Korean War veteran John Serpa and his wife Marge recite the Pledge of Allegiance on Monday during Memorial Day Services at Oak Park Cemetery in Claremont. The traditional event honored the men and women who died in military service with speeches, placing of flowers tributes and lastly the playing of “Taps.” Congresswoman Judy Chu spoke at the event and called for action on the backlog of medical claims by veterans returning from current conflicts. More in our next edition. COURIER Photo/Steven Felschundneff
The Claremont City Council’s discussion on gun violence took an unexpected turn on Tuesday night when the council’s 3-2 vote effectively gave Mayor Pro Tem Joe Lyons the power to sign the Mayors Against Illegal Guns petition should Mayor Opanyi Nasiali decline. “We appoint a mayor every year by the council and I believe that the mayor should take direction from this council. It’s not an independently elected mayor,” Mr. Schroeder noted. “That person, when signing policy or signing procedure, should take the majority view of the council.”
The Claremont Police Department is looking to add a second police pooch to its ranks, and a local group is stepping in to help.
At a gathering held last Saturday, Keeping Good in the Neighborhood (KGNH)—a community watch group serving a portion of the north Claremont community—announced it will give its 2013 donations to the Claremont police force’s K-9 fund. Police personnel, KGNH neighbors and their 4-legged companions gathered in the shade of Higginbotham Park for the announcement.
The Pilgrim Place Festival may be half a year away, but Nijiko Bergh is ahead of the game. Ms. Bergh spends much of her time with paintbrush in hand at Pilgrim Place’s Pendleton Arts and Crafts Center, busy painting floral-embellished candlesticks, step stools and plates for this fall’s fair.
Ms. Bergh doesn’t like to rush the artistic process.
“She’s very precise and very accurate,” said fellow painter Nancy Reed. “I’m still learning but, Nijiko, she’s the master.”
Gun violence and illegal gun ownership are once again coming back to council. Tonight, the Claremont City Council will consider whether or not it’s appropriate for the Claremont mayor to sign on to the Mayors Against Illegal Guns coalition. The coalition, composed of about 900 mayors throughout the country, supports keeping guns from those who choose to obtain them illegally. The discussion takes place on Tuesday, May 28 at 6:30 p.m.
Having the council adopt a stance on gun violence was first brought up by a group of residents at a council meeting in early March.
The students may have gone home for the summer, but the work is just getting started at Pomona College. School administrators are preparing for a summer of construction preparations with the demolition and renovation of the school’s longstanding Millikan Laboratory, one of Pomona College’s oldest academic buildings to remain standing.
Millikan Laboratory—located on College Avenue between Sixth and Seventh Streets—was built in 1958 as a segment of the greater Seaver Science Center. The facility was designed as part of the college’s mission to offer “unparalleled scientific instruction for undergraduates,” according to college history.
The change of venue for the Claremont Folk Festival, which will be held for the first time this year at the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, is not the only unusual aspect of this year’s music extravaganza.
There is a surprisingly edgy name among the eclectic lineup: Henry Rollins.
Mr. Rollins first rose to fame during his 1981-1986 stint as the furious front man for the hardcore punk group Black Flag. He has gone on to become an award-winning spoken word artist, notably winning a Grammy Award in 1995 for Get in the Van, a 2-disc recording of his Black Flag memoirs. He is also a busy actor, the host of his own radio program (KCRW’s “The Henry Rollins Show”) and a regular blogger for the LA Weekly.
The Claremont connection? Mr. Rollins is acquainted with the Harper brothers, whose grandparents founded Claremont’s Folk Music Center.
Starting this week, Fourth Street between College Avenue and College Way will be blocked off to cars as construction resumes on the Pomona College campus.
Now through mid-August, construction crews will be working on the second phase of the college’s Fourth Street/Marston Quadrangle Pedestrian Walkways Project.
With the auction of the Claremont Unified School District’s current Service Center property approaching on Wednesday, May 29, the district is continuing its efforts to plan the perfect replacement for its center of operations. The auction will take place at 11 a.m. in the board room of the Richard S. Kirkendall Education Center, located at 170 W. San Jose Ave. in Claremont.
Several weeks ago, Service Center Director Rick Cota submitted a proposal to the school board and the CUSD community at large, suggesting that the San Antonio High School campus, the site of Claremont’s continuation and community day schools, would be a viable site for a new Service Center.
A few community members, plus CUSD board members Sam Mowbray and Hilary LaConte, expressed concern that such a placement would be detrimental to San Antonio students by impinging on beneficial open space. Mr. Cota, however, has emphasized that the new Service Center could be significantly streamlined.
Casa 425 will partner with Claremont educators to present the sixth annual Mi Casa Es Su Casa charity event on Sunday, June 2.
Sample wine, spirits and craft beer with proceeds benefitting the Claremont Community Foundation and the Claremont Educational Foundation. This year’s vendors include Chalk Hill Estate, Beaulieu, Franciscan Estate, Hahn Estate and Chocolate Box winery, as well as Dale Bros Brewery, Claremont Craft Ales, Glenlivet and Heaven Hill Distilleries. Guests will also enjoy live music, including Flamenco and Jazz tunes performed by the Vahagni Trio.
After a couple weeks of silence in Claremont’s commercial crime, the smash-and-grab burglaries have started up again.
The Sekai Academy, 859 W. Foothill Blvd., is the latest Claremont business burglarized, hit sometime between Monday, May 20, at 8 p.m. and the following morning at 11:30 a.m., according to police.
As the Mirza family prepared to celebrate the graduation of their oldest son from Claremont McKenna College this weekend, they were faced with an unspeakable tragedy—the unexpected death of their youngest son, CMC sophomore Ali Mirza, who was pronounced dead just 24 hours before his older brother’s college graduation. The boys’ parents were in town for the commencement.
The call came in to Claremont police at almost 1 a.m. on Friday, May 17. Police found Mr. Mirza, a 19-year-old from Westport, Connecticut, unresponsive at his college dormitory off Sixth Street. He was transported to Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead by medical officials.
The city of Claremont and American Legion Post 78 will host the annual Memorial Day Services in Oak Park Cemetery (410 Sycamore Ave.), on Monday, May 27 at 11 a.m. This ceremony commemorates the men and women who have lost their lives in military service. The service will include comments from members of American Legion Post 78, Mayor Opanyi Nasiali, and various community members.
For more information, visit the city’s website at www.ci.claremont.ca.us or call 399-5490.