And we’re back…Claremont has regained the lead in the CoolCalifornia Challenge!
As of Monday, September 22, Claremont has gained 24 new participants and 347,393 points, putting the city in the lead with 2,055,495 points.
Riverside is a close second with 943 participants and 1,900,471 points.
There is only a difference of 155,024 points between the two cities, reminding Claremonters that they need to be diligent in entering their data to maintain Claremont’s lead.
In 2013, the city began working with Gail M. Goldman Associates to complete a Public Art Master Plan, a renovation of sorts to the city’s Community Art Program adopted in 1997.
With the intent of building on Claremont’s artistic legacy, the goals of the master plan were to identify a unified community vision, clarify key themes and values and provide direction for the selection and placement of public art throughout the city of Claremont. In addition, guidance for funding sources, public art review criteria, program staffing and policies and procedures necessary to administer the public art program were key objectives.
Residents are on the edge of their seats as the cities of Claremont and Riverside compete neck-and-neck, logging points at a steady rate to take first place in the 2014 CoolCalifornia City Challenge.
As of Thursday, September 18, Claremonters participating in the challenge have racked up 1,708,102 points while Riverside maintains its first-place status and continues to lead the pack with 1,765,712 points.
Now only 57,610 behind Riverside, Claremont is closing in fast and with your continued help, the city could take the win!
Long considered a Claremont institution, La Casita has served the Girl Scouts of the community for nearly 70 years. Nestled against a hillside at the base of the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park, the cabin and the semi-rural five-acre site on Pomello Drive has helped to create irreplaceable memories for local Girl Scouts and their families since 1947.
“When I was a Brownie 40 years ago, I camped at La Casita with my troop,” says lifelong Claremont resident and Scout Leader Cecily Campbell Gonzale.
UPDATED: One of Claremont’s most acclaimed residents turned 100 on September 11, an occasion that has been marked with fitting jubilation.
On his big day, newly-minted centenarian Harrison McIntosh was feted with a party at Mt. San Antonio Gardens, were he lives with his wife Marguerite.
And this past Saturday, the ceramic artist held court at the opening of the American Museum of Ceramic Art’s retrospective, “HM100: a Century Through the Life of Harrison McIntosh. ”
The event drew more than 500 friends and fans, eager to see 100 works by Mr. McIntosh and to wish the artist a happy birthday.
UPDATED: Claremont business owners and residents thirsty for answers were left a bit parched on Wednesday afternoon following a panel discussion held at the DoubleTree Hotel on issues relating to Measure W.
The 90-minute water bond seminar, sponsored by the Claremont Chamber of Commerce, was well attended with roughly 75 audience members.
For Claremonters who’ve followed the water revenue bond issue, the answers that were to follow by the four panelists echoed previous declarations made in recent months. For those just getting up to speed, the discussion offered a little something for every argument.
Three male suspects attempted to steal the drive-up ATM at Chase Bank, located at 805 W. Foothill Blvd., on September 17 at approximately 3:20 a.m.
The suspects tried to use a large metal cable attached to a van to pull the ATM vault from inside the ATM housing. The suspects also arrived at the location on a green sport bike-style motorcycle. Their attempt was unsuccessful, so they fled, leaving the van at the scene. Two of the suspects left on the green motorcycle. The third suspect ran northbound on Mountain Avenue, but was not located after an extensive search by police.
All Claremont residents are invited to Claremont Day at the Los Angeles County Fair this Thursday, September 18. The fair is open from noon to 11 p.m. on Thursday.
In addition to discounted admission for residents, the day’s festivities include a Community Hero presentation at 4:15 p.m. in Court of the Redwoods followed by a parade at 5 p.m. This year’s Claremont heroes are Edgar Vargas, Robin Gottuso and Ginger Elliott.
Issues relating to Claremont’s ballot Measure W will be discussed at an informational water bond seminar sponsored by the Claremont Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, September 17 beginning at 11 a.m. at the DoubleTree Hotel.
Business owners and residents are encouraged to attend the presentation that will include a panel discussion between Mayor Joe Lyons of the city of Claremont, Rodney Smith for Golden State Water, and Freeman Allen for citizen-groups Claremont Friends of Locally-Owned Water (Claremont FLOW) and Mark Sterba for Claremont Affordable Water Advocates (CAWA).
Members of the Claremont High School cross country team work out in the heat of the day on Monday at Memorial Park in Claremont. The team’s workout was highly curtailed. Due to the temperatures well over 100 degrees, coach Rob Lander had his team running at an easy pace and well below the usual six- to nine-mile distance. The heat wave has also forced the cancelation of Tuesday’s league cross country meet at Bonelli Park. More sports news in our next edition. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Step through the shadows into the haunted heritage of the Claremont Village during this 75-minute family-friendly tour on Saturday, October 4 and Sunday, October 5.
Every tour will visit nine haunts, including Village businesses and college destinations. The experienced docents have researched and written the stories based on information and experiences of Village business owners and Claremont Colleges personnel. Ghostly apparitions may or may not appear.
The Claremont Hillsides Wilderness Park is currently closed due to a red flag warning issued by the National Weather Service (NWS). The NWS issued the warning due to hot temperatures, low humidity, and increasing instability.
A Fire Weather Watch has also been issued and is in effect from 6 a.m. Sunday through 9 p.m. Monday for the mountains and adjacent foothills of Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties due to hot temperatures and increasing instability.
The park will remain closed until tomorrow, Tuesday, September 16, at 8 a.m. at which time the conditions will be reevaluated.
Why would Beethoven, one of the most influential composers who ever lived, spend much of his final years creating nearly three-dozen variations on a waltz penned by a minor composer?
This question obsesses musicologist Katherine Brandt, the protagonist of Moisés Kaufman’s 33 Variations. The play, which made its Broadway debut in 2009, is being presented by the local theater company Ophelia’s Jump in conjunction with Pomona College.
What was intended as an informational mailer on Measure W may have put the city of Claremont in hot water after attracting the attention of a Claremont homeowners political action committee sponsored by Golden State Water.
“Stop the Water Tax—No on W,” previously referred to as “Stop the $135 Million Takeover,” has issued a cease and desist demand against the city, claiming that a mailer sent to Claremont voters earlier this month is advocacy-oriented and violates the laws against using public funds for campaign materials.