The Claremont Folk Festival, held on Saturday at the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden (RSABG), was a rousing success this year, with guests raving about the lineup and the scenic new venue. There’s no sugarcoating it. With the festival running all day starting at 10 a.m. and with temperatures approaching the 90s, the event was a real scorcher. There were plenty of trees to duck under, however, and with vendors selling snow cones, ice cream and cold beer, there were plenty of ways to beat the heat.
“It was really enjoyable. The crowd was surprisingly mellow and manageable,” reported Emily Moultrie, co-owner of Claremont Craft Ales, whose brews proved to be one of the festival’s more popular wares.
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At its commencement on May 21, the Claremont School of Theology awarded an honorary doctorate to Dr. John Cobb Jr., PhD. Dr. Cobb is a renowned process theologian and United Methodist. Dr. Cobb has written, co-written, or edited more than 50 books, including Christ in a Pluralistic Age, God and the World, and For the Common Good (with Herman Daly), which was the co-winner of the Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order.
Claremont police responded to a second armed robbery this weekend after a pedestrian was robbed at gunpoint at Yale Avenue and Second Street on Saturday June 15 at about 11 p.m., according to the Claremont Police Department.
The suspect displayed a semi-automatic handgun and demanded the victim’s cell phone, then fled southbound towards First Street. The suspect is described as a male Hispanic, approximately 25 years old, standing 5-feet, 6-inches tall and weighing approximately 190 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He was said to be wearing a blue T-shirt and baggie blue jeans.
An armed robbery occurred at about 4:40 p.m. today, Friday, June 14, at Yum- Yum Donuts located at 366 S. Indian Hill Blvd., in the Peppertree shopping center in Claremont.
According to police, the suspect entered the business, brandished a handgun then demanded cash from the register. The clerk complied and handed the suspect an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspect then fled on foot southbound through the parking lot, which is located on the corner of Indian Hill and Arrow Highway.
The suspect is described as a male Asian or Hispanic with dark hair, 21 to 27 yrs old, 5 feet, 6-inches tall and weighed approximately 160 to 170 pounds. He was wearing a white shirt with dark stripes, blue pants and black shoes with white laces.
Anyone with information in this case should contact the Claremont Police Department at 399-5411.
Summer may be the season of relaxation and an occasional getaway from the usual workload, but members of the Claremont Homeless Advocacy Program (CHAP) are just getting started with their latest assignment.
Last month, the local nonprofit kicked off its Summer to End Homelessness project, geared at helping homeless individuals obtain permanent housing. On Saturday, about 50 volunteers gathered for the first time at St. Ambrose Episcopal Church to train for the weeks of work ahead.
The proper treatment of stormwater, according to new regional requirements, is coming at a high cost to the city of Claremont and others local cities. Claremont officials estimate more than $400,000 will be needed to comply with a new set of stringent guidelines put into place by the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality board. And that’s only for starters.
The Claremont City Council Tuesday unanimously approved moving forward with plans to adhere to the water quality board’s new rules—not because of agreement with the stricter standards, but because they believed there was no other choice.
A little bling and a lot of fun were the order of the night when the matriculating class of El Roble Intermediate School celebrated their annual Eighth Grade Party on Wednesday night, June 12. Once students went outside onto the El Roble grounds, they found a slew of other diversions. That included a “Boot Camp” obstacle course that Merrick Hummer, above, joyfully challenged, an inflatable “Human Foosball” court, a test-your-strength hammer game and a face-painting station. The PFA worked all year raising money and garnering donations in able to ensure a festive 8th grade send off. COURIER photo/Peter Weinberger
A man’s musical inclination has landed him behind bars. Claremont police nabbed 32-year-old Jesse Goede of Pomona on Thursday, believed to be responsible for stealing thousands of dollars worth of musical instruments and equipment from local churches.
The battle between Claremont and Golden State Water has trickled into unchartered territory as Claremont City Manager Tony Ramos and Rodney Smith, president of Stratecon Inc., campaign to discredit one another through a series of mailers.
It started on May 20 in a letter to Mr. Ramos where Mr. Smith, the author of an economic study that sought to outline costs associated with the city’s purchase of the water company, requested that Mr. Ramos retract statements made in his April 25 mailer to residents. In the April 25 mailer, Mr. Ramos questioned the objectivity of Mr. Smith’s study.
Claremont parents and kids 5 and under have a bonus way to stay cool this summer. The community wading pools reopen for the summer season beginning this Monday, June 17. The pool at El Barrio Park is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays and Wheeler Park on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays while the Memorial Park pool is open Monday through Friday. Operating hours are 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. through Friday, August 23. For more information, including weekend rentals, call 399-5490.
The Claremont City Council will discuss ongoing litigation between the city and longtime Village eatery Pizza ‘N Such in closed session tomorrow night, Tuesday, June 18, at 5:15 p.m. before the regular council meeting.
Mike and Sue Verbal, owners of Pizza ‘N Such, recently filed a lawsuit against the city of Claremont alleging city officials violated an agreement made in regard to more than $150,000 of in-lieu parking fees paid by the Verbals to the city.
The fourth annual Claremont Village Blues & Brews Craft Beer Walk is scheduled for Saturday, June 29 from 4 to 8 p.m.
Over 30 Village businesses will serve as craft beer and food tasting sites with several offering non-alcoholic beverages, Live musical performances will be located throughout the Village.
Advance tickets are $35 per person and, if available, are $40 the day of the event. Tickets are non-refundable.
Claremont Heritage has announced the that it will bestow the Bess Garner Historic Preservation Award and the Cultural Heritage Award at this year’s annual gala, Gatsby at the Garner, set for Saturday, June 29 from 5 to 10 p.m. at the Garner House in Memorial Park. The event will include cocktails, dinner, an auction and live jazz music.
The recipient of the Bess Garner Historic Preservation Award for 2013 is The Tucker Schoeman Venture (architects) for outstanding preservation of historic homes and the adaptive reuse of historic buildings
Visitors of Claremont’s Joslyn Senior Center are becoming particularly productive with their morning cup of coffee, and it’s not because of an extra jolt of caffeine.
Program coordinators at the popular senior center have repurposed normal coffee table chatter with the recent introduction of Coffee Talk, a free lecture series presenting topics of importance to seniors and their families. The program kicked off with a healthy cooking demonstration and Q&A last Tuesday.
“The purpose is continued education,” said Shannon Glaudi, senior recreation leader at the Joslyn Center.
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