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Miramonte boys, Campolindo girls in water polo finals

The Miramonte boys water polo team won one of the most dramatic games of the year Thursday night, as the Matdors pulled out a 6-5 victory over rival Acalanes in Miramonte’s home pool. The win sends the second-seeded Matadors into the NCS Division 1 championship game against San Ramon Valley Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at Acalanes High School.

The Campolindo-Acalanes girls water polo semifinal may have been the most dramatic game of the night, as the teams exchanged leads and fought hard throughout the match. In the end, the Cougars won 10-9 to move on to the NCS Division 2 championship game where they will face off against Las Lomas. The Cougars will have a home game in the final, as the Soda Aquatic Center at Campolindo is the location of the championship game. It will be played Saturday at 1:00 p.m.

Posted on Friday, November 11th, 2011
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Saint Mary’s student arrested at Occupy Cal

UPDATE 9:30 a.m. 11/12: Slaughter has been released from jail, according to Occupy SMC and he is no longer listed in the Alameda County database. The case is listed as closed on the UC police logs.

UPDATE 4:00 p.m. 11/11: UC police spokesman Alex Yao confirmed Slaughter was arrested for the charges listed below and was banned from the Berkeley campus for a week.

A Saint Mary’s College student is among several people who were arrested Wednesday night as part of the Occupy Cal protests in Berkeley.

Robert Slaughter was arrested in Sproul Plaza on the UC Berkeley campus at 9:40 p.m. Wednesday and booked at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin on $15,000 bail, according to Alameda County’s online inmate database.  He has been charged with resisting arrest, assaulting a peace officer, and unlawful assembly.

Slaughter is a senior at Saint Mary’s and is from Berkeley, according to the group Occupy SMC.

I left voicemail and email messages with UC police spokesman Alex Yao earlier today, who has not yet responded to either. I called the UC Police Department’s main line as well and was told I needed to speak with Yao.

Occupy SMC, which organized last week’s teach-in at the Moraga campus, has been trying to raise money for Slaughter’s bail, said student Karina Acosta. She also emailed me a link to this video, posted by YouTube user ryanfrietas, which appears to show police hitting a protester with a baton and pushing the protestor to the ground. The video is dark and it’s impossible to see who exactly police are detaining, but Acosta says it is Slaughter.

Posted on Friday, November 11th, 2011
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New businesses coming to Rheem

Two new businesses are opening up at the Rheem shopping center.

The Moraga Planning Commission approved both at its Nov. 7 meeting, according to the town’s biweekly newsletter.

The first, a gift shop selling toys and jewelry, will open next to Royal Siam restaurant. The other will be a temporary store for the Kiwanis Club of Moraga Valley to sell See’s candy for the holidays. The Kiwanis’ store will be open from Nov. 18 to Dec. 24.

The Town Council and Planning Commission will also hold a joint meeting Nov. 30 to discuss the future of the Rheem center.

Posted on Friday, November 11th, 2011
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Sew for Japan

The sewnow! studio, located at 960 Moraga Rd. in Lafayette, is hosting a free sewing event tomorrow, Friday, Nov. 11, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Those attending the event will be sewing and embellishing school totes, which will be donated to kids in Japan affected by the earthquake and tsunami.

The event is free and open to the public. Ages eight and up are welcome.

All of the supplies needed will be provided by sewnow! along with a lesson. Refreshments and a gift will also be provided to all participants as a thank you for their time.

To RSVP for the event, email

Posted on Thursday, November 10th, 2011
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Local tree lighting ceremonies

Hospice of the East Bay will be holding three tree lighting ceremonies in Lamorinda in preparation for the holiday season. Each light on each tree represents the memory of a lost family member of friend.

Moraga’s tree lighting ceremony will take place on Sunday, Nov. 13, at 5:30 p.m. at Moraga Commons Park.

Orinda’s tree lighting ceremony will take place on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 4:30 p.m. in the Orinda Village next to the Bank of America.

