If there was any doubt that Sumner Principal Frank D'Emilio is beloved by the community, it was dispelled when a standing-room-only crowd packed into the Thursday, May 17 school board meeting to express dismay and outrage at his recent dismissal.
The crowd, which ultimately reached about 165, began gathering outside the Richard S. Kirkendall Education Center in advance of the meeting, circulating blue cards to reserve public comment spots as well as a petition to have Mr. D'Emilio reinstated with the district. Many took a moment to offer a hug and words of encouragement to the administrator's tearful wife, Catherine, who was there without her husband.
The red carpets were rolled out once again Thursday night as filmmakers and movie buffs gathered at the local Laemmle movie theatre for the fourth annual Claremont 5 Second Film Festival, presented by the Claremont Community College (CCC), a local charitable organization with a fictional institutional name.
Hundreds filled the Laemmle to view 20 short films created by filmmakers from the local community, across the country and around the world.
CANDLELIGHT PAVILION: 455 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont. Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening shows: dinner at 6 p.m., performance at 8:15 p.m.; Sunday evening shows: dinner at 5 p.m., performance at 7:15 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday matinees: lunch at 11 a.m., performance at 12:45 p.m. The summer concert series takes place on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. Ticket are $20. Dinner will not be served, but beverages and desserts will be available for purchase. 626-1254 ext.1 or www.candlelightpavilion.com.
The June primary election may prove to be pivotal for candidates across the board in California’s 41st District assembly race as a new 2-tiered voting system takes full effect. The state primaries will draw locals to the polls on Tuesday, June 5.
The effects are two-fold for voters across the state, one of which is this will be the first election based on the newly redrawn district maps. The district lines were changed in an attempt to increase voter participation in the elections, according to Peter Yao, commissioner of the California Citizens’ Redistricting Commission and former Claremont City Council member, in an interview earlier this year.
Sumner Elementary School Principal Frank D'Emilio has been placed on unpaid leave after failing to notify officials of suspected child abuse incidents.
The decision by the CUSD board stems from occurrences in May 2011 where 2 female students, ages 7 and 8, allegedly participated in acts on campus that were sexual in nature.
Mr. D'Emilio was suspended by the CUSD board as a result of an investigation and closed-session discussion at the Thursday, May 3 meeting, where the board dismissed the principal for violating the state's Education Code.
Pomona College graduates were treated not to one speaker, but 4, as they celebrated their commencement on Saturday, May 12.
The first 3 speeches came from a diverse group of luminaries on whom the college conferred honorary degrees. Occidental College president Jonathan Veitch; David Keith Murray, a former Pomona College student who has gone on to distinguish himself in the world of jazz music; and Marigold Linton, a cognitive psychologist who became the first Native American from a California reservation to go to college.
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Claremont High School boys baseball coach Geoff Ranney congratulates Josh Chua after he hit a RBI triple in the 6th inning of their CIF playoff game against Burbank on Tuesday in Claremont. The teams were tied after 6 innings, but the Wolfpack rallied scoring 5 runs to win 6-1. CHS pitcher Dillon Tate allowed only 2 hits and one run when Burbank's Paul Frias hit a homerun in the 2nd. Claremont's next game in CIF competition is Thursday.COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Despite the arrest of 2 men in connection with repeat vehicle burglaries on Mt. Baldy Road, near Evey Canyon, the burglaries continue. Three more vehicles were burglarized on Tuesday, May 15, between 3:45 and 5 p.m., a similar time frame to the previous burglaries. Also similar to the previous incidents, burglars entered each vehicle through a smashed passenger window. Only one of the car owners reported that anything had been stolen. Investigation continues once again.
On March 5 of this year, COURIER education and sports reporter Landus Rigsby was hospitalized with stage 5 kidney failure. Now on medical leave from the newspaper, he is experiencing huge life changes that include changes in his diet, taking things easier and undergoing regular dialysis treatments.
For Hector Gonzalez and his family, the annual Our Lady of the Assumption Fiesta in Claremont is more than carnival games and cotton candy. It’s a family tradition that takes them back several generations, hundreds of gallons of salsa and tens of thousands of homemade tacos.
The longtime Claremont family has been the benefactors behind the popular taco booth, the fiesta’s favorite culinary hotspot, since before the OLA church was in place and before the fiesta included whizzing games and loop-the-loops.
Passengers seeking to escape the escalating summer gas prices aboard the Metrolink may not find the welcome relief they are expecting as train fares will likely take a climb in the coming weeks.
Metrolink announced a proposal earlier this month to raise its ticket prices an estimated 5 to 9 percent by July 1, 2012. The train company is calling the move necessary in order to bridge a $13 million funding gap in its 2012-2013 fiscal budget.
Although it sounds like a snappy model of automobile, the third annual “Run for the Red GT” on Monday, May 28, 2012 honors the late Gary Troyer, a stalwart of both Pomona College and the Claremont Chapter of American Red Cross, beneficiary of the 10- and 5-kilometer runs (along with a 1-K ‘Fun Run’ for kids).
During his career at Pomona College from 1970 to retirement in 2004, Coach Troyer taught history and was the Sagehens’ swimming and water polo coach.
Professor Char Miller of Claremont’s Pomona College examines historic struggles and contemporary debates over public lands in the United States in his new book, Public Lands, Public Debates: A Century of Controversy published by Oregon State University Press.
Composed of 19 essays, the book explores the history of conservation efforts in this nation, tracks the development and reach of the U.S. Forest service, and addresses the broader debates about public lands.