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Archive for May, 2007

Miramonte students win video contest

Three Miramonte High School students have parlayed global warming into a third-place win in C-SPAN’s national student video contest.

Tyler Pavey, Lana Olmer and Scott DeMunck produced a video documentary called “The Climate Change Controversy,” and won $500 for their efforts. Their video will also air on C-SPAN at 3:50 a.m. on Tuesday, May 15, followed by a live interview with one of the students at 5:30 a.m.

The documentary is also available to download at

There were 45 winners from across the country, and each of the top 25 videos will be aired on C-SPAN.

“The creative expression on a range of timely subjects, from immigration to global warming and the care of Iraq war veterans, makes this a standout year for the StudentCam competition,” said Joanne Wheeler, vice president of education relations at C-SPAN. “Our commitment to air the winning videos over four weeks and post them online gives our audience the opportunity to hear from today’s young people about some of the major issues facing their communities and the nation.”

— Brooke Bryant

Posted on Tuesday, May 8th, 2007
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Upcoming stories in Lamorinda Sun

Stories coming this week in the Lamorinda Sun:

We take a look at Burton Valley Elementary School in Lafayette, which has become a model in its use of biodegradeable eating utensils and composting garden.

Orinda is strengthening its ties with CalShakes. The troupe will open up a new box office in Theatre Square. It’s one step toward reinvigorating the flagging downtown square.

And columnist Mike Zampa writes about Lamorinda speeders.

— Aaron Crowe

Posted on Monday, May 7th, 2007
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Orinda Superintendent Named Tonight

There will soon be a new superintendent coming to Lamorinda.

After a nearly year-long search the Orinda Unified School District will name the new superintendent of schools at tonight’s school board meeting.
The meeting starts at 4:30 p.m., at the district offices located at 8 Altarinda Road.

The new superintendent replaces Frank Brunetti who has headed the district for the last seven years and will retire in June.

Check tomorrow for an update.

Elisabeth Nardi

Posted on Monday, May 7th, 2007
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Check out those speed trailers and beware of speeding tickets

Lamorinda police are continuing heightened traffic enforcement along busy roads following three fatal car crashes this year. They plan to focus on a different problem area each week.

Last week, officers targeted Pleasant Hill Road in Lafayette. This week, it’s St. Marys Road in Moraga, stretching from the Lafayette city limit to Moraga Road. Speed radar trailers along the road will tell you how fast you’re traveling in large orange numbers today and on Tuesday. Officers plan to ticket speeding drivers on Thursday.

The next three streets up for enforcement are:
*Moraga Way at Ivy Drive in Orinda
*Pleasant Hill at Deer Hill roads in Lafayette
*Moraga Way in Moraga

Katherine Tam

Posted on Monday, May 7th, 2007
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A little high-tech help in Lamorinda?

The Lamorinda Sun is, at long last, determined to join the 21st century.

It turns out this Internet thing isn’t a passing fad after all, so we figure it’s time to buckle down and figure out this wacky new world of technology — but we need a little help.

We’ve been flirting with this for a while now — anyone? — but now we’re ready to commit.

Got a digital camera? How about a camera videophone? We’re looking for submissions of digital photos or video clips from around the community.
Specifically, we’re looking for material for two online packages we’re currently working on.

The first is for graduation 2007: Do you have a photo or video clip (we hear those camera phones do amazing things these days) that captures your senior class spirit? How about something from all those senior year festivities — prom, senior breakfast, etc.? Send it on in!

The second is a feature called “Lamorinda is . . .” Capture an image or a clip of something that defines Lamorinda for you — maybe it’s a youth baseball game, a school play, a concert in the park, a family barbecue in your own back yard — and send it in with an explanation of why. (If it’s a video clip, feel free to speak your piece as you record).

Send your clips (or any questions) to

Posted on Monday, May 7th, 2007
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Some alarming reports …

The Orinda police log includes:

Monday, April 23
THEFT — EBMUD reported at 7 a.m. that someone broke into its Glorietta Boulevard site, cut the locks on three storage containers, and stole $10,274 worth of items.

Tuesday, April 24
THEFT — Someone entered a house on Estates Drive through an open sliding door, and stole $7,673 worth of goods, including two lithographs, a computer, a camera, miscellaneous cleaning supplies, rare coins and guns.

Tuesday, May 1
ARREST — Police arrested a 23-year-old Utah man at Orchard Road and Longview Terrace. The man was going door-to-door selling alarm systems. Police warned him once that he needed a permit and then arrested him two hours later after seeing him back at it.

Posted on Thursday, May 3rd, 2007
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IPod thefts

The Moraga police log reports:

Tuesday, April 24
PETTY THEFT — A Campolindo High School freshman and his mother came to the police department to report the theft of his 30 GB iPOD Video from the boys locker room during PE class. He said he closed his locker but the lock jammed and could be opened without force. The freshman mentioned a sophomore’s name as a possible lead. He reported the incident to the school administration. The loss was about $350.

AUTO BURGLARY — Officers contacted the owner of a black 2007 Porsche Turbo who reported someone smashed the passenger door window and removed a brief case containing cash, an iPod and various papers.

Posted on Thursday, May 3rd, 2007
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If you can’t trust your brother …

The Lafayette police log’s quirkiest entries this week:

April 14-23
IDENTIY THEFT — A Lafayette woman reported receiving a hospital bill for $632.75 on April 9 that did not belong to her.

OTHER FELONY — A Walnut Creek resident reported his brother used his name when identifying himself to police at a traffic stop to avoid being arrested for outstanding warrants.

Posted on Thursday, May 3rd, 2007
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Growing Up Asian

David Tung-Ming Tse of Orinda has won $2,000 for his first-place essay on “Becoming a Superhero” as part of the Growing Up Asian in America program.

Tse is an eighth grade student at Orinda Intermediate School.

The “Superheroes” theme aimed to uncover what characteristics young people value and how they define courage and danger, contest organizers said.

The winning entries are hosted on the Asian Pacific Fund web site, which receives almost 1,000 page hits every day.

Posted on Wednesday, May 2nd, 2007
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Orinda woman, 74, hit by car

A 74-year-old Orinda woman was injured today when a vehicle struck her on Altarinda Road near Orinda Way, police said.

The woman was walking in the crosswalk when she was hit at about 9:50 a.m.

She was conscious when ambulance took her to John Muir Medical Center, where she is listed in stable condition.

Police said the driver, a 65-year-old Orinda woman, stopped her vehicle after she hit the woman.

Police said it was unclear if the driver is going to be charged in the collision, which appears to be accidental.

_By Malika Fraley

Posted on Tuesday, May 1st, 2007
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