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Sharon McGinnis Girdlestone and her helpers, Lennon (left) and Finn (right) Girdlestone and Sage Balducci pick fruit for muffins baked for My Sustainable Table. Photo Jennifer Balducci
Orinda Mom's Accidental Culinary Successes
By Diane Claytor
Sitting across the table from Sharon McGinnis Girdlestone, eyeing her flawless skin, beautiful long blonde hair, and fashionable outfit, it's easy to guess that she's a model. Once she starts talking with her lilting voice and English accent, thoughts shift; maybe she's an actor. When she says she spent many years working as a fashion designer, a bulb goes off; now that makes sense. But when the Orinda resident explains what she does now - and how she accidentally fell into her job - surprise sets in. She certainly doesn't look like a cook or the successful owner ...



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Electronic speed signs like above on Moraga Road in Lafayette help to build awareness among drivers. Many drivers hit the brakes when approching the sign last Saturday. Photo Andy Scheck
PDs Three Words: Slow Down Lamorinda!
By Sophie Braccini
A happy summer in the suburbs should mean sun, fun, friends and relaxation. No one wants increased traffic speed, inexperienced drivers and carelessness to lead to more accidents.

Jeff Carman Photo provided
ConFire Chief: Reach Out, He'll Be There
By Nick Marnell
The Contra Costa County Fire Protection District was in dire need of strong leadership. The district had closed four fire stations after a failed 2012 parcel tax initiative, the labor group had tuned out ...read
Photos Cathy Dausman
Getting in Sync for Rio
By Cathy Dausman
Breathe, and slip beneath the water's surface. Remain there and perform a gymnastics-like routine. Strike a pose and hold it. Stay focused. Stay in absolute sync with your swim partner's moves. Burst from the ...read

From left: Leo (Standing), Harold (in arms), Anthony and Dormain Drewitz Photo provided
The Airbnb Listing Next Door
By Cathy Tyson
On any given night, weary travelers can enjoy a comfortable bed, clean sheets and a warm welcome in homes across Lamorinda while their hosts earn extra money. With approximately 50 Airbnb listings in Moraga, ...read
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CV Development is Not What Moragans Want

The City Ventures (CV) development by the fire station is not a "done deal."
The town is giving away for free approximately 20' over three acres of public easement on Moraga Way to City Ventures. Moraga is in major debt and giving land away, so the developer can make more money and build a project that is too big for the lot!
CV violates at least 16 clauses in the General and specific plans. It violates the minimal space between buildings, setbacks and height. Other projects were turned down for height and setbacks much larger than these. Why is CV exempt from the same standards?
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A Thanks from Orinda's Roads Committee Fix Orinda Roads Now sincerely thanks the Orinda community for approving Measure L, a $25 million bond to continue progress in repairing our roads and drains. Also, we extend our sincere appreciation to the many volunteers who helped us reach out to citizens to inform them about the benefits of supporting Phase 3 of the Orinda Road and Drainage Repair Plan. To receive updates on road repairs, please sign up for the City of Orinda's e-newsletter, Orinda Outlook, by going to the City website
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Size of Saranap Development Still a Sticking Point
By Cathy Tyson
When the initial vision of the proposed Saranap Village project was unveiled in May 2013 by Walnut Creek-based Hall Equities, it received a fair amount of criticism from neighborhood residents in unin ...read

City Turning Pavement into a Pair of 'Parklets'
By Cathy Tyson
After a trial run at the Art and Wine festival, city leaders approved a four-month pilot program to evaluate two "parklets" downtown. Lafayette is the first city in Lamorinda to be joining other municipalities ...read

Cleaner Energy Option Coming to Lafayette
By Cathy Tyson
For the first time ever, energy choice is coming to Lafayette.
To announce the community choice energy program and educate ...read
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Council Changes Direction, Keeps Moraga Road Four Lanes
By Sophie Braccini
Moraga Road between Corliss and Donald Drives will retain its current four lanes.
After deciding earlier this year that the ...read

The Mystery of Moraga's 'Corporate Yard' Solved
By Sophie Braccini
Did you think that the big trucks and equipment parked next to the church at 155 Moraga Rd was the Palos Colorado development staging to start grading the site? Not so.
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Town and MSD To Share Facilities At No Cost
By Sophie Braccini
The history between the Town of Moraga and the Moraga School District has not always been one of a cooperative nature. In spite of joint projects such as the town restoring the Camino Pablo playing field, the ...read
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Orinda's Downtown Parking Action Plan Stalls
By Victor Ryerson
Although a consultant's study into downtown Orinda's parking issues provided some interesting facts and insights, it appears to fall short of the actionable plan of pragmatic measures to solve Orinda's parking ...read

Orinda Council Happy with Bargain Mini-Park
By Sora O'Doherty
After years in the planning, the conceptual design of the Orinda mini-park came back to the city council recently, with a price tag knocked down from $400,000 to $100,000, and the council was happy with the ...read

