For Fred and Nadia Saca, the Mediterranean diet is not a trend. It’s a way of life, and the source of a thriving family business.
Since 1992, Saca’s Mediterranean Cuisine has provided Claremonters with fresh and healthy meals, using Ms. Saca’s traditional family recipes.
The menu hasn’t changed much since Saca’s first opened its doors: crisp falafel, creamy hummus and baba ghanouj, tangy tabouleh, savory shawerma and sticky-sweet baklava.
It’s the kind of food that Mr. Saca, who moved to Houston, Texas from Lebanon in 1955 at age 10, grew up eating, and which his wife has prepared for their family since the couple was married in 1975.
The first water negotiation meeting scheduled to take place between Golden State Water Company and the city of Claremont has been canceled.
After about a month of pause in the water discussion, City Manager Tony Ramos announced the city’s intent to meet water company officials at the city council meeting Tuesday night. Golden State Water officials confirmed on Wednesday that a meeting was scheduled to take place between city and water company representatives in the form of a conference call Friday, January 25. Legal counsel would be present for both sides.
Claremont residents and administrators took a night off on Thursday for a special house party.
About 400 Claremonters and dignitaries gathered at Taylor Hall to recognize Claremont’s Community Home Energy Retrofit Project (CHERP) reaching its goal of retrofitting 130 homes. Claremont leads Los Angeles County as the city with the most home energy retrofits.
Through CHERP, Co-founder Devon Hartman, above, and volunteers built an organization to work with homeowners in making home performance improvements to their homes. COURIER photo/Peter Weinberger
On Thursday, January 17 2 minors with a serious appetite for alcohol made off with multiple bottles of the hard stuff over a 3-day burglary binge at Claremont’s local Stater Bros. market, located at 1055 W. Foothill Blvd. One minor conducted most of the crime, acting alone in 2 of the burglaries, performed on January 15 and 16. On day 3, January 16, he brought along a male accomplice. It turns out luck only lasts so long.
It's going to be a wet next few days in the Claremont area as rain is expected to continue through the weekend, with high temperatures remaining in the 60s. As many drivers know, rain can beed up on pavement creating slick surfaces. This photo was taken on the COURIER front parking lot, proving it's a good idea to slow down when driving out there. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
After about a month of pause in the water discussion, the city of Claremont and Golden State Water Company will meet for negotiations this week.
City Manager Tony Ramos announced a closed meeting with the for-profit water company is scheduled for the end of the week. Water company officials confirmed the meeting would be held in the form of a conference call Friday morning. Legal counsel will be present for both sides.
This marks the first meeting between the groups since the city made its first formal offer for purchase of its water system.
A series of projects throughout Claremont this week may cause traffic delays requiring re-routing of automobiles, according to the latest city manager’s report. A full report of construction projects is listed inside.
Claremont psychologist Thomas Gary Amberson, PsyD, pled not guilty last week to recent accusations of child molestation.
Mr. Amberson plead his innocence after the District Attorney’s Office charged him with 4 counts of lewd conduct on a child and one count of possession of child pornography last December. The arraignment, originally scheduled for late December, was pushed back as Mr. Amberson’s attorneys desired more time to look over their client’s case before entering a plea, according to police.
Catching a spectacular sunset, or seeing far away mountains through the clear air, is just about the only good thing one can say about travelling during rush hour. Even with the 210 freeway intersecting with Base Line Road in Claremont, traffic can still be pretty thick heading east into Upland and beyond. The weather this week will remain warm and windy, with highs in the upper 70s. A cool down with possible rain has been forecast for the weekend. COURIER photo/Peter Weinberger
Jennifer Job Kelling has been honored with the Dr. Mary E. Walker Award, given “to military spouses for demonstrating dedicated and exemplary volunteerism as an outstanding military spouse improving the quality of life for soldiers and their family.”
Ms. Kelling, who is the wife of Lieutenant Colonel Rich Kelling, 3-7 Field Artillery Battalion Commander, grew up in Claremont, where her parents, Dutch and Laura Job, still live
Nicholas and Oliver Phelps, sons of Kathy Phelps of Claremont and Reed Phelps of Upland, both graduated in May, one day and 1600 miles apart.
Nicholas graduated from McCallum Graduate School of Business at Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts with dual master’s degrees: master of business administration and master of science in information technology. He is employed at Biogen Idec in Boston.
Oak Park Cemetery, the farmers’ market and community block grants are among items on Claremont commission and council agendas this week.
The Claremont City Council will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 22 to discuss a $137,204 budget for the Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG). The council will vote on authorizing a merit bonus of $10,048.50 for City Manager Tony Ramos, as well cashing out 2 weeks vacation pay for $7,729.66 for a total of $17,778.16 in addition to his annual salary.
Wheeler Steffen, a staple name in Claremont’s real estate market for more than 50 years, will not exist as Claremont residents know it, at least in print. The longtime town real estate office recently announced its partnership with Sotheby’s International Realty, connecting Claremont with a new global niche.
But while the stone sign in front of the Foothill office might be boasting a new name, Wheeler Steffen Sotheby’s International Realty, owner and broker Paul Steffen says the Claremont community shouldn’t expect much change.
“It’s just better,” Mr. Steffen said simply. “Serving the client has always been the basis of our operation, but now we have opportunities beyond what we could have ever done before.”
While Claremonters saw the activity and heard the hum and roar of engines in the sky during the 38th annual Air Show last Saturday and Sunday over Cable Airport just to the east in Upland, a group of young people were thinking of the future.
Mt. San Antonio College students Nick Brown, Josh Gordon, Jessy Devine, Siddhee Kasudia, Erik Coleson and Josualeth Rodriquez, Chaffey College students Cody Ash, J.J. Benis, Ray Rawls, John Reeves, Desire Stevens and Miguel Viramontes, and prospective pilots Chris Byers and Carlos Valladares, along with the Orange Coast College Flight Team, have all been recipients of $500 scholarships from the proceeds of the 2012 show.
COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff