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

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

City offices closed Dec. 25, 31 and Jan. 1

The city of Claremont’s offices will be closed Dec. 25, Dec. 31 and Jan. 1.

There will be no sanitation collection on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1 and the collection will be delayed one day from Tuesday through Friday, according to a news release on the city’s website.

City officials will collect holiday trees for recycling on Dec. 31 through Jan. 10.

The bare tree must be placed at the curb at 6 a.m. on your collection tree and everything must be removed from the tree including the stand.

Trees should not be bagged and any tree over 6-foot-tall must be cut in half. 909-483-8549

Claremont collecting holiday trees for recycling starting Dec. 31

The city of Claremont will collect holiday trees for recycling from Dec. 31 through Jan. 11.

Residents are asked to remove everything from the tree including the stand, according to a city news release, and do not bag the tree.

Trees that are more than 6-feet-tall must be cut in half.

For more information, contact the city’s Community Services department at 909-399-5431. 909-483-8549

Claremont Symphony Orchestra will present Handel’s ‘Messiah’ Sunday

The non-profit Claremont Symphony Orchestra will perform two multi-community performances of composer George Frideric Handel’s “Messiah.”

Audience members are invited to sing the “Hallelujah Chorus” at 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the Bridges Hall of Music on the Pomona College campus, 150 E. 4th St.

Professional musicians will sing the solos and the audience will sing the chorus, which is divided into bass, soprano, alto and tenor sections downstairs, according to a news release.

Audiences can bring their own score or purchase one at $10 or rent one at $5 but if attendees don’t wish to sing they can listen in the balcony, according to the release.

CSO Music Director Robert Sage is the conductor. The CSO will use Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s version of the work which includes additional wind parts, according to the release.

Drop-offs for the performance are allowed on 4th Street in front of the hall and a handicapped ramp is on the west side.

Attendees should park on the streets to the west or in the First Street and Columbia Avenue parking structure.

Doors open at 1 p.m. for the 1:30 p.m. performance and 3:30 p.m. for the 4 p.m. performance.

A tax-free donation of $5 more more covers the additional cost of the second performance, according to the release.

For more information, contact 909-596-5979 or 909-483-8549

Public art banner competition ongoing

The City of Claremont is hosting its annual Public Art Competition, which is a project of the Art in Public Places program, according to city manager Tony Ramos’ Dec. 13 weekly update.

The competition is open all Claremont residents of all ages and includes Claremont school and Claremont College students.

“Enjoy Claremont” is the banner theme and those selected will be given canvas banner material to paint their original work, according to the update.

The artists who are selected will receive $250 and have their banner be displayed in the downtown Claremont Village in April.

The designs and forms must be submitted by Jan. 8 to the Alexander Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd.

For more information, contact Francine Baker at 909-399-5391. 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