Classes at the Claremont Colleges begin on September 4, but the fall semester is starting with a bang, not a whimper. Shocked freshmen Jun Park, left, reacts to streakers during freshmen orientation Sunday evening at Pomona College Bridges Hall of Music in Claremont. The traditional streaking consisted of upperclassmen running from the stage, to the entrance. Check out other events going on at the Claremont Colleges this fall. COURIER photo/Cameron Barr
The season of neighborhood barbecues, block parties and concerts in the park may be drawing to a close, but the streets of Claremont are gearing to stay just as busy with eyes set on September.
Among events locals eagerly anticipate along with the dropping of the fall leaves is the annual Vintage Village Wine Walk, taking place in the Claremont Village this year on Saturday, September 15. Not surprising given ticket sales from past wine walks, this year’s event is selling out quickly.
The local water fight continues, as groups remain at odds over recent allegations.
In its reply comments submitted to the Public Utilities Commission, Golden State Water, the Division of Ratepayer Advocates (DRA) and The Utility Reform Network (TURN) allege that numerous cities including Claremont did not fully participate in the settlement process that led to the early August water rate settlement with Golden State Water Company.
The north parking lot of the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park will be closed beginning Tuesday, September 5, as construction to expand the lot continues. The closure will allow the contractor to begin demolition of the existing asphalt, according to the city manager’s weekly report. Despite lot closure, the park entrance will remain open. Parking in the southern lot and on Mills Avenue will still be available.
The exhibits, animals and deep fried goodness return this week with the opening of the 90th annual LA County Fair. The confections and carnival rides continue from Friday, August 31, through Sunday, September 30.
Claremonters are welcome to take part in a special Claremont Day Celebration held on Thursday, September 20. All Claremont residents will be able to enter the fairgrounds for free from noon to 6 p.m. with a donated pair of new or gently used shoes or a new package of sock
Claremont police seek information on what they deem a hate crime incident against a north Claremont homeowner. On August 28 at 8:43 a.m. Claremont police responded to the 2200 block of Navarro Dr., where an unknown suspect used black spray paint to write a homosexual slur across the garage door of the residence. The incident occurred sometime between Monday, August 27 at 8 p.m. and Tuesday, August 28 at 7:30 a.m. Police say the homeowner rents a room to a person who is homosexual. Officers are actively investigating this crime. Anyone with any information is urged to call the Claremont Police Department at 399-5411.
Erica Hale and Randy Bosh watch the sunset from the top of the Mount Baldy ski lifts on Saturday during the first ever Bighorn Music Festival. The event featured 2 full days of American, blues and alternative roots music on 3 stages high above the Inland Valley. More in Wednesday’s edition. COURIER Photo / Steven Felschundneff
Claremont residents are invited to take part in the Claremont Police Department’s Vacation House Check program for those leaving their residence for vacation, business or personal reasons.
As part of the program, community patrol officers will perform house checks. Suspicious activity will be reported to officers on duty, who will check the residence for further abnormalities. Applications for the free program may be printed online or picked up at the Claremont Police Department, 570 W. Bonita Ave. Forms must be dropped off in person to the CPD. Those submitted online or by mail will not be accepted. For more information, contact the police department at 399-5411.
Last August, enthusiastic dog owners returned to Claremont’s beloved Pooch Park in droves after a 6-week closure for what many deemed “much-needed updates” to the popular facilities.
“It’s like a family reunion,” one exclaimed of the return of the close-knit community and their gathering space.
Now a year after the park’s reopening, the Pooch Park family prepares to gather with as much fervor as the first day of the park’s reopening, but with a renewed purpose. COURIER Photo / Steven Felschundneff
Local musicians will earn Indian Summer Music Awards nominations.
Claremont resident and recording artist Steve Rushingwind, along with musical partner Michael Mucklow, has been honored with 6 nominations for the upcoming Indian Summer Music Awards, to be held in Milwaukee on Saturday, September 8.
Claremont Mayor Larry Schroeder and Mayor Pro Tem Opanyi Nasiali recently met with City Manager Tony Ramos and his staff to discuss the ongoing opposition to Golden State Water Company’s pending application before the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC), according to a press release.
The publically traded water company is seeking to raise water rates by more than 25 percent in 2013. At the meeting, city attorneys provided updates on the legal actions being initiated or explored relative to the potential acquisition of the water delivery infrastructure.
Despite the Metro Transportation Authority’s decision not to fund the Gold Line’s continuation from Azusa to Montclair, plans for the 12.3-mile portion of the Los Angeles and San Bernardino county light rail system continue to move forward.
The Foothill Extension Authority Board released the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) this week for the estimated $800 million dollar project.
On Wenesday, August 15 more than $12,000 in equipment was stolen from the Claremont Strawberry Patch, located on the corner of Base Line Road and Towne Avenue, between Monday, August 13 and Wednesday, August 15. Among the stolen loot was a $5000 rototiller, a $2500 cooling fan and $3000 worth of wiring.