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ConFire investigator Vic Massenkoff. Photo provided
Fire investigator who helped nab arsonists retires
By Nick Marnell
Vic Massenkoff, the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District investigator who sleuthed down the origin and cause of thousands of fires and helped prepare the criminal cases against two serial arsonists in Lafayette, put away his gun, badge ...read


From left: Al, Mark and Blake Swimmer Photo provided
Three generations of dentists serve Lamorinda for 55 years
By Kara Navolio
In July, Blake Swimmer became the third generation Swimmer to practice dentistry in Lafayette.
His grandfather, Al Swimmer, began the general dentistry practice in 1963 ...read

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CEO Jim Bouquin (left) with Chief Development Officer Peter Dudley stand among the heritage oaks on the hillside that will become a natural retreat behind the proposed Cancer Support Community building. Photo Pippa Fisher
Cancer Support Community to bring holistic healing to Lafayette
By Pippa Fisher
CEO Jim Bouquin knew as soon as he set eyes on the 5.75-acre parcel of land adjacent to the Lafayette Reservoir that this would be the perfect location for the new Cancer Support Community building and ...read

Trees growing too close to power lines Photo Vera Kochan
PG&E to conduct Wildfire Safety Program in Moraga
By Vera Kochan
Before the next fire season gets underway Pacific Gas and Electric Co. has expanded its Community Wildfire Safety Program to include Moraga within the coming months, depending on weather and other factors. The ...read
Matt O'Reilly with his father, Robert, after the game. Photos Jon Kingdon
Matt O'Reilly - from Campolindo to Bucknell to Saint Mary's
By Jon Kingdon
On Dec. 19 the Saint Mary's basketball team defeated Bucknell 85-59. It was Coach Randy Bennett's 400th victory since becoming Saint Mary's head coach. The statistical highlights for the game included the ...read

Photos provided Homeowner Lisa Parker looks on as WG tech Tyler Holston uploads data on the Jules app.
Meet Jules, a digital butler
By Sora O'Doherty
Longtime tech entrepreneur and Lafayette resident Kent Godfrey today launched Jules, an application designed to help families manage their busy lives by using a cloud-based service to track many aspects of ...read
Lafayetteread all Moragaread all Orindaread all
Humility and
graciousness lost

As a parent of three children in a community of competitive adults and children, I've tried to be diligent in teaching my children sportsmanship and how to win and lose humbly, graciously and respectfully and to know that winning is only sweet when they've known loss; health is only sweet when they've known sickness; connection
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A sweet note of thanks

Thanks to the Lamorinda Community for supporting the Holiday See's Candies Shops run by the Kiwanis Club of Moraga Valley (KCMV). We're proud to offer quality...


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Maintaining local control for land use high on new mayor's list
By Pippa Fisher
This year sees Lafayette coming off a divisive election with two brand new city council members and, as of press time, one yet to be appointed. Without a permanent city manager, it will fall to the experience ...read

New Year, new city council lineup
By Pippa Fisher
Although at press time the city council was still awaiting the appointment of a fifth member, who will fill the seat left by the sudden passing of Council Member Mark Mitchel, right now the lineup is Mayor Cam ...read

Greg Wolff appointed acting planning and building director
By Pippa Fisher
With Niroop Srivatsa stepping into the city manager's shoes until a permanent replacement is found, Assistant Planning Director Greg Wolff will be at the helm of the planning department, acting as interim ...read
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Moraga Mayor Roger Wykle looks ahead to 2019
By Vera Kochan
Appointed as Moraga's mayor for a second term, Roger Wykle has high hopes for the town's future.
Wykle's first contribution to ...read

New Parks Department recreation supervisor takes over
By Vera Kochan
Jasmine Bateson comes to Moraga as the new recreation supervisor for the Parks and Recreation Department, having had previous experience in the cities of Dublin and San Leandro, where she managed two ...read

A snapshot in time
By Vera Kochan
Back in 1945, for a brief moment in history, the Moraga Valley was under consideration as the permanent location of the United Nations.
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New Orinda mayor to bring her message to the people
By Sora O'Doherty
For new Orinda Mayor Inga Miller, it's all about communication.
Miller, council member since 2016 and selected by the council ...read

