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Archive for October, 2009

Winter weather making an October appearance

The sunshine will be taking a break this week as high winds and heavy rain are expected starting tonight.

According to the National Weather Service, winds in the area are expected to be between 20 and 35 mph on Tuesday. Some of the stronger wind gusts could top 50 mph.

The high wind advisory issued by the National Weather Service is in effect from 2:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Tuesday, although the wind will begin to pick up starting tonight.

The forecast shows that the rain will start sometime this evening and continue until Wednesday night. Heavy rain is expected all day Tuesday to go along with the severe wind.

Posted on Monday, October 12th, 2009
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Navy and Marine Corps Birthday Celebration

On Thursday, Oct. 22, the Lafayette Veterans Memorial Building will host the United States Navy and United States Marine Corps Birthday Celebration. The event begins at 6:00 p.m. with a social hour followed by dinner at 7:00 p.m. The Travis Air Force Base brass band will put on a short concert starting at 6:30 p.m.

Navy Capt. Tony Laird and Marine Corps Lt. Col. John Sorenson will make speeches during the dinner.

To make reservations for the event, call 925-228-1375. Reservations must be made by Oct. 16. Tickets cost $30, which includes wine for all attendees.

The Lafayette Veterans Memorial Building is located at 3780 Mt. Diablo Blvd.

Posted on Sunday, October 11th, 2009
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Acalanes wins, Campolindo and Miramonte fall

Acalanes won their match-up Friday night against Dougherty Valley, 21-14. The win moves the Dons to a 3-3 overall record on the season. The team only won two games all of last season.

Miramonte hosted Dublin in their DFAL home opener, but the Matadors struggled, losing 28-17 to the Gaels. The loss knocks the Matadors down to 2-3 on the season.

Campolindo made a late attempt at a comeback in their game against Alhambra, but the Cougars fell short in the end, losing by a final score of 27-24. The Cougars are now 3-3 on the season.

Campolindo and Miramonte face off Friday night at 7:00 p.m. at Campolindo. The losing team will likely be knocked out of contention for the DFAL title.

Posted on Saturday, October 10th, 2009
Under: Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda, Schools, Sports | No Comments »

Moraga fire ruled accidental

The three-alarm fire that happened around 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday night at 1100 Moraga Way, near the Moraga Country Club, has been ruled accidental following an investigation into the cause of the fire.

Fire investigators believe the fire may have been caused by cigarette butts in a garbage can on the second floor balcony.

It took 60 firefighters and more than 15 firefighting vehicles to contain the fire. The fire was contained around 8:40 p.m.

The fire caused $1 million in damages to the building and destroyed more than $300,000 worth of property inside the building. No injuries occurred as a result of the fire.

Posted on Friday, October 9th, 2009
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Update to Orinda council meeting time

The Orinda City Council meeting this afternoon, listed as 4 p.m. in an earlier agenda, will actually begin at 5 p.m., the city clerk told me just now.

The council will vote on whether or not to impose a contract on workers represented by Public Employees Union Local One.

Posted on Thursday, October 8th, 2009
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Acalanes to hold Cheer and Dance Clinic

The Acalanes cheer team will be holding a Cheer and Dance Clinic on Wednesday, Oct. 14, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. for boys and girls ages 5-13.

The Acalanes cheer team will teach participants a cheer and dance routine that participants will be able to perform during the first quarter and at halftime of the Acalanes home football game on Friday, Oct. 16.

The clinic is $45 per participant with family and group discounts available. The price of the clinic includes a t-shirt, pom poms, snacks and drinks. All payments are considered to be donations to the Acalanes cheer program.

For more information and to sign-up, visit

Posted on Thursday, October 8th, 2009
Under: Lafayette, Schools, Sports | No Comments »

Orinda council may impose contract on city workers Thursday

After more than a year of negotiations, it looks like the Orinda City Council may vote to implement what staff are calling “the City’s last, best and final offer for terms and conditions of employment” for those in the Orinda Employees’ Association, which is affiliated with Public Employees Union Local One. A special meeting of the City Council is scheduled for Thursday afternoon.

Due to a sharp decline in funding from the state and tax revenues, the council included in its biennial 2010-2011 budget furloughs and other measures aimed at reducing staff salary costs. According to the staff report, the city and union representatives reached tentative agreements Sept. 11 and Sept. 30 that were not ratified by the union.

The previous contract expired June 30.

The meeting will begin at 5 p.m. in the Orinda Library auditorium, 26 Orinda Way.

Posted on Wednesday, October 7th, 2009
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Fire destroys Moraga building

Just before 7:00 p.m. Tuesday night, firefighters responded to reports of a fire at a commercial building located at 1100 Moraga Way, near the Moraga Country Club.

The roof and the second floor of the two-story building were both on fire when firefighters arrived. A total of 60 firefighters fought the fire and were able to have it contained by 8:40 p.m. Firefighters were forced to use ladders and break through the tile roof in order to combat the flames on the building’s second floor.

Initial reports are that the fire caused more than $1 million in structural damages to the building, and more than $300,000 worth of property inside the building was lost.

Posted on Wednesday, October 7th, 2009
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Indie rock band to make Lafayette stop

For any indie-rock fans out there, it seems the New York-based Vampire Weekend is on tour and will eschew big-name venues in San Francisco, Oakland and Berkeley and instead make it’s lone Bay Area stop at Lafayette’s Town Hall Theatre on Nov. 7.

While the group’s overseas stops include London, Paris and Sydney, their U.S. concerts are all in California, and all in relatively smaller cities like Visalia, Pioneertown and Lomita (although Santa Cruz and Bakersfield are also on the list).

Stuff I just looked up: Vampire Weekend was formed in 2006 and their eponymous debut album was named the 10th best album of 2008 by Rolling Stone magazine. Their music has also been featured in the movies “Stepbrothers” and “Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist.” The band’s Web site is

Posted on Tuesday, October 6th, 2009
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Elderly man survives accident after driving off road in Orinda

An 87-year old man drove off of the road Monday morning near San Pablo Reservoir on the outskirts of Orinda. The driver, Roy James Johnson, was on his way home to Orinda when he lost control of his car and came to stop 300 feet down an embankment in a wooded area.

A CHP helicopter used signals from Johnson’s cell phone to lessen the search area. Once the vehicle was spotted, a rescue team on the ground freed Johnson from the overturned car.

Johnson was rushed to a hospital for treatment, but he managed to escape the accident with only minor cuts and bruises.

Posted on Tuesday, October 6th, 2009
Under: Orinda | No Comments »