Hello and goodbye are more than just formalities. They speak to a year’s worth of notable changes in the City of Trees. Like in years past, 2013 brought with it a mixed bag. Locals reluctantly bid farewell to longtime local staples like the Claremont Golf Course and the Strawberry Patch, and a rise in commercial crime caused serious concern. However, not all of the headlines were heavy. Here’s a look back at 2013’s most notable adieus and rewarding welcomes.
Ali Mirage, 76, of La Verne, died the morning of Friday, December 27 after a collision with a vehicle on his bicycle while traveling east on Base Line Road near Mills Avenue. Claremont police shut down Base Line Road from Bonnie Brae Avenue, east to Mills Avenue until 4:30 p.m. The driver, who police report is a 54-year-old female, was not cited or arrested.
What a great and interesting year for the Claremont real estate market! Compared to the year prior, we saw significantly less inventory, with homes selling in less time, for more money. We saw interest rates jump a full percent over the course of a week this spring, where they are now holding relatively steady. We saw equity return to those who were previously “underwater” on their mortgages.
While the night before Christmas is usually a quiet time in the local Jewish community, this year, Claremont’s Laemmle Theater is hoping to attract many of its members with a special sing-a-long presentation of the classic film Fiddler on the Roof, beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve, December 24.
City officials are not just preparing to head into the New Year, they are also gearing up to head to court over an unresolved dispute with a long-time Claremont Village eatery.
In August 2012, Mike and Sue Verbal, owners of Pizza ‘N Such restaurant in the Claremont Village, filed a complaint against the city of Claremont alleging city officials violated an agreement made in regard to more than $150,000 of in-lieu parking fees.
City facilities will be closed next week as Claremont employees head home for the holidays. City offices will close at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, December 24 and remain closed until Monday, December 30. City offices will close early again on Tuesday, December 31 and remain closed until Monday, January 6.
Hikers can now claim their 2014 parking permits for the Claremont Wilderness Park.
Passes are available at both city hall and the Hughes Center. Before stopping by, fill out a permit application, available on the city website, and bright it with you. For those living outside the city of Claremont, passes may be renewed each calendar year and are pro-rated.
The holidays started early in the Inland Valley this year thanks to Lew Gleason. This local took on the role of Father Christmas for the seniors of REAL Connections, a Community Senior Services program that connects seniors with volunteer members to create a network of support for those who remain in their homes.
But this Kris Kringle is no jolly giant in a velvety red suit and his ride is slightly smaller than a sleigh. This year, Santa Claus came to town on a Harley. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
City facilities will be closed next week as Claremont employees head home for the holidays. City offices will close at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, December 24 and remain closed until Monday, December 30. City hall will close early again on Tuesday, December 31 and remain closed until Monday, January 6.
In 2011, Claremont experienced a severe windstorm that caused a number of trees to fall. Southern California Edison developed a reforestation program to begin replanting trees throughout the affected region. As part of the program, Southern California Edison has offered a limited number of 15-gallon trees to Claremont residents free of charge.
A new housing development will be squeezed between Base Line Road and the 210 freeway at Padua Avenue. The recent sale of a large piece of surplus property in north Claremont to an Orange County home developer, coupled with progress in multiple housing tracts throughout the city of Claremont, has locals asking a pressing question: Is greater housing density changing the face of Claremont?
Undeveloped land across Claremont has grown scarcer in recent months as a multitude of development projects begin their long-anticipated moves forward. Six different developers are advancing with housing developments that are set to add approximately 694 new housing units to the City of Trees. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
In most accounts of the Christmas story, the basic elements are the same. On the road and faced with a shortage of accommodations, a heavily pregnant Mary and her husband Joseph spend the night in a stable where, surrounded by livestock, she gives birth to a son named Jesus.
Their surroundings are humble but the origins of the baby are anything but. Three Wise Men, tipped off by the presence of a preternaturally bright star, make their way to the stable to pay their respects to a newborn king.
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