The futures of the 530 plus Claremont High School students who graduated on Thursday are wide open. Some know what path lies before them, with their sights set on a specific, longed-for destiny. Others may know what the very next step is—college, for example—but beyond this looms a big question mark. Still others, nearly one week post-commencement, are wondering “What now?”
Some alumni will deliberately choose their profession; others will stumble into it, a random and surprising mix of experiences paving the way.
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There’s no doubt about it, the administration at Claremont High School is faced with aging facilities and a limited budget.
“All of the buildings are old,” said Kevin Ward, assistant superintendent of human resources and compliance officer for the Claremont Unified School District. “What happens in tight economic times is you end up taking care of emergency issues, but there’s not a lot of preventative improvement.”
Hundreds gathered under the shade of trees at Claremont’s El Barrio Park Saturday for a reunion celebration 100 years in the making.
Former friends and neighbors of the city’s historical Arbol Verde community joined to honor the neighborhood’s centennial anniversary, recognizing the rich Mexican-American culture that thrives in Claremont today. A significant part of Claremont’s roots, Arbol Verde has been a prominent Mexican-American enclave in Claremont, Montclair and Upland since the early 1900s.
Other than a few honks from banned air-horns and some errant balloons that slipped their handlers’ grasps, Claremont High School’s graduation ceremony went off without a hitch Thursday.
Some 530 CHS students, 29 students from San Antonio High School and more than 40 Claremont Adult School graduates were sent off to their futures amid a flurry of pomp and circumstance.
Student representatives and school administrators took to the podium to share memories and provide inspiration. Adding to the positivity were student performances such as an all-male a cappella interpretation of Yael Naim’s “New Soul” and an instrumental version of “We Are Young” by fun.
See our special online photo gallery and coverage in our Saturday print edition. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Planning Commission to review 50-foot building plan
The Claremont Planning Commission will review an amendment to the Village Expansion Plan Tuesday night, June 19, that would allow the construction of a proposed 50-foot building at Oberlin Avenue and First Street in Village West.
The proposed mixed-use property is vying to take over the vacant Rich Products Corporation building, purchased by the Denley Investments and Management Company at the start of 2011.
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The Claremont City Council Tuesday night called into question the increasing burden of levied fees on Claremont taxpayers, with utility costs and other special charges continuing to rise. The discussion, with a chorus of comments added by locals in attendance, was prompted by a vote to once again increase fees contributing to the citywide Landscaping and Lighting District (LLD).
High school students looking to make some extra cash and keep busy this summer are encouraged to run a free classified advertisement in the COURIER. Claremont residents may run a 16-word ad from now through August 15.
Budding entrepreneurs offering a variety of services are welcome to take advantage of this service. Babysitting, yard work, dog walking and office assistance are just a few of the services teens have offered in the past.
Call Jacquie at 621-4761 for more information or email your ad with contact information to email@example.com.
Audrey Sechrest waves to friends after she received her diploma on Thursday during the 102nd commencement at Claremont High School. There was a sea of caps and gowns as the combined graduation of Claremont High School, San Antonio High School and Claremont Adult School occurred under clear skies on the CHS football field. See our complete coverage with a special online slideshow and in print photo essay on Saturday. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
A 20-year-old victim used her street smarts Tuesday morning, June 12, to lead Claremont Police to the capture of 2 crooks.
The woman was standing outside Wolfe’s Market, 160 W. Foothill Blvd., when the passenger of a gold Ford Focus forcibly grabbed her cell phone out of her hand, got back in the car and quickly sped away, according to Lieutenant Shelly Vander Veen. Though the thieves may have thought they had gotten away, the last laugh was on them.
Claremont Police question 3 individuals on Tuesday afternoon around 2:30 p.m. in the parking lot of The Optometric Vision Center, 1420 N. Claremont Boulevard. An employee called the police because the individuals were behaving suspiciously while browsing merchandise in the store. Agustin Cerda, 37, Cynthia Lopez, 32 and Susana Castaneda, 18, all of Pomona, were arrested for attempted burglary. Ms. Lopez was also arrested for possession of a meth pipe and an outstanding warrant for driving without a license. More in Saturday’s police blotter. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Lean, in terms of budgeting, has become a common keyword in recent years as cities across southern California and throughout the country slash budgets and city spending to accommodate for cuts across the board. Despite low community turnouts throughout the budget preparation, including Tuesday night’s review, City Manager Tony Ramos and staff presented the council with a balanced budget through 2014, reviewed with little negative feedback.
“I knew I would miss the store, and I do,” said Charles “Chic” Goldsmid, former proprietor of the much-loved bookstore Claremont Books & Prints once nestled in an upstairs nook on Yale Avenue.
Five years ago, on June 7, 2007, Mr. Goldsmid announced the sale of the Claremont fixture as he thought about his future and the other—albeit loosely related—passions he wanted to pursue. When the store sold on October 31 of the same year, a new chapter in his life began, the pages of which are bringing him great satisfaction.
The community is invited to a Neighborhood Forum on Tuesday, June 19 at the City Yard from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The forum is an opportunity for residents to talk with 2 members of the city council in an informal setting. The city council members scheduled for the meeting are Corey Calaycay and Sam Pedroza.