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Published December 7th, 2018
 
ConFire Chief Jeff Carman to depart in March
By Nick Marnell
Contra Costa County Fire Protection District Chief Jeff Carman announced his retirement to his staff, officials and district residents on Dec. 7.
“It is with mixed emotions that I write this message to inform all of you that I plan to retire
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Orinda teenager dies in early morning house fire
By Nick Marnell
A teenage girl died and three people were injured after a single-family home in Orinda went up in flames in the predawn hours of Nov. 18. According to fire officials, just ...read


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The Ripplers at the Roundup Saloon last Friday night. Photo Andy Scheck
Local community bands together
By Pippa Fisher
It was a rainy night on a holiday weekend, but no one would have guessed it from the capacity crowd at the Roundup Saloon in downtown Lafayette who came together to raise over $6,000 in a few hours for victims ...read

Bollinger Valley Photo provided
Bollinger Valley Project goes before the Moraga Town Council
By Vera Kochan
A nearly five hour Special Town Council Meeting was held in Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School's auditorium Nov 14 to accommodate the anticipated large crowd.
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Kelly Sopak Photo Gint Federas
The success of coach Kelly Sopak and the Miramonte girls basketball team
By Jon Kingdon
Geno Auriemma, the head coach of the University of Connecticut women's basketball team, has an 88.3 winning percentage during his tenure at Connecticut. Kelly Sopak, the head coach of the Miramonte girls ...read

Two-piece hutch (top piece 18th century, bottom piece 20th century) Photo Vera Kochan
Antiquing: A fun way to recycle
By Vera Kochan
When people hear the word recycle, they usually think of bottles, cans and paper - and what bin to toss them into (green or blue). It's rare that folks equate antiquing with recycling, unless you're the owner ...read
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An appeal for air quality Now that everyone's attention is focused on air quality let's address what we can do about air pollution. All drivers can start by not idling their engines for more than a minute while waiting for someone or something. It is appalling how many of us sit with our engines running while we text, talk on the phone, sleep or just plain wait oblivious to the fact that we are polluting the very air we breathe for no apparent reason. It is understandable to leave the engine running when we are stuck in traffic (although there should be a time limit even in this scenario) however it makes no sense to park and leave your engine running for 15-30 minutes at a time on a daily basis. The worst culprits are parents waiting for their kids after school. I have watched the same drivers park and idle for 30 minutes waiting for their child's dismissal 5 days a week. Unfortunately the kids are the ones who spend the most time breathing in the bad air created by dozens of cars idling in the same location. Please be thoughtful and turn off your engines. Everyone's lungs are at risk but children are the most vulnerable. Below is an excerpt from the Bay Area Quality Management District Resource Page Turn Your Key, Be Idle Free You can save money, reduce air pollution, and help everyone breathe easier just by turning a key! ...

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No final decisions made on filling empty council seat
By Pippa Fisher
Although the topic was on the agenda at the Nov. 13 Lafayette City Council meeting, no decisions were made regarding the process for filling a now-vacant council seat. Mayor Don Tatzin encouraged any residents ...read

Second right-hand turn on Moraga Road at Mt. Diablo Boulevard trial period underway
By Pippa Fisher
The long-awaited second right-turn lane from Moraga Road onto Mt. Diablo Boulevard is finally here, albeit just for a 90-day trial period. And the city wants to hear opinions on how it's working out for ...read

Stanley flute choir serenades city council
By Pippa Fisher
In an ongoing series of performances before city council meetings, Stanley Middle School's Julia Burke Flute Choir, directed by Lafayette Partners in Education flute coach Martha Uhey, brought its sweet music ...read
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Students help teacher give Paradise hope
By Vera Kochan
Angie Guidi, a second grade teacher at Donald L. Rheem Elementary School in Moraga, knows firsthand the devastation of the Paradise, California fires. She grew up there, and several of her family members lost ...read

Holiday toy drive looking to top last year's success
By Vera Kochan
In the spirit of the season, the Moraga Police Officer's Association along with the Moraga Police Department is once again partnering with The Marine Toys For Tots Program, to bring joy to less fortunate ...read

Moraga Police Blotter
Moraga Police Department Incident Summary Report
Nov. 6 - Nov. 19
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Orinda approves 9.2 percent hike in garbage fees
By Sora O'Doherty
On Nov. 13 the city council approved an increase in garbage collection rates of 9.2 percent, to be implemented by RecycleSmart, the Joint Powers Authority to which Orinda is a member. The fee increase, if ...read

Orinda joins other Contra Costa County cities in declaring a shelter emergency
By Sora O'Doherty
At the urging of former Orinda city council member California Sen. Steve Glazer, Orinda adopted a resolution declaring a shelter crisis in Contra Costa County at its Nov. 13 meeting. The adoption of the ...read

