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Candace Anderson stands in front of her Lafayette office. Photo Andy Scheck
Politics is Music to Supervisor Andersen's Ears
By Nick Marnell
Had Contra Costa County Supervisor Candace Andersen pursued her mother's wishes with the same zeal that she has devoted to her civic career, Andersen might have become the concertmaster with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. "My mother wanted me to be a musician," said Andersen, whose District 2 includes Lamorinda. She started playing the piano, then the violin in her high school string quartet. She attended Brigham Young University as a music major and joined the university orchestra. "But I found out there were a lot better musicians out there than I was," Andersen said. Seduced by a political science course, and with the guidance of her father - a lawyer who taught Andersen how to craft an argument, even against topics like the imposition of her own curfew - she switched her major to public policy and enrolled at the BYU law school. She began her law career in Hawaii writing appellate briefs for the prosecutor's office and arguing them before the Hawaii Supreme Court. Andersen put her career on hold after she started a family and moved to California. "The kids needed a mom more than a lawyer," she said. "Then maybe they wouldn't need a lawyer later." In 1991, as she rocked
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Solar panels are being installed at Orinda Intermediate School, above, as well as at all OUSD elementary schools and at Lamorinda high schools. Photo Andy Scheck
Solar Installations Sprouting at Lamorinda Schools
By Victor Ryerson
Looking like overgrown carports, large solar panel arrays are cropping up on all of Lamorinda's high school campuses this summer, and on all of the lower schools in Orinda as well.
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Jaime Rich is director of ADAPT, the local agency that is fighting alcohol and drug abuse in Lamorinda teens. Photo Sora O'Doherty
Fighting Drug and Alcohol Abuse Among Lamorinda Teens
By Sora O'Doherty
Summer is here, and with it comes an unwanted and dangerous element: More teenage partying.
Have you ever wondered why teens ...read
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Former St. Mary's Standout Splits Time Between Law School and Professional Rugby
By Karl Buscheck
A law student by day and a rugby pro by night, Lafayette native Mike Haley is plenty familiar with the raised eyebrows and looks of surprise.
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A pool alarm helps with safety. Photo Vickie Martin
Uncovering the Pros and Cons of Pool Covers
By Cathy Tyson
When the mercury rises, families are ready to dive into a community or backyard pool, but how to keep pools safe and warm is an ongoing concern for homeowners with pools. While pool covers provide a level of ...read
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Deceptive Headline and Photo Intentionally Misled Readers

I am in disbelief that the editor of the Lamorinda Weekly allowed the headline to read as follows: "Womenpriests Ordain First Orinda Woman Catholic Priest." (June 29.) This headline is completely fictitious. The casual reader would read the headline and assume that the Catholic Church is allowing women priests. Nothing could be further from the truth. Only a careful reading of the article revealed that this purported ordination had nothing to do with the Roman Catholic Church.
Why the fallacious and obfuscating headline?
To make matters worse, the photograph of Ms. Truelson, dressed in a priest outfit, holding hosts purporting to be the Body of Jesus Christ, was extremely offensive, insulting and distasteful. The photograph was a mockery directed toward those Roman Catholics who revere and venerate the Real Presence of our Savior.

Ann L. Vaccaro
Orinda


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Council Allows Small Playground at Leigh Creekside Park
By Cathy Tyson
When it came to the future of Leigh Creekside Park, the Lafayette City Council decided middle ground is best.
Although many ...read

Swing Into the Twilight Tribute to the Troops Concert July 16
By Cathy Tyson
To honor local veterans and military personnel, the Lafayette Rotary Club is hosting its annual free Tribute to the Troops event at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, July 16, at the Lafayette Reservoir.
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Lafayette to Fine-tune Sales Tax Measure
By Cathy Tyson
While it appeared that all council members were on board with approving a 1 percent citywide sales tax measure to go on the Nov. 8 ballot at recent council meeting, there was some discussion about fine-tuning ...read
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Naming a Park is No Easy Process
By Sophie Braccini
This is a rare opportunity for Parks and Recreation Commissioners in Moraga: naming a new park, simply because new parks don't come along very often.
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Moraga Rotary Plans All-abilities Playground
By Sophie Braccini
As Moraga Rotary nears its 50th anniversary, it wants to make a legacy contribution to the Town of Moraga. The $250,000 project that seems to have great momentum is the construction of a playground for kids of ...read

Food Trucks Will be Rolling Into the Hacienda This Summer
By Sophie Braccini
Moraga may not be San Francisco, and the Hacienda de Las Flores may not be Fort Mason, but the idea of "grouping street food vendors together to create an experience that allows neighbors to connect with ...read
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OUSD Supe Offers Wise Words for OIS Graduates
By Sora O'Doherty
Dr. Carolyn Seaton hadn't been in the job long when she was called upon to speak to students being promoted from Orinda Intermediate School to high school. The new superintendent started with Orinda Union ...read

