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Archive for October, 2011

Let’s go Ghou-els (clap, clap, clap-clap-clap)

Ginny Prior has our story about a Christian Brother who knows all of Saint Mary’s College’s haunting secrets. And YouTube user KathrynGeraghty has a video about Gaels who never left Moraga.

Happy Halloween, folks.

Posted on Monday, October 31st, 2011
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Lafayette Reservoir Run results

The Lafayette Reservoir Run was once again a local success, drawing runners from all over the Lamorinda area and beyond. There were two competitive races: 5K and 10K.

5K female winners by age
2-7: Mia Sides
8-10: Cassy Haskell
11-13: Claire Inman
14-18: Julia Gulikson (overall winner)
19-29: Alessandra Pichelli
30-39: Tara Carreira
40-49: Diane Batchelor
50-59: Suzanne Margerum
60-69: Florence Schretzmann
70-79: Nancy Carol
80+: Dee Farkas

5K male winners by age
2-7: Marco Chao
8-10: Henry Cooper
11-13: Alex Wahl
14-18: Charles Zamanian
19-29: Ryan Troxel (overall winner)
30-39: Jeffrey Headrick
40-49: Jason Cooke
50-59: Eric Gulikson
60-69: Len Goldman
70-79: Don Mathiesen
80+: Joe Lobianco

10K female winners by age
2-7: Mary Keyes
8-10: Helen Kleinsmith
11-13: Sondra Abruzzo
14-18: Alexa Clark
19-29: Stacey Constas
30-39: Liz Haycraft
40-49: Alison Zamanian (overall winner)
50-59: Susan Park
60-69: Maggie Fillmore
70-79: Barbara Robben

10K male winners by age
8-10: Oliver Lane
11-13: Tom Robey
14-18: Keeson Davis
19-29: Christopher Gurney (overall winner)
30-39: Brad Sloan
40-49: Rob Elia
50-59: Keith Duncan
60-69: Rob Krumm
70-79: Robert Gormley

Posted on Monday, October 31st, 2011
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Saint Mary’s not chosen for presidential debate

Updated story with quotes from Saint Mary’s, Commission on Presidential debates just posted here.

Saint Mary’s College will not host a debate during the 2012 presidential election, the Commission on Presidential Debates announced today.

The small, private college in Moraga had applied to be one of four sites to hold one of four nationally-televised debates — three for presidential candidates and one for vice presidential candidates — to be held next October.

The University of Denver, Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY and Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla. were chosen to host presidential debates. Centre College in Danville, Ky. will hold the vice presidential debate, and Washington University in St. Louis will serve as a backup site.

Posted on Monday, October 31st, 2011
Under: election, Moraga, Schools | 3 Comments »

Brownies collecting art supplies for disabled children

Brownie Troop #32198, comprised of 3rd graders from Springhill Elementary School in Lafayette, are collecting donations of new and used arts and crafts supplies.

Items being sought include crayons, markers, glue sticks, rounded-end scissors, construction paper, decorations, stencils and all other items that can be used for arts and crafts projects.

The collected arts and crafts supplies will be donated to the Pepperwood Group Home for disabled children in Hercules. The Pepperwood Group Home serves 18 live-in children.

Donations can be dropped off at the Springhill office from Oct. 31 through Nov. 10.

Posted on Sunday, October 30th, 2011
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Campolindo football continues perfect season

The Campolindo football team continued their perfect season Friday  night with a 42-25 victory at Alhambra. The Cougars are now 9-0 overall and 5-0 in the DFAL. The win on Friday guaranteed the Cougars a share of the DFAL title. They play at Las Lomas on Friday night at 7:00 p.m. with a win giving the Cougars the DFAL title outright and an undefeated regular season.

Acalanes suffered a tough 32-29 loss at Dublin on Friday night. The loss knocked the Dons to 2-3 in DFAL play and 4-5 overall. The Dons are heading into their bye week. They play Las Lomas at home on Nov. 11 in a game that the Dons will need to win to qualify for the NCS playoffs.

Miramonte had their bye week this week. They play Dublin at home on Friday night.

