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Archive for January, 2011

Grammy award winners to perform at Lafayette Library

The Pacific Boychoir Academy will be performing at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center on Sunday, Jan. 23, at 4:30 p.m.

The Pacific Boychoir Academy, which is based in Oakland, is comprised of male singers, ages 4-18, from the Bay Area and beyond. More than 150 singers make up their six different levels of choirs.

Since its inception in 1998, they have been nominated for a total of five Grammy awards and won four of them. They won three of their four Grammy awards at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards in 2010, walking away with the awards for Best Classical Album, Best Choral Performance and Best Engineered Classical Album.

Posted on Saturday, January 15th, 2011
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Friday night DFAL basketball and soccer

In the big Campolindo-Miramonte rivalry showdowns in basketball, the Cougars proved to be the better teams, as the boys won their game, 50-38, over Miramonte, and the girls pulled off a 55-53 win against the Matadors.

The Acalanes girls were dominated, 72-46, by Dougherty Valley, who is one of the top teams in the area. The Acalanes boys also fell to Dougherty Valley, 52-47.

Acalanes and Miramonte faced off in soccer Friday night with both the Acalanes boys and girls teams winning dramatic games. The boys won 2-1, while the girls won 4-3.

The Campolindo boys beat Dougherty Valley, 2-1, to hold on to first place in the DFAL, while the Campolindo girls tied Dougherty Valley, 1-1.

Posted on Friday, January 14th, 2011
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Start your Friday morning Moraga style

A few lyrically-driven minds at Saint Mary’s toss up this gem of an ode to their basketball team. I’ll rank it as infinitely better than whatever this was but a step below The Great Marcello.

Keep an eye out for cameos by the Moraga 7-11 and the Round-Up Saloon (bonus points if you know who the two undoubtedly-confused women walking outside the Round-Up are).

Posted on Friday, January 14th, 2011
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It’s time to register for Kindergarten in Lafayette

Registration for Kindergarten at the Lafayette elementary schools is coming up on Tuesday, Jan. 25, and Wednesday, Jan. 26. Children being registered must be born on or before Dec. 2, 2006.

Registration will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Burton Valley, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at Happy Valley, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Lafayette, and from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Springhill.

Parents should bring a completed registration packet, which can be picked up at the schools now, as well as a birth certificate, proof of residency, emergency contact information and an updated immunization record.

For more information about the registration process, visit the Lafayette School District’s website at

Posted on Thursday, January 13th, 2011
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Lamorinda art update

The Moraga Art Gallery opened up their new show, “Two Artists, Two Visions: A Singular Experience,” on Monday. The show combines a variety of work of two local artists: Orinda’s Beryl Glen-Reiland and Moraga’s George Ehrenhaft. The Gallery is open Tuesdays through Sundays noon to 5:00 p.m. There is a special reception for the new show on Saturday, Jan. 15, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. as well.

The Orinda Library Gallery is currently displaying pictures from Orinda during the time frame 1900-1920. The exhibit is being sponsored by the Orinda Historical Society.

The Lafayette Art Gallery’s current show is called the “Heart Throb Exhibit.” The Gallery is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Posted on Wednesday, January 12th, 2011
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Trash rates going up

The Central Contra Costa Solid Waste Authority plans to increase rates for trash pick-up services starting in March. These rate increases will affect Lafayette, Moraga and Orinda (as well as Danville and Walnut Creek).

According to the CCCSWA, the rates will increase an average of 9-10%; however, based on meetings the CCSWA has had with local governing bodies, it is believed the rate increases may be more significant than that.

Current monthly rates can be found online here.

For more information, visit the Central Contra Costa Solid Waste Authority’s website at

Posted on Tuesday, January 11th, 2011
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Lafayette finalizes sidewalk improvements

The Lafayette City Council finalized the design of proposed sidewalk improvements along Mt. Diablo Boulevard last night, opting to keep U-turns legal at Happy Valley Road and deciding how to separate pedestrians from the Diablo Foods/CVS/Trader Joe’s parking lot.

