Claremont resident Jimmy DiMauro has never been one to take it easy. Into his late 80s it wasn’t uncommon to see Mr. DiMauro climbing on top of washing machines and making repairs at College Park Laundromat in Glendora, a former family business. Now 93 with walker in hand, things haven’t changed much for Mr. DiMauro. The sociable army veteran makes the jaunt to the Joslyn Senior Center on a daily basis to enjoy company and a good lunch.
“He’s very social and loves talking about his time in the service, his business and his sons,” said Ortansa Alexiu, a volunteer in the Joslyn Center’s gift shop.
The 2500 fans who crowded into Bridges Auditorium Monday, the majority of whom were Claremont Colleges students, were feeling pretty lucky. After all, they nabbed free tickets for one of the biggest musical events to hit town in recent years.
Harvey Mudd College students had collected a record number of Facebook votes in a contest sponsored by Chegg textbooks. As a result, Mudders were named the hosts of a taping of VH1’s “Storytellers” starring country-crossover sweetheart Taylor Swift.
Historic homeowners in Claremont looking to apply for the city’s Mills Act tax abatement program will now be subject to yearly fees.
The annual $217 expense is just one of several changes to the program’s criteria and procedures unanimously approved by the Claremont City Council last week. The changes were enacted after a resolution drafted by the architectural commission in September.
Through the newly-introduced fees, given support by Claremont Heritage, city officials hope to make up for costs associated with the staff time used in annual reviews of the historic homes on contract.
All the things Karl Benjamin valued most—art, music, family, and friends who had become like family—were in evidence at a celebration of his life held Saturday, October 13 at Bridges Hall of Music.
Mr. Benjamin, a renowned abstract painter and longtime Claremonter, died in July at the age of 86
The memorial offered an opportunity for the community to say goodbye and to acknowledge the depth of his artistic and personal impact.
Scenes from Mr. Benjamin’s life and images of his canvases, known for their vivid juxtaposition of colors and shapes, were projected on a screen accompanied by Miles Davis’ “Kind of Blue” while a hushed crowd gathered in the 600-seat venue.
For many Americans, water is the new oil. It was a point raised by Professor Brian Thomas at a dialog on water ownership held at Pomona College Monday evening, and hardly disputed by the crowd of city officials and community members.
Along with the rising price of gas and property tax, water rates have doubled and in some cases tripled in cities across the country. Fed up with rising rates amid water company profits, many cities like Claremont are weighing their options when it comes to taking over their local water system from investor-owned water companies like Golden State Water.
However, before taking the leap from private to public, Mr. Thomas warns it is vital for cities to really understand the extent of the potential risks involved.
Elvis impersonator John Reade Fisher sings Jailhouse Rock on Friday during Mountain View Elementary School’s 50th anniversary celebration. The party had a 1950s theme with music and costumes from the era. A large crowd of current students, parents and alumni braved the cold for a party that included live entertainment, food trucks and carnival games. COURIER Photo / Steven Felschundneff
Karl Benjamin’s wife Beverly Benjamin, her daughter Kris Jones and son-in-law Bob Jones listen to a eulogy on Saturday during Mr. Benjamin’s memorial service at Bridges Hall of Music in Claremont. The noted painter and Pomona College professor emeritus was remembered during the hour-long service as a dedicated artist and devoted family man. More in Wednesday’s edition. COURIER Photo / Steven Felschundenff
It was quite an active week for house burglaries in Claremont. Several of those reported ended in close calls, but many of them did not. While burglaries and attempted burglaries spanned the city—above Foothill and below Arrow, according to police reports—no arrests had been made in any of the incidents.
Two homes in north Claremont were targeted Thursday, October 4. Between 1:45 and 3:45 p.m. a burglar kicked in the rear door of a home in the 900 block of Miramar Avenue and ransacked the house, according to Lieutenant Shelly Vander Veen
Meet owls, opossums, spiders and plants who rule the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden at night on Saturday, October 20 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. This event is open to the public. Guests are asked to bring a flashlight as nighttime lighting at the Garden is limited.
A special members-only event will be held Friday, October 19 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Guests coming for the members- only night will receive a free RSABG logo flashlight. Offer good while supplies last.
The Claremont City Council has opted to temporarily forego speed increases to 10 city streets—including Mountain, College and Scripps Drive—as it evaluates traffic calming measures instead. Measures include additional street striping and playground speed zones. The city will also explore a potential 15 mph or extended school zone area.
The unanimous council decision was reached after a lengthy discussion Tuesday night.
Dark clouds from the fall season’s first rainstorm collect over Padua Park on Thursday in Claremont. The storm is not expected to result in significant rainfall but may include thunder, lightning and hail. COURIER Photo Steven Felschundneff
As Claremont officials are busy working through details of the potential water acquisition—due before the council in closed session Tuesday, October 23—some residents are finding themselves equally occupied attempting to decode the terminology in their water bills.
“We get an email at least once a week with questions on water bills,” said Hal Hargrave of the grassroots organization Claremonters Against Outrageous Water Rates. He noted that questions range from inquiries about acronyms to why billing periods change.
“It’s all very confusing and it’s hard to interpret,” Mr. Hargrave said.
With the details in Claremont’s water bills as varied and numerous as the questions running through residents’ heads, Golden State officials sat down with the COURIER to answer questions surrounding the average water bill. COURIER photo illustration/Steven Felschundneff