The change of venue for the Claremont Folk Festival, which will be held for the first time this year at the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, is not the only unusual aspect of this year’s music extravaganza.
There is a surprisingly edgy name among the eclectic lineup: Henry Rollins.
Mr. Rollins first rose to fame during his 1981-1986 stint as the furious front man for the hardcore punk group Black Flag. He has gone on to become an award-winning spoken word artist, notably winning a Grammy Award in 1995 for Get in the Van, a 2-disc recording of his Black Flag memoirs. He is also a busy actor, the host of his own radio program (KCRW’s “The Henry Rollins Show”) and a regular blogger for the LA Weekly.
The Claremont connection? Mr. Rollins is acquainted with the Harper brothers, whose grandparents founded Claremont’s Folk Music Center.
Starting this week, Fourth Street between College Avenue and College Way will be blocked off to cars as construction resumes on the Pomona College campus.
Now through mid-August, construction crews will be working on the second phase of the college’s Fourth Street/Marston Quadrangle Pedestrian Walkways Project.
With the auction of the Claremont Unified School District’s current Service Center property approaching on Wednesday, May 29, the district is continuing its efforts to plan the perfect replacement for its center of operations. The auction will take place at 11 a.m. in the board room of the Richard S. Kirkendall Education Center, located at 170 W. San Jose Ave. in Claremont.
Several weeks ago, Service Center Director Rick Cota submitted a proposal to the school board and the CUSD community at large, suggesting that the San Antonio High School campus, the site of Claremont’s continuation and community day schools, would be a viable site for a new Service Center.
A few community members, plus CUSD board members Sam Mowbray and Hilary LaConte, expressed concern that such a placement would be detrimental to San Antonio students by impinging on beneficial open space. Mr. Cota, however, has emphasized that the new Service Center could be significantly streamlined.
Casa 425 will partner with Claremont educators to present the sixth annual Mi Casa Es Su Casa charity event on Sunday, June 2.
Sample wine, spirits and craft beer with proceeds benefitting the Claremont Community Foundation and the Claremont Educational Foundation. This year’s vendors include Chalk Hill Estate, Beaulieu, Franciscan Estate, Hahn Estate and Chocolate Box winery, as well as Dale Bros Brewery, Claremont Craft Ales, Glenlivet and Heaven Hill Distilleries. Guests will also enjoy live music, including Flamenco and Jazz tunes performed by the Vahagni Trio.
After a couple weeks of silence in Claremont’s commercial crime, the smash-and-grab burglaries have started up again.
The Sekai Academy, 859 W. Foothill Blvd., is the latest Claremont business burglarized, hit sometime between Monday, May 20, at 8 p.m. and the following morning at 11:30 a.m., according to police.
As the Mirza family prepared to celebrate the graduation of their oldest son from Claremont McKenna College this weekend, they were faced with an unspeakable tragedy—the unexpected death of their youngest son, CMC sophomore Ali Mirza, who was pronounced dead just 24 hours before his older brother’s college graduation. The boys’ parents were in town for the commencement.
The call came in to Claremont police at almost 1 a.m. on Friday, May 17. Police found Mr. Mirza, a 19-year-old from Westport, Connecticut, unresponsive at his college dormitory off Sixth Street. He was transported to Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead by medical officials.
The city of Claremont and American Legion Post 78 will host the annual Memorial Day Services in Oak Park Cemetery (410 Sycamore Ave.), on Monday, May 27 at 11 a.m. This ceremony commemorates the men and women who have lost their lives in military service. The service will include comments from members of American Legion Post 78, Mayor Opanyi Nasiali, and various community members.
For more information, visit the city’s website at www.ci.claremont.ca.us or call 399-5490.
The city of Claremont is looking for residents interested in taking part in a city commission. Applications are now available for seats on the architectural, community and human services, planning, police, traffic and transportation commissions.
David & Margaret Youth and Family Services is looking for local craftspeople and artists who are willing to contract this summer to teach the girls in the agency’s residential program crafts or skills in a 3 or four-week series of lessons or workshops.
The Claremont Packing House was targeted in an early Friday morning burglary.
On May 17 around 4 a.m., an ATM machine was stolen from Packing House lobby adjacent to the Hip Kitty, according to police.
Most everyone had water on the mind at the Claremont City Council on Tuesday night, not only because of the heat outside, but because of a heated discussion within the doors of city hall.
On May 9, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) granted Golden State Water Company the water rate increases they sought for 2013-2015, announced City Manager Tony Ramos. Rates will rise to 15.6 percent in 2013 with smaller increases of 2.7 and 1.8 in 2014 and 2015. The CPUC’s final decision corresponds with the settlement reached by the water company, the Division of Ratepayer Advocates.
City officials have rejected accusations of wrongdoing as cited in a complaint filed with the Los Angeles Superior Court by Mike and Sue Verbal of Claremont’s Pizza ‘N Such restaurant.
Last August, the Verbals filed the complaint claiming the city of Claremont had violated an agreement connected to more than $150,000 of in-lieu parking fees the couple paid to the city in the early 2000s. The Verbals believe the city misused the money, which was intended to pay for development of parking for use by customers dining at their restaurant in the Village. Mr. Verbal says he later learned that his money was instead used for the 4-story parking structure just west of the Packing House on First Street in Village West.
Karen Gastineau got a pretty hairy surprise this past Saturday while hiking Claremont’s trails. The retired Claremont High School teacher was just leaving Burbank Canyon and heading down into Johnson’s Pasture when she saw a California black bear ambling up the path.
The bear was so close that all she could do was fervently hope that it would decide to get off the trail and move along. Ms. Gastineau, an avid amateur nature photographer, wasn’t so scared that she didn’t have the urge to document the experience. Photo by Karen Gastineau