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Chuck Barker of the ConFire Communications Center dispatches a medical emergency call May 12. Photo Nick Marnell
Dispatchers: The Unheralded Heroes of the Fire Departments
By Nick Marnell
Public safety dispatchers, like many doctors and lawyers, deal with people at often the worst moment of their lives - and on top of that, have to help the callers sort through it all.
"People just do not realize the amount of stress the dispatchers work under," said Capt. Vince Matulich of the Moraga-Orinda Fire District.
The Contra Costa County Fire Protection District operates the Contra Costa Regional Fire Communications Center in Pleasant Hill, ...
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Miramonte High School students pet Therapy dog Champ, a golden retriever. A group of therapy dogs were made available to the school for stress-relief during finals week. Photo Cathy Dausman
Paws a Bit to Relieve Finals Stress
By Cathy Dausman
Miramonte High School quite literally went to the dogs June 7 and 9 thanks to a student suggestion and the follow through of administrative assistant Betsy Canty.
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Head basketball coach Randy Bennett has built a winning attitude at Saint Mary's College. Photo Tod Fierner
SMC Basketball's Randy Bennett: 'The Longer I Stay, the More I Want to Stay'
By Nick Marnell
When Saint Mary's College head basketball coach Randy Bennett arrived at the school in 2001, he figured he had four years to prove he could do the job. Fifteen years later, after 333 victories, 10 post-season ...read
Acalanes baseball team celebrating their title win. Photos Gint Federas
Acalanes Baseball Wins NCS Title
By Karl Buscheck
The Acalanes baseball team capped off an undefeated league campaign by claiming the NCS division III crown with a 4-1 win over Analy on June 4.
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Park a container of salvia, petunia, pelargonium, geranium, and other heat lovers next to a bench. Photo Cynthia Brian
Digging Deep
By Cynthia Brian
"It's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring." - Marilyn Monroe
What a difference a few weeks make. Our ...read
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Dear Editor,
I just finished reading the story on Shiva Jafarzadeh and was moved by her experience. I was appalled at the way she was treated in Iran and glad that she has found a happy life here in Moraga.
As a Moraga resident myself for over 12 years, and also a devout Muslim, I had mixed feelings about some of the comments about Islam, as they only reinforce the negative stereotypes that are so prevalent, especially in the political arena. We have seen these stereotypes only further Islamophobic sentiments and even lead to hate crimes. I cringe to think
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Dear Editor,
The story on Shiva Jafarzadeh was a compelling personal piece. However, I think it should have been made clear that this was her experience at that time and in that place.
For instance, the statement about the supposed 40 wives of Muhammad, which appeared early in the story, made it seem as if all Muslims believe that. They certainly do not! At this time many wrong ideas about Islam are circulating
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Voters Embrace Local Schools By Passing Measure C
By Cathy Tyson
A small but zealous team of parents representing each of the neighborhood schools in the Lafayette School District, endorsement ...read

Athayde Wins Community Award Honoring Denny
By Cathy Tyson
It was one of the best kept secrets ever. The longtime music legend who has guided Stanley Middle School students for years, Director of ...read

Deer Hill Adversaries Will Get Day in Court
By Cathy Tyson
A pair of opponents with deeply opposing views on the controversial 44- unit Homes at Deer Hill ...read
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Moraga Center Homes Plan Grilled by Commission
By Sophie Braccini
Nothing is simple and quick with the Moraga Center Homes development project.
A year and a half ago the Conceptual D ...read

Town Faces Tough Budget Picture Thanks to Sinkhole
By Sophie Braccini
It is all about the sinkhole. The pavement collapse that swallowed a light post and opened a large breach on Rheem Boulevard now undermines the town's finances. The 2016-17 fiscal year budget as presented by ...read

Rheem Boulevard Shuts Down, Affecting Traffic and Neighbors
By Sophie Braccini
Residents of Moraga and Lafayette who use the Rheem Boulevard between Saint Mary's Road and Moraga Road will have to find alternate routes until the middle of the fall.
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Orinda Leads the Way Backing County Transportation Tax
By Sora O'Doherty
Orinda City Council became the first Contra Costa County municipality to give the county's half-cent sales tax proposal the thumbs up.
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Thorny Ballot Counting Shows Measure L Winning
By Sora O'Doherty
Early vote counts showed Measure L, the half-cent sales tax proposed for the funding of Orinda road repairs, passing by 68.6 percent of the votes cast. As a revenue raising measure, it must be passed by a ...read

