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Archive for March, 2011

Moraga Triathlon in April

The 5th Annual Moraga Triathlon is on Saturday, April 30, beginning from the Soda Aquatic Center at Campolindo High School at 7:30 a.m.

The organizers of the event suggest it for beginning triathletes and any intermediate and advanced triathletes as well. The course will consist of a 400 meter swim,  a 14 mile bike ride and a 3.1 mile run.

New this year are two youth divisions: 5-7 year old division and 8-11 year old division. The courses for the youth divisions are considerably shorter, as triathletes will remain on the Campolindo campus.

For more information or to register, visit the Moraga Triathlon website at

Posted on Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011
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Another delay in Merrick case

That strange atmosphere of uncomfortable tension that arose as a result of the arrest of Stanley Middle School teacher Michael Merrick for allegedly molesting one of his students continues to linger, as the teacher’s trial has been pushed back until at least May.

What is believed to be a, and possibly “the,” key piece of evidence in the case is an item from Merrick’s classroom office, which is being tested for DNA. The DNA has not been tested yet, which has resulted in the case being delayed.

Merrick will return to court May 24 to have his preliminary hearing date set.

Posted on Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011
Under: Crime, Lafayette, Schools | No Comments »

High school baseball and softball update

The baseball and softball seasons are starting to kick into full swing with some local teams off to hot starts and others struggling in the early season.

The Acalanes baseball team is off to a perfect 6-0 start, outscoring opponents, 47-8. Miramonte’s baseball team is 5-1 through their first six games, outscoring opponents, 69-11. The two teams are favorites in the DFAL and will meet each other in the DFAL opener on March 29.  Campolindo is 1-3, but the Cougars have played a tough schedule to this point and still figure to be one of the top teams around.

The three softball teams are having a tough go in the early season. Acalanes is 3-5, but the Dons have been outscored, 36-77. Campolindo is 1-4-1, being outscored, 21-48, but the Cougars lone win was a 12-0 win over rival Miramonte. The rest of the season has not been much better for the Matadors who are 0-6 and have been outscored 8-81.

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

Get to Know Stanley Night

Stanley Middle School will be holding their annual “Get to Know Stanley Night” on Thursday, April 14, at 7:00 p.m. The event will be held in the school’s multi-purpose room next to the main parking lot.

The event is specifically targeted at current 5th grade students who will be attending Stanley as sixth graders in the fall. Stanley’s administrators and teachers will be in attendance to discuss the transition student’s will face, as well as answer questions from students and parents.

For more information and updates, visit Stanley Middle School’s website at

Posted on Sunday, March 20th, 2011
Under: Lafayette, Schools | No Comments »

Scary crash in Lafayette

A man came close to a potentially fatal crash in Lafayette today when he lost control of his car while driving on Taylor Boulevard, according to the Moraga-Orinda Fire District. After sliding off of the road, the car struck a tree, which caused major damages to the car. Behind the tree was a drop of approximately 300 feet, which would have likely proved to be fatal for the driver.

The “Jaws of Life” had to be used to get the injured driver out of the car. The driver suffered head injuries and was rushed to John Muir Medical Center.

The driver’s name and other information has not been released.

Posted on Saturday, March 19th, 2011
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Lafayette’s Teacher of the Year announced

The Lafayette School District announced their Teacher of the Year winner today, and the Teacher of the Year is Carroll Martin.

Carroll Martin, or Ms. Martin as her students call her, is currently a teacher at Burton Valley Elementary School, teaching the school’s 4th/5th grade “AIM” class. She has taught in the Lafayette School District for the last 39 years.

Martin will go on to represent the Lafayette School District in the county Teacher of the Year competition and potentially the state competition.

The school district will honor Martin at an awards banquet in September.

Posted on Friday, March 18th, 2011
Under: Lafayette, Schools | 2 Comments »

Coffee with the mayor

The mayor of Lafayette is opening himself up for some casual discussion, and perhaps some challenging questions, with the citizens of Lafayette. Mayor Carl Anduri will be having coffee at 8:00 a.m. Friday morning, and all Lafayette residents are welcome to attend the discussion.

The event will take place in the conference room at the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, which is located at 100 Lafayette Circle #103.

For more information, visit the Chamber of Commerce website at or call 925-284-7404.

Posted on Thursday, March 17th, 2011
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Bocce ball continues to grow

A plan is in the works to bring two additional bocce ball courts to the Moraga Commons Park, continuing the local bocce ball craze. The final plans are to be submitted to the Town of Moraga within a few weeks with a potential approval coming shortly thereafter.

The two new bocce ball courts would go where the horseshoe pits currently are located. The horseshoe pits are rarely used, and the citizens proposing the plan believe bocce ball courts would get more use.

Tee box number five on the frisbee golf course would also be moved to fit the bocce ball courts.

Posted on Wednesday, March 16th, 2011
Under: Moraga, Sports | 1 Comment »

2010 Moraga crime statistics

The Moraga Police Department recently released their crime statistics for the year of 2010, which show an increase in overall crime from 2009. There were 252 crimes reported in 2010 compared to 207 in 2009.

The 252 crimes in 2010 is closer to the yearly average in Moraga over the past 10 years. The 207 in 2009 was the second-lowest amount of crimes reported in a year in the past 10.

The increase from 2009 to 2010 was mainly in theft-related crimes.

On a positive note, there were no reports of rape in Moraga in 2010. This was the first year with no reports of rape since 2004. There were also no homicides for the tenth consecutive year.

Posted on Tuesday, March 15th, 2011
Under: Crime, Moraga | No Comments »

Fiddler on the Roof at Campolindo

The Campolindo Choral Music Department will be performing “Fiddler on the Roof” for this year’s school musical.

The eight performances will be:
Thursday, March 17 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, March 18 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 19 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 24 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, March 25 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 26 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Ticket prices are $13 for the two Thursday shows and the Saturday, March 19, show at 2:00 p.m. Tickets cost $18 for the other five shows.

For more information or to order tickets, visit the Campolindo Choir’s website at Some tickets may be available at the door for shows that are not sold out, but it is strongly suggested that tickets be purchased ahead of time.

Posted on Monday, March 14th, 2011
Under: Moraga, Music, Schools | No Comments »