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Archive for December, 2011

Springhill aide arrested

Lafayette School District Superintendent Fred Brill sent out an announcement via email to parents Friday informing them that an instructional aide at Springhill Elementary School was arrested at 11:00 a.m. Friday morning.

As news of the arrest spread, worried parents began wondering what crimes had been committed and if their children were safe; however, according to the email, the Lafayette Police Department shared with the school district that the arrest was unrelated to children or any criminal activities at the school.

The name of the person arrested and the crime committed have not yet been released.

Posted on Saturday, December 10th, 2011
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Want to play LafayetteOpoly?

If you are a fan of the classic board game Monopoly, then you will certainly enjoy Lafayette’s version of the game, LafayetteOpoly.

The game is formatted just like Monopoly, but the spaces on the board are all local Lafayette businesses, schools and other local hangouts.

The  businesses featured in the game financially supported and sponsored production of the game.

To purchase the game, call the Lafayette Partners in Education Office at 925-299-1644. The game costs $33, which includes all taxes.

All profits made from sales of the game go to the Lafayette schools.

Posted on Friday, December 9th, 2011
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DFAL soccer season kicks off

The DFAL soccer league kicked off Wednesday night for the local boys and girls high school teams.

Acalanes met up with Las Lomas in their opening game of the season. The Acalanes boys beat Las Lomas, 2-1, with some help from Las Lomas, as both Acalanes goals were knocked in by Las Lomas defenders. The Acalanes girls tied Las Lomas, 2-2, with a goal with only five minutes remaining.

Campolindo faced Alhambra with the boys earning a 5-3 home win and the girls winning 2-1 on the road.

Miramonte’s teams had their DFAL bye right out of the gate, but both teams played nonleague games. The boys lost a tight one to Bishop O’Dowd, 1-0, while the girls dominated a much weaker Hayward team, 8-1.

Posted on Thursday, December 8th, 2011
Under: Lamorinda, Schools, Sports | No Comments »

“All That Jazz” performance

The Campolindo High School Jazz Program is hosting their annual “All That Jazz” concert this Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

The concert will take place in the Campolindo Performing Arts Center on the school’s campus. The concert is free and open to the public.

The featured performer will be Geoffrey Countryman, an alumnus of Campolindo, who has gone on to be a regular performer with the Saturday Night Live Band, a featured performer on the Grammy-award winning album “King” by T.I., and a contributor to countless other albums, bands and television spots.

The Campolindo jazz bands will also be performing throughout the night.

Posted on Wednesday, December 7th, 2011
Under: Moraga, Music, Schools | No Comments »

St. Mary’s soccer misses out on Final Four

The St. Mary’s men’s soccer team’s historic NCAA tournament run came to an end this weekend when the Gaels lost, 2-0, to the number one nationally ranked soccer powerhouse North Carolina Tarheels.

The Gaels fought hard all game and held the Tarheels scoreless in the fist half. The Tarheels did not have a shot on goal the entire first half.

Even in the second half, the game was a back and forth battle with St. Mary’s creating numerous scoring opportunities, but the Tarheels put away two of their chances and moved onto the Final Four.

This was the farthest a St. Mary’s soccer team has ever gone in an NCAA Tournament and tied for the farthest any St. Mary’s team in any sport has ever gone in the NCAA Tournament.

Posted on Tuesday, December 6th, 2011
Under: Moraga, Schools, Sports | No Comments »

Traffic starting to clear up at Caldecott Tunnel

Caltrans closed two lanes of westbound Highway 24 at the Caldecott Tunnel this morning around 11:00 a.m. due to the necessity to unclog drains that had become clogged in the tunnel.

The closure caused some substantial traffic backing up past central Orinda; however, traffic has thinned over the past few hours, and vehicles are moving at speeds close to the speed limit now.

The maintenance is expected to be finished by 2:30 p.m., at which time the lanes are expected to be reopened.

Posted on Monday, December 5th, 2011
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Campolindo wins Winter Soccer Classic

Similar to the Campolindo football team, the Campolindo boys soccer team was not expected to encounter much success this season after losing many top players to graduation last year, but success is exactly what both teams have in common.

The Campolindo boys soccer team successfully defended their 2010 Winter Soccer Classic title by repeating as champions with their 2-1 win over Dougherty Valley in the Winter Soccer Classic final Saturday night.

Senior Scott Guelfi scored 20 minutes into the game to give the Cougars a lead. Freshman Ryan Donat added the second goal 10 minutes into the second half. A very late goal by Dougherty Valley wasn’t enough, as the Cougars secured the 2-1 victory.

The late goal was the only the Cougars allowed in their four tournament games, as they won their group games by scores of 4-0, 3-0 and 6-0.

Posted on Sunday, December 4th, 2011
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Campolindo football into NCS final

The Campolindo football team is worthy of the cliche: “a team of destiny.” The Cougars, who were picked to finish last in the DFAL, are now 13-0 and set to play in the NCS Division 3 championship game after one of the most dramatic games in Campolindo football history.

The Cougars fell behind early, 21-0, to Cardinal Newman, but the Cougars clawed their way back to tie it up, 21-21. Cardinal Newman tacked on a field goal shortly after to re-take the lead, 24-21. Late game dominance by the Couagrs earned them a 35-24 upset victory.

The Cougars will play the winner of tonight’s Marin Catholic/Encinal game in the NCS Division 3 championship game next weekend.

Posted on Saturday, December 3rd, 2011
Under: Moraga, Schools, Sports | No Comments »

Nutcracker storytime in Lafayette

The Lafayette Library and Learning Center is hosting an event called “The Nutcracker Storytime” this Saturday, Dec. 3,  from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.

The Nutcracker story will be told along with the help of dancers from Diablo Ballet performing.

The event is free and open to the public. Plan to arrive early for the best seats. The event is targeted toward kids, but all are welcome and encouraged to attend.

The event will take place in the Community Hall of the Lafayette Library and Learning Center.

For more information about the performers from Diablo Ballet, visit their website at

Posted on Friday, December 2nd, 2011
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Feel the “breeze”

If the rest of fall didn’t do the job knocking all of the leaves off of your trees, the winds today will certainly do the trick. There are leaves absolutely everywhere in Lamorinda right now due to the high winds.

According to the weather forecast, the average winds throughout the day will be 20-25 mph with gusts up to 32 mph. The wind will pick up even more throughout the night with gusts over 40 mph expected.

The winds are supposed to die down to 5-10 mph by tomorrow.

While the wind may be annoying, having sun in the forecast for the first 10 days of December isn’t bad at all.

Posted on Thursday, December 1st, 2011
Under: Lamorinda | No Comments »