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The Real Estate Year in Review
It was another extremely strong year for sellers of residential real estate in Lamorinda; sales volume in 2017 rebounded as supply increased but that was matched by continued strong demand and average prices went up in Lafayette, Moraga and Orinda.
By Conrad Bassett

Lynn's top five
Welcome to the government's version of tax simplification which comes all dressed up as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Tax simplification? Well, for some, sure; for others not so much. This law, passed at the very end of December, will tempt you to make simplified ...By Lynn Ballou CFP

Susan and Sal Captain, Moraga's Business Persons of the Year
Winemaking in Moraga is still a marginal activity, with Captain Vineyards being the only operational commercial winery in Moraga with a production under 300 cases a year, but the activity adds to the town's character and fits the semirural and sophisticated image it ...By Sophie Braccini

First Lamorinda boba tea opens in Moraga
Boba tea, also known as pearl milk tea, is an interesting concoction that, according to CNN Travel, originated in Liu Han-Chieh's Chun Shui Tang teahouse in Taichung, Taiwan in the 1980s. It has since spread to all the corners of the world, including the Bay Area for a ...By Sophie Braccini

Dana Green - at home in community
For Lafayette Realtor Dana Green, it is all about community. In fact it is her love and appreciation of community in Lafayette that drives all she accomplishes and is a large part of why she is so deserving of this year's Business Person of the Year award.
By Pippa Fisher

Rheem Theatre closes its doors: Will the phoenix rise up again?
The Rheem Theatre's lights went out for good on Sunday, Jan. 7. A fairly large number of residents came to the last evening and expressed their sorrow at seeing the only Moraga entertainment venue closed. Questions about whether the Moraga Community Foundation might be ...By Sophie Braccini

Grocery store trends shift to the tech-savvy shopper
Retail grocery is a moving matrix. In Lamorinda, the action swings from family-owned Diablo Foods to corporate Safeways to healthy food Trader Joe's and Whole Foods Markets-now owned by Amazon-to specialty food purveyors and farmers' markets. Local residents have seen ...By Lou Fancher

Dana Green named Lafayette's Business Person of the Year
This year's Business Person of the Year award goes to Lafayette realtor Dana Green.
Last year's Business Person of the Year together with both the Chamber's outgoing board president and ...
By Pippa Fisher

Lynn's Top Five
I recently had lunch with a good friend who is working with her daughters to instill in them the importance of retaining some financial autonomy even as they forge new relationships and build families. Her daughters are grown, college graduates, and by all appearances, ...By Lynn Ballou, CFP(r)

Diablo Writers' Workshop inspires Lamorinda writers
Andrea Firth of Moraga and Janine de Boisblanc of Lafayette met in 2013 while working on their MFAs in Creative Non-Fiction from Saint Mary's College. Both authors pursued their degrees in order to hone their craft and tell their stories. Firth has written a ...By Kara Navolio

Lamorinda golfers take advantage of class offerings off the course
As a golfer, living in the Bay Area has many advantages. Weather permitting, one can conceivably play golf 12 months a year. Unless you belong to one of the two very fine private clubs in the Lamorinda area, The Orinda Country Club and The Moraga Country Club, one is ...By Jon Kingdon

Looking Good in Lamorinda: Holiday Chic
It's been over a year since Lafayette resident Debra Szidon launched her line of handbags called The Cass Clutch. Inspired by her love of vintage, Szidon recreated a 1970s handbag that she found in a San Francisco secondhand shop. The versatile bags in suede are a chic ...By Moya Stone

A good match for the holidays: Hollie's Homegrown and Hofssi Chocolates at Cine Cuvee
At a recent Lamorinda Business Women group meeting, Hollie Lucas-Alcalay participated in a panel discussion about partnerships. For the Moraga entrepreneur who grows and sells her herbs and derivative concoctions, it was a topic she understands well; she recently ...By Sophie Braccini

New business instills the love of books in local children
It's one of the best antidotes to a hectic day spent rushing from one activity to the next, one place to another: cuddling on the sofa or snuggling in bed with your freshly bathed, clean-smelling toddler beside you, reading his or her favorite story (even if it is for ...By Diane Claytor

Saranap Nostalgia: Digging into the past
With Hall Equities Group set to begin work on the new Saranap Village, we take another nostalgic look back to dig up old memories before the backhoes arrive.
Last issue recalled the old ...
By John T. Miller

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