Claremont presented with silver level award as bicycle friendly community

The league of American Bicyclists presented the silver level award to the city of Claremont as a bicycle friendly community.

The award was presented at the Nov. 27 city of Claremont regular City Council meeting.

Cycle Claremont’s Larry Scheetz presented the award.

In news release, Scheetz said the bicycle friendly community award is a “significant honor” and held by only 242 communities in the U.S. or less than 1 percent.

A silver level community, Scheetz said, is in the top 30 percent of the 242 communities.

The League of American Bicyclists was founded in 1880 to promote cycling and its benefits for the nation, individuals and communities, Scheetz said.

In 2003, Claremont was recognized as one of the first bicycle friendly communities, the first in Los Angeles County and 47th in the nation, Scheetz said.

Our bicycle friendliness is the result of a lot of community effort encouraged by the city council, coordinated by city staff and involving many organizations and individuals,” Scheetz said.

Some of the projects involving grants lately have included a bicycle priority zone, a bike station, bicycle racks in the downtown area, a safe routes to school program and more, Scheetz said.

Lego building program Saturday

Youths all ages can participate in a Lego building program from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Claremont Public Library.

The library is at 208 N. Harvard Ave.

The program will use Lego and Duplo pieces on large play-mats to construct projects the youth want to build, according to the release.

For more information, contact 909-621-4902 or 909-483-8549

Water line installation on Bonita Avenue west of Mountain Avenue

Golden State Water Company will install a new 12 inch main water line, 6 inch fire hydrants and 1 inch services on Bonita Avenue from Mountain Avenue to Taylor Drive, and on Taylor Drive, from Bonita Avenue to the end of the cul-de-sac, according to Tony Ramos’ weekly update.

The work, expected to take eight weeks, started Monday and will continue through Jan. 28.

No work is scheduled to take place during the week of Dec. 24 and Dec. 31.

The 12 inch main line on Bonita Avenue will be installed within the eastbound bike lane, the south side of the street, according to the update.

To restore the roadway surface in the area, a special roadway surface treatment will be required.

Traffic control will be provided, maintaining one lane in each direction during working hours, during working hours.

Any questions about the project should be directed to Golden State Water Company’s customer service center at 909-999-4033. 909-483-8549

E-waste disposal event Dec. 29

The city of Claremont and Greenway Solid Waste and Recycling will host an E-waste collective event from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 29.

The event will take place at City Yard, 1616 Monte Vista Ave.

Fax machines, computers, cellular and other phones, monitors, televisions, printers and similar items are acceptable, according to city manager Tony Ramos’ Dec. 6 weekly update.

For more information about the event or how to dispose of various items, contact the Community Services Division at 909-399-5431. 909-483-8549

Scripps College receives $2 million gift

Scripps College received a $2 million gift to establish The Elizabeth Hubert Malott Endowed Chair for the Core Curriculum in Interdisciplinary Humanities, according to a news release.

Scripps College president Lori Bettison-Varga announced the gift on Monday in a news release after it was announced at the December 8 meeting of the Scripps College Board of Trustees.

The Malott Family Foundation awarded the gift to recognize Elizabeth Hubert Malott’s love of Core, the College’s signature academic program, according to the release.

The Core program highlights student-faculty interaction, inquiry, interdisciplinary breadth and links to issues of the day, which fosters students with intellectual agility, according to the release.

Scholarly debate and research skills that are fundamental to the Core program empower Scripps students to tolerate ambiguity in dealing with pressing questions.

The benefits of the Core curriculum experience come at a time when industry needs are rapidly changing,” said Liza Malott Pohle, Scripps College trustee and board member of The Malott Family Foundation in a statement. “Now we see the technology sector clamoring to hire individuals with a vivid imagination to market constant innovation. The Foundation board took to heart the words of Steve Jobs: ‘It’s in Apple’s DNA that technology alone is not enough – it’s technology married with the liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields us the result that makes our heart sing.’

Elizabeth Hubert Malott, who passed away in 2003, was a graduate of Scripps College in 1953 and a longtime trustee of the College.

Elizabeth Hubert Malott was a global citizen and a woman of insatiable curiosity who loved the world of ideas and sought opportunities to open that world to others,” said Bettison-Varga in a statement. “The Malott Family Foundation gift ensures the promise of a profound impact that the Core program will continue to have on alumnae long after they leave the College. This gift is a meaningful tribute to her life.” 909-483-8549

DUI and license license checkpoint Friday

The Claremont Police Department will hold a sobriety and driver’s license checkpoint at an undisclosed location within the city from 7 p.m. Friday to 2 a.m. Saturday.

Drivers, according to the news release, will be stopped to make sure they are not under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Also, drivers will be checked to see if they are wearing seatbelts and hold a valid driver license, according to the release.

A grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, funds the program. 909-483-8549

Holiday shopping scavenger hunt ends Saturday

A holiday shopping scavenger hunt is taking place through Saturday in the downtown Claremont Village, according to the city of Claremont web site.

Those interested can head to the website and print out the attachment to take to 10 participating businesses.

When the card is filled, take it to the Alexander Hughes Community Center, City Hall or Bert & Rocky’s by Dec. 12 and be entered to win a prize.

The community center is at 1700 Danbury Road, city hall is at 207 N. Harvard Ave. and Bert & Rocky’s is at 242 Yale Ave.

On Dec. 13, the prize drawing will take place and the winner will be notified by phone.