A T-shirt manufacturer is relocating to Ontario from Orange County and taking over the former Sunkist plant. A ceremonial ground-breaking took place Friday and I was there to hear more, especially about the landmark water tower, now newly refurbished. That makes up my Sunday column.
Have you ever been to Citizens Business Bank Arena? I saw two concerts there, both in 2010. The facility just hasn’t fulfilled its potential as a music venue. As the management of the arena changes, I offer some perspective in my Friday column, along with Culture Corner items and a note about two local connections in the new Westways issue.
The bell tower on the Chaffey High campus in Ontario hasn’t told the correct time consistently, or rung its bells, in years. But everything is now working again after the whole assembly was replaced, and the chimes can be heard on the hour from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, even from blocks away. The story is in my Friday column.
It’s been a few weeks since I’ve been to an Ontario City Council meeting, and far longer since I’ve been to one as startling as Tuesday’s. The story is in my Friday column.
They’re giving kids free lunches this summer at the Ontario City Library, courtesy of the school district and the USDA, which is funding it. More than 200 kids showed up for Wednesday’s kickoff. I write about the unusual program in my Sunday column.
Remember the old water tower at the Sunkist factory in Ontario? It’s come down to eye level for refurbishment. That’s in my Sunday column, along with a bunch of Culture Corner items and a Valley Vignette.
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.