A pair of local children assist Claremont Mayor Opanyi Nasiali in flipping the switch to light the tree during the 2013 Holiday Promenade and Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday in the Village. The annual event featured Christmas carols, Frosty the Snowman, a live reindeer and, of course, a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Going away to college is an adjustment for anyone but for Celia Dufournet, a French actress who moved to Claremont three years ago to study theater at Pomona College, it was an outright culture shock. With her emotions already running high, it didn’t help that food, oftentimes a coping mechanism, was one of the main sources of her distress. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Barnes & Noble is hosting a book fair at the Montclair Plaza location this Saturday and Sunday, December 7 and 8, with 20 percent of proceeds to benefit the Claremont Educational Foundation (CEF). The fair will continue online Monday through Friday, December 13 by visiting http://www.barnesandnoble.com/bookfairs/. Just enter the CEF ID code 11202447 at checkout.
The city of Claremont will host a public meeting on Wednesday, December 18 to address the environmental impact report (EIR) for a potential acquisition of the Claremont water system. The meeting takes place at the City Council Chamber from 6 to 9 p.m.
On November 6, the Claremont City Council directed city administrators to use $350,000 in city funds to prep financial and legal documents.
At the November 21 meeting of the Claremont Unified School District Board of Education, the board approved the sale of a large parcel of surplus property, the site of the short-lived La Puerta Intermediate School. The property, some 9.7 acres located at 2475 N. Forbes Ave., fetched $18,875,000 from the highest bidder, Brandywine Homes of Irvine, California.
As was reported in a July 2004 COURIER, a low concentration of arsenic was detected a number of years ago under the soil at La Puerta.
After Christmas, when the rest of us take down our trees and tinsel, some merry souls will begin to think about the next holiday season. It’s not elves we’re talking about but best friends Connie Krause and Karen Miller, co-owners of the local boutique Claremont Village Treasures.
Half of profits from the store, located at 141 Yale Ave., come from the sale of Christmas décor and gifts, which the women begin buying at gift shows each January.
As Claremont residents take to the malls and local businesses this holiday season, burglars are doing their fair share of holiday shopping as well. Two or three thefts are being reported a day, with incidents spreading across the city, according to Detective Robert Ewing. In one recent occurrence, a Claremont resident’s company laptop was stolen from his unlocked vehicle. Check out our complete Claremont police blotter Friday.
Contractors have begun repair work on seven streets located throughout the city of Claremont.
As part of the project, the city’s contractor will remove and replace deteriorated asphalt on Garey Avenue, north of Amherst; Oak Hollow Road; College Avenue at Bonita Avenue; Bonita Avenue, west of College Avenue; San Jose Avenue at four locations east of College Avenue; Sumner Avenue, north of Lane Court; and Base Line Road at Towne Avenue. The work is expected to be complete just in time for the holidays by Sunday, December 22. For more information, contact the city’s engineering division at 909-399-5465.
Tracy Beasom, a resident of Claremont since 1955, died peacefully at home on November 28, 2013 with her husband by her side. She was 89.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, December 6 at 3 p.m. at Good Shepherd Lutheran, located at 1700 N. Towne Ave. in Claremont. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church or Pomona Valley Community Hospital.
A full obituary on Mrs. Beasom will be included in a future edition of the COURIER.
The holidays will be upon us shortly, and the Friends of the Claremont Library will provide an ample opportunity to find perfect, distinctive books that will delight each person on your gift list. On Saturday, December 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the FOCL will host their annual Book Lovers Book Sale.
The city of Claremont kicks off the holiday season on Friday, December 6 with the yearly Holiday Promenade and Tree Lighting Ceremony, taking place in the Claremont Village.
The festivities commence at 5 p.m. with opportunities to take pictures with Old St. Nick and his missus at city hall. One of Santa’s reindeer will also be on scene for a photo op. The Claremont High School Chamber singers, Moultrie Academy, The Wonderelles and 210 Sax Quartet will help set the tone with live music, along with carolers.
Nearly a year after the death of former Mayor Judy Wright, a tireless civic leader, the city of Claremont is ensuring her legacy is not soon forgotten.
The Claremont City Council approved on Tuesday a $3,800 bronze plaque in honor of Ms. Wright, to be placed at the historic train station at 200 W. First St. The memorial will be funded through the Community and Human Services operating budget.
Among her many significant roles in the city, Ms. Wright is remembered for the instrumental part she played in the preservation of the Claremont Depot and the establishment of Claremont as a stop on the Metrolink train system.
The Claremont Village Marketing Group’s recent fundraising campaign to construct a $100,000 performance stage at Shelton Park is proof the Claremont community knows how to rally behind a cause.
The concept is quickly becoming reality as locals contribute their time and money to build the stage at the northeast corner of the Village park. In October, the Claremont City Council approved the park tune-up with a $100 donation from Mayor Opanyi Nasiali.
Practice makes perfect, but it helps when there’s a sweet incentive involved. Last Friday, the 35 eager students of AbilityFirst’s after school program learned this first-hand as volunteers doled out pumpkin pie as part of the nonprofit’s annual “Formal Feast,” a prelude to the Thanksgiving holiday.
Though the pie and the mashed potatoes are always a highlight, the sumptuous celebration is about more than just the stuffing.
COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff