Nominations are now being accepted for the Claremont Architectural Commission’s 32nd annual Excellence in Design Awards. The awards program recognizes recently completed building projects in Claremont that best exhibit the City's standards of design excellence.
Awards are presented in several categories including new construction, restoration, landscaping, signs, sustainable development and more.
Due to illness, the Claremont Manor’s poetry reading, previously scheduled for Sunday at 3 p.m., has been cancelled. For more information on other Manor events, visit www.claremontmanor.org or call 626-1227. The Claremont Manor is located at 650 Harrison Ave.
The Los Angeles County Fire Department hosted the 3-day training session through Friday along with the Claremont Police Department, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) and SWAT, preparing local agencies in the event a shooting take place here. Five volunteers posed as bodies were strewn across the steps of Garrison Theater Wednesday morning as a siren boomed in the distance. Then a short silence followed by gunshots and screams. It was all part of the scene created by the county’s first responders as they conducted an active shooter training at the Scripps College Performing Arts Center. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
It’s not uncommon for curators to warn patrons against touching works of art on display. Curators of the dA Center for the Arts’ latest show, however, are encouraging the opposite. “Artisans of Musical Design,” led by 2 of Claremont’s own, beckons visitors to get up close and personal with the musical crafts on exhibit through January 26.
Handcrafted guitars hang from the ceiling, beckoning for a strum, while wooden drums await eager hands in the gallery’s center COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Local water issues and the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park top the city’s priorities heading into 2013. “The water issue is going to remain a major focus of the city and the city council,” said Councilmember Sam Pedroza, who initiated adding water to the top of the city’s list of priorities. “Water is a very big issue that is going to monopolize a lot of our staff time and rightly so because it impacts not only Claremont today, but Claremont in the future.”
Despite the arrest of a trio of Bonnie Brae Avenue burglars early last week, the residential and auto capers continue throughout Claremont.
The owners of a home in the 3400 block of Yankton Drive continue to work on compiling a list of stolen property in a residential burglary reported Thursday evening, January 10. The Claremont police were dispatched to the residence around 6:40 to investigate an activated alarm. Officers arrived to find the rear door kicked in and several rooms ransacked, according to the police report.
From the city: Late last year, Golden State Water Company, the for-profit water company that serves Claremont residents and businesses, released an economic study they commissioned in an attempt to discredit the city’s potential acquisition of the Claremont water system. Dr. Rodney Smith, who has also recently contacted media outlets attempting to portray the city’s recent offer to purchase the water system as inadequate and a risk to city finances, prepared the study.
“Regardless of the public affairs campaign being waged by Golden State Water, Claremont will continue to base all decisions related to the potential acquisition of the water system on facts and independent analyses," said City Manager Tony Ramos.
The Claremont School of Theology will host the 12th annual Whitehead International Film Festival January 18 through January 21.
The festival was created to reflect the doctrine of Alfred North Whitehead, a British mathematician and philosopher whose process philosophy emphasized the connectedness of everything in existence.
“Given this interdependence, we are each responsible for contributing as much as we can toward the common good,” event organizers note on the Whitehead film Festival website. “Intercultural appreciation and understanding is a component of the common good that can be fostered by viewing and discussing excellent films produced around the world.”
The Claremont Hills Wilderness Park’s expanded parking lot may not be finished, but the Claremont City Council isn’t waiting to fix traffic issues on Mills Avenue and Mt. Baldy Road. With the council’s vote Tuesday night, sections of street parking on the 2 Wilderness Park thoroughfares will soon be restricted.
Beginning with the opening of the expanded north parking lot at North Mills Avenue—set for February, depending on weather—all parking on Mills Avenue north of Pomello Drive will be restricted, along with that on Mt. Baldy Road from Mills Avenue to Via Padova.
David Wilson may not be your typical artist, paintbrush in hand and canvas in place, but his masterpieces have been among the town’s most visible, seen up and down the streets of Claremont for the last 25 years.
As the owner of Pigale Optical Parlor, Mr. Wilson lives for giving his customers the gift of improved sight while relishing the artistic flair that comes along with his job.
“It’s jewelry, ” he says of his array of eyewear, much of it custom-made and manufactured in his tiny Claremont boutique. “Of course now there is a technical side, we have to make them work, but what we sell is jewelry.”
The Claremont Planning Commission will be presented Tuesday, January 15 with the tract map for a proposed condominium complex at Base Line Road and Mountain Avenue. The review begins at 7 p.m. in the City Council Chamber, 225 W. Second St.
D.R. Horton, a Texas-based home building company, purchased the 4.2-acre property from the Claremont Unified School District last March for a reported $6.2 million. The land is located adjacent to the CUSD maintenance yard, the 210 Freeway and a series of single-family homes.
Stunt pilot Sammy Mason, 18, makes a very short take off during a special preview of the Cable Air Show on Friday in Upland. The pre-show is an annual tradition where stunt pilots entertain a select crowd of Special need children and adults as well as students from a local elementary school. The Cable Air Show is open to the public and runs this Saturday and Sunday. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Maureen Aldridge, president and chief executive officer of the Claremont Chamber of Commerce, announced a new high in Chamber gift card sales. From November 1 through December 31, an estimated $18,940 dollars worth in Chamber gift cards were sold.
“It’s keeping our tax dollars right here in Claremont,” Ms. Aldridge said.
Ask Laura Johnson, 100, The secret to her longevity and she’s got a no-nonsense answer: hard work.
Ask her how people stayed in shape before exercise classes became common and she’ll give a similar reply. “They worked hard.”
The same recipe for success has helped Ms. Johnson—who celebrated her centennial Monday with a vigorous workout—thrive in Mike Lepore’s circuit training class, offered through the Claremont Adult School and held 4 times a week in El Roble Intermediate School’s Fitness Center. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff