Thursday, January 28, 2010

Math Homework Hotline: Spread the Word

I just learned that Harvey Mudd College, one of the Claremont Colleges, is starting a free Homework Hotline, which will provide free math tutoring for local students in grades 6 - 12.

The hotline opens February 1, and is available to students in Claremont and Pomona Unified School Districts.

Students are invited to call the Homework Hotline toll-free at 1-877-8 ASK-HMC. The hours are Sunday through Thursday from 7PM - 10PM (through May 2010). More information available at

Here's a little more information from the organizers:

"Homework Hotline callers speak to Harvey Mudd College students who are trained in over-the-phone tutoring and have access to district-adopted mathematics textbooks, as well as supplemental math resources. The Homework Hotline currently employs 39 Harvey Mudd students and will have about 8 tutors available per evening. The program’s mission is to help students reinforce math concepts, develop problem-solving skills and become independent learners."

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Out with the old, in with the new

Garfield Park has been without a playground since the end of December. During the first week of January, a work crew fenced in, then demolished, the old playground. During the second week, the crew erected a beautiful new-and-up-to-code structure, poured cement, and spread wood chips.

Then it rained. And rained. And rained.

But today is a new day, a sunny day. And, don't ya know, the fences are gone (though muddy tire tracks remain). The playground is open.

And the kiddos are thrilled! Already the playground is teeming with tots exploring the climbing wall, many slides, wobble bench and "skates," swings, and a modern version of the old school merry-go-round (a tall spindle-like cage with a much smaller circumference than a merry-go-round).

Our Neighborhood Watch will host a hot dog feast to celebrate the new playground at noon on Saturday, February 6. Swing by to say hi, eat, and play.

Thank you to our city officials and departments for bringing this new playground to Garfield Park!

[Side bar: On my way home from taking the pictures, I saw a black sedan drop off a prostitute on the north edge of the park. As I passed her, I told her the crotch of her underwear was showing. She said, "I like it like that." I called dispatch, of course. The families she walked past in the park looked horrified. Great -- so glad we can welcome everyone with a lovely playground and a prostitute of the trading-sex-for-drugs type (just a guess on her preferred currency).]

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Area Commander Meeting -- Northeast Focus

Mark your calendars for the next Area Commander meeting:

Tuesday, February 9th
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
St. Madeleine's Church (931 Kingsley)

The meeting will focus on the Northeast area of Pomona. However, ALL residents are encouraged to attend. As always, the Area Commanders find it helpful to have a heads-up about concerns so they can research issues prior to the meeting. You will find your Area Commander's contact information along the right side of this blog page.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Meeting location?

Has anyone heard where this Tuesday's Area Commander meeting is to be held? The one announcement I was about the meeting say location TBA, but I haven't seen the "A."

UPDATE: The meeting will be held at Pomona First Baptist Church (Garey and Holt).