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By Nick Marnell
In a different kind of public-private partnership, Saint Mary's College purchased MOFD's aerial ladder truck to assist the district in handling campus high rise emergency calls. The Spirit of Saint Mary's is quartered at station 41 in Moraga. Photo Ohlen Alexander
Despite forecasts of operating losses for this fiscal year, and only slight improvements for next year, officials of both Lamorinda fire districts say they are skeptical of the viability of a new revenue generating idea unveiled by a fire agency in the Central Valley.
The Stockton City Council approved a plan July 15 for the Stockton Fire Department to begin selling advertising on its fire engines. "We're the first California department to go into this," said fire chief Jeff Piechura. "This is the first step to see how the community accepts the concept."
Public acceptance was the most frequent objection raised by Lamorinda fire officials. Supervisor Candace Andersen, ... read

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Moraga friends gather at the recent family campout at Rancho Laguna Park, coordinated by the Town of Moraga. From left, Craig Pinedo, Dylan Davis, Shin Young, Lisa Wyckhouse, and Matt and Michelle Brobak, with two of the group's children. Photo Andy Scheck
Successful Campout At Rancho Laguna Park
By Sophie Braccini
Tents and families filled the remote and bucolic Rancho Laguna Park July 26-27 as part of a family campout organized by the Town of Moraga. The inaugural sold-out event gave more than 100 kids and parents a ...read

Kim and Barry Sutherland in the distillery. Photos provided
Locals Launch Distillery
By Sophie Braccini
With its immense distillation columns, condensers, collection tanks and large metal boilers, Sutherland Distilling is reminiscent of a giant copper and stainless steel laboratory where esthetically oriented ...read
Girls' 5-and-under 100-yard medley relay Photos Gint Federas
OCC Takes First in Meadow Mini
By Marissa Harnett
The Meadow Mini Swim Meet is all about the little ones. Only children who are 8 years old or under are eligible to swim, and they only compete against kids of the same age. This differs from all other meets ...read

The online application, Nextdoor, could help Moraga resident Chuck Murray (on right) share his bumper crop of "pluots"- a hybrid plant grown from a plum and an apricot - with more people than just his own next door neighbor David Fuhriman. Photo Andy Scheck
Virtually Neighbors
By Cathy Dausman
More than 3,000 Lamorinda neighbors are learning who has extra fruits or vegetables to share or who has lost a pet without ever leaving their home in everyday conversations with neighbors - only in this 21st ...read
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Editor:

I am responding to an article that asked for feedback regarding the Moraga Way - Country Club drive story poles. When I first heard that these poles were going to be set up in the dirt lot between the fire station and the real estate company building (the one that has been rebuilt after burning down) I was mildly concerned. Then when I was at a dinner and the Planning Director was the featured speaker, she happened to mention that this was a plan for two-story senior housing. My concerns began increasing. Last week I was walking my dog on Country Club Drive going past the poles and I realized that this plan is a really, really bad idea as it is currently set up. If buildings are erected to the height of the strings, the hills and the trees bordering both streets will be blocked from view, the sky will not be visible from ground level, and both Moraga Way and Country Club Drive will look like alleys instead of roads with Nature as a scenic backdrop. Why do people believe that every flat, open piece of land has to have buildings on it? Why not give landscape designers an opportunity to build a mini-park for the town? Just asking.
Thank you!

Caroline Wood
Moraga

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New Homes, Site Plan Debut at Scoping Meeting
By Cathy Tyson
The proposed Terraces of Lafayette project, now called The Homes at Deer Hill, was back before the Planning Commission for a supplemental environmental impact report scoping session, to look at changes from ...read

Security Cameras Help Track Down Burglar
By Cathy Tyson
Layers of electronics and smart cops recently led to a speedy arrest.
Lafayette police went to check on an alarm in Happy ...read

Bricks Fixed to Blend Better Soon
By Cathy Tyson
For the many residents who expressed displeasure about the brick faáade of the still-under-construction Merrill Gardens building at the corner of Mt. Diablo Boulevard and Second Street, the funky chocolate and ...read
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Residents Fight Downtown Development
By Sophie Braccini
Residents were frustrated when the Design Review Board recommended the Moraga Center Homes project for approval at its July 14 meeting. Board member Gerald Kirkpatrick made the case clear: Under the Moraga ...read

At the Town Council
By Sophie Braccini
Did you miss the last meeting of the Moraga Town Council? Below are some of the notable items approved unanimously by council members July 16.
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Setting the Agenda
By Sophie Braccini
With the inclusion of new council chambers in the retrofit of the town's building at 331 Rheem Blvd., Moraga mayor Ken Chew recently asked that the Town Council discuss the idea of installing bulletproof ...read
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Orindans Envision Their Future
By Laurie Snyder
"Orinda 'Village' led me to Google this term. I learned that in medieval times the difference between a village and a town is that the latter has a wall. Part of our plan for a vibrant 21st century Orinda is ...read

Orinda Arts and Parks Make Lives Better
Artists and art lovers came together again July 15 to court the Muse and commune with Mother Nature at the Orinda Arts Council's popular annual Arts in Bloom Festival. This summer's "String of Pearls" - ...read

