UPDATED STORY: City officials join members of the Friends of Oak Park Cemetery for the official opening of Oak Park’s expansion on Tuesday in Claremont. The new portion of the city owned cemetery adds 600 additional spaces and is the first of seven planned expansions. More in our next edition. COURIER photo Steven Felschundneff
The Claremont Hills Wilderness Park, including Johnson’s Pasture and Sycamore Canyon, will be closed today, Thursday, October 2, through Sunday, October 5 due to high fire warnings. The weather forecast for the next few days predicts extreme heat and Santa Ana winds. Claremont police and city staff will notify residents when the park is to be reopened. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
As the sun sets over the 210 freeway in Claremont, drivers turn on their car lights with their sites set on getting home. Each day we have less sunlight as the days get shorter with the sun now setting just after 6:30 p.m. Weather in the Claremont area will be getting warmer, with temperatures reaching near 100 degrees by Saturday. Low temperatures will remain relatively cool in the low 60s. No rain is in the forecast. COURIER photo/Peter Weinberger
The following commissions have reorganized and recently selected new chairs and vice chairs.
Architectural Commission:?James Manifold, chair; Mark Schoeman, vice chair. Community & Human Services Commission: Robert Miletich, chair; Maury Feingold, vice chair. Planning Commission: Cynthia Humes, chair; KM Williamson, vice chair. Police Commission: Sayeed Shaikh, chair; Darryl Qualls, vice chair.
New commissioners were also recently installed. They include:?Architectural Commission, Marta Perlas and Robert Perry; Community & Human Services Commission, Eric Garton and Michael Loader; Planning Commission, James Jackson, Douglas Lyon and Rick Reed; and Police Commission, Edgar Reece and Jon Strash.
The enclave of Padua Hills was founded when HH Garner, who, along with a group of like-minded friends, purchased over 2000 acres of land in the northern area of Claremont. The group incorporated in 1927 as Padua Hills, Incorporated.
The land at the foot of Mt. San Antonio, better known as “Old Baldy,” was named after the city of Padua, Italy, whose patron saint was St. Anthony and, like Claremont, was home to higher education.
A Pomona judge scheduled a preliminary hearing for the man accused of raping a 12-year-old girl as she slept in her Claremont home this past March.
Joseph Chandler Davall is charged with seven felony counts in Los Angeles County, including two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child; one count each of forcible rape; sexual penetration by foreign object; and assault to commit a felony during the commission of first-degree burglaries.
UPDATED: Claremont Mayor Joe Lyons presents Moralia Herrejon-Rutte and her brother Gael with a certificate from the city on Tuesday during the City Council meeting. The two children were recognized for their life saving efforts when their father Juan nearly drowned in the family’s pool on July 27. Moralia, 6, and Gael, 2, were swimming with their father when Mr. Herrejon-Rutte lost consciousness and sank to the bottom of the pool. Moralia first checked on her father and then alerted her mother Cristina, who called 9-1-1 and began CPR. Both children have been in the city’s swim program and Morilia has reached level four. Behind the two children are their parents and members of the Los Angels County Fire Department engine crew who responded to the emergency. More in our next edition.
Today is National Voter Registration Day, a nationwide effort to register hundreds of thousands of voters on one single day. Whether it's your first time voting or you’re an experienced voter who’s moved and just needs to re-register to vote, there are plenty of options to help you get the job done.
For Los Angeles County residents, voters will now have a modernized website available in nine languages for the upcoming November 4, 2014 General Election, which will include Claremont's water bond measure, Measure W.
And we’re back…Claremont has regained the lead in the CoolCalifornia Challenge!
As of Monday, September 22, Claremont has gained 24 new participants and 347,393 points, putting the city in the lead with 2,055,495 points.
Riverside is a close second with 943 participants and 1,900,471 points.
There is only a difference of 155,024 points between the two cities, reminding Claremonters that they need to be diligent in entering their data to maintain Claremont’s lead.
In 2013, the city began working with Gail M. Goldman Associates to complete a Public Art Master Plan, a renovation of sorts to the city’s Community Art Program adopted in 1997.
With the intent of building on Claremont’s artistic legacy, the goals of the master plan were to identify a unified community vision, clarify key themes and values and provide direction for the selection and placement of public art throughout the city of Claremont. In addition, guidance for funding sources, public art review criteria, program staffing and policies and procedures necessary to administer the public art program were key objectives.
Residents are on the edge of their seats as the cities of Claremont and Riverside compete neck-and-neck, logging points at a steady rate to take first place in the 2014 CoolCalifornia City Challenge.
As of Thursday, September 18, Claremonters participating in the challenge have racked up 1,708,102 points while Riverside maintains its first-place status and continues to lead the pack with 1,765,712 points.
Now only 57,610 behind Riverside, Claremont is closing in fast and with your continued help, the city could take the win!
Long considered a Claremont institution, La Casita has served the Girl Scouts of the community for nearly 70 years. Nestled against a hillside at the base of the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park, the cabin and the semi-rural five-acre site on Pomello Drive has helped to create irreplaceable memories for local Girl Scouts and their families since 1947.
“When I was a Brownie 40 years ago, I camped at La Casita with my troop,” says lifelong Claremont resident and Scout Leader Cecily Campbell Gonzale.
UPDATED: One of Claremont’s most acclaimed residents turned 100 on September 11, an occasion that has been marked with fitting jubilation.
On his big day, newly-minted centenarian Harrison McIntosh was feted with a party at Mt. San Antonio Gardens, were he lives with his wife Marguerite.
And this past Saturday, the ceramic artist held court at the opening of the American Museum of Ceramic Art’s retrospective, “HM100: a Century Through the Life of Harrison McIntosh. ”
The event drew more than 500 friends and fans, eager to see 100 works by Mr. McIntosh and to wish the artist a happy birthday.
UPDATED: Claremont business owners and residents thirsty for answers were left a bit parched on Wednesday afternoon following a panel discussion held at the DoubleTree Hotel on issues relating to Measure W.
The 90-minute water bond seminar, sponsored by the Claremont Chamber of Commerce, was well attended with roughly 75 audience members.
For Claremonters who’ve followed the water revenue bond issue, the answers that were to follow by the four panelists echoed previous declarations made in recent months. For those just getting up to speed, the discussion offered a little something for every argument.