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Claremont COURIER 11.29.13

Claremont COURIER 11.29.13

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The Claremont COURIER is the award winning community newspaper in Claremont, CA. Issue: 11-29-13
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16Warm Thanksgiving greetings from the COURIER staff. Visit our website: claremont-courier.comPOLICE BLOTTER/
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IN THE SWEETNESS OF FRIENDSHIP
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COURIER photos/Steven FelschundneffBest friends Dayton Graue and Austin Fredrick share a laugh while waiting for their food on Fri-day at AbilityFirst during the annual Formal Feast. AbilityFirst, which provides social enrichmentand adapative activities to children and young adults with developmental disabilities, hosted theThanksgiving luncheon to help their students prepare for the challenges sometimes faced duringchanges to routine during the holidays. Mr. Graue, who competes in running events, noted thathe is looking forward to serving as the presenter at AbilityFirstʼs 5K Stroll and Roll this spring.
CHS crosscountry:girls makefinals, boys fall just shy
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Oust Golden State
Dear Editor:We moved to the City of Trees andPHDs three years ago, after having livedin three other cities that had water deliv-ered to residents via public municipalwater agencies. I see our Claremont watersituation as a huge problem with a simplesolution. Oust Golden State as the waterprovider.We may have less money to water ourtrees but, as the November 19 town hallmeeting proved, Claremont is not short oneducated residents. The GSW presenta-tion and their poor answers to residents’questions were simply an insult to our in-telligence. Golden State is pompous and arrogant,and the COURIER captured that in thephoto of Denise Kruger. Her body lan-guage said it all!
Larry Goodman
Claremont
Excellent service from GoldenState Water Company
Dear Editor:I would like to tell you about the en-counter I had with Golden State WaterCompany on Saturday, November 23. Icalled the 1-800 number to report a leak atthe meter on the street side. The service tech arrived within a fewminutes and corrected the problem inabout an hour. Having done some irriga-tion contracts myself, I appreciated hisbeautiful work. The tech was courteousand cleaned up around the meter. This wasreported in a second call to the companyto be forwarded to his supervisor. It occurred to me that a private com-pany has a strong motivation to providegood service, while a tax-supported entitymay not. We might ask how our neigh-boring cities are doing. Golden StateWater has the expertise, equipment andresources to keep our city water running.
Chris Berry
Claremont
Where’s The Colleges’ community spirit?
Dear Editor:After reading Peter Weinberger’s ob-servations on the closing of the ClaremontGolf Course [My Side of the Line, No-vember 22], I have to admit that my sen-timents parallel those of Mr. Weinbergerto a remarkable degree. It does seem odd that a college consor-tium, which appears routinely to find mil-lions of dollars for one sort of project oranother, cannot find any funds to assist inmaintaining a resource which benefits thelocal community as a whole.In that regard, the thought that keepscoming back to me is, where is their com-munity spirit? To cite another example, afew years ago access to the Honnold Li-brary was closed to all non-Colleges’ peo-ple who hadn’t paid an annual fee.Happily, that policy was reversed. We canenter the library now, but we can’t checkout books unless a fee is paid.Now, the Consortium has decided toclose down what could be a (mostly, atleast) self-supporting enterprise—the golf course.So I return to my initial thought.Where’s their community spirit? Where’stheir sense for just being a good neighbor?
Douglas Lyon
Claremont
Claremont COURIER/Friday, November 29, 2013
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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
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Send readers’ comments via email toeditor@claremont-courier.com or by mailor hand-delivery to 1420 N. ClaremontBlvd. Ste. 205B, Claremont, CA 91711.The deadline for submission is Tuesday at5 p.m. Letters are the opinion of the writer,not a reflection of the COURIER. We re-serve the right to edit letters.
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Cold November day,sudden carpet gingko gold,Oh, do not disturb.
—Paula Pitzer
Haiku submissions should reflect upon lifeor events in Claremont. Please email entriesto editor@claremont-courier.com.
 
