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Saint Mary’s 2009 Commencement Saturday

The graduating class at Saint Mary’s will officially move on to the next step in their lives at this Saturday’s 2009 Commencement ceremonies.

The graduates will begin lining up at 8:45 a.m. for the procession into the stadium. The ceremony will take place in the stadium starting at 9:30 a.m.

Following the school-wide ceremony, there will be individual receptions throughout campus at noon.

If you plan on traveling near Saint Mary’s on Saturday, keep in mind that there will be delays. Officials from Saint Mary’s don’t expect much of a delay in the afternoon as the individual receptions will be ending at scattered times throughout the day. There will certainly be delays in the morning as friends and family of the graduates try to find a place to park.

Posted on Thursday, May 21st, 2009
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Local high school lacrosse players named to All-DFAL teams

The DFAL announced its all-league teams for boys and girls lacrosse recently. The list below includes the player’s name, school and grade. (Aca = Acalanes, Cam = Campolindo, Mir = Miramonte)

DFAL MVP – Robert Mull (Aca) Sr.
First Team – Logan Quinn (Aca) Jr., Jack Bergman (Aca) Sr., Paul Wells (Aca) Sr., Jeff Totten (Aca) Sr., Harrison Bagdan (Aca) So., Harry Forman (Mir) Sr., Scott Pensky (Mir) Sr., Zack Flowers (Mir) Sr., Jack Nevin (Mir) Sr.
Second Team – Ryan Bullen (Aca) Jr., Andrew Musser (Aca) Jr., John Carrick (Cam) Sr., C.P. Perrella (Cam) Jr., Connor Perkins (Cam) Sr., John Triebsch (Cam) Jr., Robert Hofinga (Mir) Sr., Tim Albo (Mir) Sr., Brian Raaka (Mir) So.
Honorable Mention – Josh Goldberg (Cam) Jr., Brian Rath (Cam) Fr., Jordan Myers (Mir) Jr., Carson Mead (Mir) So.

DFAL MVP – Katie Mitchell (Aca) Sr.
First Team – Devon Frazer (Aca) So., Elizabeth Landry (Aca) So, Katie Bach (Aca) Sr., Rachel Ozer (Cam) Jr., Amy Stagg (Cam) Sr., Hannah Perkins (Cam) Fr., Alex Seclow (Mir) So., Erin Walsh (Mir) Jr.
Second Team – Ellen Reiling (Aca) Sr., Sarah Lindsay (Aca) Sr., Taylor Ewing (Aca) So., Emily Hoyt (Cam) Jr., Meghan McConnell (Mir) Sr., Katie Marker (Mir) Sr.
Honorable Mention – Katie Ellerbeck (Cam) Sr., Anna Radoff (Mir) Jr.

Posted on Wednesday, May 20th, 2009
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Highway 24 accident leaves young man dead

A young man died after his car went off of the road near the Gateway Boulevard exit while driving eastbound on Highway 24 shortly around 5:30 a.m. this morning.

The driver, who was driving a dark blue Mitsubishi Eclipse, has not yet been identified by authorities. The car came to a stop flipped over in a grassy field.

Initial police reports suggest that a high rate of speed was likely the reason the driver lost control, but no official cause has been determined. Police reported that there were no indications alcohol or drugs were involved, although this is typically investigated as part of the autopsy.

Posted on Tuesday, May 19th, 2009
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Campolindo boys win fifth straight NCS swimming title

The boys NCS swimming title was a real Lamorinda affair as the three local high schools finished first, second and third.

Campolindo entered the meet as the favorite, and they stood up to the challenge, winning their fifth straight NCS swimming title. The Cougars earned 239.5 points through the 24 events.

Miramonte finished in second place with 199 points, while Acalanes claimed 155 points, good for third.

The Campolindo girls tried to make it a sweep for the Cougars, but they fell just short, finishing in second place behind San Ramon Valley, 222-203.

The Miramonte girls finished in 11th place with 81 points. The Acalanes girls finished in 20th with 31 points.

Posted on Monday, May 18th, 2009
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Things to do: Lafayette Reservoir

With the weather warming up, the Lafayette Reservoir is a great place to spend the day with friends or family. While many people are familiar with walking or running around the Lafayette Reservoir, there are a lot of other activities to do as well.

