From bereft to bustling, the Claremont Promenade at Auto Center Drive is a far cry from the floundering center it was considered just a few years ago. The only complaint now comes with trying to find a parking space.
A hub of economic success in the city of Claremont—driving in an estimated $16 million in sales tax since it opened in 1986—Auto Center Drive has become much more than the cluster of auto dealerships from whence it drew its name. While Norms proved an important addition to Promenade, and certainly gave the center a couple extra double-takes with its 50-foot glowing orange sign, the opening of the Super King grocery store in late 2011 proved to be particularly fortuitous.
COURIER subscriber Judy Dodd was lounging at her home in the Claremont hillside Wednesday morning when an unexpected visitor greeted her. A bobcat strolled over for an afternoon drink in her backyard birdbath.
It wouldn’t be the only time. The fluffy feline returned for a second visit the following morning, sauntering over for a drink before spreading out on the ground for a moment of relaxation “just like a cat would,” Ms. Dodd noted. Ms. Dodd has seen plenty of wildlife from the backyard of her Kellett Street home, where she has lived for the past 42 years, but it’s not often she is graced by the presence of a bobcat.
It was standing-room only in the Claremont City Council Chamber Tuesday night as council members tackled a series of ongoing city disputes. Parking issues at the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park were among the night’s heavy hitters.
After nearly 2 hours of public comment, the Claremont City Council unanimously agreed to add further parking restrictions to streets near the bustling wilderness area.
In addition to previously designated “no parking” zones at Mt. Baldy Avenue and Mills, permit-only parking will be enforced 24 hours a day on a number of adjacent streets.
The hot summer weather also brings a sight not very common for Southern California. Thunderstorms. Although we recently suffered through a few rain drops in Claremont over the weekend, the stormy weather usually is reserved for the mountains areas to the north and east. Claremont's weather will be quite consistent this week featuring party cloudy skies with highs in the upper 80s and lows in the 60s. Next chance of rain? No worries, there's nothing in the 10-day forecast. COURIER photo/Peter Weinberger
There is still time to be a part of Shoes That Fit’s annual Back to School campaign.
Just pick up an empty backpack—tagged with the name, gender, shoe size and grade of a child—from among the more than a dozen participating Village businesses. As a Back to School Buddy, you can fill the pack with a pair of brand-new athletic shoes, socks and school supplies, items that can make a life-changing difference for a child in need.
Backpacks are still available at the following Claremont businesses, and should be returned by Sunday, July 28 to The Green Gypsie, Heirloom, Some Crust Bakery, Stamp Your Heart Out, The Last Drop Café, Nectar, The Bath Workshop and Dr. Grubbs.
Claremont’s Colors 91711 invites the public to come craft for a cause. The specialty yarn shop, located at 248 Harvard Ave., will host its second annual Charity Knit Nights on Fridays throughout August from 6 to 9 p.m.
Knit or crochet items for Operation Gratitude—a Los Angeles-based nonprofit that sends hats and scarves to our service men and women. In 2012, Colors crafters donated more than 150 handcrafted items.
Inter Valley Health Plan (www.IVHP.com), a Pomona-based Medicare Advantage Organization, will host its fifth annual Helping Hands Week, where employees will donate time to non-profits during the week of August 5th, 2013. The weeklong initiative will benefit local non-profits including Community Senior Services, Inland Valley Hope Partners, Inland Valley Humane Society and others, plus employees will have an opportunity to create homemade crafts for seniors and children in need at various non-profits around the region. Non-profit organizations are selected based on need and employee suggestions.
Work crews demolish the old Claremont Unified School District administrative offices Monday morning at the corner of Base Line Road and Mountain Avenue in Claremont. The demolition marks the first step in preparing the 4.3-acre site for a 54-unit townhouse development by Texas based builder D. R. Horton. The company also purchased the adjacent CUSD service center for future construction. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Even though there were typical larger crowds at the Claremont Wilderness Park on Saturday, that did not stop 2 deer from checking out the scene of regular hikers and bikers looking for a taste of the outdoors. Temperatures should cool off a little, with highs in the upper 80s and lows in the 60s. Although a small amount of rain fell in north Claremont in the morning, skies will remain mostly sunny for the weekend. COURIER photo/Peter Weinberger
Though conflict may have plagued early development plans for the vacant lot at Indian Hill and Vista Drive, the Planning Commission Tuesday approved a project all could agree with.
Developers, commissioners and residents shared in the approval of adding a townhome-style complex to the 1.75-acre vacancy adjacent to the Wheeler Park neighborhood in south Claremont.
With fires still raging in the mountains south of Palm Springs in Idyllwild Thursday evening, a simple change of the winds can easily push the smoke 100 miles away from Claremont. About 3,000 firefighters have fought the flames, which torched 22,800 acres and was only 15% contained. The good news is the town of Idyllwild has been spared so far, as crews continued to work in hot, windy conditions. "That's our primary goal," said Bob Poole, an information officer with the US Forest Service, who said how the blaze came within 2 1/2 miles of Idyllwild. "But fire sometimes is unpredictable." COURIER photo/Peter Weinberger
Bank of America mortgage customers who are at risk for defaulting are invited to meet with bank representatives next week, according to Mayor Opanyi Nasiali.
From Tuesday, July 23 to Thursday, July 25, Bank of America will host a homeowner assistance event in Los Angeles for customers in the area, to provide a forum to meet with a bank specialist who will review their file, discuss and provide counseling on options—such as a loan modification—in an effort to avoid foreclosure.
WALK TO END ALZHEIMER’S Claremont Place Senior Living presents a “Calypso Benefit to End Alzheimer’s.” Enjoy Caribbean food, island libations, steel drums by Status Williams and raffle prizes. $20 donation. All proceeds benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. Guests must be at least 21 years old. Claremont Place, 120 W. San Jose Ave., Claremont. RSVP by July 22 to 447-5259. The event takes place on Thursday, July 25.
The Claremont Police Department, in partnership with Cedars-Sinai, will host a blood drive on Thursday, August 1 from noon to 5:30 p.m. at Cahuilla Park, located at 1717 N. Indian Hill Blvd.
Claremont Lieutenant Mike Ciszek is leading the blood campaign in honor of his father’s journey with cancer and to help the Cancer Center’s need for blood donations, particularly in the summer when donations levels are at the lowest.
Walk-ins are welcome, but registering in advance is encouraged. To sign up, contact Debbie Trevino at email@example.com or 399-5420.