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May 19, 2015 Semi-Official State Senate, District 7 Election Results
 
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New Ambulances Rolling in to MOFD
By Nick Marnell
At its May 6 meeting the Moraga-Orinda Fire District board unanimously approved a $425,000 expenditure for two new 2016 International TerraStar Leader ambulances, which will give the district a fleet of six ambulances, including two reserve vehicles. MOFD last purchased ambulances in 2008. "Our two most active ambulances have been out of service 27 percent of the time," said fire chief Stephen Healy. ...read
 
 
 
 

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Burton Valley Elementary School fifth-graders are intent on helping to bring back declining numbers of monarch butterflies by planting milkweed seedlings and distributing them throughout Lamorinda. From left: Joel Clarke, Rhett Skvarna, Tommy Hillman, Mason Archer, Logan Ketcham, Jonathan Clarke, Chloe Burrows and Jenna Barton. Kim Curiel is the garden coordinator and Laura Lowell teaches science. Photo Chris Lavin
Planting the Seeds of Hope
By Chris Lavin
It's more like a memory of past springs and summers, rather than a ubiquitous current image: Children running through fields or playgrounds, a butterfly net aloft, in pursuit of their objects of fascination. ...read

Bus line at Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School Photo Cathy Tyson
Lamorinda School Bus Program Celebrates 20 Years
By Cathy Tyson
About two decades ago a group of plucky parents knew there had to be a better way to get their kids to school. In one of the very rare collaborations in our tri-town area, some parents, the towns and the ...read
Photo Gint Federas
Acalanes, Miramonte in NCS Tennis Tournament
By Spencer Silva
Since the first NCS team tennis tournament in 1999, only seven high schools have earned the distinction of champion. Acalanes had a chance to become the eighth school on that list on May 16. Under a new ...read

Moraga resident Tom Delfino with his oranges Photos Cathy Dausman
"Greening" is Bad for Oranges
By Cathy Dausman
California Citrus Nursery Society executive director Tom Delfino is proud of his healthy citrus stock and wants it to remain that way. But keeping his trees healthy, or even alive, may not be possible, due to ...read
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Editor:

Recently I've had the feeling there was a void in my life. Sophie Braccini's May 6 article gave me the answer: Roundabouts! That's what's been missing. Roundabouts! Fortunately, Ron Boyle of Omni-Means confirmed my suspicion. He explained roundabouts "... can create a sense of place." Equally fortunate, Mr. Boyle specializes in designing roundabouts. Talk about coincidence! Ignore the naysayers. Who can trust Onoda and Trotter? They sound as if they are actually trying to live up to their campaign promises. Listen to Onoda: "I say if we don't have to spend the money, don't spend the money." What's she trying to do, give politicians a good name? Next she'll be saying, "Six million here, six million there, and pretty soon it adds up to real money." Come on Teresa, Dave, get with the program! Here's Moraga's opportunity to outspend Lafayette. Drive a short distance into Lafayette to where Rohrer and South Lucile run into St. Marys Road, and what do you see? Three stop signs each. How much did Lafayette pay for six lousy stop signs? Less than $6 million you can bet. How pedestrian! Speaking of pedestrians,
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City Doubles Down on Pathway Enhancements Near Schools
By Cathy Tyson
It was a sidewalk doubleheader for city engineer Matt Luttropp at a recent public information meeting: He first discussed upcoming improvements to a walkway on Happy Valley Road for school kids, then moved on ...read

Council Considers Rent Control
By Cathy Tyson
After hearing public testimony from many tenants complaining about unfairly soaring rents at a complex that recently changed hands, now known as 1038 on Second, and commentary from a number of local landlords ...read

Last Call for Monticello Road Home
By Cathy Tyson
In a last ditch effort before adoption of the official denial of their controversial home on Monticello Road at a recent city council meeting, property owner Linda Wight questioned the Lafayette City Council ...read
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City Ventures’ Downtown Development Project a Go
By Sophie Braccini
A three-and-a-half-hour drama played out at the Moraga Town Council meeting May 13, with some unexpected twists. But when the curtain fell, Newport Beach-based City Ventures, LLC, had the town's approval of ...read

Want More Pedestrian and Bike Paths in Moraga?
By Sophie Braccini
Whether your children walk or bike to school, whether you are a speed biker zooming through Moraga, whether you bike to work or are a casual pedestrian roaming the streets of town, your experience and opinions ...read

Champagne Design Named Moraga's 2015 Small Business of the Year
By Sophie Braccini
Champagne Design is Moraga "mompreneur" Lynn McAuliffe's company, creating everything graphic for other businesses, from marketing materials to print media and websites. The mother of two Campolindo High ...read
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Council Approves One-Year Crime Cam Pilot Program
By Laurie Snyder
Orinda residents shared a wide range of opinions for and against the installation of security cameras leading up to the Orinda City Council meeting May 5. Some quoted Benjamin Franklin: "Those who would give ...read

Ties That Bind
By Laurie Snyder
"Spring is lovely in Tabor!" That was the verdict from former Orinda Mayor Bobbie Landers in an email sent the afternoon of Sunday, May 10 from Orinda's Sister City in the Czech Republic. "We are warmly ...read

