Doing good in Claremont

Here’s a note from reader Sharon Williams in response to Sunday’s column on the Claremont Village Expansion, and with a holiday theme yet:

“Dear Mr. Allen,

“I really enjoyed your article about Claremont in Sunday’s paper. I grew up in Ontario and moved to Claremont nine years ago. I agree that the current Claremont is not the Claremont I remember.

“However, I would like share a special project that my son’s local school is doing this holiday season. My son attends Chaparral Elementary School in Claremont. As a school, we have adopted four local families to provide needed items.

“Over 170 paper ornaments were placed on a holiday tree inside the school office. Each ornament listed an item needed for a particular member of each family. Chaparral parents and staff members selected an ornament, bought the item, and returned it wrapped. As of last week, all of the ornaments were taken. The Chaparral PFA will deliver the presents this Friday [i.e., today — DA] to our adopted families.

“The generosity and benevolence of the Chaparral Family exemplifies the real Claremont this holiday season. The Chaparral office is overflowing with presents every day. My son and I have to remove some of the presents every day just so people can enter the office.

“Yes, the new Claremont ads for the Village seem a bit ‘self absorbed.’ However, our principal, Lori Kerns, has taught us that the holiday season is about giving and looking out for those in need. Mrs. Kerns and the Chaparral Family have allowed several families to experience a happier holiday season.

“I wish you a wonderful holiday season!


“Sharon Williams, Parent and PFA Member.”

Looks like the real Claremont is alive and well, its heart, shall we say, expansive.

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  • John Schick

    I worked for the Claremont Police Dept in the mid to late ’70s. The old downtown has changed dramatically since I walked a beat there. Most notably are the transients who sleep in doorways, and dig through trash receptacles in the village. That was never seen when I worked there. They look like hell and DO NOT improve the scenery of the area.

  • Shirley Wofford

    I have been going to Claremont every Wednesday, because the Laemmle Theaters give seniors the best deal going.

    I am puzzled by the City of Claremont’s attitude
    regarding parking when it comes to having out-of- towners visit for shopping and whatever.

    I have an aversion to parking garages and traffic cluttered areas as it is. I have been parking on First Street and walking to the Theater.

    Yesterday I noticed a meter maid marking tires, and when I looked up I saw that I was only allowed to park there for 2 hours.

    I got back in my car and started driving and could not find a parking place anywhere near the theater where I would have time to attend the show. There is a row of parking spaces off Indian Hill right next to the theater, but with a 2 hour minimum. I was attending a short film, but two hours is still not enough time if you get there a little early for a good rear auditorium seat. I took a chance, and I was nervous through the whole showing. I clocked myself at 2 hours and 15 minutes–luckily I did not get a ticket. I mentioned the situation to other theater goers, and they informed me that I could park in the parking garage for three hours. That is still not enough time if you are going to see, “There Will be Blood.”

    It all seems counter-progressive to me–
    “Please come and spend money, but don’t overstay.”

    Fortunately for me, I am still healthy enough to make the trek from the Metrolink Station.