VIDEO UPDATE: It was a beautiful, clear, cool Thanksgiving morning and over 2300 hundred runners were getting ready to work up a sweat for yet another Claremont Sunrise Rotary Turkey Trot 5k. As the popularity of the event continues to soar—there were 1600 runners last year—the competition is a comfortable fit for runners of all levels and ages. The run starts along First Street, heads east and then north through the Claremont Colleges and the classic scenery of the City of Trees. All times were posted and Jorge Maravilla of Claremont was this year's winner, in a time of 15:21. See our ENTIRE STORY link to the unique video of the event.
This year, the Claremont Community College will host its 14th annual Secret Santa Event. The nonprofit organization has played Santa to more than a thousand needy children since 2001. The event includes presents, dinner, entertainment and a visit with St. Nick.
This year, the group has added something special and will provide 100 new guitars for 100 needy children. The addition of musical instruments comes from the desire of the volunteers to provide meaningful experiences for the children.
The Rembrandt Club is hosting its 34th annual Holiday Tea and Bake Sale on Saturday, December 6 from noon to 2:30 p.m. The event will be held at Seaver House, located at 305 N. College Ave. on the corner of College and Bonita avenues in Claremont.
The Claremont City Council unanimously adopted two resolutions of necessity during a public hearing on Tuesday evening, authorizing the city’s proposed acquisition of Golden State Water Company’s Claremont District Water System by eminent domain to move forward. Special council Ken MacVey, Paeter Garcia and John Halloway from Best Best & Krieger were on hand to explain the nature and scope of the public hearing and to answer any questions brought forth by the council.
Students at the Claremont Colleges took to the streets in solidarity on Tuesday during a march in protest of a decision not to indict a Ferguson, Missouri police officer for the shooting death of an unarmed black teen Michael Brown. Claremont students, faculty and community members were invited via Facebook and word of mouth to meet in front of the Claremont Colleges’ Honnold Mudd Library where they made signs and spoke of the significance of the event.
It was quite a party at Shelton Park in downtown Claremont Sunday, as over 200 people showed their support to raise money and celebrate the groundbreaking for the official Claremont Lincoln University Performance Stage at Shelton Park. Included in the photo are from left, Maureen Aldridge, CEO Claremont Chamber of Commerce, Joe Lyons, Claremont Mayor, Laura Burgis, Executive VP Claremont Lincoln University, David Oxtoby, President Pomona College, David Lincoln, CLU Board Chair, Eileen Aranda, President CLU, and Paul Wheeler, Wheeler and Wheeler Architects. For a minimum $35 donation, guests were served tasty treats from Bardot, participated in a silent auction, and enjoyed top notch entertainment on a perfect sunny winter day. Donations have now reached just over $260,000, very close to the goal of $275,000. Construction is scheduled to begin early next year. Be sure to check out our complete coverage in Friday's edition. COURIER photo/Peter Weinberger
Organizers of Claremont Sunrise Rotary’s 7th annual Turkey Trot—a 5K Run/Walk and 1K Fun Run set for Thanksgiving morning—invite serious runners and families alike to take part in the morning run, which drew nearly 2,000 people last year.
The runs begin on Thursday, November 27 at the Claremont Depot at First Street and Harvard Avenue
The Claremont Hills Wilderness Park, including Johnson’s Pasture and Sycamore Canyon, will be closed Monday, November 24 through Wednesday, November 26 due to high fire warnings.
The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning for parts of southern California due to gusty winds and low humidity that has increased fire weather conditions throughout much of Los Angeles County.
The Kiwanis Club of Claremont recently installed new officers and directors.
Leading the club this year as president will be Dennis Bauman. Serving as officers will be Jim Wylie, secretary; Mike Rodriguez, treasurer; Eric Garton, president-elect; Patricia Henny, first vice president; and Ed Leavell, immediate past president.
Elected as directors are Carl Gaiser, Sue Keith, Judith Jones, Julie Martin, Barbara Rugeley and John Tarrant.
At approximately 2:15 a.m. on Friday, Claremonters were awakened by a severe thunderstorm which included hail, a torrential downpour, and an impressive lightning show. When the storm moved on an hour and a half later, it left two inches of rain in the rain gauge at this north Claremont location. Photo by Grace Felschundneff
Black bear sightings have become somewhat commonplace in the City of Trees. Foothill communities, such as Padua Hills and Claraboya, are especially apt to have bear visitors in the fall and summer months during years without a significant amount of rainfall.
The drought conditions affecting southern California for the past several years have made it even more difficult for the animals to find sustenance in the Angeles National Forest. Their natural food supply is drying up, which means they’ve begun looking for other sources, often in our own neighborhoods.
Owners Roberto and Judy Flores have closed the doors on their beloved family-style Mexican restaurant, saying adios after nearly 13 years in business.
“We didn’t go out of business because we had no business,” Ms. Flores told the COURIER. “We closed because the property owner didn’t renew our lease.”
According to Ms. Flores, the restaurant lease was set to expire on December 31, 2014. The terms of the agreement dictated that the couple was to give three months notice if they chose to extend their lease beyond the scheduled end date.
It was a sushi smash-and-grab for thieves who broke into two Claremont eateries on Saturday, November 15 looking for more than Spicy Tuna Rolls. According to Lieutenant Mike Ciszek, unknown suspects caused $250 in damage when they smashed the glass front door at Hayato Sushi & Grill on Foothill Boulevard around 4 a.m.
Unless you are an Eskimo, Claremont is really the place to be this winter as much of the country digs out of serious winter storms bringing snow, cold and wind. Our weather has been near perfect with partly cloudy skies, high temperatures around 70 and lows near 50. The only downside is no rain is in the forecast. This photo was taken with a long telephoto lens from the top of Claraboya, showing the Puddingstone Reservior at sunset. COURIER photo/Peter Weinberger