Like many other 17-year-old girls, Claremonter Melissa Meyer is obsessed with Lady Gaga. She spends countless hours brushing up on her facts and adding items to her “Gaga collection.” Her family goes so far as to say she is an expert in the topic. Unlike other 17 year olds, however, her Lady Gaga is a 13-foot albino Burmese Python. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
The new school year may be far from the minds of sunbathing schoolchildren, but not from those of the Claremont-based nonprofit Shoes That Fit, which kicked off its Back-to-School Campaign last week. The campaign runs through Sunday, July 29.
Every year, Shoes That Fit partners with schools from local school districts for its yearly campaign to provide needy children with an assortment of school supplies as well as back-to-school shoes and clothes.
The Memorial Park wading pool is just one of 3 wading pools in Claremont. To beat the summer heat, it’s common to find at least a dozen children, from tottering babies to kindergarteners, enjoying the perennial attraction.
Hours for the Memorial Park wading pool, which will be open through August 10, are Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. COURIER photo/Cameron Barr
While cities throughout the state are scrambling last minute to make obligation payments resulting from the passage of Assembly Bill 1484, the city of Claremont has already mailed off its check to the state of California.
AB 1484, signed by Governor Jerry Brown late last month, aims to set further restrictions on local governments through a collection of unused redevelopment money. The Los Angeles Auditor-Controller recently sent out collection letters to cities throughout the count, with payments due by July 12. Late fees for nonpayment run $10,000 per day.
Claremont realtor Bob Schreiber of Curtis Real Estate was in the middle of showing a north Claremont listing to prospective buyers one afternoon in late June when something struck him as odd.
“What happened to the dishwasher and the stove?” he recalled of his reaction in an account of the event a week later.
Both appliances had been taken from the Baughman Avenue home with not so much as a scratch left behind.
From 1968 to 2001, the well-loved Fred Rogers sang “Won’t you be my neighbor?” on the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), lauding the benefits of a neighborhood.
While most homeowners have their own idea of what a neighborhood entails, Claremont resident and psychologist Andrew Lohmann recognizes the discrepancies between what residents believe their neighborhood is, and how agencies like the US Census Bureau map them.
Teachers in the Claremont Unified School District are pleased with recent contract negotiations, said Joe Tonan, former faculty union president.
In mid-June, some 99 percent of local educators voted to ratify the new contract, which was approved by the district at the Thursday, July 12 meeting of the CUSD board of education.
The contract, which was revamped in its entirety, included a bit of financial relief in the wake of recent austerities.
Claremont police continues to issue citations at the Wilderness Park on a regular basis.
They have also increased enforcement of posted hours at the Wilderness Park. Visitors entering the park before dawn or leaving after dusk are subject to a $50 fine. Daily park hours are posted at the entrance of the park and on the city’s website.
An increasing number of states are leaving the No Child Left Behind education law behind them.
On Friday, July 6 the Obama administration granted a waiver from No Child Left Behind (NCLB) to Washington and Wisconsin, bringing the number of states who have been freed from the law in the past 5 months to 26. Further waiver applications are pending for 10 other states as well as in the District of Columbia.
Claremont Unified School District students entering seventh through twelfth grades will need to have proof of an adolescent whooping cough booster shot (Tdap) to register for the 2011-12 school year.
The assembly bill (AB 354) was signed into law on September 29, 2010 and is effective for the incoming seventh through twelfth graders for the 2012-13 school year and for incoming seventh graders each year after.
The back-and-forth battle for Foothill Boulevard is at an end.
The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) issued the city of Claremont $5.7 million late last month for the relinquishment of Foothill Boulevard.
Caltrans finalized its decision for relinquishment on June 26 after a unanimous vote of approval from the Claremont City Council last May. The acquired funds represent an end to a decades-long struggle to own the city’s portion of the major public roadway.
Tree City USA won’t be the only sign welcoming folks into Claremont. A new notice is being added to the city’s roadways in coming months with a clear message: Thank you for not smoking.
The Claremont City Council Tuesday night approved a resolution 4-1 encouraging a smoke-free environment in the city of Claremont. Mayor Pro Tem Opanyi Nasiali was the sole dissenting vote.
When the Claremont Police Department buys a new mobile command center, a purchase expected to take place within the next 6 months, they will be getting a little help from the Claremont Unified School District.
Acting on behalf of the local police, the city recently asked the district to contribute to the purchase of the vehicle, which is expected to cost between $1.4 million and $1.6 million.
The district has agreed, reported Lisa Shoemaker, assistant superintendent of business services, at the Thursday, June 21 meeting of the CUSD board of education.
Longtime Claremont resident Janet Myhre was awarded the Fleet Ballistic Missile Lifetime Achievement Award for her many years of exceptional service to the FBM systems program. Ms. Myhre is a pioneering woman in the field of mathematics who taught at The Claremont Colleges for over 40 years. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff