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Archive for January, 2012

Lafayette School District’s Strategic Planning Meeting

The Lafayette School District will begin the process of updating its Strategic Plan in February to reflect changes in the direction the district plans to go with regards to curriculum, budgeting and other priorities.

A public meeting will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 21, beginning at 7:00 p.m., at Happy Valley Elementary School. Parents of students in the Lafayette School District, along with members of the community, are invited to attend, share their ideas and participate in discussions. Those who are unable to attend the meeting but would still like their ideas and recommendations shared have been asked to email

Posted on Tuesday, January 31st, 2012
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Big Band at the Rheem Theatre

The Big Band of Rossmoor will be performing at the Rheem Theatre this Friday, Feb. 3, beginning at 8:00 p.m. The band, which features 31 musicians ranging in age from 10 to 92 years old, has become a local favorite over recent years.

Dance instructor Gail Enright will kick off the night at 7:00 p.m. with a dance lesson to get everyone ready to dance the night away.

Tickets to the event are $10 per person and can be purchased in advance at the Rheem Theatre’s Box Office or the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce office. Tickets will also be sold at the door while they last.

Posted on Monday, January 30th, 2012
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Antenna gets the OK from Moraga Town Council

The Moraga Town Council recently approved a Conditional Use Permit, which served as an appeal of a previously denied permit.

The East Bay Regional Communications System Authority was granted permission to install a 20-foot tall antenna and enclosure near EBMUD’s Carter Reservoir at 1180 Alta Mesa Dr.

The original application submitted by EBRCSA asked for permission to install a 50-foot tall antenna in the same general area, but that application was denied by Moraga’s Planning Commission, citing the Town of Moraga’s Wireless Facilities regulations.

Posted on Sunday, January 29th, 2012
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Friday’s high school sports results

Campolindo’s boys basketball team improved to 7-0 in DFAL play and 18-2 overall with a 80-53 win over Alhambra. The Acalanes boys team lost to Las Lomas, 57-45, falling to 2-5 in DFAL and 13-8 overall.

The Campolindo and Acalanes girls basketball teams were both dominant in league victories Friday. The Cougars beat Alhambra, 61-35, while the Dons beat Las Lomas, 63-47.

The Acalanes boys soccer team held on to first place in the DFAL with a 2-0 victory over Dougherty Valley. Miramonte boys soccer lost, 2-0, to Alhambra.

The Acalanes, Campolindo and Miramonte girls teams all tied their Friday night games. The Dons tied Dougherty Valley, 2-2, while the Matadors tied Alhambra, 1-1. The Cougars tied Northgate, 1-1, in a nonleague game.

Miramonte’s basketball teams and Campolindo boys soccer had the night off.

Posted on Saturday, January 28th, 2012
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Too much whining in your home?

Burton Valley Elementary School in Lafayette will be hosting an event called “How To Reduce Whining and Elicit Calm, Patience, and Politeness” on Tuesday, Jan. 31, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m., in Room 41.

Experts Robin Hauge and Clarissa Montanaro will discuss ways to alleviate whining from your children using a variety of communication tools. They will discuss several methods that help lead to a calmer household. They will also discuss the short-term and long-term ramifications of allowing children to whine without promoting solutions to the problem.

The event is sponsored by Burton Valley PTA Parent Education.

Posted on Friday, January 27th, 2012
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Caldecott update

The construction on the Caldecott Tunnel’s fourth bore is expected to be finished in mid-2013 with the fourth bore opening up to traffic in late-2013. The fourth bore will allow for two bores to be open in each direction at all times, helping to counteract reverse commute traffic.

The two crews boring from each side of the hill have met, connecting the tunnel from Orinda to Oakland.

Crews are currently working on digging out the lower part of the tunnel. That section, known as the bench, is where the pavers will come in and lay down road.

The Caldecott Tunnel’s fourth bore construction is being done at a cost of $391 million.

Posted on Thursday, January 26th, 2012
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Chicken pox outbreak at Acalanes?

Acalanes High School Principal Aida Glimme sent out a message to parents Tuesday warning them of three reported cases of chicken pox at the school in the last week.

According to an Acalanes parent who asked to be unnamed, there have been more than the three reported cases of chicken pox at the school.

In her message, Principal Glimme has asked that students with chicken pox or chicken pox symptoms remain home from school until the rash has crusted over.

Chicken pox is extremely contagious and can be spread two days prior to the rash developing and for as much as a week after the rash appears.

Posted on Wednesday, January 25th, 2012
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American Legion crab feed

American Legion Post 517 of Lafayette is holding their annual crab feed this Sunday, Jan. 29, beginning at 5:30 p.m. The crab feed will be held at the Lafayette Memorial Building, 3780 Mt. Diablo Blvd.

Tickets are $40 and can be purchased by calling Dom at 925-376-1511.

Proceeds from the event go to the benefit of American Legion Boys and Girls State programs that happen in Sacramento each year. Proceeds will also go toward sponsoring local high school oratorical contests.

American Legion Post 517 of Lafayette was incorporated in 1938 and holds meetings on the first Wednesday of every month. For more information, visit

Posted on Tuesday, January 24th, 2012
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Local rivalry week for high school basketball and soccer

This week is full of big high school rivalry basketball and soccer games that could go a long way toward determining league champions and NCS seeds. All of these games are guaranteed to bring out lots of fans from both schools.

Boys Basketball:
Monday, Jan. 23, 5:30 p.m. – Acalanes at Miramonte
Wednesday, Jan. 25, 5:30 p.m. – Miramonte at Campolindo

Girls Basketball:
Monday, Jan. 23, 7:00 p.m. – Acalanes at Miramonte
Wednesday, Jan. 25, 7:00 p.m. –  Miramonte at Campolindo

Boys Soccer:
Wednesday, Jan. 25, 6:15 p.m. – Campolindo at Acalanes

Girls Soccer:
Wednesday, Jan. 25, 6:15 p.m. – Acalanes at Campolindo

Posted on Monday, January 23rd, 2012
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A night with Peggy Orenstein

Lafayette School District Parent Education is sponsoring a night with Peggy Orenstein, author of the bestselling books “Cinderella Ate My Daughter” and “Schoolgirls.”

The event will take place at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center on Thursday, March 8, from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.

Orenstein, who lives in the Bay Area, will discuss some of the major topics in her bestselling books, particularly the effects of growing up as a “girlie girl” in a princess and pink driven society for young girls.

Refreshments will be provided by the Lamorinda Moms Club.

For more information about Orenstein, visit

Posted on Sunday, January 22nd, 2012
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