The Claremont City Council made quick this week work of approving a developer’s request to build a 56-unit mixed-use housing project at the southwest corner of Towne Avenue and Foothill Boulevard. In two separate 4-0 votes Tuesday the council approved the tentative tract map for the development and a plan to set aside four of the units for low-income residents.

The light at the end of the Metro Gold Line tunnel may finally be reached if new state transportation funds are allocated to complete the rail system through to Claremont and Montclair. On Monday, Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority CEO Habib Balian expressed optimism that final leg of the project, now called the A Line, would at last get built thanks to a recent significant cash infusion. Courier photo/Steven Felschundneff

At 9:36 p.m. Wednesday the moon reached its fullest phase, thus officially becoming a super blue moon. At this point, the moon is only 222,043 miles away from Earth, the closest full moon of 2023. A super blue moon is rare and is the source of the phrase “once in a blue moon.” See more coverage. Courier photo/Peter Weinberger

Claremont residents looking skyward last week may have been startled to see what appeared to be a passenger jet flying at a low altitude directly over our city. However, there was no need for alarm, it was simply the U.S. government conducting air quality research. The project, called Atmospheric Emissions and Reactions Observed from Megacities to Marine Areas or AEROMMA, flew four missions over Southern California between Tuesday, August 22 and Saturday, August 26. NASA conducted similar experiments in our area in June. Courier photo/Steven Felschundneff

Following days of preparation and anxious anticipation, tropical storm Hilary swept through the region on Sunday causing significant flooding in Southern California but largely sparing Claremont.

Tom Kowalski navigates flooding at Cambridge and Bonita avenues Sunday. As of sunset, the tropical storm wrought by Hurricane Hilary had brought heavy rains and moderate flooding to the area. The Courier will be following Hurricane Hilary’s tropical storm throughout the evening and will post new photos and information as they becomes available. Courier photo/Steven Felschundneff

As predicted, the powerful Hurricane Hilary weakened over night and made landfall in northern Baja California as a tropical storm on Sunday, according to a bulletin issued at 11 a.m. PDT from the National Hurricane Center. “Catastrophic and life threatening flooding likely over Baja California and portions of southwestern U.S. through Monday,” read the Hurricane Center bulletin. The National Weather Service issued flash-flood warnings for the Antelope Valley, Los Angeles County mountains and Santa Clarita Valley shortly after noon today. Image/courtesy of the National Hurricane Center

The National Weather Service predicts two to four inches of rain for the San Gabriel Valley, with the most intense rains expected in the California mountains and deserts in the late afternoon today, and a moderate chance of flooding in Claremont with strong wind gusts up to 30 mph. Photo/by Colleen Tucker

It’s looking more and more likely that a powerful tropical storm from a degraded Hurricane Hilary will make landfall in Southern California Sunday, with possible flooding in Claremont. For the first time in its history, the National Weather Service on Friday issued a tropical storm watch for California. The first winds could be here as early as Sunday morning, but the storm is not expected to enter United States territory until late Sunday or early Monday. Image/courtesy of National Weather Service

At about 8:30 p.m. August 8, longtime Claremont resident Brian Worley walked out of the luxury beachfront home he had rented for the week in Lahaina, Hawaii on the island of Maui, and noticed the growing fire he had been monitoring all day was now bearing down on him. He asked a passing policeman if he and his family should evacuate, and the officer replied, “I would if I were you.” Photo/by Brian Worley

Over the last seven weeks Amy Owen, the namesake behind Amy’s Farm, has had to console her fair share of passersby. Emotions have run high since news broke in June that the Ontario farm and educational hub would close its gates for good after 25 years on August 30. That means no more weekend farm stand, educational field trips or farm tours with animals.

About two dozen local merchants and other residents came to the Claremont City Council chambers July 27 to learn more about homelessness in the Village. The meeting, which was sponsored by the Claremont Village Marketing Group, provided business owners an opportunity to ask city leaders about policies and procedures regarding the unhoused and safety in the Village, according to a news release from CVMG, a local business advocacy nonprofit.

After 64 years, Claremont Little League 11-and-under All-Star team can finally call themselves Southern California champions. On Sunday, Claremont defeated Palos Verdes, 8-7, at Newmark Field in San Bernardino to take the Southern California 9-11 Year Old Little League Baseball Tournament title, the city’s first Little League state championship. 

A small aircraft crashed while taking off from Cable Airport Sunday morning, killing all three people on board. The aircraft, a single-engine Beechcraft P35, had just taken off about 6:30 a.m. with a full tank of fuel when it banked left for some reason and crashed into a hangar at the far southwest end of the runway, according to the San Bernardino County Fire Department. Because of the fuel, the fire was intense. Courier photo/Peter Weinberger

C. Dean Freudenberger died quietly on July 2 at age 93 with family present at home, Pilgrim Place.

Dean was born in Los Angeles on March 9, 1930 to Carl and Minerva Freudenberger. He attended LA schools, graduating from Dorsey High School in 1948. Though he entered Occidental College that fall, “history of civilization” was not for him, and he transferred to then all men’s Cal Poly, San Louis Obispo, where he majored in landscape design and crops, graduating in 1953.

Alex McDonald appears to have won election to the Claremont Unified School District’s Board of Education. Results from Los Angeles County as of 9:29 p.m. show McDonald well ahead of Aaron Peterson, 1,170 to 512, with 1,717 votes counted. There are 4,834 remaining eligible voters in Trustee Area 4, but if the trend holds, McDonald will win easily. Courier photo/Steven Felschundneff

Claremont resident and former mayor Joe Lyons died Thursday, December 8, 2022 at the age of 77. A celebration of life service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, July 22 at La Verne Church of the Brethren, 2425 E St., La Verne, CA 91750. It will be recorded and livestreamed on YouTube at youtube.com/live/5h0zxaNNALI?feature=share.