A local favorite since 1958, Grinder Haven was closed last month by the Health Department and hasn’t reopened, although that may happen within days after some paperwork gets ironed out. Also: two Culture Corner items about classical concerts, and a recap of my screening of “The Sting,” with a plug for Thursday’s “Unforgiven.” All of this is in Sunday’s column.
A home in Ontario has long been decked out in Los Angeles Lakers style, inside and out: banners, flags, mobiles, murals, messages in the grass and on the roof, etc. Just when I finally catch up with the homeowner, he’s moving. But that added a news element to Friday’s column.
Above is Martin Espinoza in some team gear outside his garage-door mural; below are views of his home and garage; at bottom, Espinoza points to a key motto on his purple and gold vehicle.
Sunday’s column previews my annual film series at the Ontario City Library. This time I’m showing four classics with little in common other than the production designer, Henry Bumstead — and their own greatness, of course. Bumstead was born and raised in Ontario. Hope some of you will consider coming out for the movies, which screen for free each Thursday in April at 6:30 p.m.
Above, the stylish exterior sign on Euclid Avenue. Below, two views of the dining room. At bottom, Christie Priest and her daughter Darlene enjoy a last lunch on Wednesday.
It’s edgier than usual, for good or bad, but Wednesday’s column is the result of a leaked document about an Ontario employee disciplined for ethical lapses, twice. That didn’t stop him from getting a 5.2 percent raise.
Friday’s column ends with highlights from this week’s Ontario council meeting and starts with the observation that a Carl’s Jr. that Ontario had tried to relocate a few yards, without success, is staying put and renovating its building. (Look for a lot of subtle and not-so-subtle burger references.) In the middle there’s a couple of Culture Corner items.
Sunday’s column is about David Merriam, a retired local judge who has exchanged his judicial robes for a tuxedo to preside over the Best in Show climax of the Westminster Dog Show. We had an enjoyable conversation about the philosophy of dog judging and the overlap between a courtroom and a dog show ring.
Wednesday’s column is about the new book “Early Ontario,” part of the Images of America series of local history books, and some of the tidbits therein. After deadline I was told the $22 book will be sold for $15 at Wednesday’s launch party at the library, which takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. at 215 E. C St. Good deal. Also, I’ll be there selling my own book at regular price.
Friday’s column has the latest from Ontario, starting with the green construction fence around the dirt lot that used to be City Hall’s expansive front lawn.
Above is a view of the Post Office branch at Fourth and Mountain in Ontario after the adjoining buildings were demolished. Below is a photo from circa 1960 courtesy of the Ontario Planning Department with the Post Office partly visible at left. The Laundramatic and Bank of America buildings were what was demolished. Click on the pictures for a bigger view.