At their Thursday, April 4 meeting, the Claremont Unified School District Board of Education approved a resolution to issue pink slips to 5 classified employees who, come June 14, may not have jobs.
“It is with a sad heart that I bring forth this resolution,” said Kevin Ward, assistant superintendent of human services, emphasizing that the district’s recommendation stems from continuing financial uncertainty. The positions that stand to be eliminated include 2 adult school aides, 2 computer instructional assistants, one from Condit Elementary School and one from Mountain View, and a paraeducator (formerly classified as an educational assistant) at Condit.
The Claremont healing center Kindred Spirits is all about balance, beginning with the harmonious division of work struck by proprietors Persis and Chuck Newland.
Mr. Newland is the resident mineral expert, ready to recommend the perfect stone or crystal to raise your vibration. He is also in charge of preparing handmade incense, infusing the smoky sticks with essential oils to honor the natural world, cleanse your aura, draw good fortune or just smell good.
Ms. Newland is the extrovert of the pair, using her “gift of gab” to deliver intuitive readings that resonate so deeply with clients, they are often moved to tears. See our photo gallery at the end of our story.
Claremont parks and recreation staff and their years of work into the restoration of Sycamore Canyon Park are not going unnoticed.
The California Parks and Recreation Society District 13 recently acknowledged the city of Claremont with a Going Green Award for its endeavors with the restoration project. The prize honors excellence in planning and design when it comes to facilities and parks that promote recreation and protect environmental resources.
The journey to rebuilding Sycamore Canyon has been years in the making, a daunting task after the 2003 Grand Prix Fire left much of the area ravaged and overrun with debris.
The first step in making a difference is making some noise, and Fair Trade Claremont and Traffick Free Pomona don’t plan on keeping quiet.
The 2 social justice groups are joining forces once again on Tuesday, April 9 to host a free screening of Not My Life, a documentary focused on the global reach of today’s continued slave trade. Filling up the seats of the Laemmle Theatre is the initial step in their battle towards a slave-free world.
“Raising awareness is the first step to eradicating human trafficking,” said Tamiko Chacon, pastor of social justice at Pomona First Baptist.
Preparations are underway for the city of Claremont’s annual Earth Day celebration, to be held this year on Saturday, April 20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will include live entertainment, workshops, art displays, kids’ activities, a bike rodeo and green building tours, including the Uncommon Good Whole Earth Building and buildings at the Claremont Colleges.
Preparedness was the order of the day on Tuesday when members of the local Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) conducted a training exercise at the site of the old La Puerta Junior High School.
CERT trainer Dennis Smith said he picked the spot, which was closed as a middle school in 1978 and continued to be used for a number of subsequent years for adult school classes, because he “knew it would be kind of in a shambles.”
Here was the scenario being enacted: A large earthquake has rattled the Los Angeles area. See our story and special photo gallery. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Elaine Ulmer, a second grade student at Chaparral Elementary School, was selected as the winner of this year's Fourth of July Celebration Theme Contest. According to Elaine’s wishes, “Claremont Rocks the Fourth” this star-studded Independence Day.
Award-winning author Rebecca Skloot will speak at Claremont McKenna College's Athenaeum tomorrow, Wednesday April 3, at 6:45 p.m. The talk is free and seats are open to the public on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Ms. Skloot is known for her New York Times Bestseller The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (2010), which the Friends of the Claremont Library's chose as the selection for last year's On The Same Page book series.
Claremont Police Corporal Hector Tamayo and Officer Jeff Ting cite a cyclist for being in the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park after hours on Friday. Police are stepping up enforcement of the hours as part of the park's overall changes, including the new parking lot and no parking zones. Over the last couple of weeks, police have issued close to 150 tickets, which are $50 each, to park visitors who stay past the posted hours. Check out our complete story. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
The Claremont Police Department continues to investigate a lab experiment gone wrong in north Claremont Friday evening.
Claremont dispatchers received an emergency call around 6:30 p.m. A witness claimed to have heard an explosion and scream for help in the 1900 block of Judson Court. Officers arrived on scene to find a man suffering from burns to his body after a chemical experiment blew up in his face, according to Claremont Lieutenant Mike Ciszek. The man was allegedly in the process of turning marijuana into hash oil, Lt. Ciszek confirmed.
As the announcer counts down to one, children ages 3 to 5, with several parents in tow, scramble to find as many goodies as they can on Saturday during the annual Spring Celebration in Claremont’s Memorial Park. It took the youngsters about 30 seconds to grab up all of the eggs but there was plenty of fun to be had at the other festival attractions. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
School officials and theater supporters cheer after former teacher Don Fruechte cut the red ribbon on the newly renovated Don F. Fruechte Theatre for the Performing Arts on Thursday at Claremont High School. Following months of construction the upgraded performance complex will hold its inaugural show this Saturday with the Alumni Gala Performance at 7:30 p.m. Additionally there will be an open house at 4:00 p.m. so the community can have a look inside the theatre. More in our next edition. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Police are requesting information regarding an attempted early morning break-in at Rocky Liquor, located at 1045 W. Foothill Blvd. in Claremont, on Friday.
Officers say the liquor store’s burglar alarm was activated around 1:40 a.m. when an unidentified person attempted to open the store's rear door. The subject fled before officers arrived. Police ask anyone with information on this incident to call 399-5411.
The council’s handling of the tree policy was one of several council decisions appreciated by Claremont residents present at Tuesday’s meeting. In addition, the council approved a 5-year contract with Bank of the West. Occupy Claremont members were pleased with the decision after having pushed the city to move its money from Bank of America to a local credit union since early 2012. The city expects to save up to $14,000 annually beginning with the 2013-2014 fiscal year.
“How’s that for a win-win situation?” said Karl Hilgert.