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Archive for April, 2009

BART fees could increase again

BART has made a proposal that includes a 10 percent increase on all of its fares and plans for fewer trains being in service on nights and Sundays. The proposal would also introduce parking fees at many of the BART stations, although both the Lafayette and Orinda stations already charge for parking.

The changes, which are in response to the financial difficulties BART is facing in the current economy, will be discussed at a public hearing on May 28. If BART follows through with the proposal, the changes would go into effect July 1.

Train intervals on nights and Sundays would increase from every 15 minutes to every 20 minutes.

Posted on Friday, April 10th, 2009
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Celebrate Earth Day in Lafayette

On Sunday, April 19, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Stanley Middle School will be hosting the Lamorinda Earth Day Festival. More than 50 vendors and non-profits are expected to participate in the event.

The theme of the event will be “Going Local,” which relays the idea that doing as much locally as possible will lead to a more sustainable environment. The festival will be divided up into five different zones, each focused on one part of how to “go local.” The five zones will be “Eat Local,” “Move Local,” “Shop Local,” “Power Local” and “Act Local.”

The Lamorinda Earth Day Festival will feature speakers discussing how to “go local,” music, food and many other activities.

Posted on Thursday, April 9th, 2009
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High school lacrosse update

The Acalanes boys lacrosse team dominated Campolindo in their DFAL match Tuesday. After falling behind, 3-1, the Dons finished the game on a 15-1 scoring streak to win the game, 16-4. Paul Wells finished with seven goals for the Dons, while Logan Quinn added six.

The Miramonte boys lacrosse team earned their second straight shutout in a row, beating Alhambra, 21-0. They won their previous game, 22-0, over Dougherty Valley.

The Matadors are currently in first place in DFAL, with Acalanes just one game back in second place. Campolindo has struggled in league so far, earning only one DFAL win.

The Acalanes girls lacrosse team had a dominant performance of their own, beating Campolindo, 19-10. The Dons blew the game open in the second half, following an 8-7 halftime lead. The two teams had been tied for first place in league. The win pushes the Dons into first by themselves with Campolindo one game back.

The Miramonte girls beat Alhambra, 11-0, and are currently two games back of first-place Acalanes.

Posted on Wednesday, April 8th, 2009
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More Easter options

On Saturday April 11, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the Lafayette Community Center Foundation will be hosting its annual Bunny Brunch and Family Fun event. The event will include a pancake breakfast, an Easter egg hunt and a visit from the Easter bunny. A ventriloquist from the Corny Crow Show will also be performing. The event costs $7 in advance or $9 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at the Lafayette Community Center.

The Rheem Valley Shopping Center will also be hosting an Easter event this Saturday. From 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., the Easter bunny will be available for pictures with anyone who brings $25 in Rheem Valley Shopping Center receipts. There will also be an Easter clown doing balloon art.

Posted on Tuesday, April 7th, 2009
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Lamorinda Easter egg hunts

The Orinda Community Park will be hosting the Spring Egg Hunt for preschoolers and toddlers Thursday, April 9, at 11 a.m. Cookies and juice will be available starting at 10:30 a.m. The event, sponsored by the Orinda Rotary Club, is free for everyone.

The Lafayette Rotary Club is sponsoring their Annual Egg Hunt, which will be Saturday, April 11, at 10:00 a.m. at Plaza Park. This event is open to children ages two to 10.

Moraga’s Spring Egg Hunt, co-sponsored by the Moraga Junior Women’s Club and the Moraga Parks and Recreation Department, will also take place on Saturday, April 11. Two separate egg hunts will take place at the Moraga Commons Park, one at 10:00 a.m. and one at 11:00 a.m. The Moraga Spring Egg Hunt costs $5. Tickets can be purchased online at www.moragajuniors.org.

Posted on Monday, April 6th, 2009
Under: Lafayette, Lamorinda, Moraga, Orinda | 2 Comments »

Sprinkler malfunction floods Town Hall Theatre

The Lafayette Town Hall Theatre was flooded Wednesday when a sprinkler malfunctioned. The entire downstairs seating area was damaged and is closed until repairs can be made. The upstairs seating and the stage were not damaged by the flooding.

Carpets were torn out of much of the damaged area as crews tried to dry the flooded area as quickly as possible before further damage was caused.

After canceling the Thursday performance of ”The Odd Couple: Female Version,” the show went on Friday night. The Town Hall Theatre does not expect to cancel any other shows while repairs are going on.

The Town Hall Theatre has been running since 1944, which makes it the longest continually running theatre in the country. The Lafayette Town Hall building was built in 1914.

Posted on Sunday, April 5th, 2009
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High school sports update

Miramonte won the DFAL baseball match-up with Acalanes on Wednesday, 3-2. The game headed into the bottom of the seventh inning with Acalanes up, 2-1, but the Matadors scored two runs to walk off victorious. The win improved the Matadors record to 10-2-1, while the Dons dropped to 8-5.

Campolindo won their non-league baseball game Friday against American, 2-0. Campolindo pitcher Nick Russ led the team from the mound, giving up only two hits and striking out three in the five innings he pitched. The Cougars lost their DFAL game against Dublin on Thursday, 5-1.

The Bentley girls soccer team won their game at Athenian, 2-0, improving their record to 11-1-1 overall and 4-0-1 in the BCL.

Posted on Saturday, April 4th, 2009
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“Green” events in Lamorinda this week

The Interact service club at Bentley will be hosting an “E-Waste Recycling Day” this Saturday, April 4, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The club, which is sponsored by the Lafayette Rotary, will be accepting old computers, monitors, televisions and microwaves.

On Thursday, April 9, the Rheem Theater will be hosting a Green Rheem Movie Night. The doors will open at 6:00 p.m. for wine and appetizers. The documentary, “Garbage! The Revolution Starts at Home,” will be shown at 7:00 p.m. In addition, there will be a “trashy fashion show” featuring clothing made from recycled materials and a recycled arts and crafts table. For more information about the event, visit: http://www.sustainablelafayette.net/events/green-rheem.html

Posted on Friday, April 3rd, 2009
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Shoplifters drive over foot of Lafayette police officer

Two women drove their car over the foot of a Lafayette police officer Wednesday after he told them to get out of the car.

The officer responded to a call that the two women and a man had attempted to make a purchase at Safeway with a stolen debit card.

When the officer arrived, the man could not be found, but the women were found in their car in the Safeway parking lot.

After driving over the officer’s foot, the women fled the scene onto Highway 24 westbound. After being slowed down in afternoon traffic, the women were stopped on Telegraph Avenue.

Posted on Thursday, April 2nd, 2009
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Campolindo knocks off Miramonte in extra innings

Campolindo and Miramonte met on the diamond for the first time this season on Tuesday and added another exciting page to the baseball rivalry. With both teams ranked among the best in the Bay Area, it was no surprise to see a close game that Campolindo won, 4-3, in extra innings.

Freshman James Marvel proved to be the hero when his single in the bottom of the eighth inning drove in Anthony Fadelli for the winning run.

The win improved Campolindo’s record to 8-2 (2-1 in DFAL). Miramonte’s record dropped to 8-2-1 (1-1 in DFAL).

In their next game, Miramonte will face Acalanes, who is 3-0 in DFAL and 8-4 overall. Campolindo will face Dublin (6-4 overall, 1-1 in DFAL).

Posted on Wednesday, April 1st, 2009
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