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Archive for May, 2010

Campolindo and Miramonte baseball, Acalanes softball advance

The second-seeded Campolindo baseball team will host an NCS Division 2 semifinal on Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. against the third seed, Redwood. The Cougars advanced to the semifinals by beating Rancho Cotate, 4-0, in the quarterfinals.

The Miramonte baseball team proved they were worthy of the number one seed in the NCS Division 3 playoffs by winning their quarterfinal game against Novato, 20-3. The Matadors will host a semifinal, also Wednesday at 5:00 p.m., against fourth-seeded Sir Francis Drake.

The Acalanes softball team used extra-inning heroics for the second straight game, beating Albany, 2-1, in the ninth inning. The Dons’ first round game went 11 innings. The fifth-seeded Dons will play at the number one seed, Bishop O’Dowd, Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.

Posted on Monday, May 31st, 2010
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Summer concert series coming soon

Orinda’s Summer Concerts in the Park will begin on Sunday, June 6, from 3:00 to 5:30 p.m., with a concert by The Mike Vax Jazz Orchestra. Following that up will be the regular Tuesday Night Series, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Tuesday, starting on June 22 with the band Pacific Coast. The band The Crises will perform on June 29. All concerts will be held in the Orinda Community Park.

The Moraga Summer Concert Series starts up on Thursday, June 17, with a show by the band Big Rain. The Moraga concerts are every Thursday, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the Moraga Commons Park.

Those attending the free concerts are always welcome to bring picnic dinners to enjoy while listening to the music.

Posted on Sunday, May 30th, 2010
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Lamorinda weekend news round-up

Going to try to start a new feature on the Lamorinda Sun blog where I list the week’s top Lamorinda stories and “in case you missed it”-type stuff. I’m starting with this week’s news from the CCT and Sun but will hopefully be able to expand beyond that.

So in case you missed it:

A Lafayette gas station attendant, suspected of killing his grandfather and shooting his grandmother, was arrested.

Moraga Town Manager Mike Segrest says he’ll have to step down due to his wife’s health.

There’s still no decision on Moraga’s Rancho Laguna II housing project.

The Lafayette Book Store is closing.

John Hampton, a retired Marine who helped found Toys for Tots, turned 103.

School officials react to the governor’s budget.

Moraga has some new Eagle scouts (welcome to the club guys!)

Posted on Saturday, May 29th, 2010
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Troop 246’s newest Eagle Scouts

Moraga’s Boy Scout Troop 246 recently had seven of its members earn the honor of Eagle Scout, the highest rank available. One of the members, Max Weinstein, attends Miramonte High School, while the other six new Eagle Scouts attend Campolindo High School. They are Theodore Geoghegan, Matthew Morton, Michael Tappe, Henry Seeley, Colton Jang and Layth Ramatala.

In order to earn the honor of Eagle Scout, each member had to successfully complete an Eagle Project, which is typically something that benefits the community.

The Eagle Projects completed by this group included installing an arbor, benches, birdhouses and a path at Rheem Elementary School’s Community Garden.

Posted on Saturday, May 29th, 2010
Under: Moraga, Schools | 1 Comment »

NCS baseball quarterfinals today; softball quarterfinals tomorrow

The Campolindo baseball team won their opening game, 5-3, against Ukiah in the NCS Division 2 playoffs. The second-seeded Cougars will host the seventh seed, Rancho Cotate, today at 5:00 p.m.

Miramonte’s top-seeded baseball team will be hosting a quarterfinal in the Division 3 playoffs against ninth-seeded Novato today at 5:00 p.m. The Matadors had a bye in the first round.

The fifth-seeded Acalanes softball team will play at the fourth seed, Albany, on Saturday at 2:00 p.m, in a Division 3 quarterfinal. The Dons beat Encinal, 2-1, in an eleven-inning first-round thriller.

The seventh-seeded Acalanes baseball team was upset in the Division 3 first round by the tenth seed, Arcata, 7-4. Campolindo’s fifth-seeded softball team suffered an upset in the opening round of the Division 2 playoffs, losing, 10-6, to the 12th seed, Clayton Valley.

Posted on Friday, May 28th, 2010
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Acalanes student newspaper wins national award

The Acalanes student newspaper, Blueprint, was recently named the “Most Outstanding High School Newspaper for 2009″ by the American Scholastic Press Association. Blueprint was selected as the best from 59 total entries in its category. Blueprint earned the same honor in 1999.

Blueprint also recently received the 2010 Dean S. Lesher Award for Overall Excellence from the Contra Costa Times. One of the editors-in-chief of Blueprint, Jessie Welcomer, received individual honors from the Contra Costa Times as well. Welcomer earned the Scholastic Journalist Award for her hard news reporting.

The Blueprint’s website can be found online here:

Posted on Thursday, May 27th, 2010
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Local branch of AAUW honor their Distinguished Woman

The Orinda-Moraga-Lafayette Branch of the American Association of University Women held a special luncheon on May 18 at the Orinda Country Club. During the luncheon, the organization honored Mary Stevens Smith as the recipient of the 2010 Distinguished Woman Award. Smith has been a  major contributor to the branch during more than 30 years as a member.

The current board president of the branch, Leslie Pfeifer, also used the luncheon as a time to present the branch’s new president, Mary Helene Tietz.

During a recap of the past year, it was revealed that the branch was first in the state in contributions to legal advocacy.

For more information about the local branch of the AAUW, visit their website at

Posted on Wednesday, May 26th, 2010
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Lafayette Book Store closing

Another casualty of the economy. The owners of Lafayette Book Store say they’ll be closing their store on July 29 due to the inability to come to an agreement on a new lease with their landlord and the challenging economic conditions.

In a message on the store’s website, owner Dave Simpson says the store will continue to operate without a physical location, maintaining their presence at community events and providing overnight shipping on special orders.

On the website, Simpson did note that the opening of the new library, with its used book store, did result in a measurable decline in revenue for his store. He did, however, add that he remains supportive of the new library.

You can read more about the book store’s closure oat You can also fine the bookstore on Facebook.

Posted on Wednesday, May 26th, 2010
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NCS baseball and softball playoffs begin

The NCS baseball playoffs are scheduled to begin today, although the weather could affect games being played. Campolindo received the second seed in the Division 2 playoffs and will host Ukiah in the first round. Miramonte is the number one seed in the Division 3 playoffs and have a first-round bye. Acalanes is the seventh seed in Division 3 and will travel to play at Arcata in the first round.

The NCS softball playoffs are scheduled to start Wednesday. Campolindo is the fifth seed in the Division 2 playoffs and will host Clayton Valley. Acalanes received the fifth seed and will host Encinal in the first round. The Miramonte softball team was not eligible for the playoffs.

All games are scheduled for 5:00 p.m.

Posted on Tuesday, May 25th, 2010
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Dyleski’s appeal denied

Scott Dyleski’s sentence of life without parole will stand. The U.S. Supreme Court denied the appeal, which argued that Dyleski’s life without parole sentence was cruel and unusual punishment for a minor.

An earlier appeal, arguing about the validity of the DNA evidence and the fact that the trial location was not moved, was denied previously in state courts.

Dyleski is serving his life without parole sentence for the 2005 murder of his neighbor, Pamela Vitale, in Lafayette. Dyleski, who was 16 and an Acalanes student at the time of the murder, was tried as an adult.

Posted on Monday, May 24th, 2010
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