As part of this year's Almanac, we reviewed the career of pioneering COURIER publisher Martin Weinberger who died on July 5, 2011. The five-year anniversary of his death seemed like the perfect time to pore through back issues of the COURIER, tracing the publisher’s impact on Claremont’s venerable newspaper and on the community at large.
Mr. Weinberger was only 26 when he purchased the COURIER from Stanley Larson in 1955. His entrée into Claremont journalism was anything but subtle. Almost immediately, he sought to make the newspaper more reader-friendly and visually striking.
Pitzer College has become the center of a firestorm in recent days, after racially-charged comments made by students on social media went viral. It started with an item posted Tuesday on the website of the Claremont Independent, a publication focusing on happenings at the Claremont Colleges.
The story carries the type of headline guaranteed to garner clicks: “Students at Claremont Colleges refuse to live with white people.”
Last week, the Claremont Unified School District Board of Education took the final steps to place a $58 million school facilities bond measure on the November ballot.
At their August 4 meeting, the board approved, by a 5-0 vote, a resolution to call for an election within the district and request that the Los Angeles County Registrar of Voters conduct the proceedings.
Living in a college town, people in Claremont are accustomed to seeing a lot of different faces. Every year there is a new crop of freshman and an equally large number of graduates. Some people leave for new opportunities, while others return to their original hometowns after working and living here for years.
But there are many among us who stay for years and families who remain for generations.
Residents inspect a tree that fell Saturday evening at Lewis Park in Claremont. The large pine toppled over adjacent to the soccer fields, which is a popular spot on weekends. The tree cause no injuries but the Claremont Police did respond. COURIER photo/Gerald Collier
With the 2016-17 edition of the Almanac hitting the streets Friday, we published a video showing classic vintage scenes of Claremont and compared how they look today. The images show the dramatic change in the city over the decades, yet some things remain the same. This photo is of the same building in 1951 and again in 2016. Do you know where it is? Our video includes the details, plus other important spots in the City of Trees. COURIER photo/Peter Weinberger
Claremont artist Jerry Owens paints a mural in the College room at the Hughes Community center on Monday. Mr. Owens said his work titled Claremont the City of Trees was an homage to the preservation of Claremont’s trees over the years. The painting was commissioned to be part of the upcoming second annual Claremont Art Showcase which runs September 7 through November 28 The exhibit will feature works by local artists Carol Abbe, Johnnie Chatman, Sumi Foley, Mary Hughes, Aleta Jacobson, Kenneth Johnson, Jacqueline Legazcue, Kathleen McCall, Rosamar McMillan, Paul Kittlaus, Jacqueline Knell, Jerry Owens, Elizabeth Preston, Mervyn Seldon, Anne Seltzer, Wendy Smith, and Jane Park Wells. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
The specter of Proposition 47 loomed over the 2015 Claremont Police Department annual report, which noted an increase in nearly every crime category during the previous year.
The report outlined crime stats and traffic collisions in Claremont throughout the 2015 calendar year. According to the stats in the report, nearly every type of crime experienced an increase in 2015, save for robbery and arson. See our chart on the ENTIRE STORY link.
Tap water in Claremont has been giving off a dirty taste and smell for the past few weeks, and the culprit is a particularly large algae bloom from a lake in the high desert.
Barnabus Path, Claremont resident and a member of Sustainable Claremont, says the water in question was bought by Golden State Water Company from the Three Valleys Metropolitan Water District, which sources the water from Silverwood Lake adjacent to Crestline.
In June and July, volunteers and city staff delivered watering toolkits to properties with severely drought-stressed trees. Toolkits were delivered to more than 350 properties to address the watering of more than 500 trees.
The toolkits included a soaker hose for each tree that was deemed drought-stressed and educational materials on proper watering.
The revitalization of the Peppertree Square shopping center continues with the addition of Claremont Pharmacy. The pharmacy, located at 358 S. Indian Hill Blvd., celebrated its grand opening this past Sunday.
The business is run by owner and pharmacist Nikki Ho. She previously worked as a pharmacist at Rite Aid, all the while saving money to open her own business. “This has always been my dream since pharmacy school,” she said.
There’s no way to sugarcoat it. The screen deflated midway through the showing of Inside Out and suddenly Claremont’s National Night Out was over.
None of the hundreds in attendance grumbled, however, as they folded their blankets and walked away. The unspoken consensus was that the celebration—which took place Saturday in Memorial Park—was still a resounding success.
COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Demolition work has begun on a small, single-story commercial building just north of the historic Old School House in Claremont. The building, which has been vacant for over a decade, will be replaced by a parking lot as part of the Old School House Specific Plan, approved by the City in 2007. The work should be finished by the end of this week and when completed, the north side of the original Old School House will once again be visible, after being partially obscured from view by building now being demolished. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
The city is in the process of replacing 1,079 city-owned streetlights with highly-efficient LED fixtures. The new fixtures use 70 percent less energy than the current, high-pressure sodium lights, and are expected to save the city $500,000 over their 12-year life span, according to the city manager’s report.