Nangy Ghafarshad’s life has taught
him that when one door closes, another
“In every chapter of my life, this has been true,” said
Mr. Ghafarshad, owner of Walter’s Restaurant in the Village,
along with his wife, Fahima.
Now, the many different doorways of his life are captured
in his book: To Lift A Mirror…For What You’ve
Lost: My Life in Afghanistan and the United States.
“If people look at my life, they will see that my whole
life is built on faith and following a dream I had,” he said.
More than 20 years later, the image
of a band of Haitian sugar cane
workers, living in concrete
bunkers and led to work on foot by armed
men on horseback in the Dominican Republic,
is still seared into the minds of
Claremont residents Linda and Joesph Michon.
“It was absolutely a shock to us,” said Ms. Michon,
who worked with her husband as a medical missionary
in Bolivia, the Caribbean and Mexico
for more than 20 years. “I frankly will
not buy any sugar that is not ‘Fair
Traded’ after knowing what the alternative can be.”
Autism supporters can get pampered for a good
cause during Cielo Mio Spa & Salon’s “Spa Day for
Autism Speaks” fundraiser next Saturday, March 31, in
observance of World Autism Awareness Day, April 2,
and Autism Awareness Month in April.
A scheme put in place by a set of burglars foiled a homeowner in the 500 block of Geneva Avenue on Monday, March 19. A Hispanic male posing as a construction worker knocked on the door of the victim’s house and introduced himself as a worker fixing the rear wall of the neighbor’s backyard. He said in order to do his work he needed to take a look at the victim’s backyard as well.
Claremont Mayor Larry
Schroeder has officially started
his year in the city council driver’s
seat, ready to tackle economic sustainability,
but still in shock over the
honor. “It’s surreal,” Mr. Schroeder said.
He recognizes, however, that just because he sits
in the mayor’s seat, it does not mean his role is significantly
“Every city council needs a representative, and I
guess I am it right now,” he said.
Waste not, want not. For Inland
Valley Hope Partners?? Gleaning
Hope, this is more than just
a proverb. Itâ??s a mission.
Gleaning Hope, launched last year, strives to salvage
produce across the region to help provide healthy sustenance
for the needy throughout the Inland Empire.
Through the Pomona-based nonprofit, Gleaning
Hope continues to excel, teaming up with local homeowners
to gather unused fruits and vegetables in residential
trees and gardens for charity.
Dmitry Trakovsky’s award-winning
first feature film, Meeting Andrei
Tarkovsky, premiered in 2008 at
Sao Paulo International Film Festival in
The young filmmaker’s documentary
about one of Russia’s most celebrated film
directors has been shown at film festivals
in Sweden, South Africa, the United
Kingdom, Romania, Slovakia, and also in
Norwegian performing and recording
artist Annabel Guaita will perform
this Saturday, March 24 at 8 p.m. in
Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth
St. The program, entitled L’altra Beltà
(“The Other Beauty”), will feature
music from the 20th century. This concert
is free and open to the public.
Locals are invited to join the community in supporting
Fair Trade products through a dessert
party titled Sweet Justice, is taking place
Thursday, March 22, from 7 to 9 p.m. on the
Pomona College campus. The event is free and
open to the public.
Holding out for a hybrid? You have until 4 p.m.
this Sunday, March 25 to buy tickets for the Claremont
Educational Foundation’s 2012 Toyota Prius
Tickets, which cost $25, must be purchased in person
from an employee or board member of CEF or
from a representative of one of the groups participating
in the raffle.
The CHS gym reverberated with cheers and the thump of rubber balls during the 2nd annual "March Radness!" Dodgeball Tournament, held Sunday, March 18 at Claremont High School.
Twenty-one teams, comprised of students in the 4th through 12th grades and adults came ready to dodge, duck, dip and dive to raise money for the Claremont Educational Foundation. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Claremont joined with 200 groups across the country Thursday in a "Save Our Homes" national day of action led by MoveOn, a progressive political-action group dedicated to education and advocacy. About 40 people congregated at the Wells Fargo on Yale Avenue and Second Street in the afternoon, signs in hand, to demand action against government controlled mortgage companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Indian Hill Boulevard will be shut down Wednesday morning, March 21, from Scripps Drive to Colby Circle for Claremont High School’s annual presentation of “Every 15 minutes.” The closure is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Both the north and south lanes will be closed for the yearly program, which provides students with a reenactment of the possible consequences involved with drinking or texting while driving.