UPDATED TO FULL STORY: David Brock helps longtime customer Mario Martelli with a Leyland cypress on Saturday at Brock’s Christmas Tree Farm in north Claremont. Mr. Brock took over running the farm, which opened in 1961, after his father Rene died in 2002. He says the farm does not make much money but has been a great way to stay connected with the Claremont community. Brock’s is located on Mountain Avenue at the base of Claraboya and is open Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
A homeowner in the 400 block of Holyoke Place received an unexpected houseguest Tuesday morning. It started when the resident heard aggressive knocking on the front door around 11 a.m. As he walked toward the door, he heard glass shattering from behind him and a male dressed in a blue nylon jacket and dark pants attempting to enter the home through a broken rear sliding glass door, according to police. The suspect fled on foot and was last seen running south on Mills Avenue.
The Claremont City Council Tuesday approved a six-figure master plan to comprehensively address concerns at the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park.
For several years the city council has been working to address overcrowding, littering and safety issues at the popular North Claremont landmark. While temporary fixes have been adopted, like restricting the hours of the park and charging users for parking, in July the council agreed to move forward with a master plan to address overarching goals at the park.
"Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust” protestor Kristina Garza from Rancho Cucamonga, speaks with Claremont High School student Alex Matzavinos in front of the school Tuesday. This was part of the organization’s ongoing effort to end abortion. In addition to engaging students in conversation, outreach members had an effective attention grabber: posters with graphic images of what Ms. Garza described as “victims of abortion.” “I know it’s difficult to take in and I agree it’s graphic, but it’s important to look at these victims and see exactly what abortion does,” she said. COURIER photo/Peter Weinberger
The Kiwanis Club of Claremont is helping locals heed their need for chocolate this holiday season without searching for a parking spot at the local shopping mall. The Sees Candy holiday sale is back, with proceeds benefitting the Kiwanis’ community service projects, many of which support local youth and education. The Chocolate sales’ headquarters are located in the Sprouts shopping center at 911 W. Foothill Blvd., open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. everyday.
Join the Claremont Senior Program for festive holiday meal, live entertainment and a visit from Santa, among other surprises, on Tuesday, December 10 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Taylor Hall, 1775 N. Indian Hill Boulevard. Tickets are $5 and must be purchased in advance. For more information, contact the Claremont Senior Program at 399-5488 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Friday, December 6, at approximately 1:30 p.m., a Claremont police officer observed a vehicle stopped at the intersection of Arrow Highway and Indian Hill Boulevard that was related to a strong-arm robbery that had been reported in Claremont earlier in the day.
A pair of local children assist Claremont Mayor Opanyi Nasiali in flipping the switch to light the tree during the 2013 Holiday Promenade and Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday in the Village. The annual event featured Christmas carols, Frosty the Snowman, a live reindeer and, of course, a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Going away to college is an adjustment for anyone but for Celia Dufournet, a French actress who moved to Claremont three years ago to study theater at Pomona College, it was an outright culture shock. With her emotions already running high, it didn’t help that food, oftentimes a coping mechanism, was one of the main sources of her distress. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Barnes & Noble is hosting a book fair at the Montclair Plaza location this Saturday and Sunday, December 7 and 8, with 20 percent of proceeds to benefit the Claremont Educational Foundation (CEF). The fair will continue online Monday through Friday, December 13 by visiting http://www.barnesandnoble.com/bookfairs/. Just enter the CEF ID code 11202447 at checkout.
The city of Claremont will host a public meeting on Wednesday, December 18 to address the environmental impact report (EIR) for a potential acquisition of the Claremont water system. The meeting takes place at the City Council Chamber from 6 to 9 p.m.
On November 6, the Claremont City Council directed city administrators to use $350,000 in city funds to prep financial and legal documents.
At the November 21 meeting of the Claremont Unified School District Board of Education, the board approved the sale of a large parcel of surplus property, the site of the short-lived La Puerta Intermediate School. The property, some 9.7 acres located at 2475 N. Forbes Ave., fetched $18,875,000 from the highest bidder, Brandywine Homes of Irvine, California.
As was reported in a July 2004 COURIER, a low concentration of arsenic was detected a number of years ago under the soil at La Puerta.
After Christmas, when the rest of us take down our trees and tinsel, some merry souls will begin to think about the next holiday season. It’s not elves we’re talking about but best friends Connie Krause and Karen Miller, co-owners of the local boutique Claremont Village Treasures.
Half of profits from the store, located at 141 Yale Ave., come from the sale of Christmas décor and gifts, which the women begin buying at gift shows each January.
As Claremont residents take to the malls and local businesses this holiday season, burglars are doing their fair share of holiday shopping as well. Two or three thefts are being reported a day, with incidents spreading across the city, according to Detective Robert Ewing. In one recent occurrence, a Claremont resident’s company laptop was stolen from his unlocked vehicle. Check out our complete Claremont police blotter Friday.