2022: the year in feature films

by Andrew Alonzo | [email protected]

In early 2022, we asked Claremont how it was impacted by the burgeoning COVID-19 Omicron variant.

City Manager Adam Pirrie stressed that Claremont and its businesses will continue to follow the advice of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

Claremont Craft Ales CEO Simon Brown closed the company’s indoor tasting room and only offered curbside pickup; Fit Rituals owners Tasha Bell and Bernadette Legranp cut their gym class sizes by 50%; and Ray Lantz, owner of the Diamond Center, has increased testing among its employees.

About a month later, we profiled some of Priceless Pets Rescue Claremont’s new tenants: a group of purebred beagles. The puppies were rescued from a Virginia-based breeder. After Priceless Pets transported them to its Chino Hills facility, the puppies were groomed for adoption. Thirteen beagles arrived at the Claremont shelter, four of which were adopted before the story,”Priceless Pets Rescue needs help finding hundreds of beagles“, was posted online. The remaining nine puppies, Talladega, Tiana, Tink, Tilly, Tonya, Tori, Tortuga, Trevor and Traveler were all finally adopted.

On February 16, Darya Harris, store manager of Priceless Pets Rescue in Claremont, pets Tilly, a beagle recently rescued from a Virginia-based breeder. MAIL photo/Andrew Alonzo

In March, weeks after Russia invaded Ukraine, Claremont resident Cynthia Cross explored ways to help a needy Ukrainian family 10,200 miles away. Booking stays through Airbnb at properties owned by its correspondent, Ukrainian citizen Dmitry Volkov, the money was sent directly to Volkov’s bank account after the scheduled stay. Cross’ act of kindness allowed Volkov to support his family, mother and friends.

In April, 13 residents gathered at Cahuilla Park to voice their concerns about road safety at the first in-person meeting of the Claremont Safe Streets Coalition. Coalition founder Nona Tirre decided to call the meeting after noticing an increase in perceived unsafe driving practices across the city.

In May, following Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito’s allegedly leaked opinion signaling the Court’s intention to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 5Cs Reproduction Club at Claremont College organized a protest march.

In June, Pulitzer Prize-winning freelance photojournalist Amanda Andrade-Rhoades discussed her coverage of the January 6, 2021, uprising at the United States Capitol. The Claremont native’s photos and ground coverage were included in The Washington Post’s comprehensive coverage of the coup attempt called “The Attack,” which won the Pulitzer for Public Service Reporting. Andrade-Rhoades was a COURIER intern in 2012.

Scripps College graduate and Magna Cum Laude Samantha Cain Bloomfield enthusiastically shows it all, and Scripps College cameraman, her graduation case after her name was called at the 92nd Annual Scripps College. The Encino, California native graduated with honors with a BA in Philosophy. MAIL photo/Andrew Alonzo

In July, the COURIER welcomed its new editor, Mick Rhodes.

Also in July, we featured the work of three friends from Claremont Hills Wilderness Park who conducted field research on monarch butterflies for the Monarch Joint Venture. About a mile into Johnson’s Pasture, researchers searched for signs of monarch life in an effort to gather data to help the city allocate grants and make decisions for future wilderness park projects that could affect people. of monarchs. Each week, the group reports their findings to the MJV’s Integrated Monarch Monitoring Program.

In mid-August, teachers allowed COURIER into their classrooms about a week before the start of the new Claremont Unified School District school year. Mountain View Elementary School sixth grade teacher Maureen Free became emotional when asked what she was most looking forward to.

“Just being together. We all miss that,” Free said. “We miss the kids. But just this fullness of the school year, this hope that comes with the first day of school, I’m very excited about it.

On August 31, students returned to CUSD campuses.

September was the critical time to release candidate profiles to the public before mail-in ballots reached voters in Los Angeles County. The COURIER featured Jeff Hanlon, Javier Aguilar and 19-year-old incumbent Brian Bowcock, as well as every candidate for Claremont City Council and the Claremont Unified School District School Board.

In October, the Claremont Chamber of Commerce celebrated its 40th Village Venture.

That same month, Scripps College professor Martha Gonzalez was honored as one of 25 recipients of the 2022 MacArthur Fellowship, also known as the Engineering Fellowship. The MacArthur Foundation awards the prestigious scholarships to those who advance in disciplines such as art, science, and academics. The award comes with an $800,000 stipend to be awarded over the next five years and will support Gonzalez’s future endeavors like music with his Grammy-winning Latinx band, Quetzal.

In November, the story of Ezer, a three-year-old beagle and basset hound mix, was turned into a children’s book by his owner, Marisa Nicely.

The community also learned that 69-year-old Claremonter Donald DeLano was hanging up his gardening gloves after 31 years of service as a Pomona Fairplex horticulturist. He cited health issues as the reason for his departure. The man who launched The Farm at the Fairplex in 2012 officially retired on November 30, 2022.

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