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Trees that once overhung this home were removed and a clean, open landscape was developed. Leaves are not allowed to collect in the roof valleys and rain gutters. Photos Dennis Rein, MOFD
Flame Out, Lamorinda
By Nick Marnell
Here we go again.
"I always hate to say it's going to be a bad fire season because we have all heard that same thing for so many years. But I am going to say it anyway," said Contra Costa County Fire Protection District Chief Jeff Carman. "I worry a lot about the Lafayette area of our district, with all of the wildland-urban interface area and high-value properties." Moraga-Orinda Fire District Chief Stephen Healy hardly disagrees. "We're sending out our weed abatement notices even earlier this year to give people more time to clear out the problem areas," he said. Robert Marshall, ConFire fire marshal,...read

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New calves on the Sperry Ranch in Moraga enter a chute before branding. Photo Andy Scheck
Springtime on the Suburban Ranch
By Diane Claytor
On a warm Saturday morning, while many Lamorindans were out enjoying the sunshine, four recently-born calves on the Sperry Ranch were perhaps not as happy. They were being branded, which is done for both ...read

Deputy director Rick Golphin comforts Chewy, impounded due to abuse and neglect. Photo Andy Scheck
County Animal Services in Transition
By Nick Marnell
One by one the women walked to the dais. Each woman, an animal rights advocate or a volunteer at the Martinez animal shelter, lashed out at the Board of Supervisors over the performance and the direction of ...read
The 2015 Acalanes Baseball Team looks to win back the NCS Division III Title. Photos Gint Federas
Lamorinda Teams in Transition Vie for DFAL Title
By Spencer Silva
Last spring marked the first time since 2008 that baseball teams outside of Lamorinda won the NCS championship in both Division II and Division III.
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A flagstone path meanders through this native backyard oasis. Photo provided
Saving Water In The Garden Can Be Magical
By Sophie Braccini
Adding your house to the list of East Bay homes featured in the May 3 Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour says a lot about pride of a job well done. Lafayette residents Sandy and Richard Brehmer transformed ...read
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Editor:

The 1986 Moraga Open Space Ordinance (MOSO) is cherished and considered sacrosanct by most Moragans as a needed protection for Moraga's open space. The Moraga Town Council (MTC) is now considering amending and weakening one of MOSO's existing provisions.
At the MTC meeting on March 25, a request by Adventure Day Camp (ADC) was considered for: 1) a permit fee waiver and 2) a zoning ordinance text amendment for "Conditional Uses" within the Moraga Open Space District (MOSO) (Municipal Code 8.52.110(B)). This requested language change to MOSO is a prerequisite in order for ADC to proceed with
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Editor:

Your report on the Design Review Meeting for the Lenox project behind Trader Joe's in Lafayette seemed to suggest that the review of this project has been taking an excessive amount of time. In the first meeting, the developer presented an eight-unit very large project that pushed the boundaries of the lot. The development would have ruined a number properties adjacent and ruined the neighborhood as well. He was asked to reduce the impact. The second presentation was not much different than the first, eight very large units. It was tweaked a bit and parking was improved a bit, but essentially nothing changed.
At the last presentation
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Possible Parking, Housing on City-owned Land
By Cathy Tyson
Looking for an exchange of ideas about a potential parking garage and workforce housing at city-owned 949 Moraga Road, Matt Branagh of Branagh Development presented some preliminary concepts to the Design ...read

Heads up for Dogtown this Saturday
By Cathy Tyson
Mature residents will recognize the beloved smiling icons of the now defunct hot dog chain that will be visiting Lafayette's Dogtown Downtown this Saturday, April 11. Although the last of the Bay Area ...read

Litigation Dilemma Over Wight House
By Cathy Tyson
The drama surrounding the controversial large home at the end of Monticello Road puts the Lafayette City Council in a very awkward position.
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Winemaking in Moraga
By Sophie Braccini
Town staff has discussed the issue of how to regulate the few bonded commercial wineries in Moraga since 2012. Unlike 'hobby winemakers' who produce less than 160 cases of wine a year, or the residents who ...read

Party-House Drama Unfolds During Council Meeting
By Sophie Braccini
The topic was not on the March 25 meeting agenda, but neighbors organized to raise the Moraga Town Council's awareness of it. On otherwise peaceful Wandel Drive, a small residential street that connects Larch ...read

New Recreation Facility Faces Open Space Regulation Stumbling Blocks
By Sophie Braccini
Kevin and Sunshine Welch asked the Moraga Town Council March 25 to support their plan to renovate the old Moraga Swim and Tennis Club (MTSC), after years of vacancy, by considering a modification of the use ...read
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Orinda Farmers' Market Now Open
By Laurie Snyder
The Bee Man. The Egg People. The Jam Lady. The names may sound like a list of Hollywood super powered movie villains, but to Orindans, they are old friends who magically appear with truckloads of tasty treats ...read

