Leo Tessier was watching his older brother Victor play soccer on April 21, while messing around like nine year olds do. He grabbed a handful of cheese puffs and went to take a drink from a plastic water bottle. Needing a third hand, he chose to balance the bottle’s cap on a finger and, as he drank, the cap slipped into his mouth. He panicked and the cap became lodged in his throat. He took several labored breaths, which just forced the cap further into his throat. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Longtime Claremont resident Karen Gastineau loves to be outside. “I love Mother Earth,” she said with a smile. So volunteering with Active Claremont’s Adopt-A-Roadway program was a perfect fit for the retired educator.
She has been picking up trash for about four years near her home on Scripps Drive. On the third Saturday of every month she starts off on Scripps, cleaning Towne Avenue north to Base Line Road, where she turns east, cleaning the north side of Base Line to the La Verne border
With the 2018-19 Almanac ready to hit the streets on Friday, here are some of our best aerial video highlights from the past year. Most of these images also appear in a photo essay inside this year's special edition. The overall Almanac theme focuses on Claremont volunteers, which were in no short supply.
We have already posted our PDF edition of the Almanac, so feel free to get an advanced look at the COURIER's most popular section of the year!
A vehicle travels north on Mt. Baldy Road in Claremont on Monday adjacent to where a large pile of trash has collected on the side of the road. The trash is concentrated around the pullouts and appears to be the leftovers of people eating and drinking in their cars. However large items like couches have also been dumped over the edge. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
With over 19,000 acres burned and only 10 percent containment, you might think our skies would still be cloudy to hazy with darkish brown smoke. But by Saturday, we did see slight progress with clearing skies, even showing some blue. As the relentless air water attack continues on the fire, there's a good chance the fire efforts are headed in the right direction. Claremont is in for a little cool down that will bring us back to more normal summer temperatures. That means near 90 degrees during the day, and mid-60s as lows each night. Air quality will not be very good, while there is no rain in the forecast, even through next week.
Since its grand opening, Menkoi Ya Ramen has taken Claremont by storm. With each piping-hot bowl served, diners can experience authentic Kitakata ramen. The restaurant’s owner, Jason Chang, has introduced a unique, cultural phenomena to Claremont.
When entering Menkoi Ya Ramen, one is met with cheerful employees, the delicious aroma of home-made broth, and pure delight on customers’ faces as they enjoy their meals.
The city council passed one-year contracts with three employee groups after months of closed-door negotiations. However, the city’s ongoing effort to correct future budget shortfalls raises the question: Are they doing enough?
The memorandums of understanding, passed in the consent calendar during the July 24 meeting, represented terms and conditions, compensation and pay with selected employee organizations.
Three Claremont businesses were burglarized early Thursday morning.
Around 1:10 a.m., Claremont officers responded to a burglary alarm at Sweet Swirl Frozen Yogurt on Auto Center Drive and discovered an unknown burglar had smashed the glass door.
A local ice cream shop was burglarized twice in the span of one week, according to police.
The Baskin-Robbins location on 602 E. Base Line Rd. was hit in the early morning of Monday, August 6 and again in the morning of Wednesday, August 8.
The first burglary occurred around 3:45 a.m., where the unknown burglar shattered the front glass door of the shop.
There was plenty of fun in the hot sun on Tuesday during National Night Out in Memorial Park. The annual event, which is held at various locations across the country, serves as an open house for the Claremont Police Department and an opportunity for the community to interact with officers. It featured displays of police and fire fighting equipment, informational booths, and the ever popular free In-N-Out burgers. The evening also included an opportunity to “dunk a cop” in the dunk tank and the screening of Despicable Me III. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Smoke from the Holy Fire in the Cleveland National Forest made for a colorful sunrise Tuesday morning in the City of Trees. There was an unmistakable smell of smoke and a light layer of ash on flat surfaces as the distant fire spread to 4000 acres overnight. Fire danger in our own hillsides remains high and the Wilderness Park remains closed due to the red flag warnings. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Claremont police question a suspect, sitting above, following an attempted purse snatching on Monday in the Claremont Village. According to witnesses a man grabbed the bag from a woman sitting at 42nd Street Bagel on Yale and began to flee. Four quick thinking teenagers chased down the suspect and tacked him. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Those yellow bikes you see around town might soon have a larger presence.
Claremont is looking into a pilot program with Ofo bikes, following apparent success at Pomona College.
Ofo, a private bike-share company known for their yellow bikes, have become a ubiquitous presence in Claremont after the Beijing-based company entered into a pilot program with Pomona College in February.