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Local residents gather during National Night Out
Submitted by Chuck Silva
Residents of the Lafayette Meadows neighborhood - which includes the streets Carol, Berta, Marlene, Janet, Judith, Anita and Vista Via - gathered Aug. 2 at Community Commons on Carol Lane to meet and greet local law enforcement and fire personnel as part of the National Night Out initiative which is celebrated the first Tuesday of each August (https://natw.org/). Officers from the Lafayette Polic ...read

Donald L. Rheem Elementary School students get hot lunch on Aug. 12. Photo Sora O'Doherty
Rolling out universal meal service at schools has joys and disappointments
By Sora O'Doherty
As Lamorinda kids went back to school in August, social media erupted in a barrage of comments. While parents were concerned, there was largely a tone of understanding, as Lamorinda schools began to roll out ...read

 
Lamorinda elections begin to take shape
By Sora O'Doherty
As the first period for candidates to file to run for office closed on Aug. 12, a number of incumbents in Lamorinda chose not to run again. This reopens the nomination period until Aug. 17 for non-incumbents ...read
Stefan Raeth Photos provided
Acalanes' Stefan Raeth starts his major league baseball career
By Jon Kingdon
For the second year in a row, a player from Acalanes was drafted by a major league baseball team. Last year, Davis Diaz, a shortstop, was drafted right out of high school in the 10th round by the Arizona ...read

Colorful African daisies. Photos Cynthia Brian
Digging Deep with Goddess Gardener, Cynthia Brian
By Cynthia Brian
"Flowers have an expression of countenance as much as men or animals. Some seem to smile, some have a sad expression, some are pensive and diffident, others again are plain, honest, and upright." ~ Henry Ward ...read
Lafayetteread all Moragaread all Orindaread all

Equal representation in local news

Your August 3 article, "Swim clubs dive into OMPA traditions," perpetuates special-needs athletes' invisibility by erasing their existence. The writer's focus on the "magical air" and sense of "unique community" fostered by a meet among private swim clubs fails to mention the participation of the East Bay Sea Serpents, a local team of Special Olympic athletes.
I hope future
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Acalanes and Lafayette School Board endorsement

To my fellow Lafayette residents: If you don't often pay attention to our local school board elections, now is the time. In particular, this November, I ask for your support in voting for Sarah Lind, Niels Larsen and Robb McSorley for Lafayette School Board and Gabe Ledeen, Renee Nowac and Mark Woolway for Acalanes Union High School Board.
I have spent the last 21 years devoted to coaching and mentoring the youth of Lafayette, currently involved with two sports
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Discrimination versus racism

A June 22 letter in this paper continued efforts by some in this community to curb school Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging programs.
Quoting Ibram X. Kendi, the writer shared important guidance,
"The only remedy to racist
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Council considers 6th Cycle Housing Element Environmental Impact Report, focuses on evacuation routes
By Lou Fancher
As part of the 6th Cycle Housing Element - which outlines potential development of the Regional Housing Needs Allocation of 2,114 units assigned to Lafayette, including a buffer bringing the total to 3,095 ...read

Intergenerational dialogue inspires learning & growing in Lamorinda
By Sharon K. Sobotta
An intergenerational crowd of about four dozen Lamorinda community members came together in the Lafayette Learning Center on July 27 to talk, learn, share and grow.
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New LafSD Superintendent excited to meet district students & families
By Sharon K. Sobotta
Just as students are getting acclimated to their new routines with the arrival of the new school year, the new superintendent Dr. Brent Stephens is settling into the Lafayette School District.
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How Moraga streets got their names
By Vera Kochan
The town of Moraga was named after Joaquin Moraga, whose 1835 Mexican land grant and subsequent ranch helped to begin the roots of this community that grew from orchards to subdivisions with nearly 60 miles of ...read

Annual Pear Harvest yields several thousand pounds of fruit
Submitted by John Burgess
A total of 48 volunteers gathered Aug. 6 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the orchard next to Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School for the annual Pear Harvest, organized by the Moraga Park Foundation. An email from ...read

State Secretary of State's Office strives to squelch election process rumor mill
By Vera Kochan
Election procedure rumors continue to run rampant, causing the California Secretary of State, Shirley N. Weber's Office to devote some time into squelching the gossip. Titling her post "California Elections ...read
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Orinda Planning Commission approves first Lamorinda hydrogen filling station
By Sora O'Doherty
The Union 76 station on the corner of Moraga Way and Northwood Drive in the Orinda Theatre District will be able to sell hydrogen fuel, in addition to gasoline. The project was first proposed in December 2020 ...read

