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.
The Claremont Colleges feature heavily among the honorees of this year’s Excellent in Design Awards, which were announced this week. For the past 32 years, the Claremont Architectural Commission has awarded organizations with notable achievements in landscape, renovation, sustainable development and signage throughout the city of Claremont.
The Pomona Student Union will present “The Great Debate: The Drug War,” a discussion on the pros and cons of the drug war and whether a new approach is needed, on Thursday, April 11 at 8 p.m. The forum takes place in the Edmunds Ballroom within the Smith Campus Center, 170 E. Sixth St. Award winning director Eugene Jarecki and former White House senior advisor Kevin Sabet will lead the discussion.
Undeveloped land across Claremont will be growing scarcer in the coming months as a multitude of development projects begin their long-anticipated moves forward, much to the delight of Claremont administrators and commissioners.
Five different developers are advancing with housing developments in the City of Trees’ barren areas as Claremont plays its part in the rise of the local real estate market. Among the noted projects is the “Citrus Glen at Pitzer Ranch” housing development at the southwest corner of Base Line Road and Monte Vista, an enterprise that has remained idle for about 3 years.
In anticipation of new housing developments cropping up throughout the city in coming months and years, the Claremont City Council spent Tuesday evening cleaning up several aspects of the city's housing codes. The council unanimously approved a series of changes to housing codes in order to be consistent with new state standards, including eliminating the rule that rental properties are subject to offering moderate-income or low-income units.
Three people were arrested on April 3, including Diego Aguirre of Victorville, and brothers Juan and J. Trinidad Castillo of Corona. The 3 individuals are suspected in more than 20 residential burglaries over the last 4 months in Chino Hills alone.
During the search warrant, property was recovered from a residential burglary reported on February 7 at a home in the 200 block of Villanova in Claremont.
Claremont detectives are continuing to compare stolen property from burglary reports in Claremont with the property that was located in the search warrants.
The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department is holding a viewing of all the recovered property tomorrow, Wednesday, April 10, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Chino Hills Sheriff’s substation. Claremont Detective Isaac Reyes will be in attendance to assist any Claremont victims. Burglary victims are asked to bring a copy of the police report or to have the report number to help officers identify possible stolen property.