Master transportation engineer joins Orinda council with an eye on downtown development
By Sora O'Doherty
New Orinda Council Member Dennis Fay says that the city has a responsibility to assist the Bay Area to shoulder some housing needs, but, he adds, "tailored to the needs of Orinda."
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New council member Kosla brings development experience to the table
By Sora O'Doherty
Although there have been a lot of negative comments about developers during the current attempt by Orinda to update its downtown, Nick Kosla was very open during his campaign about his experience in d ...read
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Cancer Support Community to bring holistic healing to Lafayette
PG&E to conduct Wildfire Safety Program in Moraga
Maintaining local control for land use high on new mayor's list
New Year, new city council lineup
Greg Wolff appointed acting planning and building director
Moraga Mayor Roger Wykle looks ahead to 2019
New Parks Department recreation supervisor takes over
A snapshot in time
New Orinda mayor to bring her message to the people
Master transportation engineer joins Orinda council with an eye on downtown development
New council member Kosla brings development experience to the table
Transportation executive Darlene Gee steps up as vice mayor
MOFD and ConFire promote new operations chiefs
Former MOFD director Steve Anderson has not lost his passion
Moraga Police Blotter
Letters to the editor
Fire investigator who helped nab arsonists retires
Three generations of dentists serve Lamorinda for 55 years
American Red Cross teaches kids disaster safety with Pillowcase Project
SMC Jan Term course delves into the rise of women in a country hit hard by genocide
LLLC Sweet Thursday event features local author, activist
Celebrating the Year of the Earth Pig
Front porch open mic launches in Lafayette
OIS String Orchestra and Jazz Band make sweet music in Fairfield
Leo Club offers support to education
Lamorinda Sunrise Rotary visits Guatemala to help build house, distribute donated books
'A Sense of Place' at the Moraga Art Gallery
Frances Jane "Pat" Kessler
Family Focus
'Becoming Astrid' (Unga Astrid) opens at Rheem and Orinda theatres
Set the table with stuffed mushrooms as side dish or appetizer
State's water infrastructure and politics to be discussed during Jan. 10 info session
Classical music concert at St. Mark's on Jan. 12
Live at the Orinda announces a stellar artist lineup for 2019 season
Matt O'Reilly - from Campolindo to Bucknell to Saint Mary's
Lamorinda rugby a sport for all
Lamorinda swimmers take first place
St. Perpetua basketball girls team champions
Spartans rise to win MVP Flight Holiday classic tournament
12U All-Girls water polo team champions
Basketball champions
8th Grade CYO Santa Maria girls champions
Magic 08 Girls win State Cup
Diablo Athletic League recognitions, boys 2018-2019
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Meet Jules, a digital butler
Lamorinda home sales recorded
Digging Deep with Cynthia Brian
OIS String Orchestra and Jazz Band make sweet music in Fairfield
The Orinda Intermediate School String Orchestra and Jazz Band under the direction of the school's instrumental music teacher, Greg Mazmanian, "Mr. Maz," performed holiday music at the famed Jelly Belly Factory ...read

Leo Club offers support to education
Submitted by Bob Murtagh
Each year the Campolindo High School Leo Club, which is a service club sponsored by the Lamorinda Lions, donates a portion of its fundraising activities. This year Leo Club President Eleanor Kim presented a ...read
School Calendar
Acalanes Union High School District
Board Room AUHSD Office
1212 Pleasant Hill Rd, Lafayette
Wednesday, Jan. 16, at 7:30pm

Lafayette School District
LAFSD Office
3477 School Street, Lafayette
Wednesday, Jan. 22, at 7pm

Moraga School District
Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School Auditorium 1010 Camino Pablo, Moraga
Tuesday, Jan. 15, at 7:30pm

Orinda Union School District
OUSD Office 8 Altarinda Road, Orinda
Monday, Jan. 14, at 6pm
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Lamorinda rugby a sport for all
By Jon Kingdon
With globalization in so many areas today, sports have certainly not been left behind. As we have exported baseball, basketball and even football to other countries, we have imported a number of sports from ...read

8th Grade CYO Santa Maria girls champions
Submitted by Paradi Mirmirani
The Santa Maria CYO girls basketball team had a decisive 37-12 victory in the championship game of the NBBA Holiday Classic tournament with contributions from every team member. The girls are looking forward ...read

Magic 08 Girls win State Cup
Submitted by Megan M. Shields
The California Magic Soccer Club 08 girls took first place in the U11 Girls NorCal State Cup Championship, Gold division, Dec. 9 in Modesto. They defeated Folsom Lake Elite 2-1 in a nail-biting overtime to ...read
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The Moraga Art Gallery presents its new show, "A Sense of Place," running from Jan. 9 to March 16 and featuring Wenda Pyman’s beguiling landscape ...

Diablo Ballet opens the new year with the second program of its landmark 25th Season, Balanchine and Beyond, Feb. 1 and 2, at the Del Valle Theatre ...

Lafayette Youth Commission seventh and eighth grade Tri-City Dance – seventh- and eighth-graders from all three Lamorinda middle schools are invited ...

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SMC Jan Term course delves into the rise of women in a country hit hard by genocide
By Lou Fancher
Acute listening, deeper learning and broader humanitarianism are lofty aspirations to set for 2019. Nonetheless, these are the ambitious, aimed at outcomes for 18 Saint Mary's College students enrolled in a ...read

LLLC Sweet Thursday event features local author, activist
By Lou Fancher
Consider it progress if a half-constructed small-scale castle or unfinished hand knit project linger indefinitely in the closet of San Francisco-based writer Ingrid Rojas Contreras. When the Colombian-born ...read

Celebrating the Year of the Earth Pig
By Michele Duffy
Chinese New Year starts Feb. 5 and this Earth or Golden Pig year promises to be a more relaxed, easygoing and peace-loving year, with relationships eased. The Earth element rules for the second year in a row, ...read

Front porch open mic launches in Lafayette
By Pippa Fisher
For Lamorinda musicians looking for an opportunity to strum guitars, play their fiddles or hum bluegrass harmonies with like-minded country fans, there haven't been many options locally. Until now, that is, ...read
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