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Cooking With Kids Foundation, an Enterprise and a Mission
By Sophie Braccini
Standing by the prep table in the Lafayette Community Center's kitchen, Chef Lynda Rexroat held a big knife, getting ready to slice a carrot. The tiny fingers and palm of a 4-year-old child pressed on ...read

Lamorinda Fire News Briefs
By Nick Marnell
Contra Costa County Fire Protection District Chief Jeff Carman announced that 13-year ConFire veteran Lon Goetsch has been promoted to assistant chief of operations. After 12 years with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, Goetsch worked his way through the ConFire ranks as a firefighter-paramedic, engineer, captain ...read
 
 
 

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Children rush to gather colored eggs tucked in the grass at Moraga Commons Park. Photo Andy Scheck
Smiles Abound at 'Egg-citing' Spring Egg Hunt
By Cathy Dausman
It was a BYOB (bring your own basket) event Saturday at Moraga Commons Park during the 33rd annual Spring Egg Hunt, sponsored by the Moraga Junior Women's Club. "Members used to hard-boil eggs and hand dye ...read

Photo Cathy Tyson
Possible Closure of Del Valle Campus
By Cathy Tyson
The recent class brochure that Lamorinda households received may be the last one they'll ever get from Acalanes Adult Education with class listings for the spring quarter at Del Valle Education Center. Due to ...read
Scott Chen
To the State Finals!
By Michael Sakoda
The Campolindo boys' basketball team advanced to the CIF Division III title game after sneaking past Drake, 50-44, in the Regional finals on March 21. They will face Damien (28-5, No. 8 in CA) of La Verne, the ...read

Rick Barnette of Dig This inspects his work for the day at a home in Orinda. Photos Chris Lavin
Holding Back the Moving Earth
By Chris Lavin
There are not many absolutes in life, but suffice it to say that on one topic - retaining walls - no one, but no one ever opens a conversation with a good story. The words: "Wow! I just put a new retaining ...read
Lafayetteread all Moragaread all Orindaread all
Editor:

Orinda citizens are concerned about pressure for more extensive development in downtown as stack and pack does not fit the semi-rural character of Orinda. What about concern for the increased zoning in semi-rural residential Orinda? The General Plan is the embodiment of community values. Doesn't the General Plan also preserve the quality of life from extreme pressure to more extensive development in residential Orinda? The General Plan, 2.1 states residential zoning should be low density, single family, 1 to 2 units per acre. The Guiding Policy is to maintain the semi-rural character of Orinda. The Orinda City Council has violated that policy by increasing Orinda residential zoning to high density to allow for a rental unit on each lot. Now homeowners can end up surrounded by rental units. This new higher density residential zoning will increase traffic as each rental unit will have 1 or more cars. Increased traffic will deteriorate roads and increase green house gas in our neighborhoods. Increased population will denigrate our schools. Orinda voters should be allowed to vote to determine if they want to destroy their quality of life. Unfortunately, the City Council with the exception of Eve Phillips will not allow Orinda citizens to vote on maintaining the semi-rural character of Orinda.
Janet Maiorana
Orinda

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Adjustments Needed for In-fill Project
By Cathy Tyson
It's been almost a year and a half since local developer Lenox Homes came before the Design Review Commission for a study session about a proposed project directly behind Trader Joe's. And it was clear at a ...read

Construction Coming Together for New Manzanita Room
By Cathy Tyson
"It's like a giant erector set," said Project Manager Doug Swanson, who, along with Associate Engineer Mike Moran, is supervising the construction of the brand new Manzanita Room. The crumbling 60-year-old ...read

What's Next for Lafayette?
By Nick Marnell
Nearly three dozen Lafayette residents provided feedback on the direction of the city at the March 19 Community Conversation held at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center. The workshop, hosted by the city ...read
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Rheem Boulevard to be Closed for 4 to 6 Months
By Sophie Braccini
The terrible condition of the portion of Rheem Boulevard between St. Mary's Road and Moraga Road will eventually become a bad memory. But to fix that portion of the road, the arterial will be completely closed ...read

Body-Worn Cameras for Moraga Police Officers
By Sophie Braccini
A Moraga driver was recently stopped by Moraga Police Lieutenant Jon King for failing to halt behind a school bus with flashing lights. As King approached the car, he automatically reached for a small black ...read

Saint Mary's Field Lights Will Stay On Until 10 p.m.
By Sophie Braccini
At its March 13 meeting, the Moraga Town Council authorized Saint Mary's College to light the intramural field adjacent to the residential neighborhood, The Bluffs, for an additional hour at night until 10 ...read
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Orinda City Council Mulls Nuts and Bolts Matters
By Laurie Snyder
The most recent Orinda City Council meeting was an efficient one. Held on the evening of a statewide special election when Orinda Mayor Steve Glazer was vying with four other candidates for the California ...read

Standard & Poor's Gives High Marks to Orinda City Leaders for Management Practices
By Laurie Snyder
Representatives from Standard & Poor's, one of the world's Big Three credit rating agencies, gave verbal high fives to Orinda city leaders during a conference call Feb. 24. That call was scheduled in ...read