Lend a Hand, Orinda
By Laurie Snyder
Orindans have a chance to work side by side to better their beloved city by turning out in force for Orinda Action Day April 18. Sponsored by the Orinda Community Foundation in partnership with the City of ...read

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Springtime on the Suburban Ranch
County Animal Services in Transition
Lafayette Police Blotter
Possible Parking, Housing on City-owned Land
Heads up for Dogtown this Saturday
Litigation Dilemma Over Wight House
Security Camera Town Hall
Moraga Police Blotter
Winemaking in Moraga
Party-House Drama Unfolds During Council Meeting
New Recreation Facility Faces Open Space Regulation Stumbling Blocks
Orinda Police Blotter
Orinda Farmers' Market Now Open
Lend a Hand, Orinda
Flame Out, Lamorinda
Letters to the Editor
Two Businessmen Start a New Chapter of Their Lives in Lafayette
business briefs
From Three Floors Down
A Resurgence of Vinyl Brings Young and 'Less Young' Collectors Together
Andy Warhol Exhibit at SMC Museum of Art
One Week Showing of 'The Miracle of Bern' in Orinda
Family Focus
Lamorinda Summer Camp Guide 2015
'Shrek The Musical Jr.' at OIS
JM ECO Gears Up for Earth Week April 16-22
Donation from "Mountain Jack" Ingram Benefits East Bay Hikers and Their Dogs
Margaret de Vries
Most Frequently Viewed Stories From Our Last Issue
Looking Good in Lamorinda
Tis the Season for a Special Strawberry Shortcake
Strawberry Shortcake
Lamorinda Teams in Transition Vie for DFAL Title
Campolindo Season Ends in State Finals
DFAL Honors Winter Sport Athletes
Strong Start for Golf Team
Orinda Aquatics Takes Win
Magic Show in Vegas
Team USA
Beating the Best
Stomping the Competition
Saving Water In The Garden Can Be Magical
Lamorinda Home Sales recorded
Stylish Solutions
Cynthia Brian's Gardening Guide for April
'Shrek The Musical Jr.' at OIS
Submitted by Jeanette Lipp
Orinda Intermediate School's spring musical "Shrek The Musical Jr." opens April 30 at the Bulldog Theater. It's a "big bright beautiful world" in this hilarious stage spectacle based on the Oscar-winning ...read

JM ECO Gears Up for Earth Week April 16-22
By Hillary Hoppock
The Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School Environmental Club led a successful campaign to help save 1,352 sea turtles this fall and sponsored a "Continents of the World" ecology mural on the JM science building. ...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 4pm
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Campolindo Season Ends in State Finals
By Michael Sakoda
The Campolindo boys' basketball team finished their historic season in the CIF Division III state championship game. After an incredible season, the Cougars' season came to an end in a heartbreaking 57-70 loss ...read

DFAL Honors Winter Sport Athletes
Girls' Basketball:
Miramonte
Sabrina ...read

Strong Start for Golf Team
Submitted by Gary O'Neill
The Campolindo boys' golf team is off to a strong start. The varsity team is undefeated in dual matches to start the season, posting six straight wins.
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Pacific Chamber Symphony presents “An Italian Feast” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 17 at the Lafayette Library Community Hall, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd. The Orchestra’s 26th season closes with Karl Ditters ...

“Shrek The Musical JR” at Orinda Intermediate School, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. April 30 and May 1 and 5 p.m. May 2 at 80 Ivy Drive, Orinda. Ticket ...

Wildlife/Earth Day Festival from noon to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, April 19 at the Nature Area of Wagner Ranch Elementary School, 350 Camino Pablo in Orinda. Entertainment by an Earth Tribute Band and ...

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From Three Floors Down
By Chris Lavin
In 1997, Amy Morosini "fell" from the window of a third-floor apartment in San Francisco. She may have been pushed out by her then boyfriend. The only thing police could come up with for their report was ...read

A Resurgence of Vinyl Brings Young and 'Less Young' Collectors Together
By Uma Unni
Packrats, rejoice! While everyone else on your street started cleaning out their collection of vinyl LP records years ago, you hung on to yours - not out of sentimentality, of course, but out of sheer market ...read

Andy Warhol Exhibit at SMC Museum of Art
By A.K. Carroll
The face of Marilyn Monroe. A can of Campbell's soup. A single image reproduced in negative, utilizing striking strokes and colors. These are but a few of the iconic signs of Andy Warhol, a leading figure in ...read

One Week Showing of 'The Miracle of Bern' in Orinda
By Sophie Braccini
A very positive and emotional film, "The Miracle of Bern (Das Wunder von Bern)" by director Sînke Wortmann, which opens April 17 at the Orinda Theatre, is set in 1954 Germany - a country still very much ...read
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