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Owner Dolores Austin is dwarfed by her new redwood eagle sculpture Photo Vera Kochan
Moraga resident has tree stump turned into a work of art
By Vera Kochan
Over 60 years ago, in a brand new subdivision of Moraga, property owner Dolores Austin decided to plant the beginnings of a redwood tree. What seemed like a good idea at the time turned into a structural nightmare as the eventually massive tree's roots began to encroach on the house's foundation. Austin was resigned to the fact that the tree must go, but not before she did some research into creative possibilities. While visiting family members near Lake Almanor in Northeastern California, she noticed many examples
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Art in Public Spaces Committee Chairperson Teresa Onoda stands beneath "The Fisherman" sculpture at Moraga's West Commons Park. Photo Vera Kochan
'The Fisherman' makes big splash in West Commons Park
By Vera Kochan
There's a new art installation in Moraga's West Commons Park (across Moraga Road from Moraga Commons Park), and Art in Public Spaces Committee Chairperson Teresa Onoda is anticipating more to come.
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History and humanity collide in Steve Falk's 'California Story'
By Lou Fancher
During the first few weeks of the COVID-19 shutdown, a weed field of worries erupted in the mind of former longtime Lafayette city manager Steve Falk. He worried not only about his own health, but about his ...read
Chase Jones Photo Karen Drinkwater
SMC's Chase Jones drafted by NOLA in Major League Rugby
By Jon Kingdon
With limited success, going back to the 1930s, there have been several attempts to create a professional rugby league in the United States. As a rule, if a college rugby player was looking to play pro ...read

Bougainvillea thrives in hot weather. Photos Cynthia Brian
Digging Deep with Goddess Gardener, Cynthia Brian
By Cynthia Brian
"What dreadful hot weather we have. It keeps one in a continual state of inelegance." ~ Jane Austen
In July 1808 when Jane ...read
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Anonymous fear mongering can't win the hearts and minds of Lafayette residents

Having recently moved back to Lafayette, we were shocked to see a bright yellow flyer taped to a utility pole at St. Mary's and Moraga Roads on a recent morning walk.
With no group
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Lind, Larsen, and McSorely for the Lafayette School Board
I am writing to ask for your support in voting for Sarah Lind, Neils Larsen, and Robb McSorely in the upcoming election...

Steven Danziger for MOFD Director
As a 50 year resident I have seen many changes in our area. One of the most dramatic changes in recent years has been the amount of property clearing that has been done, particularly along the evacuation routes. The...


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Planning Commission recommends water conservation ordinance
By Jennifer Wake
The Lafayette Planning Commission at its Sept. 6 meeting discussed a city-initiated amendment to the Lafayette Municipal Code adding a new chapter titled "Water Efficient Landscaping" to implement the state ...read

Ashley Dias' legacy lives on
By Sharon K. Sobotta
When Ashley Dias left for his post as a crossing guard outside of Stanley Middle School on Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021, he told his mom he'd see her in a bit. That was the last time Gloria Dias saw her son ...read

Lafayette Art & Wine Festival returns Sept. 17-18 for 25th anniversary
By Jennifer Wake
One of the biggest draws to downtown Lafayette returns Sept. 17 and 18, with four stages and over 20 bands, 300 artist and craft booths and four kid zones as part of the 2022 Lafayette Art & Wine Festival ...read
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Town approves legal services agreement for representation regarding PCB contamination
By Vera Kochan
The Regional Water Quality Control Board in 2015 issued a Municipal Regional Stormwater Permit regulating the polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) discharges in storm and dry weather runoff within Contra Costa ...read

PG&E webinar updates latest wildfire safety efforts
By Vera Kochan
Hoping to bring some peace of mind to a wildfire-weary public, Pacific Gas & Electric Company held a Community Wildfire Safety Program Webinar for its customers on Aug. 30. The interactive virtual event ...read

Moraga Community Service Day scheduled for Oct. 1-2
Submitted by Mike McCluer
The town of Moraga has a rich history of community service, residents rolling up their sleeves to help people in need and to make Moraga and its extended community a better place. Of these ideals was born the ...read
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Orinda City Council continues San Pablo Creek restoration project discussion
By Jennifer Wake
Further discussion regarding downtown development and creek restoration continued at the Sept. 6 Orinda City Council meeting. The proposed creek restoration project is part of the Downtown Precise Plan (DPP), ...read