Lafayette’s tree lighting ceremony will take place on Sunday, Dec. 4, at 5:30 p.m. at the corner of Mt. Diablo Boulevard and Lafayette Circle East.

Posted on Wednesday, November 9th, 2011
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Miramonte, Acalanes advance in water polo playoffs

Acalanes proved to be too much for Campolindo in the NCS Divison 1 Boys Water Polo quarterfinals Tuesday night, as the number three seed Dons defeated the number six seed Cougars, 20-10, at the Soda Aquatic Center at Campolindo.

Miramonte, the number two seed, defeated Washington, 15-5, in the Matadors’ home pool Tuesday night.

The Acalanes and Miramonte wins Tuesday night mean the two teams will face off in the semifinals Thursday night at 6:15 p.m. at Miramonte. The winner of that game will play in the NCS final on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at Acalanes against the winner of the San Ramon Valley/De Le Salle semifinal.

Posted on Tuesday, November 8th, 2011
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Local water polo teams all advance in NCS

The NCS Division 2 Girls Water Polo semifinals are full of local teams. Miramonte beat Marin Catholic, 9-5, in the quarterfinals and will face Las Lomas Thursday at De La Salle in one semifinal. The other semifinal pits Campolindo against Acalanes, which will be at Campolindo on Thursday. The Cougars beat Sir Francis Drake, 12-8, in their quarterfinal, while the Dons beat Northgate, 7-2, in theirs.

Campolindo, Miramonte and Acalanes all won their first round games in the NCS Division 1 Boys Water Polo playoffs on Saturday. Campolindo beat Irvington, 13-6, while Acalanes beat Mission San Jose, 19-6. Campolindo and Acalanes face each other in the quarterfinals Tuesday at Campolindo at 5:30 p.m. Miramonte will host Washington Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. after the Matadors beat James Logan, 19-3, in the first round.

Posted on Sunday, November 6th, 2011
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CBS airs segment on leaf blower battle

Even with an extra hour of sleep, 6 a.m. is still way too early for me to be up on a weekend. Luckily, my trusty DVR was there to record CBS’ Sunday Morning, which featured a short segment on efforts across the country to ban leaf blowers, including the one by Quiet Orinda.

CBS’ John Blackstone interviews Orinda residents Peter and Susan Kendall, Maya McBride and Henry Penny to learn more about the battle over blowers and make us all jealous of the Kendalls’ balcony.

Here’s the link to the segment, because WordPress apparently hates embedded videos.

Posted on Sunday, November 6th, 2011
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Campolindo football wins DFAL

Campolindo finished its improbable perfect regular season Friday night with a 31-22 win over Las Lomas in Walnut Creek. The win gave the Cougars the DFAL title and a perfect 10-0 regular season record. They have a bye week next week (the last week of the regular season), which will give them time to prepare for the NCS playoffs, which start the following week.

Miramonte hopped back on the winning path after suffering their only defeat of the season to Campolindo two weeks ago. The Matadors beat Dublin, 34-14. A win over Alhambra in their final game would clinch second place in the DFAL.

Acalanes had a bye week this week. The Dons face Las Lomas in their final game, which they will need to win to make it into the NCS playoffs.

Posted on Saturday, November 5th, 2011
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Open house at MOFD station 43

The Moraga-Orinda Fire District will hold a series of open houses to discuss the replacement of fire station 43. The first will take place at 7 p.m. Nov. 17 at the station, 20 Via Las Cruces in Orinda.

The open houses are aimed at allowing the community the view the existing station, discuss the replacement project and meet with Fire Chief Randy Bradley and other officials who will oversee construction.

Earlier this year, the district identified replacing the 60-year-old station, on Via Las Cruces as its top priority. The district estimates it will cost $3 million to construct the new station.

For more information, call Division Chief Darrell Lee at 925-258-4513.

Posted on Friday, November 4th, 2011
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