Despite the bustle of activity surrounding Claremont’s annual Independence Day bash, time is always taken to refocus on the individuals and groups that make the community worthy of the celebration.
A Grand Marshal, Honored Individual and Honored Group are traditionally recognized with special fanfare both before and during the Fourth of July festivities. This year, an additional group is being awarded for embodying the spirit of the Claremont community.
Community members will join in honoring the Claremont Museum of Art, bestowed with this year’s resurrected “Blue Ribbon Spirit Award.”
Using London’s Hyde Park Corner as his inspiration, Reverend T. Willard Hunter began the Claremont Independence Day Speakers’ Corner in 1977 to showcase the constitutional right of free speech.
As a result, a variety of topics ranging from politics and religion to current events and history have graced the podium for the past 3 decades.
In the 1970s, Rev. Hunter saw Claremont historian (the late Judy Wright) speak at a local event. Although the 2 had never met, he was so impressed by her public speaking he reportedly passed her a note after her address and—in the direct, yet jovial, manner he was well known for—asked simply, “I’d like you to speak at my funeral.”
He’s had a part in almost every area of Claremont schools for close to 4 decades, and has not lost his enthusiasm for the schools and city he calls home.
Charles Worthing Freitas, better known as “Chuck” is the Grand Marshal for “Claremont Rocks the Fourth,” presiding over Thursday’s gala parade to mark the occasion.
Mr. Freitas’ journey to Claremont began in Huntington Park, where he was born to Worthing and Jordis Freitas in 1942. His father was a US Marine during World War II who went on to a career in the oil refinery business. His mother was a registered nurse, and the family included his younger sister, Judy Baker.
The Stan West Blues Band perform outside city hall during Blues and Brews Craft Beer Walk on Saturday in the Claremont Village. Guests had the opportunity to visit participating locations for beer and food samples as well as live music. Even with temperatures hovering around 100 degrees, everyone from beer drinkers to music lovers didn't let the heat deter them from having a blast and the ever popular event. COURIER photo/Jenelle Rensch
A resident was robbed at gunpoint on Sunday, June 30 at approximately 9:00 p.m. The victim was walking through a parking lot on the corner of Mills Avenue and Foothill Boulevard when the suspect displayed a black
semi-automatic handgun and demanded the victim’s purse. He then fled
eastbound on Foothill Boulevard.
The suspect is described as a heavyset male Hispanic, approximately 30 years old, standing 5-feet, 10-inches tall with a moustache. At the time of the robbery, the suspect was wearing a hat, and a dark jacket over a grey shirt and dark pants.
If you have any information regarding this crime, please call the Claremont Police Department at 399-5411.
Members of the Claremont High School cross country team beat the heat with a boys against the girls water balloon fight on Friday at CHS. An extended heat wave has hit the Inland valley and will continue with temperatures predicted to be in the triple digits all weekend. The team was in the middle of their annual fundraising marathon relay that also serves as a fun team-building exercise for the upcoming season. More in our next edition. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
When it comes to the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and plans for the Gold Line light rail system, Claremont is once again getting left behind.
The MTA Thursday approved changes to the multimillion dollar Measure R transit expenditure plan without including the most up-to-date information on the Gold Line’s Foothill extension, despite pleas from Claremont officials and other local legislators.
Like fireworks? An array of sites, both near and far, are exploding with opportunities for summer enjoyment, many of them inexpensive or even free and many suited to the entire family.
The COURIER has done some sleuthing to track down some of the season’s must-attend events. Take a look at our list to find happenings that will make you want to save the date.
COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
The city of Claremont has implemented several pedestrian and bicycle safety upgrades to signalized intersections along the Bike Priority Zone. Among these tools are the video detection systems at signalized intersections. With the video detection systems, cameras are strategically positioned to detect vehicles and bicycles without the provision of loops. The cameras detect bicyclists and allow for a longer time to cross the street. The cameras replace the road loops that were used previously and preserve the roadway surface.
Starting on Monday, July 8, Southern California Edison will be replacing an existing vault on the north side of Second Street, just east of the library driveway. The work will require the closure of Second Street, between Harvard and College Avenues, for up to 3 weeks.
Preliminary work on this section of Second Street will take place on Monday, July 1 and Tuesday, July 2. The street will remain open for these 2 days.
A temporary power outage will be required beginning at midnight on Sunday, July 7, which is expected to last until noon that same day.
College students may have gone for the summer, but they aren’t the latest roadway obstacle for regular College Avenue commuters.
City officials have closed part of College Avenue after a sinkhole appeared on the southbound lane of the Village roadway, just north of Fourth Street. Officials have blocked off College from Fourth to Sixth Street, as maintenance workers survey and fix the damage. It is unknown when the street will be reopened.
Other segments of College Avenue will be closed this summer as part of other construction projects. Fourth Street between College Avenue and College Way will be blocked off to cars as Pomona College continues work on the second phase of the college’s Fourth Street/Marston Quadrangle Pedestrian Walkways Project. COURIER photo/Collette Weinberger
Claremont’s Shelton Park is receiving a much-anticipated musical tune-up.
The Claremont City Council approved plans for the construction of a $100,000 performance stage to be built in the northeast corner of the small Village park, located at Bonita and Harvard Avenues.
The Village Marketing Group, a subcommittee of the Claremont Chamber of Commerce, will lead the fundraising efforts. Mayor Opanyi Nasiali kick started the fundraising by handing over a $100 check following the council’s unanimous vote.
“Now you only have to raise $99,900,” Mr. Nasiali quipped.
Behind every successful business and service organization in Claremont is a dedicated group of volunteers. In many of these cases, there is also another common factor: Sonja Stump.
It’s hard to name an event or committee that hasn’t had some influence by the helping hands of Ms. Stump. As chair of the Village Marketing Group, she has added her touches to the Village Wine Walk, Friday Nights Live and the upcoming Craft Beer Walk. She has ensured Election Day goes off without a hitch as a polling place volunteer for the past 30 years. And Ms. Stump is not amiss in mentioning her beloved roles with both the Pomona Valley Workshop and Pomona Valley hospital, where she works alongside her husband, Bob Fagg.
The Rev. Dr. Kah-Jin Jeffrey Kuan, president elect of the Claremont School of Theology, responded on Wednesday to news of the U.S. Supreme Court’s twin rulings in defense of same-sex marriage.
He applauded the high court’s decision to strike down part of 1996’s Defense of Marriage Act and to dismiss an appeal supporting Proposition 8, the 2008 ballot initiative that banned same-sex marriages in California.