Claremont United Church of Christ is embracing diversity with the installment of its new senior pastor. The congregation has selected the Rev. Eileen Gebbie—a gay, married woman—as the church’s new leader. Ms. Gebbie will be installed as senior pastor during a special service this Sunday, September 8, beginning at 3 p.m.
“It was a historic moment in the life of our church,” Ms. Gebbie said. “All other senior pastors have been straight, married, white men with children."
Construction is now complete on a new 85,000- square-foot teaching and learning building on Foothill Boulevard, part of the Harvey Mudd College campus. The building, which will be called the Shanahan Center, accomplishes the college’s goal to have a stronger visual presence along Foothill Boulevard.
The modern building includes many energy efficient and earth-friendly features, including the use of BubbleDeck instead of a traditional concrete foundation.
The body of an Upland resident was found in the late afternoon today, Thursday, September 5, at the Claremont Wilderness Park, according to the Claremont Police Department. The individual had disappeared this morning and family notified the Claremont police that this person “had gone into the Claremont Wilderness Park to possibly harm himself.” The name or gender of the individual has not been released.
Police were contacted by the victim’s family at about 9:52 a.m. on Thursday, September 5. Officers immediately closed down and evacuated the Wilderness Park to begin a search for who they deemed a “voluntary missing person.” An aerial search was conducted by the Pasadena Police Department’s helicopter unit, but the missing person was not located. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue team was called in to help and the search continued throughout the day. At about 4 p.m., Search and Rescue team members located the body of the deceased individual. The Los Angeles County Coroner’s office is investigating the death.
Among the gently-used items that line the hand-painted shelves of The Claremont Economy Shop, is a frame housing a relevant phrase:
“Some people touch our lives briefly, while others leave a lasting impression and are never forgotten.”
Loyal customers of the First Street thrift store agree the saying holds true for the beloved Claremont Economy Shop, which opened its doors this week for its 80th consecutive year.
The Economy Shop has certainly become familiar to locals in its decades near the busy intersection of Indian Hill and First.
On the morning of Friday September 5, rescue crews from Claremont and San Dimas braved the heat in search of a hiker who was reported missing. Claremont police set up and command post at the parking lot near Mills Avenue and Mt. Baldy Road. The Wilderness Park was closed during the search as crews tried to locate the hiker via a cell phone signal. LA County Search and Rescue located the body of the missing hiker, an Upland resident, who's family told police he was going to the park to "harm himself." COURIER photo/Peter Weinberger
Claremont police officers led by Corporal Sean Evans, right, search for a suspect door-to-door along Lake Forest Drive in Claremont on Wednesday. Police set up a perimeter in the area while searching for an unidentified suspect who reportedly set fire to a car in the city of Monrovia. The Claremont Police Department has confirmed that the suspect was arrested by the Monrovia Police Department near his home on Merrywood and Arrow Highway in Claremont.
The Pomona Police Department is requesting the public’s help to locate a Pomona resident who has been missing since Saturday.
Orlando Feliciano Leon is described as 6 feet 2 inches tall with a light complexion, brown hair and eyes, medium build and has a scar on his right jaw. He was last seen wearing a gray shirt T-shirt, green shorts and sandals. He was driving a white 1994 Chevrolet Silverado with Arizona license plates (ACM1118).
Claremont schools are in full swing and so are the city’s Teen Activity Center (TAC) and Youth Activity Center (YAC). The local after-school hubs have expanded their hours. Both centers are now open Monday through Friday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Be sure the check out the other news briefs from Claremont.
For those who use the 5-mile loop trail in the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park, the road will be well groomed for hikers and bikers. But hikers can also expect steep winding hills that go up over 1000 feet in elevation. The views of the valley can be stunning on clear day, but be ready for hard work and sweat to make it to the top of the trail. If you are visiting the park this week, be prepared for hot summer like temperatures. Highs through Friday will be in the 90s, with some rain possible in the mountains. COURIER photo/Peter Weinberger
Claremont police are attempting to identify a suspect in connection with a burglary that took place within the Old School House complex over the holiday weekend. Shortly before 8 a.m. on Sunday, September 1, officers arrived to the complex to investigate an alarm activation at the Lamy Avery Gallery, located at 445 W. Foothill Blvd.
As construction continues on the interior of Bardot, the new restaurant from Alain Fournier who created the original restaurant at that location in 1991, some outdoor modifications are underway, as well. A full-grown Peppertree, which stood at about 30 feet or so, was removed Friday by a non-city work crew. The tree was located on the north side of Harvard Square along Bonita Avenue, adjacent from Shelton Park. No information was available as to who ordered for the tree’s removal or why. Mr. Fournier is also owner of Café Allegro in both Upland and La Verne and his new eatery will be located on the lower level of Harvard Square, replacing Harvard Square Café. COURIER photo/Peter Weinberger
Despite the recent decline in care of the driving range, the Claremont Golf Course remains a welcome 9-holed outlet for Claremont residents and students. But the local fairways and putting greens may soon be a thing of the past.
Despite feigned ignorance from the Claremont University Consortium’s board of directors, who manage the college-owned community space on behalf of the colleges, a recent statement issued by Dennis Bishop, president and CEO of the local golf circuit, suggests the recreational facility might be on its last course.
For nearly 53 years, Connie & Dicks Auto Service Center has been Claremont’s one-stop car repair destination. That’s a long spell, but Cindy Brown, who has owned the business for 23 years along with her husband Scott, feels the business is just approaching its prime.
Last year, the Browns hired a diesel specialist, an acquisition they have been awaiting for a decade. With consumer interest in alternative fuels like biodiesel growing, the timing couldn’t be better. The shop also now boasts 2 technicians who are well versed in the increasingly popular hybrid cars.