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Archive for May, 2011

NCS Volleyball and Lacrosse

The Campolindo boys are the favorite and number one seed in the NCS Division 2 playoffs. They host Alameda at 7:00 p.m. tonight in the quarterfinals. Acalanes is the fourth seed and host Dougherty Valley at 7:00 p.m. tonight in the quarterfinals.

The Acalanes boys lacrosse team is the top seed in the Division 2 playoffs and will host a quarterfinal match Friday at 7:00 p.m. against a team to be determined. Miramonte is the third seed and is also awaiting its quarterfinal opponent. The Campolindo boys lacrosse team is the 11th seed in the Division 1 playoffs. They play at 7:00 p.m. tonight against the sixth-seeded Berkeley High School.

The Acalanes girls lacrosse team is the second seed and host S.F. University on Friday at 5:00 p.m. in the quarterfinals. The Miramonte girls are the third seed and host Lick Wilmerding in the quarterfinals on Friday at a time to be determined.

Posted on Tuesday, May 17th, 2011
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Lafayette Whole Foods opens Wednesday

Whole Foods in Lafayette is finally opening… No, seriously, it really is this time. The long-awaited opening of the Whole Foods Market in Lafayette will finally take place this Wednesday, May 18, at 10:00 a.m.

After the long wait for the opening and a few special sneak preview events, all signs are pointing to success of the store. The more than 25,000 square feet of store space is stocked with items from many local vendors.

The Whole Foods Market will also carry a large selection of prepared food for those quick dinner pick-ups. The Lafayette location will also have an outdoor patio for shoppers who want to eat right at the market.

Posted on Monday, May 16th, 2011
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The rain is coming back

It isn’t quite time for the dry, warm Lamorinda summertime weather, as the rain clouds are here and will be around for the near future.

The rain is projected to stay all day today. The area may stay dry Monday with only a 20% chance of rain, but it is expected to rain on Tuesday.

The forecast shows the skies clearing up Wednesday through Saturday with temperatures in the mid to high 60s, but there is rain in the forecast for next Sunday and Monday.

Overnight low temperatures stay consistent during the next 10 days in the high 40s to low 50s.

Posted on Sunday, May 15th, 2011
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Lafayette students win $75,000 science prize

Matthew Feddersen and Blake Marggraff, of Lafayette, won the top prize at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. The top award, known as the Gordon E. Moore Award, included a $75,000 prize.

The pair won the award for their presentation of a plan to place tin metal near tumors prior to radiation therapy, which would make cancer treatments less expensive and more effective.

To watch Matthew Feddersen and Blake Marggraff discuss the process they went through at Intel ISEF, watch the video at

The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair is the world’s largest high school science research competition.

Posted on Saturday, May 14th, 2011
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Science Discovery Day

The Lafayette Nursery School will be hosting their 35th Annual Science Discovery Day tomorrow, Saturday, May 14, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

The event is targeted at preschool through third grade children with the purpose of getting the children involved and excited about science. There will be over 20 hands-on science experiments and activities for the kids to participate in.

The event does cost $4 for children in preschool through third grade to offset some of the costs. Parents and infants can attend the event for free.

For more information, visit

The Lafayette Nursery School is located at 979 First Street in Lafayette.

Posted on Friday, May 13th, 2011
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OIS debate team best in the country

It might not be every day that an intermediate school debate team gets mentioned in the media, but the Orinda Intermediate School Debate Team has earned that right.

The OIS Debate Team is the top public middle school debate team in the country after competing in the National Middle School Debate Tournament in Los Angeles. The team finished second overall in the country behind Chaminade College Prepatory, a private school.

OIS students Noah Bostick, Andrew Bower and Sean McFeely were the top team.

The complete OIS Debate Team came back to Orinda with a total of 10 trophies from the tournament.

Posted on Thursday, May 12th, 2011
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Abriel’s memorial services are Saturday

Memorial services for James Abriel are scheduled for this Saturday, May 14, at 4:00 p.m. The services will take place at the Orinda Community Church, located at 10 Irwin Way.

Abriel spent his life growing up in Orinda, graduating from Miramonte High School in 2010. He was enrolled at Sonoma State University at the time of his death.

The family of James Abriel has asked that donations be made to Sonoma County Search and Rescue. Their efforts helped find the body of Abriel, which was located in Annadel State Park after Abriel committed suicide. The donations can be mailed to 2265 Becker Blvd., Santa Rosa, CA 95403.

Posted on Wednesday, May 11th, 2011
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Miramonte Boosters Fan Fest

The Miramonte Boosters Club will be hosting a “Fan Fest” this Saturday, May 14. The event, which will go from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., will take place at the Orinda Country Club, located at 315 Camino Sobrante.

The event will celebrate and honor the success of Miramonte’s athletic teams, while raising money to support those same teams.

The event will include a buffet dinner, drinks and music. There will also be live and silent auctions to help raise additional funds for Miramonte athletics.

Tickets for the event are $65. For more information, visit or email

Posted on Tuesday, May 10th, 2011
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James Abriel found dead

The body of a missing Orinda teenager was found in Annadel State Park Saturday by Santa Rosa Police.

Police believe that James Abriel, 19, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. A gun was found near the body of Abriel, which police believe may be the handgun that was reported missing upon Abriel’s disappearance.

Abriel was reported missing on April 25 by a friend in Walnut Creek after the friend discovered what appeared to be a suicide note written by Abriel.

Abriel graduated from Miramonte High School as part of the class of 2010. He also attended Orinda Intermediate School and Wagner Ranch Elementary School while growing up in Orinda.

Posted on Monday, May 9th, 2011
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Happy Mother’s Day from the Sun

The Lamorinda Sun blog would like to wish all of our readers who are moms a Happy Mother’s Day!

While the weather today is expected to be cooler than it has been the past week, the afternoon could still bring some pleasant sunshine to enjoy Mother’s Day outside.

To all of our Lamorina Sun blog readers, enjoy your Sunday celebrating, honoring or remembering your mother and the other important mothers in your life.

Posted on Sunday, May 8th, 2011
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