OUSD to Save a Bundle on Refinancing School Bonds
By Sora O'Doherty
When Dr. Carolyn Seaton made her first appearance at an Orinda City Council meeting, the new Orinda Union School District superintendent had some good news to share: the district was saving money.
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Hundreds Show Their Colors for Charity at Annual Haley's Run
By Sora O'Doherty
Clouds of vivid red and blue colors drenched the happy participants of the 12th annual Haley's Fourth of July Color Run for a Reason in Orinda.
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Solar Installations Sprouting at Lamorinda Schools
Fighting Drug and Alcohol Abuse Among Lamorinda Teens
Originally Denied, Moraga Secures Federal Funding for Sinkhole
Lafayette Police Blotter
Council Allows Small Playground at Leigh Creekside Park
Swing Into the Twilight Tribute to the Troops Concert July 16
Judge Rules Against Save Lafayette on Deer Hill
Lafayette to Fine-tune Sales Tax Measure
New Jennifer Russell Building is Awesome
Moraga Police Blotter
Naming a Park is No Easy Process
Moraga Rotary Plans All-abilities Playground
Food Trucks Will be Rolling Into the Hacienda This Summer
Former Council Member Crossley Declares His Intention to Run Again
Orinda Police Blotter
OUSD Supe Offers Wise Words for OIS Graduates
OUSD to Save a Bundle on Refinancing School Bonds
Hundreds Show Their Colors for Charity at Annual Haley's Run
PG&E Removal of Towers Might Cause Some Electricity Outages
MOFD to Consider Prefunding Retirement Costs
Politics is Music to Supervisor Andersen's Ears
Financial Tips for Travelers Heading Abroad
Business Bites
Letters to the Editor
Lamorinda 'Hams' Have a Field Day
Lamorinda's Longtime Sub Says Goodbye
Cal Shakes' Powerful 'Fences' Reflects Heart of the American Experience
Talented Piano Students Make it Up as They Go Along at Unique Improv Show
Bursting Negative Myths About Aging
Burton Valley Raises Funds for Cancer-stricken Classmate
Troop 249 Honors New Eagle Scouts
Scouts Get Camino Pablo Students 'Walking and Rolling'
Lafayette Juniors Raise $55,000 for Several Bay Area Charities
Young Swimmers Hold Fundraising Swim-a-thon
Moraga Garden Club
Mark David Dahl
Shall We Dance? Lafayettes's Afternoon Soirees are a Hit
With Scenic Views, Half Moon Bay is a Delight for Day or Overnight Treks
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Rotary Presents Opera in the Park
Thoughtful Food
Spinach-Gruyere Noodle Casserole
Advice for Incoming Seniors: Don't Kick Back and Relax This Year
Former St. Mary's Standout Splits Time Between Law School and Professional Rugby
2015-2016 Boys DFAL All League, Spring Sports
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Mavericks Baseball Team Goes Undefeated to Win Tourney
LMSC U14 Girls Stymie Competition in Tourney
SC Girls is an Elite Team
Moraga Celebrates 20th Anniversary 4th of July Fun Run
Uncovering the Pros and Cons of Pool Covers
Lamorinda Home Sales recorded
Lack of Supply Affects Home Sales
Digging Deep
Advice for Incoming Seniors: Don't Kick Back and Relax This Year
By Elizabeth LaScala Ph.D.
Most college-bound students wish that they could finish their most difficult courses as juniors and ease up a bit when they enter their senior year. After all, they are already applying to colleges and, ...read

Lamorinda's Longtime Sub Says Goodbye
By Sophie Braccini
Monica Foley is getting ready for the summer, a peaceful moment in a substitute teacher's life when she knows that no one will call her for the next three months to impromptu replace any kindergarten to ...read
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2015-2016 Boys DFAL All League, Spring Sports
Baseball
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Tommy Henderson ...read

SC Girls is an Elite Team
Submitted By Keven Guillory
U.S. Soccer chose the Lamorinda Soccer Club as one of the first 25 Girls Development Academies in the nation.
Lamorinda is one ...read

Moraga Celebrates 20th Anniversary 4th of July Fun Run
Submitted by Eric Yabu
Over 600 runners and walkers started their Fourth of July festivities by participating in the 20th Anniversary Moraga Fun Run, sponsored by Kirsten Buckley Real Estate. On new courses due to a landslide on a ...read
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The Moraga Art Gallery is showing 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 24 (Sunday): Opera in ...

Outdoor Move Night in the Plaza, Thursday, June 16 - "How to Train Your Dragon." Invite your friends, family, and neighbors, bring a blanket or two, shop at the farmers' market for a fresh and delicious picnic or pick-up a meal ...

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Lamorinda's Longtime Sub Says Goodbye
By Sophie Braccini
Monica Foley is getting ready for the summer, a peaceful moment in a substitute teacher's life when she knows that no one will call her for the next three months to impromptu replace any kindergarten to ...read

Cal Shakes' Powerful 'Fences' Reflects Heart of the American Experience
By Sophie Braccini
A man is there, standing, challenging Death itself; next to him, a woman, his wife, is trying to build a meaningful life, at the center of which is her man, with his mistakes and fears. The two are thrown in ...read

Bursting Negative Myths About Aging
By Sophie Braccini
There is no retirement of the passions. The new exhibit put on by the Lamorinda Arts Council, Art At 80, says just that: art is as much a companion for life as it is an expression of the self.
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Shall We Dance? Lafayettes's Afternoon Soirees are a Hit
By Cathy Dausman
They arrive, nicely dressed from Concord, Rossmoor and Walnut Creek, as well as Lamorinda - the men in hard soled shoes, dress slacks and collared shirts, the women in heels, dresses or skirts. For more than ...read
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