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Archive for November, 2010

Campolindo girls volleyball to play for state title

The Campolindo girls volleyball team once again dominated a playoff game, beating NCS rival Sir Francis Drake Tuesday night, 25-16, 25-17, 25-14. The win Tuesday night gave the Cougars the Northern California Division III championship with just one game left to claim the Division III state title.

Campolindo will face off against Cathedral Catholic-San Diego on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at the San Jose State Event Center. The Cougars are going for their second state title in girls volleyball. The program won the state title in 2006.

The Cougars are 33-3 on the season, but they have played their best volleyball in the playoffs. The Cougars have not dropped a single set in their last four games.

Posted on Tuesday, November 30th, 2010
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Orinda council nixes height limit increase at proposed senior housing site

Just filed. Full story in Friday’s Sun.

ORINDA — The City Council moved a proposed downtown senior housing development forward but declined to increase the building height limit at the project site.

Council members, and several residents, said Monday it would be premature to make a decision about building height at one downtown site while community discussions about height limits throughout the downtown are still taking place.

Eden Housing, Inc., is proposing a 67-unit low-income senior housing development at 2 Irwin Way.

The council changed the site’s zoning to allow for multifamily and senior housing, but removed provisions that would have increased the height limit to 50 feet.

The height limit throughout much of the downtown is 35 feet, and a proposal to increase it to 55 feet has run into fierce opposition. The city is currently holding workshops on a number of downtown proposals, including the height limit change.

Posted on Tuesday, November 30th, 2010
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Romeo and Juliet at Campolindo

The Campolindo High School drama program will be performing the play Romeo and Juliet this weekend. There will be two night performances at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 3, and Saturday, Dec. 4. There will also be a matinée performance at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday. All three of the performances will take place in Campolindo’s Performing Arts Center.

Tickets will be available at the door and cost $10 for adults and $5 for students.

The play was updated by the drama program to make it more current than Shakespeare’s original play. Some of the changes may be inappropriate for some children, so the Saturday afternoon show will be a “cleaner” version for young kids.

Posted on Monday, November 29th, 2010
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Local teams succeed in NCS and state playoffs

The Campolindo girls cross country team won the Division III state title on Saturday in dominant fashion, as all five of their scoring runners finished within the top 45 places. Junior Carrie Verdon won the individual state title as well, winning the race in a record time. The Acalanes girls finished seventh. On the boys side, Campolindo finished fifth.

The Miramonte boys dominated their NCS playoff game Saturday night, beating San Marin, 23-0. The Matadors will host Cardinal Newman-Santa Rosa in the semifinals on Friday night at 7:00 p.m.

The Campolindo girls volleyball team beat Sacred Heart Cathedral, 25-16, 27-25, 25-14, on Saturday night in the semifinals of the Northern California Division III Championships. They will have a rematch with Sir Francis Drake, who they beat in the NCS playoffs, in the NorCal Final Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m at Campolindo. If the Cougars win that, they will play in the state championship game on Saturday, Dec. 4.

Posted on Sunday, November 28th, 2010
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Free music performances at Saint Mary’s

The Saint Mary’s College student chorus, the NightinGaels, will be performing their annual holiday concerts this Sunday, Nov. 28, and Monday, Nov. 29. Sunday’s concert will be at 2:00 p.m., and Monday’s concert will be at 8:00 p.m. Both concerts, which will be held in the chapel on campus, are free and open to the public.

On Tuesday, Nov. 30, and Wednesday, Dec. 1, the Saint Mary’s student chamber musicians will be holding concerts of their own at 8:00 p.m. both nights. The group will be performing music from a variety of composers. Both concerts are free and open to the public.

Posted on Saturday, November 27th, 2010
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Donate stuffed animals to charity

The Moraga Police Officers Association and the organization S.A.F.E. (Stuffed Animals for Emergencies) are partnering once again during the holidays for a stuffed animal donation drive for charity.

Donated stuffed animals are sent to fire and police departments to give to children who are affected by fires, crimes and deaths of family members. Some stuffed animals are also sent to troops to give to children in countries affected by war.

Stuffed animals can be donated by dropping them off in the lobby at the Moraga Police Department , which is located at 329 Rheem Blvd. The stuffed animals can be new or slightly used.

Posted on Friday, November 26th, 2010
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Happy Thanksgiving from the Lamorinda Sun Blog

Happy Thanksgiving to all of our loyal readers from the Lamorinda Sun Blog!

While it’s a bit chilly, the weather is about as nice as you could expect for the holiday with the sun shining and no expected rain. If you have an outdoor party going on, it might be a good idea to get inside before it gets too late though, as temperatures are expected to drop into the 30s by 7:00 or 8:00 p.m.

If all of the Thanksgiving football gets you in the mood for more, the Miramonte football team is hosting San Marin-Novato Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. in the NCS Division III quarterfinals.

Posted on Thursday, November 25th, 2010
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The Nutcracker in Moraga

The California Academy of Performing Arts will present their annual performances of The Nutcracker in just a few weeks. The performances will be Friday, Dec. 10, at 7:00 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 11, at 2:00 and 7:00 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 12, at 2:00 p.m.

More than 150 young performers will come together to present the holiday classic complete with elaborate stage design. All performances will take place at the Campolindo Performing Arts Center.

Tickets for all shows are $20 each. A ticket order form is available online. For more information on the production of The Nutcracker, visit CAPA’s website at

Posted on Wednesday, November 24th, 2010
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Steve Falk tells you about a magical place called Lafayette

When did you know Lafayette was truly your home? That’s the question the Lafayette city staff asked in a slideshow presented during the city’s annual Thanksgiving breakfast last week.

The video (below) is about 15 minutes long and includes some pretty cool photos — most taken by Lafayette staff — of a variety of Lafayette scenes like the reservoir, the downtown and the schools. And there are plenty of smiling Lafayette residents as they enjoy the Art and Wine Festival, sporting events and, of course, the beautiful hills and trails surrounding the city.

So this Thanksgiving, after the turkey has been carved and the last slice of pumpkin pie served, sit back and let the tryptophan kick in while City Manager Steven B. Falk whisks you to a magical place where the beer at the Roundup is always free and everyone gets a puppy.

Posted on Wednesday, November 24th, 2010
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Lafayette’s lighting upgrade

The City of Lafayette recently became the recipient of a $137,000 federal grant to upgrade the streetlights in the downtown area.

The 235 streetlights will be upgraded with one of two possible “greener” solutions. The city is currently studying whether the replacement lights should be LED or induction. Several streetlights near Lafayette Plaza have the potential replacements currently on display, which are far brighter than the lights currently installed throughout the city.

Due to higher costs of LED, fewer streetlights would be able to receive an upgrade, so in order to cover the entire downtown area, induction would need to be the choice.

The upgrades are scheduled to take place in early 2011.

Posted on Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010
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