What were the 10 strangest local news stories of 2012? My Sunday column counts ‘em down.
Friday’s column (read it here) begins with some reader feedback about my recent capsule history of the Magic Lamp steakhouse in Rancho Cucamonga. Following that is word that 3-D artist Ray Zone, who grew up in Rancho Cucamonga, has died, and after that, several notes from around the valley. An inessential read for the day after Thanksgiving — but if you read it, I hope you like it.
Sunday’s column (read it here) has items about the cameos by James Bond’s producer (a Harvey Mudd alum), a TV shoot in downtown Pomona, a minor addition to downtown Ontario, a reader’s Mayfair Hotel memory and the restaurant that will replace Claremont’s Harvard Square.
Friday’s column (read it here) begins with a followup to the 20th anniversary of the 909 area code’s inception. Following that are short news items, some about local restaurants coming and going, and an item about Pomona’s Measure T, whose main proponent says it wasn’t about what I said it was about.
Sunday’s column (read it here) begins with an anniversary: the 909 area code’s. That’s followed by some short items and an update on the Chino/Chino Hills confusion. Your comments on any of the above are welcome, of course, but recollections of the switchover in 1992 from the 714 to the 909 would be of special interest.
Friday’s column (read it here) parses the results in Ontario, Montclair, Upland, Rancho Cucamonga and Pomona, where interesting things happened. If you agree or disagree with any of my analyses, or if you have better jokes, share them in the comments field.
Halloween stores have popped up around the valley to sell costumes and decorations, a niche that didn’t really exist until a few years ago. The spooky stuff is a blessing, in a way, because for at least a few weeks, otherwise vacant storefronts spring to life again.
A former Blockbuster in La Verne is a Halloween store. Ditto with the former Linens N Things in Montclair, which has been vacant several years. Where else have you seen Halloween stores and what have they replaced?
My favorite Halloween store name is in Montclair, where a former men’s clothing store named The New Bonds is now The Monstore.