Possible Large Candidate Slate
By Laurie Snyder
Five members - each serving four-year terms. That brief phrase describes, at once, both the makeup of the Orinda City Council and the importance of individual votes cast by Orindans when choosing their ...read
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Successful Campout At Rancho Laguna Park
Lafayette Police Blotter
New Homes, Site Plan Debut at Scoping Meeting
Security Cameras Help Track Down Burglar
Bricks Fixed to Blend Better Soon
A Month Long Celebration of Frozen Goodness
Moraga Police Blotter
Residents Fight Downtown Development
At the Town Council
Orinda Police Blotter
Orindans Envision Their Future
Orinda Arts and Parks Make Lives Better
Possible Large Candidate Slate
Locals Launch Distillery
business briefs
Local Fire Officials Mixed on Ads
Letters to the Editor
Setting the Agenda
Town News on Nextdoor
Placard Problems in Lamorinda?
Nice Guys Do Finish First
Local Author Profile
Equestrian Club Has Lamorinda Roots
Award Winning Fisherman
Family Focus
Between 55 and 64 Years Old?
Senior Symposium Scheduled for Aug. 16
Second Time's the Charm for Summit
Orindan Takes Honors at National High School Debate Championship
Troop 241 Eagle Scouts
Local Boy Scouts Hike New Mexico Wilderness
Eagle Scout Earns Fourth Palm
Lamorinda's French Community
Out and About
Lamorinda in Hollywood's Shoes
Most Frequently Viewed Stories From Our Last Issue
A Fun Appetizer with a Peachy Kick
Grilled Peach-Jalapeno Compote Appetizer
Looking Good in Lamorinda
OCC Takes First in Meadow Mini
Lamorinda at the Pool
Lamorinda Wins Santa Cruz Classic
'Lamorinda Ladies' Swim Across Lake Tahoe
All-Stars Sweep in Tahoe
Shark Attack at OBA Championships
Magic Take Title in Rematch
Summer School in Session
Lamorinda Helps Defeat No. 1 Team
Virtually Neighbors
Lamorinda Home Sales recorded
Stylish Solutions
Cynthia Brian's Gardening Guide for August
Orindan Takes Honors at National High School Debate Championship
Submitted by Julie Fiero
Orinda resident and 2014 high school graduate of the College Preparatory School, Mollie Fiero finished as Fifth Speaker out of 404 competitors at the National Speech and Debate Association's National ...read

Award Winning Fisherman
For the second year running, 14-year-old fishing phenom Jed Wood of Lafayette won "Biggest Bass" at a recent Pro-Am Bass Tournament on Bethel Island in the delta. Coming in at 7.39 pounds, his bass beat out ...read
School Calendar
Acalanes Union High School District
Board Room AUHSD Office
1212 Pleasant Hill Rd, Lafayette
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Lafayette School District
LAFSD Office
3477 School Street, Lafayette
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Moraga School District
Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School Auditorium 1010 Camino Pablo, Moraga
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Orinda Union School District
OUSD Office 8 Altarinda Road, Orinda
TBA
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Lamorinda at the Pool
By Caitlin Mitchell
Early August means time to head to the pool for Lamorinda swimmers. As the summer draws to a close, the Lafayette Swim Conference and the Orinda-Moraga Pool Association wrap up their seasons with All- ...read

Lamorinda at the Pool
By Caitlin Mitchell
Early August means time to head to the pool for Lamorinda swimmers. As the summer draws to a close, the Lafayette Swim Conference and the Orinda-Moraga Pool Association wrap up their seasons with All- ...read

Lamorinda Wins Santa Cruz Classic
Submitted by Mallory Samora
The Santa Cruz Classic was held in July and Lamorinda Water Polo Club's 14U girls took the gold medal. They had three victories. First, they beat teams from San Jose and Stanford. Their final win was over the ...read
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The Orinda Library Gallery is pleased to feature the work of Leslie Swartz, artist; Wenda Pyman, photographer; and the Clay Arts Guild for the month of August. The public is invited to meet the artists and join ...

Restoring Movement – Improving Function-Free Community Lecture series: Preventing Injuries in Our Youth from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26 with Dr. Nirav Pandya, MD at Lafayette Physical Therapy, ...

Free family fun for parents and young children! Republic of Cake in Orinda’s Theatre Square is hosting Kid’s Club events once again this summer. Come for a half hour of children’s music with Melita from ...

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Nice Guys Do Finish First
By Nick Marnell
Not only does KTVU chief meteorologist Bill Martin seem like the kind of guy you could have a beer with, he can pick the hops from his backyard vine in Lamorinda, brew a batch and pour you an iced cold glass ...read

Local Author Profile
By Lou Fancher
It's a good thing author Jil Plummer has no interest in writing an autobiography. If she wrote one, no one would believe it. They might even mistake it for another of her fictional novels, which include ...read

Family Focus
By Margie Ryerson, MFT
"Nobody can do for little children what grandparents do. Grandparents sort of sprinkle stardust over the lives of little children." ~Alex Haley
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Between 55 and 64 Years Old?
By Linda Fodrini-Johnson, MA, MFT, CMC
If you are between 55 and 64, you are in the biggest group of baby boomers, 9.8 million in California alone! The youngest Baby Boomer turns 50 this year. Some of you plan on working till 70 and many of you ...read
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