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Archive for December, 2011

Saint Mary’s speaker series

Saint Mary’s College will be holding a speaker series in January, bringing three voices to share their views and opinions on a variety of topics. All of the lectures are free and open to the public. They are held in the Soda Activity Center on campus.

Jan. 10, 7:00 p.m.: Jeanne Woodford, executive director of Death Penalty Focus, will talk about the death penalty in California

Jan. 17, 7:00 p.m.: Rebecca Solnit, a historian and author, will discuss the intersection of private and public life in times of chaos

Jan. 24, 7:00 p.m.: Ariel Luckey, an activist and hip-hop artist, will present a lecture called “Free Land: Race and Land in the United States”

Posted on Tuesday, December 20th, 2011
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New mayors and vice mayors in Lafayette and Moraga

Carol Federighi is the new mayor of Lafayette after being elected by her fellow Lafayette City Council members. Former mayor of Lafayette Mike Anderson was elected to serve as the vice mayor for the next year. The most recent former mayor Carl Anduri remains on the Lafayette City Council as a council member.

Michael Metcalf, who has served as the vice mayor on the Moraga Town Council over the past year, is now the mayor of Moraga. Howard Harpham will serve as the new vice mayor of Moraga. They will both serve one-year terms in these positions. Former mayor Karen Mendonca remains on the Moraga Town Council as a council member.

Posted on Monday, December 19th, 2011
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Lafayette kindergarten registration

The schedule of registration dates for kindergarten in Lafayette has been announced. Kids entering kindergarten next year must be born on or before Nov. 1, 2007. To pick up a registration packet, visit each school’s main office starting Jan. 9. Any questions should be directed to each individual school.

The schools will be holding their registration dates on the campus of each school on Jan. 24 and 25 at the following times:

Burton Valley: 9:00-11:00 a.m. and 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Happy Valley: 8:30-11:30 a.m. and 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Lafayette: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Springhill: 9:00-11:00 a.m.

Posted on Sunday, December 18th, 2011
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Campolindo falls in state bowl game

Campolindo’s season nearly ended perfectly, but the Cougars came up just short in their 21-16 loss to Washington Union-Fresno in the Division III state championship game.

The Cougars fell behind 14-0 early when Washington Union scored touchdowns on each of their first two drives. As the Cougars have done all season, they fought back hard to bring the score to 14-10 late in the third quarter, but they never could take the lead.

The Cougars had more offensive yards (336 to 301), first downs (19 to 13) and time of possession (25:30 to 22:30) than Washington Union, but the difference in the game was turnovers. The Cougars uncharacteristically turned the ball over five times in the game (four interceptions and a fumble) including several times when they were within scoring range.

Posted on Saturday, December 17th, 2011
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Campolindo state bowl game preview

The Campolindo football team will be looking to finish their Cinderella season on the highest note of all Saturday by winning the Division III State Bowl Game.

The Cougars (14-0) will play Washington Union-Fresno (13-0) for the state title.

Washington Union is the favorite in the game, but the Cougars have been playing the underdog role all season, so this is nothing new.

Washington Union will rely on their star wide receiver, Deontay Greenberry, who has 105 receptions for 2,158 yards and 28 touchdowns this season. Greenberry will be playing for Notre Dame next year. If the Cougars can slow down Greenberry, they will have a good shot at pulling the upset.

The game kicks off Saturday at noon at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. It will be broadcast live on Comcast SportsNet California.

Posted on Friday, December 16th, 2011
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Former JM teacher gets eight years

Julie Gay Correa, a former P.E. teacher and coach at Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School in Moraga, was sentenced to eight years in prison today for sex crimes she committed on a former student.

Correa could have received more than 100 years in prison, but she accepted a plea deal with the Attorney General’s Office, in which she pleaded no contest to four of the felony charges against her.

Correa had been living in Utah with her family at the time of her arrest.

The victim, Kristen Cunnane, who currently works as an associate head coach for the Cal women’s swim team, has been very active in the case, serving as a role model for other victims of sexual abuse who are afraid to come forward.

Get the full story on the Contra Costa Times website.

Posted on Thursday, December 15th, 2011
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Local talent involved in “13 Days of Christmas”

The Peter Pan Foundation is set to present their production of the “13 Days of Christmas” Dec. 16-19 at the Del Valle Theater.

The play “13 Days of Christmas” was written by two local students: Jayne Skinner of Campolindo High School and Andrew Cope of Acalanes High School. Leslie Noel, of Lafayette, is responsible for more than 20 new songs and arrangements that will be featured in the production.

The cast is comprised of more than 150 members of the local community with many coming from the Lamorinda area.

Tickets can be purchased at the door or ahead of time online. Profits from ticket sales will be donated to the Children’s Hospital of Oakland.

Posted on Wednesday, December 14th, 2011
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High school basketball update

Although league play doesn’t tip off until after the new year starts, all of the local high school basketball teams have already played a number of games.

The Miramonte girls have been the most impressive so far in the early season, earning a perfect 6-0 record and outscoring opponents, 460-216, in those six games.

The Campolindo boys are also 6-0 so far this season, outscoring opponents, 351-297.

The Miramonte boys have not suffered a loss this season either with wins in their first three games.

The Acalanes boys also look to be strong contenders this year with a 4-2 early season record. Their two losses came at the hands of De La Salle and El Cerrito, which are two strong teams.

The Acalanes girls and Campolindo girls have both experienced some early season struggles. The Dons are 3-3, and the Cougars are 2-3. Both teams expect to improve and be contenders in league play.

Posted on Tuesday, December 13th, 2011
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Fundraiser for Lafayette Library at Patxi’s

The Lafayette Library and Learning Center will be the recipient of a fundraiser being held through Patxi’s Chicago Pizza, 3577 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, this Wednesday, Dec. 14, from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

A percentage of Patxi’s sales all day on Wednesday will be donated by the restaurant to the Lafayette Library and Learning Center. To help support the local library, all patrons of the restaurant have to do is order breakfast, lunch or dinner and money will donated automatically.

To view the menu or to order online, visit Patxi’s website at http://patxispizza.com. Orders can also be made ahead of time via phone by calling 925-299-0700.

Posted on Monday, December 12th, 2011
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Campo football wins NCS and enters state title game

The Campolindo football team’s season has been nothing short of a dream. The Cougars were picked to finish last in the DFAL. A perfect 10-0 regular season clinched a DFAL title for the Cougars.

They followed that up with one of the most dramatic games of the high school football season in the NCS semifinal, beating Cardinal Newman, 35-24, after trailing 21-0 early in the game.

The Cougars took their talent to the Oakland Coliseum Saturday night for the NCS Division 3 championship game where they faced off against undefeated number one seed, Marin Catholic. Despite leading for the majority of the game, the Cougars fell behind 18-17 with just over two minutes left.

The Cougars offense drove down the field, and sophomore kicker, Cristian Antezana, hit the game-winning field goal as time expired to give the Cougars the NCS title.

It was announced today that the Cougars will play for the CIF Division 3 State title against Washington Union-Fresno on Saturday at noon in Carson, Calif.

Posted on Sunday, December 11th, 2011
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