El Roble Intermediate School physical education teacher Chris Molloy marks student’s hands as they complete each lap on Tuesday during the school’s annual Turkey Trot fundraiser. The event is in its tenth year with students soliciting donations from family and friends to fund improvements and maintenance for El Roble’s fitness lab. According to fellow PE teacher Debbie Foster, Mr. Molloy’s classes have raised the most money each year. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
The margin narrowed again Tuesday between candidates Zach Courser and Ed Reece in the Claremont City Council race.
According to the LA County Registrar-Recorder, just 44 votes separate Mr. Courser and Mr. Reece for the third-place spot. According to Claremont city clerk Shelley Desautels, there are 990 ballots left to tally for Claremont. Those final votes should be posted on Friday, November 16 between 4 and 5 p.m. at lavote.net. Ms. Desautels, in an email, stated that the county didn’t indicate what number of votes remaining were provisional and how many were vote by mail.
The Claremont public library will move back to the Village on Monday, November 26 at 10 a.m. The newly-renovated library will reopen at 208 N. Harvard Ave. after being at its temporary location, the Hughes Center, for many months.
Library patrons are invited to enjoy programming throughout the day for kids, teens and adults. The library project included renovations to the public restrooms, adult area and circulation area, the installation of a new HVAC system and a new gender-neutral/family restroom.
The city of Claremont will host its holiday promenade and tree lighting ceremony this Friday, November 16 from 5 to 9 p.m. in the Village. Downtown businesses will participate as holiday “cheer stops” by providing holiday treats.
Elaine Molina, left, Rose Ash and Jessica Chiriboga wave goodbye to members of Westboro Baptist Church following their protest at Pomona College Monday morning. The controversial group, which has protested at military funerals, held two rallies in Claremont, the one at Pomona and an earlier one at Claremont High School. The students, faculty and staff of Pomona College held a private event they called a “celebrating diversity gathering,” as opposed to confronting the group. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Newly relocated from Alaska, retired Army Colonel Richard D. Anthony salutes during the playing of Taps on Sunday during the annual Veterans Day observance in Memorial Park. The brief ceremony included a flag raising ceremony by Boy Scout Troop 407, remarks from local officials, a short speech by US Navy Quartermaster Ned Mason and patriotic music from the Claremont High School marching band. During his remarks, Claremont Mayor Opanyi introduced his father in law, Colonel Anthony, who has just moved into Claremont Place with his wife Betty Lou. Mayor Nasiali also noted that his Veterans Day speech was likely his last public duty in over 16 years serving the city. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Iowa resident and volunteer worker Renee Rockwell chats with Pilgrim Place resident Mavis Streyffeler as they take a break from the hard work of putting on the Festival at Pilgrim Place on Friday. The festival continues on Saturday with crafts, music, food and, of course, many fine items for sale. Hours are 10a.m. to 4 p.m. but get there early for the best deals. COURIER photo Steven Felschundneff
Friends and family of Leslie Pray remembered her as a kind and gentle person. Over 100 people attended a candlelight vigil for Ms. Pray, 54, on Monday night to pay tribute and remember the Claremont resident. The vigil took place in front of the home on Mills Avenue, the spot where she was hit by a car and killed while riding her bicycle Saturday morning. Ms. Pray’s life partner of nine years, Betsy Hipple, called her “absolutely my beloved.”
As of Thursday, Jennifer Stark, Jed Leano and Ed Reece still occupy the top three positions for Claremont City Council. But Ed Reece is only ahead of Zach Courser by 110 votes for third. According to city clerk Shelley Desautels, the county estimates 1,479 provisional and 1,383 vote-by-mail ballots from Claremont voters are not yet counted. They will start counting these ballots on Friday, November 9, but will not be announced until Tuesday, November 13. Stay tuned to the COURIER for election updates.
Police arrested a Claremont woman for murder on Saturday after they alleged she intentionally struck and killed a cyclist. Sandra Wicksted, 61, is charged with one count of murder and four counts of attempted murder, according to the Los Angeles County Superior Court database. She is being held on $6.1 million bail, according to Lt. Jason Walters of the Claremont Police Department.
Claremont residents with valid ID get in free Sunday, November 11 to Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont, as the treasured horticulture shrine begins its Second Sundays promotion with a celebration of Origami Day, an international holiday in honor of the art form. Second Sundays also serve to highlight its ongoing Origami in the Garden 2 exhibit.
Cynthia Cervantes McGuire lights one of the votive candles on the public altar during Claremont’s Dia de los Muertos celebration on Saturday in the Village. Ms. Cervantes McGuire and Elizabeth Camacho were in charge of the altar where any one could leave a photo or mementos about a loved one who had died. Claremont’s celebration, which ran from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., featured food, music, face painting, contests and food trucks. COURIER Photo/Steven Felschundneff
Claremont police investigate the scene of a fatal collision on Saturday on Mills Avenue adjacent to Radcliffe Drive. Police say a green 1996 Mercury Tracer allegedly driven by Sandra Wicksted, 61, struck the bicyclist on Mills around 11:37 a.m. The bicyclist was pronounced dead at the scene. Ms. Wicksted was transported to the hospital for her injuries, but after an investigation, police believed she intended to strike the bicyclist and she was arrested. COURIER Photo/Steven Felschundneff