Edison warns Claremont residents of scam

Southern California Edison is warning its Claremont customers of a telephone scam, according to the city’s website.

The scam demands immediate payment on bills past due or have their electric service disconnected and callers request payment be made through a PayPal, Green Dot or other prepaid cash card.

“We ask our customers to be alert to these calls that demand immediate payment and threaten service disconnection,” said Henry Martinez, SCE vice president of safety, security & compliance in a statement.
“Customers suspecting a fraudulent call should ask for the caller’s name, department and business phone number. If the caller refuses to provide this information, customers should terminate the call and report the incident immediately to local police or SCE at 800-655-4555.”
SCE is asking customers to ask for identification when a stranger claiming to be a utility worker comes to the door.
Workers will give their phone number, department and other verification information when asked.
Mostly, customers schedule home visits and SCE will confirm appointments in writing and if there are any concerns, law enforcement and SCE officials request having the utility worker wait outside until their identity is verified.
– An SCE employee will never ask for money in person
– Never reveal a credit card, ATM or calling card numbers or PIN to anyone
– If someone calls and requests residents to leave their residence at a specific time for a utility-related cause, call police because it could be a burglary set up by the caller
– Be suspicious of anyone who arrives at your house without an appointment asking to check an appliance, wiring, or suggesting that there may be some other electrical problem inside a residence
For more ways customers can stay safe, head to www.sce.com/safety and read the safety tips section.

Dean of KGI School of BioPharmacy named

CLAREMONT – Kathy Webster was appointed as the founding dean of the KGI School of BioPharmacy.

The school, according to a Jan. 8 news release, is scheduled to admit its first class in fall 2014 pending accreditation.

It’s also being designed to anticipate and meet future needs in the U.S. healthcare system and take advantage of Keck Graduate Institute‘s knowledge in biotechnology education and ties to industry, according to the release.

“Graduates of this school will be very well equipped to meet the needs of a rapidly changing healthcare system in which pharmacists increasingly play a primary role in matching drugs and therapies to a particular patient or strain of illness,” Webster said in a news release. “Graduates of the KGI School of BioPharmacy will be equally well qualified to work in a traditional pharmacy setting, in regulatory affairs or in industry. The philosophy behind the development of the PharmD program at the KGI School of BioPharmacy is to provide the traditional PharmD curriculum in a more efficient manner through the integration of subjects and the extensive use of technology. This will allow us to foster innovation and to increase time spent on content and topics related to industry, including informatics, pharmacogenomics, operations management, clinical and regulatory affairs.”

Webster recently was professor and associate dean of academic affairs at University of Maryland Eastern Shore School of Pharmacy.

Previously, she was assistant dean and chair of pharmaceutical sciences and a professor at Feik School of Pharmacy, University of Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas.

“I was intrigued when I heard that KGI, the only graduate school in the country solely dedicated to bioscience education and research, intended to establish a School of BioPharmacy,” Webster said. “I see it as an enormous opportunity to push the education of future pharmacists to a new level.”

Webster has been serving as the school’s interim dean since September 2012.

KGI President Sheldon Schuster said in a statement that: “Dean Webster has great leadership and management abilities and has played an integral role in the successful establishment of several new schools of pharmacy throughout the country. We are very happy to have someone of her caliber as the founding dean of the KGI School of BioPharmacy. We are also very pleased to be able to contribute to the continued development of the Inland Empire and Southern California as a site for scientific, technical and healthcare education.”

According to the release, KGI previously had signed a memorandum of understanding with Chapman University to establish a joint School of BioPharmacy but last month the leadership of both institutions reached the mutual decision to pursue independent schools.

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Claremont library programs include dinosaurs, Peace Corps volunteering, poetry, more

The Claremont Public Library is holding a variety of programs in January, according to a library news release.

The library is at 208 N. Harvard Ave.

Dinosaur program

Outreach Director of the Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology Kathy Sanders will present a free program from 2 to 2:45 p.m. Saturday<NO1>Jan.19<NO> at the library.

The program is for school-aged youths and their families and end with a touch table of dinosaur fossils.

Peace Corps volunteering

A Peace Corps informational session will take place for adults from 10:30 a.m. to noon Jan. 26 at the library.

Attendees will learn about the application process, what it’s like to volunteer, service benefits and how to make one a competitive candidate.

A Los Angeles office recruiter will be at the event to answer questions.

Poetry at the Claremont Library

The Friends of the Claremont Library are presenting poets Linda Dove and Seth Michelson who will hold readings at 2 p.m. Jan. 27 at the library.

Dove won a Dorothy Brunsman Poetry Award in 2009 for her work “In Defense of Objects” a Eudaimonia Poetry Review Chapbook Prize in 2011 for “O Dear Deer.”

The Pasadena resident recently taught at Yavapai College in Arizona where she directed the creative writing program.

Michelson’s work includes 2012’s “Eyes Like Broken Windows” in Press 53 and a translation of the book of poetry “El ghetto” by Argentine poet Tamara Kamenszain titled “El Ghetto/The Ghetto: A Bilingual Edition” in 2011.

