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.
Friday’s column starts off with two reader anecdotes about their Vince’s Spaghetti obsession. After that: cultural notes and people news from around the valley.
Wednesday’s column is a tribute to Ontario’s oldest surviving restaurant, Vince’s Spaghetti — with news of a new menu item (!).
Sunday’s column is about last week’s Ontario City Council meeting, dominated by the loquacious Paul Avila. There’s some other Ontario news from the meeting, an explanation from a councilman about why he flew from LAX, and a plug for my Thursday book signing in Pomona.
Incidentally, I was startled Sunday (after returning from a three-day weekend in San Diego) to open my Daily Bulletin and find this column was our A1 lead story. As the saying goes, it must have been a slow news day.
A construction fence has gone up around much of the 250-acre Meredith property in Ontario above the 10 Freeway — and, heh, someone in the neighborhood used the new real estate to post a “yard sale” sign Monday. Wherever it is, it’s probably not on the vacant land — although with all that dirt, you could put out an awful lot of blankets and card tables to display your wares.