“This was definitely my last Boston Marathon and, of course, I will never forget it,” said Claremont resident Suzanne Wojcik as she tried to wrap her head around the tumultuous events of the previous 72 hours. It wasn’t until she was in a hotel room 200 miles away from the incident that she allowed her feelings to fully envelop her.
“I just couldn’t stop crying,” she admitted.
Long before the eerie silence that crept over the usually bustling and jovial post-marathon atmosphere, Ms. Wojcik admitted she had been feeling particularly emotional. Being back at the Boston Marathon with her family less than a year after her husband Joe Wojcik’s death from cancer was overwhelming in and of itself.
Consisting of 12 Masonite panels, 45 foot long mural—which depicts the history of pharmacy, medicine and healing—is divided into 3 sections. The first depicts the history from “prehistoric man through the classical world.” The second illustrates “the development of the western European medieval world and the Renaissance through the 18th century,” and the third is dedicated to the history of the late 18th and 19th centuries as well as the mid-20th century.
Businesses within the Vons shopping center are banding together to address problems with increased crime within the complex. A petition is circulating in hopes of encouraging the landowner to improve upon the area's safety. Among their requests, shop owners are asking for better lighting to be added to the complex.
The Claremont Police Department responded to the Claremont Heights Postal Center at 2058 N. Mills Ave. on Friday, April 19 at about 6:30 a.m. in reference to the report of a smashed front door.
The suspect(s) smashed the front glass door with an unknown object, which allowed them to gain entry into the business where they removed money from the register.
There is no suspect(s) information at this time.
Businesses in the Vons Shopping Center were hit recently, including Euro Café, Rincon Azteca restaurant and Dr. Robert Burwell’s dental practice. A string of burglaries city-wide have occurred in recent weeks with similar results—smashed front windows or doors with burglars gaining entry to take cash.
The City of Trees is living up to its green accolades and doing it up big for this weekend’s Earth Day observance. Second Street between Oberlin and Yale Avenues will shut down on Saturday, April 20 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. to make way for live entertainment, art displays and other activities in commemoration of the eco-conscious holiday.
Anita Boling, founder and executive director of the local nonprofit Village Network Africa (ViNA), has found her own sense of healing in doing the same for others. To come this far, Ms. Boling quotes the adage she references in the name of her non-profit: it took a village. “It’s a joy to me. I feel like I am really making a difference with the poorest of the poor in the world,” Ms. Boling said. “We are talking about people who don’t have plumbing, don’t have electricity, and don’t have food a lot of times. It means the world to be able to make a difference for them.”
The Claremont Manor Care Center’s yearly Spring Celebration, commemorating a season symbolic of new life and rebirth, was particularly poignant this year as it also honored more than 200 combined years of continued life both past and present.
Residents Stella Weigle and Phyllis Mahler were featured among the 50 people gathered in the shade of the care center patio on Friday as both centenarians celebrated another year. Ms. Weigle celebrated her 101st birthday on April 4 while Ms. Mahler turned 102 years young on April 1. Fellow resident Aleda Rouw, whose 87th birthday fell on the day of this year’s Spring Celebration, was happy to share the spotlight.
Mike Manning, owner of Last Drop Café, looks at surveillance video images of suspected burglars on Wednesday during a special crime awareness meeting for business owners at the Claremont Chamber of Commerce. The meeting was called in reaction to a recent spike in commercial burglaries in town including one this weekend at Last Drop Cafe. Check out our complete story. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Claremont property owners have until May 14 to formally object to a proposed 2 percent rate increase in city sanitation fees.
The city of Claremont sent a Notice of Public Hearing to all property owners and sanitation customers on March 27 to allow property owners an opportunity to protest. The public hearing will take place Tuesday, May 14 at the regular city council meeting.
The Claremont Police Department are searching for a man and woman accused of using a stolen credit card to purchase a Play Station 3 gaming system from Target in La Verne.
On April 1 sometime between 8 and 8:45 p.m., suspects stole a credit card delivered by UPS to a home in the 300 block of Armstrong Drive in Claremont. The suspects were seen leaving the Target shopping center in a gray/brown Ford Expedition with dark wheels.
Anyone with information on the identity of the suspect is asked to contact the Claremont Police Department Detective Bureau at 399-5420.
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.