The Reverend Henry Atkins has traded his priestly apparel for an entirely different set of dress, one that comes with a pair of nunchucks and boxing gloves.
The new look and mindset suit him. On Saturday, the 74-year-old Pilgrim Place resident became the oldest recipient of the Sekai Black Belt Academy’s brown belt distinction, just one level below the coveted title of black belt.
When asked why an Episcopal priest would turn to kickboxing and martial arts, a frequently asked question, the reverend answers with a smile: “I was tired of turning the other cheek.” COURIER photo/Steven Felschudneff
Stop by Claremont’s Cahuilla Park with the kids to check out the recreation area’s new jungle gym. The local playground reopened last week after a month long closure, during which an estimated $65,000 in playground equipment was installed.
The new setup was deemed necessary in order to address safety concerns with the old equipment and to bring the community facility up to date with the standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), according to city officials.
On Tuesday, September 24 a drive down Mt. Baldy Road led to a fatal fall on Tuesday night just outside of Claremont. Around 11:30 p.m. near Shinn Road in Mt. Baldy, a Toyota veered to the left of the roadway, colliding with a retaining wall and light pole before falling 150 feet over the side of Mt. Baldy Road, according to the California Highway Patrol. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. There were no passengers. The cause of the crash is under investigation.
After a yearlong lull, the city of Claremont is breaking its silence on the waterfront.
Officials recently announced that a town hall meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, November 6 at Claremont’s Taylor Hall to discuss information on the city’s potential water system purchase. To date, the Claremont Council and city administrators have remained tight-lipped on the subject of water acquisition, with documents regarding the Water Acquisition Feasibility Study kept under wraps.
Claremont city officials including City Manager Tony Ramos, left, Council Member Sam Pedroza and Senior Management Analyst Brad McKinny throw Mardi Gras beads to the crowd on Thursday during the Claremont Day parade at the Los Angeles County Fair. The weather this weekend could not be better, so if you haven’t visited the fair yet, this weekend is your last opportunity, as it will close September 29. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
UPDATED: As the city moves forward with a new multi-million dollar proposal for the purchase of Claremont's water system, the city also proceeds on another long-term council priority and expected 7-digit expenditure, the construction of a new police facility.
The council unanimously directed staff to work with consultants on creating a detailed cost forecast for a new police station with the goal of including a parcel tax measure on the ballot in 2014. The recommendation, provided by a Police Facility Feasibility and Site Analysis Ad Hoc committee appointed in 2012, was made based on findings that the current facility does not meet state code requirements, is seismically questionable and may no longer be viable in the case of a serious local emergency. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
“Be passionate! Be courageous! Be your very best!” The words were halting, but the message was eloquent and strong as former Congresswoman Gabrielle “Gabby” Giffords, a member of the Scripps College Class of 1993, returned to the campus to become only the third recipient of the Ellen Browning Scripps Medal, the college’s highest level of recognition.
Claremont officials are looking to change the way the city does business, at least in terms of the city’s review and approval process.
A series of major changes to Claremont’s municipal code will be heading in for commission and council review next month. Among them is a proposed change to simplify the new business review process.
On Wednesday, September 18 as Claremont residents hustled to work on Wednesday, burglars made a sweep of 3 local homes. A home in the 2100 block of Oxford Avenue was the first target, broken into around 10 a.m. while an elderly man was home. The victim described the burglar as a white or Hispanic male about 20-30 years old with brown hair.
The city of Claremont is moving forward with the installation of new audible signals and bicycle video camera detection at the intersection of Bonita Avenue and Indian Hill Boulevard. For the past several months, the existing audible pedestrian signals at Bonita Avenue and Indian Hill Boulevard have been inoperable.
Local seniors are getting moving at Claremont's Joslyn and Blaisdell senior centers thanks to a new exercise program geared at building strength while addressing pain and fatigue.
Developed by the Arthritis Foundation, this low-impact exercise developed by physical therapists and aims to keep joints flexible, muscles strong, increase energy, help participants sleep better and improve overall quality of life.
David Hunter and his wife Nancy pose with their Brittany spaniel Rusty on Monday in Claremont. Mr. Hunter held vigil in the parking lot of Stater Bros. market for weeks after Rusty ran away in late August. On Friday the couple got Rusty back from a family in Ontario who thought they had found a stray dog. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff