Claremont community heroes are celebrated at L.A. County Fair

Note: I am restarting the Claremont Now blog after a short break. This story is online and made the paper but I feel it’s an important one. I was lucky enough to speak on the phone with Axel, Betty and Helaine who received an award and they were all very gracious with their time despite being involved with a lot of different groups. I also added Helaine’s third child Debbie to the story below. Congratulations to all three.

Residents Axel Garcia, Betty Crocker and Helaine Goldwater were selected as community heroes for different reasons but all will be at the Claremont Day at the Los Angeles County Fair on Sept. 26.

“I was very surprised,” said Garcia, 9, who had an idea to hold a toy drive in late 2012 at Sumner Elementary School for those less fortunate than him that was successful.

The Fritz’s Holiday Lights Toys for Tots Bus went to Garcia’s school to celebrate the Toys for Tots drive.

“Last week, I received a letter informing me that I was nominated to be a Claremont hero. I’m very happy and honored to represent Claremont. We did Toys for Tots. And I’ve done volunteer work for the (Claremont) concert in the park and the Fourth of July pancake breakfast with the Kiwanis Club.”

Crocker reaches out to neighbors, hosts block parties and other community events and is the leader of the Claremont community group and neighborhood watch group Keeping the Good in the Neighborhood.

“My hands are shaking,” Crocker said on Friday of her adult hero honor. “I got the email from the L.A. County Fair. I thought they must have sent it to the wrong person.”

Crocker said she is gearing up for a Keeping the Good in the Neighborhood Crime Watch Street Faire and Car Show from 5 to 10 p.m. Sept. 7.

The event, at 2200 N. Villa Maria Road, Claremont, is a citywide event but is open to all who want to celebrate and learn about the neighborhood watch program.

Officials from the Claremont Police Department, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, California Highway Patrol, Los Angeles County Fire Department, Los Angeles County Search and Rescue and more will be in attendance, Crocker said.

There is a suggested donation of $25 for the Claremont Police Department to purchase a K9 unit.

Crocker, 46, thanked Police Chief Paul Cooper for nominating her.

“That’s what made it so special. When your hero thinks you’re a hero … it’s a lot,” Crocker said while crying. “It’s a lot to process. KGNH is the work that makes my heart sing but it is with Chief Cooper’s leadership that we have had this explosive growth.”

Senior hero Goldwater, 72, has volunteered in multiple organizations including Meals on Wheels, AYSO, Little League and Claremont school committees. She was also the first chair of the Claremont Police Commission.

“It was a complete surprise. It’s always delightful to be recognized and you feel it’s an undeserved honor.”

Goldwater described Claremont as “a community that has been very supportive of me and my family. I’ve always wanted to be in a giving back mode.”

The 42-year resident of Claremont added she is concerned about the younger generation giving back.

“My peer group came from an active community volunteer point of view. And we’ve been waiting for the younger generation to come up and take their place. With a few exceptions, there are some, but not in the magnitude we did. I say we. I put that in there that truly one person doesn’t do it. It’s always a group effort.”

She thanked her husband Steve for being willing to raise her children Richard and Douglas and Debbie “while I was out doing volunteer work and working full-time.”

A 3:30 p.m. reception on Claremont Day will be at the Millard Sheets Center for the Arts and a community parade at 5 p.m. with a Salute to Heroes event at 5:30 p.m. on the Expo Hall 4 Stage.

Claremont residents can visit the fair for $5 on Sept. 26 when they enter promo code claremont at, print the ticket and bring it with them to the Fair.

The fair is held at Fairplex, 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona

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Drucker School in Claremont names Lawrence Crosby new dean

CLAREMONT – A former dean of the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University, Lawrence Crosby, was named Henry Y. Hwang Dean of Claremont Graduate University’s Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management.

The announcement of Crosby, who will also be a management professor, came on Monday. He will start on Aug. 1.

“The legacy of Peter Drucker has helped maintain a focus on such overarching leadership issues as organizational effectiveness, innovation, employee and customer relationships, management of knowledge workers, social responsibility and individual well-being,” Crosby said in a statement. “All are approached from a transdisciplinary perspective. I admire how the faculty and students are bridging these topics with contemporary concerns around big data, the cloud, mobility, sustainability, ethical decision-making, governance, global competitiveness, design thinking, and the development of new business models.”

CGU president Deborah Freund said university officials were “excited” to welcome Crosby.

