As the Mirza family prepared to celebrate the graduation of their oldest son from Claremont McKenna College this weekend, they were faced with an unspeakable tragedy—the unexpected death of their youngest son, CMC sophomore Ali Mirza, who was pronounced dead just 24 hours before his older brother’s college graduation. The boys’ parents were in town for the commencement.
The call came in to Claremont police at almost 1 a.m. on Friday, May 17. Police found Mr. Mirza, a 19-year-old from Westport, Connecticut, unresponsive at his college dormitory off Sixth Street. He was transported to Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead by medical officials.
The city of Claremont and American Legion Post 78 will host the annual Memorial Day Services in Oak Park Cemetery (410 Sycamore Ave.), on Monday, May 27 at 11 a.m. This ceremony commemorates the men and women who have lost their lives in military service. The service will include comments from members of American Legion Post 78, Mayor Opanyi Nasiali, and various community members.
For more information, visit the city’s website at www.ci.claremont.ca.us or call 399-5490.
The city of Claremont is looking for residents interested in taking part in a city commission. Applications are now available for seats on the architectural, community and human services, planning, police, traffic and transportation commissions.
David & Margaret Youth and Family Services is looking for local craftspeople and artists who are willing to contract this summer to teach the girls in the agency’s residential program crafts or skills in a 3 or four-week series of lessons or workshops.
The Claremont Packing House was targeted in an early Friday morning burglary.
On May 17 around 4 a.m., an ATM machine was stolen from Packing House lobby adjacent to the Hip Kitty, according to police.
Most everyone had water on the mind at the Claremont City Council on Tuesday night, not only because of the heat outside, but because of a heated discussion within the doors of city hall.
On May 9, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) granted Golden State Water Company the water rate increases they sought for 2013-2015, announced City Manager Tony Ramos. Rates will rise to 15.6 percent in 2013 with smaller increases of 2.7 and 1.8 in 2014 and 2015. The CPUC’s final decision corresponds with the settlement reached by the water company, the Division of Ratepayer Advocates.
City officials have rejected accusations of wrongdoing as cited in a complaint filed with the Los Angeles Superior Court by Mike and Sue Verbal of Claremont’s Pizza ‘N Such restaurant.
Last August, the Verbals filed the complaint claiming the city of Claremont had violated an agreement connected to more than $150,000 of in-lieu parking fees the couple paid to the city in the early 2000s. The Verbals believe the city misused the money, which was intended to pay for development of parking for use by customers dining at their restaurant in the Village. Mr. Verbal says he later learned that his money was instead used for the 4-story parking structure just west of the Packing House on First Street in Village West.
Karen Gastineau got a pretty hairy surprise this past Saturday while hiking Claremont’s trails. The retired Claremont High School teacher was just leaving Burbank Canyon and heading down into Johnson’s Pasture when she saw a California black bear ambling up the path.
The bear was so close that all she could do was fervently hope that it would decide to get off the trail and move along. Ms. Gastineau, an avid amateur nature photographer, wasn’t so scared that she didn’t have the urge to document the experience. Photo by Karen Gastineau
Hosted by Joan Lunden, journalist, author and television personality, Casa Colina Centers for Rehabilitation will celebrate its 75th anniversary on Saturday, June 1 with a black-tie-optional gala to be held at the Sheraton Fairplex Convention Center, 601 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona.
For 75 years, the nonprofit Casa Colina has helped more than 210,000 people reclaim physical and cognitive abilities by providing advanced rehabilitation services after an injury or illness.
Assemblymember Chris Holden’s bill to promote economic development and revitalize communities has been approved in the Assembly Local Government Committee.
AB 294 creates a Joint Investment Partnership Program whereby the state can partner with local governments to invest in up to 25 critical infrastructure projects that an economic analysis determines will result in a net gain of general fund revenues over the life of the investment.
A brush fire burned approximately one-third of an acre in a vacant field just north of Oak Park Cemetery, 410 Sycamore Ave., on Monday, May 13, at about 8:15 p.m. The fire is currently being investigated by the Claremont Police Department and the Los Angeles County Fire Department’s arson investigation team, after reports that 2 juveniles were seen running from the field seconds after the fire started.
Fire engines from Los Angeles County and the Montclair Fire Department responded to the initial report and extinguished the fire in about 20 minutes, according to the Claremont Police Department. No structures were damaged and no injuries were reported.
Anyone with any information regarding this incident should call the Claremont Police Department immediately at 399-5411.
The next meeting of the Claremont Unified School District Board of Education, set for Thursday, May 16 at 6:30 p.m., will be dominated by some major kudos.
First up on the open-session agenda will be the presentation of the awards for the 2013-2014 CUSD Classified Employee of the Year and Teacher of the Year and recognition of El Roble Intermediate School for having nabbed a coveted 2013 Distinguished School Award. Presented by the California Department of Education, a Distinguished School award recognizes a school that has demonstrated “innovated education programs that encourage students to learn and help close the achievement gap.
Business was booming for Claremont/LaVerne letter carriers last Saturday during the 21st annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. A record 40,000 pounds of food was collected, according to area mail carrier Joe Marlow.
Businesses comprise a third of Mr. Marlow’s route, one of 60 serving the 2 cities. Despite the fact that he attends to fewer residences than many of his colleagues, his truck was still filled to bursting with donations, a telling sign of the event’s success. He heard from Upland mail carriers that it was also their city’s best year ever.