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Archive for May, 2011

Orinda police looking for suspicious vehicle

E-mail that just came from the city:

Orinda Police has issued an alert for a suspicious vehicle spotted in Orinda the last few days.  The vehicle in question is a Gold (mini) van (Toyota or Honda make).

The vehicle has been spotted with 3 to 4 passengers. One of the passengers is a black male. This vehicle is possibly connected with residential burglaries in the City.

If you have any information, or see the vehicle, please contact Orinda Police Dispatch at 925-284-5010.

Posted on Tuesday, May 24th, 2011
Under: Crime, Orinda | No Comments »

Wednesday’s Moraga council meeting canceled

Was out last week so was not able to pull it from the Sun’s meeting calendar. Next scheduled meeting is June 8.

Posted on Tuesday, May 24th, 2011
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Make-A-Wish 5K Walk

The Greater Bay Area Chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation is sponsoring a 5K “Walk for Wishes” in Moraga on Saturday, June 4.

The walk will take place at Saint Mary’s College and the surrounding area. The 5K path is considered “moderately easy,” so event organizers have said that strollers and wheelchairs can also complete the 5K.

For more information on the event, to sign up for the walk, or to donate to the event, visit the “Walk for Wishes” website.

According to the website and as of 12:30 p.m. Monday, $46,878 has already been raised for the foundation through this 5K event.

Posted on Monday, May 23rd, 2011
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Orinda fil fest takes it to ‘The bank’, through Thursday ….

film fest goes
to ‘The Bank’
“The Bank,” an Australian thriller about greed and avarice in the banking industry, is the May offering in the ongoing Orinda International Film Show, with showings scheduled May 20-26 at the Orinda Theatre.
Centabank CEO Simon O’Reilly (Anthony LaPaglia) plies his trade in a world rife with avarice and corruption. Jim Doyle (David Wenham), a maverick mathematician who has devised a formula to predict the fluctuations of the stock market, joins O’Reilly’s fold. He must prove his loyalty to the “greed is good” ethos — which way will he go, and what does he have to hide?
Showtimes are Fridays and Saturdays at 1:30, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.; and Sundays and Mondays at 1:30, 4:15 and 7 p.m.

Posted on Monday, May 23rd, 2011
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Campolindo brings home more NCS titles

The Campolindo boys volleyball team were successful in avenging last year’s NCS final loss to Drake, by beating Drake Saturday in the NCS Division 2 final. The Cougars took care of the final quickly, winning 25-20, 25-12, 25-20.

The Campolindo boys swimming team did something Saturday it’s used to doing… winning the NCS title. The boys scored 243.5 points, giving them a fairly easy win with second place Granada scoring 205. Acalanes finished in fifth with 173 points, and Miramonte scored 170 points for sixth place.

In the girls NCS swimming championships, Campolindo finished third, Miramonte finished seventh, and Acalanes finished in 11th place.

Posted on Sunday, May 22nd, 2011
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Rally for Education on Tuesday

The group Lafayette for Education is holding a rally called “Wake up Lamorinda!” on Tuesday, May 24, from 7:00 to 8:00 a.m. The rally will take place in Lafayette’s Plaza Park, located at the corner of Mt. Diablo Boulevard and Moraga Road.

This rally is part of a statewide series of rallies called “Wake Up California!” which set out to raise awareness of the budget crisis that public schools in California are facing.

The superintendents from all of the Lamorinda school districts will be in attendance as will teachers, parents and students.

Coffee and bagels will be served at the rally.

For more information on the event, visit

Posted on Friday, May 20th, 2011
Under: Lamorinda, Schools | 1 Comment »

Jason Dunbar, RIP

Many media sources reported the deaths of two men recently in separate incidents in Yosemite National Park. One of those men, Jason Dunbar, grew up in Lafayette, and attended Acalanes High School. (He also attended my alma mater, the University of Montana, for a time). The May 27 Sun will have a short story obit about Dunbar; or read it now at

Posted on Friday, May 20th, 2011
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The Whole Foods conundrum

Usually, when a shiny new grocery store opens up in a community, it’s pretty much a win all around. But this isn’t exactly the case in Lafayette, where a new — and long-awaited — Whole Foods store opened Wednesday. Some locals say the parking situation there is far from ideal, and others fear WF will har existing local businesses like Diablo Foods and Open Sesame, both of which have devoted local followings. It may not be quite like the Wal Mart vs. Main Street battle of the past 20 years, but do you think all can co-exist for the long term?

Posted on Friday, May 20th, 2011
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Campolindo boys playing for NCS volleyball title

The Campolindo High School boys volleyball team beat rival Acalanes in the Campolindo gym tonight, punching their ticket to the NCS Division 2 final.

The top-seeded Cougars beat the Dons, 25-16, 25-13, 25-15, in front of a larger than normal volleyball crowd supporting the two local teams.

Campolindo will now face off against rival and number two seed, Sir Francis Drake High School, in the final Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. at Campolindo.

This is a rematch of last year’s final when Drake beat the Cougars. The two teams faced each other once earlier this season when Campolindo beat Drake, 2-0, in the Drake Invitational.

Posted on Thursday, May 19th, 2011
Under: Moraga, Schools, Sports | No Comments »

Moraga government opening up to the public

The Town of Moraga’s local government is making a move to be more open to the public with the installation of drop-in meetings.

The meetings, which will take place on the third Friday of each month, will be in the meeting room at Terzetto Cuisine in the Moraga Shopping Center. They are currently scheduled for 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.

Mayor Karen Mendonca and Town Manager Jill Keimach will attend the meetings to open themselves up for questions and discussions with residents of Moraga. The town government hopes this will help bring some of the issues important to the town’s residents into the forefront of discussion.

Posted on Wednesday, May 18th, 2011
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