Why would Beethoven, one of the most influential composers who ever lived, spend much of his final years creating nearly three-dozen variations on a waltz penned by a minor composer?
This question obsesses musicologist Katherine Brandt, the protagonist of Moisés Kaufman’s 33 Variations. The play, which made its Broadway debut in 2009, is being presented by the local theater company Ophelia’s Jump in conjunction with Pomona College.
What was intended as an informational mailer on Measure W may have put the city of Claremont in hot water after attracting the attention of a Claremont homeowners political action committee sponsored by Golden State Water.
“Stop the Water Tax—No on W,” previously referred to as “Stop the $135 Million Takeover,” has issued a cease and desist demand against the city, claiming that a mailer sent to Claremont voters earlier this month is advocacy-oriented and violates the laws against using public funds for campaign materials.
Newly promoted members of the Claremont Police force re-take their oaths of office on Tuesday during a promotion ceremony during the Claremont City Council meeting. The promoted officers are Captain Shelly Vander Veen, left, Lieutenant Lori Davenport, Sergeant Eric Huizar, Corporal Christopher Casas, Corporal Isaac Reyes and Reserve Officer Ben Alba. The COURIER congratulates all of the officers on their promotions. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
With Claremont’s rich art history, it was only a matter of time before the city began to envision a Public Art Master Plan with the community in mind and the intention of becoming a destination for art lovers nationwide.
On Tuesday, the city took another step in realizing their vision with the city council casting a unanimous vote to adopt the recommendations brought forth by the Architectural and Planning Commissions.
“I feel like a proud papa,” said Councilman Sam Pedroza. “I like that it’s not so black and white, that they’ll be some tweaks. It’s a great way to start!”
Residents are at the edge of their seats as the cities of Claremont and Riverside compete neck and neck, logging points at a steady rate to take first place in the 2014 CoolCalifornia City Challenge.
As of Tuesday, September 9, Claremonters participating in the challenge have racked up 1,626,501 points, gaining almost 30,000 points in the five days since our last update. Riverside maintains its first place status and continues to lead the pack with 1,705,248 points.
Claremont is only 78,747 behind Riverside…we can still take them!
Rev. Dr. Ignacio Castuera, a Mexican-American civil and human rights leader, has joined the board of directors and southern California advisory board for the nation’s leading end-of-life choice organization, Compassion & Choices.
A resident of Claremont, Rev. Castuera will advocate for the recently launched Compassion & Choices’ campaign to allow death with dignity for terminally ill, mentally competent adults in California.
Passersby stop to gawk at the Planters peanut truck called the NUTmobile on Monday on First Street in Claremont. The whimsical vehicle has been on a tour of the United States visiting supermarkets to promote Planters' products. No one seems to know why it was parked in Claremont but many people stopped for a photo. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
At their Thursday, September 4 gathering, members of the Claremont Unified School District Board of Education voted to approve an addendum to the contracts of Superintendent Jim Elsasser and four key district staffers.
Mr. Elsasser was first hired a little more than two years ago, with his contract extending from June 1, 2012 to June 30, 2016. Thanks to a unanimous vote by the board, the superintendent’s contract has been extended for an additional year, with his tenure as head of the district going through June 30, 2017.
Claremont resident Betty Crocker chats with a group of Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputies on Saturday during the seventh annual Keeping the Good in the Neighborhood street fair in Claremont. The festivities included food trucks, music from the LCR band, a silent auction, a Dale Bros. beer tent, police and firefighter displays. Ms. Crocker, who is the driving force behind KGNH, hoped the event would raise enough money that the city of Claremont could buy a second police dog. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Claremont resident and soon-to-be centenarian Dorothy “Dot” Finerty set out on a sunny Wednesday afternoon to check off another item on her bucket list. After weeks of preparation, the lifelong Dodger fan got called up from the bullpen to throw out the first pitch at Dodger Stadium on Senior Day.
“My son asked what I wanted for my birthday, and I wondered if it’d be possible to throw out the first pitch at a game,” Dorothy said. “It looks like that’s going to happen.”
COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
The American Museum of Ceramic Art (AMOCA), in conjunction with the Claremont Museum of Art, will host HM100: A Century through the Life of Harrison McIntosh. To honor Mr. McIntosh’s 100th birthday, HM100 will feature 100 ceramic artworks that recount the life and work of this world-renowned artist. Both AMOCA and Mr. McIntosh share a common birthday on September 11. The public is invited to celebrate AMOCA’s 10th and Mr. McIntosh’s 100th birthdays on the opening night of the exhibition Saturday, September 13 from 6 to 9 p.m.
Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center (PVHMC) has been ranked as one of the best hospitals for 2014-15 in the Los Angeles metro area by US News & World Report. The annual US News Best Hospitals rankings, now in their 25th year, recognize hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients.
The city of Claremont issued a demolition permit this week for the residential development planned by William Lyon Homes, at the southwest corner of Base Line Road and Towne Avenue.
The demolition will include the removal of an existing abandoned concrete and stone water tank located towards the easterly side of the site, fencing south of the tank, a chain link fence along the western edge of the property along Towne Avenue, several ornamental trees on the eastern portion of the site and pavement leading to the former location of the strawberry shed
The city of Claremont has filed a protest in the 2016-2018 Golden State Water General Rate Case, according to a release posted on the city’s website.
As a party in the case, Claremont’s legal counsel attended a pre-hearing conference on September 2 before the Public Utilities Commission in San Francisco. Also attending the conference were representatives from Golden State Water Company and the Office of Ratepayer Advocates.