Mark Roberts Named Orinda's Citizen of the Year
By Laurie Snyder
Proving that nice guys can and do finish first, Orindan Mark Roberts was recently named Orinda's Citizen of the Year. He accepted the award in front of a room full of family members and other fellow Orindans ...read
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Smiles Abound at 'Egg-citing' Spring Egg Hunt
Possible Closure of Del Valle Campus
Lafayette Police Blotter
Adjustments Needed for In-fill Project
Construction Coming Together for New Manzanita Room
What's Next for Lafayette?
Moraga Police Blotter
Rheem Boulevard to be Closed for 4 to 6 Months
Body-Worn Cameras for Moraga Police Officers
Saint Mary's Field Lights Will Stay On Until 10 p.m.
Orinda Police Blotter
Orinda City Council Mulls Nuts and Bolts Matters
Standard & Poor's Gives High Marks to Orinda City Leaders for Management Practices
Mark Roberts Named Orinda's Citizen of the Year
Lamorinda Fire News Briefs
Letters to the Editor
Cooking With Kids Foundation, an Enterprise and a Mission
business briefs
Rheem Theatre Voted Bay Area's Best Indie Cinema
An Instant Leftie
Spreading Seedlings and the Love of Growing Food
KGO Radio's Chip Franklin: Unplugged
Celebrate Pacific Islands Culture at SMC
Lamorinda's Specialties of the House
Robert Edward Merritt, Jr.
Early Old Yellow House Inhabitant Dies
Moraga Mediator Making Peace in the Community
Miramonte Vandalism May Be Related to Moraga Incidents
Documentary Screening Brings Baha'i Institute for Higher Education into Focus
Party Puts Fun into Fundraising
Troop 303 Honors Four New Eagle Scouts
Orinda Troop Honors Two New Eagle Scouts
Baskets Galore Go to Good Cause
Junior Girl Scouts Learn Critical First Aid Skills
Cruciferous Crunch Makes This Salad Sing
Broccoli Salad with Turkey Bacon and Sharp Cheddar
Lynn's Top Five
M-O-R-A-G-A Well-Represented at County Spelling Bee
Most Frequently Viewed Stories From Our Last Issue
To the State Finals!
Campolindo's Run to the Finals a Team Effort
Mats Fall to Rival St. Mary's-Stockton in NorCal Final
Miramonte and Acalanes Postseason Ends in State Finals
Middle School Madness
Saint Mary's Tops Hawaii in Overtime Thriller in WNIT Opening Round
Saint Mary's Bows Out of NIT in Opening Round
MBA Box Scores
League Champions
CYO Champs
Skill on Display
Preseason Victory
State Cup Champions
Perfect Season
Lamorinda Rugby Tournament Highlights
Holding Back the Moving Earth
Lamorinda Home Sales recorded
Spring and Feng Shui
Digging Deep - Gardening with Cynthia Brian
Documentary Screening Brings Baha'i Institute for Higher Education into Focus
Submitted by Chris Palmer
Approximately 80 people attended the Lafayette Library screening March 13 of journalist Maziar Bahari's new documentary, "To Light a Candle" - a film about Iran's Baha'is and their commitment to spreading ...read

Miramonte Vandalism May Be Related to Moraga Incidents
By Chris Lavin
Vandalism to schools and other public places is not a common occurrence in Lamorinda, but this month turned out to be a bit of an exception. Twenty windows were broken at Orinda's Miramonte High School on ...read
School Calendar
Acalanes Union High School District
Board Room AUHSD Office
1212 Pleasant Hill Rd, Lafayette
Wednesday, April 15, at 7:30pm

Lafayette School District
LAFSD Office
3477 School Street, Lafayette
Wednesday, April 15, at 7pm

Moraga School District
Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School Auditorium 1010 Camino Pablo, Moraga
Tuesday, April 14, at 7:30pm

Orinda Union School District
OUSD Office 8 Altarinda Road, Orinda
Monday, April 13, at 6pm
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Campolindo's Run to the Finals a Team Effort
By Conrad Bassett
After a run that ended in the NCS semifinals, the Campolindo boys' basketball team rebounded in the California Interscholastic Northern California Division III tournament.
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Mats Fall to Rival St. Mary's-Stockton in NorCal Final
By Spencer Silva
After a battle through the CIF Open Division, Miramonte's season came to an end in the Regional finals. The Mats (30-3) fell to the St. Mary's Rams (33-1) 67-58 on March 21 at the Sleep Train Arena.
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Miramonte and Acalanes Postseason Ends in State Finals
By Karl Buscheck
It's been a banner year for Lamorinda girls' high school hoops. Miramonte rolled through the early rounds of the Open Division State Championship, while Acalanes advanced to the semifinals of the Division III ...read
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Nutrition-Revitalize Your Menu – a free community lecture with Cynthia Allen, RN, from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 31 at Lafayette ...

Take a photo with the Easter Bunny between noon and 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 4 at Moraga’s Rheem Valley Shopping Center. Bring ...

The Orinda Starlight Village Players (ORSVP) is holding season auditions at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 12 at the Orinda Community Center ...

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An Instant Leftie
By Cathy Dausman
Audrey Price became a "leftie" last June, on Friday the 13th. For weeks Audrey, a Stanley Middle School eighth grader, had experienced a gradual, unexplained weakening on her right side, causing her to drop ...read

Spreading Seedlings and the Love of Growing Food
By Sophie Braccini
Sitting around their teacher Mr. Moran in the Del Rey Elementary School garden, fourth- and fifth-grade students were attentive and relaxed. They used this recent weekly outing to the garden to paint, and to ...read

KGO Radio's Chip Franklin: Unplugged
By Nick Marnell
Chip Franklin burst into the restaurant, flustered and apologetic for running late. He plopped into the chair, adjusted his eyesight to the dimly lit room and within seconds, he started talking.
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Moraga Mediator Making Peace in the Community
By Sophie Braccini
On any given weekday, you may find six people - two couples who live next to each other and two mediators from the Center for Human Development - sitting around an oval table in a quiet room. One of the six ...read
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