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The Dons Have Spirit, Yes They Do
By A. K. Carroll
Acalanes High School seniors celebrate after winning the Oct. 6-10 Student Spirit Competition. Photos Gint Federas
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From left: Giulia Massari, of Lafayette, visits the Harvest Festival with daughter Deborah Ferber and granddaughter Francesca Ferber; also enjoying the celebration are Alison Hill, of Sustainable Lafayette, and "Papa John" Keifer. Photo Andy Scheck
Good Times at the Community Garden Harvest Festival
By Sophie Braccini
Harvest is a time of joyful celebration as the fruits of the summer's hard work are gathered, shared and possibly stored before winter arrives. The celebration is even more meaningful when a whole community ...read

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Remember to Vote Nov. 4
We've got mail! In the weeks leading up to an election, Lamorinda Weekly receives more Letters to the Editor than the previous six months combined. We publish as many as we can - read what your friends and ...read
Casey Harrington (3) has led his team to a 7-1 overall record, 3-0 in DFAL. Photos Gint Federas
Football Enters Rivalry Weeks
By Michael Sakoda
Halfway through the season, Lamorinda teams head into a series of rivalry games between Acalanes (7-1, 3-0 DFAL) and Miramonte (2-5, 1-2) this Friday, Oct. 24 and a Halloween showdown between Campolindo (8-0, ...read

Top and bottom left: Araneus diadematus (cross orbweaver); middle: Argiope aurantia (yellow garden spider); top right: Black Soldier Fly larvae; bottom right: tarantula on Mount Diablo Photos Andy Scheck
Real Creepy Crawlies for Halloween
By Cathy Dausman
They surround us. In every recessed corner, or darkened garden path, look closely and you'll probably find some creepy, crawly specimen around your home that fits right in with the ghoulish season.
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Editor:

“Throw the Bums Out!”
The cry of some letters to the editor regarding the upcoming Orinda City Council election. These opposition letters reject four candidates for City Council as unworthy. The letters support two inexperienced, nonetheless passionate, candidates. Letters supporting these opposition candidates are fervid. Choleric. Exaggerated.
Misbegotten, Misdirected.
To the contrary, the Council has been careful, deliberative, “tuned-in,” seeing the “big picture.”
1. Road repair: The Council commissioned ...

Editor:

In our era of sound bite news, it’s much easier to be opinionated than informed, and it’s all too easy to cast disagreement as a lack of listening. In a democracy, we need to do better.
Having had the distinct privilege of serving on the Orinda school board for 12 years, I have come to understand the qualities needed...

Editor:

Forty years ago Moraga residents voted to incorporate, largely because of conflicts with the County over local development plans. In the last few years, our Town officials have approved several large projects and have adopted the Moraga Town Center Plan covering the Moraga Ranch area. Two projects, one on the old bowling alley site on Moraga Road...

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Bag Ban and Private Parking Enforcement at City Council
By Cathy Tyson
Two controversial subjects - should the city make its own rules on banning plastic bags and can private parking lots have meters - were discussed at the Oct. 14 Lafayette City Council meeting.
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Could Greener Power Come to Lafayette?
By Cathy Tyson
It is an interesting concept: greener electricity delivered by PG&E to your home. PG&E still reads your meter and issues monthly bills, delivers energy through its lines and provides the same maintenance and ...read

Residents Suggest Answers to Parking Woes at Workshop
By Cathy Tyson
Reaching out to drivers, property and business owners, city leaders requested suggestions about what to do about parking in the near term and also looking out five and 10 years in the future. Attendees had a ...read
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Council Split over Budget Increase for Chambers
By Sophie Braccini
Moraga's new town council chambers will cost quite a bit more than anticipated. The Town Council recently approved a 30 percent increase in the budget for the renovation of the facility at 331 Rheem Blvd. as ...read

The Cost of Doing Business
By Sophie Braccini
On the evening of March 9, 2013, people gathered at Rancho Laguna Park in Moraga to enjoy a barbecue, as they have done every Saturday evening for several years. The park is a popular hangout, especially ...read

Being Kind Turns the Tide against Bullying
By Shayan Tajbakhsh
Recognizing that bullying is proven to have serious consequences for children's physical and mental health, along with their academic performance - sometimes lasting into adulthood - the Town Council recently ...read
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Orinda City Council Candidates Discuss the Importance of Engagement
By Laurie Snyder
"Democracy is not a spectator sport." - Lotte Scharfman
Attributed to a refugee from Nazi-occupied Austria who became president of the Massachusetts League of Women Voters, those words eloquently sum up Orinda's 2014 elections. With six candidates running for city council, Orindans are mulling options in ways many haven't since Orinda's incorporation. It was with those...read

City Council Candidates Talk Downtown Development
By Laurie Snyder
When discussing the significant divide between supporters of Orinda Vision (orindavision.org), Orinda Watch (www.orindawatch.org) and Save Orinda (www.saveorinda.com) regarding what changes Orinda should make in the next decade, all six Orinda City Council candidates said most of the residents they have heard from favor a middle of the road approach to downtown development.
Dean Orr
"When I speak to community groups, they don't want Orinda to change, they want Orinda to improve," said Orr. While most don't want Orinda...read