There are 35 picnic sites scattered around the Lafayette Reservoir with some in the sun and some in the shade.

Fishing at the Lafayette Reservoir gives you the chance to catch trout, black bass, catfish and several other kinds of fish. It costs $4 per day to fish, and state license requirements apply.

You can go out on the water as well either on your own kayak or small boat after registering it, or you can rent a pedal boat or row boat per hour or for the day.

There is a $6 fee to park for the day. Metered parking is also available for 50 cents per half-hour with a two-hour maximum.

Posted on Sunday, May 17th, 2009
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Campolindo girls track team wins DFAL

The Campolindo girls track team won the 2009 DFAL Championship meet by compiling 111 points over the sixteen track and field events. Acalanes finished in third with 86 points, and Miramonte earned 57 points to finish fifth.

The Cougars dominated the long distance events, earning 22 points in the 1,600-meter run by taking four of the top six places and another 22 points in the 3,200-meter run with first, second and fourth place finishes.

The Campolindo boys track team came within eight points of winning the title, but their 112 points fell short of the 120 Las Lomas scored. The Miramonte boys finished third with 103 points, while Acalanes finished sixth with 43 points.

Posted on Saturday, May 16th, 2009
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Two local high school concerts tonight

Tonight is the Spring Concert for Campolindo High School’s Instrumental Music Department. The concert will start at 7:30 p.m. in the Campolindo Performing Arts Center on campus.

The Spring Concert will be the last performance for Campolindo’s graduating seniors. All instrumental groups at the school will be performing.

Campolindo’s Spring Concert is a free event and open to the public.

Acalanes is having their Save Our School Benefit Concert tonight at 7:00 p.m. at the Lafayette Orinda Presbyterian Church. The concert will feature student performers, as well as professional musicians.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the door. Dinner is also available for $7, starting at 6:00 p.m.

Posted on Friday, May 15th, 2009
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Man arrested in connection with Craigslist robberies

Damien Bell, 34, was arrested and charged with two counts of armed robbery in connection with the “Craigslist robberies” that have been occurring recently in the East Bay. The two counts are for crimes committed in Oakland, but police believe Bell is also responsible for the robberies in Orinda.

In one of his robberies in Oakland, Bell dropped his watch in a scuffle with one of his victims. Police found his DNA on the watch after matching it in their system. Bell has two prior convictions for robbery. He will likely face life in jail under California’s Three Strikes Law.

In the “Craigslist robberies,” victims would meet up with the suspect to purchase a car after finding each other through Craigslist ads. The suspect would then hold the victims up at gunpoint at that location.

Posted on Thursday, May 14th, 2009
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High school sports update

The Miramonte baseball team squeezed out an extra-inning victory Tuesday to keep them in charge of the DFAL heading into the final game of the season. The Matadors headed into Tuesday’s game against Dougherty Valley, who are last in the DFAL, as heavy favorites, but it took them until the bottom of the ninth inning to earn the 3-2 victory. With a league record of 9-2, Miramonte can win the DFAL outright with a win against Alhambra on Thursday.

Campolindo brought their bats out against Acalanes Tuesday, beating the Dons, 10-4. Campolindo improved their league record to 8-3 and are currently tied for second with Dublin, while the Dons dropped to 5-7 in DFAL play.

Miramonte’s boys tennis team won their first round NCS playoff, 5-2, over Castro Valley.

Campolindo’s boys volleyball team defeated Alameda in their first round NCS playoff, 25-14, 25-16 and 25-23.

Posted on Wednesday, May 13th, 2009
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Is the warm weather finally here to stay?

With the last month or two of constantly changing weather in Lamorinda, it is hard to know exactly what to expect. Every time the sun shines and warms up the area for a few days, it seems like there is a guarantee that rain and cold are sure to follow.

All indications now are that the warm weather is here to stay as we roll into the summer months. The mid-70s are set to be the average high for a while, although the highs this Saturday, Sunday and Monday are expected to reach into the mid-80s with Sunday’s high forecasted for 88 degrees.

10-day weather forecast for the area

Posted on Tuesday, May 12th, 2009
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