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Archive for March, 2010

OIS presents “Annie”

The Bulldog Theatre Company, comprised of students from Orinda Intermediate School, will be putting on the play “Annie” in April. A total of 104 OIS students will be part of the production, either performing or on the tech crew.

The first two shows will be after school at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 21, and Thursday, April 22. On Friday, April 23, there will be two performances, one at 5:00 p.m. and one at 8:00 p.m. There will also be two performances on Saturday, April 24, at 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Tickets are $6 for the Wednesday and Thursday shows and $8 for all other shows. Premium seats are $10 each. Tickets can be purchased online.

All performances will be in the Multipurpose Room at OIS.

Posted on Friday, March 26th, 2010
Under: Orinda, Schools | No Comments »

Best. Saint Mary’s song. Ever.

UPDATE 3:31: Marcello now has a Facebook fan page. And 55 fans.

Young Marcello Severo of Lafayette submits his entry for the Gaels’ new fight song. Tip-off is 4:27 tonight.

Posted on Friday, March 26th, 2010
Under: Moraga, Music, Sports | No Comments »

Police logs: The Great Home Robbery edition

The big story this week is the rash of home burglaries in Lafayette. City Manager Steven Falk detailed the incidents in his weekly e-mail blast last Friday. Residents have set up a Google group and a neighborhood watch program, and Chief Mike Hubbard said a couple of the alleged burglars have been arrested.

All told, between March 9 and March 19 I counted more than a dozen residential burglaries.

Also, about $1,400 worth of stuff was taken from an unlocked car in the 400 block of Moraga Way in Orinda on St. Patty’s Day. That’s not completely bad luck. Lock your cars, folks.

Finally, EastBayDaze has this post about snatch-and-grab thefts of iPhones in Orinda.

Posted on Thursday, March 25th, 2010
Under: Crime, Lafayette, Orinda | No Comments »

Campolindo baseball wins in dramatic fashion

The high school baseball season may just be in its early stages, but that didn’t stop the Campolindo baseball team from making two dramatic comebacks in their game against Foothill on Wednesday.

Trailing 2-1 with two outs in the sixth inning, the Cougars were able to bring in a run and tie the game. After a scoreless seventh inning, the game headed into extra innings (high school games have seven regulation innings).

In the top of the ninth inning, Foothill gained a 4-2 lead on a two-run home run. The Cougars fought back hard, stringing together a rally and bringing three men home in the bottom of the ninth to win 5-4.

The win improved Campolindo’s record to 6-1 on the season.

Posted on Thursday, March 25th, 2010
Under: Moraga, Schools, Sports | No Comments »

Man attacks ranger at Lafayette Reservoir

An alleged drunk man attacked an East Bay Regional Parks District ranger around 3:30 p.m. on Monday at the Lafayette Reservoir.

The dispute began when the ranger went to talk to the man who was attempting to get into his car. Another visitor to the Lafayette Reservoir informed the ranger that the man was drunk.

The man attempted to fight the ranger and then chased after the ranger before falling down and suffering minor injuries to his face and chest. The man was taken to the hospital to treat the injuries.

Police investigators plan to get the man charged with drunk in public.

Posted on Wednesday, March 24th, 2010
Under: Crime, Lafayette | No Comments »

One lane of Glorietta in Orinda closed

Just in from the city of Orinda:

EBMUD is currently making an emergency repair of a water valve at #145 Glorietta Boulevard.

Traffic is reduced to one-lane. Crews are on site directing traffic.  The reduction to one-lane of traffic is expected to remain in effect until 10:00 p.m. tonight.

Posted on Wednesday, March 24th, 2010
Under: Orinda, Roads | No Comments »

Gaels get rousing send off

Per a Facebook update from a friend traveling with the Saint Mary’s men’s basketball team, the Gaels have just landed in Houston for the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament.

This morning, they got a rousing sendoff at the Moraga campus. Here’s a few photos sent along to me by Edy Schwartz. We’ll have more photos as well as a story by higher education reporter Matt Krupnick about the impact of the team’s success on college admissions in tomorrow’s Times.

Gaels' center Omar Samhan with some local children.

Gaels' star senior center Omar Samhan with some local kids.

Gael sendoff 01

Local media line up near the gym.

Gael sendoff 02

Samhan speaks to members of the media.

In case you haven’t heard, the Gaels take on Baylor University at 4:27 p.m. Friday. The game will be televised on CBS.

Posted on Wednesday, March 24th, 2010
Under: Moraga, Sports | No Comments »

Egg Hunt in Lafayette

Lafayette’s “Annual Egg Hunt” will be held the day before Easter, Saturday, April 3, starting at 10:00 a.m. The event, sponsored by the Lafayette Rotary Club, is open to children ages 2 through students in the third grade.

The grass at Lafayette Plaza Park will have an assortment of candy for the children to find and put in their baskets.

The Easter Bunny will also be at the Egg Hunt, so all participants can get their picture taken.

The Lafayette Park Plaza is located at the corner of Mt. Diablo Boulevard and Moraga Road. Parking can be a mess around there, so arrive early to ensure a close parking spot.

Posted on Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010
Under: Lafayette | No Comments »

High school baseball and softball update

The baseball teams at Acalanes, Campolindo and Miramonte are all off to strong starts to their seasons, as the three teams have only lost twice in their 18 combined games. Miramonte has won all six of their games, while Acalanes and Campolindo have matching 5-1 records. Miramonte won the DFAL last year, while Campolindo finished second, and Acalanes finished fifth.

The Acalanes, Campolindo and Miramonte softball teams have not seen the same success as the baseball teams. All three teams are currently 1-3 overall. Last year in the DFAL, Acalanes finished second, Campolindo finished fourth, and Miramonte tied for last.

Both the DFAL baseball and softball regular seasons open up on Tuesday, March 30.

Posted on Monday, March 22nd, 2010
Under: Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda, Schools, Sports | No Comments »

Gaels spread the Moraga name

So where’s Moraga? If you’re the rest of the country, by now you probably have a vague idea of it being somewhere near San Francisco (the Associated Press for a while had it placed north of Oakland). If you’re paying closer attention, you know that it’s in a (insert chosen synonym for “pretty” here) East Bay hills and is a small, small town.

But at least you’ve heard the name. And Mayor Ken Chew says that’s a good thing. He told KCBS’s Bob Butler that Saint Mary’s unlikely journey to the second weekend of the NCAA basketball tournament will good for the town and help further integrate the college into the town’s identity. The latter part was a major goal of the town’s Revenue Enhancement Committee.

Those posting comments over at EastBayDaze are a little more skeptical, with one saying “I don’t want to be on anyone’s map.”

A Google News search timeline shows that the number of stories mentioning Moraga jumped from practically zero last Thursday to more than 600 by this weekend.

Meanwhile, after the victory Chew confessed his divided loyalties to the Times, saying his son plays soccer for the University of Richmond, the Gaels’ vanquished first round opponent.

“I said I’d toss a coin. Whoever wins gets me rooting for them in the first half, and then I’ll root for the other team in the second half,” he told Matthias Gafni. “Now, I am fully behind Saint Mary’s.”

Meanwhile, here’s a great video recap by Saint Mary’s student Bryan Navarro.

Posted on Monday, March 22nd, 2010
Under: Moraga, Sports | No Comments »