The jagged scar runs horizontally across the width of John Barrett’s lower back, courtesy of a wrong turn and a 1,000-pound bomb crater during his time in World War II’s bloody Pacific Theater.
“The doctor yelled for the nurse, ‘Give this man a pair of pajamas. He’s going to be with us for a little while.’” Mr. Barrett said, recalling a humid summer evening in 1946 at Brooks General Hospital in San Antonio, Texas. The US Army had sent him there to get his shattered back mended.
The city council also approved membership into a brand-new countywide energy alternative, but not without reservations.
The Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) program is a legal structure that allows cities and counties to procure energy as a way to provide an alternative to Southern California Edison and allow for a higher percentage of renewable energy. The CCA’s other goals include creating clean energy jobs, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and reduce electricity bills.
This month Claremont is celebrating the legacy of the Padua Hills Theatre and the special contributions the Mexican Players made to our community. Frank Ornelas was one of several people who spoke Saturday talking about their life in Pomona Valley decades ago. The event hosted by the Claremont Library and Claremont Heritage, went on to trace the history of Padua Hills through these personal experiences and how they helped bring change to the lives of so many people. Be sure to see the complete feature story and photos in the COURIER's Village Venture special edition inside the paper Friday. COURIER photo/Peter Weinberger
A low pressure system blew through Claremont on Friday, creating windy and cloudy conditions with below normal temperatures. Storm clouds hovered around the mountains, but produced little to no rain. This taste of fall will end quickly however, as temperatures heat up to the upper 90s by Sunday, while hanging around for several days. Saturday highs will be warmer, yet a comfortable low 80s, while cooling off to 60 at night. The good news is even with 90-plus degree weather, the mornings will still cool off to the low 60s. No rain is in the forecast. COURIER photo/Peter Weinberger
The city and Pomona College have settled two lawsuits challenging the upcoming Pomona College Museum of Art.
The settlements against Citizens to Save College Avenue and Claremonters for Honest Governance were announced during the October 10 city council meeting and following a closed session meeting earlier that afternoon.
The League of Women Voters of the Claremont Area announces our Food for Thought event to be held on Sunday, October 22 at 2 p.m. at the Hughes Center, Padua Room. (Please note change of date.)
Jose Zapata Calderon, PhD, will discuss “Intersectional Coalition Building: Strategies for Responding and Resisting Immigrant Scapegoating.”
Claremonters wanting to learn more about how to help the homeless are invited to the city’s community homeless summit on Monday, October 23.
The free meeting, which will take place in the Padua Room at the Alexander Hughes Center, will provide information on how to effectively communicate difficult dialogue, engage and strengthen understanding of supportive services.
John Barrett—“Jack” to his friends—has a couple of standby jokes. The first one has to do with his US Army rank during World War II, “PFC,” or Private First Class.
“You know what that is?” he asked. “That’s a private, buckin’ to be a civilian!”
The other involves asking folks if they’d like to see his Army discharge papers. He then grins and pulls out a tiny, miniaturized copy that he’s been carrying it in his wallet since 1946. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
David Overoye was awakened early Saturday morning by something many hillside residents fear—a family car getting torn apart by a bear.
Mr. Overoye, who lives on Briney Point Road in Live Oak Canyon, is used to seeing bears in the area. He even set up a hidden camera to capture images of bears sucking the sugar water out of his hummingbird feeder. So when he first heard a thumping sound in front of his house around 2 a.m., he thought nothing of it.
Residents are invited to enjoy the fall planting festival at the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden on Saturday, October 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free but members may enter early at 8 a.m.
The seasonal opening of the grow native nursery at RSABG includes an amazing selection of native plants, succulent arrangements and wreaths made by the native designs florist team.
Get healthy at the fall information fair and flu shot clinic. This event will feature a wide variety of information booths, service providers and health screenings. Free flu shots will also be offered in partnership with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
Employees from the Inland Valley Humane Society (IVHS) will begin conducting neighborhood canvasses in the next two weeks, according to the Claremont Police Department.
The employees, who will have an identification badge and IVHS paperwork, will be insuring compliance with the city’s dog licensing requirements.
The Kiwanis Club of Claremont celebrated their 94th installation of officers and directors earlier this month at an awards dinner.
Leading the club this year as president will be Fulton Eaglin. Serving as officers will be Jim Wylie, secretary; Mike Rodriguez, treasurer; president-elect Penny Myrdal; first vice president Raul Rodriguez; and immediate past president Sue Keith.
Longtime Claremont resident Coralie “Corki” Szijj recently received a certificate of appreciation from the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Garden for more than 30 years of volunteer work.
The city of Los Angeles presented the distinction to Ms. Szijj for her 30 years of serving as a docent at the zoo. She was co-chairman of youth workshops, and helped to launch the zoo’s sunset safaris and sleep overs.