Good news from around Claremont

Budget workshop scheduled for June 12

City staff is planning a budget workshop prior to the Tuesday, June 12 city council meeting. The workshop will begin at 5 p.m. and will be followed by the regular city council meeting. Budget discussion will continue at the 6:30 p.m. council meeting.

The public is encouraged to attend the workshop and may speak under public comment. The workshop will be webcast on the city’s website. Formal adoption of the budget is scheduled for the June 26 city council meeting.


A stroll with purpose

As part of Claremont Village Blues and Brews on Saturday, June 9 from 4 to 8 p.m., Stamp Your Heart Out, a longtime Village shop located at 141 Harvard Ave., will participate as a non-alcoholic site, offering root beer floats donated by Bert and Rocky’s Cream Company, another Village vendor. Stamp Your Heart Out will also introduce visitors to Prayerfully Popped Popcorn from the Benedictine Monastery in Tucson, Arizona.

Prayerfully Popped is a venture created to support the congregation of Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration and its charities. University of Arizona business students helped the religious community bring this business forward. For more information, visit

Known for doing everything with style, Stamp Your Heart out will debut Prayerfully Popped (“Corn from the Cloisters”) with a first-ever showing of privately collected nun memorabilia, including a large portrait, nun paper dolls and both dolls and ceramic figures in nun attire depicted playing baseball, boxing, bowling and singing. The display will only be on view the evening of Blues and Brews.

“We like Prayerfully Popped and know it will be a popular counterpoint for Bert and Rocky’s floats,” said Joan Bunte, owner of Stamp Your Heart Out. “We admire the community nature of the Order’s foray into business, which is the heartbeat of cities large and small across America.

“Funds raised by Blues and Brews will go to assist local nonprofit organizations and to help sustain all that we value about life in Claremont Village,”?Ms. Bunte said.

Blues and Brews will be held this Saturday,?June 9 from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Village. See story on page 5 of this edition.


Police Commission to honor officers, resident at meeting Thursday night

Awards will be presented to department members, a community patrol member and a Claremont resident during the Police Commission meeting on June 7 at 7 p.m. The meeting will be held in the city council chambers at city hall.

Awards will be presented to:

Officer Jacob Tillman, Lifesaving Award

Corporal Hector Tamayo and Officer Matt Hamill,  MADD DUI awards

Don Gray, in recognition of his 20 years of service as a community patrol member, including 15 as the community patrol coordinator.

Officer Jennifer Ganino and Records Clerk Jason Hosch will be introduced to the Police Commission.

Rachel Krieger; Claremont resident, will receive the “Police Excellence” award.


Rotary Club of Claremont bestows awards to local youth

The Rotary Club of Claremont has granted several deserving youths the Americanism in Action and the Scholarship in American Heritage awards. Led by longtime Committee Chair Rick Whyte, and accompanied by a room full of parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, students from Claremont High School, El Roble, Webb School and Vivian Webb School were commended for their exemplary citizenship and academic successes.

The Americanism in Action award seeks to encourage young people who demonstrate qualities of character, citizenship, academic accomplishment and community involvement, illustrating American citizenship at its best. The award goes to seventh- to tenth-grade students who, in the opinion of their teachers, coaches and advisors, and by their general reputation, notably meet these criteria.

Brett O’Connor, Rotarian and CHS principal, introduced the following award recipients:

Kailie Boen, 9th grade

Douglas Mendelsohn, 9th grade

Stacy Draper, 10th grade

William Zershki, 10th grade

Scott Martinez, principal of El Roble Intermediate School, introduced the following students:

Sarah Gale, 7th grade

Cameron Booth, 7th grade

Clarissa Ylagan, 8th grade

Matthew Standford, 8th grade

Vivian Webb School Dean of Students Helen Lawrence introduced:

Linfei Liu, 9th grade

Kristina Oney, 10th grade

Webb School Dean of Students Brett Potash introduced:

Ziyad Duron, 9th grade

Daniel Zhu, 10th grade

The Scholarship in American Heritage award, given to 11th- and 12th-grade students, promotes American citizenship as it relates to academic achievement as well as the recipient’s personal reflection of American History and the country’s institutions.

CHS Principal Brett O’Connor introduced:

Nimrah Iman, 11th grade

Nick Grattan, 11th grade

Alina Guido, 12th grade

Nick Tucker, 12th grade

Vivian Webb’s Helen Lawrence introduced:

Belinda Lei, 11th grade

Melody Huang, 12th grade

Webb’s Brett Potash introduced:

Marcos Lopez, 11th grade

Andrew Pandji, 12th grade


Seeking arts and crafts vendors for Village Venture

The 31st annual Village Venture will return to Claremont on Saturday, October 27 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Hosted by the Claremont Chamber of Commerce, the Village Venture Arts and Crafts Faire attracts more than 20,000 visitors every year.

Applications can be picked up in the Chamber office and will be available for download on the Chamber’s webite beginning June 8 at www.claremont This is a juried event. For a full FAQ list, visit Any other questions should be directed to 624-1681 or by email,


20 students receive DKG citizenship awards

The Beta Mu Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, an organization of women educators, recently held its 39th annual Citizenship Awards Program for high school seniors from 3 school districts—Bonita, Pomona and Claremont Unified School Districts—at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Pomona.

Twenty seniors from 11 high schools received the awards. Seniors were selected by school administrators and counselors for their exceptional growth during their high school years as well as for specific acts of good citizenship in their schools or communities.  Participating schools were asked to select students of outstanding character who may not be recognized by other awards.

Claremont High School students Jillian Jackson and Cody Shock as well as San Antonio High School student TeVin Woods all received awards at the ceremony.


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