When Mike Alpert, president/ CEO of The Claremont Club, rides through the crowd during Claremont’s Fourth of July parade, he may feel a bit uncomfortable, and not just because of the summer heat.
While Mr. Alpert is honored by his selection as Grand Marshal for the annual event, he generally prefers anonymity to accolades.
“Mike is great at initiating and great at the vision, and then he steps back and never wants to take credit for anything,” said Hal Hargrave, vice president of the Be Perfect Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to meeting the financial and rehabilitative needs of people with spinal cord injuries.
Anthony Modyman and Bailey Sanin share the same oversize shirt as they run a lap on Friday during a 24-hour relay for Claremont High School cross country runners at CHS. The combination boys and girls teams held the Olympic-themed event to raise money for Inland Valley Hope Partners. In addition to the philanthropic goal the run also was intended as a bonding experience for returning students and a way for incoming freshman to meet their future teammates. Due to the Fourth of July holiday there will not be a Wednesday edition of the COURIER so see Saturday’s edition for a full story.
When Claremont’s 64th annual Fourth of July celebration culminates in a burst of fireworks, some brand-new hands will be launching the pyrotechnics.
For the first time, Claremont has contracted with Bay Fireworks, a New York-based company that organizes July 4 fireworks displays for communities across the country.
The Fourth and the preceding week-and-a-half is a busy time for the pyrotechnicians. CEO Dennis Brady Jr. estimates that by the time the red, white and blue dust settles, Bay Fireworks will have produced 600 patriotic programs.
Among the assortment of dedicated service groups and nonprofits throughout the city, Sustainable Claremont’s tireless community advocacy has earned special recognition amid the fanfare at this year’s Independence Day Celebration.
Sustainable Claremont will proudly bear the event’s coveted title of 2012 Honored Group, recognition for outstanding service to the Claremont community. The local nonprofit, only in its third year, is already gaining widespread attention for its leadership in partnering with local government, schools and others toward preserving the city’s charm and progressive nature.
“Take your vitamins,” Sam Pedroza, chairman of the Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension, advised Claremont residents anticipating the Los Angeles County light rail’s connection to its eastern-most city. That completion is still 38 years away and counting, he says.
The Metro Transportation Authority (MTA) approved a ballot initiative Thursday to extend Measure R funding for another 30 years without funding for the Foothill Extension through Claremont.
The Claremont Senior Program will continue its free Claremont Avenues for Lifelong Learning (CALL) program, which is designed to permit those 60 years of age and older to audit courses at the Claremont Colleges during the Fall 2012 semester.
A schedule of classes and applications are now available at the Joslyn Center, 660 N. Mountain Ave. or online at www.ci.claremont.ca.us under the “Seniors” tab on the left side of the city’s home page.
Proposed speed limit increases to 11 local streets are advancing to the Claremont City Council next month. The Traffic and Transportation Commission gave the proposal a favorable recommendation at the end of a lengthy meeting Thursday night. The review is expected to go before the council Tuesday, July 10.
The Claremont Traffic and Transportation Commission lent its approval to the speed limit increases with the additional recommendation that the city evaluate ways to encourage safe speeds like community outreach programs and driver feedback warning signs that display a car’s speed.
The Claremont Chamber of Commerce commemorated its 90th anniversary Wednesday at its annual award luncheon by celebrating the businesses that have helped define the Chamber over the near century of its existence.
But city businesses weren’t the only ones honored. Claremont-based Shoes That Fit received special recognition as the Chamber’s first annual Nonprofit of the Year. The award was introduced befitting Claremont’s abundance of volunteers and charitable organizations.
The decisions we make at the polls on November 6 will have a big impact on the state of education.
One significant ballot measure is Governor Jerry Brown’s Prop 38, which proposes a constitutional amendment creating temporary taxes to fund public safety and education in California.
Should it pass, Californians will face a quarter-cent increase in sales tax for the next 4 years. For the next 5 years, state income tax rates will also be raised for people making more than $250,000.
Claremont residents will see a slight spike in sanitation fees for the first time in 4 years beginning August 10.
The Claremont City Council unanimously approved raising sanitation rates due to a 2 percent increase in inflation as measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI.) Council members saw the increase as necessary to sustain ongoing operations, particularly given the need to replace sanitation vehicles, which are estimated at $795,882 through 2013-2014.
Friday morning, June 22 proved unlucky for teenage burglars attempting to get away with stolen goods in Claremont. Neighbors came to the rescue in separate incidents to aid Claremont Police in catching crooks. A resident in the 300 block of Geneva Avenue contacted police after witnessing a man attempt to break into a neighbor’s Volkswagen Beetle around 6:45 a.m.
Traffic passes a speed limit sign Monday night on College Avenue adjacent to Oakmont Outdoor School in Claremont. In response to a recent radar speed survey, the Claremont Traffic and Transportation Committee will review a series of proposed speed limit increases during its Thursday 7 p.m. meeting in the city council chambers. The changes would bring the city into compliance with state standards. But many residents are unhappy increased speeds may bring increased accidents. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
The city of Claremont is beginning the next step in potential acquisition of its water system.
Mayor Larry Schroeder announced the decision after a closed session between the city council and consultants hired to determine costs associated with the acquisition. Up to $250,000 of general reserve funds was allocated to explore the possibility of purchasing the city’s water system. A utility consultant, appraiser and financial consultant were among hiring expenditures.
Visitors to John and Karen Neiuber’s Indian Hill home may have trouble knowing where to look.
Built in 1908, the Craftsman-style home features furniture from the Arts and Crafts period that flourished locally between 1860 and 1910. It is also brimming with mementos from the couple’s travels to China and Mexico as well as original artwork and installations, much of which has been created by the Neiubers themselves.