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Archive for January, 2011

Register for kindergarten in Orinda

Registration for kindergarten in the Orinda Union School District is coming up in two weeks. Registration will take place at each individual school location between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. each day during Feb. 7-10.

To be eligible for kindergarten, kids must turn five years old before Dec. 2, 2011.

In order to register, parents must provide the following information: proof of age, proof of residency and an updated immunization record. There will also be several forms to fill out during the registration day.

For more information on registering for kindergarten in Orinda, check out the flyer that is available online through the OUSD website.

Posted on Monday, January 24th, 2011
Under: Orinda, Schools | No Comments »

30th anniversary celebration for LPE/LASF

The Lafayette Partners in Education will be celebrating their 30th anniversary with a crab feed this Friday, Jan. 28. The event will take place at the Lafayette Veterans Memorial Building, located at 3870 Mt. Diablo Blvd., from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Tickets to the crab feed are available for purchase online at or by calling 925-299-1644. Tickets are $55 each. All proceeds from the event will go to the foundation.

The night will include dinner, dessert, a cocktail hour and a host bar. There will also be raffles and auctions going on throughout the night.

The Lafayette Partners in Education was formerly known as the Lafayette Arts and Sciences Foundation.

Posted on Sunday, January 23rd, 2011
Under: Lafayette, Schools | No Comments »

New president for EBMUD

John Coleman, the director of the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) who represents the area including Lafayette, was elected as the new president of the EBMUD board Friday.

Coleman has served on the board for EBMUD since 1990 when he was elected for the first time, which makes him the longest-serving member of the board. In fact, this isn’t the first time Coleman will serve as the board’s president.

Coleman also works as the executive director of the Bay Planning Commission.

Katy Foulkes will continue to represent the area that includes Moraga and Orinda after being reelected to a new four-year term.

Posted on Saturday, January 22nd, 2011
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Friday night basketball

The Campolindo boys basketball team beat Alhambra, 68-52, on Friday night for their fourth consecutive win. With the win, the Cougars improve to 3-2 in DFAL play and 13-6 overall.

The Acalanes boys beat Dublin, 70-57, to improve to 3-2 in DFAL play and 10-9 overall. The win snapped a two-game losing streak.

The Campolindo girls crushed Alhambra, 66-19, in a game which included a 51-8 halftime lead. The Cougars are 4-1 in the DFAL and 14-3 overall.

The Acalanes girls beat Dublin, 43-33, to improve to 2-3 in the DFAL and 13-5 overall.

The Miramonte boys and girls basketball teams had their DFAL byes and had the night off on Friday.

Posted on Friday, January 21st, 2011
Under: Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda, Schools, Sports | No Comments »

International flavor coming to Orinda Theatre

The Orinda Theatre will soon be home to an International Film Showcase for a week each month. The showcase will feature one international film on one of the three screens at the Orinda Theatre.

The goal of the showcase is to give top international films some exposure that haven’t yet received it in the United States. The Lamorinda Film & Entertainment Foundation is organizing the showcase and selecting a film each month. For more information, visit their website at

The first film, Max Manus, will open on January 28. The Norwegian film is based on a true story of a man who fought the Nazis.

Posted on Thursday, January 20th, 2011
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Campolindo girls sports acknowledged by Moraga Town Council

The Moraga Town Council recently honored several of the Campolindo girls athletic teams for their accomplishments during the high school fall season.

The girls volleyball team was honored for winning the North Coast Section Division III and California State Division III championships. The girls cross country team was also honored for NCS and state championships in Division III. The girls water polo team was honored for winning the NCS Division II championship (there is no championship beyond NCS in water polo).

Carrie Verdon, a runner on the cross country team, was also honored for her individual accomplishments, winning the NCS and state races and finishing 19th in the race for the national title.

Posted on Wednesday, January 19th, 2011
Under: Moraga, Schools, Sports | No Comments »

Saint Mary’s basketball flying high again

The Saint Mary’s men’s basketball team is off to another great season, in which they have their eyes set on winning the West Coast Conference and advancing deep into the NCAA Tournament.

The Gaels are currently 4-0 in WCC play and 16-2 overall. They are currently ranked 21st in the nation and have the seventh highest scoring offense in the country.

The Saint Mary’s women’s basketball team is looking to make a name for themselves as well. They are currently tied for second in the West Coast Conference with a 3-1 record. They are 11-8 overall, but they have won six of their last seven games.

Posted on Tuesday, January 18th, 2011
Under: Moraga, Schools, Sports | No Comments »

Moraga planners to consider townhouse proposal

Could the former Rheem bowling center site — currently a patch of unused land — soon be home to townhouses and condos?

That’s the question Moraga’s Planning Commission will at least begin to answer tonight. Architect Galen Grant and property owners Mike and Jim Knuppe are proposing a 36-40 unit building for the parcel along Moraga Road, which they say could meet the housing needs for local workers as well as Saint Mary’s College students, faculty and staff.

Such a building likely would require a conditional use permit; the parcel is currently zoned for “office, personal service, institutional, recreational and commercial uses, including retail, wholesale and storage activities.”

You can find the staff report for the proposal here, and a conceptual sketch of the building here.

The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. tonight in the Dance Room of the Hacienda de las Flores, 2100 Donald Drive.

Posted on Tuesday, January 18th, 2011
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Ashes stolen from Lafayette cemetery

In what is certainly a strange and unfortunate crime, an urn was stolen from a mausoleum at the Oakmont Memorial Park in Lafayette Sunday. The urn contained the ashes of Thomas Gonzales, Jr., who was a cofounder of the company Commerce One, which was a major factor during the dot-com boom.

The family of Gonzales is offering a $10,000 reward for the return of the urn and ashes. The family and police are asking that anyone with information contact the police at 925-646-2441 or email Information or the actual urn can be dropped off at the cemetery as well.

Posted on Monday, January 17th, 2011
Under: Crime, Lafayette | 1 Comment »

California Independent Film Festival in two weeks

The 13th Annual California Independent Film Festival will make its debut in Moraga at the New Rheem Theatre when it opens up on Friday, Jan. 28, with a reception followed by the film, “The 5th Quarter.”

The film festival will run through Feb. 3 with a variety of feature films, documentaries, showcase events and shorts being shown. There will also be several seminars available throughout the course of the festival.

More information and a complete schedule for the festival can be found on the California Independent Film Festival’s website at

Tickets will be available for purchase at the box office and are available online at

Posted on Sunday, January 16th, 2011
Under: Moraga | 1 Comment »