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Archive for April, 2009

Annual Las Trampas fundraiser next Sunday

The annual “What’s In Our Hat?” fundraiser will be an Escape to Africa party at the Lafayette Park Hotel this Sunday, April 27, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

All proceeds from the event go toward helping all of the programs of Las Trampas, Inc., which helps developmentally disabled men and women live regular lives and teaches them how to succeed.

Tickets to this year’s event cost $100, which includes dinner from the Lafayette Park Hotel, cocktails, live music and a raffle ticket. One lucky winner will receive a $10,000 prize. There will also be over 100 different items up for auction.

For more information about this event, call (925) 284-1462 ext. 239.

Posted on Monday, April 20th, 2009
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Miramonte wins Fort Bragg Rotary Invitational

The Miramonte baseball team won all three of their games on the way to claiming the 2009 Fort Bragg Rotary Invitational title.

In their first game, the Matadors dominated St. Bernard’s from Eureka by a score of 16-5.

On Saturday morning, Miramonte faced off with Valley Christian, of Dublin, winning easily, 9-0. The Miramonte pitching staff held Valley Christian to only four hits in the game.

In the championship game Saturday afternoon, the Matadors played a strong Fort Bragg team. Pitcher John Vaccaro led the way by giving up only one run on five hits in a complete game. Vaccaro also struck out three batters as Miramonte claimed the title by winning the championship game,mir 4-1.

Posted on Sunday, April 19th, 2009
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Lafayette Service League hosting Tossed Treasures Sale

The Lafayette Service League will be holding its annual Tossed Treasures Sale on Saturday, April 25, and Sunday, April 26, at the Lafayette Community Center. It will be open from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Sunday.

All profits from the Tossed Treasures Sale will go to Meals on Wheels and the Lafayette Community Center.

Donations are still needed for the event. Some of the items needed include books, CDs, DVDs, linens, small appliances, kitchenware and jewelry.

To find out more information about making a donation to the Tossed Treasures Sale, call Judy at 284-9266, Jackie at 284-4131, or Diane at 283-8790.

Posted on Saturday, April 18th, 2009
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Moraga Citizen of the Year selected

The 2009 Moraga Citizen of the Year is John Haffner, 62, who has lived in Moraga for 30 years.

Haffner currently serves as a parks and recreation commissioner and donates much of his time to local organizations. Some of the groups Haffner is involved with include the Moraga Chamber of Commerce, the Moraga Citizens Network and the Kiwanis Club of the Moraga Valley.

The 2009 Moraga Citizen of the Year dinner will take place on May 1 at the Soda Activity Center on the campus of Saint Mary’s College. The program will begin at 7 p.m., while cocktails will be served starting at 6 p.m. Tickets to the event will be $40 and can be purchased by calling Larry Swindell at 925-376-5692.

Posted on Friday, April 17th, 2009
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Campolindo wins Eagle Classic

The Campolindo baseball team proved they are a team that could make a lot of noise in the East Bay this season as they won the Eagle Classic Wednesday.

The Cougars faced a tough squad from Freedom High School in the championship game, but a 6-3 victory gave them the title of the eight-team tournament.

In their first round game, the Cougars beat one of the top teams in the area, Newark Memorial, 7-3. In their second game, Campolindo had to score two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to walk off victorious over Heritage, 5-4.

The three tournament wins improve the Cougars record to 13-3 overall. The team is currently in third place in the DFAL, but they are just one game back of first.

Posted on Thursday, April 16th, 2009
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Campolindo principal is California high school principal of the year

The Campolindo High School principal, Carol Kitchens, is California’s 2009 Secondary Principal of the Year. The award is sponsored by the Association of California School Administrators. Kitchens will receive the award at the ACSA’s leadership summit in Sacramento in November.

She has been the principal at Campolindo for nearly ten years. She was an associate principal at Campolindo before taking the principal position in 2000.

After being nominated for the award, the region the school is in chooses one nominee to represent the region. An awards committee consisting of the ACSA’s former president and four other committee members then select the state winners.

Posted on Wednesday, April 15th, 2009
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Family Fun Run on April 26 in Orinda

On Sunday, April 26, the J.F. Kapnek Trust will be hosting its sixth annual 5K/1K Family Fun Run. The event will take place at Miramonte High School, starting at 9 a.m.

In addition to the “Fun Run,” there will also be food, entertainment and activities for children.

All proceeds from the event will be used by the Kapnek Trust to help those affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Zimbabwe.

All runners will receive brunch and a t-shirt. Runners can register for the event at any time by visiting this link: At that link, there are also pledge forms runners can print out to help raise more money for the cause.

Posted on Tuesday, April 14th, 2009
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Former Saint Mary’s student killed in Oakland

Saint Mary’s graduate Michael Porcella, 36, was found dead in his home at 3740 Laguna Ave. in Oakland Friday night after police officers reported to the house after receiving a call from a neighbor about a gunshot coming from the home.

Porcella’s girlfriend, Rennie Pratt, 28, of Oakland, was arrested Friday night on suspicion of committing murder. Porcella and Pratt had been dating for about six months.

Police believe Porcella was shot while he and Pratt were having an argument.

After attending Saint Mary’s College, Porcella later attended Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco and was admitted to the State Bar in 2006.

Posted on Monday, April 13th, 2009
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Orinda woman still in hospital after March 26 drunk driving accident

Olivia Marie Stein, 23, of Orinda, is still recovering from injuries she suffered when she was thrown from her boyfriend’s motorcycle when he lost control on March 26 in Terra Linda. The boyfriend, Anthony John Butt, 35, of Sausalito, had a blood-alcohol level of .21 percent at the time of the accident.

Stein’s injuries include a slashed liver, major facial injuries, a fractured vertebrae and potential brain damage. She is currently receiving treatment at the California Pacific Medical Center. She is expected to undergo further testing and surgeries.

Butt has been charged with drunken driving causing great bodily injury. If convicted, he will face up to six years in prison. Butt had a previous DUI in 2000.

Posted on Sunday, April 12th, 2009
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Have a safe and happy Easter

Despite the rain during the week, the weather is projected to be sunny in Lamorinda for Easter tomorrow. The high is listed at 67 degrees. For more Lamorinda Easter weather information, click here.

If you are planning on driving to visit family tomorrow, plan to leave early as traffic is a guarantee. Check the traffic online before you leave your home, so you can find the quickest way to your Easter gathering. For current traffic conditions in the Bay Area, click here.

Remember to have fun, but also be safe and responsible. Make sure you have a designated driver if you plan on drinking alcohol.

Posted on Saturday, April 11th, 2009
Under: Lafayette, Lamorinda, Moraga, Orinda | No Comments »