At about 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Claremont officers responded to MagiKid Robotics, located at 578 E. Base Line Rd., regarding a possible child abuse investigation.
Upon arrival, officers contacted the person who reported the incident, who said she had arrived at the business to pick up a seven-year-old child and saw the child was in the front lobby unattended.
Parents and caretakers of young children may have been alarmed recently when they noticed the old reliable kid-occupying coloring station at Claremont’s Trader Joe’s was gone. Fear not, busy folks: the store hasn’t abandoned you in your efforts to get a little shopping done with the wee ones in tow.
Trader Joe’s simply swapped out the old art station and display wall with the city’s newest Little Free Library.
A state constitutional amendment that Claremont had been watching has failed in the state assembly.
ACA-1, short for assembly constitutional amendment, aimed to lower the voting threshold for special use parcel taxes from two-thirds to 55 percent. On August 19, the amendment received 44 ayes and 20 noes—falling short of the supermajority needed to pass.
Our next installment in our Claremont park series takes us to Lewis Park, right next door to the Hughes Community Center. Named after Ralph and Goldy Lewis who made a name for themselves building affordable homes all over Claremont. The 5.2 acre park has several soccer fields and is a popular place for birthday parties. COURIER video/Matt Weinberger
Joyce and Robert Sauter moved to Southern California from Chicago in the 1960s. The career-minded, and childless couple came west for Mr. Sauter’s job as director of curriculum at USC medical school. But due to life’s changes, namely two daughters, Robyn and Laurette, the family was soon house hunting.
One day driving back from Las Vegas on the San Bernardino freeway, they saw the “Claremont” exit sign and, on a whim, decided to have a firsthand look.
In a town like Claremont, history takes center stage.
Many businesses in town have been handed down from one generation to another, giving the City of Trees a unique and personal flair. Here are three examples of businesses that are thriving thanks to the efforts of family and friends to keep legacies alive.
Camp leaders at La Casita Girl Scout camp often tell the true story of Juliette Low, a woman who sold her string of pearls to help raise money for the Girl Scouts when funding was low. This story is meant to show the girls how sacrifice is sometimes necessary to save something they love. They say the pearly everlasting, a small white flower that blooms along the hillside, is a monument to her support of the Girl Scouts. COURIER photo/Chloe Ortiz
The victim, a 72-year-old woman, was loading groceries into her car on August 7 around 4:23 p.m. when she was approached by a male suspect who forcefully grabbed her purse from her grasp, Lt. Jason Walters of the Claremont Police Department said.
A woman who was allegedly killed by her son on Sunday was a former Claremont resident with deep ties to the city.
Megan Estes Hampton, 61, a Claremont resident and a graduate of Claremont High School, was found dead in her home on the 30800 block of Pacific Coast Highway in Laguna Beach on Sunday morning around 10:45 a.m., according to the Laguna Beach Independent. Her son, 34-year-old Matthew McDonald, was found in nearby San Clemente an hour later in Ms. Hampton's car and was arrested on suspicion of her murder.
A 30-year-old woman was rescued by the San Bernardino Sheriff Aviation team off Mt. Baldy last Saturday. The woman had a GPS spot device that sent her location to emergency services, which was then passed on to the Sheriffs Aviation. Patrol helicopter 40-King-6 was sent out first to locate her, with Air-Rescue 306 dispatched to the area shortly after. A medic was lowered from a hovering Air-Rescue 306 and on to the mountain near the Ski Hut at Baldy Bowl.
The nonprofit Economy Shop of Claremont, which began operation in 1933, will re-open for the 2019 season on September 4, providing a rare blend of clean, quality thrift store merchandise, neatly displayed. Eighty-six years of service to the community attest to its viability as a fun place to shop. There is new quality merchandise.
Officers determined the suspect somehow gained access to the roof, cut a hole in the roof, tied a plastic hose to a nearby air conditioning unit and rappelled through the floating ceiling panels and into the business.
After watching all the people committed in making the Claremont's Our Lady of the Assumption Church renovation a success, it was obvious this was a true labor of love for all involved. With donations from over 900 families, the $5.1 million dollar facelift reshaped how the parish will worship for decades. And as the first Mass rapidly approached, it was all hands on deck to complete the project by August 10. This video documents the nine month renovation process, which also included moving into a temporary place of worship while the work was completed. This is a classic example how it takes a village to accomplish great things. Here is their story. —PW