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Archive for May, 2009

Violent robbery in Moraga

Three men attacked and robbed a 55-year-old Orinda man around midnight Saturday night near the intersection of Moraga Road and Rheem Boulevard.

Moraga police saw two of the suspects beating the man. When police came to stop the crime, the suspects left the scene in a vehicle.

A car matching the description was stopped on Moraga Road in Lafayette. The driver, Francisco Hernandez, 19, was booked for driving under the influence, driving without a license and suspicion of robbery.

At the scene of the beating and robbery, police found another suspect, a 17-year-old male, who was booked into juvenile hall on suspicion of robbery.

The third suspect has not been found. Call Moraga police Sgt. Brian South at 925-888-7055 with any tips.

Posted on Monday, May 11th, 2009
Under: Crime, Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda | 1 Comment »

Annual MEF Showcase on May 20

The annual Moraga Education Foundation Showcase will take place Wednesday, May 20, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at the Moraga Commons. The event showcases the artistic abilities of Moraga’s students of all ages.

There will be instrumental and choral performances throughout the night. A variety of student artwork will also be on display.

Food, drinks and dessert will be available for purchase at the event from The Ranch House Cafe.

The MEF Showcase is free for the community.

If you would like more information about the MEF Showcase, or if you would like to help, contact Stacy Giglio at 925-388-1110 or by email at

Posted on Sunday, May 10th, 2009
Under: Moraga, Music, Schools | No Comments »

“Concert at the Res” on May 16

On Saturday, May 16, the Lafayette Rotary Club will be presenting their 16th annual “Concert at the Res.” The event will take place from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Lafayette Reservoir and is free for anyone who wants an afternoon of entertainment.

Students from Acalanes High School, Bentley High School and Stanley Middle School, as well as the Big Band of Rossmoor, will be performing at the event.

All proceeds from the event go to local school music programs and other local charities.

A shuttle will be available during the event going between the Lafayette Reservoir’s main parking lot and where the concert is taking place.

Posted on Saturday, May 9th, 2009
Under: Lafayette, Music, Schools | No Comments »

Possible assault or kidnap attempt of Stanley student

Just after school on Monday, a female Stanley Middle School student was walking along the Lafayette-Moraga Trail near where the trail opens up across from the school’s parking lot when she was grabbed by a man she did not know.

The man shoved the girl against a fence and ran away after the girl began screaming for help and that she didn’t know the man.

The girl told police that the man who grabbed her was around 5-foot-7, overweight and in his 40s. She also described him as having brown hair, a beard and blue Adidas running shorts with white stripes.

The area where the girl was grabbed is known as the “power plant” by Stanley students where large structures are on both sides of the trail.

Posted on Friday, May 8th, 2009
Under: Crime, Lafayette, Schools | No Comments »

High school sports update

The Miramonte and Acalanes baseball teams faced off in a DFAL game Wednesday that the Matadors needed to win to remain in first place by themselves in the league standings. The Matadors were able to do that with a 6-0 win over the Dons.

Campolindo’s DFAL baseball game against Dublin on Tuesday took three extra innings to decide. The Cougars scored two runs in the top of the tenth inning to secure the victory, 4-2. The win improved their record to 7-3 in DFAL play and 18-4 overall.

In girls lacrosse, all three local teams dominated their opponents. Miramonte beat Alhambra, 14-1, on Monday, while Campolindo followed that up by beating Alhambra, 22-1, on Tuesday. Acalanes claimed their victory over Dublin on Tuesday by a score of 14-5.

The Acalanes softball team played an all-around solid game Tuesday, beating Miramonte, 7-1. The Campolindo softball team crushed Dublin, 19-1, also on Tuesday.

The Campolindo boys volleyball team improved their DFAL record to 7-1 with an impressive victory over Miramonte, 25-10, 25-14, and 25-15.

Posted on Thursday, May 7th, 2009
Under: Lafayette, Lamorinda, Moraga, Orinda, Schools, Sports | No Comments »

Construction at Orinda’s Wilder project is on hold

Construction on the Wilder development project in Orinda has stopped after the lender sued the developer. Merrill Lynch Mortgage Lending Inc. sued OG Property Owner LLC on April 7 after the project went into default on its $180 million mortgage in February.

The project could still continue, but the lender may be able to take control of the property if it goes into foreclosure.

The Wilder development, located in the Gateway Valley, on Orinda’s west side, is to include 245 multi-million dollar homes and multiple sports fields.

The proposed sports fields were supposed to be a cure for the field space issue Lamorinda’s youth sports programs are currently facing.

Posted on Wednesday, May 6th, 2009
Under: Lamorinda, Orinda, Sports | No Comments »

Car crashes affect traffic and power

A car crash on St. Mary’s Road this morning knocked out power to a large portion of Lafayette when the vehicle hit a power pole. As of 9:30 a.m., some parts of Lafayette are still without power including Stanley Middle School. The accident also stopped traffic heading down St. Mary’s Road.

Another accident in the unincorporated area between Moraga and Canyon knocked a tree down onto Pinehurst Road and Canyon Road just after 7:00 a.m. Traffic on the road was completely stopped by the tree as it was blocking both sides of the road, forcing Moraga residents who normally take that route into Oakland to go a different way to work. Initial attempts to cut the tree were unsuccessful because the equipment the crew had was not strong enough.

Posted on Tuesday, May 5th, 2009
Under: Lafayette, Moraga, Roads, Schools | No Comments »

“Save Our School” concert on May 15

On Friday, May 15, Acalanes High School students and professional musicians will be performing at the “Save Our School” benefit concert at the Lafayette Orinda Presbyterian Church. The concert, which will feature a mix of classical and world music, is scheduled to start at 7:00 p.m.

Tickets for the concert are $20 and can be purchased at the door or online. Tickets can be purchased online at this website:

A pasta dinner will be available for purchase before the concert, starting at 6:00 p.m., and during the intermission. The pasta dinner is an additional $7. Tickets including a meal can be purchased online for $27.

Posted on Monday, May 4th, 2009
Under: Lafayette, Music, Schools | No Comments »

Miramonte principal leaving after three years

Miramonte High School Principal Raúl Zamora will be leaving his position at the school, according to an email sent out by Miramonte.

Zamora will be the principal until June, allowing him to finish off this school year. This is Zamora’s third year as principal of Miramonte.

Zamora is leaving Miramonte because he has accepted the position of principal at Carlmont High School in Belmont, starting next school year. Prior to working as principal at Miramonte, Zamora was an administrative vice principal at Carlmont for four years.

Posted on Sunday, May 3rd, 2009
Under: Orinda, Schools | No Comments »

Moraga Community Faire next Saturday

Next Saturday, May 9, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., the Moraga Community Faire will take place at the Rheem Shopping Center. There will be food, wine tasting, arts and crafts, music, a car show and tons of things for kids to do.

The highlight event of the Moraga Community Faire is the sidewalk chalk art contest for kids ages 3-18, sponsored by the Moraga Juniors. The event will begin with registration at 11:00 a.m., and then the participants have until 2:00 p.m. to work on their art depicting the theme “Beautiful Moraga.” There is a $1 participation fee, and prizes will be awarded in several different age groups.

Click the link for additional information about the Moraga Community Faire.

Posted on Saturday, May 2nd, 2009
Under: Moraga, Music | No Comments »