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Claremont COURIER 8.23.13

Claremont COURIER 8.23.13

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The Claremont Courier is the community newspaper in Claremont, CA. Issue: 8.23.13
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Friday, August 23, 2013
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Gettingback tobasics
The countdown tothe start of anotherschool year begins
Third grade teacher JeanMerrill and Claremont HighSchool sophomore SheaSeery inventory books onTuesday at Chaparral Ele-mentary School. Theprocess of getting her class-room ready can be time-consuming, so Ms. Merrillstarts early and recruits thehelp of former students likeShea. The CUSD schoolyear begins next Wednes-day, August 28.COURIER photos/Steven FelschundneffMembers of Claremont High Schoolʼs offensive line wait to begin a play during varsity football practice on Tuesday at CHS. The Pack will face Burbank in a pre-sea-son scrimmage next Thursday, August 29 at CHS, with their first official game on Friday, September 6 at home against Glendora.
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National Recreation Area,good or bad?
Dear Editor:Congressmember Judy Chu is travelingthe 27th Congressional District in an ef-fort to bring attention to her proposed leg-islation for the National Recreation Area(NRA). What is the NRA? It’s the expan-sion of our national recreation area whichcovers more than 1000 square miles of LA County and parts of Orange and SanBernardino counties.Approximately 1.5 million residentslive within the proposed boundaries,which includes over 50 communities, ourlocal mountains, and the San Gabriel andRio Hondo Rivers. If our rivers and otherwaterways come under the control of theWild and Scenic Rivers Act, how will thataffect our overall controls and rates?I’m having a problem with only oneside of the issue being presented with theproposed legislation.At all the forumsand workshops, those with opposingopinions have only been given a few min-utes to voice their concerns. If Congress-member Chu has nothing to hide, thenplease present an open forum or a paneldiscussion that includes experts on bothsides so we can make an informed deci-sion as to whether this will be good or badfor our communities.I’m all in favor of protecting our moun-tains and recreational areas, but at whatcost to our local governments, schools,water and property rights?Why does the NRA need to turn Route66 (Foothill Boulevard), our waterwaysand other highly populated areas into anational recreational area?On September 7, CongressmemberChu will conduct a town hall meeting todiscuss the NRA. Please mark your cal-endars and plan on attending to get a moreinformed perspective of the proposed leg-islation. The meeting will take place at 10a.m. at Taylor Hall, 1775 N. Indian Hill,Claremont.
Judi Neal
San Dimas
Al Leiga
Dear Editor:I remember Al Leiga as a staunchmember of the troop Committee for BoyScout Troop 403, when his son Steve wasa member of the troop while preparing tobecome an Eagle Scout. The troop wasthen sponsored by Our Lady of the As-sumption Catholic Church in Claremont.Al and the others, most of them membersof OLA, always welcomed me as the onlyJewish member of the board, and later ac-cepted me as their committee chair as wellas Scoutmaster. I remember him fondly.
Don Fisher
For the record
Dear Editor:Thanks to Annie Carlson and theCOURIER staff for the nice piece in theAlmanac about Claremont music. I’mhonored to be mentioned in the articlealongside such illustrious musical com-pany. For the record, I should point outthat my good friend Mark Takeuchi is thebass player in the Squeakin’ Wheels andnot me. Mark is a first-rate player and, asthe drummer for the Squeaks, I’ve en- joyed a good musical relationship withMark for a number of years.Again, thanks for the great work on re-porting on our town.
Roy Durnal
Claremont COURIER/Friday, August 23, 2013
The Claremont Courier (United States Postal Service 115-180) is published once weekly by the Courier Graphics Corporation at 1420 N. ClaremontBlvd., Suite 205B, Claremont, California 91711-5003. The Courier is a newspaper of general circulation as defined by the political code of the state of California, entered as periodicals matter September 17, 1908 at the post office at Claremont, California under the act of March 3, 1879. Periodicals postageis paid at Claremont, California 91711-5003. Single copy: One dollar. Annual subscription: $52.00. Send all remittances and correspondence about sub-scriptions, undelivered copies and changes of address to the Courier, 1420 N. Claremont Blvd., Suite 205B, Claremont, California 91711-5003. Tele-phone: 909-621-4761. Copyright © 2013 Claremont Courier
one hundred and fifth year, number 41
420 N. Claremont Blvd., Ste. 205BClaremont, CA 91711
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ences went up around CahuillaPark last week as constructioncrews set to work providing avidplayground users with some updated digs.
