City of Trees is more than just a nickname in Claremont. It’s a way of life.
The area’s lush urban forest is a huge draw for many of the city’s inhabitants, a notable part of the local landscape since the late 1800s. The ongoing drought and recent debate over the city’s tree trimming policies, however, have called that title into question. One example is this tree on the 2200 block of Indian Hill Boulevard, above. “It goes beyond simply calling ourselves the City of Trees. The value of trees here in Claremont is much more than the altruistic aspect of protecting the environment, but defines our community’s culture and livability,” said Claremont resident Barnabas Path.
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After years of decay and construction delays, the halls of the Old School House complex are bustling with business once more, and the center’s storekeepers are ready to celebrate.
Business owners will honor the plaza’s newest chapter with a fitting tribute to its past. Next weekend the Griswold’s art fairs, once a weekly gem of the Foothill Boulevard landmark, will make a long-awaited return.
UPDATED: Claremont resident Karen McMillen, right, works with collaborator Kelly Trabis on Tuesday while making a video at the Getty Leadership Institute in Claremont. Ms. McMillen recently received a Telly Award for her short documentary, “Peter Drucker: An Enduring Legacy,” about the renowned leadership expert who taught at Claremont Graduate University. The Peter F. Drucker & Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management commissioned the film as an orientation piece for incoming freshmen. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
The slow start for 2014 continues as Claremont new listing inventory remains scarce. Total housing inventory remains low too, with only around 50 homes on the market.
Some of January’s statistics are misleading, as sales were actually a lower than this time last year. Because of several high dollar home sales, the averages shifted upwards. Some of these homes were actually on the market for several years.
A Claremont resident was found dead in the front yard of his home in the 800 block of Tenth Street on Wednesday afternoon. The body was seen by a person driving past the home around 1:30 p.m. Police arrived on scene shortly after. The elderly man was found with a single bullet wound to the head, according to Claremont Lieutenant Mike Ciszek. Police are ruling his death as a suicide. The portion of Tenth Street, from the 800 block to Vanderbilt, remains barricaded as police wait for the Los Angeles County Coroner to arrive. It is unknown when the street will be reopened. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
The city of Claremont has one less lawsuit to worry about. Though problems persist with Golden State Water Company—who filed a lawsuit against the city in December in regards to issues surrounding the potential water system takeover—city officials have put to rest an ongoing dispute with Mike and Sue Verbal, owners of longtime Village eatery Pizza ‘N Such.
The Claremont City Council will gather on Saturday, February 22 for the annual priorities meeting. Claremont residents are invited to add their input on a number of city projects and priorities as council members look ahead. The meeting will take place at the City Council Chambers, 225 W. Second St. To view the agenda, visit www.ci.claremont.ca.us.
The 2014 Independence Day Committee is now accepting nominations for Grand Marshal, Honored Citizen and Honored Community Group for this year’s Fourth of July Celebration. The deadline to submit nominations is Thursday, March 27th. Nominees must live, work, attend school or have graduated from a school in Claremont. Applications are available at the event’s website www.Claremont4th.org or at the Alexander Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd.
The Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden will play host to the zombie apocalypse this spring as the City of Trees becomes the City of The Walking Dead for the first annual Claremont Zombie Run on May 3.
Claremont’s inaugural fun run is a departure from the staple Claremont celebrations or the recent influx of quirky 5Ks like the Fairplex’s Color Run and Bonelli Park’s Tough Mudder. The object in this three-kilometer race is to navigate the trailheads teeming with crawling creatures and come out with limbs and flags intact.
City officials are asking for residents’ feedback on the Claremont Dial-A-Ride service.
In January 2013, the Claremont City Council approved an increase to the Claremont Dial-A-Ride (DAR) fares in an effort to ensure the program’s long-term financial viability. Since the increase, the service program has seen its ridership decline by almost 40 percent, according to a recent report.
Forbes Avenue residents made their voice loud and clear at a preliminary review of a proposed single-family home development last week: high density projects are not a viable option for the North Claremont Street. It was standing room only at the preliminary hearing, held only to solicit initial comments on the housing company’s concepts. The Planning Commission conducts early reviews in order to give developers community feedback prior to making concrete plans for the site, which is often times a costly venture, pointed out Planning Commissioner KM Williamson.
UPDATED: After more than two decades inspiring Claremont’s crafty inclinations, Stamp Your Heart Out is wrapping up its projects for good.
The beloved boutique on Harvard Boulevard will close its doors for the last time on February 25, as founder and owner Joan Bunte, a Village treasure in her own right, sets to retire after more than three decades of business in Claremont.
The decision to close wasn’t a hard fought one, Ms. Bunte insists. And it wasn’t influenced by lack of sales. As any customer can attest, the downtown staple has never ceased to bustle with patrons ready to try out an influx of new classes and craft projects. It was simply a matter of timing.
Monsters have taken over the Don Fruechte Theatre, courtesy of Tony award winner Robert Lopez. The co-creator of Avenue Q came to watch his fuzzy puppet friends perform Monday night at Claremont High School.
His visit was organized after Andrew Page’s daughter, Isabel, mentioned she would be portraying Kate Monster in the production. Excited, he shared the news with Mr. Lopez whom he worked with on various projects. Mr. Lopez was attending an Academy Awards nominee luncheon in Los Angeles the day of his visit. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
The empty lot left by the former city Strawberry Patch, located on the southeast corner of Base Line Road and Towne Avenue, is going the way of many other vacant spaces along the Base Line corridor.
The Claremont City Council on Tuesday cast a divided 3-2 vote to change the zoning designation of a portion of the 6-acre lot to allow the construction of a 95-unit townhome complex across the entire property despite early discussions of adding a commercial component in the corner of the empty space.