My Genealogy Services: Know Where You Come From
By Sophie Braccini
Karla Henderlong and Madeline Yanov met at the Contra Costa County Genealogy Society and became friends. When they brainstormed ideas for a new career that would combine flexibility and passion, genealogy ...read
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Planting the Seeds of Hope
Lamorinda School Bus Program Celebrates 20 Years
Lafayette Police Blotter
City Doubles Down on Pathway Enhancements Near Schools
Council Considers Rent Control
Last Call for Monticello Road Home
Moraga Police Blotter
City Ventures’ Downtown Development Project a Go
Want More Pedestrian and Bike Paths in Moraga?
Champagne Design Named Moraga's 2015 Small Business of the Year
Targeted Study For Recreation Use on MOSO Land
Orinda Police Blotter
Council Approves One-Year Crime Cam Pilot Program
Ties That Bind
New Ambulances Rolling in to MOFD
ConFire-AMR Partnership Forges Ahead
Letters to the Editor
My Genealogy Services: Know Where You Come From
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Moraga's 'Bray-dee' Bunch
In the Eye of the Storm
Lamorinda Weekly Writer Wins First Place for Education Coverage
Jails to Jobs
Bookmark Contest Draws Hundreds of Artists
New Lamorinda Arts Council Supports All the Arts
Lynn's Top Five
LCF Gives Generously to Local Organizations
Girl Scouts Host Free CPR and AED Training Event
New Troop 212 Eagle Scouts
Event Helps Junior Girl Scouts Bridge to Cadette
CP Read-A-Thon a Huge Success
Kitten and Cat Adoption Days
Dealing with Dementia
Rheem 4th Grader Wins Jump Rope Contest - On One Foot
'Pitch Perfect 2'
Granola Bars for Summer Hiking
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Acalanes, Miramonte in NCS Tennis Tournament
SMC Rugby Wins Second Straight National Title
Acalanes LAX Advances to NCS Semifinals
Acalanes and Miramonte Lacrosse Teams Cruise in NCS
2015 SUMMER CAMPS/Classes Lamorinda
Oakland Strokes Advance to National Championships
Magic U15 Boys make CYSA State Cup Semifinals
Aquabears Viking Club Swimmers Excel at NCS Championship
Sixth-Graders Net Bid to Volleyball Nationals
11U Moraga Mavericks: TPR Team Appreciation Tournament Champions
"Greening" is Bad for Oranges
Lamorinda Home Sales recorded
Late Spring's Focus on Wealth and Abundance
Digging Deep for May
Rheem 4th Grader Wins Jump Rope Contest - On One Foot
Donald Rheem Elementary School fourth-grader Olivia Hlavac desperately wanted to win a jump rope contest at the May 8 Rheem Spring Picnic, but she carried a heavy burden with her to the competition - namely, a ...read

Bookmark Contest Draws Hundreds of Artists
Submitted by Mary Ransdell
The winners of this year's Friends of the Lafayette Library and Learning Center's Bookmark Contest are Matthew Gillette (kindergarten, St. Perpetua School); Emily Roberts (first grade, Lafayette Elementary ...read
School Calendar
Acalanes Union High School District
Board Room AUHSD Office
1212 Pleasant Hill Rd, Lafayette
Wednesday, June 3, at 7:30pm

Lafayette School District
LAFSD Office
3477 School Street, Lafayette
Wednesday, June 23, at 4pm

Moraga School District
Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School Auditorium 1010 Camino Pablo, Moraga
Tuesday, June 9, at 7:00pm

Orinda Union School District
OUSD Office 8 Altarinda Road, Orinda
Monday, June 8, at 6pm
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SMC Rugby Wins Second Straight National Title
By Spencer Silva
Saint Mary's College returned to the Division 1A Rugby National Championship with one goal-to win a second title. The Gaels defeated Life University (Marietta, Ga.) 30-24 for the second year in a row to take a ...read

Acalanes LAX Advances to NCS Semifinals
By Karl Buscheck
After storming through the DFAL with a perfect 12-0 record, the Acalanes boys' lacrosse team is looking to win its second NCS title in three seasons.
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Acalanes and Miramonte Lacrosse Teams Cruise in NCS
By Karl Buscheck
The Acalanes and Miramonte girls' lacrosse teams both advanced to the NCS semifinals thanks to decisive victories on May 15.
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Kids Day begins at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, June 14 at The New Rheem Theatre, 350 Park Street in Moraga with the showing of the movie “Despicable Me,” followed by a festival from 12 to 2 p.m. with Sno-Cones, Bricks 4 Kidz, face painting, food, bounce house, petting zoo, balloons and police cars. The cost for the movie is $5 and the entire event is a benefit for the Special Olympics of Northern California.

Commonwealth Club presents “Video Games and Neuroscience: A Vision of the Future of Medicine and Education” from 6:30 to 8 June 10 at the Lafayette Library Community Hall. Brain training games offered by companies like Lumosity and Fit Brains ...

Join us for the 42nd Annual Belly Dancer of the Year Competition, Memorial Day Weekend, May 23-24, at the Orinda Library Auditorium. The competition will feature professional solo and troupe performers from the US, Mexico, ...

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Moraga's 'Bray-dee' Bunch
By Cathy Dausman
Pat Rose's charges - babies Janie and Libby, plus Ava, Theodore and Eddie - give her that warm, fuzzy feeling every time. "They are sweeties, but I do have a lot of mouths to feed," Rose admits. Fortunately, ...read

In the Eye of the Storm
By Bobbie Dodson
The mission team from Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church (LOPC), myself included, never imagined we would experience tornadoes when we planned a trip to Moore, Okla., for the week of May 3. Our group of 34 ...read

Lamorinda Weekly Writer Wins First Place for Education Coverage
By Jennifer Wake
Lamorinda Weekly features writer Uma Unni was awarded First Place for Education Coverage in the California Newspaper Publishers Association Better Newspapers Contest at a May 9 awards luncheon in Coronado, ...read

Dealing with Dementia
By Sophie Braccini
Teepa Snow commands respect. A dementia and Alzheimer's care expert who trains and helps agencies, facilities and families, Snow gave a presentation May 14 to a crowd of firefighters, police officers, nurses, ...read
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