Behind every successful business and service organization in Claremont is a dedicated group of volunteers. In many of these cases, there is also another common factor: Sonja Stump.
It’s hard to name an event or committee that hasn’t had some influence by the helping hands of Ms. Stump. As chair of the Village Marketing Group, she has added her touches to the Village Wine Walk, Friday Nights Live and the upcoming Craft Beer Walk. She has ensured Election Day goes off without a hitch as a polling place volunteer for the past 30 years. And Ms. Stump is not amiss in mentioning her beloved roles with both the Pomona Valley Workshop and Pomona Valley hospital, where she works alongside her husband, Bob Fagg.
The Rev. Dr. Kah-Jin Jeffrey Kuan, president elect of the Claremont School of Theology, responded on Wednesday to news of the U.S. Supreme Court’s twin rulings in defense of same-sex marriage.
He applauded the high court’s decision to strike down part of 1996’s Defense of Marriage Act and to dismiss an appeal supporting Proposition 8, the 2008 ballot initiative that banned same-sex marriages in California.
San Antonio High School has been on an upward swing in many ways over the past years.
Attendance at the local continuation school, which had grown to 88.78 percent by the 2011-2012 school year, continues to improve. Suspension rates have fallen in the last 2 years.
Come this fall, Principal Steven Boyd, who has been instrumental to such successes, will trade his place at the helm of San Antonio and the associated Community Day School for a position at the district office.
At a recent school board meeting, several community members expressed dismay at Mr. Boyd’s removal from the school.
The Village Marketing Group has a new cause on their radar, one that will bring a little extra entertainment to the typically tranquil Shelton Park, located at the corner of Bonita and Harvard Avenues. The Claremont City Council Tuesday, June 25, will review the group’s proposal to build a stage at Shelton Park, 100 W. Bonita Ave.
Marketing group members have focused efforts on raising money for a new band stage to be constructed at the little corner park, and had planned on gifting the stage to the city.
Tomorrow, Wednesday, June 26, Claremont businessfolk will take an afternoon break for accolades at the annual Claremont Chamber Awards and Installation Luncheon. The event takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Claremont DoubleTree Hotel, 555 W. Foothill Blvd.
The Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden Board of Trustees unanimously elected Dr. Lucinda McDade the eighth executive director.
Dr. McDade is the Judith B. Friend Director of Research at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden (RSABG) and chair of the Claremont Graduate University Department of Botany; positions she has held since 2006.
She served as the RSABG interim executive director from November 2012 until May 2013.
With the appointment, Dr. McDade becomes the first female executive director since Susanna Bixby Bryant founded the Garden in 1927. Ms. Bryant served as executive director from its formation until 1946.
By now everyone in Southern California is aware of the Supermoons that lit up the sky this weekend. Sunday, June 23 was the official date where the moon was going to be the brightest, even though it was difficult to tell from earlier in the weekend. Photographing the moon proved difficult because it rose later in the evening just after 8:30 p.m. The dark sky made it impossible for the camera to expose correctly for the moon and ambient light. In this case, I let the moon go bright so you could see part of the palm tree near my North Claremont home. Take a picture of the moon? Check out our Facebook page and post. COURIER photo/Peter Weinberger
At their last meeting, members of the Claremont Unified School District Board of Education gave direction to the architects at Flewelling & Moody to draw up plans for placement of a new Service Center on the grounds of the CUSD District Office at 170 W. San Jose Ave. in Claremont.
At the Thursday, June 20 school board meeting, James Moreto, principal/architect of Flewelling & Moody, presented the board with a few options for placement and configuration of the district’s center of operations.
The estimated construction cost for the southwest corner option is $1,405,410 plus a soft cost of $252,974 for unexpected contingencies, making for a total project cost of $1,658,384, according to Mr. Moreto.
Claremont officials are calling out the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) for lack of transparency as the MTA board prepares to approve changes to a multi-million dollar expenditure plan, which includes the expansion of the Gold Line light rail.
This Thursday, June 27, the board will consider amending the expenditure plan approved by voters in 2008 as part of the Measure R Traffic Relief and Rail Expansion. Measure R imposed a half-cent sales tax increase in order to fund critical highway and transportation projects throughout the county, including the Gold Line.
Workers use an excavator to demolish the historic Pitzer Ranch foreman’s residence on Wednesday near the corner of Padua Avenue and Base Line Road in Claremont. The property’s developer had attempted to sell the fieldstone structure earlier in the year but could not find a buyer. The site is being cleared to make way for a 50-unit condominium development. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
The undeveloped lot at Base Line Road and Towne Avenue, known to many as Claremont’s “Strawberry Patch,” may be getting a makeover similar to other vacant stretches along the north Claremont Highway.
Planning commissioners Tuesday conducted a preliminary review of developer City Ventures plan to build up the empty 6-acre lot with townhomes. Similar townhome developments are filling in vacancies along Base Line Road at both Padua Avenue as well as Mountain Avenue.
Despite concerns over parking at the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park, the city’s efforts to survey the problem have been received with lacking interest, according to Claremont officials.
Of 220 surveys mailed out to residents living on streets near the bustling park, only 81 surveys—37 percent—were returned, shared City Manager Tony Ramos.
Since the opening of the park’s expanded north parking lot, and enforcement of the lot’s now metered parking, many locals have vocalized concern that eager Wilderness Park hikers are finding loopholes to avoid paying.
With Claremont temperatures reaching the upper 80's, it's easy to see why 4-year-old Kai Bush was the first to eagerly run through the Memorial Park wading pool Tuesday morning, June 18. Now there are even more ways for the family to beat the heat as pools all around Claremont are officially open for the summer. The Memorial Park pool hours are Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. until August 23. For more information call 399-5490. COURIER photo/Collette Weinberger
The Claremont Folk Festival, held on Saturday at the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden (RSABG), was a rousing success this year, with guests raving about the lineup and the scenic new venue. There’s no sugarcoating it. With the festival running all day starting at 10 a.m. and with temperatures approaching the 90s, the event was a real scorcher. There were plenty of trees to duck under, however, and with vendors selling snow cones, ice cream and cold beer, there were plenty of ways to beat the heat.
“It was really enjoyable. The crowd was surprisingly mellow and manageable,” reported Emily Moultrie, co-owner of Claremont Craft Ales, whose brews proved to be one of the festival’s more popular wares.
COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff