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Fire Season is Flaming to Full Strength
By Nick Marnell
Contra Costa County Fire Protection District Chief Jeff Carman made a whirlwind tour of his district in early August, delivering a somber message to residents and officials about the dangers of the wildfire season.
From his commissioners meeting to his board of directors meeting to his speech at the Lafayette Rotary Club, the chief's message was on point: now is not the time to let down your guard.
"The longer we go without consistent precipitation, the drier the fuels get, which ...read



From left, Lace and Bustle "momager" Liliam Hernandez and daughter, owner Victoria Hansen, get a dress ready for display at their Lafayette shop. Photo provided
Lafayette Bridal Shop is Making Special Dreams Come True
By Diane Claytor
It's likely that every little girl - and for that matter, every big girl - has, at some time, dreamt of walking down the aisle dressed in a beautiful white, flowy gown. She may not be able to envision a partner, or a location, but, oh, that dress. Its look may change over the years, but the long white wedding gown continues to be part of the fantasy. ...read



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Incoming freshman Brandon Gentry (striped shirt) and his mother Jeanine attend Cougar Day at Campolino High School just before the start of the 2016-2017 academic year. Photo Cathy Dausman
Back to Pencils, Back to Books
By Cathy Dausman
Summer vacation in Lamorinda has disappeared quicker than a Popsicle on a hot sidewalk.
While the calendar still says August, ...read

From left, the new owners of the Park Theater, Cathy Abbott and Dr. Alex McDonald. Fred Abbott, the third owner, was out of town. Photo provided
New Owners Ready to Resurrect Park Theater
By Cathy Tyson
Atrio of partners are excited to bring new life to the historic Park Theater in Lafayette, which has been closed for more than a decade.
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The Campolindo Cougars hope to repeat their championship ways. Photos Gint Federas
Local Squads Set for New Football Landscape
By Karl Buscheck
Campolindo advanced to a state bowl game last year and return star quarterback Jacob Westphal, but on the eve of a new season, the Cougars are facing a major question mark.
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Many empty nesters like to transform bedrooms into home offices. Photo Bigstock
Should Empty Nesters Refeather the Nest?
By Peggy Spear
Like a giant slingshot, I am getting ready to launch my youngest child into the world. Actually, I'm just getting ready to send him off to college next month, but the fact remains: After raising three ...read
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Sales Tax Fleeces "Sheeple"

Dear Editor,
Richard S. Colman's Letter to the Editor (Aug. 10), misses the main points for opposing the fictitiously named county transportation sales tax.
The board in charge of these funds consists of long term politicians, appointed by politicians, to give themselves and the politicians who appointed them, taxpayer's money, without caring about what citizens want, or don't want. Their goal is to get people out of their motor vehicles, and fund anything but better roads.
The Contra Costa Transportation Authority has funded parking lots that are never used for commuters, roundabouts and endless consultants' plans.
"Sheeple" (people who follow sheep-like) might

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High Density Housing isn't Good for Lamorinda

Dear Editor,
Having been in the home building business in my former professional life, I am essentially pro-development. What is happening across the country, however, is a devious and underhanded "Agenda 21" effort in which municipalities are guilted into adopting the social re-engineering cause, which is - make no mistake - high density housing next to mass transit.
All three Lamorinda city councils have embraced this global agenda in their Master Plans, likely without any consideration as to
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City Agrees to Controversial Wight Home Settlement
By Cathy Tyson
To the dismay of neighbors, the city of Lafayette recently approved a $204,643 settlement in order to avoid future, potentially much more costly litigation over a proposed home on Monticello Road, effectively ...read

New Roundabout
Lafayette's very first roundabout is under construction at the Pleasant Hill Road and Olympic Boulevard intersection. The roundabout will address congestion and delays, city officials decided, and will smooth ...read

Pipeline Work Inches Down Mt. Diablo Blvd.
Wondering what's up with the array of orange cones and the giant hole in the ground on the east end of Lafayette? It will be a shiny new water pumping plant, and water pipelines that will serve Lafayette, ...read
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Town Faces Delays in Sinkhole Repair
By Sophie Braccini
Protecting the sinkhole site during winter and waiting for next year to start the repairs is an increasingly likely scenario for Moraga.
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Residents Want More Quality Restaurants at Rheem Center
By Sophie Braccini
Moragans like to eat out, and they want more options close to home.
That was one of the main findings in a communitywide ...read

Parks Commission Recommends Commons for All Access Park That Rotary Will Gift to the Town
By Sophie Braccini
Many different locations have been considered since the the Moraga Rotary offered to gift the town of Moraga with an all-access playground. Last month, the town council asked the parks and recreation ...read
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Dance with the Cars for a Good Cause
By Sora O'Doherty
If you love classic cars, and enjoy donating to a good cause, once again Orinda has something for you. The annual Orinda Classic Car Show will be held on Saturday, Sept. 10, with a pre-show "The Italian Job" ...read

Smith Stuns by Not Running for Reelection
By Nick Marnell
In another surprising announcement from a Lamorinda public official, Mayor Victoria Smith said she will not run for reelection to the Orinda City Council in November. She joins Traci Reilly of Lafayette, Mike ...read

