The holidays started early in the Inland Valley this year thanks to Lew Gleason. This local took on the role of Father Christmas for the seniors of REAL Connections, a Community Senior Services program that connects seniors with volunteer members to create a network of support for those who remain in their homes.
But this Kris Kringle is no jolly giant in a velvety red suit and his ride is slightly smaller than a sleigh. This year, Santa Claus came to town on a Harley. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
City facilities will be closed next week as Claremont employees head home for the holidays. City offices will close at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, December 24 and remain closed until Monday, December 30. City hall will close early again on Tuesday, December 31 and remain closed until Monday, January 6.
In 2011, Claremont experienced a severe windstorm that caused a number of trees to fall. Southern California Edison developed a reforestation program to begin replanting trees throughout the affected region. As part of the program, Southern California Edison has offered a limited number of 15-gallon trees to Claremont residents free of charge.
A new housing development will be squeezed between Base Line Road and the 210 freeway at Padua Avenue. The recent sale of a large piece of surplus property in north Claremont to an Orange County home developer, coupled with progress in multiple housing tracts throughout the city of Claremont, has locals asking a pressing question: Is greater housing density changing the face of Claremont?
Undeveloped land across Claremont has grown scarcer in recent months as a multitude of development projects begin their long-anticipated moves forward. Six different developers are advancing with housing developments that are set to add approximately 694 new housing units to the City of Trees. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
In most accounts of the Christmas story, the basic elements are the same. On the road and faced with a shortage of accommodations, a heavily pregnant Mary and her husband Joseph spend the night in a stable where, surrounded by livestock, she gives birth to a son named Jesus.
Their surroundings are humble but the origins of the baby are anything but. Three Wise Men, tipped off by the presence of a preternaturally bright star, make their way to the stable to pay their respects to a newborn king.
UPDATED TO FULL STORY: David Brock helps longtime customer Mario Martelli with a Leyland cypress on Saturday at Brock’s Christmas Tree Farm in north Claremont. Mr. Brock took over running the farm, which opened in 1961, after his father Rene died in 2002. He says the farm does not make much money but has been a great way to stay connected with the Claremont community. Brock’s is located on Mountain Avenue at the base of Claraboya and is open Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
A homeowner in the 400 block of Holyoke Place received an unexpected houseguest Tuesday morning. It started when the resident heard aggressive knocking on the front door around 11 a.m. As he walked toward the door, he heard glass shattering from behind him and a male dressed in a blue nylon jacket and dark pants attempting to enter the home through a broken rear sliding glass door, according to police. The suspect fled on foot and was last seen running south on Mills Avenue.
The Claremont City Council Tuesday approved a six-figure master plan to comprehensively address concerns at the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park.
For several years the city council has been working to address overcrowding, littering and safety issues at the popular North Claremont landmark. While temporary fixes have been adopted, like restricting the hours of the park and charging users for parking, in July the council agreed to move forward with a master plan to address overarching goals at the park.
"Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust” protestor Kristina Garza from Rancho Cucamonga, speaks with Claremont High School student Alex Matzavinos in front of the school Tuesday. This was part of the organization’s ongoing effort to end abortion. In addition to engaging students in conversation, outreach members had an effective attention grabber: posters with graphic images of what Ms. Garza described as “victims of abortion.” “I know it’s difficult to take in and I agree it’s graphic, but it’s important to look at these victims and see exactly what abortion does,” she said. COURIER photo/Peter Weinberger
The Kiwanis Club of Claremont is helping locals heed their need for chocolate this holiday season without searching for a parking spot at the local shopping mall. The Sees Candy holiday sale is back, with proceeds benefitting the Kiwanis’ community service projects, many of which support local youth and education. The Chocolate sales’ headquarters are located in the Sprouts shopping center at 911 W. Foothill Blvd., open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. everyday.
Join the Claremont Senior Program for festive holiday meal, live entertainment and a visit from Santa, among other surprises, on Tuesday, December 10 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Taylor Hall, 1775 N. Indian Hill Boulevard. Tickets are $5 and must be purchased in advance. For more information, contact the Claremont Senior Program at 399-5488 or email@example.com.
On Friday, December 6, at approximately 1:30 p.m., a Claremont police officer observed a vehicle stopped at the intersection of Arrow Highway and Indian Hill Boulevard that was related to a strong-arm robbery that had been reported in Claremont earlier in the day.
A pair of local children assist Claremont Mayor Opanyi Nasiali in flipping the switch to light the tree during the 2013 Holiday Promenade and Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday in the Village. The annual event featured Christmas carols, Frosty the Snowman, a live reindeer and, of course, a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff