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IVHP launches website geared toward active, older adults

Pomona-based nonprofit Inter Valley Health Plan has launched a new website geared at providing free access to resources for living a healthy lifestyle.

“For Health and Living,” though geared at individuals 55 years and older, has features useful for all ages, including information and programs about rejuvenating your body and revitalizing your spirit to retirement with a mission. Website features are wide ranging from how to manage your money and Medicare to local volunteer opportunities.

“We are constantly monitoring and listening to our membership and the communities we serve,” says Ronald H. Bolding, Inter Valley Heath Plan’s president and chief executive officer. “The ‘For Health and Living’ website is another example of how we are going above and beyond to help people create and maintain the mind-body-spirit connection.”

Find out more by visiting the website at www.forhealthandliving.com. 


Friday Night ‘charity knit nights’ on behalf of Operation Gratitude

Knitters and crocheters are invited to participate in “charity knit nights” every Friday in August from 6 to 9 p.m. at Colors 91711, 248 Harvard Ave.

Operation Gratitude is a Los Angeles- based organization that sends 100,000 care packages filled with snacks, entertainment items, personal letters of appreciation as well as knitted hats and scarves addressed to individually named US. service members deployed in hostile regions around the world.

The organization’s mission is to lift morale, bring a smile to a service member’s face and express to them the appreciation and support of Americans back home. An estimated 60,000 scarves are needed for the holiday packages.

Knitters are asked to bring their own size 8 or 9 knitting needles or size G or H crochet hooks and bulky yarn to participate in these “communal projects.”

The group welcomes all donations of needles, hooks, yarn and cash. Each care package costs approximately $140, with an additional $15 to assemble and ship each one, so residents are welcome to make monetary donations. Purchases made at Colors 91711 for the charity project will receive a 10 percent discount.

For those who cannot attend Friday evening knit events, please stop by any time during the month of August. Sign in at arrival to be entered into a drawing for a prize. The more hours you knit, the better chances for winning a prize donated from a local retailer.

Participating businesses include:?Barbara Cheatley Antiques, Bamboo Tea House, Mint Leaf Thai Massage, 42nd Street Bagel, Casa Moreno Mexican Grill, Bua Thai Restaurant, Walter Cholewa—Hand Made Artisan Crafts from Argentina, Pedal Spin Studio, Green Tara Yoga Studio Upland, Rio de Ojas, Colors 91711 and Susan Adams, author, books and gifts from the heart.

For information, email info@colors 91711.com or mags5a@gmail.com., or visit www.operationgratitude.com.


CGU’s master’s of public health program receives accreditation

Claremont Graduate University (CGU’s) School of Community and Global Health announced that its Master’s of Public Health (MPH) program has received full accreditation from the Council on Education for Public Health.

The council approved accreditation for 5 years, the longest allowable for a newly-accredited program.

The Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) is an independent agency recognized by the US Department of Education to accredit schools of public health and public health programs. It has accredited about 85 master of public health programs in the United States, Canada, Lebanon and Grenada.

CGU formed its School of Community and Global Health in the summer of 2008 to foster the study of 21st century health threats, such as accelerated shifts in global populations and spikes in preventable health-related problems.

The MPH program, which enrolled its first students in the fall of 2009, focuses on the decreases in health and well-being that result from economic and social circumstance and lifestyle choices, including obesity, diabetes, and diseases related to tobacco, alcohol, and drug abuse, both locally and globally.


City appoints new commissioners

The Claremont City Council made the following commission reappointments and appointments:

Planning Commission: Richard Rosenbluth, appointment to a 2-year term.

Police Commission: Frank Bedoya, reappointment to a 2-year term; Laura Fragoso, reappointment to a 4-year term; Catherine Lombardo, reappointment to a 3-year term; Rex Jaime, appointment to a one-year term (remainder of unexpired term)

Traffic and Transportation Commission: Evan Rutter, appointment to a 4-year term.


New restaurant plans, building designs for historic site approved by commissions

The owner of The Back Abbey and Union on Yale is planning on submitting construction plans for a new proposed restaurant at 211 W. First St., the “little white house,” formerly the Shrimps store. The new restaurant would offer a simple contemporary South American cuisine, which will feature a variety of tacos as well as tamales, soups, salads, and other dishes.

On March 20, the Claremont Planning Commission approved a conditional use permit allowing the sale of beer and wine for on-site consumption and outdoor seating at the site.

On July 25, the architectural commission approved the proposed design modifications related to the conversion of the existing site into a restaurant.

Modifications to the historic site include converting the small existing historic structure into a kitchen and renovating and restoring the building’s exterior, which will include wood repairs, new paint colors (which will be more historically appropriate), and replacing the existing roof with new cedar-wood shakes (fire retardant treated) to mimic what would have probably been on the original structure.

A small accessory structure will be built at the rear of the site, which will be used as a bathroom and storage area. New landscaping and fencing will be installed for an outdoor patio seating area.

Construction is anticipated to begin in the fall with the restaurant scheduled to open in early 2013.