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Archive for May, 2010

NCS volleyball and lacrosse playoffs start this week

The NCS boys’ volleyball playoffs will start tomorrow with just one of the Lamorinda high schools involved. Campolindo will be the lone local representative, but the Cougars do enter the Division 2 bracket as the favorite. The Cougars are the number one seed and will host Novato at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday night.

Acalanes, Campolindo and Miramonte will all have their boys’ and girls’ lacrosse teams playing in the first round of the NCS playoffs on Wednesday night.

On the boys side, eighth-seeded Miramonte and ninth-seeded Acalanes will play each other in the first round at Miramonte at 7:00 p.m. Campolindo, the 14th seed, will play at third-seeded San Ramon Valley also at 7:00 p.m.

The seventh-seeded Acalanes girls will host the tenth seed, Davis, at 7:00 p.m. Miramonte, the eleventh seed, will travel to play at Redwood at 5:30 p.m. Campolindo, the twelfth seed, will play at fifth-seeded California at 7:00 p.m.

Posted on Monday, May 17th, 2010
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Get a “Taste of Lafayette” on Tuesday

The 8th Annual “Taste of Lafayette” event will take place Tuesday, May 18, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Check-in for the event begins at 5:30 p.m. in Lafayette Plaza. There will be live music, wine and appetizers available following check-in.

A total of 15-20 different restaurants along Lafayette’s “Restaurant Row” (essentially Mt. Diablo Blvd.) will be offering samples during the “Taste of Lafayette” event. Those participating can walk from restaurant to restaurant or can ride the shuttle bus that will be provided.

To buy tickets for this event, visit, call 925-284-7404, or visit the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, located at 100 Lafayette Circle, Suite 103.

Posted on Sunday, May 16th, 2010
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Campolindo sweeps DFAL track and field

The Campolindo boys and girls track and field teams each won their respective DFAL title at the DFAL Championships on Friday.

The Campolindo boys earned surprise points in several events that turned what was supposed to be a competitive final into a blowout win for the Cougars. The Cougars earned 141 points, while second-place Miramonte earned 98. Acalanes finished in fourth place with 59 points.

The Campolindo girls won a tighter competition, edging out Acalanes, 139-112, for the win. The Cougars and Dons blew away the rest of the DFAL, as third-place Dublin finished with just 62 points. Miramonte finished in fourth place with 60 points.

Posted on Saturday, May 15th, 2010
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Rancho Laguna photovisuals up

The developer for the Rancho Laguna II project in Moraga has put their photo and video simulations online. You can find them here.

The appeal of the controversial 27-lot project will be before the Town Council on May 26. The council first heard the appeal on Oct. 28 and asked the applicant to return with the additional visuals. Over the next six months the appeal was continued multiple times to give the applicant and staff enough time to prepare the requested information. All signs, however, point to the matter finally being heard again on May 26.

The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School.

Posted on Friday, May 14th, 2010
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High school baseball update

Campolindo is currently in second place in the DFAL, but the Cougars will have a shot at finishing as co-champions of the league. The Cougars are currently 7-4 with one game remaining against Alhambra. Alhambra is 7-3, so a Cougars win in the final league game on Thursday, May 20, would put the teams in a tie for first.

Miramonte is currently in third with a 6-4 league record. The Matadors two remaining games are against the two last place teams in the league, Acalanes and Las Lomas. If the Matadors can win both games, they will be cheering for rival Campolindo to beat Alhambra, putting the three teams in a tie for first place at season’s end.

Acalanes is currently 4-6 in the DFAL, but their 14-8 overall record should be good enough for a spot in the NCS playoffs.

Posted on Friday, May 14th, 2010
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Free concerts this Saturday

The Rotary of Lafayette will be hosting their 17th Annual Free Concert at the Res on Saturday, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Music programs from Lamorinda schools will be performing throughout the day. While food and drink will be available for purchase, many families also bring picnics to eat while listening to the music. It should be a great day to enjoy an outing with friends and family as the forecast says it will be around 70 degrees in the afternoon.

The Moraga Community Chorus will be performing their spring concert, “Music Interlude,” at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday in the Miramonte Gardens Clubhouse, located at 1 Miramonte Drive in Moraga. The concert is free to attend, but donations are accepted.

Posted on Thursday, May 13th, 2010
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Campo Chamber Singers invited to Carnegie Hall

carnegiehall1Keep your eyes peeled for a more detailed story about this in the Sun in the coming weeks, but some pretty cool news out of Campolindo High School. The school’s Chamber Singers have been invited to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

A press release I got this afternoon was a little vague on the timing, saying only they’ll perform at the Festival at Carnegie Hall in 2011 or 2012 (surely putting singers in the class of 2011 on edge).

The Carnegie Hall festival is one of the top dogs among the showcases put on by Heritage Festivals, a group I’m fairly familiar with from my high school days in band and choir (although we mostly just went to Disneyland). Campo’s singers earned the invitation to New York thanks to a Gold rating at a festival in Seattle.

Posted on Thursday, May 13th, 2010
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Orinda staff members bike to work

This sent from Orinda City Councilwoman Amy Worth. From left to right, City Manager Janet Keeter, Dorothy Dickson-Dodds, Scott Tracy, Katherine Nasset and Richard Yee celebrate Bike to Work Day in Orinda.

Orinda Bike to Work

They’re stopped at an “energizer” station in downtown Orinda to serve bicycle commuters as well as students heading to Miramonte or OIS. Worth said some staff members commuted from as far away as San Francisco (with help from BART). Energizer stations were set up in Lafayette as well.

If you’ve got Bike to Work photos you want to share, send them along to

Posted on Thursday, May 13th, 2010
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Celebration of William Combs’ life tomorrow

So this is me raising my hand and telling the ref the foul’s on me (at 5-foot-7, analogies are the closest I’ll get to a basketball court). This is admittedly late notice, but we just posted this online:

DANVILLE — A celebration of the life of William Combs, a three-time Moraga mayor, will be held Friday.

The celebration will begin at 2 p.m. at Crow Canyon Country Club, 711 Silver Lake Drive, Danville.

Combs, a longtime Moraga resident who moved to Danville in 2005 to be closer to his children, died April 26 at age 79.

He was one of Moraga’s first council members after the town incorporated in 1974 and served on that body for 12 years.

Posted on Thursday, May 13th, 2010
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Missing Orinda man found safe

Daniel “Ted” Lazarus, 70, of Orinda, was reported missing early Monday morning. Lazarus, who has dementia, was seen at 10:30 a.m. near the Saint Mary’s Library with a yellow mountain bike, police said.

According to the Contra Costa County sheriff’s office, Lazarus was found shortly after 9:00 p.m. on Bear Creek Road in Orinda.

The distance between Saint Mary’s College and Bear Creek Road in Orinda is about 10 miles.

Finding Lazarus became a major priority for police due to his age and illness putting him at risk. Despite the worries, Lazarus was in good health when he was found.

Posted on Wednesday, May 12th, 2010
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