Los Angeles County firefighters try to knock down the flames engulfing a home on The 200 block of 12th Street on Monday in Claremont. The fire ignited just before 3 p.m. when a large explosion at the home littered the street with debris and shattered neighbor’s windows. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
The Claremont Library will close on Monday, April 16 for about six months for renovations, according to a news release from the County of Los Angeles Public Library.
Work will be done to improve the public restrooms, including a new gender-neutral restroom, adult area, circulation area, and installation of a new HVAC system. Additionally, drought-tolerant landscaping will be installed and the parking lot will be resurfaced.
While dozens of dog lovers showed up to celebrate the opening of the new and improved Claremont Pooch Park Wednesday, man's best friend was more than ready to hit the grass to frolick with friends. With a new lawn and upgraded features, you could cut the excitement with a bone. Closed for six months, the park was officially dedicated by new mayor Opanyi Nasiali. Judging for the many unusual sights and sounds, the four-legged guests of the park loved their new digs. COURIER photo/Peter Weinberger
Becca Spence Dobias is a writer, and it feels pretty good for her to finally say that.
“Maybe I’m just in the honeymoon stage, but it kind of does feel like a switch flipped and now I’m a writer. I’m really doing it,” she said. “I’m more motivated to make this what I do, because suddenly it seems more possible. The door is open.”
The door she’s referring to is the one marked “author,” which she recently passed through with the imminent publication of her first novel, Rock of Ages.
Ten-year-old Braelyn Combe is ready for the pie eating contest to begin on Saturday during the Claremont Pie Festival in the Village. Rain clouds that blanketed the area on Friday parted for beautiful, if not a bit cool, weather for the sixth annual pie fest. Besides the pie eating contest the event featured, vendor booths, music, pie making demonstrations, an apron contest and plenty of pies. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
With the various weather systems blowing through the Southern California area over the past several days, bringing much needed rain and plenty of clear skies, it's actually starting to feel a little like winter out there. It also makes downtown Los Angeles quite visible almost 35 miles away as seen from Base Line Road and Padua Avenue. Claremont should get a little more rain Friday night, but the skies will clear and by Monday we could see temperatures hovering around 70. But rain is on the way and by Wednesday and Thursday over an inch is expected to fall. We'll see if the weather forecast holds up. COURIER photo/Peter Weinberger
The city council heard from Edison about the recent extended power outage on Friday, February 23, which caused many businesses in the Village to close for long periods of time.
The planned outage for the Second Street vault project was initially supposed to last from 9 p.m. on February 22 to 6 a.m. on February 23. Instead it lasted well into that Friday afternoon, frustrating merchants and forcing some businesses to close for the day.
The sky may have been threatening, but the people were friendly as the Claremont Farmers and Artisans Market got into action on Sunday morning in the Village.
The event is sponsored by the Claremont Forum and has been a weekend staple for 18 years. However, in January a Southern California Edison construction project forced the market to move from its home at Second Street adjacent to Indian Hill Boulevard.
COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Claremont Meals on Wheels, a nonprofit organization dedicated to delivering meals to home-bound senior citizens, is celebrating its 45th year of serving the community and will host its annual recognition dinner to honor volunteers.
“It’s important we show our gratitude to the people who selflessly devote their time to helping those who can’t help themselves,” said Ethel Rogers, president of Meals on Wheels.
Melissa Glover wipes away a tear while listening to the speakers during National Walk Out on Wednesday at Claremont High School. The students held a rally in central quad at CHS on the one-month anniversary of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida to call for an end to gun violence. High school students around the country participated in the event, which also was an opportunity for more teenagers to register to vote.
There's plenty of interest from the Claremont community in the city's largest construction project due to be completed in 2019. The Pomona College Museum of Art has a history with residents, most who are looking forward to the completion of the massive project. Due to popular interest, here's the latest view of the construction in this COURIER video by Peter Weinberger.
On Friday, March 2 police are looking for a woman who assaulted another driver in an apparent case of road rage. The victim was backing out of her parking space at Second and Yale around 11 a.m. when the suspect honked, stopped in the middle of the road and yelled at her. The suspect followed the victim south on Yale to First Street, where she reportedly threw something at the victim’s car.