Orinda Starlight Village Players '16: Two Funerals and an Audit
By Sora O'Doherty
Now in its 33rd season, the Orinda Starlight Village Players are currently performing an Agatha Christie play, "Murder on the Nile." It is the tradition of the purely voluntary group of thespians to open every ...read
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PDs Three Words: Slow Down Lamorinda!
ConFire Chief: Reach Out, He'll Be There
'Help Wanted' is Becoming a Familiar Sign in Moraga
Lafayette Police Blotter
Size of Saranap Development Still a Sticking Point
City Turning Pavement into a Pair of 'Parklets'
Cleaner Energy Option Coming to Lafayette
City Flies LGBT Flag in Support of Orlando
Moraga Police Blotter
Council Changes Direction, Keeps Moraga Road Four Lanes
The Mystery of Moraga's 'Corporate Yard' Solved
Town and MSD To Share Facilities At No Cost
With Town's Help, Volleyball Courts No Longer 'Moraga Pond' Again
Rare Rash of Robberies Alarm Moraga Residents
Closure of Rheem Boulevard Now Scheduled for July 5
Orinda Police Blotter
Orinda's Downtown Parking Action Plan Stalls
Orinda Council Happy with Bargain Mini-Park
Orinda Starlight Village Players '16: Two Funerals and an Audit
As Official Results Near, Measure L Winning Comfortably
Despite Surplus, Moraga-Orinda Fire District Still Bogged Down By Budget Sticking Points
Tax Disparity in MOFD is Still a Hot Issue in Orinda
Letters to the Editor
Orinda Mom's Accidental Culinary Successes
Business Bites
As Seen in Lamorinda What's in 'a' Truck?
Hometown Fun Highlights July Fourth Celebrations
Lamorinda Weekly Photographer Retires With Honors
Womenpriests Ordain First Orinda Woman Catholic Priest
Sustainable Lafayette Summer Film Series Kicks Off Tuesday, July 12
Bee Stings Can Be a Painful Part of Summer
"Make Music Day" Celebration is a Rollicking Hit for Lafayette Residents
Making Homes Safe for Those Who Suffer From Alzheimer's Disease
A Cool Way to End Finals
Bookmark Contest a Success
Art and Animals Benefit from Girl Scout Silver Awards
Odyssey of the Mind Teams Show Their Stuff
Orinda Academy Sends Off its Graduating Class of 2016
Girl Scout Receives Silver Award
AED and Quick Thinking Save Life of 24 Hour Fitness Client
Venture Forth from Lamorinda for an Adventurous Culinary Tour
Gertrude Elaine Hogg Sonnichsen
Film Clips
Senior Symposium Planned for Aug. 6
Thoughtful Food
Strawberry Shortcake with Strawberry Glaze
Getting in Sync for Rio
Lamorinda Rowers Help Propel Oakland Strokes at Nationals
Orinda Intermediate School Golf Team Earns Back-to-Back Titles
Angels Come From Behind To Beat the A's for the Mustang Baseball Championship
JM Seventh-grader Stars in USSSA Gumball Gold Championship
Lamorinda Girls to Play Soccer for Stanford's Standout Team
Magic 99 Boys Win National Cup Regional Soccer Tourney
Magic 99 Girls Take Santa Clara Sporting Girls Invitational Title
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The Airbnb Listing Next Door
Lamorinda Home Sales recorded
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Digging Deep
Orinda Academy Sends Off its Graduating Class of 2016
The Orinda Academy said goodbye to 22 graduates earlier this month. The graduates are heading off to colleges such as Cornell, CSU Chico, Liberty University, California Poly Pomona, California Maritime ...read

Odyssey of the Mind Teams Show Their Stuff
Submitted by Karin Husch
The Lafayette Rotary Odyssey of the Mind Team took third place in Problem 5 (Fins, Furs, Feathers, & Friends) at the Odyssey of the Mind World Competition in Ames, Iowa, on May 28. Orinda Rotary Team No. 42350 ...read
School Calendar
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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
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Lamorinda Rowers Help Propel Oakland Strokes at Nationals
By Karl Buscheck
There was a common thread among the three Oakland Strokes boats that medaled at the US Rowing Youth National Championships. All of them were powered - at least in part - by Lamorinda rowers.
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Orinda Intermediate School Golf Team Earns Back-to-Back Titles
By Karl Buscheck
A stroke of good fortune played a big part in the rise of the Orinda Intermediate School golf team.
"We're so lucky to have ...read

Lamorinda Girls to Play Soccer for Stanford's Standout Team
Submitted by Keven Guillory
Lamorinda Soccer Club forward Cecilia Gee, who successfully played at the international level in Spain earlier this year with the U.S. National Women's U18 team, and teammate Caroline Clark have been invited ...read
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The Moraga Art Gallery’s new show is “Porcelain Poetry/Textile Treasures,” featuring beautifully-crafted, functional pottery by member artist Donna Arganbright of Lafayette and a selection ...

Orinda Summer Concerts in the Park Series continues from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the Orinda Community Park. July 5: Floorshakers, Funk Soul/Rock n’ Roll, with El Ranchero, taco truck; July 12: ...

Lights! Camera! Environmental Action! Sustainable Lafayette will be hosting its sixth annual summer film series at the Lafayette Library & Learning Center, ...

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Womenpriests Ordain First Orinda Woman Catholic Priest
By Sora O'Doherty
Joanna Truelson took a big step in her spirituality last when the Orinda resident was ordained a Roman Catholic womanpriest at a ceremony at the Orinda Community Church June 25.

Sustainable Lafayette Summer Film Series Kicks Off Tuesday, July 12
Submitted by Melinda Krigel
Sustainable Lafayette will be hosting its sixth annual summer film series at the Lafayette Library & Learning Center, featuring recently released documentaries and short films. This year's film selections ...read

"Make Music Day" Celebration is a Rollicking Hit for Lafayette Residents
By Adam Blake
Canopy tents, tie-dye tapestries, and colorful blankets garnished Lafayette's Plaza Park lawn as locals braved the heat to come together and celebrate live music. Lafayette was not alone however; people from ...read

Bee Stings Can Be a Painful Part of Summer
By Cathy Dausman
Summer is a time of lazy, hazy, crazy days as Nat King Cole once sang. But going barefoot in the park or poolside might include an unwanted rebuke from a fuzzy flying insect known as the honey bee.
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