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CITY NEWS
Caenepeel, Stark garner thanks, say goodbye
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he Thursday, November21 school board meet-ing represented the lasttime board president MaryCaenepeel and board memberJeff Stark would take to thedais to deliberate the future of Claremont schools.
Ms. Caenepeel’s current term expiresthis December after eight years of serv-ice. Mr. Stark has beenon the board for fouryears. Neither of themopted to run for a seat on the board inthe local and municipal election heldearlier this month. Their departures did not go unnoticedas an array of local luminaries, districtstakeholders and well-wishers took tothe podium to say goodbye. Claremont Mayor Opanyi Nasialipresented a certificate of appreciationfrom the city to “two great leaders,” as-suring Ms. Caenepeel and Mr. Starkthat they can move on to their next en-deavors knowing they have left theClaremont Unified School District ingood order. Politicians beyond the reaches of Claremont also made their presencefelt. Michael Lyons, representative for
COURIER photo/Steven FelschundneffClaremont Unified School District Board of Education President Mary Caenepeel becomes emotional as she reads a state-ment during a ceremony recognizing her service and that of fellow board member Jeff Stark last Thursday in Claremont. Ms.Caenepeel and Mr. Stark are retiring from the board and were lauded by colleagues and the public during the ceremony. SCHOOL BOARD/ 
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T
he Claremont Village Marketing Group’s re-cent fundraising campaign to construct a$100,000 performance stage at Shelton Park isproof the Claremont community knows how torally behind a cause. The concept is quickly becoming reality as locals con-tribute their time and money to build the stage at thenortheast corner of the Village park. In October, the Clare-mont City Council approved the park tune-up with a $100donation from Mayor Opanyi Nasiali. A month later,more than $80,000 has been collected as a handful of community donors like the Claremont Community Foun-dation and The Claremont Colleges follow suit. “Everyone has been so supportive and enthusiastic,”said Diana Miller, leader of the marketing group’sfundraising efforts. “It’s more than we could have everexpected and we can’t wait to keep it going.”Marketing group members have had their sights set onbuilding a stage at Shelton since the city’s Zip Code Daycelebration, held on September 17, 2011. A temporarystage built at the corner park for the day’s activities provedso successful that they decided it should be a permanentfeature. Booming business and increasingly popular cityevents, like the yearly fall wine walk and Friday NightsLive musical performances, have helped enliven the city’sVillage area, casting away previous notions of Claremontrolling up its sidewalks at 6 o’clock. VMG members hopethe new stage will add further vibrance to the city’s al-ready bustling downtown area. “We could have a sort of triangle of events from theDepot to the performance area over by the Laemmle The-ater and something else on the other side of the Village...sothat people can become familiar with all parts of the Vil-lage,” local realtor and VMG member Catherine Curtissaid at the October city council meeting. The project has turned into a community affair throughand through, with local architect Paul Wheeler joining theefforts to create the 210-square-foot platform. Mr.Wheeler, who also helped design the Memorial Parkbandshell, will incorporate similar elements into thesmaller Shelton Park fixture, using durable materials suchas such as cement, stone, Douglas Fir crossbeams and redbrick to withstand the weather. The Craftsman-style ar-chitecture of the stage will help the new park structureblend with existing buildings nearby, like the Rio De Ojasand Colors 91711 building. But while the Memorial Stagehas been used for large citywide events such as the Ki-wanis Summer Concert Series, Mr. Wheeler designed theShelton Stage with the hopes of creating a more personal,intimate venue. “We need a space where the kids can beat the bongosand play the guitar or perform a one-act play with theirfriends,” Mr. Wheeler said. “Not all kids should be study-ing math and engineering all the time. Claremont is com-ing back as this really great arts community.”Ms. Miller plans to make the pocket park a place wherechildren can come both to play and invest themselves inthe arts. As children gathered in Shelton Park more thana decade ago to watch John Fischer sculpt the park’s other“bookend,” she hopes the building of the band stage willserve as a platform for lessons on architecture and thebuilding process. The children aren’t the only ones VMG members hopeto engage. Mr. Wheeler and architects are working to in-corporate a public art piece as a sort of frame for the stage.The marketing group is hatching further fundraisingplans, potentially including an opportunity for commu-nity members to engrave their names into bricks used tobuild up the platform, not unlike the handprints decorat-ing Mr. Fischer’s artpiece. Efforts will continue into the New Year with a gala setto take place at Walter’s in April. Ms. Miller with the goalof having the stage complete by fall 2014. With the waythe fundraising is going, it’s always possible the goal willbe reached ahead of the spring gala, but marketing groupmembers have no plan to stop their campaigning short.Any extra money would ideally be used for an endow-ment fund to provide grants to organizations in need thatmay not otherwise be able to fund their use of the stage,says Ms. Miller. “Claremont gives all of us so much and this is a way wecan give something back to Claremont,” Ms. Millershared. She looks forward to playing her part in providingsomething for future generations to enjoy for years tocome. “It’s a wonderful thing to give to the community, sothat children will have a space for creativity and a placewhere they will be comfortable and welcome,” she said. For more information on the Shelton Stage fundraiseror to make a tax-deductible donation, visit www.sheltonparkstage.com.
—Beth Hartnett
news@claremont-courier.com
Plans move forward for Shelton Park performance stage
Rendering courtesy of Paul WheelerThe Claremont Village Marketing Group is currentlyworking to secure funds for a performance stage, de-signed by architect Paul Wheeler, to be located atShelton Park in the Village.
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