A Claremont resident was found dead in the front yard of his home in the 800 block of Tenth Street on Wednesday afternoon. The body was seen by a person driving past the home around 1:30 p.m. Police arrived on scene shortly after. The elderly man was found with a single bullet wound to the head, according to Claremont Lieutenant Mike Ciszek. Police are ruling his death as a suicide. The portion of Tenth Street, from the 800 block to Vanderbilt, remains barricaded as police wait for the Los Angeles County Coroner to arrive. It is unknown when the street will be reopened. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
The city of Claremont has one less lawsuit to worry about. Though problems persist with Golden State Water Company—who filed a lawsuit against the city in December in regards to issues surrounding the potential water system takeover—city officials have put to rest an ongoing dispute with Mike and Sue Verbal, owners of longtime Village eatery Pizza ‘N Such.
The Claremont City Council will gather on Saturday, February 22 for the annual priorities meeting. Claremont residents are invited to add their input on a number of city projects and priorities as council members look ahead. The meeting will take place at the City Council Chambers, 225 W. Second St. To view the agenda, visit www.ci.claremont.ca.us.
The 2014 Independence Day Committee is now accepting nominations for Grand Marshal, Honored Citizen and Honored Community Group for this year’s Fourth of July Celebration. The deadline to submit nominations is Thursday, March 27th. Nominees must live, work, attend school or have graduated from a school in Claremont. Applications are available at the event’s website www.Claremont4th.org or at the Alexander Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd.
The Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden will play host to the zombie apocalypse this spring as the City of Trees becomes the City of The Walking Dead for the first annual Claremont Zombie Run on May 3.
Claremont’s inaugural fun run is a departure from the staple Claremont celebrations or the recent influx of quirky 5Ks like the Fairplex’s Color Run and Bonelli Park’s Tough Mudder. The object in this three-kilometer race is to navigate the trailheads teeming with crawling creatures and come out with limbs and flags intact.
City officials are asking for residents’ feedback on the Claremont Dial-A-Ride service.
In January 2013, the Claremont City Council approved an increase to the Claremont Dial-A-Ride (DAR) fares in an effort to ensure the program’s long-term financial viability. Since the increase, the service program has seen its ridership decline by almost 40 percent, according to a recent report.
Forbes Avenue residents made their voice loud and clear at a preliminary review of a proposed single-family home development last week: high density projects are not a viable option for the North Claremont Street. It was standing room only at the preliminary hearing, held only to solicit initial comments on the housing company’s concepts. The Planning Commission conducts early reviews in order to give developers community feedback prior to making concrete plans for the site, which is often times a costly venture, pointed out Planning Commissioner KM Williamson.
UPDATED: After more than two decades inspiring Claremont’s crafty inclinations, Stamp Your Heart Out is wrapping up its projects for good.
The beloved boutique on Harvard Boulevard will close its doors for the last time on February 25, as founder and owner Joan Bunte, a Village treasure in her own right, sets to retire after more than three decades of business in Claremont.
The decision to close wasn’t a hard fought one, Ms. Bunte insists. And it wasn’t influenced by lack of sales. As any customer can attest, the downtown staple has never ceased to bustle with patrons ready to try out an influx of new classes and craft projects. It was simply a matter of timing.
Monsters have taken over the Don Fruechte Theatre, courtesy of Tony award winner Robert Lopez. The co-creator of Avenue Q came to watch his fuzzy puppet friends perform Monday night at Claremont High School.
His visit was organized after Andrew Page’s daughter, Isabel, mentioned she would be portraying Kate Monster in the production. Excited, he shared the news with Mr. Lopez whom he worked with on various projects. Mr. Lopez was attending an Academy Awards nominee luncheon in Los Angeles the day of his visit. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
The empty lot left by the former city Strawberry Patch, located on the southeast corner of Base Line Road and Towne Avenue, is going the way of many other vacant spaces along the Base Line corridor.
The Claremont City Council on Tuesday cast a divided 3-2 vote to change the zoning designation of a portion of the 6-acre lot to allow the construction of a 95-unit townhome complex across the entire property despite early discussions of adding a commercial component in the corner of the empty space.
UPDATED: Claremont resident Jack Xiao has mastered some of the world’s most difficult piano pieces, performed at the prestigious Carnegie Hall of Music in New York twice, and was recently named the first place finisher at the distinguished Music Teacher’s Association of California Contemporary Festival. He also just celebrated his 12th birthday.
The El Roble student and prodigy pianist may have had a taste of the big time, but prefers to remain at home within the halls of the Claremont Community School of Music, where he perfected his piano skills for the past seven yearsCOURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Darren Yeomans, a 50-year-old transient, was arrested and booked at the Claremont Police Department jail for commercial burglary, resisting arrest and injury on a police officer on Wednesday, February 12. Mr. Yeomans is being held on $30,000 bail pending arraignment at the Pomona Superior Court this Friday.
While the weather might be overcast and gray, CUSD has entered into a period of sunshine. As part of an annual review of the collective bargaining agreement, CUSD and Claremont faculty are sunshining negotiations of the California Faculty Association contracts for next year. Sunshining is meant to keep transparency during negotiations.
Class sizes continue to be an issue due to the increased number of students in the district. According to David Chamberlin, president of the Claremont Faculty Association, there's concern students will begin to suffer if class sizes continue to increase. In the past, the state provided funding to allow for smaller class sizes, but when budgeting was cut, class sizes increased.
The canopy of trees, historical architecture and quaint mom-and-pop shops are all ingredients locals love about old-town Claremont. Among the beloved independent boutiques, A-Kline Chocolatier is a lasting flavor.
For the past 40 years, the family-owned chocolate shop has been in the business of satiating the city’s sweet tooth. With plenty of decadent, hand-dipped treats on hand and more made fresh daily, they’ve done a pretty good job meeting the demand.