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Orinda not ready to move forward with sirens
By Sora O'Doherty
Orinda City Council members are very interested in following developments in siren systems designed to help protect residents from disasters, but are not yet ready to adopt such a system. After the devastation caused in Lahaina, Maui, by a wind-driven wildfire last year, questions arose about the use of sirens to warn residents. Lahaina has sirens to warn of tsunami danger, but they were not used during the fire because officials feared that residents would flee in the wrong direction. In earlier California wildfires, some residents had no warning before the fire was upon them. Berkeley, a city that borders Orinda, also has sirens because it is located on the bay and could be subject to tsunamis. On Feb. 6, the Orinda City Council took a look at recent developments in the Berkeley siren system ...read

Tomizaki's Champions Kung Fu performs a Lion Dance Feb. 10 at Orinda Library. Photos Sora O'Doherty
Lions and swords open the Year of the Dragon in Orinda
By Sora O'Doherty
Orinda celebrated Chinese New Year at the Orinda Library on Saturday, Feb. 10. The Year of the Dragon was welcomed by members of the Tomizaki's Champions Kung Fu, who performed a Lion Dance and a sword dem ...read

Courtersy of Whitefriar St. Church in Dublin
Not sure what to do for Valentine's Day? You might consider Dublin
By Sora O'Doherty
No, not the Dublin in Alameda County, but Dublin, Ireland. Whitefriar Street church has been a place of pilgrimage on Valentine's Day for many years. Of course, for those who have already found love, Lamorinda ...read
Mats Championship Water Polo Team with head coach John Roemer (far right), and assistant coach Clay Douyere (far left). Photo Jon Kingdon
Mats 18U girls water polo victorious at Australian Youth Water Polo Championships
By Jon Kingdon
How do you top a four-year run with three NorCal Championships (with one championship canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic) and a combined 94-2 record? For Miramonte girls water polo head coach John Roemer, ...read

The storm caused branches and palm fronds to fall. Photos Cynthia Brian
Digging Deep with Goddess Gardener, Cynthia Brian
By Cynthia Brian
"Nature does not hurry,ˇyetˇeverythingˇis accomplished." ~ˇLao Tse
What a storm last week! It certainly seemed like nature was ...read
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Library Sunday hours

The fact that Lamorinda public libraries aren't allowed to open on Sundays because Contra Costa County thinks it isn't "fair" that other cities in the county can't afford to open theirs shows just how demented and ridiculous the so-called "equity" movement has become. This twisted mentality that taking something away from those who happen to live in wealthier neighborhoods in any way benefits those who live in less-affluent areas is utterly absurd. In fact, if Lamorinda libraries were allowed to open on Sundays, those living in other cities who wished to go to the library on a Sunday could

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Torch Sensors article

I just read about a genius outdoor smoke detector by Vasya Tremsin that can combat against Wildfires [published Aug. 30, 2023]. I am attending Campolindo...


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John McCormick appointed to fill vacant City Council seat
The Lafayette City Council has appointed John McCormick to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Council Member Teresa Gerringer.
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Lafayette Mayor updates community on State of the City
By Sharon K. Sobotta
Some 117 people packed into a Lafayette Park Hotel conference room on Feb. 1 to honor the Lafayette Chamber's Business Person of the Year and to hear the State of the City address presented by Lafayette Mayor ...read

Bay Area comics bring free laughs to the Roundup Saloon
By Sharon K. Sobotta
Ryan Rodriguez has been an entertainer of sorts. But it wasn't until he sustained an injury that took him out of his gig as a professional wrestler that he found his way to the comedy scene.ˇ
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Moraga's new Town Clerk is Walnut Creek's loss
By Vera Kochan
After over eight years as a deputy clerk with the city of Walnut Creek, Moraga's new town clerk, Amy Heavener, decided it was time for a positional change. "The city clerk that I worked for was younger than ...read

Contra Costa Shark Tank lures young entrepreneurs to swim with the big fish
By Vera Kochan
Every great invention starts with a good idea, and the Contra Costa Shark Tank Youth Competition was designed to encourage young entrepreneurs to realize and market those good ideas.
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Chinese Lunar New Year celebrated at Moraga Library
By Vera Kochan
While the Chinese New Year technically began on Feb. 10, the Moraga Library's interactive celebration was held on Feb. 3. Attendees were encouraged to sample, as well as help make their own Dumplings, Sweet ...read
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Split city council agrees to look at private roads and drains in Orinda
By Sora O'Doherty
With vigorous opposition by Council Member Inga Miller, the Orinda City Council voted 4-1 to form an ad hoc subcommittee to evaluate both private and public options for better integrating and maintaining ...read

