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Orinda man dies at SF Half-Marathon

Peter Hass, of Orinda, died Sunday morning at the Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Half Marathon. Witnesses say the 36-year-old Hass collapsed and eventually died shortly after crossing the finish line of the 13.1-mile race. Hass was pronounced dead at the scene around 10:15 a.m.

After collapsing, several people attending the race tried to help Hass, but he was unable to be saved.

The cause of death was not immediately determined. A medical examiner will determine the cause of death following an autopsy.

Haas was the president of Petsport USA, which is based in Pittsburgh.

Posted on Sunday, February 6th, 2011
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Piano sale at Saint Mary’s

Want to buy a piano? Swing by Saint Mary’s on Sunday. They got pianos.

From SMC:

Looking for a piano? Check out the piano sale Sunday at Saint Mary’s College, where a purchase will also benefit the college’s Performing Arts department.

The public can attend the sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the college’s Soda Activity Center.

Pianos for sale include baby grands and larger grands, player pianos, studios, consoles and digital keyboards. The brands for sale include Yamaha, Yamaha Clavinova, Yamaha Disklavier, and Knabe. All instruments will include warranties and follow-up services. Financing and delivery will be available.

The college began working with piano companies like Yamaha, as well as local instrument sellers, to help give Saint Mary’s music students access to new instruments, said Marty Rokeach, the director of Saint Mary’s Music Program. “It gives students access to high quality instruments and allows them to explore their creativity in a variety of musical genres.”

The sale, which started Thursday, is geared primarily to college faculty, alumni and friends of SMC, with the last day, Sunday, open to the general public.

Pianos for sale include baby grands and larger grands, player pianos, studios, consoles, and digital keyboards. The brands for sale include Yamaha, Yamaha Clavinova, Yamaha Disklavier, and Knabe. The sale will feature new Bosendorfer grands and nearly new and vintage Steinway grands as well. All instruments will include warranties and follow-up services. Financing and delivery will be available.

Posted on Saturday, February 5th, 2011
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Friday night high school basketball and soccer

Two out of three Lamorinda boys basketball teams won Friday night, as Acalanes beat Alhambra, 69-59, and Campolindo beat Dublin, 60-55, after a dramatic fourth quarter comeback. Miramonte fell to Las Lomas, 68-60.

All three Lamorinda girls basketball teams continued to show that the area is one of the strongest for girls basketball. Miramonte scored enough points (36) in the first quarter to win their game against Las Lomas, which finished at a score of 84-25. Campolindo beat Dublin, 69-40, and Acalanes beat Alhambra, 60-32.

Local soccer had a night full of ties, as the Acalanes boys tied Dublin, 1-1, the Acalanes girls tied Dublin, 0-0, and the Campolindo girls tied Alhambra, 1-1. The Campolindo boys won their game against Alhambra, 2-0.

Posted on Friday, February 4th, 2011
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Lamorinda Week In Review

It’s a bit dusty here in the LWIR headquarters. Just to be safe, here’s what’s happened the past couple of weeks, in case you missed it:

The Lafayette City Council rejected a Burton Valley couple’s proposal to add a second story to their home.

The Moraga Town Council OK’d the Rancho Laguna II development.

A Hayward woman died when the stolen car she was driving crashed into a power pole in Orinda.

The California Independent Film Festival took place at the New Rheem Theatre.

The Lafayette School District will ask voters for another parcel tax.

The Acalanes Union High School District is getting a new superintendent. The school board also took an early look at next year’s budget.

The Central Contra Costa Solid Waste Authority is raising rates again.

Posted on Friday, February 4th, 2011
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Orinda crime statistics for January

Orinda Police made 14 total arrests during the month of January. Domestic violence was unfortunately a common crime with three court-ordered arrests for domestic violence and three arrests for domestic battery. Four arrests were made for previous warrants. There was also one arrest for each of the following crimes: terrorist threats, receiving stolen property, drunk in public, and driving under the influence.

There were seven reports of residential burglary and one report of burglary from an automobile. There were also three reports of petty theft from a vehicle and one report of grand theft from a vehicle. One vehicle was reported stolen and was later recovered.

The Orinda Police Department also responded to 74 false residential alarms in Janaury.

Posted on Thursday, February 3rd, 2011
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John Stockton is retiring

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UPDATE 10:15: The district just sent out an e-mail saying they will begin negotiating a contract with current associate superintendent John Nickerson to replace Stockton.

No, not that John Stockton.

The Acalanes Union High School District superintendent will retire at the end of April. This just filed, should be online soon and updated later in the day:

LAFAYETTE — The superintendent of the Acalanes Union High School District will retire at the end of April, the district’s governing board announced Wednesday night.

The board voted in closed session to release John Stockton from his contract. His last day as superintendent will be April 30.

Stockton will remain with the district through the end of the school year as a part-time transition consultant, board President Tom Mulvaney said.

Stockton has been with the district since 2005, when he was hired as an associate superintendent for academic services.

He became superintendent in July 2009, taking over for Jim Negri.

Following their regular meeting, the board returned to closed session, possibly to appoint Stockton’s replacement. Further details were not immediately available Thursday morning.

The district includes four high schools in Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda and Walnut Creek.

Posted on Thursday, February 3rd, 2011
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Evolution in Lafayette

The Lafayette Library and Learning Center is hosting a lecture Thursday afternoon called “Crucible in the Courtroom: Scopes Monkey Trial and Clarence Darrow.” The lecture will take place in the Community Hall from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.

The lecture will center around the famous 1925 trial of the State of Tennessee vs. John Scopes, which brought the debate over evolutionary science into the focus of the nation.

The lecturer will be Curtis Caton, a well-known lawyer with over 40 years experience.

Tickets for the lecture are $5 and will be available at the door.

The event is presented by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of California Berkeley.

Posted on Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011
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Moraga succeeds at hosting film festival

The California Independent Film Festival has turned out to be a huge success, offering our local film audiences a chance to see some of the top independent films and proving that The New Rheem Theatre is really back to local prominence. It’s not every day that the swirling spotlights high in the sky are coming from Moraga.

With many directors and actors from the films appearing at the festival, Moraga has turned into a mini Hollywood for a few days. The local, intimate setting has produced a top-notch festival for audiences. If you haven’t had the chance to get to the festival for a screening, it is certainly worth the time to catch a film before the festival is over.

To view the remaining schedule for the California Independent Film Festival, visit:

For more information on The New Rheem Theatre, visit:

Posted on Tuesday, February 1st, 2011
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