Four Candidates Running for Two Open City Council Seats
With Orinda Mayor Victoria Smith deciding not to run for reelection to the Orinda City Council, one incumbent and three other candidates have placed their names on the ballot for two open seats.
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Back to Pencils, Back to Books
New Owners Ready to Resurrect Park Theater
Lafayette Police Blotter
City Agrees to Controversial Wight Home Settlement
Lafayette City Elections Offer No Contest
New Roundabout
Pipeline Work Inches Down Mt. Diablo Blvd.
Moraga Police Blotter
Town Faces Delays in Sinkhole Repair
Residents Want More Quality Restaurants at Rheem Center
Four to Vie for Three Town Council Seats
Parks Commission Recommends Commons for All Access Park That Rotary Will Gift to the Town
And The New Name Is...
Orinda Police Blotter
Dance with the Cars for a Good Cause
Smith Stuns by Not Running for Reelection
Four Candidates Running for Two Open City Council Seats
Fire Season is Flaming to Full Strength
Alex Evans Won't Run Again for MOFD Board
DeSaulnier Condemns Super PACs at Orinda Town Hall
MOFD and BART Highlight Lamorinda Special District Races
Letters to the Editor
EBMUD Opening up Watershed Trails
Lafayette Bridal Shop is Making Special Dreams Come True
Business Bites
Lamorindans Celebrate National Night Out
Film Festival Highlights Unique Worldwide Productions
Cal Shakes' 'You Never Can Tell' Blurs Lines and Challenges Social Codes
Campolindo Grad Gives Hope and More to Kenya Youth in Unique Program
The Roving Rabbis Take to the Streets to Help Jews Learn About Their Faith
Lafayette Studio Big Band to Play at Local Church
LL&LC Foundation Seeks Community Members for Board
Moraga Pear Harvest Nets 7,000 Pounds of Fruit for Food Bank
'The Carer' is Filled with Life
Lafayette Author Pens the Story of a Hidden Medieval Heroine
Understanding the State's End of Life Option Act
Film Clips
Thoughtful Food
Sulphur Creek Ranch Potato Rolls
Most Frequently Viewed Stories From Our Last Issue
Local Squads Set for New Football Landscape
Pair of Orinda Residents Compete in World Rowing Championship
Local Olympians Inspire Young Swimmers at OMPA Meet
High Point Winner at OMPA Championship
Magic 99 Girls Win San Diego Surf Cup Championship
680 U16 Women's Water Polo Win Silver at Junior Olympics
Lamorinda Soccer Club 07 Girls White Win Gold at Tourney
Lamorinda Contestants Finish Strong at JO Track & Field Competition
Local Sailor in 29er World Championship in Netherlands
Magic U10 Girls Compete in Davis Legacy Super Clasico
Should Empty Nesters Refeather the Nest?
Lamorinda Home Sales recorded
Stylish Solutions
Digging Deep
Campolindo Grad Gives Hope and More to Kenya Youth in Unique Program
By Uma Unni
Fresh out of college, Morgan DeLuce is already working to make the world a better place.
The 2011 Campolindo graduate recently ...read

Campolindo Grad Gives Hope and More to Kenya Youth in Unique Program
By Uma Unni
Fresh out of college, Morgan DeLuce is already working to make the world a better place.
The 2011 Campolindo graduate recently ...read
School Calendar
Acalanes Union High School District
Board Room AUHSD Office
1212 Pleasant Hill Rd, Lafayette
Wednesday, Sept. 7, at 7:30pm

Lafayette School District
LAFSD Office
3477 School Street, Lafayette
Wednesday, Sept. 14, at 7pm

Moraga School District
Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School Auditorium 1010 Camino Pablo, Moraga
Tuesday, Sept. 13, at 7:30pm

Orinda Union School District
OUSD Office 8 Altarinda Road, Orinda
Monday, Sept. 12, at 6pm
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Pair of Orinda Residents Compete in World Rowing Championship
By Karl Buscheck
After a summer spent training in Portland, Ore,, and rowing on nearby Vancouver Lake, a pair of Orinda residents are taking part in the 2016 World Rowing Junior Championships.
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Local Olympians Inspire Young Swimmers at OMPA Meet
Submitted by Mary McMahon
Go to www.ompaswim.com for all results.
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Local Sailor in 29er World Championship in Netherlands
Submitted by James Rockafellow
This summer, Acalanes High School student Neil Marcellini, from Richmond Yacht Club 29er Sailor, was selected to be on the USA 29er World Travel Team, with crew Ian Brill of Mission Bay Yacht Club.
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The Moraga Art Gallery announces “Creative Contrasts,” a new exhibit featuring George Ehrenhaft’s serene watercolor paintings inspired by California’s outdoor world, and also David and Reed ...

Don’t miss the Lafayette Studio Big Band Concert from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 28 at the Lafayette Christian Church outdoor patio, 584 Glenside Drive. Cost: $20 per adult donation ...

Squeaky Clean Comedy Night at the Orinda Theatre is opening at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 31. Enjoy a fun evening of clean comedy. Not all comics have to use four letter words to make people laugh. ...

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Film Festival Highlights Unique Worldwide Productions
By Sophie Braccini
Comedies from the U.S. or Ireland, thrillers and kids' movies, dramas from England, Egypt or France, documentaries from the East Bay or Africa - whatever your interest, you can see it at the 19th annual ...read

Cal Shakes' 'You Never Can Tell' Blurs Lines and Challenges Social Codes
By Sophie Braccini
By assembling a joyful and unexpected cast and by moving the action from England to California, director Lisa Peterson has turned George Bernard Shaw's 1897 historically marked play "You Never Can Tell" into a ...read

The Roving Rabbis Take to the Streets to Help Jews Learn About Their Faith
By Pippa Fisher
Local residents might have noticed a couple of friendly young men, dressed in wide brimmed black hats and serious black suits, on the streets of Lamorinda over the past week or so.
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Lafayette Author Pens the Story of a Hidden Medieval Heroine
By Kara Navolio
It's never too late to cross an item off your bucket list.
That is definitely true for Lafayette author Hilary Benford, who ...read
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