He also wrote poetry chapbooks “House in a Hurricane” in 2010 and “Kaddish for My Unborn Son” in 2009.

His website is sethmichelson.com

Preschool storytime

Preschool story time runs from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. every Friday through Feb. 15.

Children ages 3 to 5 and their caregivers can enjoy stories, play, rhymes and songs.

– Toddler storytime

Toddler storytime runs from 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. every Wednesday through Feb. 13.

Children ages 15 months to 3 years and their caregivers can enjoy stories, songs, play and rhymes.

For more information, contact the library at 909-621-4902 or www.colapublib.org.

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Architectural Commission excellence in design award nominations

The 32nd annual city of Claremont Architectural Commission Excellence in Design Awards is accepting nominations through Feb. 4.

The awards, according to a news release, celebrates recently completed Claremont building projects that best display the city’s design standards.

Categories include sustainable development, new construction, signs, restoration, landscaping and more.

The project must be in Claremont and is recommended to have been completed before Dec. 31, 2012 but projects completed before 2012 are also eligible according to the release.

Interior alterations only projects will not be considered for an award.

Anyone can nominate a project and forms are available at Claremont City Hall, 207 N. Harvard Ave. or at www.ci.claremont.ca.us.

Any questions, contact the city’s planning division at 909-399-5470.

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Reduced holiday hours for the Alexander Hughes Community Center

The Alexander Hughes Community Center will have reduced hours from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. today Jan. 2 through Friday Jan. 4.

The center will be closed on Saturday Jan. 5.

To register for a class or for more information, contact www.ci.claremont.ca.us or call 909-399-5490 or register in person at the center, 1700 Danbury Rd.

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Fire department to conduct active shooter training at Scripps College

The Los Angeles County Fire Department will conduct active shooter training on Jan. 16, 17 and 18 at Scripps College.

The fire department, in coordination with the Claremont Police Department, will hold the training between 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., according to the city manager’s weekly update.

Training will include personnel from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Special Enforcement Bureau, several local Los Angeles County Fire Stations and the Claremont Police Department.

Included in the training will be the use of fire department and sheriff’s department helicopters, role-players and local ambulances.

The reason for the training is for the fire department’s handling, treatment and removal of casualties from an active shooter scene, according to the weekly update.

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Residents can submit Caltrans freeway work order/repair requests

The city’s code enforcement and community improvement division is reminding residents they can report or submit work order requests to Caltrans for conditions that need attention or damage along freeway property within the city.

Residents can submit their requests to http://www.dot.ca.gov under the “Contact us/maintenance service request” link, according to the city manager’s weekly update.

The form, located at the link, asks for location details and the nature of the request including landscaping conditions, graffiti and damaged signs, according to the update.

For further questions or help in reporting a problem, contact The city’s code enforcement and community improvement division at 909-399-5467.

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New Rounds Premium Burgers restaurant to open Jan. 27

Rounds Premium Burgers is scheduled to open Jan. 27 at 885 S. Indian Blvd., according to city manager Ramos’ weekly update.

The location is the old Hollywood Video location on Auto Center Drive.

The restaurant will allow people to use meats, toppings and cheeses to create a hamburger or order a signature burger, according to the update.

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Education session on how to use Claremont forms of transportation

Claremont city staff members will host a free educational session on how use various transportation forms in the city at 10 a.m. Jan. 8.

The sessions will be held at the Joslyn Senior Center, 660 Mountain Ave.

Sessions, according to city manager Tony Ramos’ Dec. 27 weekly update, will explain transportation forms in Claremont and the most cost effective ways to use them.

For questions, contact the Pomona Valley Transportation Authority offices at 909-596-7664 or Claremont’s Cari Sneed at 909-399-5306.

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New Dial-A-Ride Fare increase for this year

City officials said the new Dial-A-Ride fare structure, that started Tuesday, is:

– $2.50 for general public and youth

– $1.50 for seniors age 60 and older/disabled

– $4 outside of city

– $4 after hours for senior/disabled and youth only

– $1 additional rider

– $1 group service

Fares have not increased since 2000, officials said previously. In that year, they went up from 75 cents to $1.25 for general public and 50 cents to 75 cents for disabled and senior riders.

Hours for the service are 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

Disabled persons, children under age 16 and seniors can travel the line 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Old $.75 and $1.25 Dial-A-Ride tickets will be accepted after Tuesday Jan.1 but each one way ride will require two old tickets, according to a city of Claremont news release.

But once the new fares take effect, according to the release, two Get About tickets will be needed for a one way trip on Dial-A-Ride.

Additionally, after Tuesday Jan.1 the Dial-A-Ride will stop accepting pink “nutrition” tickets, which will only be accepted by Get About.

City Hall, at 207 N. Harvard Ave., and the Joslyn Senior Center, at 660 N. Mountain Ave., will sell the Dial-A-Ride and Get About book tickets.

New ticket sellers this year will be the Alexander Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., and The Blaisdell Community Building, 440 S. College Ave.

Service questions, suggestions or reporting complaints can be make by calling the Pomona Valley Transportation Authority offices at 909-596-7664 or the Claremont’s Community Services Department at 909-399-5431.

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