Claremont artist Jerry Owens paints a mural in the College room at the Hughes Community center on Monday. Mr. Owens said his work titled Claremont the City of Trees was an homage to the preservation of Claremont’s trees over the years. The painting was commissioned to be part of the upcoming second annual Claremont Art Showcase which runs September 7 through November 28 The exhibit will feature works by local artists Carol Abbe, Johnnie Chatman, Sumi Foley, Mary Hughes, Aleta Jacobson, Kenneth Johnson, Jacqueline Legazcue, Kathleen McCall, Rosamar McMillan, Paul Kittlaus, Jacqueline Knell, Jerry Owens, Elizabeth Preston, Mervyn Seldon, Anne Seltzer, Wendy Smith, and Jane Park Wells. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
The specter of Proposition 47 loomed over the 2015 Claremont Police Department annual report, which noted an increase in nearly every crime category during the previous year.
The report outlined crime stats and traffic collisions in Claremont throughout the 2015 calendar year. According to the stats in the report, nearly every type of crime experienced an increase in 2015, save for robbery and arson. See our chart on the ENTIRE STORY link.
Tap water in Claremont has been giving off a dirty taste and smell for the past few weeks, and the culprit is a particularly large algae bloom from a lake in the high desert.
Barnabus Path, Claremont resident and a member of Sustainable Claremont, says the water in question was bought by Golden State Water Company from the Three Valleys Metropolitan Water District, which sources the water from Silverwood Lake adjacent to Crestline.
In June and July, volunteers and city staff delivered watering toolkits to properties with severely drought-stressed trees. Toolkits were delivered to more than 350 properties to address the watering of more than 500 trees.
The toolkits included a soaker hose for each tree that was deemed drought-stressed and educational materials on proper watering.
The revitalization of the Peppertree Square shopping center continues with the addition of Claremont Pharmacy. The pharmacy, located at 358 S. Indian Hill Blvd., celebrated its grand opening this past Sunday.
The business is run by owner and pharmacist Nikki Ho. She previously worked as a pharmacist at Rite Aid, all the while saving money to open her own business. “This has always been my dream since pharmacy school,” she said.
There’s no way to sugarcoat it. The screen deflated midway through the showing of Inside Out and suddenly Claremont’s National Night Out was over.
None of the hundreds in attendance grumbled, however, as they folded their blankets and walked away. The unspoken consensus was that the celebration—which took place Saturday in Memorial Park—was still a resounding success.
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Demolition work has begun on a small, single-story commercial building just north of the historic Old School House in Claremont. The building, which has been vacant for over a decade, will be replaced by a parking lot as part of the Old School House Specific Plan, approved by the City in 2007. The work should be finished by the end of this week and when completed, the north side of the original Old School House will once again be visible, after being partially obscured from view by building now being demolished. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
The city is in the process of replacing 1,079 city-owned streetlights with highly-efficient LED fixtures. The new fixtures use 70 percent less energy than the current, high-pressure sodium lights, and are expected to save the city $500,000 over their 12-year life span, according to the city manager’s report.
Claremont-based Pacific Advisors recently made a $25,024 contribution to Inland Empire United Way’s Community Impact Fund. The donation was the result of a corporate giving program by Guardian Life Insurance, which matched employees’ gifts to nonprofits over the past year.
The city of Claremont began its trial for the right to take over the city’s water system from?Golden State Water Company on June 14.
Over the past five weeks, the city and Golden State have each presented witness testimony supporting their respective positions and, on July 15, both sides rested their cases. The matter is now before Judge Richard Fruin for consideration.
Claremont resident and mosaic artist Cathy Garcia and David Shearer, executive director of Claremont Heritage, have collaborated to recreate a walk through the LA County Fair of the 1950s and ‘60s at the dA Center for the Arts in Pomona from August 19 to September 24. More than 20 visual artists will participate in the exhibit, titled "Love A Fair," celebrating fair favorites such as citrus, livestock, horses/horse racing and the colorful midway. The show will also feature a period interior design showroom to add to the 1950s and ‘60s atmosphere.
A Foothill Transit bus making a right turn from Foothill Boulevard onto southbound Indian Hill Boulevard crashed in to a tree and a power pole Friday afternoon. The driver apparently hit the curb which sent the bus toward oncoming traffic and in an attempt to correct the bus jumped the curb again colliding with a sign and cutting the power pole in two, according to police Claremont sergeant Robert Ewing. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Heeding to concerns from residents, the Claremont city council is doing away with the proposed Gold Line bridge over Indian Hill Boulevard.
The council voted 4-1—with Councilmember Joe Lyons voting against—to keep the incoming light rail system at grade, or at street level. Mr. Lyons, in his dissenting vote, expressed concern about impending traffic woes that could plague Claremont when the Gold Line is built.
The Los Angeles County Fair, which runs September 2 through September 25, is coming up fast. There is plenty on tap during the popular southern California event, including the End of Summer Concert Series, featuring a world-class lineup.
Some 70 percent of box seating is already sold out, but there are still tickets for seating in the side sections available.