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Rheem Valley Pet Shoppe Follows New Trends
By Sophie Braccini
Jennifer Lenfestey in the Rheem Valley Pet Shoppe Photo Sophie Braccini
It's been just over a year since Jennifer Lenfestey, a former employee, took over the Rheem Valley Pet Shoppe. The store, tucked in the Rheem Valley Shopping Center, could have continued to survive doing business as usual, but Lenfestey has given it new life by focusing on suburban pet trends like supplying chicken and horse feed, ... read

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The Man Who Plants Trees
By Chris Lavin
Once upon a time, a long, long time ago, there emerged a valley - several valleys actually - that came to line the watershed that flows down, then sucks in the rainwater and fog that seeps into the aquifers, ...read

Orinda Councilmember Eve Phillips shares a confident smile before giving blood Jan. 7 as part of the American Red Cross Blood Drive at the Orinda Community Center. Photo Andy Scheck
Lamorindans Rally to Give Blood
By Laurie Snyder
Lamorindans joined Orinda City Councilmember Eve Phillips in celebrating National Blood Donor Month by rolling up their sleeves and giving back to the Bay Area and nation at an American Red Cross Blood Drive ...read
Caroline Clark scored for the Dons. Photos Gint Federas
Dons Roll Mats to Keep Top Spot in DFAL
By Karl Buscheck
With the postseason looming, the Acalanes girls' soccer team is rolling through the DFAL.
"We're feeling really good," said ...read

This month, I have included photos from my own home so you can see where I walk the walk, not just talk the talk. This is one of my favorite angles to take photos of our kitchen. Why? Because it speaks truth about my dish cupboards. Seasonally I rotate collections but those can accumulate quickly. When I need an honest assessment of my mess, I snap this shot and take the truth pill. If it's bad, I dive in and reduce big time. Photo Peter Medilek
Stylish Solutions
By Ann McDonald
Many design clients have dreams of spring remodels, home updates and fresh flowers in completely redesigned guest suites and home offices, but the first thing we must address is the deep clean.
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Editor:

Bruce London's Letter to the Editor published in the Lamorinda Weekly on December 31 takes issue with the sensible ideas in Michael Kaplan's Practical Housing Strategy letter, published on December 17. I would have to side in this matter with Mr. Kaplan, who has a long and distinguished record as an architect and city planner.
I would share Mr.London's concerns that the Rite Aid property is not an appropriate site for the development of housing. This site is the heart of the Orinda Village commercial district and to the extent it is redeveloped some day in the future, ...

Editor:

In defense of OUSD, I would like to play Devil's advocate in the Orinda School/mother/Storch debate. Public schools are government schools. Government makes the rules (with some local input), government draws the school boundaries, government tells you where your child must go to school and government decides how much of your tax money you get back to pay for your schools. Not all schools are given the same amount of money. The government, some time ago, decided that Orinda should be one of the low ...
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More Legal Trouble for Former Lafayette Loan Businesses
By Cathy Tyson
The tangled legal fallout of a series of limited investment partnerships based in Lafayette continues to unfold. Most recently, the U. S. Department of Labor filed a complaint in December 2014 alleging that ...read

Business Person of the Year - Leila Douglah
By Cathy Tyson
After arriving from overseas fresh out of college with $500 in her pocket, successful business owner Leila Douglah is now living the American dream. It's no wonder she was recently voted the Lafayette Chamber ...read

Lafayette
Residents yearning to report issues like barking dogs, signal outages, abandoned vehicles, overgrown trees, unsafe sidewalks or even potholes can alert city staff with a few simple clicks of a smartphone. ...read
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Hillside and Ridgeline Development
By Sophie Braccini
The Planning Commission provided input regarding the end of the first phase of the Moraga Hillsides and Ridgelines project at its Jan. 5 meeting. The Moraga Hillsides and Ridgelines project was initiated in ...read

Two Upcoming Meetings in Moraga
By Sophie Braccini
The Moraga Town Council will discuss different options to improve pedestrian and bicycle circulation while maintaining a high level of service for cars along Moraga Road between Campolindo High School and the ...read

Poles Down
City Ventures took down the story poles that have been on the property located on Moraga Way near the Moraga-Orinda Fire District station and administrative building since August, after the December storms ...read
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Orinda Mayor Steve Glazer - Paying It Forward
By Laurie Snyder
"I want my year as mayor to be all about community collaboration and consensus building," says Orinda Mayor Steve Glazer. "We have our issues and challenges as a city but they are all achievable if we work ...read

The Rainbow of Public Service
By Laurie Snyder
New York may be "the city that never sleeps," but Orinda is "the city that never closes" - at least where city leaders are concerned - even when the sign on City Hall says "closed for the holidays." Whether ...read