City officials are installing an estimated $65,000 innew playground equipment at the Indian Hill Boule-vard and Scripps Drive park. The new setup wasdeemed necessary in order to address safety concernswith the old equipment and to bring the communityfacility up to date with the standards of the Americanswith Disabilities Act (ADA).The Cahuilla Park playground will remain closeduntil September 16, according to Director of Commu-nity and Human Services Kathleen Trepa, but shemaintains the new additions will be worth the wait.“The equipment was really outdated and needed tobe fixed,” Ms. Trepa noted. “This is going to be a niceaddition to the park that I think residents will really behappy with.”The last time Cahuilla Park received a new junglegym was in 1997, more than 15 years ago. Since thattime, a large portion of the playground geared for the2-5 year olds has been removed due to safety con-cerns. The portion of the playground facilities that re-main, that designated for the 2-5 year olds as well asthe area for the 5-12 year olds, is not accessible towheelchair-bound children or those with disabilities.With the help of Claremont residents, city officialssought to make a change. A community meeting washeld in March with several residents of the surround-ing neighborhoods in attendance. With the collabora-tion of the PlayPower playground manufacturingcompany, residents helped the city come up with anew design all could agree on.The new playground setup for the 5-12 year oldswill include 2 slides, several ladders, a rock climbingstructure and a track ride, or zip line, the first to ap-pear at any Claremont park, according to Ms. Trepa.The jungle gym for the younger children will also in-clude 2 slides and a rock climber, with the addition of an arched bridge as well as 2 steering wheels and aninteractive gear panel. Both playgrounds will be up-dated to ADA standard and include Braille letteringfor those with visual impairments.Despite neighbors’ suggestion to change the park’swood-chipped ground covering to rubber, the woodchips will remain as the playground designer ex-plained there are actually fewer playground injurieswith the wood than the rubber. It is also believed thatthe wood chips will be more durable, a goal of theoverall playground redesign, Ms. Trepa noted.The work won’t slow come September 16. OnceCahuilla Park is reopened, it’s on to the next park forthe community and human resources team. WheelerPark is next on the list for needed playground upgrades.A community meeting will be held to solicit feedbackon Wheeler Park’s new equipment, according to Ms.Trepa. A date for that meeting has not been set.
—Beth Hartnett
Claremont COURIER/Friday, August 23, 2013
City gets cracking on new Cahuilla Park playground
COURIER photo/Steven FelschundneffA fence surrounds the Cahuilla Park playground as work progresses on replacing the play equipment. Cityofficials estimate that the playground will remain closed through mid-September.
CMC fundraising campaign nets more than $635 million
arlier this month, Clare-mont McKenna Col-lege announced thesuccessful conclusion of TheCampaign for ClaremontMcKenna, which has raised atotal of $635.2 million to helpbuild, support and transformthe college’s academic envi-ronment.
The campaign, which was launched in2008 with the goal of raising $600 mil-lion, raised support for faculty and stu-dents, enhancement of the college’s fa-cilities and scholarships through TheFund for CMC. CMC’s new president,Hiram Chodosh, who assumed office onJuly 1, has vowed that CMC will con-tinue to build on its momentum.“Achieving excellence in higher edu-cation is incredibly challenging and re-quires a substantial investment in ourstudents and faculty,” CMC Board of Trustees Chairman Harry T. McMahonsaid. “This remarkable campaignstrengthened a culture of giving in ourClaremont McKenna community thatwill support our commitment to excel-lence for years to come.”Pamela Gann, president emerita,trustee professor of legal studies andGeorge R. Roberts Fellow, highlightedthe significant, longer-term accomplish-ments of the campaign.“CMC’s fundraising success has beentranslated into splendid, transformativechanges on the campus, from the addi-tion of new faculty to new scholarshipprograms to new co-curricular supportfor students to new buildings,” shenoted.Alumnus and Trustee Robert Day,founder of the Trust Company of theWest, provided a visionary gift of $200million, one of the largest donations everreceived by a liberal arts college, for theRobert Day Scholars Program, a uniqueundergraduate and graduate finance pro-gram that combines a rigorous curricu-lum with a rich co-curricularcomponent.The most conspicuous sign of physi-cal improvement at CMC is the college’snew LEED-Gold Kravis Center, de-signed by world-renowned and award-winning architect Rafael Viñoly. TheKravis Center, a 5-level academic andadministrative facility dedicated in 2011,has transformed the west end of campusby creating an iconic entrance. It isnamed in honor of Trustee Henry Kravisand Marie-Josée Kravis for their $75million unrestricted commitment toCMC during the campaign.George R. Roberts’ unrestricted gift of $50 million helped push the college pastits $600 million campaign goal. An-nounced in December 2012, his gift ledthe Board of Trustees to designate, in hishonor, a state-of-the-art new fitness andathletics facility as the Roberts Pavilion.One of the main priorities of the cam-paign was to elevate alumni participa-tion. Trustee A. Steve Crown, workingwith the college’s development staff,came up with a revolutionary way to en-courage alumni to make 4-year pledgesto the Annual Fund. For each pledge,Mr. Crown made a matching gift. Overone-third of all alumni have taken theCrown Challenge.Then, last fall, Mr. Crown and hiswife Nancy made a $7.5 million unre-stricted gift to CMC, helping propel thecampaign past the $610-million mark.The Board of Trustees then designatedClaremont Hall, an award-winning Sil-ver LEED-certified student residencehall, as Crown Hall, in recognition of thegift as well as all of the Crowns’ othergenerous contributions during the cam-paign.
Congresswoman schedulesmeet-and-greet in Claremont
Congresswoman Judy Chu invites the local community to anafternoon open house on Wednesday, August 28 at her newClaremont satellite office, located at 415 W. Foothill Blvd.,Suite 122. The festivities begin at 1 p.m.
Join the local congresswoman for a special ribbon-cutting ceremony and meet-and-greet. Light refreshments will be served. RSVPs should be directed to An-thony Duarte at 626-304-0110 or Anthony.duarte@mail.house.gov.

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