The game of bridge gets a bad rap. It’s an old folk’s game, they say, filled with graying players wiling away the hours around doily-bedecked card tables.
But the truth is, bridge is highly competitive and mentally rigorous, and its many enthusiasts may be getting the last laugh, literally.
“Playing games like bridge sort of forces your brain to lay down new linkages, new synapses, and it seems that the chemistry involved in making those new connections as you learn things, seems to combat the onset of Alzheimer’s,” said instructor David Ochroch. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Nearly 70 Claremonters took the train to Los Angeles to let it be known they want to keep the Claremont Metrolink station.
The transit team, ranging from residents to city leaders to college students, packed the third floor board room at the Metro headquarters to show support during Wednesday’s planning and programming committee meeting.
Claremont High School Principal Brett O’Connor sent an alert to parents by email Wednesday morning regarding a recent theft incident at the school.
“Last evening at 7:02 p.m. CHS Administration discovered someone had broken into the coaches’ office of the boys’ locker room,” Mr. O’Connor related.
The Claremont city council approved a permanent art installation to be placed in front of city hall during the Tuesday, January 9 meeting.
The piece, by Los Angeles-based artist Sijia Chen, contains three curved steel planks placed against each other to resemble a tree trunk. Botanical names of trees and plants in Claremont will be inscribed on the piece, according to Human Services Director Anne Turner.
City officials join members of the Claremont community boarding a Metrolink train to downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday to attend the Metro planning and programming committee meeting. Metro staff had authored a study to evaluate the benefits or costs of eliminating Claremont’s Metrolink station however they recommended last week that the station be retained. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Claremont police detective Erik Orozco reads the book Pete the Cat during Story Time with a Cop on Tuesday at the Claremont Public Library. Four officers were scheduled to read books that were chosen by the children‘s librarian Vee Elliott. The event was a variation on the Coffee with a Cop public outreach meetings that Claremont Police started last year. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
The city council last week heard an update from Human Services Director Anne Turner about the city’s efforts to combat homelessness.
The city acts as a “super-referral” system, Ms. Turner noted, meaning it contacts homeless individuals in the city and attempts to direct them to local and regional groups for assistance, including the Claremont Homeless Advocacy Program (CHAP), Tri-City Mental Health, Volunteers of America and Foothill Family Shelter.
Claremont will be going to the polls this summer to vote on a police station bond measure, and two Claremonters will spearhead the campaign.
Betty Crocker, who runs the neighborhood watch program Keeping Good in the Neighborhood (KGNH), and Ed Reece, chair of the city’s police commission, are convening a committee to get the word out about the proposed station.
Tara Schultz will officially become Claremont’s new city manager.
Ms. Schultz’s contract was unanimously approved Tuesday evening during the first city council meeting of the new year. The council also heard an update on Claremont’s homeless services and approved an art installation to be located in front of city hall. Ms. Schultz, who was in attendance with her husband, youngest son and her parents, was all smiles as she thanked the city and the council.
Claremont may keep its Metrolink station after all, according to a recommendation on the agenda for next week’s Metro planning and programing committee meeting.
According to an agenda list posted by the “SOS – Save Our Metrolink Station” Facebook page Wednesday evening, the committee is expected to receive and file a “final report on the Claremont Metrolink Station Study with staff recommendations to keep the Claremont Metrolink Station open and proceed with a staff level task force."
On Thursday, January 4 a safe was stolen from a home on the 2100 block of San Benito Court. Around 3 p.m., two suspects shattered the rear patio door of the home and gained entry, ransacking the place and making off with the safe. A getaway driver was waiting, and the three thieves fled from the scene. The two thieves who broke into the home are described as Hispanic men.
With areas of Claremont getting up to three inches of rain from the storm system that blew through Monday and Tuesday, it was a great opportunity for significant snow in the San Gabriel mountains. Although several inches did fall, nicely blanketing the mountains with a coat of white, this system was too warm for any substantial snow. The good news is the Mt. Baldy ski lifts are open for business, with most runs open (top of photo). If you’re ready to take the family up to play in the snow, get up there quickly before much of it melts.