Joe Lyons is not one to say no. The lifelong proponent of volunteerism admits it’s a characteristic that sometimes gets him into trouble as he piles on new and challenging duties. His latest volunteer position, however, is a welcome addition to his full schedule as he takes on the title of Claremont mayor for 2014-2015.
With that role comes heightened responsibility. Staying true to his style, however, the council member has hit the ground running
Between a gun scare and a controversial incident involving the Confederate flag, Claremont High School has had a difficult week.
On Wednesday, graffiti was found scrawled in a boys restroom in the 800 quad of the CHS campus indicating that a student planned to bring a gun to school the following day. The threat did not target a particular student or group of students, nor were any faculty or staff members mentioned.
The Claremont Police Department has determined that the graffiti does not represent a credible threat. Given today’s heightened wariness of school violence, however, the situation has received significant media attention.
There is still nearly a week left to participate in Shoes That Fit’s Spring Campaign. The annual event is aimed at brightening springtime for children in need by providing them with desperately needed new shoes along with other goodies.
If you’re interested in becoming a “Springtime Buddy,” here’s how it works. Stop by a participating local business and pick up a tote bag featuring a kid’s gender, and shoe size. Then, fill the tote with a pair of new athletic shoes along with socks and plenty of treats. Then, return the tote before Friday, March 28.
The weekend’s weather served as the perfect setting for the team from Claremont’s I Like Pie Bakeshop, who dished out sweet treats amid sunny skies at the newly popular second annual Pie Festival.
The crowds arrived at the Claremont Depot on Saturday with their sunscreen and hunger in tow to enjoy a day’s worth of activities that included a pie baking contest, apron parade, face painting and, of course, the famous pie eating contest.
“The inspiration for the Pie Festival came as soon as I knew that I wanted to open a pie shop in town,” bakeshop owner Annika Corbin said. “Claremont embraces the old and the new, which is exactly what the pie festival is all about." COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
A Claremont resident is out over $6,000 from an elaborate fraud scheme. Troubles began when the local received a phone call from an individual who claimed to be from the IRS and requested the resident pay back taxes worth $6,137. The victim followed the supposed IRS officer’s directions, purchasing a series of prepaid debit cards to pay off the “debt.”
The water talk continues on Tuesday, March 25 with the Claremont City Council slated to take action on two significant issues surrounding the city’s potential water system acquisition. At 6:30 p.m. at Taylor Hall, 1775 N. Indian Hill Blvd., council members will discuss an environmental report evaluating the proposed water system acquisition.
CUSD Board of Education member Dave Nemer speaks with occupational therapist Jenny Blacksher on Monday during an open house for the newly constructed occupational therapy center at Danbury Elementary School. The center will provide on site therapy for some of the special needs students at the school and save the district about $160,000 a year, according to Principal Steve Hamilton. Check out our complete coverage on FridaY. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Midday Sunday, the nearly lost art of skywriting appeared in the blue skies overhead in Claremont. The message, and approximately 1-mile diameter smiley face were rendered by Steve Oliver, of Olivers Flying Circus, a husband-wife aerial acrobatic team which also includes Suzanne Asbury-Oliver, the nation’s only female professional skywriter. The display promoted next weekend's L.A. County Airshow, which takes place Friday and Saturday, March 21st - 22nd, at William J. Fox Air Field in Lancaster. For more information about the airshow, visit lacountyairshow.com. Photo by Grace Felschundneff
Claremont in February continued to see a low inventory home market that continued the trend of fewer sales, but for higher prices. Supply and demand laws were in play, with pent up demand, and low supply kept prices up.
There were less $1,000,000 plus sales in February this year, thus average prices are more in line with the norm, as opposed to January when several multimillion dollar homes drove averages higher.
See our updated chart of the latest facts and figures inside.
City officials are seeking community input for the creation of the Claremont Hills Wilderness Master Plan. A meeting will be held on Monday, March 24 at 6 p.m. at Taylor Hall to hear local feedback addressing hillside usage, trail facilities, parking and environmental impacts. All are invited. Taylor Hall is located at 1775 N. Indian Hill Blvd.
For more information, call (909) 399-5490 or visit www.ci.claremont.ca.us.
Assemblymember Chris Holden is marking his first year in the California assembly with an open house on Friday, March 21 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at his new district office in the Old School House. Stop by and meet Mr. Holden and his staff to discuss issues that concern the district and the state.
The Claremont Chamber of Commerce will host a ribbon cutting at 11:15 a.m. with Claremont city officials followed by brief remarks from Mr. Holden.
The Claremont City Council will take a vote on Tuesday, March 25 to begin eminent domain proceedings for the acquisition of the city’s water system.
The city’s legal team issued a notice of hearing this week declaring its intent to take a vote on eminent domain during the regular open session of the city council, being held at Taylor Hall, 1775 N. Indian Hill Blvd. The city will also be taking public comment on an environmental impact report regarding the water system acquisition.
With the council’s vote, the city would adopt a resolution of necessity, setting into motion a six-month deadline to file an eminent domain lawsuit.
Spring forward was characteristic of more than just this week’s time change. The city got off to a roaring start on preliminary recommendations for its Foothill Boulevard master plan on Monday with more than 50 people crowding into the city’s Citrus Room to provide input on proposed changes to Claremont’s historic highway. “The one aspect of Foothill Boulevard that I like versus other communities is that you have a different look to the street as you pass through the city. The volunteer trees, its all a part of that spontaneity,” said Claremont resident Douglas Lyon. “The plans we have here are just sort of cookie cutter or over-regimented and it doesn’t give you a sense of belonging to the place anymore. I don’t want to lose that sense.”
A woman was left puzzled after a case of hitchhiking gone wrong on Tuesday morning. The woman told police she had paid a stranger $100 to drive her from a San Bernardino hotel to Los Angeles. The pair stopped at the Claremont/McDonald’s so the woman could buy the driver some oil for the car. When she returned with the oil, however, her ride was nowhere to be found and neither were her belongings.