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The Transformation of Star Pilates
By Sophie Braccini
Andrea Ruotsi teaches a barre class. Photo Sophie Braccini
Star Pilates and Fitness in Moraga is undergoing a complete transformation under the new leadership of Andrea Ruotsi. The young mother lives in Moraga with her 5-year-old son, Oliver, and has the energy, training and business sense to make the studio a big success. She is adding classes and services that cater to a clientele ... read



Lafayette Task Force Imposes Its Will
By Nick Marnell
Service on a government task force often goes unnoticed and unrewarded. But a task force created by the city of Lafayette exacted its own notice at the county governing level, and the residents of Contra Costa County may soon be rewarded because of its efforts.
When the Board of Supervisors closed Lafayette's station 16 of the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District, the city formed an Emergency Services Task Force to ...read



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Moraga dog trainer Judie Howard works with Ryder, preparing for obedience trial competition. Photo Andy Scheck
The Lamorinda Woman Behind Champion Dogs
By Sophie Braccini
Judie Howard is a legend in the world of obedience training for dogs in the United States. People come from all over the country to spend time with the Bollinger Canyon trainer who can make the meekest dog of ...read

Orinda Mayor Steve Glazer Announces Run for California Senate
By Laurie Snyder
"I'm in. Voters deserve an opportunity to elect a fiscally conservative, independently minded, bi-partisan problem solver." With that simple tweet, Orinda Mayor Steve Glazer announced his 2015 run for the ...read
Brad Waldow is central to the Gaels' success, averaging over 20 points per game. Photos Tod Fierner
SMC Basketball Improving on Strong Start
By Michael Sakoda
The Saint Mary's men's basketball team (16-4, 8-1 WCC) is off to an unexpectedly hot start this year, despite some big changes in the roster.
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Unseen water can get in between the cracks in the mortar, freeze, and loosen the bricks, making them unstable. Photo Chris Lavin
Don't Let It All Come Tumbling Down
By Chris Lavin
Kids learn it when they're knee high from the wolf in the fable "The Three Little Pigs." The wolf huffs and he puffs and he blows the first two houses down with little effort, and gobbles two little pigs right ...read
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Editor:

The supporters of a revitalized downtown overlook the many side effects and collateral damage that would be involved in demolishing and rebuilding Orinda Village, and also overlook the drawbacks of a "revitalized" Village. How would Orinda obtain a revitalized downtown? Property would have to be acquired over time from the many owners. While that is happening, existing businesses would close and new businesses would not
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Editor:

In his letter of 1-14-15, Tom Trowbridge said: "Housing has been well established as an appropriate use of real estate in villages for centuries." Tom overlooks or ignores that this "establishment" was formed in medieval times. We now have the wonderful freedom of automobiles. Orinda does not need or want low income or high density housing. Housing prices should be set by supply and demand, left to the individual discretion ...

Editor:

As a long-time resident of Orinda, I totally understand why the City of Lafayette supports the plan to replace Orinda's Honey Hill Fire Station with a new station on El Nido Ranch Road at Lorinda Lane in Lafayette. The county closed their station in NW Lafayette nearly three years ago. Since then, the residents of that area have ...
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Learning What Police Officers Really Do
By Cathy Tyson
It was a full house in the conference room of the Lafayette city offices for the second of six meetings of the Citizen's Police Academy. A cross section of a dozen eager residents representing the Rotary, the ...read

Three Shellies for Town Hall
Honored with three Shellie Awards, including one for Best Play, it was a big night for Lafayette's Town Hall Theatre recently. Contra Costa County's version of the Tony Awards, the Shellies honor outstanding ...read

Photos Capture a "Day in the Life" ... On the shortest day of the year
The Public Art Committee held a reception on Jan. 26 to celebrate the abundant creativity of local photographers with their neighbors, family and friends at the official unveiling of works submitted to the ...read
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Historical Designation in Moraga Will Not Require Owner's Consent
By Sophie Braccini
To the dismay of several large property owners, the Moraga Town Council adopted the first reading of the historic preservation ordinance Jan. 15 that will allow the town to declare a building or natural ...read

Moraga Livable Road Plan Stopped In Its Tracks
By Sophie Braccini
The Moraga Town Council decided Jan. 14 that the different options to improve connectivity, pedestrian safety and traffic flow along Moraga Road needed to be weighed by the entire community before a decision ...read

Plan for New Canyon Bridge Takes Shape
By Sophie Braccini
After CalTrans declared the Canyon Bridge unsafe and planned to finance its replacement, Moraga Public Works Director Edric Kwan - who has conducted two community outreach sessions with his team - is ...read
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Orinda City Council Delays Crime Cam Decision Again
By Laurie Snyder
"The city can only do so much to protect us. We need to protect ourselves." - Vince Maiorana
Citing the old adage that "God helps those who help themselves," Vince Maiorana urged Orinda City Council members at their Jan. 13 meeting not to bow to pressure from residents pushing them to install security cameras across Orinda.
As reported in the Dec. 3 edition of this newspaper, crime is actually down in Orinda. The city had 76 residential burglaries in 2013, but by mid-November 2014, that statistic was halved to 36 - ...read

Motion to Bring Housing Element Special Election to Voters Fails
By Laurie Snyder
At the close of every Orinda City Council meeting, council members are asked if they want to initiate new matters. While sometimes policy-related, these actions often recognize worthy citizens or social ...read

