Ben Harper and his mother Ellen Chase Harper perform a song from their new recording “Childhood Home” on Saturday during the 31st Claremont Folk Festival at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden. The Harpers were the title act at the festival that included workshops, games, food and lots of great music. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Jacqueline “Jackie” Withey, a student at the Webb Schools, will be presented with the Gold Scout Award—the highest award a Girl Scout can earn—in Pasadena on June 8.
Jackie’s Gold Award project was sparked by her concern for the underserved poor in her community that are in need of food and blankets. Because of unemployment and a poor economy, food banks are receiving less food. Through her leadership and organizational skills, she generated over 5,500 pounds of food and 75 blankets for the “His Hands Ministry” at St. Joseph’s Church in Upland.
Bill Waggener has been installed as the new president of the University Club of Claremont. Mr. Waggener, emeritus professor of biological sciences at Mt. SAC and co-director of handbells at Claremont United Church of Christ, takes office for one year. He replaces Celeste Palmer, whose term ended last month.
Two new members of the board of directors, Donna Bernard and Charles Cable, will serve three-year terms.
House of Ruth is a safe haven for those who have been victimized by domestic violence and affords victims a sanctuary where they can build a new life free from abuse and fear. The women learn that living in an abusive home does not allow for love, creativity or growth because the priority is keeping yourself and your children safe from harm.
The progress of the Claremont Water System Acquisition Project took another detour last week with Golden State Water Company challenging the city’s environmental impact report (EIR) for failing to analyze the direct, indirect and cumulative environmental effects of the project as a whole.
In court documents filed May 19 and obtained by the COURIER, the water company claims the city’s EIR is so “undefined and vague that meaningful review is not possible, and the final EIR improperly segments future actions that are necessarily a part of the project.”
The Claremont City Council quickly moved forward on several Consent Calendar items Tuesday night including the community’s participation in the Georgetown University Energy Prize (GUEP) and the adoption of the new fee schedule for the city’s sanitation services.
However, one item in particular, the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the City of Claremont and the various employee associations, was pulled from the calendar and discussed at length. Council members were quick to speak up and share their concerns regarding the proposed salary increases and the methods with which they were measured.
Fans of free outdoor gigs have a while to wait before Claremont launches its Monday Night Concerts in the Park series, which starts soon after the city’s July 4 celebration and whose sweet sounds regularly lure large audiences to Memorial Park. In the meantime, you can get your al fresco culture fix with the Scripps College’s Levitt on the Lawn music series. The first concert of the summer will be a Wednesday, June 25 performance by The Wild Reeds.
Mental illness affects us all and it strikes everywhere. Preventable losses add up for suffering individuals, families, organizations and communities. Despite this fact, many in our community remain confused about mental illness, including how to best respond.
The month of May is the perfect time to increase the community’s knowledge and improve its response. NAMI Pomona Valley has speakers available to give mental health awareness presentations to your organization or group. Organizations can coordinate mental health first aid training or become involved in advocacy with NAMI.
City Manager Tony Ramos announced the appointment of Anne K. Turner as the interim human services director. Ms. Turner began working in this capacity on Monday, May 12.
Ms. Turner holds a doctorate and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of La Verne, where she is also an adjunct professor. She is a longtime Claremont resident and has been involved with community organizations, including the Claremont Museum of Art and League of Women Voters.
With hands over their hearts Upland residents, Heidi Ondich, Carol Snyder and Sadie Ondich, 5, watch as the American flag is retired following the traditional Memorial Day observance on Monday at Oak Park Cemetery in Claremont. Ms. Snyder’s husband James is a veteran of the Vietnam war and is the adjutant of the American Legion Keith Powell Post 78, that sponsored the event. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
A group of Claremont High School Students prepare the Ginger Elliot Exhibition Space in Memorial Park on Friday for the upcoming exhibit StART It Up which is sponsored by Claremont Museum of Art. The show is the culmination of the CMA’s educational program ARTstART and will feature artwork by elementary students which has been curated by the high school students. The show will be open to the public on May 31 and June 1 from 12 to 4 p.m. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
The home building flurry continues with two additional developments submitting to planning commission. Tuesday night’s meeting of the Claremont Planning Commission brought forward two new development proposals, one on south Mills Avenue and a second mixed-use plan on Foothill Boulevard and Monte Vista Avenue.
Brandywine Homes may have pulled its plans for a development at the former La Puerta site on Forbes Avenue, but the Orange County-based builder hasn’t given up on home construction in Claremont.
The man accused of assault with a deadly weapon against a Claremont police officer that shot him, appeared in court on May 15 and entered a plea of not guilty. Marcelo Herrera was arraigned in Pomona Superior Court on three felony counts, including assault on a police officer, unlawful driving or taking of a vehicle and possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine.
Longtime Claremont resident Florence Gordon Webster celebrated her 100th birthday Saturday, May 17 at the Claremont Manor, where she currently resides.
Friends and family of the centenarian traveled from as far as Texas, Washington and Oregon to join in her birthday celebration. It was an event not to be missed.
The birthday brunch was an elegant affair for an equally elegant woman. Hosted by her children, Elizabeth Webster Haberman and husband, Paul, of Bend, Oregon; Lawrence Webster and partner, Caren Whiteside of Claremont; Gerald Webster and wife Sharie of Brea; and daughter-in-law, Judy Webster (wife of Gordon who died in 2003), of Tucson, Arizona.