New executive director of Orinda Chamber of Commerce is a familiar face
By Sora O'Doherty
Cindy Powell, an Orinda icon, has taken over the job of executive director of the Orinda Chamber of Commerce from Sophie Braccini, who moved to a job at UC Berkeley. Powell had been sharing the office with ...read
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Local community bands together
Bollinger Valley Project goes before the Moraga Town Council
After an early Thanksgiving, holiday events dominate December
No final decisions made on filling empty council seat
Stanley flute choir serenades city council
Second right-hand turn on Moraga Road at Mt. Diablo Boulevard trial period underway
Santa to appear in downtown Lafayette, stay for breakfast, shopping
Santa's Bag Boutique, now in 28th year
Students help teacher give Paradise hope
Holiday toy drive looking to top last year's success
Orinda approves 9.2 percent hike in garbage fees
Orinda joins other Contra Costa County cities in declaring a shelter emergency
New executive director of Orinda Chamber of Commerce is a familiar face
Orinda teenager dies in early morning house fire
Halfway through, Alliance contract a financial and operational success
Lafayette Police Blotter
Moraga Police Blotter
Orinda Police Blotter
Letters to the Editor
Saranap General Plan proposals nearing completion
Keeping your hair Sharp in Lafayette
Dance for Kindness international flash mob spreads joy in Moraga
LAMA charity event raises $100,000 for local nonprofit
Local author publishes emotional memoir of life with celebrity parents
Looking Good in Lamorinda
Mighty Fine Guitars Nov. 30 benefit concert helps fire victims
Kiwanis starts 9th year of See's Candy Fundraiser
Handmade dresses sent to Congo, Uganda and Dominican Republic
Campo musician offers unique class to strengthen breathing and improve lung functio
Luca Katalin Gero
Blind Date with a Book program raises funds for fire victims
Boy Scouts Providing Fuel for Life
Village Associates helps families keep Thanksgiving traditions alive
The Peter Pan Foundation continues quest to help others
White Pony Express sends ready-to-eat meals and cash donations to Paradise fire victims
'Great Expectations' realized at Town Hall Theatre for the holidays
Two savory and sweet dishes just in time for the holidays
WINTER WILD RICE
SMASHED CARROTS
'Three's Company Parody' ignites Rheem Theatre's new alliance with Classic TV nonprofit
The success of coach Kelly Sopak and the Miramonte girls basketball team
Lamorinda boys basketball preview
5-6 grade MOL Eagles win championship
First place for JMIS 8th grade girl's volleyball
Lamorinda girls basketball preview
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Antiquing: A fun way to recycle
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Digging Deep with Cynthia Brian
Campo musician offers unique class to strengthen breathing and improve lung functio
By Cynthia Brian
Many of us take breathing for granted, but for those suffering with respiratory issues, normal breathing is serious business. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease has the third highest mortality rate in the ...read

First place for JMIS 8th grade girl's volleyball
Submitted by Judy McNeil
The Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School eighth grade girl's volleyball team took first place in the Stanley Tournament. JM beat Foothill before losing to Orinda Intermediate School the next day. With victory ...read
School Calendar
Acalanes Union High School District
Board Room AUHSD Office
1212 Pleasant Hill Rd, Lafayette
Wednesday, Nov. 28, at 7:30pm

Lafayette School District
LAFSD Office
3477 School Street, Lafayette
Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 7pm

Moraga School District
Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School Auditorium 1010 Camino Pablo, Moraga
Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 7:30pm

Orinda Union School District
OUSD Office 8 Altarinda Road, Orinda
Monday, Dec. 10, at 6pm
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Lamorinda boys basketball preview
By Jon Kingdon
Last season, Acalanes, Campolindo and Miramonte could lay claim to having played in the toughest division - the Diablo-Football league. The combined record for all three schools in league play was 8-22, but ...read

Lamorinda girls basketball preview
By Jon Kingdon
There are two things that the Lamorinda girls basketball teams all have in common as we go to print. They all made the playoffs this year and each of the coaches is terribly frustrated at the inability to ...read

5-6 grade MOL Eagles win championship
Submitted by Eric Van Olst
The Eagles won the MOL - NFC Conference Super Bowl. The NFC conference is for fifth and sixth graders. The Eagles won over the Saint by a score of 19-0.
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Moraga’s annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 7. Enjoy cookies and hot cocoa in the Commons Park at 6:30 p.m. with the tree lighting at 7 p.m.  ...

Kick off holiday shopping in small town style during Lafayette Stroll, Shop and Dine from 6 to 8 p.m. on Dec. 7. Stroll through downtown Lafayette with friends and family while ...

Orinda Intermediate School Bulldog Theater stages The Addams Family Young@Part Edition, Dec. 6 through 8 at Orinda Intermediate School, 80 Ivy Drive. The beloved and kooky ...

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Dance for Kindness international flash mob spreads joy in Moraga
By Jenn Freedman
Approximately 50,000 dancers across 100 cities in 40 countries danced to the same song with the same choreography on Sunday, Nov. 11 - with 200 of those participants dancing right here in Moraga. The Dance for ...read

LAMA charity event raises $100,000 for local nonprofit
By Pippa Fisher
When two local, volunteer groups team up with the generous and caring community in Lamorinda, good things are going to happen. In this particular case local nonprofit, volunteer group Lamorinda Gives Back ...read

Local author publishes emotional memoir of life with celebrity parents
By Sora O'Doherty
In "Crave: A Memoir of Food and Longing," author Christine Scherick O'Brien writes of her life growing up with her famous movie and television producer father, Edgar Sherick, and her mother, a former Miss ...read

Looking Good in Lamorinda
By Moya Stone
As a knitter I'm always looking for quality yarn and in Lamorinda we have Busy Stix, which is located in downtown Lafayette. The spacious shop offers an array of yarns in wool, cotton, silk, and blends in ...read
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