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Archive for August, 2010

Small earthquake shakes the area

A small earthquake shook the Lamorinda area around dinnertime tonight. The 3.2-magnitude quake created a light shake at 6:27 p.m., which lasted for just a few seconds.

The earthquake was centered in Concord at a depth of 9.6 miles below the surface, according to the United States Geological Society.

No reports of any damage or injuries have been reported. Earthquakes this size typically do not result in much, if any, damage.

More specific, scientific details about this earthquake can be found on the United States Geological Society’s website here, while a summary of recent earthquakes around the Bay Area can be found online here.

Posted on Tuesday, August 31st, 2010
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High school football opens season on Friday

Acalanes, Campolindo and Miramonte all open their 2010 high school football seasons this Friday, Sept. 3.

Acalanes will open their season at home against Ygnacio Valley at 7:00 p.m. The Dons finished last season with a record of 5-6, following an opening round playoff loss to Analy High School of Sebastopol.

Campolindo travels to play an away game at Albany High School at 5:30 p.m. The Cougars also finished 5-6 last season, losing to Fortuna in the opening round of the playoffs.

Miramonte hosts Analy High School at 7:00 p.m. Despite finishing 4-6 in the regular season last year, the Matadors made a run to the semifinals of the NCS playoffs before falling to Encinal. The Matadors finished with a record of 6-7.

Posted on Monday, August 30th, 2010
Under: Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda, Schools, Sports | No Comments »

Opening on Orinda Parks and Recreation Commission

The City of Orinda is currently looking to fill an opening on the Orinda Parks and Recreation Commission. The person selected to fill the opening would complete a term that continues until Feb. 28, 2012.

Those interested in joining the seven-member commission must be available to attend the commission’s meeting, which take place at 7:00 p.m. on the second Wednesday of every month. Applicants must be residents of Orinda and understand that it is a volunteer position.

To pick up an application, visit the City Clerk’s Office at 22 Orinda Way. If you have questions or require more information, call (925) 253-4221, or send an email to

Posted on Sunday, August 29th, 2010
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Youth soccer tournament at Stanley

If you have been in downtown Lafayette at all today, you may have noticed a large amount of children running around in jerseys. The reason for that? The Lamorinda Soccer Club is hosting their youth soccer tournament, the Hot August Jamboree, this weekend at Stanley Middle School.

The “jamboree” consists of Under-9 and Under-10-year-old boys and girls teams from all over the Bay Area. With three fields set up across the Stanley grass and games kicking off from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. both days, there is a lot of soccer being played.

Posted on Saturday, August 28th, 2010
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Lafayette’s Forte leaving SNL

Actor/comedian Will Forte will not be returning to the cast of Saturday Night Live for the upcoming season. Forte, who grew up in Lafayette and attended Acalanes High School, was a member of the Saturday Night Live cast for eight seasons.

Forte was the star of the movie MacGruber, which debuted at theaters on May 21. The movie, based on a character Forte played on Saturday Night Live, did not experience much success at the box office.

Forte is likely to continue focusing on his acting career.

Here is an interview with Will Forte prior to the release of the MacGruber movie…

Posted on Friday, August 27th, 2010
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Lamorinda Sun on Facebook

We’ve helped Mark Zuckerberg expand his empire: The Lamorinda Sun is on Facebook. We’ll be posting stories and information, and it will provide another opportunity for you to give us feedback. You can share your own stories, posts and photos and participate in discussions about Lamorinda issues.

We don’t get to reserve a username until we have 25 fans, so help us out by typing “Lamorinda Sun” into your Facebook search field (or just clicking here) and clicking “like.” Then feel free to post comments and share your thoughts about Lamorinda happenings!

Posted on Friday, August 27th, 2010
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Candidates’ forums TV schedule

The city council candidates’ forum tapings are completed (and my article on the Lafayette forum was posted last night). Finally got the TV schedule yesterday. They’ll be shown on Comcast channel 26 on Sept. 25, Oct. 2 and Oct. 9. Here are the times:

  • Lafayette City Council: 4 p.m.
  • Orinda City Council: 6 p.m.
  • Moraga Town Council: 6:30 p.m.

The forums will also be available sometime next week at

Posted on Friday, August 27th, 2010
Under: Lafayette, Lamorinda, Moraga, Orinda | No Comments »

All Orinda Reunion set for Labor Day weekend

Were you part of one of the graduating classes at Miramonte or Campolindo when the schools were still in their early years? If so, then there is a reunion set for Labor Day weekend for you.

The All Orinda Reunion 2010 is specifically looking to bring together the Mats and Cougars from the Classes of 1959-1975, although those who grew up in the area before or after those dates are welcome to join as well.

On Friday night, there will be several smaller parties, dividing the group up into schools, while everyone will come together for a big celebration on Saturday night.

For more information about the reunion and its events, visit Tickets can be purchased online through their website as well.

Posted on Thursday, August 26th, 2010
Under: Moraga, Orinda, Schools | No Comments »

New cafe/bakery and day camp coming to Lafayette

La Boulange, a café and bakery, is set to open Sept. 1 in Lafayette after final inspections were successfully completed last week. La Boulange will be located at 3597 Mt. Diablo Blvd. The successful chain has stores open throughout San Francisco, two in Marin County and one in Danville. For more information, visit their website at

Sienna Ranch, located off of Deer Hill Road in Lafayette, recently had its request to amend its land-use permit approved by the Planning Commission, so that the facility can be used to host camps, classes and other events. For more information about Sienna Ranch, visit

Posted on Wednesday, August 25th, 2010
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No decision on the Dollar Tree…yet

Since the Dollar Tree’s application to open a store in the Rheem Valley Shopping Center was confirmed in July, it has been a hot topic in Moraga. At a meeting last night in the JM Auditorium, local residents and business owners argued for both sides.

With the passionate arguments coming to a close for the night, those in attendance expected to hear a decision. They didn’t get one. A decision will not be made until the next meeting on Sept. 7.

The planned location for the Dollar Tree store would be where Blockbuster was, as well as the spaces to the immediate left and right.

Let us know how you feel about the issue.

Posted on Tuesday, August 24th, 2010
Under: Moraga | No Comments »