Inside the ALMANAC: Claremont resident John Dick is fueled by possibility and having a hand in its creation. His questioning outlook and scientific acumen have given him the rare opportunity to shape a bit of the future.
This visionary mindset is part of what drove him to a career in NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where he worked as a physicist for more than 20 years before retiring in 2008.
“I have always been obsessed with understanding things—looking at things from scratch and truly understanding them,” he explained.
The city of Claremont is seeking proposals from qualified consultants to work with staff and the community to prepare a comprehensive master plan for the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park. Proposals are due by 2 p.m. on Monday, September 16 at the Hughes Center, 1700 Danbury Rd.
The master plan would update the current management plan for the wilderness park and incorporate into one plan the various documents and agreements that guide the operation and maintenance of almost 2000 acres of wilderness area owned by the city of Claremont.
Claremont Unified School District is in the midst of a symbiotic exchange with a nearby school district.
At the Thursday, August 1 school board meeting, it was announced that the district is taking advantage of Baldwin Park Unified School District’s offer of a free portable building. The portable, which is worth $250,000, just needs to be picked up from its current site before the Monday, August 12 start of Baldwin Park’s school year.
Normally, CUSD would have to contact and vet some 20 contractors before deciding on a company to transport and install the portable, a process that would take about a month.
It’s back to the drawing board for the Old School House monument signs, at least in look if not in stature.
Just months after the 12-foot promotional signs received approval by the architectural commission, officials are taking a second review due to deviations from what was initially approved.
“There are a couple things with the signs that weren’t built according to plan,” acknowledged Brian Desatnik, director of community development. “We need to work through these things with the owners. But it depends on the extent of the changes whether or not it will require additional review [at the commission/council level].”
Mother says you are what you eat. If that’s the case, I guess I’m a Ninja Slice, Rizi Bizi, Old Glory, Just Peachy Almond Raspberry Tart. And I’m just fine with that.
I wholly blame my current state on Claremont’s I Like Pie Bakeshop, which allowed me the chance to fulfill a dream—judging a baked goods competition—at Claremont’s first annual Pie Festival last weekend.
For this pie lover, Christmas came early as Village West and East were decked out in homage to my favorite sweet treats. In an unwelcome twist, my stomach decided to play on my metaphor like a bowl full of jelly as I waddled out of the judging room.
Congresswoman Judy Chu laughs at the comments of former Claremont mayor Ellen Taylor on Tuesday during a reception for Ms. Chu at the Hughes Center in Claremont. During a 36-minute talk, Ms. Chu discussed her priorities for the region including extending the Metro Gold Line and getting a National Recreation Area designation for the San Gabriel Mountains. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
A memorial service for Algird Leiga, former Claremont mayor, will be held Thursday, August 8 at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of the Assumption Church, 435 Berkeley Ave., Claremont. Burial will follow at Oak Park Cemetery, 410 S. Sycamore Ave., Claremont. Mr. Leiga died Friday, August 2 at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center.
Mr. Leiga served on the Claremont City Council from 1990 to 2003 and was mayor from 1994 to 1997. As chairman and a founding board member of the Gold Line Construction Authority and an executive board member of Foothill Transit, he worked to develop and improve public transit.
Roy Zimmerman, a satirist known for his “funny songs about ignorance, war and greed,” will perform at the Folk Music Center on Friday, August 9 at 7:30 p.m.
In songs like “Vote Republican,” "Defenders of Marriage” and "Creation Science 101,” Mr. Zimmerman—who has performed in 49 states in the last year—delivers a scathing and witty commentary on war, poverty, ignorance, bigotry, neo-conservatism, homophobia, greed, lust and fear. He has also been known to write the occasional idealistic folk song, as when he roots for the economic and spiritual recovery of the United States in “I’m In.”
Claremont Heritage will present the 9th film in its 2013 Claremont Modern Film Series, Journeyman Architect: The Life and Work of Donald Wexler, on Thursday, August 8 from 7 to 9 p.m.
During the 1950s and ‘60s, Donald Wexler pioneered commercial and residential construction using steel and prefabrication. He applied his groundbreaking techniques and unique style to projects for clients such as Dinah Shore, Frank Sinatra, the Alexander Construction Company and the Walt Disney World Resort
Yes, it's that time of year again. The Claremont COURIER Almanac hits the streets (and subscribers' mailboxes) Friday, August 9 and we cover the city from land, sea and air! This edition will truly be a Claremont coffee table publication as we preview the outlook for 2025. Here's a little hint...it will be the Year of the Woman. Are we surprised? Our advertisers also know it's a big week so we are expecting a large regular paper, too. We think Almanac 2013-14 will truly be a special edition for our readers. And of course, the entire edition will be online, too. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Join the Claremont Police Department and communities across the nation for National Night Out on Tuesday, August 6. In honor of the celebration, the local police force will be hosting a special celebration at at Memorial Park with burgers, booths, police vehicle displays and a screening of the movie Ice Age: Continental Drift.
After years of stagnant to slow growth, the Claremont real estate market is hot. But how long prices will continue to climb is another question.
Homebuyers who were hesitant a year ago are now motivated due to rising prices and mortgage interest rates, which are still historically low, though they have recently started to increase. This assessment was the consensus from real estate professionals (taking a home tour in photo above), recently at Wheeler Steffen Sotheby’s International Realty, and shared by longtime Claremont realtor Carol Curtis of Curtis Real Estate. Claremont homes are selling quickly as inventory of available homes, 76 as of July 25, remains relatively low, thus driving competition. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Ken Dale has always been impressed by the way creative endeavors can express big ideas, including the power of spirituality. It wasn’t until he retired to Pilgrim Place 17 years ago, however, after a 45-year career as a college and seminary professor in Japan, that he slowed down enough to focus on his own art-making potential.
Mr. Dale, 87, has played piano and pipe organ all his life, a pursuit that he often “put on the shelf” during his busy working years. Now he plays more, often taking time to compose “jazz hymns,” his own arrangements of spirituals and gospel songs. And, while he dabbled a few times in the visual arts, it wasn’t until recently that he really picked up a brush and began to paint.