“He is an outstanding example of an entrepreneur, a manager, and an academic leader,” Freund said in a statement. “He built his successful career answering the famous question posed by Peter Drucker, ‘What does the customer consider value?’ We are eager to bring him together with our outstanding Drucker School faculty and students to move the school to the next level.”

Crosby said he looked forward to the future of the Drucker School.

“The Drucker School has a rich tradition and an exciting future,” Crosby said in the release. “As dean, I will work to sustain that momentum and continue to deepen our ties with the creative industries, the Inland Empire, and our international partners.”

According to the news release, Crosby was dean of the Spears School from 2010 to 2013 and created the Watson Graduate School of Management, the PhD in Business for Executives program and raised funds for a new business school building.

He also, according to the release, improved the US News and World Report rankings for the school that was cited as one of only four schools nationwide to achieve 100 percent placement for MBA graduates within three months of graduation.

Fourth annual Claremont Village Blues and Brews on Saturday

CLAREMONT – The fourth annual Claremont Village Blues and Brews, featuring 30 businesses as food sampling and craft beer tasting sites, takes place from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday.

Check in sites will start at 3:45 p.m. and tickets are $40 a person for participants aged 21 and over. A photo I.D. is required at the check-in site.

For the fee, participants get 12 beer tasting tickets, a wristband, a commemorative pilsner and a map of participating businesses. Breweries taking part include Dale Bros., Ballast Point, Hangar 24, Claremont Craft Ales, Bootleggers Brewery, Karl Strauss, La Verne Brewing Co., Stone and more.

Additionally, there are several non-alcoholic sites and bands at numerous locations will take place. Bands participating include Claremont Voodoo Society, Swing 4 Sale, Hank’s Cadillac, Stan West Blues Band, Jeffs’ Tobacco Road Trio and more.

A portion of the proceeds benefit local non-profit organizations Shoes That Fit, Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center Auxiliary and Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden.

Check-in is at three locations:

* SHELTON PARK (Northeast corner of Bonita & Harvard Avenues)
* CLAREMONT DEPOT (200 W. First St.)
* FIRST STREET PARKING GARAGE (400 block of W. First St.)

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Claremont house decorating contest date set

CLAREMONT – A house decorating contest, open to all Claremont residents, will take place on June 23.

The 2013 Independence Day Committee, according to a news release, will judge the competition based on creativity, spirit and appearance.

According to the release, decorations are also required to be outdoors and visible from the street.

A grand prize winner will receive recognition at the city of Claremont’s 4th of July Celebration as well as an American flag that flew over the Capital, a designated place in the parade and fireworks tickets.

To enter the contest, a form can be obtained at

Candlelight Pavilion 2013 Summer Concert Series starts this week

CLAREMONT – The Candlelight Pavilion will start its summer concert series Tuesday and Wednesday with The Long Run: Experience the Eagles, a tribute band created to honor the Los Angeles rock act.

Tickets are $20. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. with a 7:30 p.m. curtain time. For noted matinee performances, 1:45 p.m. is opening and 2:30 p.m. is the curtain. Desserts and beverages will be available for purchase.

Jumping Jack Flash: Celebrating The Rolling Stones will take place May 22 while Ticket to Ride: Tribute to the Beatles will headline May 28 and 29.

James Garner’s Tribute to Johnny Cash takes place June 4 and 5 and Rocky Mountain High: Tribute to John Denver with Jim Curry is scheduled for June 11 and 12.

The evening performance for AZ Diamond: Neil Diamond Tribute on June 26 is sold out but a matinee performance is available.

There is also a waiting list for the matinee performance that people can call to be added on. A Company B: The Andrews Sisters musical tribute act will take place with matinee and evening performances on July 9.

Revisiting the Orbison Years with Mark Barnett scheduled for July 17 is sold out but call to be added to the waiting list.

Kenny Cetera’s Chicago Experience will perform on July 24. Cetera is the younger brother of Chicago’s Peter Cetera.

Surfin Safari, The Ultimate Tribute To The Beach Boys, will hit the stage on July 30 and 31 and following them will be The Piano Man: The Music of Billy Joel & Elton John on Aug. 13 and 14.

DSB: America’s Favorite Tribute to Journey is slated for Aug. 21.

Not a tribute band, Michael Ryan and Friends will perform a show titled “Gypsy Passion” on Aug. 27 and the next night, Aug. 28, the group will tackle “A Night in Rio.”

The final show is The Four Preps: Present Their Christmas Show for both matinee and evening performances on Dec. 4.

Candlelight Pavilion is at 455 W Foothill Blvd., Claremont.