Orinda Police Blotter
Incident Summary Report
Jan. 4-17:
Abandoned ...read
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The Lamorinda Woman Behind Champion Dogs
Orinda Mayor Steve Glazer Announces Run for California Senate
Lafayette Police Blotter
Learning What Police Officers Really Do
Three Shellies for Town Hall
Moraga Police Blotter
Historical Designation in Moraga Will Not Require Owner's Consent
Moraga Livable Road Plan Stopped In Its Tracks
Moraga Town Center Homes Project Appeal to be Considered Jan. 28
Moraga Citizens Network Celebrates 10 Years
Plan for New Canyon Bridge Takes Shape
Orinda Police Blotter
Orinda City Council Delays Crime Cam Decision Again
Motion to Bring Housing Element Special Election to Voters Fails
Lafayette Task Force Imposes Its Will
ConFire Academy Graduates 15
Letters to the Editor
The Transformation of Star Pilates
business briefs
Deficit Spending Continues for Local High Schools
Photos Capture a "Day in the Life" ... On the shortest day of the year
Kindergarten Registration for the 2015-16 School Year
New App Creates Smooth Ride for Lamorinda Casual Carpoolers
Pigeon Deaths in Lamorinda Linked to Avian Parasite
Campo Alum Paints, Sells Beautiful Artwork
Two Lafayette Students Are Showcase Winners
Cal Shakes Cleanup
Brother Fire Chief
Even in Lamorinda's Bucolic Towns, Stalking Happens ... and It's a Crime
Local Students Compete at National Science Bowl
"Ya Gotta Have Heart!"
Girl Scouts Celebrate the Holidays with Homeless Families
New Eagle Scouts Honored
George Wilson Hall II
Shirley Price Callister
Mark Quinn
'Take a Picture/Tell a Story' Art Exhibit Opens at SMC Museum of Art
Concert Features Three Concerto Competition Winners, Two from Lafayette
'Strange Magic'
Bring on the Bacon ... Just in Time for the Super Bowl
Ritz-Bacon Crisps
Can You Get a Job with That?
Italian Thriller and Social Drama 'Human Capital' Opens Jan. 30
Most Frequently Viewed Stories From Our Last Issue
SMC Basketball Improving on Strong Start
Lamorinda Keeps Winning
Wrestling Teams Aim for NCS
Lamorinda Teams Set to Square Off with Playoff Hopes in the Balance
State Champions Celebrated
Cheer for the New Year
Saint Mary's Holds On for Win
Lamorinda Rugby Season Starts Strong
Masters Swimmer Takes the Plunge
Don't Let It All Come Tumbling Down
Lamorinda Home Sales recorded
Feng Shui and Color
The Real Estate Year in Review
Deficit Spending Continues for Local High Schools
By Cathy Tyson
At a recent Acalanes Union High School District governing board meeting in Lafayette the budget update for the 2015-16 school year included a "budget adjustment target of (negative) $3,103,000 to maintain a ...read

Two Lafayette Students Are Showcase Winners
By Diane Claytor
If you were asked to complete this sentence: "The World Would Be a Better Place if...," how would you respond? What if you were asked to illustrate your answer with a drawing, photo, dance or music co ...read
School Calendar
Acalanes Union High School District
Board Room AUHSD Office
1212 Pleasant Hill Rd, Lafayette
Wednesday, Feb. 4, at 7:30pm

Lafayette School District
LAFSD Office
3477 School Street, Lafayette
Wednesday, Feb. 11, at 7pm

Moraga School District
Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School Auditorium 1010 Camino Pablo, Moraga
Tuesday, Feb. 10, at 7:30pm

Orinda Union School District
OUSD Office 8 Altarinda Road, Orinda
Monday, Feb. 9, at 6pm
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Lamorinda Keeps Winning
By Conrad Bassett
The three Lamorinda girls' basketball teams have all had success this year as they head into the second half of the Diablo Foothill Athletic League season.
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Wrestling Teams Aim for NCS
By Karl Buscheck
It's crunch time in the DFAL wrestling season.
The NCS Dual Meet Championships are looming on Feb. 14 and all three Lamorinda ...read

Lamorinda Teams Set to Square Off with Playoff Hopes in the Balance
By Spencer Silva
Nearly three-quarters of the high school basketball season is in the books and the playoff picture is coming into focus. Campolindo (15-2) is putting the finishing touches on another brilliant season - they're ...read
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Town Hall Theatre in association with the Lamorinda Arts Alliance is proud to announce the opening of its latest art exhibit, “Beyond the Brush,” through March 7, with a reception from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb 8....

The Lafayette Library and Learning Center is sponsoring a Book-to-Action series featuring “Dear Primo: Letters to our Peers.” Meet Author Duncan Tonatiuh from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5 in the Lafayette ...

Orinda Teen Advisory Council (OTAC) - Teens are invited to join OTAC anytime. The Orinda Teen Advisory Council (grades 6 to 12) meets at 4 p.m. the first Monday of the month, from September to June, ...

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New App Creates Smooth Ride for Lamorinda Casual Carpoolers
By Sophie Braccini
San Francisco commuters didn't mind standing in the cold for a few minutes at the Holy Shepherd Lutheran Church parking lot in Orinda recently before hopping in cars that were heading across the bay. These ...read

Pigeon Deaths in Lamorinda Linked to Avian Parasite
By Cathy Dausman
Like a scene from a Hitchcock movie, birds are dying in Lamorinda. At least one flock of approximately 30 band-tailed pigeons in Orinda has already been devastated, says Dr. Guthrum Purdin of Lindsay Wildlife ...read

Campo Alum Paints, Sells Beautiful Artwork
By Diane Claytor
It's unlikely that many up-and-coming artists sell their first paintings before they're old enough to toast their success with a glass of champagne. Moraga's Bridgette Thornton did just that. But then, ...read

Even in Lamorinda's Bucolic Towns, Stalking Happens ... and It's a Crime
By Laurie Snyder
"Anytime anyone is harassing and unwantedly giving you attention," says Rachel Piersig, "that's a huge warning sign." Piersig would know. She heads the Domestic Violence Unit for the Contra Costa County ...read
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