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Archive for September, 2009

Lafayette Art and Wine Festival

The Lafayette Art and Wine Festival is in just two weeks. The two-day event will be Saturday, Sept. 19, from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 20, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The 14th annual edition of the Lafayette Art and Wine Festival is already set to feature more than 250 different vendors, offering food, drinks, art and much more.

Parking in the vicinity will be difficult to find, so the organizers are asking that people park in the BART parking lots. Shuttles will be going back and forth between the parking lot and the Festival all weekend.

For more information about the Lafayette Art and Wine Festival, visit

Posted on Sunday, September 6th, 2009
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Miramonte and Campolindo win openers, as Acalanes loses

The Miramonte football team started off the 2009 high school football season with a close victory over Antioch, 21-14. Wide receiver James King was the star of the game, scoring all three touchdowns for the Matadors. He also had 137 receiving yards.

Campolindo started their season with a strong showing, dominating Albany, 44-15. Quarterback Tommy Stephens had 192 passing yards, 3 passing touchdowns and a rushing touchdown to lead the Cougars to victory.

Acalanes lost a heartbreaker to Aptos, 21-19. After Aptos took a 21-13 lead with only two minutes left, the Dons’ offense drove the ball down the field and scored a touchdown with just 20 seconds left. The Dons failed on the two-point conversion attempt that would have tied the game.

Posted on Saturday, September 5th, 2009
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Fire caused by squirrel

A two-alarm fire burned the hillside in a canyon along the Lafayette-Walnut Creek border near Rossmoor Wednesday.

The fire started when a squirrel, who was walking along power lines, became entangled in the lines, sparking a flame.

Local firefighters were able to contain the fire in less than an hour after it was reported at 9:30 a.m.

The fire was not near any homes, so no evacuations took place. No property damage happened as a result of the fire either. Several homes did lose power.

Two firefighters suffered minor injuries while trying to contain the fire. No one else was injured.

Posted on Friday, September 4th, 2009
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Local high school football season kicks off Friday night

All three Lamorinda high school’s football teams will have their season opener Friday night, with the kickoff for each game scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

Campolindo will be hosting Albany High School. Acalanes will be hosting Aptos High School. Miramonte will be playing at Antioch High School.

Campolindo is looking to defend its DFAL football title, following the 2008 season, when the Cougars finished with an undefeated DFAL record, a 10-2 record overall, and a run in the NCS playoffs that fell just short of the title game.

Miramonte returns following a strong season as well. The Matadors finished 10-3 in 2008, with their only DFAL loss coming to Campolindo. The team also won two NCS games before falling to Novato High School.

Acalanes struggled in 2008, finishing 2-8 overall and losing all of their DFAL games.

Posted on Thursday, September 3rd, 2009
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BART to run trains all night, but not in Lamorinda

Stop me if you’ve heard this one: The Bay Bridge is closing this weekend.

And in case you’re planning on heading to the city or elsewhere for any type of late-night event, the good news is BART will be running trains overnight. The bad news is those trains won’t be stopping in Lafayette or Orinda.

If you’re BART-ing this weekend and plan to come back late, use the Walnut Creek station if you want to avoid being stranded. It’s one of the 14 stations that will have service in the wee hours of the morning.

Posted on Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009
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Orinda Police statistics for August

Orinda Police made 11 arrests during the month of August. Three of the arrests were based on warrants, two were made for possession of drugs, three were for driving under the influence, and one was for being a public nuisance. An arrest was also made on Camino Sobrante in connection with a commercial burglary.

Police responded to 30 calls to service. They responded to 14 reports of burglary: five from vehicles, four from commercial buildings and five from residential buildings. There were five reports of grand theft and two reports of petty theft. There were also nine cases of vandalism reported.

Orinda Police also responded to 132 false alarm calls during the month of August.

Posted on Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009
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First “trial” Farmers’ Market in Lafayette this Thursday

Lafayette is finally getting in on the Lamorinda Farmers’ Market action, as the first “trial” Lafayette Farmers’ Market is scheduled for this Thursday, Sept. 3, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Two other “trial” dates are set for Thursday, Sept. 10, and Thursday, Sept. 17. Both of these will also be from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.

The Lafayette Farmers’ Market will take place in Lafayette Plaza Park, the park near Squirrel’s and the Park Theater.

If the three trial Farmers’ Markets are considered a success, then Lafayette will begin holding a regular Farmers’ Market starting in May 2010 through October 2010.

The Farmers’ Market is supported by Sustainable Lafayette and The Environmental Task Force Local Foods Group.

Posted on Tuesday, September 1st, 2009
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