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The Man Who Plants Trees
Lamorindans Rally to Give Blood
Lafayette Police Blotter
More Legal Trouble for Former Lafayette Loan Businesses
Business Person of the Year - Leila Douglah
Moraga Police Blotter
Hillside and Ridgeline Development
Two Upcoming Meetings in Moraga
Moraga Housing Element En Route for Certification
Poles Down
Orinda Police Blotter
Orinda Mayor Steve Glazer - Paying It Forward
The Rainbow of Public Service
One District, Indivisible
Lafayette
Letters to the Editor
Rheem Valley Pet Shoppe Follows New Trends
business briefs
School Enrollments are Growing
Kindergarten Registration for the 2015-16 School Year
Kazie Afsari, 67, Lafayette
Still Grateful for the Music
The International Film Showcase
Finding Your Groove and The Sweet Spot
SMC Jan Term Speaker Series Focuses on Lives Well-Lived
Local Artwork Hangs in D.C. Office
Burton Valley's AIM Class Shoots High to Raise Money for Youth Homes Inc.
The Importance of Pets
Lamorinda Bakers to Elevate Their Craft to a Higher Plane
"Art Appassionata" Opens at the Moraga Art Gallery
Family Focus
Roll Out the Eggplant for This Delicious Dish
Eggplant Rollatini with Balsamic Syrup
Top Five Movies of 2014
Lunafest: Short Films By, For and About Women
Most Frequently Viewed Stories From Our Last Issue
Dons Roll Mats to Keep Top Spot in DFAL
Lamorinda Boys' Soccer Settles into Season
Saint Mary's Off to Strong Start Despite Loss
Magic Take First
Preseason Victory
Clean Sweep
Mats Win Holiday Tourney
St. P's Undefeated in Tourney
Stylish Solutions
Lamorinda Home Sales recorded
Digging Deep with Cynthia Brian
School Enrollments are Growing
By Cathy Tyson
Are there more school-aged children in Lamorinda than there used to be? The crush of kids on minimum days buying snacks is a tipoff - along with traffic heading to schools - that young families are certainly ...read

Burton Valley's AIM Class Shoots High to Raise Money for Youth Homes Inc.
Submitted by Cathy Martinsen
The Book Bonanza is an annual fundraiser that has been a long-standing tradition at Burton Valley Elementary School. Every year, the AIM (Alternative Instructional Magnet) class collects, prices and, of ...read
School Calendar
Acalanes Union High School District
Board Room AUHSD Office
1212 Pleasant Hill Rd, Lafayette
Wednesday, Jan. 14, at 7:30pm

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

Moraga School District
Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School Auditorium 1010 Camino Pablo, Moraga
Tuesday, Feb. 10, at 7:30pm

Orinda Union School District
OUSD Office 8 Altarinda Road, Orinda
Monday, Feb. 9, at 6pm
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Lamorinda Boys' Soccer Settles into Season
By Spencer Silva
It was a brisk evening in Orinda when the Miramonte boys' soccer team (2-2-4) hosted the Acalanes Dons (3-6-2). The small crowd on hand on Jan. 7 was greeted not only by the cold air but also by back-and-forth ...read

Saint Mary's Off to Strong Start Despite Loss
By Michael Sakoda
The Saint Mary's women's basketball team faltered over the weekend amidst one of their hottest starts in recent memory. The Gaels started this year 11-5 (4-1 WCC), and they're striving to grow together.
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Mats Win Holiday Tourney
Submitted by Meg Foley
Undeterred by the holiday break, the Miramonte freshman basketball team won a tournament on Dec. 29. They beat American Canyon, Antioch, and then host Napa High School in the championship game. Andrew Logan ...read
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The Lafayette Art Gallery kicks off the new year with the exhibition,
"Voyages," which runs through Feb. 28. Artists show works depicting their travels, as well as the journeys they undertake ...

Join Julia Scheeres, Berkeley resident and New York Times and London Times bestselling author as she discusses her latest book, "A Thousand Lives: The Untold Story of Jonestown" at 7 p.m. ...

Orinda Teen Advisory Council (OTAC) - Teens are invited to join OTAC
anytime. The Orinda Teen Advisory Council (grades 6 to 12) meets at 4 p.m. the first Monday of the month, from ...

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Still Grateful for the Music
By Cathy Dausman
Tom Stack refuses to be penned in, either literally or figuratively. "I'm into music," Stack said, but cautioned, "Don't pen me in as a Deadhead." This from a man who followed, then worked with the Grateful ...read

The International Film Showcase
By Sophie Braccini
Over the past four years, Efi Lubner and Jo Alice Canterbury have brought excellent foreign films to the Orinda Theatre that could not be seen anywhere else in Contra Costa County, and sometimes even in the ...read

SMC Jan Term Speaker Series Focuses on Lives Well-Lived
By A. K. Carroll
"There's nothing wrong with being really different," said Jesse Saperstein, motivational speaker and best-selling author of the book "Atypical: Life with Asperger's in 20 1/3 Chapters."
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Lamorinda Bakers to Elevate Their Craft to a Higher Plane
By Laurie Snyder
Anyone who has ever spent any length of time in a kitchen has likely invoked the name of a higher power at some point for help in heading off a culinary catastrophe.Yet a pinch of prayer has not, as a rule, ...read
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