David Wilson may not be your typical artist, paintbrush in hand and canvas in place, but his masterpieces have been among the town’s most visible, seen up and down the streets of Claremont for the last 25 years.
As the owner of Pigale Optical Parlor, Mr. Wilson lives for giving his customers the gift of improved sight while relishing the artistic flair that comes along with his job.
“It’s jewelry, ” he says of his array of eyewear, much of it custom-made and manufactured in his tiny Claremont boutique. “Of course now there is a technical side, we have to make them work, but what we sell is jewelry.”
The Claremont Planning Commission will be presented Tuesday, January 15 with the tract map for a proposed condominium complex at Base Line Road and Mountain Avenue. The review begins at 7 p.m. in the City Council Chamber, 225 W. Second St.
D.R. Horton, a Texas-based home building company, purchased the 4.2-acre property from the Claremont Unified School District last March for a reported $6.2 million. The land is located adjacent to the CUSD maintenance yard, the 210 Freeway and a series of single-family homes.
Stunt pilot Sammy Mason, 18, makes a very short take off during a special preview of the Cable Air Show on Friday in Upland. The pre-show is an annual tradition where stunt pilots entertain a select crowd of Special need children and adults as well as students from a local elementary school. The Cable Air Show is open to the public and runs this Saturday and Sunday. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Maureen Aldridge, president and chief executive officer of the Claremont Chamber of Commerce, announced a new high in Chamber gift card sales. From November 1 through December 31, an estimated $18,940 dollars worth in Chamber gift cards were sold.
“It’s keeping our tax dollars right here in Claremont,” Ms. Aldridge said.
Ask Laura Johnson, 100, The secret to her longevity and she’s got a no-nonsense answer: hard work.
Ask her how people stayed in shape before exercise classes became common and she’ll give a similar reply. “They worked hard.”
The same recipe for success has helped Ms. Johnson—who celebrated her centennial Monday with a vigorous workout—thrive in Mike Lepore’s circuit training class, offered through the Claremont Adult School and held 4 times a week in El Roble Intermediate School’s Fitness Center. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
The city of Claremont is joining the Los Angeles Business Federation and educators across the Los Angeles County in fighting a countywide tax initiative that could cost the city up to $102,702.58 a year.
The Claremont City Council came together Tuesday in a unanimous vote to oppose the Clean Water, Clean Beaches measure proposed by the Los Angeles Flood Control District (LAFCD). The measure proposes charging property owners countywide with a new annual tax to help pay for water quality projects.
Residents in the Claremont area were treated to a fantastic sunset on Monday after a winter storm left clear skies and a smattering of clouds. Visit the COURIER Facebook page and post your image of this or any sunset. The weather for the week will have a cooling trend in the 50s starting Wednesday, with clear to party cloudy skies through Friday. COURIER photo/Peter Weinberger
Water and economic development are expected to remain at the forefront in 2013 as the Claremont City Council evaluates priorities and goals for the year ahead. The public discussion takes place at an 8 a.m. workshop this Saturday, January 12, in the City Council Chamber.
The council established a list of over 35 goals and priorities at its annual priority setting workshop in December 2011. That same list, slightly dwindled down as some of those priorities became reality, appeared before the city council in May.
In wake of recent changes to the city’s Dial-A-Ride service, Claremont residents are invited to attend an information session Tuesday, January 8, to learn how to best make use of the city’s transportation programs.
The free event, hosted by the city of Claremont, will provide details about each transportation service and the most cost effective way to use them. The educational session will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Joslyn Center, 660 Mountain Ave.
Patrice Zappa-Porter sings “I’ll Fly Away” as Cynthia Allaire plays guitar on Sunday during a memorial service for longtime Claremont resident Ray Collins at Shelton Park in the Village. Mr. Collins was one of the original members of The Mothers of Invention with Ms. Zappa-Porter’s brother Frank Zappa. A crowd of about 75 gathered on the clear but cold afternoon to remember Mr. Collins who had been a fixture in the Village for years. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Among the proprietors of the town’s mom-and-pop stores, one stands out for her remarkable staying power and community involvement.
Joan Bunte, the owner of Stamp Your Heart Out—the go-to destination for local and visiting crafters’ stamping and scrap-booking needs—has become one of the most recognizable faces in the Village.
Along with providing a space for people to shop and to experiment with the latest crafting equipment and techniques, Ms. Bunte is one of the co-founders of the Village Marketing Group (VMG), which organizes activities to draw shoppers far and wide to the city of Claremont.
While questions about marriage equality and immigration aren’t typically related to Christianity’s depiction of Jesus in the manger, members of the Claremont United Methodist Church beg to differ. Their yearly nativity, displayed along Foothill Boulevard between Harvard and Indian Hill, is designed as a controversial conversation-starter.
This year’s display is no different, drawing attention to people who have been ostracized and oppressed in society, like impoverished families and undocumented workers.
Claremont residents have yet to see the bulk of the latest set of water increases pile on top of their water bills, but it won’t stop the increases from trickling in.
While the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) finalizes its decision on Golden State Water Company’s latest controversial appeal for water rate increases, the state regulatory body has directed that the current rates be extended on an interim basis until a final decision is approved.