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Archive for June, 2010

Search is on for home burglar

A search for a suspect in a Lafayette home burglary resulted in the area around the Lafayette BART station becoming littered with police vehicles this afternoon. Units from the Lafayette, Moraga and Orinda police departments were on the scene. BART police were also offering their help.

The suspect allegedly broke into and burglarized a home on Happy Valley Road, just up the street from the Lafayette BART station. Local police have recently been focused on an increase in home burglaries in the area.

Police have not yet reported whether they were able to apprehend the suspect.

The news was first reported online on the EastBay Daze blog over at http://www.eastbaydaze.com.

Posted on Thursday, June 17th, 2010
Under: Crime, Lafayette | No Comments »

A blog post full of Awesome

camp_anawannaGot an e-mail this afternoon from Lafayette Parks and Rec director Jennifer Russell that can really only be described as awesome. Subject line: The awesomeness of Camp Awesome.

Russell tells me that a week of Camp Awesome is already in the books but there is one being held every week of the summer. There are also some specialized camps, including fencing, jewelry making, video production and cheerleading, she said.

What, no summer outlet for budding journalists?

This year parents can also pick up an Awesome Card “that can be used for specific camp days offering maximum flexibility for busy families with changing schedules.”

Not convinced? Take a look at the photo below. They’ve got a parachute. Awesome.

You can sign up for Camp Awesome at www.lafayetterec.org or at the Lafayette Community Center. The week-long camps run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and cost $158. Early care from 7:30-9 a.m. is $38. There are also week-long afternoon camps from 2-5 p.m. for $82. High schoolers can sign up to be camp leaders for $78 (mornings) and $41 (afternoons).

Camp Awesome 01

Posted on Thursday, June 17th, 2010
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Moraga Summer Concert Series starts tomorrow

The increasingly popular Moraga Summer Concert Series kicks off Thursday night with its first concert of the summer.

Each Thursday during the summer, the Moraga Commons Park will host a concert from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The concerts are free to the public. While a snack bar is open for the duration of the concerts, attendees are also welcome to bring food of their own to enjoy while sitting on the hillside. Concert attendees typically bring either blankets to sit on or chairs.

The opening concert will feature the country band Big Rain. The concert on June 24 will feature Plastic Onion, a Beatles tribute band.

Posted on Wednesday, June 16th, 2010
Under: Moraga, Music | No Comments »

MOFD report on Orinda electrical accident

Story to be posted on ContraCostaTimes.com soon on the Moraga-Orinda Fire District’s report on the electrical accident in Orinda that severely injured two men June 5. You can take a look at the report by clicking the link below or going to www.mofd.org.

MOFD Vintage Incident

Posted on Wednesday, June 16th, 2010
Under: Orinda | No Comments »

Five people arrested for Orinda home burglaries

Three burglary suspects were arrested in Concord Monday when a car stolen from an Orinda home was spotted at a hotel. A report came into Orinda police Monday morning that the car had been stolen from a home on Charles Hill Road. The home had also been burglarized by the suspects.

On Tuesday, police were notified that a U-Haul truck was parked outside of the same home. When police responded to the call, they found two additional burglary suspects inside of the home. They also found stolen furniture from the home inside of the truck.

Orinda police believe that there may be additional people involved in the burglary, and that this group of suspects may have committed other local burglaries recently.

Posted on Tuesday, June 15th, 2010
Under: Crime, Orinda | No Comments »

Helicopters above Lamorinda this morning

Wondering what those helicopters were doing hovering above Lafayette and Moraga this morning? They’re from PG&E. Ace CCT reporter Robert Salonga has the story.

Posted on Tuesday, June 15th, 2010
Under: Lafayette, Lamorinda, Moraga | No Comments »

Caldecott Tunnel’s fourth bore progress

Construction crews working on the fourth bore of the Caldecott Tunnel will begin constructing the drilling device that will be used to actually bore the hole in the hill. The construction of the drill will take place on the Orinda side of the tunnel beginning this week, so it will be visible shortly.

In addition to the drill, crews will soon be building retaining walls and portal walls. Once all of these items have been constructed, the actual process of boring out the dirt will begin.

Crews have already cleared the hillsides on both sides of the future fourth bore and have constructed sound walls.

Posted on Monday, June 14th, 2010
Under: Orinda, Roads | 1 Comment »

Local theater update

The Orinda Starlight Village Players are performing “A Murder is Announced” every Friday and Saturday night during June. Each performance will start at 8:30 p.m. in the outdoor theater in the Orinda Community Park, which is next to the library. Tickets are $16 for adults and $8 for seniors and minors.

The play “Proof” is currently being presented at the Lafayette Town Hall Theatre. Performances can be seen each Thursday, Friday and Saturday night through July 3 at 8:00 p.m. There are also Sunday¬†shows at 2:00 p.m. the next two Sundays and at 7:00 p.m. on June 27. Tickets vary in price from $22.50 to $29.50 and can be purchased at the box office or online.

Posted on Sunday, June 13th, 2010
Under: Lafayette, Orinda | No Comments »

Chile Benefit Concert in Moraga

Terzetto Cuisine Restaurant in the Moraga Center will be hosting a Chile Benefit Concert this Monday, June 14. The concert will begin at 7:00 p.m.

The concert will include performances by Rafael Manriquez, a guitarist and vocalist from Chile, as well as several local performers, including Carol Alban, Nancy Tyler and Jukka-Pekka Vainio.

Terzetto will be open while the concert is taking place, so those attending the concert can order meals or beverages.

There is a suggested donation of $10-15 for attending the concert, although donations of more money are gladly appreciated, as all donations are going toward the relief efforts in Chile.

For reservations, call (925) 376-3832.

Posted on Saturday, June 12th, 2010
Under: Moraga, Music | No Comments »

Housing advocates put pressure on Lafayette

In the letter attached to this post, affordable housing advocates have given Lafayette a 60-day deadline to change its housing policy to encourage the construction of more low-income housing.

The city’s strict hillside preservation ordinance and design review process prevent the construction of more dense housing for low income residents, according to the letter from Bay Area Legal Aid and the Public Interest Law Project on behalf of Housing Rights, Inc.

The state requires the city to set policies to allow for the construction of the city’s allocation of low-income housing. The city has been revising its draft housing element at the request of the state’s Department of Housing and Community Development.

– Paul Thissen (Jonathan Morales is off today.)

Letter from housing advocates

Posted on Friday, June 11th, 2010
Under: Uncategorized | 3 Comments »