For some background on the improvements, you can read my story from December here.

The council scrapped plans for pedestrian bulb-outs at Mt. Diablo and Happy Valley Road, which would have required the city to ban U-turns at that intersection. The shopping center’s property and business owners made a compelling case that U-turns were needed to serve as a relief valve when the entrance to the center gets congested, said City Manager Steven Falk.

The council also decided the best way to separate pedestrians walking along Mt. Diablo Boulevard from cars parking at the shopping center was a stone wall covered with ivy.

The original plan called for a wall plus about 18 inches of landscaping, but the property owners worried that would cause drivers to not pull completely into parking spaces, leading to congestion in the parking lot.

Staff also presented other options, including a metal railing or just landscaping, but said those options had either higher construction costs or higher maintenance costs and recommended the wall plus ivy alternative.

Posted on Tuesday, January 11th, 2011
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And now, a message from the Department of Things That Shouldn’t Need a Press Release

Lock your doors, says the Moraga Police Department.

From Chief Bob Priebe:

On Saturday, January 8, 2011, at approximately, 6:20 AM, officers of the Moraga Police Department (MPD) responded to the first of four suspected residential burglary reports in the area of Woodford Dr., Camelford Ct., and Buckingham Dr. (neighborhood across from Campolino HS).

Investigation revealed the suspect(s) entered garages via unlocked side doors and then stole property from unlocked vehicles inside the garages and entered some of the residences via unlocked interior doors. Property was stolen from inside one of the residences. Another unlocked vehicle in a driveway was also victimized.

A vehicle parked on Natalie Dr. was located by investigating officers with some of the stolen property visible inside. The vehicle was towed and the property was recovered. A later search of the vicinity resulted in recovery of more stolen property. The registered owner of the vehicle linked to the burglaries is a parolee. MPD is working with Parole to contact the registered owner.

The Moraga Police Department would like to remind everyone to secure all homes and vehicles at all times. Crime prevention methods such as locking residential, garage, and vehicle doors, not leaving valuables in plain sight, use of alarm systems, and proper exterior lighting are encouraged.

If you observe any suspicious vehicles, persons, or activities at any time, please call police dispatch at 925-284-5010. If you have any information about these burglaries, please contact the MPD at 925-888-7055 ext. 0.

Posted on Tuesday, January 11th, 2011
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BART experiences delays

Riders at the Lafayette and Orinda BART stations tonight experienced delays as a result of an electrical fire that occurred in BART’s tunnel between the 12th Street and 19th Street stations in Oakland.

Trains were stopped  briefly while the fire was dealt with. The fire, which was reported around 5:30 p.m., caused delays on all BART trains heading between the Pittsburgh/Bay Point direction and the Richmond direction.

Most trains during that time were delayed 15 to 20 minutes. Trains were back on time shortly after 6:30 p.m; however, trains did continue to use just one single track in the area where the fire occurred.

Posted on Monday, January 10th, 2011
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Saint Mary’s speaker series continues this week

Saint Mary’s College’s annual January speaker series will continue on Wednesday, Jan. 12, with a talk by the Kitchen Sisters called “Building Community Through Storytelling.” The Kitchen Sisters host an award-winning show on NPR.

On Tuesday, Jan. 18, Shane Claiborne will hold a lecture called “Another World is Possible.” Claiborne, who has served with Mother Theresa and the Iraq Peace Team, is the author of several books and founder of The Simple Way, an organization that looks to bring different faiths together.

The speaker series will close out on Tuesday, Jan. 25, when Robert Reich will discuss American politics and the economy in a lecture called “Aftershock: Why the Economy is Still So Bad and Why Our Politics is So Angry.” Reich served as a secretary of labor during the Clinton administration. He is currently a professor at UC Berkeley.

Posted on Sunday, January 9th, 2011
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