This year’s nativity at the Claremont United Methodist Church on Foothill Boulevard continues a long tradition of stirring debate during the holiday season. In the scene, they ask the question “What if Jesus were born today?” The premise starts with the notion that Jesus and Mary would be considered homeless in 2014. The display shows Mary cradling Jesus at a bus stop with her possessions in a shopping cart. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
UPDATED: The life of a college student in Claremont isn’t all fun and games. There’s the stress of writing papers, the late-night study sessions and for many, being away from their families for the first time. December marks the culmination of an entire semester of course work as well as being away from the comforts of home. However, the highlight for many attendees was the opportunity to spend a few minutes with some four-legged, furry friends – 20 dogs and puppies just ready to be loved.
The pattern of wet and cool weather continued this week with storms that passed through the region over the past several days. An early morning deluge in Claremont included heavy rain for about an hour beginning at 1:30 a.m. That storm dropped as much as an inch of rain according to backyard rain gauges in the north part of the city. There is a 30% chance of rain tomorrow in the region. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Three residential burglaries occurred in Claremont on Monday, December 15 between 9:45 a.m. and 3 p.m.
The suspect(s) entered the home on the 2700 block of Westfield Place, located north of Base Line Road and west of Mills Avenue, by smashing the glass window on a rear door.
A second burglary occurred in the 500 block of Martin Way, located north of Base Line and east of Mills. The suspect(s) again smashed a rear sliding glass door to enter the home.
The third burglary occurred in the 1000 block of Fuller Drive, located just south of Mt. Baldy Road and east of Padua Avenue. A witness did not see the suspect(s).
Wheeler Steffen Sotheby’s is an official Toys For Tots drop off station. New and unwrapped toys may be dropped off at 500 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont through Friday, December 19 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Toys then to go to the Marines for distribution to the children.
Residents can also drop off toys at Fire House 102, lcoated at 2040 Sumner Ave., on Saturday, December 20 before 1 p.m.
Thunderheads hover over Claremont at sunset Friday following a very rainy night in the Inland Valley. Unofficially the storm dumped over two inches of rain in north Claremont and left a new blanket of snow on local mountains, but mostly above 7000 feet. The rain made a quick exit from the area, but will leave cooler temperatures behind. For the weekend, high temperatures will be around 60 degrees, with lows in the 40s. No rain or snow is in the forecast until Tuesday. COURIER photo/Peter Weinberger
A fossil skull small enough to fit in the palm of your hand represents the oldest species of horned dinosaur named from North America. The discovery, announced by a multi-institution team including the Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology at The Webb Schools, is 40 million years older than the iconic Triceratops.
The new dinosaur is named Aquilops americanus, meaning “American eagle face.”
UPDATED: Two public California Public Utility Commission (CPUC) hearings at Taylor Hall were well attended, as a long line of Claremont residents and Golden State ratepayers vented their opinions in an attempt to halt the water company’s effort for another rate increase.
Members of the Claremont City Council, city staff as well as representatives from Golden State Water Company and the Office of Ratepayer Advocates, were among the more than 100 people on December 8 who participated in each of the afternoon and evening hearings
COURIER photo/Peter Weinberger
The city of Claremont has taken the next step in its battle for control of the local water system and filed an eminent domain lawsuit against its owner and operator, Golden State Water Company.
“There’s December 7, and then there’s December 9,” said water acquisition advocate Freeman Allen. “It’s a very memorable day in Claremont!”
The complaint for eminent domain was filed concurrently with Notice of Lis Pendens – Action in Eminent Domain on Tuesday, December 9 in Los Angeles Superior Court.
John Holloway, one of several attorneys representing Claremont, said Golden State’s legal counsel would not be served until Monday, after which the water company will have 30 days to respond.
Chanukah starts on Tuesday, December 16 this year. Temple Beth Israel will commemorate the Festival of Lights with a latke dinner from 6 to 7:15 p.m., followed at 7:30 p.m. with a Chanukah Shabbat Evening Service. Temple Beth Israel is located at 3033 N. Towne Ave. in Pomona. For information, call (909) 626-6937.
The filing period for candidates wishing to run in the March 2015 Municipal Election concluded on Monday with only three names Claremont residents know well.
Joe Lyons, Opanyi Nasiali and Sam Pedroza, all incumbents, were the only candidates to file papers putting into question whether an election will even be necessary.
According to the city website, when in a situation such as this, Elections Code allows the Claremont City Council to either make the appointments or decide to hold an election.
Ares Lanuza, 1, is not as happy as his sister Isis, 4, to be visiting with Santa and Mrs. Claus on Friday during the Holiday Promenade and Tree Lighting Ceremony in the Claremont Village. The yearly event is the traditional kick off to the holiday shopping season in Claremont. Be sure to check out our holiday slideshow. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Foothill Boulevard may begin to look much different in the New Year as many of the iconic trees that line Route 66 in Claremont have been identified for removal due to their declining condition.
Root rot, significant pest or disease infestation and compromised tree structure have already claimed the lives of 10 trees along the boulevard, with an additional 28 trees—including 27 Eucalyptus and one Brazilian Pepper—scheduled for removal in January as part of the Foothill Boulevard Master Plan.
Claremonters love their outdoor spaces. Mild weather provides residents with evenings of movies and music in the park, youth sporting events and other recreational activities that make this community a quaint place to live. However, the lighting conditions at many of the city’s parks are subpar and not conducive to the California-style living residents have come to adore.
City staff set out to improve those conditions in December 2013 when they retained A&F Engineering to develop a master plan for improving the lighting systems at 21 of Claremont’s parks. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff