Claremont Manor residents gathered last Friday to listen as Mayor Joe Lyons addressed residents on the top issues facing Claremont today.
Mr. Lyons, who is serving his final year of his first term on the Claremont City Council, spent a few minutes prior to his speech getting to know a few of the residents and sharing some background about himself and how he came to be the mayor of Claremont.
The top three issues presented by the mayor were public safety, local water issues and sustainability.
Don't for a minute think the competitive spirit is less with a person over 65 years old. One of the events in this week's 2nd annual Pilgrim Place Senior Olympics was table tennis. Pilgrim Place Life Enhancement Coordinator Krista Ward, center, leads the spirit charge during a pause in the table tennis competition Wednesday. Opening ceremonies started on Monday with events going all week. On Friday seniors will compete in events including the scooter challenge, Frisbee throw and horseshoes. Closing ceremonies are Friday, 11:45 a.m. at the Pilgrim Place outdoor stage. COURIER photo/Peter Weinberger
On Tuesday, May 14 the Claremont City Council adopted an ordinance allowing sanitation fees to be increased by 1 percent beginning on July 1. According to city staff and current budget projections for the Sanitation Fund, the Consumer Price Index increase is necessary to sustain operations.
Councilman Opanyi K. Nasiali admitted he doesn’t like rate increases, but wanted residents to know in this case, he feels it’s a necessity.
“This is a self-supporting service and if we don’t maintain it, the delivery center and the company that provides the service run into problems."
Pomona College has arranged for three notable speakers to inspire graduates at the school’s 121st commencement exercises, set for Sunday, May 18 at 10 a.m. The ceremony will be held in Marston Quadrangle, located between Fourth and Sixth streets in Claremont.
Valerie B. Jarret will take to the podium as keynote speaker for the 390 members of the Class of 2014 and their families. Ms. Jarret, a Chicago lawyer, businesswoman and civic leader, is a senior adviser to President Obama.
On Saturday, May 17, the city of Claremont and Greenway Solid Waste & Recycling will host an electronic waste collection event at the city yard, located at 1616 Monte Vista Ave., from 8 a.m. to noon.
Acceptable items include computers and monitors, televisions, cameras, printers, scanners, car batteries, cell phones, etc. Please note that dry cell batteries and fluorescent light bulbs will not be accepted.
For questions regarding the collection event or to schedule a curbside electronic waste pickup, contact Greenway Solid Waste & Recycling at (909) 518-7943.
Global entrepreneur Nonie Creme, a Scripps College alumna who has made a splash in the beauty business, will serve as the keynote speaker for the school’s upcoming commencement, set for Saturday, May 17 at 5 p.m.
She will speak to the 232 students graduating from the liberal arts women’s college on “Flying by the Seat of Your Pants, but Flying Just the Same.”
Ms. Creme, who graduated from Scripps in 1994, is the founding creative director of the hugely successful cosmetic company Butter London.
Torchbearer Bill Moremen smiles as he begins the trek across Mayflower Road as residents of Pilgrim Place celebrate the opening ceremonies of their second annual Senior Olympics on Monday at Pilgrim Place. The competition will continue all week with events like table tennis, aquatic fitness, freestyle walking, horseshoes and a scooter challenge. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Time flies, as the saying goes. Case in point: Graduation from the various Claremont Colleges will take place this coming week.
As always, the prestigious local schools have lined up a varied and fascinating slate of commencement speakers. The newest of these, Claremont Lincoln University—which nurtures future leaders skilled in fostering interfaith cooperation—is no exception.
The CLU convocation, which is set for Tuesday, May 20 at 4 p.m., will feature hip hop magnate Russell Simmons as keynote speaker. He will also be awarded an honorary doctoral degree.
Construction work for a slurry seal project in the northwest portion of the city is scheduled for mid-summer and consists of removing and replacing damaged asphalt and concrete sections of streets north of Foothill Boulevard and south of Base Line Road, between Towne Avenue and the westerly city limit.
A California black bear spent time hanging around a Claremont neighborhood over the weekend, causing quite a stir amongst its residents and providing photo opportunities for passing motorists.
Claremont police received a call at 9:06 a.m. on Saturday from a resident on the 300 block of Radcliffe Drive stating there was a bear in the neighborhood. According to Lieutenant Mike Ciszek, California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) was quickly dispatched to the location where wildlife officers tranquilized the bear by dart. Once the tranquilizer took effect, the bear was relocated without incident. Photo/Drew Ready
The verdurous canopies of elms, oaks and sycamores found throughout the city of Claremont do more than just provide shade to residents and visitors. Their majestic beauty and historic longevity are proof that it takes a village to continue their legacy.
Whether you’re enjoying a Sunday drive beneath a baldachin of American Elms on Indian Hill Boulevard or strolling under the Chinese Elms along Harvard Avenue, it’s hard to imagine our city without them.
Money troubles persist for a local Democratic political action committee after its lawsuit against the Democratic Club of Claremont was tossed out of court because of a bounced check.
According to a clerk’s notice filed April 30 by the Los Angeles Superior Court, the Inland Communities Democratic Headquarters PAC attorney, Kevin Taylor, bounced a $435 check when filing the complaint on March 11. The PAC had 25 days to cover the fees, but failed to meet the deadline.
The suspect shot by a Claremont police officer on May 5 has been identified and charged for crimes relating to the incident.
Marcelo Herrera, 24, was charged Wednesday, May 7 with three felony counts, including assault on a police officer, unlawful driving or taking of a vehicle and possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine.
The criminal complaint filed by the Los Angeles County District Attorney against Mr. Herrera also identifies Lt. Jason Walters as the officer involved.
Since a 15-year ban on tattoo parlors was lifted in 2001, Claremont is set to welcome its first ink emporium. Hector Paramo, a law enforcement officer who lives in Rancho Cucamonga, has filed his papers with the county clerk to open Victorious Gallery Tattoos at 1420 N. Claremont Blvd., Suite 102B.
“I would say determination was the key to opening the shop,” Mr. Paramo said. “The city gave us a map with the zoning that allows tattoo shops, and it’s very, very limited in the city of Claremont.”