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Archive for September, 2009

Tuesday’s smoke caused by fire on outskirts of Orinda

If you were outside in the Lamorinda area Tuesday between the hours of 3:00 and 5:00 p.m., you likely smelled smoke caused by a brush fire on the edge of Orinda.

Around 3:00 p.m., a brush fire broke out near the Fish Ranch Road exit off Highway 24 in Orinda. The fire burned its way to the Oakland side of the hills and burned a total of 30 acres.

Nearly 25 fire engines and several helicopters and planes were used to combat the fire. Firefighters were able to have the fire completely contained by 5:15 p.m.

No damage or injuries were a result of the fire. The cause of the fire is still being investigated.

Posted on Wednesday, September 30th, 2009
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Orinda Police in search of “flasher”

Orinda Police are looking for a man who has exposed himself to children on two different occasions in Orinda. Danville Police believe the same man exposed himself to children in Danville as well.

The man is described as white with dark hair and eyes, 5 feet 10 inches tall, around 195 pounds and between 35 and 45 years of age.

During one incident, the man got out of a silver Infiniti car wearing a white shirt and black running shorts. The man then exposed himself to three middle school students before leaving the area.

Saint Mary’s students also reported seeing a similar man expose himself on two different occasions.

If you have any information that could help police, call 925-284-5010.

Posted on Tuesday, September 29th, 2009
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Lane closures on Hwy. 24 Tuesday

Just got this news release from Caltrans:

Oakland — Caltrans will close the two left lanes on eastbound State Route 24 just before the connector to northbound I-680 tomorrow from 10 a.m. to noon to repair a pavement lip that has developed between the lanes and the bridge. The crews will use hot mix asphalt to repair the lane second from the left and then open that lane and continue repairs on the far left lane.

Changeable message signs will be activated in the area to warn motorists. This is the non-peak direction, but motorists are encouraged to allow extra time for travel or use alternate routes if necessary. One such route is eastbound 24 to southbound 680, exit at Main Street and return to northbound 680.

Posted on Monday, September 28th, 2009
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Acalanes superintendent not assuming parcel tax will pass

Polling data presented to the Acalanes school board this summer showed over 90 percent support for extending the district’s $189 parcel tax. But Superintendent John Stockton doesn’t consider it a slam dunk.

“I never assume things are always going to fly on their way through,” he told me today.

But neither is the district mounting a major campaign. Stockton said there’s been some “low-key” outreach regarding the tax, which is on the Nov. 3 ballot. A two-thirds majority voting yes would make the yearly assessment permanent.

Stockton said the district won’t spend a lot of money on the campaign, adding that the current tax doesn’t expire until June 2011.

Posted on Monday, September 28th, 2009
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Saint Mary’s women’s soccer plays tough against #1

The Saint Mary’s women’s soccer team played one of the biggest games in the history of the program on Sunday when they hosted the #1 team in the nation, Stanford. The Gaels played Stanford tough for 90 minutes but were unable to pull off the upset, losing a close game, 1-0.

The loss dropped the Gaels’ overall record to 6-5, but the game was still a positive as the team held Stanford well below their season averages for shots (26) and goals (3.6) per game. The Gaels only allowed 17 shots.

The Gaels’ next game is Wednesday, Sept. 30, against Fresno State. The kick-off is set for 4:00 p.m. in Saint Mary’s Stadium.

Posted on Monday, September 28th, 2009
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2009 Orinda Restaurant Tour

The 2009 Orinda Restaurant Tour will take place this Tuesday, Sept. 29, from 5:00 to 8:30 p.m. This is the second happening of the annual event.

From 5:00 to 6:00 p.m., hors d’oeuvres will be available in Theater Square. A San Francisco trolley will then take participants on a tour of Orinda’s restaurants from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Dessert will be available from 8:00 to 8:30 p.m. Each restaurant on the tour will offer particpants a small portion of food representing their restaurant.

To purchase a ticket ahead of time, visit Tickets reserved online before the event are $30, while tickets at the door will cost $35. One glass of wine is included with all adult tickets purchased.

Posted on Sunday, September 27th, 2009
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All three Lamorinda high school football teams lose again

The Acalanes, Campolindo and Miramonte football teams all lost their games for the second week in a row.

Acalanes hosted Healdsburg and despite outgaining their opponents by more than 100 yards, the Dons struggled to find the endzone, losing by a final score of 28-14. The Dons are 1-3 on the season and only have one win in their last 11 games dating back to last season.

Miramonte played host to Foothill and never threatened to win the game as Foothill cruised to a 31-10 victory in Orinda. The Matadors dropped to an overall record of 2-2.

Campolindo traveled to play Oakland and lost 32-21. The Cougars are now 2-2 on the season.

Posted on Saturday, September 26th, 2009
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Orinda Idol winners

The Orinda Idol finals took place on September 13 at the Orinda Theater in front of a packed house as local news celebrities, Diane Dwyer, Bill Martin and Leslie Brinkley, hosted the event.

The grades K-2 winner was Niamh Akazawa. Joe Metheny won the grades 3-5 category. Maritza Grillo won the middle school category and the Audience Award. The high school category was won by Erika Henningsen.

Samantha Martin and Isabel Mueller teamed up to win the group category for grades K-5, while Jacqueline Garell, Amrita Newton and Neris Newton won the high school group category.

The winners of Orinda Idol recently performed at the Lafayette Art & Wine Festival. They will also be performing at the Moraga Pear Festival and the Orinda Book Fair.

Posted on Friday, September 25th, 2009
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Moraga family wins 40 awards at California State Fair

The Edelsohn family of Moraga won a total of 40 awards at this year’s California State Fair in a wide range of categories related to food. The family, David, Joan, and their three kids, Sierra, Gabriel and Ashleigh, submitted 35 entries into the kitchen competition, including pies, cookies and jams.

Joan first became involved with the competition in 2007 when she submitted a pie, which won best in class, best in division and the C&H Sugar award.

At this year’s State Fair, Joan won Best of Show honors for her Apricot Amaretto Jam. She also won Best of Class, Best of Division, a C&H Sugar Award and Sonoma Cheese Award for her Chocolate Velvet Cheesecake. The rest of the family’s entries also won awards in multiple categories.

Posted on Thursday, September 24th, 2009
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School fundraiser events

On Saturday, Sept. 26, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Wagner Ranch Elementary School in Orinda will be hosting “The Round Up.” The event will include a barbecue, karaoke, a water slide, a book sale and lots of games. “The Round Up” costs $6 for adults and $4 for children. All proceeds from the event go directly to the school.

Acalanes High School will be holding their Fall Sports Sale on Saturday, Oct. 3, with all proceeds going to the school. To donate sporting goods to the sale, contact Sue Thoren at All donations to the sale will receive a receipt upon request.

Posted on Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009
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