For more information, contact 909-626-1254, Ext. 1.

Friday Nights Live! music series continues in Claremont through late July

CLAREMONT – The Friday Nights Live! music series continues here with a trio of bands performing Friday.

The groups perform from 6 to 9 p.m. with the Seth Greenburg Combo at the Claremont Chamber of Commerce; Give Up The Junk at the Public Plaza; and Drift Iron at City Hall South, 225 Second St.

The chamber is at 205 Yale Ave. while the plaza is at 101 N. Indian Hill Blvd. City Hall South is at 225 Second St.

The Claremont Chamber of Commerce, The City of Claremont, the Tolkin Group and the Village Marketing Group sponsor the event.

For more information, contact 909-624-1681 or email For more information on the bands, head to

Below is the schedule for future concerts:

*May 24

Carl Schaffer Quartet (Standards)–CC

Squeekin’ Wheels (folk/bluegrass)–PP

Marc Weller Trio (Jazz)–CH

*May 31

Steve Rushingwind Band–CC

Claremont Voodoo Society–PP

The Plus Tones (Rock standards)–CH

*June 7

Kenneth Johnson–CC

Ray Woods Combo (Jazz/Blues)–PP

Jackson Family Band (folk/rock)–CH

*June 14

Tannin’s (Jazz)–CC

Sugar Mt. Mamas (folk/bluegrass)–PP

Technopagan (electro/original)–CH

*June 21

Baba Elefante Trio (Jazz)–CC

Dynamite Dawson–PP

Nobody’s Station (rock)–CH

*June 28

Woodrock (rock)–CC

Sligo Rags (Irish)–PP

Steve Rushingwind (flutes)–CH

*July 5

Drowsy Maggie (recorders)–CC

The Dogs (classic rock)–PP

Jim Partlow Trio (Jazz/blues)–CH

*July 12

Lee Powers (standards)–CC

Claremont Voodoo Society (blues/roots/Americana)–PP

The Vinyl Number (rock)–CH

*July 19

Carl Schaffer Quartet–CC

Seth Greenberg Combo (jazz)–PP

Steve Rushingwind (Native American flute)–CH

*July 26

No Static (rock)–CC

Squeekin’ Wheels–PP

Patrick Carrico Band (jazz/rock)–CH


Claremont Unified School District instrumental music students to hold free concerts on May 21 and 22

CLAREMONT – Instrumental music students from the Claremont Unified School District will hold free concerts on May 21 and 22 inside the gymnasium at El Roble Intermediate School.

A string and orchestra concert will be held at 7 p.m. May 21 while a band and percussion performance will be held at 7 p.m. May 22. The students are in grades fourth through 12th.

The free concerts are open to the public.

For more information, contact

Claremont police seek tips about Chevron burglary today

By Wes Woods II, Staff Writer

CLAREMONT — Claremont police are looking for information about an early Monday morning commercial burglary at a Chevron on Indian Hill Boulevard.

According to a Claremont Chamber of Commerce crime alert, officers went to an alarm call and found cash taken from a register and cigarettes stolen from a behind-the-counter display.

The front doors of the station, at 267 S. Indian Hill, were pried open and from video police are looking for a man with a dark jacket/sweater, dark beanie, blue jeans and black boots.

If anyone has information about the incident, they are asked to contact the Claremont Police Department at 909-399-5411.

Reach Wes at via email, call him at 909-483-8549, or find him on Twitter @ClaremontNow.

30th Claremont Folk Festival on June 15

The 30th Claremont Folk Festival lineup and location was recently announced with Washington, D.C. spoken word and hardcore punk artist Henry Rollins and multi-instrumentalist David Lindley as headliners.
The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on June 15 at the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden.
Besides Lindley and Rollins, other featured acts will be Janet Klein & Her Parlor Boys, Leon Mobley and Da Lion, Moira Smiley and Voco and many more.
There is also workshops including African drumming with Mobley, Cajon drumming with Homero Chavez, European and American folk songs with Voco, drum circle with The Wahlbangers, puppeteering and more.
Tickets are $25 and children ages 12 and under free for the event which also features art and food vendors.

Claremont Spring Celebration set at Memorial Park on March 30

CLAREMONT – The city and the Claremont Rotary Club present the Spring Celebration from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on March 30.

The event will be held at Memorial Park, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd.

There will be free children’s entertainment and activities including a candy hunt that starts at 10:30 a.m. For ages 12 and under.

For more information, contact 909-399-5490 or 909-483-8549