Anita Boling, founder and executive director of the local nonprofit Village Network Africa (ViNA), has found her own sense of healing in doing the same for others. To come this far, Ms. Boling quotes the adage she references in the name of her non-profit: it took a village. “It’s a joy to me. I feel like I am really making a difference with the poorest of the poor in the world,” Ms. Boling said. “We are talking about people who don’t have plumbing, don’t have electricity, and don’t have food a lot of times. It means the world to be able to make a difference for them.”
The Claremont Manor Care Center’s yearly Spring Celebration, commemorating a season symbolic of new life and rebirth, was particularly poignant this year as it also honored more than 200 combined years of continued life both past and present.
Residents Stella Weigle and Phyllis Mahler were featured among the 50 people gathered in the shade of the care center patio on Friday as both centenarians celebrated another year. Ms. Weigle celebrated her 101st birthday on April 4 while Ms. Mahler turned 102 years young on April 1. Fellow resident Aleda Rouw, whose 87th birthday fell on the day of this year’s Spring Celebration, was happy to share the spotlight.
Mike Manning, owner of Last Drop Café, looks at surveillance video images of suspected burglars on Wednesday during a special crime awareness meeting for business owners at the Claremont Chamber of Commerce. The meeting was called in reaction to a recent spike in commercial burglaries in town including one this weekend at Last Drop Cafe. Check out our complete story. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Claremont property owners have until May 14 to formally object to a proposed 2 percent rate increase in city sanitation fees.
The city of Claremont sent a Notice of Public Hearing to all property owners and sanitation customers on March 27 to allow property owners an opportunity to protest. The public hearing will take place Tuesday, May 14 at the regular city council meeting.
The Claremont Police Department are searching for a man and woman accused of using a stolen credit card to purchase a Play Station 3 gaming system from Target in La Verne.
On April 1 sometime between 8 and 8:45 p.m., suspects stole a credit card delivered by UPS to a home in the 300 block of Armstrong Drive in Claremont. The suspects were seen leaving the Target shopping center in a gray/brown Ford Expedition with dark wheels.
Anyone with information on the identity of the suspect is asked to contact the Claremont Police Department Detective Bureau at 399-5420.
Friends of the Claremont Library volunteer Charlie Rosenberg fills the bookshelves at the library's bookstore recently in the Claremont Village. The Friends will be holding their annual book sale beginning this Thursday, April 18th, with a special event from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. open only to members. On Friday and Saturday the sale opens to the general public although anyone can join the Friends at the door for the Thursday opening day. More in our next edition. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Enforcement of paid parking at the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park begins today, April 15. To park in the lots along the Mills Avenue and Mt. Baldy Road trailheads, hikers will be charged $3 for every 4 hours of parking.
Parking permits are also available. Annual visitor permits are $75 until June 1, $50 from June 1 through October 1, and $25 from October 1 to January 1. Annual visitor permits last through December 31. Claremont residents will be granted up to 2 free parking passes, with proof of residency, to be used in the south lot only. All must pay for use of the north lot. Passes are available at Claremont City Hall, 207 Harvard Ave., or the Hughes Center, 1700 Danbury Road.
Anyone who violates parking guidelines will be charged $35 for the first offense, $70 for the second and $105 for the third.
Those still mourning the loss of Claremont’s La Piccoletta, the beloved bite-sized ristorante nestled in an alley of the Claremont Village, can dry their tears. The doors have reopened, the pasta sauces are back and so is the woman preserving the restaurant’s famous saucey selections.
Karen Downtain has returned to the small alleyway eatery after leaving the establishment in 2011. She brings with her the cherished pasta sauce recipes passed down from generation to generation of restaurant owners.
Claremont’s oldest Italian restaurant remained in limbo for nearly half a year when Roger Llanes and Camryn Zelinger assumed ownership from Ms. Downtain, then closed last summer.
Occupy Claremont and Claremont Elders invite the public to attend a free screening and discussion of Occupy Love to take place tonight, Tuesday, April 16, beginning at 7:15 p.m. in Pilgrim Place’s Decker Hall.
The 2 local groups will offer a free viewing of the documentary, which chronicles the recent Occupy movement. A discussion on Occupy Claremont as well as homeless, banking and environmental issues will follow the film. The movie is about an hour long. Pilgrim Place is located at 625 Mayflower Road. Enter at Mayflower and Harrison and directors will be stationed to usher guests to the event.
A handwritten sign instructs patients to use the back door on Monday at Dr. Robert Burwell’s dentistry office on North Mills Avenue. Over the weekend thieves smashed glass doors to gain entry to 3 Claremont businesses in an apparent burglary spree. More in our next edition. COURIER photo/Steven Felachundneff
One Claremont liquor store and more than 20 other establishments throughout southern California were cited last week for selling alcohol and lottery products to minors.
Claremont police joined forces with 13 other local groups in a multi-agency sting operation organized to make sure stores throughout southern California were complying to rules for selling alcohol, tobacco and lottery products. The enforcement procedure was funded by a grant from the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.
A total of 208 locations, seven in Claremont, were tested during the operation. During the test at Wine and Liquor Market, 750, S. Indian Hill Blvd., one employee was arrested and issued a citation for selling alcohol to a minor, according to Claremont police. According to regulations, the penalty for selling alcohol, tobacco or lottery items to an individual under the legal age is a $1000 fine and 25 hours of service to the community.
Activities Director Albert Mambou presents a birthday cake to 102-year-old Phyllis Mahler, left, and 101-year-old Stella Weigle on Friday during a special party at Claremont Manor Care Center. In addition to the cake the party included barbeque hot dogs and hamburgers and a folk dancing performance. Also at the party was Adelle Grizzard who will turn 101 in June. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
The break-in at Euro Cafe last month was the last straw. Edgar Reece had become aware of the swell in commercial crime throughout Claremont, but when he heard that his friend’s Base Line eatery had been victimized, it struck a nerve. Instead of remaining irritated, he acted.
“Policing in our community is not just the responsibility of our police department,” as Mr. Reece saw it. “We as citizens must be involved in crime prevention and being vigilant.”
Mr. Reece is the force behind the Claremont Crime Prevention Coalition (CPC), a new grassroots effort to keep the neighborhoods of Claremont safe.