The latest around Claremont’s independent movie house is that, closed during coronavirus, it’s also on the market. As a fan of the theater, the only consistent place to see indie and foreign films in the 909, I write about the possibility of its being sold for Friday’s column.
Barbara Cheatley’s boutique in the Claremont Village has a cute poster in the window about masking up. That’s the first of seven (!) items in Wednesday’s column.
I’ve been walking more during the pandemic, and you probably have too. I write about walking in Claremont while also sharing your routes and thoughts. “What a great way to become more acquainted with your neighborhood,” one walker enthuses. That’s the subject of Friday’s pedestrian-friendly, but hopefully not pedestrian, column.
In Sunday’s column, I write about a Claremont Starbucks that has closed permanently, and also was a favorite spot of mine.
I started writing this last Monday as a potential secondary item to appear after the lead item Wednesday about Trudi Blair’s birthday celebration. But as I wrapped up I realized I had enough to make a column and set it aside. Maybe a Starbucks closing isn’t column-worthy, I don’t know, but it’s a place I liked, and I’m sure others liked it too.
I took a walk Tuesday afternoon around Claremont’s downtown, where a longtime store owner was about the close for two weeks, a bakery had sold out of bread and an ex-Byrd was trying to return a library book. The result of my ramble is a casual, observational Friday column.
A sad start to Sunday’s column, as the man I wrote about last October died while crossing the street in Claremont. Also, I vote at the LA County Fairgrounds, and Claremont’s Shakespeare Festival is imperiled.
Podge’s Claremont Juice Co. in the Village is closing Saturday. Thinking it’d be nice to get an item into my column prior to that, I dropped in to inquire and found not only the owner but the previous owner as well. Also, a Pomona man will be on “Wheel of Fortune” Friday and the Pomona Christmas parade is Saturday. All this is in Friday’s up-to-the-minute column.
Ripped from last week’s headlines, impeachment witness David Holmes attended college in Claremont. Also: more about the old stone wall in Claremont, Ontario council meetings are recommended to time-pressed students and more, all in Wednesday’s pre-Thanksgiving column.
Discovery of a lost WWII American submarine was announced earlier this month, and there’s a local angle: One of the 80 crew members was from Redlands. His brother, who lives in Claremont, contacted me, and I interviewed him for a somber Sunday column.
A man in Claremont in 1950 traveled to Cuba to bend Ernest Hemingway’s ear. There’s proof he did. I write about Bill Demastus in Sunday’s column.