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Spring Fest organizer, Isabelle Bennette, amidst the many booths May 14 at Moraga Commons Park. Photo Vera Kochan
Intergenerational crowd warmly welcomes back Concert at the Res after two-year pandemic hiatus
By Sharon K. Sobotta
Four-year-old Leila smiled ear-to-ear, while pointing toward the stage at the Lafayette reservoir. Why? "Because my brother plays jazz." Leila and her mom Meera Sreenivasan were among the few hundred people who gathered May 14 for the annual Concert at the Res, hosted by the Lafayette Rotary Club, after undergoing a two-year pandemic hiatus. "My son is a ...read

Spring Fest organizer, Isabelle Bennette, amidst the many booths May 14 at Moraga Commons Park. Photo Vera Kochan
Local teens bring Spring Fest advocacy to Moraga Commons Park
By Vera Kochan
The first of its kind local event is the brainchild of Miramonte High School senior Isabelle Bennette. Held at the Moraga Commons Park on May 14, Spring Fest was titled to celebrate the season and the theme of ...read

From left: Son David, his cousin Nancy, Patty, grandson Gavin, son Erick Photo provided
Hung finishes 36th consecutive Boston Marathon, tying women's record
By Jon Kingdon
There are two sure things in life - death and taxes. For the last 36 years, you could also add Patty Hung running the Boston Marathon. On April 19, the 76-year-old Orinda resident ran what she anticipates will ...read
Campolindo boys' volleyball NCS winners Photo Jon Kingdon
Campolindo wins NCS Volleyball Tournament
By Jon Kingdon
In their 40th match of the season, the 31-9 Campolindo boys' volleyball team defeated De La Salle in three straight games to win the North Coast Section tournament. The first two games were close with the ...read

Spectacular blooms of Angel Face roses. Photos Cynthia Brian
Digging Deep with Goddess Gardener, Cynthia Brian
By Cynthia Brian
"Won't you come into my garden? I would like my roses to see you." ~ Richard Sheridan
Ask any gardener who grows a multitude ...read
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No Mow May

No Mow May is a tiny idea with huge consequences! Here's the idea - stow your lawnmower for the month of May and let the weeds come to bloom. The plants that we consider weeds are actually food that is essential for pollinators, like bees, just coming out of hibernation. The U.S. has nearly 5,000 species of native bees and
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Orinda council fails on affordable housing

State law requires Orinda to up-zone for over 600 units of affordable housing. Other cities have a different number. In the Bay Area, affordable housing for a four-person household allows for a maximum income of $150,000. A document called the "Housing Element" must be submitted to the state by January 31, 2023, showing
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Environmental Task Force shares key goals with Lafayette council
By Lou Fancher
When members of the city's Environmental Task Force presented the committee's annual update May 9 at the city council meeting, ETF chair Nancy Hsu Hu said that after a hiatus for all of 2020, the committee in ...read

Lafayette School District board receives good news on school funding
By Jennifer Wake
The Lafayette School District governing board was met with some good news at its May 18 meeting, after hearing presentations from various departments about challenges they face involving declining enrollment ...read

Volunteers still needed for first-ever Lafayette Community Day, June 4
By Jennifer Wake
Lafayette Community Foundation, in partnership with the City of Lafayette and the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce as well as financial sponsor Republic Services, is organizing Lafayette Community Day, an event ...read
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Town council provides direction to staff for Fiscal Year 2022-23 Budget
By Vera Kochan
Marin Clean Energy's Deep Green program, the American Rescue Plan Act, and a Parks and Recreation Department reorganization were the main topics of consideration regarding the Fiscal Year 2022-23 Budget ...read

Fire Abatement begins on 21 town-owned parcels
By Vera Kochan
Just like every property owner in Moraga, the town is required to follow fire abatement procedures on its 21 parcels that comprise 382 acres of both developed and undeveloped land. Projected fire prevention ...read

Community views remodeled Hacienda at recent Open House
By Vera Kochan
Ever since Wedgewood Weddings assumed event management at the Hacienda de las Flores, located at 2100 Donald Drive in Moraga, the facility had been abuzz (literally) with the sound of saws and hammers. The ...read
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Hookah proponents fail at last ditch attempt to get exemption from flavored tobacco ban
By Sora O'Doherty
Although it is unusual for there to be much discussion about city ordinances when they come back to the council for second reading, the Orinda ordinance banning the sale of flavored tobacco products was the ...read

Orinda joins nation in proclaiming May as Jewish-American heritage month
By Sora O'Doherty
Following the lead of U.S. President Joseph Biden, the Orinda City Council declared May to be Jewish-American heritage month by adoption of a proclamation, which states, in part, "during Jewish American ...read

