The Claremont Community School of Music (CCSM) has come a long way since offering music lessons out of a church basement.
More than 40 years since those classes began, the not-for-profit organization has expanded from 4 founders to include dozens of teachers and more than 450 students, from young children to senior citizens. The number of aspiring Beethovens and Mozarts continues to soar each year.
There are a few guarantees when it comes to Thanksgiving. Someone will break etiquette by ignoring the unwritten “no politics at the dinner table” injunction. There will be a friendly but spirited battle over the remote between football fans and those itching to watch the Twilight Zone marathon. And there will be leftovers.
There was jubilation among a small cadre of representatives from Pomona College and the community who gathered Sunday at Walter’s Restaurant for wine, hors d’oeuvres and a screening of the latest episode of VH1’s Storytellers.
The featured artist, Taylor Swift, whose album “Red” currently graces the top spot in the US charts, comported herself beautifully during the filming, but that wasn’t the primary source of excitement.
It was the venue.
COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Thanksgiving came early for a few Claremont residents this year as representatives of Golden State Water and Claremont’s Joslyn Senior Center gifted 100 turkeys Wednesday to local needy families.
Senior center representatives provided Golden State with the names of families in need for this year’s Operation Gobble, an annual outreach program started and maintained by Golden State Water since 1990.
Claremont isn’t Operation Gobble’s only stop. Golden State representatives, equipped with a pickup truck of turkeys, will visit 75 communities in 10 counties throughout the state as part of the yearly outreach. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
In addition to allocating $24,000, the city council unanimously approved the purchase of a $1.8 million truck to serve as the city’s mobile Emergency Command Center (EOC). The EOC will serve as a station for local disaster managers in the event of a serious city emergency.
The EOC will be funded with a $100,000 received from the sale of its last mobile command center; with a $1.1 million in grants; $180,000 from the local school district and Claremont Colleges; $300,000 from the Impound Lot fund balance and a loan of $183,600 from the General Fund, to be paid back over the next 3 years.
Though Tuesday’s Claremont City Council meeting ended in record time, it wasn’t due to a shortage of items up for discussion. The council tackled a series of administrative matters and allocated more than a million dollars for various city projects before adjournment.
Among notable matters was the city council’s unanimous approval to remove 89 trees in the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park.
When Leslie Carr, a resident of Lynoak Drive, took her dogs Captain Butler and Ruby for a walk early Wednesday morning, she shrugged off their agitated behavior as a result of a passing squirrel or other common annoyance. Ms. Carr wasn’t expecting to find the actual source of her dog’s unusual behavior to be a bear.
A 145-pound California Black Bear made its way through Ms. Carr’s neighborhood Wednesday afternoon, sending police officers and wardens of California’s Department of Fish and Game on a game of chase. The bear was captured and not hurt and returned to the wild. Be sure to check out our special bear photo gallery.
The Claremont Hills Wilderness Park may soon be “dawn to dusk” no longer. As the city continues work on new parking lots for the Wilderness Park, the Community and Human Services Commission has recommended specific hours of operation for the increasingly popular hiking destination.
With a 6-1 vote, the commission proposed late last week park hours be listed as 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. from March to October and 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. from November to February. The recommendation will move forward for final approval by the Claremont City Council. See our complete story in the Wednesday edition.
The Mendelsohn family isn’t one to boast. In fact, in a recent Sunday afternoon interview Debra Mendelsohn had to prod her teenagers Emelie, 17, and Doug, 15, to talk about their different volunteer activities. Their activism extends to their temple, Scout troops and the Volunteer Family Group, helping other military families.
“They just aren’t used to getting attention for what they do,” Ms. Mendelsohn explains of their reticence.
Though they are quiet about their volunteerism, the Mendelsohn’s level of service speaks for itself, and the nation has taken notice. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Keith Wyrostek does his best to fit a large chair into the backseat of his friend’s car on Friday during the Pilgrim Place Festival. After some maneuvering, he managed to get the chair in through the front passenger door. Among the many features of the 2-day festival are games, craft booths, a giant yard sale and The Festival Play. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundenff
Eagle Scout Doug Mendelsohn plays “Taps” at the end of the Veterans Day observance on Sunday in Claremont. The annual event honored the men and women who have served in the United States military with a special acknowledgement of those who died in combat. Doug’s family was also honored at the event for being selected as the 2012 Association of the United States Army, Family of the Year. COURIER photo/Steven Felschndneff
The city of Claremont has made an offer of $54 million to Golden State Water Company for the purchase of the city’s water system and assets, according to a city press release sent Tuesday evening.
The price of the city’s offer is being released 2 weeks after City Attorney Sonia Carvalho’s announcement that the city council had unanimously decided to make an official proposal to the privately owned water company. The amount was kept under wraps while a formal letter was drafted.