Theatre Square is going to the dogs
By Sora O'Doherty
Must love dogs? Jen Frase just loves dogs. In fact, she adores them. As a photographer for the past 15 years, she changed her focus to just dogs about two years ago and now has opened Jen Frase Photography, ...read

Lamorinda Idol finals return to Orinda Theatre
By Sora O'Doherty
Must love dogs? Jen Frase just loves dogs. In fact, she adores them. As a photographer for the past 15 years, she changed her focus to just dogs about two years ago and now has opened Jen Frase Photography, ...read
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Rolling out universal meal service at schools has joys and disappointments
Lamorinda elections begin to take shape
Council considers 6th Cycle Housing Element Environmental Impact Report, focuses on evacuation routes
Intergenerational dialogue inspires learning & growing in Lamorinda
New LafSD Superintendent excited to meet district students & families
How Moraga streets got their names
Annual Pear Harvest yields several thousand pounds of fruit
State Secretary of State's Office strives to squelch election process rumor mill
Moraga Community Service Day planned, Oct. 1 and 2
Orinda Planning Commission approves first Lamorinda hydrogen filling station
Theatre Square is going to the dogs
Lamorinda Idol finals return to Orinda Theatre
Local residents gather during National Night Out
Don't wait for the wildfire 'go order' before preparing to go
Lafayette Police Blotter
Moraga Police Blotter
Letters to the editor
Lamorinda's wealth of health on display at Moraga Commons
Moraga native and ultra marathoner Rod Farvard
Fruity and fabulous Peach Plumb Crumb Pie
Modern verse translation of Shakespeare's 'King Lear' opens at Cal Shakes, Sept. 7; Ting to step down after 7 years at helm
'Lost Illusions' - how great literature can give birth to excellent entertainment
Community Open House at Lafayette Community Garden, Aug. 28
1,000 backpacks distributed during Backpack Giveaway
Moraga Lions' Achievement Awards presented
Ann Stearns Ramseyer Kapelke
John William Creech, Jr.
Donovan Lloyd (Don) Jenkins
Angelena J. Sakalay
Acalanes' Stefan Raeth starts his major league baseball career
Liftathon at Acalanes High School
Rancho Colorados swimmers score at LSC and CCCC
Digging Deep with Goddess Gardener, Cynthia Brian
Lamorinda home sales recorded
What to do when it's moving day for your home theater
Rolling out universal meal service at schools has joys and disappointments
By Sora O'Doherty
As Lamorinda kids went back to school in August, social media erupted in a barrage of comments. While parents were concerned, there was largely a tone of understanding, as Lamorinda schools began to roll out ...read

New LafSD Superintendent excited to meet district students & families
By Sharon K. Sobotta
Just as students are getting acclimated to their new routines with the arrival of the new school year, the new superintendent Dr. Brent Stephens is settling into the Lafayette School District.
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Acalanes' Stefan Raeth starts his major league baseball career
By Jon Kingdon
For the second year in a row, a player from Acalanes was drafted by a major league baseball team. Last year, Davis Diaz, a shortstop, was drafted right out of high school in the 10th round by the Arizona ...read

Moraga native and ultra marathoner Rod Farvard
By Jon Kingdon
If Moraga native, Rod Farvard, asks you to come along with him for a little run, be forewarned that little can be a relative term. Know that the "Far" is Farvard is no misnomer.
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Liftathon at Acalanes High School
By Jon Kingdon
Sports has become a year-round event for many high schoolers. If they're not playing in a summer league, many spend their summers preparing for the upcoming school year on the field and in the weight room.read
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Moraga native and ultra marathoner Rod Farvard
By Jon Kingdon
If Moraga native, Rod Farvard, asks you to come along with him for a little run, be forewarned that little can be a relative term. Know that the "Far" is Farvard is no misnomer.

Fruity and fabulous Peach Plumb Crumb Pie
By Susie Iventosch
It's definitely fruit pie season, and with peaches and plums beautifully ripe at the produce markets, this is a good one to make right now. I make a lot of pies, but there are two new things I did with this ...read

Modern verse translation of Shakespeare's 'King Lear' opens at Cal Shakes, Sept. 7; Ting to step down after 7 years at helm
Submitted by Kevin Kopja
California Shakespeare Theater (Cal Shakes) announced the full cast and creative team for ”Lear,” the world premiere modern verse translation of Williams Shakespeare’s ”King Lear” by playwright and Oa ...read

'Lost Illusions' - how great literature can give birth to excellent entertainment
By Sophie Braccini
HonorÇ de Balzac wrote "The Human Comedy" during the first part of the 19th century in France. There, without any indulgence and with great sharpness, he painted a changing world where capitalism was emerging, ...read
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