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Archive for November, 2009

Lamorinda art exhibits running through the holidays

The Lafayette Gallery currently has their annual holiday exhibit, “All That Glitters,” on display through Dec. 24. In addition to traditional art media, the exhibit features artistic holidays cards and Christmas ornaments. The Lafayette Gallery is located at 50 Lafayette Circle and is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Moraga Art Gallery will have their show, “Pitchers, Pictures and Lotsa Bling,” on display through Jan. 9. The show includes traditional art media, as well as ceramics, jewelry and glass work. The Moraga Art Gallery is located in the Rheem Valley Shopping Center and is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Posted on Monday, November 23rd, 2009
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Campolindo football eliminated; Local NCS cross country results

Campolindo snuck into the NCS football playoffs with a 5-5 regular season record and had to see their season come to an end after a first-round defeat to host Fortuna High School, 36-20.

Both the Campolindo and Miramonte boys cross country teams will compete in the state meet after solid finishes at the NCS Championships hosted by Hayward High School. The Cougars finished in second, while the Matadors claimed fourth.

At the NCS  girls cross country race, it was the Campolindo and Acalanes teams that successfully qualified for the state meet. The Cougars finished second, and the Dons finished third.

Posted on Sunday, November 22nd, 2009
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Miramonte advances; Acalanes eliminated

Despite a disappointing regular season, in which the Matadors finished with a 4-6 overall record, the twelfth seeded Miramonte football team pulled off an upset victory in their first-round NCS playoff game against the fifth seed, Healdsburg. The Matadors scored a touchdown with two minutes remaining in the game and then were able to hold off Healdsburg’s last attempts, sealing a 30-28 victory. Miramonte will play either Novato or Piedmont in the quarterfinals next week.

Acalanes held the lead in their first-round NCS playoff game for almost the entire game. Unfortunately for the Dons, Analy took their first lead with 4:38 remaining in the game and held on. The Dons are eliminated from the playoffs following the 19-17 loss.

Posted on Saturday, November 21st, 2009
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Police arrest Lamorinda bank robbers

Police arrested two men from Oakland in connection with recent bank robberies in Lafayette and Orinda. Wilber Onyeakachi, 24, and David Nwaonumah, 30, were arrested after a bank teller positively identified Onyeakachi as the robber. Nwaonumah was identified as the getaway driver.

The most recent robbery occurred at 11:20 Wednesday morning at the Citibank on Orinda Way in Orinda.  The robber, allegedly Onyeakachi, entered the bank and handed the teller a note demanding money. After taking around $3,400, the robber fled the scene in a beige Oldsmobile.

When police found the two men in Oakland, they were sitting in the beige Oldsmobile reported as the getaway car.

The other similar robbery was committed at the Wells Fargo Bank in Lafayette on Nov. 9.

Posted on Friday, November 20th, 2009
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Lafayette Senior Recreation Center celebrating 60th anniversary

The Lafayette Senior Recreation Center will be having a special “Anniversary Celebration and Holiday Luncheon” on Thursday, Dec. 10. The event will start at noon at Zio Fraedo’s Restaurant, located at 611 Gregory Lane in Pleasant Hill.

To purchase a ticket to the event, send a $20 check made out to “Lafayette Senior Recreation Center” to PO Box 163, Lafayette, CA 94549.

The Lafayette Senior Recreation Center began in 1950 as a way of offering different recreational activities to seniors in the area. The center offers events including games, exercise and trips. The group typically meets on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month at the Methodist Church on Moraga Road.

Posted on Thursday, November 19th, 2009
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Saint Mary’s basketball off to a strong start

The Saint Mary’s men’s basketball team is looking to follow up on a strong 2008-09 season. So far, so good. The Gaels have played two games so far this season, winning both impressively at home in McKeon Pavillion.

On Friday, Nov. 13, the Gaels beat New Mexico State, 100-68. They followed that up with an 80-58 victory over San Diego State. Their next game is Friday night when they host Vanderbilt at 8:30 p.m.

The Saint Mary’s women’s basketball team is also off to a strong start. The Lady Gaels won their first two games against Chico State, 78-55, and Idaho State, 76-69.

Their best game so far may have been their third game. Despite losing the game, 68-65, the Lady Gaels played tough and nearly pulled off the upset against a strong Cal team in Berkeley.

The Lady Gaels host Nevada on Friday at 5:30 p.m.

Posted on Wednesday, November 18th, 2009
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Lafayette police catch burglars in the act

A resident reported around midnight Monday that two women stole a package that had been left on a porch. Police immediately began looking for the suspects in the area near Garden and Laurel lanes.

Police spotted the green Mitsubishi SUV that the resident had reported seeing the women get into. When police arrived, one woman was at the front door of a home claiming she needed to make a phone call.

Police were eventually forced to use pepper spray on one of the women and later found the other hiding in the area.

Police found many items in the vehicle the women were driving that police believe were stolen. The women were taken to the Contra Costa County jail in Martinez where they were booked.

Posted on Tuesday, November 17th, 2009
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All three Lamorinda high school football teams in NCS

When the North Coast Section announced they would be expanding the playoff brackets, they really meant it.

Despite the fact that not one of the three Lamorinda high school football teams had a winning record, all three find themselves in the playoffs.

Acalanes, who finished 5-5, earned the seventh seed and a first-round home playoff game Friday night at 7:00 p.m. against an Analy team that finished 6-4 on the season.

Campolindo, who also finished 5-5, earned the ninth seed and will travel all the way up to Fortuna to play a 7-3 Fortuna High School team on Saturday night at 7:00 p.m.

Despite a losing record at 4-6, Miramonte earned the twelfth seed and will play at the fifth seed, Healdsburg High School, Friday night at 7:00 p.m. Healdsburg finished the regular season at 6-4.

Posted on Monday, November 16th, 2009
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Miramonte beats Acalanes in NCS water polo final; Campolindo girls fall

Despite losing to Acalanes in DFAL play and handing the Dons the DFAL title, Miramonte’s boys water polo team went into Saturday’s NCS final confident they could pull out the win. It was also the first time since 2004 that the Matadors weren’t the number one seed in the playoffs. The Matadors squeezed by the Dons, 6-5, to earn their fifth consecutive NCS title in water polo. It is the eleventh time the Miramonte boys have won the NCS water polo crown since 1994.

The Campolindo girls found themselves in the final against a favored Monte Vista team. Monte Vista jumped out to a 4-0 halftime lead that the Cougars couldn’t return from. The Cougars fell to Monte Vista by a final score of 8-5.

Posted on Sunday, November 15th, 2009
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Miramonte and Campolindo both lose their final regular season game

Miramonte went into their game with DFAL leader Alhambra knowing they needed the upset to get into the NCS playoffs. The Matadors fought hard and found themselves tied 27-27 with under six minutes left, but Alhambra scored two touchdowns in the final six minutes to win the game. Miramonte finishes the season with an overall record of 4-6 and will miss out on the NCS playoffs.

Campolindo went into their game against Las Lomas looking to improve their seed in the playoffs. Las Lomas needed a win to get into the playoffs and came out strong, taking a 42-7 lead over the Cougars in the second quarter. Las Lomas won the game by a final score of 63-21. Campolindo finishes the regular season with a 3-3 DFAL record and a 5-5 record overall.

Acalanes finished their regular season last week in a 38-27 loss to Campolindo. The Dons finished 4-2 in DFAL play and 5-5 overall.

Posted on Saturday, November 14th, 2009
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