesday, January 23, City Manager Tony Ramos traveled with Finance Director Adam Pirrie, Community Development Director Brian Desatnik and Successor Agency Counsel Tom Clark to Sacramento to meet with the California Department of Finance (DOF).
The purpose of the meeting was to challenge the DOF determination that property located at Base Line Road and Towne Avenue, currently the subject of a purchase agreement with City Ventures, LLC, is not considered a housing asset.
Councilmember Joe Lyons speaks about the city’s efforts to buy the water company on Tuesday during the annual State of the City luncheon at Candlelight Pavilion. The city council painted a rosy picture of Claremont’s future during the event which offers civic leaders an opportunity to hear directly from our elected officials. Read our complete story. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Craig Bradshaw, city engineer for the city of Claremont for the past 25 years, is on administrative leave, city officials confirmed on Friday. Further details and the length of his leave have not been released.
The confirmation was made a few days after the Claremont City Council met in closed session to discuss the “potential discipline/termination” of a public employee on Tuesday. Mr. Bradshaw was hired as Claremont’s city engineer in 1994 after serving as an associate civil engineer with the city for 6 years previous.
Street maintenance isn’t the only improvement being made to Claremont’s newly relinquished portion of Foothill Boulevard. While some changes to historic Route 66 are taking place underfoot, other changes are taking place over head in the form of elevated, multicolored promotional signs.
The Old School House complex received a recent upgrade with the installation of 2 multi-tenant monument signs, each an estimated 12 feet tall. The lofty signs have gathered attention in recent weeks as changes in the city’s sign ordinance are finally realized.
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has granted an extension for those who want to protest the proposed countywide Clean Water, Clean Beaches tax initiative. If approved, the measure would charge residents an annual fee to help pay for water quality projects.
The city of Claremont, CUSD and the Pomona Valley Protective Association (PVPA) joined with other municipalities, school districts and organizations across the county to add their voice in opposition against the Clean Water, Clean Beaches tax, which would cost the city an estimated $102,703 a year.
The Clean Water fee is expected to cost the average single-family homeowner in Claremont $54 a year of what city officials believe will add up to $1,539,658 annually for residents.