Students at the Claremont Colleges now have an additional reason to take their time crossing College Avenue, thanks to an unknown vandal. College Avenue commuters awoke Monday morning to find a makeshift crosswalk drawn across the roadway in white spray paint with the word “(s)troll” beckoning pedestrians across. The message remains emblazoned on the street, though campus safety officers have since blocked each side of the walkway to discourage pedestrians from using the fake crosswalk. The vandals may be feeling smug about the prank, but the last laugh may be on them. Police have found the white spray paint can and will be dusting it for prints. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Jim Brown, of J.Brown Violin Maker in the Claremont Village, may have abandoned his career as a musical educator long ago, but the luthier and musical aficionado has spent more than a decade making up for lost time.
Through their small Claremont mom-and-pop, now in its 16th year, Mr. Brown and his wife Debbie have dedicated thousands of hours, and countless dollars, to Claremont’s young musicians. Each year, the local violin maker matches donations raised at the Claremont School of Music’s Play-a-thon (this past year to the tune of $1500) and makes regular fixes to students’ instruments while taking on 60 percent of the cost himself
Just 3 months after voting in the United States’ general election, Claremont residents are preparing to return to the ballot boxes again next month, this time for an election a little closer to home.
On Tuesday, March 5, Claremonters will cast their votes in the city’s latest biennial municipal election. This year’s race features 3 candidates vying for 2 open seats, each with a 4-year term, on the city’s 5-member council. Democrat Michael Keenan faces off against 2 incumbents: fellow Democrat Larry Schroeder, current mayor of Claremont, and Republican Corey Calaycay, the longest-sitting member of Claremont’s current city council.
Despite navigating a curveball thrown by the state finance department last August, Claremont officials remain optimistic that plans for the city’s latest housing development will continue to move forward as planned.
Claremont representatives—including Claremont City Manager Tony Ramos, Finance Director Adam Pirrie, Director of Community Development Brian Desatnik and Successor Agency Counsel Tom Clark—traveled to Sacramento late last month to dispute the department’s ruling that the proposed Towne Avenue and Baseline Road development be turned over to the state.
Claremont-based Three Valleys Municipal Water District has introduced legislation that would amend part of the state water code pertaining to the timing in which elected directors of municipal water districts are sworn into office.
The existing state statute requires that newly elected members not be sworn in until the first Monday after January 1, nearly 60 days after the election.
A new Claremont Museum of Art arts education project, called ARToon will give voice to a generation of middle school students through the art of cartooning. The program, directed by Lori Evans Lama in collaboration with El Roble Intermediate School, launched yesterday, February 5 and will continue for 6 weekly after-school lessons culminating with a public exhibition and display on the Art Wall at the Packing House in April.
Considering that some 6 million Jewish people were killed by the Nazis, along with tens of thousands of Gypsies and other minorities, learning about the Holocaust can be a deeply disillusioning experience.
Monique Saigal, a recently retired Pomona College professor whose grandmother, Rivka Leiba, was killed in the gas chambers of Auschwitz, is a living testament to man’s potential inhumanity to man.
There was, however, another facet of human nature displayed during World War II: a heroism that showed itself through acts of quiet resistance and daring rebellion.
Ms. Saigal was saved by one such act.
The Health Services Center at Pilgrim Place is hosting a one-day workshop for long-term care administrators on Friday, February 8. This is the latest step in Pilgrim Place’s journey towards culture change in their skilled nursing facility. More than 50 professionals from throughout California have already signed up to attend.
Culture change refers to an evolution in long-term nursing care to a more resident-directed model.
Dr. Walter E. Fluker, Martin Luther King, Jr. Professor of Ethical Leadership, at Boston University School of Theology and editor of the Howard Thurman Papers Project, the 2013 Martin Luther King, Jr. lecturer at Claremont School of Theology. This year marks the 35th anniversary of this annual event. The lecture by the renowned speaker and author is scheduled for Wednesday, February 6 at 4 p.m. in Mudd Theater.
In the county with the nation’s highest homeless population, some may say it’s difficult to figure out how to help. But Claremont residents are counting the ways.
Forty-eight volunteers, Councilmembers Joe Lyons and Sam Pedroza included, gathered at the Joslyn Center Tuesday night to embark on the 2013 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Street Count sponsored by the Los Angeles Homeless Service Authority (LAHSA). Claremont volunteers joined with an estimated 5000 others from across the county in the biannual, 3-day tally, necessary to calculate the amount of funding to be provided for the next 2 years. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
There is hardly an area of community service Marilee Scaff has left untouched in her nearly 70 years living in Claremont. There’s her role with the Community Friends of International Students and her devotion to Rancho Santa Botanic Garden for example. Ms. Scaff is entering her 30th year as a volunteer at the local botanic garden, where she spurs on her never-ending curiosity with native wildflowers, a passion developed as a young child. She has also made a name for herself with the local chapter of the League of Women Voters, serving at both the local and county level.
Claremont police officer Sean Evans questions a suspected burglar after he was taken into custody Wednesday afternoon in north Claremont. According to Nancy Staples who was at her daughter’s home in the 2300 block of Oxford Drive, a man knocked on the home’s door then left and returned with an accomplice. After knocking on the door a second time the suspects entered the home through an unlocked side door and began ransacking the residence. Ms. Staples called 911 and barricaded herself in a bedroom until police arrived.
Pilgrim Place will hold its third annual Napier Awards ceremony on Saturday, February 9. Anne Napier Caffery, the daughter of the Napiers, who were longtime residents at Pilgrim Place, will serve as keynote speaker for the reception and banquet.
Each year, 2 local students who have been working on projects promoting social justice and world peace assisted by residents/mentors at Pilgrim Place, are awarded $10,000 Napier Fellowships.
Renowned writer Joyce Carol Oates will speak at Claremont McKenna College on Monday, February 4 from 6:45 to 8 p.m.
Ms. Oates is noted for psychologically searing stories such as “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” and novels such as Them and Blonde, which were respectively honored with a National Book Award and a Pulitzer Prize nomination
She is the author of more than 50 novels and has penned numerous collections of short stories, poetry and nonfiction. Her most recent offerings are the novel “Daddy Love” (2013) and the short story anthology “The Black Dahlia and White Rose” (2012).
“An Evening With Joyce Carol Oates” will be held at the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum, 385 E. 8th St., and is free and open to the public.