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Archive for April, 2009

Moraga schools change pandemic flu plan

The Moraga school board announced Wednesday that it will change its plan regarding the closing of the schools in the district during flu pandemics.

After the avian flu pandemic in 2006, the Moraga school board put into place a mandate that would shut down all schools in the district if the World Health Organization upgraded alerts to stage six.

The change eliminates the automatic closure of schools when alerts reach stage six. If alerts now reach stage six, the school district would wait for a decision from a county health officer before closing.

The changes are preemptive, as there have been no reported cases of swine flu in Moraga.

Posted on Thursday, April 30th, 2009
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High school baseball update

All three local baseball teams played close, low-scoring DFAL games Tuesday, but only two of the teams came away victorious.

Campolindo could only manage to tie Alhambra, 2-2, through seven innings of regulation play, but a run in the bottom of the eighth inning gave the Cougars a 3-2 win.

Acalanes only managed to score one run in their game against Dougherty Valley, but that was enough for a 1-0 victory.

Miramonte was the lone loser of the bunch, losing 3-2 to Dublin. The result made the DFAL title race even tighter, as Campolindo, Miramonte and Dublin all have just two league losses as the season heads down the final stretch.

Posted on Wednesday, April 29th, 2009
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Moraga housing project gets final approval

The Palos Colorados housing project finally received final approval at the Moraga Town Council meeting last Wednesday night. The details of the project have been in debate for over 20 years.

The main change that the Town Council made to the Planning Commission’s final approval was inputting a 5,500-square-foot limit on house size. In addition to the 5,500-square-foot house, the homes could include a three-car garage as well.

The housing project developers can now begin building once they receive approval from state and federal agencies.

The Palos Colorados housing project will consist of 123 houses on Moraga road near the Lafayette border.

Posted on Tuesday, April 28th, 2009
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Lafayette murderer’s conviction upheld

A California state appeals court upheld the murder conviction of Scott Dyleski today. Dyleski will still face his original sentence of life in prison without parole.

Dyleski killed his neighbor, Pamela Vitale, on Oct. 15, 2005, when he was only 16 years old and a student at Acalanes High School. Vitale was killed in her home in Hunsaker Canyon as a result of a stabbing and beating.

In the appeal, Dyleski stated that his sentence is cruel and unusual punishment since he was only 16 at the time of the murder. Three appeals judges voted down the appeal, 3-0.

Dyleski received the sentence after being tried as an adult. He could not receive the death sentence because he was a minor at the time the crime was committed.

Posted on Monday, April 27th, 2009
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Taste of Lafayette to take place May 19

The “Taste of Lafayette” event, sponsored by the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce and the Lafayette Community Foundation, will take place Tuesday, May 19, starting at 5:30 p.m. in Lafayette Plaza.

After checking in for the event, there will be live music, wine, appetizers and a raffle in Lafayette Plaza.

Around 20 different restaurants along Lafayette’s “Restaurant Row” will be offering samples to those participating in the restaurant walk. There will also be a shuttle available.

After the restaurant walk, there will be dessert and coffee available in Lafayette Plaza.

To buy tickets for this event, visit, call 925-284-7404, or visit the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, located at 100 Lafayette Circle, Suite 103.

Posted on Sunday, April 26th, 2009
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Sports equipment “freecycling” event in Moraga

A sports equipment “freecycling” event will take place at the Moraga Commons on Saturday, May 16, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. The event is set up so families can bring their old sports equipment and trade it in for another family’s equipment.

No items will be sold or bought at the event. It is purely set up for trading of equipment that is no longer needed.

All items to be donated should be at the event by 1:00 p.m. All items that are not taken by other families will be donated to a mission group after the event is over.

For more information about the event, contact Bev Harper at

Posted on Saturday, April 25th, 2009
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High school sports update

In Thursday’s DFAL baseball game, Acalanes crushed Las Lomas, 14-0, to improve their league record to 4-3 and their overall record to 11-8.

Miramonte remains at the top of the DFAL with a 5-1 record. Campolindo trails the Matadors by just a game, which means the two teams match-up on April 30 at Miramonte could decide who wins the DFAL baseball title.

Miramonte beat Campolindo in boys golf Thursday, 208-213, improving their record to 8-3. Campolindo’s record dropped to 7-5.

The Campolindo softball team beat Dougherty Valley, 18-1, in a game that ended after just five innings. The Acalanes softball team played their most disappointing game of the season, losing to Las Lomas, 6-0.

In boys tennis, both Campolindo and Acalanes won their matches. Campolindo improved their record to 9-2, while Acalanes improved to 6-4.

Posted on Friday, April 24th, 2009
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Man stopped in Orinda had Ecstasy, marijuana in car

An Orinda police officer pulled over a man Wednesday morning just after 2:00 a.m. on suspicion of drunken driving. After pulling the man over, the officer searched the man’s vehicle and found around 1,000 tablets of Ecstasy and a pound of marijuana. The man was arrested on suspicion of drug possession with intent to sell.

Orinda police officers also helped in the search of the man’s home in Pittsburgh, which turned up another 200 Ecstasy tablets, $2,000 in cash and a loaded handgun.

The drugs found during the car and home searches are worth more than $15,000. The man has a previous criminal record, which stops him from being allowed to own a gun.

Posted on Thursday, April 23rd, 2009
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Big Band Dance scheduled for May 1

The Rossmoor Big Band will be holding its 7th Big Band Dance on Friday, May 1, at the Rheem Theatre in Moraga. The doors open at 7:00 p.m., and the dance goes from 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Students from Acalanes High School, Campolindo High School and Stanley Middle School will be performing with the Rossmoor Big Band at the event.

Families, students and people of all ages are encouraged to attend the event.

Tickets can be purchased at the Rheem Theatre or at the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce office, 100 Lafayette Circle, #103. Tickets for the dance are $10 each.

For more information about this event, call 925-284-7404 or visit

Posted on Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009
Under: Lafayette, Moraga, Music, Schools | No Comments »

Weather set to cool off

The recent heat that has found a home in Lamorinda will not be quite as present as the week goes on. Despite the temperature being over 90 degrees today, the high on Wednesday, 77 degrees, suggests that the area will begin to cool off.

Starting Thursday, the clouds will start moving in to block out some of the sun and its heat. The high for Thursday is all the way down to 64 degrees.

The 10-day forecast shows that the temperature in the area will likely remain in the mid-60s for a while. There is even a 30 percent chance of rain next Wednesday, April 29.

Posted on Tuesday, April 21st, 2009
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