Appeal Fails to Halt New Home on Oak Flat Road
By Sora O'Doherty
A new single family home at 7 Oak Flat Road survived an appeal by neighbors, who contested the planning commission approval.
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Paws a Bit to Relieve Finals Stress
SMC Basketball's Randy Bennett: 'The Longer I Stay, the More I Want to Stay'
Orinda Leads the Way Backing County Transportation Tax
Lafayette Police Blotter
Voters Embrace Local Schools By Passing Measure C
Athayde Wins Community Award Honoring Denny
Make Beautiful Music Together on June 21
Deer Hill Adversaries Will Get Day in Court
Moraga Police Blotter
Moraga Center Homes Plan Grilled by Commission
Town Faces Tough Budget Picture Thanks to Sinkhole
JM to Move to Later Start Time This Coming Fall
Roger Wykle Will Seek Reelection to Town Council
Rheem Boulevard Shuts Down, Affecting Traffic and Neighbors
Last Repavement On Some Moraga Roads Projects Get Green Light
Orinda Police Blotter
Thorny Ballot Counting Shows Measure L Winning
Appeal Fails to Halt New Home on Oak Flat Road
Dispatchers: The Unheralded Heroes of the Fire Departments
Dramatic Helicopter Rescue in the Lafayette Hills
Letters to the Editor
Don't Bee Afraid: Concord Bees Not Africanized
Find Your Friends and Food at Sideboard Neighborhood Kitchen
Business Bites
Graduation 2016
Don't PAWS on This; Unique Fundraiser Coming to the Lafayette Reservoir
Mother and Daughter Vow to Fight Cancer as Teammates
College Communications Programs Offer More Than Just Idle Talk
Looking Good In Lamorinda
Lafayette Community Foundation Award Grants
Orinda Senior to Ride 3,000 Miles to Raise Cancer Awareness
Local Girls Awarded Gold Award, Scouts Highest Honor
Rheem Elementary Fourth-grader Earns 4-H P Platinum Seal
Del Rey's Maker Faire a Sunny Event
Eagle Scouts Mark Memorial Day With Flag Placements
Common Interests Bring Different Faiths Together
Families Without Borders Empowers Students in Sierra Leone
Daytrips & Getaways
La Senorita has Half a Century of Teaching Spanish at Campolindo
Film Clips
'Much Ado' is a Fast-paced Delight
Thoughtful Food
Shelby's Penne Pasta Arrabiata
Most Frequently Viewed Stories From Our Last Issue
Acalanes Baseball Wins NCS Title
Acalanes Softball Hopes to Make its Mark in NCS Quarterfinals
Acalanes, Campolindo and Miramonte End Track Season at State Meet
Orinda 9U All-Star Team Wins Bigtimer Baseball Tournament
U14 AB Seals Win Tourneys to End Four-year Run Together
Orinda 14 U Bandits Fight Their Way to Gold Championship
Nationals Beat Giants for Little League Title in Majors Division
Digging Deep
Lamorinda Home Sales recorded
Feng Shui
Graduation 2016
ACALANES HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR AWARDS, 2016

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La Senorita has Half a Century of Teaching Spanish at Campolindo
By Cathy Dausman
The year was 1963 or mil, novecientos sesenta y tres in Spanish, when Lola Danielli arrived at Campolindo High School fresh out of U.C. Berkeley. The Spanish teacher from the previous year was not returning. ...read
School Calendar
Acalanes Union High School District
Board Room AUHSD Office
1212 Pleasant Hill Rd, Lafayette
Wednesday, June 28, at 7:30pm

Lafayette School District
LAFSD Office
3477 School Street, Lafayette
Wednesday, June 21, at 7pm

Moraga School District
Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School Auditorium 1010 Camino Pablo, Moraga
Tuesday, August 16, at 7:30pm

Orinda Union School District
OUSD Office 8 Altarinda Road, Orinda
Monday, June 27, at 6pm
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Acalanes Softball Hopes to Make its Mark in NCS Quarterfinals
By Karl Buscheck
Even though star shortstop Zoe Marott never played a single inning, the Acalanes softball team managed to advance to the NCS division III quarterfinals.
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Acalanes, Campolindo and Miramonte End Track Season at State Meet
By Karl Buscheck
In her first full season on the Acalanes track team, senior Julia Lyons jumped her way to the largest stage in California.
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Orinda 14 U Bandits Fight Their Way to Gold Championship
Submitted by Junaid Khan
The Orinda baseball team 14 U Bandits are the 2016 680 Diablo League Gold Champions. The championship tournament was held June 3-5 in Santa Clara.
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Orinda Summer Concerts in the Park Series continues from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the Orinda Community Park. June 14: Bay Bridge Beat, 70s Funk & Soul, Food Truck: Kenny’s Heart & Soul, ...

Celebrate National Make Music Day at Lafayette Plaza Park from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on June 21 for free musical fun for all ages, including live band karaoke, singing, ukulele music and musical crafts. Make ...

The MFA in Dance Program at Saint Mary’s College presents Coalesce, an original and distinctive dance work that explores universal themes of culture, community, spirituality, family ...

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Don't PAWS on This; Unique Fundraiser Coming to the Lafayette Reservoir
By Diane Claytor
In the ballet world, a pas de deux is a dance performed by two dancers. In the world of dogs and the humans who love them, a PAWS de Tutu is a fun-filled beautiful June morning, replete with a dog PAWrade, ...read

Mother and Daughter Vow to Fight Cancer as Teammates
By Nick Marnell
The Brown family of Moraga had just survived a terrifying experience, but an encore lurked in the shadows.
Finley Brown beat ...read

Looking Good In Lamorinda
By Moya Stone
Summer has rushed into Lamorinda bringing along bright sunny days and high temperatures. It's time to put away the woolens and pull out the whites.
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'Much Ado' is a Fast-paced Delight
By Lou Fancher
Love and shame haven't changed in over 400 years.
Words of devotion or degradation written by William Shakespeare in ...read
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