Orinda not ready to move forward with sirens
By Sora O'Doherty
Orinda City Council members are very interested in following developments in siren systems designed to help protect residents from disasters, but are not yet ready to adopt such a system. After the devastation ...read

City Council nixes SSTOC study
By Sora O'Doherty
The Supplemental Sales Tax Oversight Commission (SSTOC) brought a proposal to the Orinda City Council on Feb. 6, seeking authorization to spend about $21,000 of Measure R funds on a community survey designed ...read
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Lions and swords open the Year of the Dragon in Orinda
Not sure what to do for Valentine's Day? You might consider Dublin
Chinese Lunar New Year celebrated at Moraga Library
John McCormick appointed to fill vacant City Council seat
Lafayette Mayor updates community on State of the City
Bay Area comics bring free laughs to the Roundup Saloon
New Executive Director for Lafayette Library and Learning Center Foundation
Moraga's new Town Clerk is Walnut Creek's loss
Contra Costa Shark Tank lures young entrepreneurs to swim with the big fish
Split city council agrees to look at private roads and drains in Orinda
Orinda not ready to move forward with sirens
Garden Club recognized for Library Plaza refresh
City Council nixes SSTOC study
Lafayette Police Blotter
Moraga Police Blotter
Orinda Police Blotter
Korean noodle dish Japchae from the wok
Are summer pay to play programs worth it?
Juan Toscano-Anderson presents his JTA Foundation to Moraga Rotary
Nick Walker of Moraga achieves Eagle Scout rank
Dale Miller Walwark
Edward Milton Farrior Jr.
Letters to the editor
Mats 18U girls water polo victorious at Australian Youth Water Polo Championships
Sixth-grade CYO girls Santa Maria basketball team wins championship
Students from Laratelier Art Studio volunteer at Aegis Living Moraga
Digging Deep with Goddess Gardener, Cynthia Brian
Lamorinda home sales recorded
Make composting and recycling your resolution for 2024
Are summer pay to play programs worth it?
By By Elizabeth LaScala
As a high school student, it's likely that you've been extended an invitation, urging you to consider applying for a pre-college program taking place on a college campus over the summer. Most of these programs ...read

Contra Costa Shark Tank lures young entrepreneurs to swim with the big fish
By Vera Kochan
Every great invention starts with a good idea, and the Contra Costa Shark Tank Youth Competition was designed to encourage young entrepreneurs to realize and market those good ideas.
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Mats 18U girls water polo victorious at Australian Youth Water Polo Championships
By Jon Kingdon
How do you top a four-year run with three NorCal Championships (with one championship canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic) and a combined 94-2 record? For Miramonte girls water polo head coach John Roemer, ...read

Sixth-grade CYO girls Santa Maria basketball team wins championship
Submitted by Liz Daoust
The sixth grade girls CYO (American) Santa Maria team from Orinda won the league championship in the beginning of February. The team won over the team of St. Monica's from Moraga and the team of St. Mary's ...read

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Bay Area comics bring free laughs to the Roundup Saloon
By Sharon K. Sobotta
Ryan Rodriguez has been an entertainer of sorts. But it wasn't until he sustained an injury that took him out of his gig as a professional wrestler that he found his way to the comedy scene.ˇ
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Korean noodle dish Japchae from the wok
By Susie Iventosch
We were in the Chicago area for a friends' reunion a few weeks ago, and the mom of one of our friend's was born and raised in South Korea. She brought a dish to the gathering, and it was called Japchae, which ...read

Students from Laratelier Art Studio volunteer at Aegis Living Moraga
By Emma Wong
With a few careful brushstrokes, high school junior Lilia Maharbiz gazes at a masterpiece - a sprawling assembly of purple flora. A warm smile is visible, even through the mask she dons. But this creation ...read

Make composting and recycling your resolution for 2024
By Toris Jaeger
As we embark on the new year with much hope for a peaceful world, our most frequent resolutions seem to revolve around losing weight, exercising more and eating a more healthy diet. But one resolution that ...read
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