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.

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 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.

Video: NASCAR replica car performing spin with Claremont principal inside

Replica NASCAR from Auto Club Speedway in Fontana performs spins with Oakmont principal Stacey Stewart as passenger on March 11 at Oakmont school.

The spins, or donut, is typically performed after a NASCAR driver wins a race. Stewart said she received permission for the car to perform the spin.

Here’s the video …

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. 909-483-8549 or or on Twitter at @ClaremontNow

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 or call 909-399-5490 or register in person at the center, 1700 Danbury Rd. 909-483-8549 or or on Twitter @ClaremontNow
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Senior nutrition program receives Los Angeles County award

The Los Angeles County Area Agency on Aging named the Joslyn Senior Center as a 2012 Distinguished Site Award winner, according to Claremont city manager Tony Ramos’ weekly update.

Awards are given for senior meal programs that deliver social services, activities and outstanding service outside of nutritious meals, according to the update.

Only seven facilities out of 100 sites received the award, according to the update.

The nutrition staff of both Joslyn and Blaisdell received a Silver Thermometer Award for serving safe food meeting high standards and a Golden Apple Award for exceptional service and quality, according to the update. 909-483-8549

Indian Hill Boulevard resurfacing project from Foothill to Base Line continues

The Indian Hill Boulevard will be finished during this upcoming two-week period to coincide with the period when school is not in session, according to City Manger Tony Ramos’ weekly update.

The project contractor will start work Wednesday Dec.26 with the work continuing weather permitting through Saturday Dec.29.

Grinding of the pavement will be a two-day project that starts construction on Indian Hill from Foothill Boulevard to Base Line Road. Street paving is then scheduled for Friday Dec.28 and Saturday Dec.29 unless there is weather constraints.

There is no work scheduled for Dec. 24, Dec. 25 or Jan. 1.

Claremont High School has been given notification as well as businesses and residents fronting Indian Hill, according to the update. 909-483-8549