Claremont’s Oversight Board, successor
after the dissolve of the city’s Redevelopment
Agency, will have its first meeting
this Wednesday, April 18 at 6 p.m.
The meeting is open to the public and will
take place in the Citrus Room at Claremont
Items to be discussed include the election
of a chair and vice chair, adoption of
board rules, the administrative budget and
the obligation payment schedules for the
dissolved Redevelopment Agency.
Residents and nonresidents continue
to be at odds over changes to the
Claremont Hills Wilderness Park.
With increased popularity and approval to expand
parking, among chief concerns is the issue of overcrowding
of the city's "open space."
While many were initially pleased with the city's purchase
of Johnson's Pasture, preserving Claremont's undeveloped
natural landscape, some are starting to
question whether there is enough enforcement to keep
the undeveloped space at its best.
Public art and music collide in Claremont this month.
Claremont's Rhino Records was selected as one of 30 venues across Los Angeles County to take part in "Play Me, I'm Yours," a public art display that takes decorated pianos and scatters them in cities throughout the world for all to play and enjoy.
Three weeks of 24-hour piano playing available to the public, sponsored by the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO), kicked off Thursday.
"It celebrates the true spirit of music and encourages people to take a part in that," said Michelle Weger, director of institutional giving for LACO.
A group of walkers start the 5-mile loop trail early one morning at the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park. The park’s popularity has increased substantially in the last few years, which has prompted the city to build a pay parking lot to be completed by September. Many Claremonters believe paying to park is necessary to defer costs since the majority of users come from other cities. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Despite the devastation caused by a Claremont house fire over the holiday weekend, a local neighborhood is coming together to pay it forward as one of its own struggles to cope with the loss of her home.
Anna Petrovich, 86, watched as her Kirkwood Avenue home went up in flames Sunday afternoon, and once again early Monday morning in an unexpected turn of events. The cause of the fire remains unknown.
By just one vote, members of the Claremont Police Officers Association have rejected the city’s latest contract offer.
The proposal was turned down 19 to 18 at a general meeting of the CPOA held Friday, according to Detective Rick Varney, who serves as the association president.
The contract was taken back to its general membership for a vote after its negotiation team gave tentative approval late last month. Just as the association team thought the long stretch of rejected contracts, impasse and lawsuits between their association and city was over, they were proven wrong.
Claremont Manor Care
Center held a unique
last weekend commemorating
more than 400 years of life.
About 40 guests gathered to honor
Adele Grizzard, Rada Stout and Stella
Weigle as each celebrated a centennial
birthday. Phyllis Mahler was also recognized
as she turned 101 on April 1.
Centennial birthday parties are a favorite
of the Manor's staff, always
pleased to recognize the full lives of
their residents. Celebrating 4 centenarians
at one time, however, is a rarity,
according to Armando Carnigal, Manor
Claremont-based nonprofit Dial-A-Ride will continue to receive proper funding through the year, despite a spike in demand.
Claremont City Council unanimously supported its continuation through 2012 with a $30,000 allocation to help pay for the transportation program’s increased membership. The money will come from Prop A funds, given to the city on an annual basis to provide services to the community supporting health, safety and accessibility regulations.
For the Pearces and the Merrills,
"Good fences make good neighbors"
proverb according to the Oxford Dictionary
of Quotations, and a line in
Robert Frost's poem "Mending Wall"),
is very true. But not in the idiomatic
good thing you're over there and we're
over here kind of way. Far from serving
as a barrier between the 2 couples on
Hood Drive, their shared fence serves as
a sort of residential water cooler, a place
for loitering and chatting about, well,
anything: gardening, sustainable landscaping,
local politics, children and
grandchildren, church happenings and
"Nothing heavy, just pleasant things, things we're
into and interested in," said Claudia Pearce, director
of public relations for the Claremont School of Theology.
With about 100 participants,
Yield Up!, an
crusade held Sunday, April 9 in the
Claremont High School gym, had
a relatively small turnout.
Nonetheless, 17 teens and young adults
came forward during the culminating altar
call to dedicate their lives to Jesus Christ.
Their decision was preceded by more than
2 hours of Christian rock music punctuated
by emotional appeals from Ruben Reyes,
youth outreach director at Granite Creek
Community Church in Claremont.
Claremont wine lovers are preparing to say goodbye to their beloved Village wine bar.
The Village West’s WineStyles is closing its doors in Claremont after more than 4 years serving up vino to its patrons, but not without a party.
Owners Elie and Sharla Joseph are hosting a “going away” celebration this Friday, April 13, to thank customers for their support. The party will run from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m.
The exhibit, Art in Public Spaces: 1945-1975 will
bring to light many hidden treasures in the city of Claremont.
Murals such as "Genesis" (1960), located in
Pomona College by Rico Lebrun; a trio of 30-foot mosaics
(1964) by Millard Sheets; and Dennis O'Connor
depicting scenes from Shakespeare at Scripps College
Garrison Theater where 3 colorful tapestries by artists
Arthur and Jean Ames also reside.
Occupy Claremont seeks written
recommendation from the Claremont
City Council Tuesday night for a grant
to support the city’s homelessness.
Occupiers are applying for $10,000
in funding from Tri-City Mental
Health’s Community Wellness Project
grant program to aid their continuing
efforts to help the homeless. Through
this grant, members will be able to provide
the homeless with proper identification
receive work, medical
other needed assistance.