First in a shopping for mom series. Julie Maxson, owner of Claremont Florist on Foothill Boulevard, lives by the words of pioneering Luther Burbank, attesting that flowers are “the medicine of the soul.” She finds working with blossoming buds and Mother Nature’s whims to be literally enlivening.
“Mother Nature is never the same, no 2 stems are alike,” she explained. “It’s always surprising you.”
Next weekend Ms. Maxson will get her fill of Mother Nature’s surprises as she turns hundreds of blossoms into blooming tributes for Mother’s Day. She estimates that around 150 assortments will be assembled at her store for the occasion.
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Claremont officials are preparing for the development of a new Walgreens pharmacy as the drug store ditches its current digs on the northwest corner of Towne and Foothill in Pomona. Its new resting place? The southeast corner of Towne and Foothill.
The company is making preliminary plans to build a new store a matter of yards from its current location in order to take advantage of vacant space nesteled between Marie Callenders and the 76 Gas Station.
Claremont’s Summer to End Homelessness will hold a kickoff meeting Saturday, May 11 at 10 a.m. in the Grove Room of the Hughes Center.
Members of local churches, “Claremont Elders For the 99%” and other community members have developed this project with the cooperation of the city of Claremont, Occupy Claremont and other citizens.
The project’s core group consists of David Levering, Karl Hilgert, Mary Cooper, Rev. George Silides, Charles Bayer, Deborah McKean, Karen Chapman Lenz, Andrew Mohr and Paul Wood. The purpose of the kickoff meeting is to attract potential volunteers, who will do much of the vital work.
Preliminary litigation is underway between the city of Claremont and a longtime Village eatery.
Mike and Sue Verbal, owners of Pizza ‘N Such restaurant in the Claremont Village since 1979, recently filed a complaint against the city of Claremont alleging city officials violated an agreement made in regard to an estimated $200,000 of in-lieu parking fees paid by the Verbals to the city.
The Verbals first filed a complaint last August, asserting that the city misused money paid for development of parking for use by customers dining at their restaurant. Mr. Verbal paid $9000 each for parking spaces under the belief that the money was going to be used to create additional parking in the Village area.
Claremont residents Virginia and Van Garner have been married for 45 years. During the course of their relationship, they have both struggled with and defeated cancer, by means of clinical trials. They have raised more than $280,000 for cancer research and provided care for many patients, including each other. Together, they have run and walked 27,118 miles—more than the circumference of the earth. Now, it is their joint mission to make a cancer a thing of the past—merely a distant memory.
On August 6, 1997, Ms. Garner, then a high school teacher, paid a visit to her doctor for her annual physical. What she discovered left her “shell-shocked.”
The 1927 AT & SF steam locomotive 3751 zooms past the Claremont Depot on Saturday on its way to the 2013 San Bernardino Railroad Days held at the Santa Fe Depot in San Bernardino. For train fans Railroad Days continued on Sunday from 9-3 and the 3751 passed back through Claremont about 3:45 that same day. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff.
Not only is Sue Schenk’s green thumb aiding in her noted work preserving Claremont’s urban forest and open space, it’s also gaining her attention beyond the lush borders of the City of Trees.
Ms. Schenk was recognized earlier this month as one of Congresswoman Judy Chu’s Women of Distinction, honoring women who have contributed to the betterment of the newly designated 25th Congressional District. Ms. Schenk, whose contributions in Claremont are almost as tall and sweeping as the vines that grow in her prized outdoor garden, certainly fits the bill worthy of distinction, asserts Mayor Opanyi Nasiali.
The Harper boys used to have a pretty clear division of talents.
Ben Harper, who recently joined acts like Booker T. Jones and Justin Timberlake in performing at the White House, has risen to international fame as a musician. Joel Harper, author of the children’s book All the Way to the Ocean, and proprietor of the Freedom Three publishing company, is the writer. And Peter Harper, who is known for bronze creations ranging from large-scale sculptures to belt buckles, is the artist of the family.
In truth, it’s never been that cut-and-dry.
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A Claremont police officer detained 2 suspects just prior to their committing a commercial burglary in the 1300 block of North Towne Avenue. After investigation, Claremont police believe these suspects were also involved in 2 recent burglaries at the Chevron Gas station located at 267 S. Indian Hill Blvd.
A Claremont police officer patrolling the retail business complex on Towne Avenue at about 3:25 a.m. on Friday, April 26, saw 2 subjects near a vehicle backed in to the front of a business. The officer detained the 2 subjects who were found in possession of gloves, a hammer and flashlight.
A father and son, Johnny Walker, 43, and Michael Walker, 20, of Hesperia were arrested for an early morning burglary of a Claremont home.
Claremont Police dispatch received a 9-1-1 call on Friday, April 26 at 4:45 a.m. from a woman who stated that her house alarm had activated while she was upstairs asleep. At about the same time, the Claremont Police Department received a call from the resident’s alarm company advising the same.
Officers immediately responded to the residence and found that the rear glass sliding door had been shattered with a large chunk of concrete. After further investigation, it was a confirmed burglary.
With the approval of the council, the city awarded more than $146,000 to 24 nonprofit, regional outreach groups through the 2013-2014 Community Based Organization (CBO) and Homeless Programs.
Both programs provide an opportunity for the city of Claremont to aid nonprofit organizations dedicated to providing for the needy in the local community. CBO is dedicated to building the social, economic and family infrastructure within the city of Claremont. The homeless program serves those providing shelter and aid to the chronically homeless, those without reliable shelter or on the verge of homelessness.
With over 150 people packing into Claremont Toyota on Sunday afternoon, the Claremont community witnessed how everyone wins with the Claremont Educational Foundation (CEF) Prius Raffle.
For the third year in a row, Claremont Toyota donated a Toyota Prius raffled off by the CEF. The big winner of the day was Jared Anderson of Claremont when the sprightly Ella Hogan, all of 3 years old, pulled his winning ticket from the CEF drum.
Mr. Anderson bought his lucky ticket from Claremont High School Cheer. CHS Cheer, in addition to receiving a portion of their ticket sales, also received a $100 bonus for selling the winning ticket. Mr. Anderson was both thrilled and shocked upon learning the good news.
Friday's COURIER will include our annual Healthy Living special section inserted in the newspaper and published in full on our website. This year's edition has a slight sports theme but also shows unique Claremonters staying notoriously active in different ways. In this photo, REAL Connections Director Brandi Orton embraces Margaret Wise during one of their social gatherings the organization sets up for seniors. Check out our complete story. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff