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Archive for February, 2010

NCS basketball playoffs start tomorrow

The NCS Divison 3 basketball playoffs start tomorrow. All six of the Lamorinda DFAL teams made the playoffs, and five of those teams will play in the first round tomorrow.

On the boys side, Campolindo earned the third seed and will host Hercules at 8:00 p.m. Miramonte is the sixth seed and will host Elsie Allen at 7:30 p.m. If Campolindo and Miramonte both win their first round games, they will face each other in the quarterfinals. Acalanes is the fifth seed and hosts Sir Francis Drake at 7:30 p.m.

On the girls side, Miramonte earned the third seed and a first-round bye. They will play the winner of Analy/Moreau Catholic in the quarterfinals. Campolindo is the fourth seed and will host Hercules at 6:30 p.m. Acalanes is the tenth seed and will play at Encinal at 7:30 p.m.

Posted on Monday, February 22nd, 2010
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NCS soccer quarterfinal results

The 2010 NCS soccer quarterfinals took place on Saturday, with five of the six Lamorinda teams involved.

On the girls side, the big game was Campolindo vs. Miramonte at Miramonte. The two teams split their two regular season games and were co-champions of the DFAL. Miramonte was able to get a 1-0 win and will face Bishop O’Dowd in the semifinals on Wednesday night at Miramonte at 7:00 p.m.

The seventh-seeded Acalanes girls were able to pull off an overtime upset of the number two seed, Berean Christian, by a score of 2-1. The Dons will meet another semifinal surprise, the eleventh seed, Alhambra, on Wednesday night at Acalanes at 7:00 p.m.

The Acalanes boys handled their quarterfinal against Piedmont, winning 2-0, and will move on to face the number one seed, Bishop O’Dowd, on Wednesday night.

The Campolindo boys fell victim to Bishop O’Dowd by a score of 1-0 in their quarterfinal match.

Posted on Sunday, February 21st, 2010
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Campolindo to host teen drinking discussion

Campolindo High School will be hosting an event called Underage Drinking: Let’s Change the Culture! on Monday, March 8, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m., in the library.

The discussion will focus on ways to prevent teenage students from participating in underage drinking. Underage drinking has come into the local spotlight after the death of Miramonte High School student Joe Loudon at a party in May, as well as several drunk driving accidents by high school students in recent years.

People speaking at the event include members of the Moraga Police Department, a doctor, a lawyer and Campolindo Principal Carol Kitchens.

The discussion is co-sponsored by the Campolindo Parents Club and the Healthy Choices Committee.

Posted on Saturday, February 20th, 2010
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Owners of Lafayette restaurants up for James Beard Awards

The semifinalists for the James Beard Awards, arguably the top awards given to restaurants, chefs and other involved in the food world, were recently announced, and the owners of two of Lafayette’s restaurants were named.

The owner of Yankee Pier, Michael Dellar of the Lark Creek Restaurant Group, is a semifinalist for the outstanding restaurateur award. Another semifinalist for the outstanding restaurateur award is Tim Stannard of the Bacchus Management Group, which owns Pizza Antica.

A total of 20 semifinalists were selected in each category. Finalists for the James Beard Awards will be announced on March 22. Winners will be selected on May 3.

Posted on Friday, February 19th, 2010
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Orinda wants public input on sign regulations

Notice on the Orinda Web site that they’re looking to update their sign regulations and they want public input:

Workshop Date & Location:  Feb 23, 2010, 6:00 PM, Garden Room, Orinda Library, 26 Orinda Way

After the Planning Department receives public input through the survey and at the workshop, we will prepare a draft set of new sign regulations for the Planning Commission and City Council to consider.

To view the existing sign regulations in the municipal code, please click here.

To view examples of various sign types described in the code click here.

To take the brief survey, click here.  Thank you in advance for your input.

Nice to see their example of a billboard (second link) features a Mike Singletary cameo.

Posted on Friday, February 19th, 2010
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Lafayette schools superintendent: We’re all to blame for education woes

Here’s an excerpt from a guest editorial by Lafayette School District Superintendent Fred Brill in today’s San Francisco Chronicle:

The primary focus in education has been “equity” – addressing the low achievement of students of color, students of low socioeconomic status – but profound fiscal challenges are shifting our attention. Public school districts across the state are increasing class sizes, decreasing the length of the school year, eliminating professional development and eviscerating art, music, athletic and summer school programs.

Brill goes on to say that maybe the blame for the state’s current education crisis should be shared between educators who don’t fight cuts to programs, parents who write checks rather than try to fix the system and state lawmakers who are responsible for gutting education funding.

Read the full article online here.

Posted on Friday, February 19th, 2010
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Correction to off-leash dog story

A number of people have called me to point out a typo in this morning’s story in the Sun about the off-leash dog issue in Moraga. A couple paragraphs from the end, I misquote Bill Cosden, a member of the Friends of Rancho Laguna Park. Cosden actually said that constructing a dog park somewhere else in town would be unnecessary as well as expensive.

Although we reporters sometimes like to think we never make mistakes, the pressure of deadlines means we obviously do, and unfortunately this one led to the story saying the complete opposite of what Bill actually told me. I apologize for the error and appreciate those of you who called to point it out, because we want to make sure we set the record straight.

The story should be reposted online and we’ll have a correction in next week’s Sun.

Posted on Friday, February 19th, 2010
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New Contra Costa County judge from Moraga

Rebecca C. Hardie, 48, of Moraga, has been appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to become a judge for the Contra Costa County Superior Court. The republican governor made the announcement today of his selection of the democratic judge.

Hardie has worked as a lawyer for PG&E since 2004. Prior to joining PG&E, Hardie spent time working as an assistant U.S. attorney, a deputy district attorney, a federal probation officer and a lawyer in a private firm.

Hardie graduated cum laude with a bachelor of science from Western Michigan University in 1983. She earned her law degree from the Hastings School of Law at the University of California San Francisco in 1991.

Posted on Thursday, February 18th, 2010
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Disc golf vs. bocce battle looming?

From the “There’s a Group For Everything” files comes this series of posts on the San Francisco Disc Golf Club‘s forum about the impending elimination of two frisbee golf (frolf?) holes at Moraga Commons to make way for more bocce ball courts.

Forum writers say club members should show up to the council’s meeting on Feb. 24 to protest the elimination of the holes. Parks and Recreation Director Jay Ingram said while anyone is welcome to address the council, there is no agenda item about the course at that meeting.

Discussion about changes to Moraga Commons are “preliminary, said Ingram, as he tries to work with disc golf club members who want to preserve the course and bocce players who say they need more courts. The bocce club has outgrown its course and has been turning away other teams that wish to play there. Adding two bocce courts would mean the elimination of one disc golf hole and the relocation of another, Ingram said.

There’s also (very early) talk about putting a dog park in the Commons — full story on that to be posted shortly to — which could eliminate another golf hole.

Right now, Ingram said, he’s talking with both groups and “trying to make two passionate user groups happy as best i can with the limited space we have in our parks.”

Personally, if the situation were to escalate, I give the advantage to the disc golfers. Bocce balls are heavier, but frisbees are faster and I’m guessing those golfers are pretty accurate.

Posted on Thursday, February 18th, 2010
Under: Moraga, Uncategorized | 3 Comments »

NCS soccer playoffs first round results

The Campolindo and Miramonte girls soccer teams both won their first round games tonight and will meet each other in a quarterfinal game on Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. at Miramonte. The two teams were co-champions of the DFAL this season and split their two games against each other.

The Campolindo girls beat St. Mary’s, 4-0, in the first round, while Miramonte beat Hayward, 2-0.

The Acalanes girls advanced to the quarterfinals with a 2-0 win over El Cerrito. They will play at host Berean Christian at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday.

The Acalanes and Campolindo boys teams also both advanced to the quarterfinals. Acalanes beat Concord, 1-0, and will host Piedmont on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. Campolindo beat Las Lomas, 2-0, and will play at Bishop O’Dowd on Saturday at 2:00 p.m.

Posted on Wednesday, February 17th, 2010
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