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Archive for March, 2007

3rd Quarter

After an exciting third quarter, the score is 35-36 in favor of Bishop O’Dowd.

Posted on Saturday, March 17th, 2007
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The score is tied at 20-20 at the half.

Posted on Saturday, March 17th, 2007
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1st Quarter

13-12 Acalanes at the first quarter. Sloppy passes and missed opportunities abound.

Posted on Saturday, March 17th, 2007
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Acalanes vs. Bishop O’Dowd NorCal BBall Championship

The 2007 Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball team has had the most successful season in the school’s history, winning DFAL, NCS Division III with hardly a rough patch along the way. Today they are in the Northern California Championships at the Stockton Arena. I’m here along with hundreds of fans, hoping that our team will win and advance to the State Championship at Arco Arena in Sacramento. Today’s game is against Bishop O’Dowd and promises to be a close match. I’ll be giving score reports at each quarter so you can keep up with the action.

-Will Ewing

Posted on Saturday, March 17th, 2007
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Leprechaun alert

Orinda probably won’t run out of corned beef Saturday, which is St. Patrick’s Day.

Europa _ the broiler, hof brau, pasta bar _ on Moraga Way has 1,000 pounds of corned beef for sale.

Orindans were really getting into the St. Paddy’s Day spirit Friday with children and older folks spotted wearing shamrocks and various shades of green outside the Orinda Community Center and inside various town cafes.

Posted on Friday, March 16th, 2007
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Congratulations, Mike Majchrzak

The Moraga Kiwanis Club has named Michael Majchrzak as 2007 Moraga Citizen of the Year.
He will be honored Thursday, April 5 at a dinner ceremony at the Soda Center, Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, starting at 6 p.m.

Look for a profile of Majchrzak on the blog and in the Sun closer to April 5. The former Moraga mayor also has served as a member of the town council, on the Design Review Board and the Planning Commission.

Posted on Friday, March 16th, 2007
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Council accepts statues on second try

Moraga’s copper kids are free to fly their kites after all.

The Moraga Town Council has decided to accept two statues of children flying kites and reading books that had been kicking up controversy around town since the council first balked at the donation last month.

The debate wasn’t over aesthetics — almost everyone agreed the statues are innocuous at worst, and downright lovely at best — but over the dedication plaques.

The family of Russell Bruzzone is donating the statues in honor of the well-known developer, who owned land throughout Lafayette and Moraga and built several subdivisions and the Moraga Shopping Center. His wife, Joan Bruzzone, said she wouldn’t donate the statues without the plaques, and, irked by the delay, was going to withdraw the gift altogether if the council didn’t make a decision this week.

But the town has turned down memorials in the past, and created a Heritage Plaza where people can buy inscribed bricks “rather than turning the park into a mausoleum,” said Parks and Recreation Director Penelope Leach.

Several council members objected to the plaques because it was a departure from the town’s tradition, and because it could set a precedent.

Posted on Thursday, March 15th, 2007
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Orinda mail stolen

Orinda Police

Saturday, March 3
DRUGS — Police cited and released a 24-year-old San Pablo man at 10:32 p.m. for having marijuana.

Sunday, March 4
REPORTED THEFT — A former Miner Road resident reported that someone stole a rear end differential from the garage of his former residence. Due to “legal intricacies,” the home is now under the care of a court appointed referee.
BURGLARY — An Ardor Drive resident reported at 11:47 a.m. that someone had entered his house through an unlocked window while he and his wife were gone for several months. The home was “neatly ransacked,” and jewelry and electronics were missing.
CAR THEFT — A Tara Road resident reported at 11:47 a.m. that someone entered an unlocked car and stole loose change and vehicle registration.

Monday, March 5
SUSPICIOUS BAG — A citizen reported at 8:45 a.m. that there was a suitcase beside East Altarinda Road. Officers
BURGLARY — A Meadow View Road resident reported at 8:55 p.m. that someone broke into her home and ransacked it while she was at work. The loss was about $5,000.

Tuesday, March 6
STOLEN MAIL — Several La Fonda Lane residents reported their mail stolen. They received their mail in a plastic bag with a note from the post office that said the mail had been stolen and recovered.