Wong takes two top awards in annual Poul Anderson writing contest
By Sora O'Doherty
Emma Wong, a ninth-grade student at Miramonte High School, won two of the four awards in the 2022 Poul Anderson writing contest. Wong won for her poem, "American or Not," as well as her short story, "A New ...read
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Local teens bring Spring Fest advocacy to Moraga Commons Park
Hung finishes 36th consecutive Boston Marathon, tying women's record
Environmental Task Force shares key goals with Lafayette council
Lafayette School District board receives good news on school funding
Volunteers still needed for first-ever Lafayette Community Day, June 4
New principal to take the helm at St. Perpetua
Town council provides direction to staff for Fiscal Year 2022-23 Budget
Fire Abatement begins on 21 town-owned parcels
Community views remodeled Hacienda at recent Open House
Hookah proponents fail at last ditch attempt to get exemption from flavored tobacco ban
Orinda joins nation in proclaiming May as Jewish-American heritage month
Wong takes two top awards in annual Poul Anderson writing contest
Orinda gets a new public holiday: Juneteenth now officially recognized
MOFD directs chief to form working group on single role paramedic staffing
MOFD honors volunteer student, Kaitlyn Roach
Letters to the editor
Lafayette Police Blotter
Moraga Police Blotter
Intergenerational crowd warmly welcomes back Concert at the Res after two-year pandemic hiatus
Longtime teacher known for changing hearts and minds, bids LES farewell
Citizen Scientists research wildlife in the Nature Area
Biscuit bliss delivered with sun-dried tomato and goat cheese combination
Family Focus
Lafayette Library Bookmark Contest winners announced
Contra Costa County's maritime history helped boost San Francisco's economy
Cal Shakes presents bilingual adaptation of Shakespeare's most iconic tale of young love
Assistance League of Diablo Valley awards over $206K in scholarships
Bonnie Willes McNamara
Family fun planned at Moraga Garden Club's `Welcome to the Garden' event, June 5
Hoops 4 All nonprofit works to bolster local basketball program
Troop 204 celebrates new Eagle Scouts
OIS debate team takes first in Spring Spar tournament
AAUW-OML Distinguished Woman, Stacia Cragholm
Campolindo wins NCS Volleyball Tournament
Campolindo Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony
Campolindo girls come up short in NCS Championship
Karate & Fitness USA team members selected to USA Karate Team
Digging Deep with Goddess Gardener, Cynthia Brian
Lamorinda home sales recorded
If closets could talk: from chaos to confidence
Longtime teacher known for changing hearts and minds, bids LES farewell
By Sharon K. Sobotta
Dana Fry has much more than math, writing and reading on her agenda when she walks into her fourth-grade classroom every morning. "I want all my students to know that I like and respect them just the way they ...read

New principal to take the helm at St. Perpetua
By Jennifer Wake
After 14 years at St. Perpetua Catholic Elementary School in Lafayette current principal, Karen Goodshaw, will be joining the Oakland Diocese as an Associate Superintendent for Leadership. Goodshaw leaves St. ...read
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Campolindo wins NCS Volleyball Tournament
By Jon Kingdon
In their 40th match of the season, the 31-9 Campolindo boys' volleyball team defeated De La Salle in three straight games to win the North Coast Section tournament. The first two games were close with the ...read

Campolindo Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony
By Jon Kingdon
The annual Campolindo Hall of Fame was celebrating three seasons this year: the 2011 (14-1) team, the 2014 (16-0) team, and last year's 10-4 NCS champions. Representing the 2011 team were Jaime Vega, a ...read

Campolindo girls come up short in NCS Championship
By Jon Kingdon
With an offense that was averaging 15.6 goals per game and a defense that was holding their opponents to six goals per game, the defense had their usual solid performance, but the Campolindo girls lacrosse ...read
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Citizen Scientists research wildlife in the Nature Area
By Megan Kennedy and Kathy Barrett
A raven called from an oak tree announcing that people had returned to the Nature Area. The woods were still wet from a recent rain, and local high school students were gathering for their monthly check of the ...read

OIS debate team takes first in Spring Spar tournament
By Casey Scheiner
Orinda Intermediate School's debate team took home first place May 14 in the East Bay Debate League's end-of-year online tournament, the Spring Spar.
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Contra Costa County's maritime history helped boost San Francisco's economy
By Vera Kochan
Although Lamorinda is landlocked, it does belong to Contra Costa County where a successful maritime industry helped to shape the wealth of San Francisco, thanks to the joining of the Sacramento and San ...read

Biscuit bliss delivered with sun-dried tomato and goat cheese combination
By Susie Iventosch
These savory, buttermilk biscuits, full of flaky layers and loaded with sun-dried tomatoes and goat cheese, are rich, delicious, and perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner. In my opinion, goat cheese and ...read
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