Pride and prejudice were the winning topics this month for two Claremonters on their way towards the Toastmasters International Speech Contest in August.
Claremont Graduate University student Nestor Ramirez took pride in inspiring his audience with “My Fight for an American Life.” This patriotic speech chronicled his against-all-odds story of becoming an American citizen, soldier, and scholar. Deena Benjamin’s speech, “A Change of Heart,” was an insightful oratory on how racial prejudice can be generational but also remediated. She used examples from her own experiences as well as from Broadway show tunes.
It’s back to the drawing board for the Claremont Unified School District for the former La Puerta school site, located at 2475 N. Forbes Ave., after the developer, Brandywine & Associates, rescinds their offer for purchase.
In November, the Claremont Unified School District Board of Education approved the sale of the 9.7-acre parcel to the highest bidder, Brandywine Homes of Irvine. The sale was set to rake in $18,875,000 for the school district, pending escrow.
It been a tough winter season for skiers and lift operators alike at the Mt. Baldy Ski Lifts this year. Even with a couple of brief, yet cold storms that blew through the area during the week, there was little help covering the mountains with enough snow to ski on. Even at the bottom of the ski lifts at over 6000 feet in elevation, there was barely any snow on the ground. The weather during the week will continue to get warmer, with a high near 80 degrees on Sunday. COURIER photo/Peter Weinberger
The seniors of Mt. San Antonio Gardens retirement community will take to the stage starting this Thursday for the 11th annual “Fabulous, Frivolous Follies” performance. Shows run at 3 p.m. on Thursday, April 3 at 3 p.m. and at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, April 4 and 5 in the Gardens’ Assembly Hall.
USGS is reporting a moderate earthquake in eastern Los Angeles County. Local reports say it came in two waves with the second wave being the stronger. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the temblor was magnitude 5.3 and occurred 1 mile from La Habra, where a smaller earthquake was recorded earlier in the day.
Planning your ideal wedding is about pursuing your dreams. You start with a castle in the air, a fantasy of the perfect nuptials you likely began constructing long before you met your soul mate. As in every flight of imagination, some of the details may be a bit hazy.
Once you are engaged and a date is set, however, things start getting real. Concrete. You have to make countless decisions, from dress to décor, from menu to venue and from flowers to favors. Time is limited and, most likely, so is your budget.
Police and L. A. County Sheriff's deputies use dogs to search the cargo on a Greyhound bus parked at the Claremont station on Friday. Police received a call that a bomb was on the bus forcing evacuations of the bus and several area businesses. After about 3 hours no explosives were found and the street was re-opened. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Only about 65 Claremont residents showed up at Taylor Hall on Monday night as the Claremont City Council made a major move on the potential purchase of the city’s water system, proceeding forward with financing options.
At a town hall meeting in November, officials estimated that current revenue generated from water could support as much as an $80 million purchase price for the water system. Should the water system and rights value come in higher than $80 million, the city would need to look to bonds to fund the overage. This week, the council unanimously agreed to explore the possibility of obtaining a voter-approved revenue bond if, indeed, the purchase is deemed more expensive.
Claremont received an “A+” in the 2014 Los Angeles County Preservation Report Card released on Tuesday, March 11 by the Los Angeles Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that works to recognize, preserve and revitalize the historic architectural and cultural resources of Los Angeles County.
The report card assesses local governments’ current efforts to ensure the preservation of historic and cultural resources.
Claremont resident Jacob Swodeck makes a tongue-in-cheek suggestion regarding mountain lion warning signs during a meeting on Monday in Claremont seeking public opinion on the Claremont Hills Wilderness Master Plan. Mr. Swodeck, who lives in the area directly below the park’s Mills Avenue entrance, also had some serious suggestions about the park’s growing popularity echoing the concerns of dozens of citizens who spoke at the meeting. The city has hired consulting firm MIG Hogle Ireland to draw up the plan which will take about a year to complete. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Adrian Vargas may work long hours—sometimes as many as 15 hours a day, 7 days a week—but the La Verne farmer, owner of Claremont’s longstanding Strawberry Patch, revels in the fruits of his labor despite the daily drudge.
He blames it on his bloodline, part of a long line of farmers who prospered in the vegetable fields of Michoacán, Mexico. More than a thousand miles away, Mr. Vargas is proud to carry on the family tradition in Claremont and La Verne. Be sure to check out our Rites of Spring/Spring Bride special section on Friday.
COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
The 2014 Independence Day Committee will hold auditions on Wednesday, April 16 in search of singers interested in belting out the National Anthem at the city’s Fourth of July Fireworks Show. The audition takes place at 7 p.m. in the Padua Room of the Alexander Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury.
Interested applications must submit a form by Monday, April 14. Entrants must be in grades 7-12 and either reside in Claremont or attend a Claremont school. Applications are available at www.Claremont4th.org.
Police are requesting the public’s help in finding a man involved in the sexual assault of a juvenile on Friday night between 10:30 p.m. and 11:45 p.m. The 12-year-old girl was home alone when the man reportedly gained access to her apartment and proceeded to physically and sexually assault her. The suspect is described as a Caucasian male about 30 years old, approximately 5’8’’ or 5’9’’ with a medium build, blue eyes and brown hair.
Indian Hill Boulevard is closed today, Wednesday, March 26, until 1 p.m. while school officials and police conduct the drunk driving program, Every 15 Minutes. Residents will see an increased police presence including fire and paramedic personnel, a coronor's van and a simulated traffic accident. The exercise is held annually at the high school in an effort to dissuade students from drinking and driving.