Claremont is an anomaly in a lot of ways, but one of our most wonderful quirks is of great benefit to us all: We’re a small town with a big-city art scene.
Where else in the world would a town of 35,000 have a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer giving a fascinating lecture while a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is electrifying the crowd at a small theater just down the street?
2016 was a banner, if a little divisive, year for Claremont. As the city moved forward with a number of projects, the town’s civically minded residents expressed passionate support from both sides of the aisle. Consider the uproar over the upcoming Pomona College Museum of Art. The plans outlined by Pomona College call for a state-of-the-art museum to be placed on the site of the historic Renwick House. The house is scheduled to be moved across the street to the southeast corner of College Avenue and Second Street to make room.
COURIER photo/Peter Weinberger
The three suspects—Earl Sisson, 22, from Lakewood, Alexander Carter, 24, from Long Beach and Jayvonta Lewis, 24, from Long Beach were arrested and held at the Claremont city jail in lieu of $20,000 bail, They were due to appear in Pomona Court on Wednesday, December 28.
On December 24 at 1:15 a.m., a suspect entered the Shell Gas Station at 747 S. Indian Hill Blvd., approached the clerk in the security booth and displayed a knife. The suspect demanded money from the clerk, but the clerk refused.
Claremont hosts Art Mart Friday, December 30 from 5 to 9 p.m. The free eclectic display and sale of local artisans’ wares happens monthly at the Packing House, 532 W. First St. Shopping, art classes and dining are all part of the fun. More information is available via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Locals are mourning the unexpected death of Bill Vaskis, former Claremont High School world history teacher. Mr. Vaskis died Wednesday, December 21 at Mt. San Antonio Gardens.
Mr. Vaskis was well-known in Claremont for his sometimes unorthodox teaching style, his love of the outdoors and music, and his political activism. Mr. Vaskis retired from teaching in 2000 after 32 years with the Claremont Unified School District.
Maggie Beltran gives Santa a hug before choosing a gift during the Kid Pack Christmas Party sponsored by Kid Care International on Tuesday at Granite Creek Community Church. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
The Claremont Post Office is looking a little worse for the wear. For some time now, the drought has taken its toll on the City of Trees. However, seeing nature’s crushing effect on a governmental building, seemingly exacerbated by lack of maintenance, has left some residents scratching their heads.
Claremont police arrested Colton resident Daniel Negrete, 18, for commercial burglary after his involvement in incidents at Kazama Sushi and Casa Moreno in Claremont last week. Mr. Negrete later posted bond and was released. Detectives are currently working to locate the other three suspects in this case.
With the nomination period closed for the Claremont City Council election, eight candidates have qualified and will vie for two open seats this March.
Incumbents Larry Schroeder and Corey Calaycay will face six challengers—Anthony Grynchal, Zachary Courser, Abraham Prattella, Michael Keenan, Korey Johnson and Murray G. Monroe.
Jason Procsal would most likely still be on the street if it weren’t for CHAP. He was one of the lucky ones—he was quickly admitted into the program and given an opportunity to continue school while he was given shelter. Now he’s a college graduate and already looking forward to grad school.