Thousands converge downtown for Orinda Classic Car Show
Thousands streamed to Orinda Village on Saturday, Sept. 10, for the 18th Annual Orinda Classic Car show. "Keep on Truckin'" was the theme of this year's show, which was presented by the Orinda Association and ...read

'The Good Boss,' a wry comedy at the Orinda Theatre
By Sophie Braccini
"The Good Boss (El buen patr¢n)," a Spanish movie that represented its country at the 94th Academy Awards and has received 30 international awards, makes its Contra Costa debut at the Orinda Theatre on Sept. ...read
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'The Fisherman' makes big splash in West Commons Park
History and humanity collide in Steve Falk's 'California Story'
Planning Commission recommends water conservation ordinance
Ashley Dias' legacy lives on
Lafayette Art & Wine Festival returns Sept. 17-18 for 25th anniversary
Town approves legal services agreement for representation regarding PCB contamination
PG&E webinar updates latest wildfire safety efforts
Orinda City Council continues San Pablo Creek restoration project discussion
Thousands converge downtown for Orinda Classic Car Show
Suspect still at large after attempted kidnapping outside Stanley Middle School
Lafayette Police Blotter
Letters to the editor
Moraga resident has tree stump turned into a work of art
Racers compete for charity in JF Kapnek Fun Run
A 'Pear-fectly' delicious dessert, ripe for the season
Looking Good in Lamorinda
Gold Coast Chamber Players opening is all about Italy
'The Good Boss,' a wry comedy at the Orinda Theatre
Student loans that make sense
New children's book addresses complex issues of kindness and inclusivity
Moraga Community Service Day scheduled for Oct. 1-2
AAUW-OML Sneakers 4 Scholarships
Campolindo tennis player continues to fight food insecurity
Kiwanis Club of Moraga Valley donation helps offset fireworks cost
Beverly Waugh
Cindy Marshall
SMC's Chase Jones drafted by NOLA in Major League Rugby
Lamorinda girls volleyball teams look to continue their success from last season
Digging Deep with Goddess Gardener, Cynthia Brian
Lamorinda home sales recorded
What does it mean to have an organized home, really?
Suspect still at large after attempted kidnapping outside Stanley Middle School
By Jennifer Wake
At approximately 8 a.m. on Sept. 2, Lafayette police officers were dispatched to a report of a suspicious person who had grabbed a 14-year-old girl near Stanley Middle School in Lafayette.
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Student loans that make sense
By Elizabeth LaScala
Doing College and Beyond
College and Graduate School Admissions Services
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SMC's Chase Jones drafted by NOLA in Major League Rugby
By Jon Kingdon
With limited success, going back to the 1930s, there have been several attempts to create a professional rugby league in the United States. As a rule, if a college rugby player was looking to play pro ...read

Lamorinda girls volleyball teams look to continue their success from last season
By Jon Kingdon
Coming off last season where Acalanes, Campolindo and Miramonte all made the playoffs, each of their coaches are approaching the season with feelings ranging from cautious optimism to outright confidence. ...read

Lamorinda girls volleyball teams look to continue their success from last season
By Jon Kingdon
Coming off last season where Acalanes, Campolindo and Miramonte all made the playoffs, each of their coaches are approaching the season with feelings ranging from cautious optimism to outright confidence. ...read
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Moraga resident has tree stump turned into a work of art
By Vera Kochan
Over 60 years ago, in a brand new subdivision of Moraga, property owner Dolores Austin decided to plant the beginnings of a redwood tree. What seemed like a good idea at the time turned into a structural ...read

Racers compete for charity in JF Kapnek Fun Run
By Casey Scheiner
Local running enthusiasts descended upon Moraga Commons Aug. 28 to participate in the JF Kapnek Fun Run, a 5-kilometer event to raise money for food and education for children of Zimbabwe.
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Looking Good in Lamorinda
By Moya Stone
Back in June I attended a garden party in celebration of wool. Hosted by Lafayette resident April Ward, the gathering was in honor of the 2021 winners of the California State Make It With Wool Competition. ...read

Gold Coast Chamber Players opening is all about Italy
Submitted by Pamela Freund-Striplen
Who doesn't love Italy? The music, the food, the people! It all starts Opening Night, Friday, Sept. 23 when leading Italian musicians perform exclusively with the award-winning Gold Coast Chamber Players. ...read
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