The state assembly’s spring break brought no sign of respite for Assemblyman Chris Holden. If anything, the hiatus helped fuel further activity for the local legislator. He kept up the momentum outside of Sacramento last week with meetings across the 37-mile stretch of the 41st Assembly District, spanning Altadena to Rancho Cucamonga.
Business has remained steady in recent months with the opening of Mr. Holden’s second district office location in Claremont’s Old School House complex, an effort to be more readily available to constituents of the district’s easternmost portion.
The crowds amassed at the Claremont Consortium last weekend to sample their way through a smorgasbord of selections at this year’s 15th annual Taste of Claremont celebration.
The variety didn’t disappoint. Hundreds of decadent food and drink items awaited hungry patrons, with options spanning Claremont’s vast culinary landscape. But while the delicious assortment certainly lends the "Taste" its flair, it’s what goes on behind the booths that give this event its unique flavor. Check out our complete coverage.
Our first total lunar eclipse since December 2011 occurred around midnight Tuesday and into Wednesday morning. Total lunar eclipses result when the earth is directly between the moon and sun. The result is that the moon has a soft red glow, hence the name blood moon. The good news is that if you missed this one, there will be more to come. The next lunar eclipse is scheduled for October 8 of this year, followed by another on April 4, 2015. The most unique aspect is that these eclipses are all visible from any location in the United States. The weather will remain picture perfect with lots of sun in Claremont through the weekend. High temperatures will be in the 80s, with lows in the 50s. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Claremont High School students Arianna Moss and Rukmini Ravi pick up trash on the corner of First Street and Yale Avenue last week as part of a new youth program called Teen Green. There had been citizen and merchant complaints about litter in the Village so the city approached the students at TAC and the Teen Committee for ideas. The result was a new organization of volunteers from El Roble and the high school who meet on the second and fourth Wednesday to help keep Claremont clean. The teens noted that the most common trash they found was cigarette butts. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Author Helena María Viramontes, acclaimed Broadway and screen actress Alma Martínez, Grammy award-winning musician Martha González and Scripps College associate professor of music Cándida F. Jáquez, who is also director of the Scripps College Humanities Institute, will host the peña “Entre Mujeres (Between Women): Embodied Knowledges” on April 15 at 7:30 p.m. in Garrison Theater. The event is free and open to the public.
The preservation of local resources dominated discussion at the Claremont City Council meeting Tuesday night, beginning with action on the city’s potential water system acquisition.
After a two-week delay, the council lent its unanimous approval to a final environmental study relating to the possible water system purchase. The report was discussed at length at the council’s last meeting in March, with the city’s legal team asserting that the water system purchase would have no significant environmental impacts.
It’s no surprise the market finally started to heat up for Claremont in March. Since inventory once again remains low, prices are up considerably from the previous year, and should continue to keep the market moving in an upward direction. On average, homes are selling very close to their asking prices, and well-priced/well-marketed homes often aren’t lasting much more than a week before selling. Check out our latest chart inside.
Over the span of three decades, the Inland Valley Repertory Theatre (IVRT) has given the region’s budding stars a taste of Broadway ambition. The company’s mission, to provide quality theatrical training to those of all ages, includes putting on professional-grade productions of some of the Great White Way’s most iconic classics.
It’s not all glitz and glamour. The nonprofit theater group must work hard to get to curtain call, relying on the generous donations of others
Claremont residents are being called on to help the City of Trees make the list in the 2014 Cool California City Challenge, statewide competition supported by the State of California Air Resources Board to motivate and reward residents for reducing their city’s household energy and motor vehicle emissions.
Participating households will be entered in drawings for great prizes.
A second public workshop addressing the Foothill Boulevard Master Plan will take place on Thursday, April 17 at 7 p.m. in the Padua Room at the Hughes Center, 1700 Danbury Rd.
The first workshop was held last month with more than 50 people adding their input on design elements to be incorporated into different segments of the business Claremont roadway.
The “Fabulous, Frivolous Follies” has certainly become a mainstay not only at Mt. San Antonio Gardens, but also for Claremonters who enjoy classic, sometimes old-school, and definitely silly original entertainment. The 2014 version did not disappoint during the three performances last week, April 3-5.
This 11th annual variety show first started in 1997 when people realized the talent pool that resides at the Gardens each year. The faces sometimes change, but the enthusiasm and excitement for the spotlight never ceases. Nothing was off limits. The Garden Belles, above, started the show with a wonderful rendition of “This Little Light of Mine.” Be sure to check out our photo gallery from their Thursday performance. COURIER photo/Peter Weinberger
Peppertree Square appears unchanged on the business front. The shopping center, located on the southeast corner of Indian Hill and Arrow Highway, remains busy, but without an anchor despite promising prospects.
While officials remain mum about the procurement of a major tenant, further changes to the already extensively renovated marketplace are on the horizon.
A preliminary architectural review will be held on Wednesday, April 9, to discuss the addition of a 6000-square-foot building on the side of the complex as well as to review other architectural fixes to complement recent renovations.
Pride and prejudice were the winning topics this month for two Claremonters on their way towards the Toastmasters International Speech Contest in August.
Claremont Graduate University student Nestor Ramirez took pride in inspiring his audience with “My Fight for an American Life.” This patriotic speech chronicled his against-all-odds story of becoming an American citizen, soldier, and scholar. Deena Benjamin’s speech, “A Change of Heart,” was an insightful oratory on how racial prejudice can be generational but also remediated. She used examples from her own experiences as well as from Broadway show tunes.
It’s back to the drawing board for the Claremont Unified School District for the former La Puerta school site, located at 2475 N. Forbes Ave., after the developer, Brandywine & Associates, rescinds their offer for purchase.
In November, the Claremont Unified School District Board of Education approved the sale of the 9.7-acre parcel to the highest bidder, Brandywine Homes of Irvine. The sale was set to rake in $18,875,000 for the school district, pending escrow.