Wednesday, March 7
STOLEN MAIL — A La Fonda Lane resident reported that her mail was stolen from her box on March 1, and she received a batch of already open mail on March 3. The post office said it had been recovered on Crestview Drive. The only thing missing was a Netflix movie “The Departed.”
VANDALISM — A Hidden Valley Road resident reported at 9:24 a.m. that someone vandalized his vehicle in the night, painting an obscenity in silver on the driver’s side.

Monday, March 12
BURGLARY — Police received a report that someone had entered a property under construction on La Chesnaye during the last few months, removed property and incurred cable charges totaling about $2,300.

Posted on Thursday, March 15th, 2007
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Lunchtime fracas

As will be reported in Friday’s Lamorinda Sun, Lafayette police had a few interesting calls last week, including the one at 1:15 p.m. March 10. A 73-year-old woman punched a 93-year-old man in the face at Lafayette Convalescent Hospital while the pair were watching television in the dining room. The hospital staff separated the two.

Other police calls included:

Monday, March 5
FORGERY — A Lafayette resident reported that between Feb. 28 and March 1, someone used the routing numbers on his checks to create fraudulent checks with the name and signature “Malik Brown.” The checks were used to buy $3,916 worth of items from Wal-Mart in Pleasanton, Live Oak and Tracy, and Sears in Tracy and Pleasanton.
THREATENING NOTE A senior at Bentley Upper School on Upper Happy Valley Road reported finding a threatening note in her student mailbox. She stated she did not feel threatened, but wanted the incident documented.

Tuesday, March 6
STOLEN CAR — A Las Trampas resident reported his 1991 Acura stolen between 10 p.m. March 5 and 8:30 a.m. March 6.

Wednesday, March 7
MALICIOUS MISCHIEF — A Sweetbrier Circle resident reported that between March 6 and 7, someone used an object to scratch his car while it was parked in the driveway. The cost of repairs was estimated at $2,500.

Thursday, March 8
STOLEN CAR — A Brooke Street resident reported her 1989 Toyota Celica was stolen between 4 and 4:51 p.m. The car was locked.

Saturday, March 10
VANDALISM — A Moraga Road resident reported that between 5 and 5:45 p.m., someone broke her car window. The repair cost was estimated at $300.
BATTERY A 73-year-old woman punched a 93-year-old man in the face at 1:15 p.m. at Lafayette Convalescent Hospital while the pair were watching television in the dining room. The hospital staff separated the two.
MALICIOUS MISCHIEF A Lafayette resident reported someone broke her car window between 7:30 p.m. March 10 and 11 a.m. March 11 on Mount Diablo Boulevard. The repair cost was estimated at $600.
GRAND THEFT At 1:35 p.m., a 22-year-old Felton resident walked into Safeway and took a 69-year-old woman’s purse from her shopping cart. An off-duty Reno police officer tackled the Felton woman, who was taken into custody on suspicion of grand theft, commercial burglary and elder abuse.
CAR BURGLARY A Lafayette teenager reported that between 12:45 and 7:40 p.m. on Mount Diablo Boulevard, someone broke his car window and removed a speaker box and amplifiers worth $200. Repair costs were estimated at $600.

Posted on Thursday, March 15th, 2007
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Moraga taps 2 for traffic panel

The Moraga Town Council appointed two residents to the newly formed Traffic Safety Advisory Committee Wednesday.
The council approved the new panel in January, but council members noted the group takes on new significance with the accident Tuesday that killed a 17-year-old girl at Rheem Boulevard and Fernwood Drive, not far from where another Moraga teenager was killed in an accident in January.
The residents are J.D. O’Connor — who lives near the accident site and was at the scene on Tuesday — and Susanna Lyon. They join Mayor Mike Metcalf and Councilman Ken Chew on the group, which will look at ways to improve traffic safety in town.
Also Wednesday, a number of residents came to the Town Council meeting to express their concerns about speeding and poor pavement quality in the Rheem Boulevard area — or the “freeway on Rheem” or the “Rheem racetrack,” as some residents referred to it.
Suggestions from residents included a three-way stop, closing the road to cut-through traffic, speed bumps, warning signs and adding school buses for high school students to get more people off the road.
The new Moraga Traffic Safety Advisory Committee will get down to work by the end of the month, officials said.
— Brooke Bryant

Posted on Thursday, March 15th, 2007
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