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Good Times at the Community Garden Harvest Festival
Remember to Vote Nov. 4
Bag Ban and Private Parking Enforcement at City Council
Could Greener Power Come to Lafayette?
Watch out for the Res Run
Residents Suggest Answers to Parking Woes at Workshop
Moraga Police Blotter
Council Split over Budget Increase for Chambers
The Cost of Doing Business
Being Kind Turns the Tide against Bullying
Orinda Police Blotter
Orinda City Council Candidates Discuss the Importance of Engagement
City Council Candidates Talk Downtown Development
Letters to the Editor
ConFire Purchases Two Squad Vehicles
Firefighters Unhappy With Slow Progress of Labor Talks
Man Cave Authority
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SummerHill Homes Writes a Big Check to MEF
Saving the Pear Orchard
Most Lamorinda Residents Not Feeling Immediate Drought Impact
A Lifetime of Caring
Halloween Fun in Moraga
Artist Renders Everyday Scenes in Multi-Media 'Surreal-ity'
One of the Best International Movies of the Year
A Brief Bobcat Encounter
The Unique Life of Baby Owen
Cub Scout Campfire Kick-off
Students Share Pumpkin Carving Skills with Seniors
Campo Leo Club Supports the Moraga Education Foundation
An Ocean Away
Moraga Native Laurie Schroeder Marries Philip Callen
The Dons Have Spirit, Yes They Do
Butterflies All Aflutter at 40th Annual Rheem Elementary Parade
SMC Museum of Art Pottery Exhibit Underscores the History of a People, Tradition
Moraga Pear Festival Recipe Contest Winners 2014
Harvest Pear Blondies with Salted Caramel Sauce Elaine Cable, 2014 Adult Dessert Winner
Family Focus
Most Frequently Viewed Stories From Our Last Issue
Football Enters Rivalry Weeks
Injuries Don't Stop Gaels
Competition Fierce Among Water Polo Rivals
Three for Three
Another Top Finish
Sleepy Hollow Tennis Strong at Tournament
First Time, First Place
Swimmers' Academics Accomplishments Honored
Black and Gold
Mats Crush Competition
Orange October
Real Creepy Crawlies for Halloween
Lamorinda Home Sales recorded
The Real Estate Quarter in Review
Stylish Solutions
The Dons Have Spirit, Yes They Do
By A. K. Carroll
School spirit is an essential part of high school. "Spirit builds up the culture in our school," said Amy Oum, a senior at Acalanes High School in Lafayette. "It makes everyone feel involved and included."
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Butterflies All Aflutter at 40th Annual Rheem Elementary Parade
A predominantly black and orange crowd of winged kindergarteners fluttered by family, staff and friends during the 40th annual Butterfly Parade on the grounds of Donald Rheem Elementary School Oct. 17. ...read
School Calendar
Acalanes Union High School District
Board Room AUHSD Office
1212 Pleasant Hill Rd, Lafayette
Wednesday, Nov. 5, at 7:30pm

Lafayette School District
LAFSD Office
3477 School Street, Lafayette
Wednesday, Nov. 12, at 7pm

Moraga School District
Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School Auditorium 1010 Camino Pablo, Moraga
Tuesday, Nov. 4, at 7:30pm

Orinda Union School District
OUSD Office 8 Altarinda Road, Orinda
Monday, Nov. 3, at 6pm
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Injuries Don't Stop Gaels
By Michael Sakoda
The Saint Mary's men's soccer team (8-4-2, 1-1 WCC) heads into conference play after earning the best non-conference win percentage in school history (7-3-2), despite a slew of injuries to key players.
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Competition Fierce Among Water Polo Rivals
By Spencer Silva
At the end of the third quarter of their match against Miramonte, the Acalanes boys' water polo team's chances looked bleak. On Oct. 15, Miramonte (10-4) pushed its 6-4 halftime lead to 12-7 on the back of ...read

Orange October
Submitted by Connie Couts
The Giants' playoffs slogan, "Orange October," takes on a whole new meaning for Saint Mary's academic counselor, Judy Selland. Selland is wearing orange every day this month to cheer on her favorite baseball ...read
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Treat yourself to a lively concert of up-tempo numbers, dance tunes, and instrumental and vocal jazz soloists tonight under the direction of maestro John Maltester at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, Soda ...

Acalanes DramaDons presents “Almost, Maine,” directed by Ed Meehan. The entertaining romantic comedy runs at 7 p.m. Nov. 6, 7, 13, 14 and 15 in the Acalanes Performing Arts Center Little Theatre. Please ...

Trick or Treat Street in downtown Lafayette. For a fun, safe Halloween event, children and their parents are invited to trick-or-treat on Mt. Diablo Boulevard from Oak Hill Road to Dewing Avenue and in La Fiesta Square...

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Most Lamorinda Residents Not Feeling Immediate Drought Impact
By Adam Blake
Although the current drought is similar to that of the 1970s, East Bay Municipal Utility District Board of Directors member John Coleman explained why Bay Area residents aren't seeing the same sort of ...read

Artist Renders Everyday Scenes in Multi-Media 'Surreal-ity'
By Chris Lavin
Lyn White watched her neighbor walking two dogs down the street in Moraga and ran in to grab her camera. Then she ran out to ask permission to take a photo - all this in about 50 seconds. But that was a while ...read

One of the Best International Movies of the Year
By Sophie Braccini
One of the best films featured by the monthly International Film Showcase opens Oct. 31 at the Orinda Theatre. "Tangerines," an Estonian/Georgian movie by Georgian director Zaza Urushadze, depicts in a very ...read

The Unique Life of Baby Owen
By Sophie Braccini
Owen Jones is in many regards a typical 2-year-old Moraga toddler. He has two loving parents and a lot of friends. What sets him apart is that most of his friends are between the ages of 18 and 22 years - ...read
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