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Archive for January, 2012

Sexual crime in Acalanes parking lot

Acalanes High School Principal Aida Glimme sent out a message to parents about a sexual crime committed in the school’s parking lot shortly after school was out on Friday.

A man was seen by students masturbating while watching one of Acalanes’ female students.

The man was described as Caucasian, middle-aged with greying dark hair. Witnesses reported the man leaving in the passenger seat of a white Toyota Camry, while another man drove the vehicle.

The Lafayette Police Department is asking that anyone with additional information about the crime, or who witnesses a similar crime, call their dispatch number immediately at 925-284-5010.

Posted on Saturday, January 21st, 2012
Under: Crime, Lafayette, Schools | No Comments »

Merrick takes plea, going to prison

Former Stanley Middle School teacher Michael Merrick has put an end to an ordeal that has caused grief throughout the Stanley community. Merrick took a plea deal, pleading guilty to six of the felony counts against him for the molestation of a student he was tutoring in 2010.

Merrick was sentenced to five years and eight months in prison for his crimes.

As part of the plea deal, Merrick had to admit that he had in fact committed the crimes he was charged with. Merrick admitted in court that he had in fact molested the student.

The case was set to go to trial on Monday.

Posted on Friday, January 20th, 2012
Under: Crime, Lafayette, Schools | No Comments »

Pleasant Hill Road construction

Anyone driving along Pleasant Hill Road between Olympic Boulevard and Mt. Diablo Boulevard in the past few months has certainly noticed the construction going on. If you hit it during commute hours, delays are almost guaranteed.

The good news is that progress is being made, but the bad news is that construction will continue for the next few weeks or even months.

One of the most recent additions was the installation of additional posts along the sidewalks, which stops people from parking on and blocking the path. Some older posts on the sidewalk were updated with new reflective tape.

Posted on Thursday, January 19th, 2012
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A Capella at Campolindo

The Campolindo High School Chamber Choir singers will be performing an A Capella Showcase concert on Thursday, Jan. 26, at 7:30 p.m.

The concert will take place in the Campolindo Performing Arts Center on campus. Tickets are $10 and will be sold at the door beginning at 6:45 p.m. All seating is general admission and is first come first served.

A dessert reception will follow the concert for all in attendance.

The concert will feature a variety of modern popular songs all done in the style of a capella.

For more informtion, visit

Posted on Wednesday, January 18th, 2012
Under: Moraga, Music, Schools | No Comments »

Casino fundraiser for Rancho Laguna

The Moraga Movers have organized a Casino Night fundraiser to bring in money for the new play structures at Rancho Laguna Park in Moraga.

The event will be at the Hacidena de las Flores, 2100 Donald Drive, Moraga, on Saturday, March 3, from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased at the Moraga Recreation office as early as this Friday and any business day up until the event. Tickets are $75 per couple or $40 per person.

Games available at the casino night will include poker, blackjack, roulette, craps, a raffle, and several other games.

More information can be found at the Town of Moraga’s website at

Posted on Tuesday, January 17th, 2012
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California Independent Film Festival

Tickets for the 14th Annual California Independent Film Festival went on sale to the general public today.

The California Independent Film Festival will take place Feb. 10-16 at the Rheem and Orinda Theaters. This year’s festival will include 11 feature films, seven documentaries, and 23 short films. There will also be a variety of lectures, discussions and seminars available throughout the festival.

The opening night ceremony, on Feb. 10, will be hosted by NBC’s Diane Dwyer and will feature the Best Canadian Film award winner from the Toronto Film Festival, “Monsieur Lazhar.”

For more information and to buy tickets, visit

Posted on Monday, January 16th, 2012
Under: Lamorinda | No Comments »

Moraga can still “ask the mayor”

Although the Town of Moraga’s mayor changed, the citizens of Moraga will still have their chance to talk to the mayor and ask questions in a casual setting.

The “Ask the Mayor” coffees will still be held on the third Friday of each month at Terzetto’s in the Moraga Shopping Center. The next opportunity is Friday, Jan. 20, at 9:30 a.m.

Citizens of Moraga will have the chance to ask questions, share comments and concerns, and discuss the future of Moraga with newly elected Mayor Mike Metcalf and Town Manager Jill Keimach.

Posted on Sunday, January 15th, 2012
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Orinda mural on the move

The giant mural at the Orinda BART station is likely leaving the BART station and heading to a different location in Orinda.

The Orinda Historical Society, owners of the mural, have asked the city for permission to move the mural.

A new location for the mural has not yet been finalized; however, its likely new destination will be somewhere near Orinda’s Community Park.

The empty space at BART will be filled with new public art, as well as some new BART-related signs.

Posted on Saturday, January 14th, 2012
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Lamorinda art update

The Lafayette Gallery opened their winter show, “Heartfelt,” this week. The show, which will be open until early March, features artwork by local artists in a variety of media, including paintings, sculpture, ceramics and photographs. The Lafayette Gallery, located at 50 Lafayette Circle, is open Tuesdays through Saturdays, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information, visit

The Orinda Community Church is displaying the art show, “Peace on Earth,” by Orinda artist Karl Schonborn, in the Doug Adams Sanctuary Gallery. Schonborn’s art depicts individuals and moments in history that have a resounding message of peace. The show will be on display until Jan. 22.

Posted on Friday, January 13th, 2012
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Halfway through DFAL soccer season

The Campolindo soccer teams dominated their rivalry with Miramonte Wednesday night, as the girls won at home, 5-0, and the Campolindo boys won at Miramonte, 3-0.

The win by the Campolindo girls ensured they would remain in first place in the DFAL at the halfway point. They are 5-0-1, while second place Dublin is 5-1-0 (their loss coming to Campolindo).

The Campolindo boys sit in second in the DFAL with a record of 4-1-1 behind Acalanes who is 5-0-1. The two teams tied earlier this season. The Miramonte boys sit in fourth place.

While the Miramonte and Acalanes girls teams are unlikely to catch up to compete for the league title, both teams are competing for spots in the NCS playoffs. The Matadors are currently fourth in the DFAL, and the Dons are fifth.

Posted on Thursday, January 12th, 2012
Under: Lamorinda, Schools, Sports | No Comments »