Posted on Saturday, October 29th, 2011
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Listen to a survivor of the Rwandan genocide

St. Mary’s College will host the lecture, “Faith and Forgiveness: Surviving the Rwandan Genocide,” by Immaculée Ilibagiza, a Tutsi survivor of the Rwandan genocide.

The lecture will be this Tuesday, Nov. 1, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. in the Soda Activity Center on campus. The event is free and open to the public; however, an RSVP to Ryan Lamberton at 925-631-4015 or is required.

Ilibagiza wrote a book about her experience in the genocide. The book, “Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust,” became a New York Times bestseller. Ilibagiza survived the genocide by hiding in the bathroom of a pastor for 91 days after her entire family was killed.

Posted on Friday, October 28th, 2011
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More earthquakes

If the 3.0-magnitude earthquake Wednesday afternoon wasn’t enough to shake the area up, the 3.6-magnitude earthquake early this morning was enough to wake up many Lamorinda residents.

The 3.0-magnitude earthquake struck at 3:44 p.m. Wednesday approximately three miles north-northeast of Blackhawk, according to the United States Geological Society. Some Lamorinda residents did report feeling a minor shake.

The 3.6-magnitude earthquake struck at 5:36 a.m. this morning with the epicenter located near the Berkeley-Orinda border. Lamorinda residents reported waking up to the shaking.

No injuries or reports of damage have surfaced as a result of either earthquake.

Posted on Thursday, October 27th, 2011
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Farmers’ Market Halloween celebration

The Moraga Farmers’ Market will be hosting their Halloween Harvest Celebration this Sunday, Oct. 30, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

In addition to the wide variety of produce for sale, there will be a number of activities for kids to enjoy. Some of the activities include pumpkin decorating, guessing the weight of the giant pumpkin, and a pumpkin pitching game.

At 10:00 a.m., there will be a costume contest for kids with prizes for winners in all of the following categories:
Best Overall Costume
Most Creative Costume
Scariest Costume
Funniest Costume
Best Farmers’ Market-Themed Costume

Posted on Wednesday, October 26th, 2011
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Red flag fire warnings in effect

Red flag fire warnings from the National Weather Service will go into effect for much of the East Bay, including parts of Lamorinda, beginning tonight at 10:00 p.m.

The red flag fire warnings are expected to last until Thursday at 6:00 a.m.

The warnings are in effect due to a mix of warm temperatures, low humidity and strong winds. Warm temperatures and low humidity have been common recently, while the winds picking up are what are causing the change.

The National Weather Service expects winds to gust up to 40 miles per hour during the time frame of the warnings.

Posted on Tuesday, October 25th, 2011
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Your October Quiet Orinda update

Just because Orinda’s leaf blower foes are ready to compromise does not mean the City Council is going to take this issue up again.

The group Quiet Orinda asked the city council earlier this month for a spot on a City Council agenda. City Manager Janet Keeter responded about a week later, saying they need a majority of council members to agree to put it on an agenda — something the group does not have right now.

I checked in with a Brown Act expert last week, who said, unlike K-12 school districts, where constituents have the right to have an item placed on a future meeting agenda, cities (and other boards) have complete discretion over what lands on their agendas.

So Quiet Orinda is in a bind when it comes to getting the council to take up leaf blowers again. They cannot force the City Council to discuss the issue. They can (and have) bring the topic up during the “public comment” section of council meetings, but by law council members are barred from acting on or even discussing anything brought up during public comment.

Several Quiet Orinda members say they didn’t get a fair shake when the council heard this issue last November. The group was given 15 minutes to make a presentation, the council heard hours of public comment then discussed the matter among themselves before deciding to take no action. That’s pretty standard. Certainly, the council could have given Quiet Orinda more than 15 minutes to make its case, or set up a separate leaf blower “workshop” allowing for a more free-flowing exchange of ideas. But from a procedural standpoint, the discussion that November evening was not any different than any other at a City Council meeting.

Bottom line: It looks like leaf blower foes will need to get three City Council members on their side if they want to see any city action on this matter.

Document time. Here’s Quiet Orinda’s letter to the city: Quiet Orinda Oct. 4, 2011 letter. And here’s Keeter’s response: City Manager Oct. 12, 2011 response to Quiet Orinda.

Posted on Monday, October 24th, 2011
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