Abdallah Soueidan moved to the United States from Lebanon in the 1970s with the intent of seeking a new start, but some things are too good to leave behind.
While a proud American citizen, Mr. Soueidan regularly honors one of his favorite aspects of his Lebanese background, the cuisine. Through his latest venture, Al Amir Bakery—recently opened next door to Super King Market—Mr. Soueidan is integrating the savory selections of his Mediterranean roots with some all-American culinary classics for the general public.
Conventional wisdom would have us believe that your social life ends when you are a parent. And, to an extent, it is true.
Unless you have a healthy babysitting budget and an even healthier sense of boundaries, you will find yourself attending less parties, gatherings, shindigs and soirees. You will go out on fewer dates, eat out less, and when you do eat out, the establishment is far more likely to feature Happy Meals than candlelight and linens.
There is, however, another side to the story. Check out COURIER star reporter Sarah Torribio's unique perspective on how life has changed now that outings include all members of her family. COURIER photo/Collette Weinberger
Tensions ran high this week after several television news outlets reported that a former Claremont resident, who has admittedly raped more than 40 women in California, was set to be released from prison. After nearly 30 years in prison and state mental hospitals, Christopher Evans Hubbart, 62, known as the “pillowcase rapist,” would be freed in Los Angeles County in November under the condition he be heavily supervised. Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Gilbert T. Brown made the decision in May after Mr. Hubbart passed a psychological examination, despite previously failed attempts.
In today’s job market, even those at the highest end of the degree spectrum can have trouble landing a job. To ease the transition from academia to industry, and to introduce PhD scientists to available career options, the Keck Graduate Institute of Claremont has developed a 2-week intensive program called the “Bridging the Gap” Bioscience Management Bootcamp. “Many PhDs are doing basic science, and many of them end up frustrated because their research never gets out into the world,” said Dr. Steve Casper, KGI’s associate dean for faculty development.
Since the opening of the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park’s expanded north parking lot, and enforcement of the lot’s now metered parking, many locals have vocalized concern that eager wilderness park hikers are finding loopholes to avoid paying. In recent months, several residents living near the park, particularly those on Pomello and Mills, have share with the Claremont City Council that Pomello Drive, just south of Mt. Baldy Road and the southernmost lot, have become alternative parking destinations.
Claremont administrators are not strangers to the redistribution of parking. According to a recently conducted city survey, even with the 174 parking spots available at the north and south lots, an estimated 100 cars will be found parked on adjacent streets.
Even though the sidewalk was sweltering, we braved the heat to do some of our favorite things: socializing, drinking beer and listening to music. And this year’s Claremont Blues & Brews Craft Beer Walk was one to remember.
During a scorching heat wave, you might expect crowds to opt out of the festivities but the very opposite happened. Tickets sold out and streets were filled with beer-lovers from near and far. The heat wasn’t going to stop anyone.
We started our booze cruise at the newest restaurant in town, so new, in fact, that it isn’t even officially open yet—Beer Belly Deli.
With an opening date of August 30, the LA County Fair is just around the proverbial corner. Along with an array of rides, exhibits and attraction, the fair—which through September 29 and is themed “90 Years of Fun”—offers a number of concerts and performances.
The lineup for the 2013 End of Summer Concert Series is as follows: War on Friday, August 30 at 7:30 p.m.; Trace Adams with Kellie Pickler on Saturday, August 31 at 7:30 p.m.; The Bangles with Berlin and The Motels on Monday, September 2 at 7:30 p.m; Los Lobos with Los Lonely Boys on Friday, September 6 at 7:30 p.m. and many more.
Mark and Sandy Anderson dance to the music of The LCR Band on Monday during the first concert in the park for the 2013 summer season. The decades-old tradition brings music fans from Claremont and surrounding communities to enjoy the evening air, a picnic and time together with friends. The Claremont Kiwanis club sponsors the concert series which runs through September 2nd, on Mondays at 7 p.m. in Memorial Park. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
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Excited party goers from all over the area came to see Claremont's holiday entertainment including live music and fireworks at Pomona College. It was said that, "Claremont has the best fireworks," which is one reason why the show was sold out this year. Claremont Fourth of July festivities included the parade at 4 p.m. on Indian Hill Boulevard, concert starting at 6.p.m. at Pomona College followed by the fireworks at 9 p.m. The fireworks started a few minutes late due to technical difficulties, but the music by The Revelers kept going until the start of the light show. Check out our huge photo gallery from a day and night of holiday events.
Enjoy a family-friendly movie night under the stars with the annual summer movie series in Claremont. Sponsored by the Claremont Police Department, the weekly screenings start Tuesday, July 9 with a viewing of The Lorax at Wheeler Park.
With hardly enough time to settle down after the beer walk and Fourth of July festivities, the Chamber has another trick up its sleeve to ward off the usual summer slowness. The city of Claremont’s first-ever Restaurant Week debuts this Monday, July 9 with a slew of prix fixe menu specials at eateries all about town. The deals continue through Tuesday, July 16. We have links to all participating businesses inside. Check out what special menus will be offered.
Longtime Village eatery Pizza ‘N Such was targeted in a suspected burglary last week, just before the city’s Fourth of July celebration. Between July 3 at 10 p.m. and 11 a.m. the following day, an unknown person gained access to the restaurant’s rooftop and shattered a locked window, providing access to Pizza ‘N Such as well as several other businesses within the same building.
As summer vacationers set out to enjoy the area’s coveted hiking trails and wilderness areas, local officials are working hard to ensure they have the continued ability to do so.
Claremont officials aim to balance the recreational needs of those traversing local trails while also maintaining the landscape guests have come to know and love. In response to the federal government’s proposed changes to the designation and keeping of local open space, the Claremont City Council has reaffirmed its intent to protect the local wilderness area, as well as promote continued local control amid streamlining efforts.