Claremont residents would argue that summer hasn’t officially begun until the masses emerge for the sweet sound of live music ricocheting off the Memorial Park band shell. One look at the lawns of Memorial Park Monday night gave weight to that argument.
The crowds packed into the park to welcome back Claremont’s annual Concert in the Park series, a free public event. The summer’s first heat wave was no deterrent as residents showed up in droves to enjoy rock-n-roll provided by The Ravelers, a returning local favorite. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Steven Llanusa finds it ironic he would be called a hero for doing what most people aspire to do: creating a family with the person he loves.
Nonetheless, the Claremont Unified School District board member was happy to accept the accolade when KCET awarded him the title of “Local Hero” this June in honor of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month. The award was presented in a ceremony held Wednesday, June 27 at the City Club in Los Angeles.
“I really think the KCET award, though in my name, truly recognizes my family,” Mr. LLanusa, a longtime teacher, said.
Many search across continents to find professional prosperity. Lucky for Colin Tudor, Claremont’s new assistant city manager, success was within his own backyard.
The lifelong Claremont resident and CHS alum has earned his position as Claremont’s assistant city manager after serving the city in an interim capacity for the past 6 months. Mr. Tudor took over as interim assistant city manager after Tony Ramos was promoted to city manager last December.
Claremont will begin a series of pedestrian-friendly street improvements thanks to the acquisition of half-a-million dollars in state subsidies.
Claremont is one of 139 cities across the state to receive sought-after funding from the statewide Safe Routes to School (SR2S) program. The state-legislated service, a part of the California Department of Transportation, provides financial support to cities and counties with capital projects geared at improving safety.
Claremont Little League All Stars’ Jake Gentry heads for third base Friday during their game against San Dimas at Griffith Park in Claremont. Both teams were hitting very well during Friday’s game which resulted in long innings and eventually a delay due to darkness. When the game continued Saturday, San Dimas rallied to win 16-15. The teams faced off again Saturday afternoon and this time, thanks to a 21-run first inning, Claremont won 28-8 to become the District 20 champions for the third year in a row.
The Claremont City Council Tuesday will discuss adding another layer to its plan to establish a smoke-free city. The discourse takes place at the regular city council meeting scheduled for 6:30 p.m. in the City Council Chamber, 225 W. Second St.
The proposed resolution encouraging a Smoke Free Environment comes nearly 4 years after Claremont established its first ordinance prohibiting smoking in town. Clean Air Claremont and the Los Angeles County Public Health Tobacco Control and Prevention Program (TCPP) are bringing it forward for deliberation.
The savory smells of BBQ filled the summer air Wednesday afternoon along with the sights of streamers, banners and patriotic regalia spread along Indian Hill Boulevard and Tenth Street. Groups of eager youngsters decked out in red, white and blue—accompanied by parents equally enthusiastic about the day’s events—gathered en masse for the start of Claremont’s staple Fourth of July Parade.
Maintaining Claremont’s annual tradition, the city parade began with a brigade of the young, and young at heart. The pride was palpable in the crowd’s spirit, star-spangled outfits and decorated vehicles. Our special coverage includes our main story, photo galleries and videos.
Longtime Claremont residents Jerry and Maury Feingold are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary today, Saturday, July 7. In honor of this special event, the couple will be hosting a private family dinner party at the White House restaurant in Anaheim.
Mr. Feingold met his bride-to-be in 1960 after she moved to Pomona to pursue a teaching career. The Feingolds wed on July 7, 1962 in the bride’s hometown of St. Paul, Minnesota, planting roots in Pomona, Mr. Feingold’s hometown. Mr. and Mrs. Feingold moved to Claremont in 1975, where they raised their 3 children.
Claremont father and son Don and Micky Pollock won first place awards in separate categories in the Alliance for Community Media (ACM) Hometown Media Awards Contest.
Mr. Pollock, a professor of communications at the University of La Verne (ULV), teamed up with Claremont resident Shane Rodrigues and a fellow ULV professor to win best educational profile, professional, for their film, Commencement 2011: Only the Beginning, which reveals the challenges numerous individuals overcame to reach their educational goals.
There is little question that the California education system is in trouble. By 2010, per-student spending at public schools in the state had slipped to 35th in the nation, according to statistics released by the US Census Bureau on June 21.
Education Week painted an even bleaker situation in its 2011 Quality Counts report, rating California 47th in per-student spending.
The former figure is being cited by Governor Jerry Brown and Pasadena-based civil rights attorney Molly Munger as they press for the passage of their respective tax measures, which will both have a place on the November ballot.
Claremont’s policy on event requests was called into question this week after a complaint alleging the misleading billing of a patriotic concert held at the Claremont Depot last Sunday.
The star-spangled recital, which promised a variety of musical tunes reminiscent of the American forefathers, left a sour note for some who felt the inordinately Christian tone was excluding and its original billing misrepresented. Members of the Community and Human Services Commission who were present at the concert, raised the issue because their approval was given with the assertion the recital would be strictly patriotic in nature with the exception of an occasional reference to God in some of the songs.
In a scenario rather akin to the ‘other shoe dropping,’ the American Red Cross Los Angeles Region announced last Friday that the Claremont facility on Indian Hill Boulevard, known for many years as the chapter house, is being sold, necessitating relocating health and safety classes that are normally held in that space.
A press release from the office of Monica Diaz, director of communications, was sent on June 29 announcing the changes. It stated “there will be no change in the way disaster services are provided to the Claremont community.”
On Monday, July 2 a car salesman was killed Monday morning during the test drive of a classic hot rod on the eastbound 210 freeway in Claremont. A prospective buyer of a 1962 Ford Hot Rod was driving the vehicle 40 to 45 miles per hour when he lost control of the car and crashed into a light pole near Towne Avenue, according to a news release. The salesman was ejected from the vehicle, which did not have seat belts, and landed on his head. The driver was partially ejected from the car and sustained injuries to his neck and back.
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 meeting 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 the hiring expenditures.