Preparations are underway for the city of Claremont’s annual Earth Day celebration, to be held this year on Saturday, April 20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will include live entertainment, workshops, art displays, kids’ activities, a bike rodeo and green building tours, including the Uncommon Good Whole Earth Building and buildings at the Claremont Colleges.
Preparedness was the order of the day on Tuesday when members of the local Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) conducted a training exercise at the site of the old La Puerta Junior High School.
CERT trainer Dennis Smith said he picked the spot, which was closed as a middle school in 1978 and continued to be used for a number of subsequent years for adult school classes, because he “knew it would be kind of in a shambles.”
Here was the scenario being enacted: A large earthquake has rattled the Los Angeles area. See our story and special photo gallery. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Elaine Ulmer, a second grade student at Chaparral Elementary School, was selected as the winner of this year's Fourth of July Celebration Theme Contest. According to Elaine’s wishes, “Claremont Rocks the Fourth” this star-studded Independence Day.
Award-winning author Rebecca Skloot will speak at Claremont McKenna College's Athenaeum tomorrow, Wednesday April 3, at 6:45 p.m. The talk is free and seats are open to the public on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Ms. Skloot is known for her New York Times Bestseller The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (2010), which the Friends of the Claremont Library's chose as the selection for last year's On The Same Page book series.
Claremont Police Corporal Hector Tamayo and Officer Jeff Ting cite a cyclist for being in the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park after hours on Friday. Police are stepping up enforcement of the hours as part of the park's overall changes, including the new parking lot and no parking zones. Over the last couple of weeks, police have issued close to 150 tickets, which are $50 each, to park visitors who stay past the posted hours. Check out our complete story. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
The Claremont Police Department continues to investigate a lab experiment gone wrong in north Claremont Friday evening.
Claremont dispatchers received an emergency call around 6:30 p.m. A witness claimed to have heard an explosion and scream for help in the 1900 block of Judson Court. Officers arrived on scene to find a man suffering from burns to his body after a chemical experiment blew up in his face, according to Claremont Lieutenant Mike Ciszek. The man was allegedly in the process of turning marijuana into hash oil, Lt. Ciszek confirmed.
As the announcer counts down to one, children ages 3 to 5, with several parents in tow, scramble to find as many goodies as they can on Saturday during the annual Spring Celebration in Claremont’s Memorial Park. It took the youngsters about 30 seconds to grab up all of the eggs but there was plenty of fun to be had at the other festival attractions. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
School officials and theater supporters cheer after former teacher Don Fruechte cut the red ribbon on the newly renovated Don F. Fruechte Theatre for the Performing Arts on Thursday at Claremont High School. Following months of construction the upgraded performance complex will hold its inaugural show this Saturday with the Alumni Gala Performance at 7:30 p.m. Additionally there will be an open house at 4:00 p.m. so the community can have a look inside the theatre. More in our next edition. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Police are requesting information regarding an attempted early morning break-in at Rocky Liquor, located at 1045 W. Foothill Blvd. in Claremont, on Friday.
Officers say the liquor store’s burglar alarm was activated around 1:40 a.m. when an unidentified person attempted to open the store's rear door. The subject fled before officers arrived. Police ask anyone with information on this incident to call 399-5411.
The council’s handling of the tree policy was one of several council decisions appreciated by Claremont residents present at Tuesday’s meeting. In addition, the council approved a 5-year contract with Bank of the West. Occupy Claremont members were pleased with the decision after having pushed the city to move its money from Bank of America to a local credit union since early 2012. The city expects to save up to $14,000 annually beginning with the 2013-2014 fiscal year.
“How’s that for a win-win situation?” said Karl Hilgert.
The Claremont Hills Wilderness Parl parking lot is now open, but according to weekend visitors, the verdict is still out.
The city debuted the newly expanded parking lot last weekend to mixed reviews. For the most part, feedback has been positive from locals and park regulars concerned with overcrowding, according to Eric Flores and Kay Dorn-Giarmoleo, city recreation leaders on hand at the park’s entrance to answer the questions of curious hikers last weekend.
“Residents around here have been really happy, because there has been such an influx of traffic,” Ms. Dorn-Giarmoleo said.
The Claremont City Council Tuesday night reached an agreement palatable to both sides of a longstanding debate over the Claremont Club neighborhood’s pine trees and the city’s tree replacement policy.
While 44 trees have the potential to go, should a certified arborist deem it necessary, the city will not move forward in changing its tree replacement policies as they stand.
For years the city has combated structural damage caused by a series of mature pines in the neighborhood-—including those found on Shenandoah Drive, Davenport, Elmhurst, Gettysburg and Stanislaus Circles. This summer, the city will move forward with a $167,060 project to more extensively repair damaged hardscape.
During the year that Rachel McDonnell has been working with personal trainer Ashgar Ghorbani, she has made remarkable progress overcoming the loss of mobility resulting from the effects of Multiple Sclerosis. Mr. Ghorbani says Ms. McDonnell shows more determination than anyone he has previously worked with over a 36-year career. Read her first person account in the COURIER's Rites of Spring special section on Friday. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Claremont officials maintain their opposition to a proposed water rate increase after an administrative law judge recently recommended the CPUC raise rates to 16 percent in 2013 for Golden State Water Company’s Region 3. The judge also recommended a 2.7 percent increase in 2014 and 1.8 percent increase in 2015. “While we appreciate that the proposed decision does not recommend the entire increase originally sought by Golden State, the end result would still be another double-digit water rate increase on our residents,” said City Manager Tony Ramos in a statement released Tuesday.