No, Alice in Wonderland did not make a special appearance in Claremont Wednesday. But Maggie Tupman, from the Claremont Chamber of Commerce, was ready to hand out candy to trick-or-treaters in the Village just before sundown. The city was taken over by hundreds of ghouls, butterflies, insects, and super heroes (just to name of few) as businesses participated in a treat giveaway to celebrate Halloween. Judging from the number of happy campers roaming the streets, it was easy to tell the event was a huge success. COURIER photo/Peter Weinberger
Emergency aircrews were called out to Claremont on 4 separate occasions within 2 days this week for unrelated car accidents. Each accident involved a biker or pedestrian.
The first incident—which occurred on Monday, October 29—took place around 8:30 a.m. at the intersection of Dartmouth and Foothill Boulevard. A car took a premature left turn onto Dartmouth at Foothill, colliding with a motorcycle traveling east. The motorcyclist, a 41-year-old male, was airlifted to USC.
Take one step into the Padua Hills studio of renowned ceramicists Harrison McIntosh and the late Rupert Deese, and the passage of time ceases to exist. Pottery wheels remain in place—just as they did when they set up shop 60 years ago—with glasses of engobe labeled by the careful hand of the artists lining the shelf above.
Even the original kiln beckons for a fire-up from the corner of the small nook. Mr. McIntosh, 98, sits in the chair next to his pottery wheel with ease, running his hand along a ceramic bowl with familiarity, though his failing eyesight prevents him from continuing to create his notable ceramic pieces.
As the city looks to mitigate parking issues relating to the increasingly popular Wilderness Park among residential streets, commissioners are recommending a halt in the process.
Last week, the Claremont Traffic and Transportation Commission unanimously urged the city to conduct a Wilderness Park master plan in order to take a deeper look at the city’s wilderness space before addressing individual streets and their parking issues.
The recommendation was made after reviewing a proposal to restrict parking on Via Santa Catarina—located near the Wilderness Park in Claraboya—24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Claremont police have nabbed suspects wanted in a recent auto burglary spree sweeping the city of Claremont. More than 10 auto burglaries have been reported in the area of Monte Vista and Shenandoah alone in the last several weeks, according to police reports.
Items stolen have included a printer, laptops and wallets totaling a loss of over a thousand dollars.
State and county school officials moved to officially endorse Governor Jerry Brown’s tax initiative, Proposition 30, on Friday.
Heavy-hitting school chiefs now lending their support to Prop 30, which will be on the November 6 ballot, include Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, Los Angeles County Superintendent Art Delgado and Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent John Deasy.
The proposition aims to offset education and state public safety cuts.
There is nothing common about Ruth Bobo, who touched countless lives during her nearly 4 decades as a Claremont High School English and creative writing teacher. With her Alabama accent, her passion for literature and her warm and humorous engagement with students, she remains a Claremont icon 7 years after her retirement.
Unfortunately, Mrs. Bobo, 75, is facing a problem that is increasingly common among seniors. With mounting heath concerns, including rheumatoid arthritis, Parkinson’s disease, gastro-intestinal difficulties and vision loss, she now requires 24-hour in-home care. But she has help from Arin Allen, a hard working gentleman who has made Mrs. Bobo his personal cause. Tell us about your own Ruth Bobo story on the Courier Facebook page. COURIER photo/Peter Weinberger
“I strongly believe we need to take a position. Claremont is specifically not listed in a funding measure that all Claremont people are going to be paying for,” Sam Pedroza said.
Councilmembers Opanyi Nasiali and Corey Calaycay abstained, a stance Mr. Calaycay says he has taken on endorsing election issues since his days working for the state legislature.
“It was very clear that we could not take a position on any initiative on behalf of a legislator even if that legislator, on his own time, was taking a position,” Mr. Calaycay said. “I draw a very firm line as an elected official after that experience by not involving our city in any way in endorsing an election issue.”
A new canine will be coming to the aid of Claremont police in the coming months with the city council’s unanimous approval to reinstate the police department’s K-9 program.
The police will welcome a new narcotics-trained police pooch 12 years after Claremont’s original K-9 program came to an end. The city’s K-9 unit previously operated between 1989 and 1998 with 2 German Shepherd patrol dogs named Mollog and Dusty. The program came to an end after a patrol dog bit a child while its handler was visiting a friend off-duty.
The belief that the third time’s the charm did not exactly ring true for a woman scamming businesses in a complex off Foothill and Claremont Boulevards Monday afternoon. The female entered Blue Fin Sushi & Teriyaki and purchased a drink with a $20. After purchasing the beverage, she decided she no longer wanted the drink and requested her money back. The cashier gave her the $20 back, which she placed in her bra.
Every summer as neighbors are off at the beach or basking in the sun, Lenny Davis is busy at work, his mind set on the fall and his Halloween trinkets. His hours of hard work come to fruition every October when the Davis home on 999 Scripps Drive is decked out with a motorized casket, pirates and handcrafted barbed wire fencing, effectively transforming the home into a pirate graveyard. A fog machine and a TV playing the original Dracula on Halloween night will complete the look. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff