Taking a break from naming civic facilities after human beings, Ontario named its first dog park after a dog. Not one of the city’s founding canines (George Chasey? Charles Barkish?) but rather a police dog, one who was shot to death in the line of duty. It’s an unusual story, which must be why I’m the one who wrote it. It’s my Sunday column.
A gallery of photos from the event by my colleague Jennifer Cappuccio Maher can be seen here.
Ontario is marking 125 years as a city later this year and has events planned, with the first this Saturday at downtown’s Town Square. Details are in my Wednesday column, followed by nine more Ontario items. Gosh, an all-Ontario column. Some of these items, by the way, were written weeks ago, awaiting their turn at bat.
Remember the dispute between Ontario and Upland over a baseball field, not to mention a golf course? It continues. Upland isn’t satisfied with Ontario’s latest attempt to resolve the standoff. I’ve got more news from Ontario, as well as two Culture Corner items from Claremont, a plug for this blog and a Valley Vignette, in Sunday’s column.
Downtown Ontario’s Conservation Park, which opened in December next to City Hall, has water wise plants, play equipment, benches and more. And, it’s got an example of Allen Chickering Sage, with which this Allen is well pleased.
For Friday’s column, I attended a contentious Ontario council meeting as a proposed compost facility that has Chino mad, as well as south Ontario, was debated. Also, there was the angry random guy.
Valley Department Store opened in downtown Ontario in 1929. It’s holding a liquidation sale before moving to smaller quarters in Upland. Read all about the big and tall store and its history in my Friday column.
Friday’s column starts off with a juxtaposition of news from Ontario: one piece about high-speed Internet, the other about a quest for another post office. City Hall would also like the emerging Ontario Ranch neighborhood to have its own postal designation, i.e., Ontario Ranch, CA rather than Ontario.
There’s also three cultural notes and a follow-up on my extended reading of a YA novel that supposedly can be read in one sitting.
Our move meant that a roomful of paper-hoarding journalists had to sift through their belongings and keep only what was necessary, or deemed necessary. It was painful. We also had to pack it up while also producing a daily newspaper. An inside look at our curious ways is in Wednesday’s column.
Update: The website LA Observed picked up on my column, saying it “speaks to a lot of the truths about the print journalist genus.”
Sunday’s column recounts a few highlights from Tuesday’s Ontario council meeting, the primary one being a request by a skateboarder for a skate park. I also share a little news about this newspaper. After that comes two cultural items, a plug for this blog and notice of the impending opening of the Route 66 museum in the old Richfield service station.
Bulletin assistant city editor and history columnist Joe Blackstock retires today after nearly 48 years in the news biz. He’s the subject of my Wednesday column.