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Archive for February, 2012

Miramonte girls, Campolindo boys into NCS basketball finals

The Miramonte girls basketball team continued their undefeated season tonight with a 63-51 win over San Marin in the NCS Division 3 semifinals. The Matadors will play for the NCS title against Bishop O’Dowd on Saturday at 5:00 p.m. at Saint Mary’s College.

The Campolindo boys stopped it from being an all-Miramonte party tonight by beating the Matadors in the NCS Division 3 boys semifinals, 79-72. The Campolindo boys will face off against Bishop O’Dowd in the NCS championship game on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. at Saint Mary’s College.

The Acalanes girls lost to Bishop O’Dowd, 60-23, in an NCS Division 3 semifinal.

The Bentley High School boys team also lost tonight, losing 69-45, to St. Joseph Notre Dame in the Division 5 semifinals.

Posted on Wednesday, February 29th, 2012
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Events at the libraries

The Moraga Library will be presenting a history lecture titled “William Tillman: The Union’s First Black Hero” this Wednesday, Feb. 29, at 2:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

The Lafayette Library and Learning Center will be hosting a representative from the Berkeley Rep on Wednesday, Feb. 29, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. They will be discussing the back story behind the current production of “A Doctor in Spite of Himself.”

The Orinda Library will be holding one of their increasingly popular Friends of Orinda Library Book Sales this Thursday, March 1, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the sorting room and book shop.

Posted on Tuesday, February 28th, 2012
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EBMUD paying up for environmental violations

EBMUD will be paying $72,000 for environmental violations caused as a result of spills from their drinking water system in 2010.

One of the spills occurred when a weld on a pipe in Lafayette broke. The resulting spill dumped 23,000 gallons of water into Lafayette’s Reliez Valley Creek. According to environmental regulators with the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board, the spill caused a substantial increase in sediment in the creek.

The San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board handed down the violations to EBMUD  as a result of their belief that EBMUD showed carelessness, which caused the spills.

Posted on Monday, February 27th, 2012
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Saint Mary’s basketball wins WCC

The Saint Mary’s men’s basketball team clinched the West Coast Conference regular season title outright with a 67-60 win over USF on Saturday. The title is Saint Mary’s first since 1989. It is also the first time someone other than Gonzaga has won the title since 2000.

While the team should receive an at large bid to the NCAA Tournament in March, they can guarantee themselves a spot in the NCAA Tournament by winning the WCC’s postseason tournament.

The Gaels are the number one seed in the WCC tournament and have earned a bye to the semifinals. The Gaels will play their semifinal game on Saturday at 6:00 p.m. in Las Vegas. The game will be shown live on ESPN2.

Posted on Sunday, February 26th, 2012
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Four local basketball teams into NCS semifinals

The Miramonte girls had the most dominating performance of Friday night, as the Matadors beat Tamalpais, 74-25, in their NCS quarterfinal. They will host San Marin at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday in the semifinals.

With a 47-42 quarterfinal win over Analy, the Acalanes girls team advanced to a semifinal match-up with the number one seed, Bishop O’Dowd, at Chabot College on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

The Campolindo and Miramonte boys teams will be facing off in an NCS semifinal at Campolindo on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. In the quarterfinals, the Cougars beat Sir Francis Drake, 50-44, while the Matadors beat Analy, 98-87, in a double overtime game.

The Acalanes boys saw their season come to an end with a 51-49 loss to El Cerrito in the quarterfinals.

Posted on Saturday, February 25th, 2012
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Gas scare in Lafayette

A gas leak in Lafayette left many residents worried for hours Thursday.

A contractor digging in the 3500 block of Mt. Diablo Boulevard broke the main of a natural gas line Thursday around 11:30 a.m., resulting in a leak until PG&E was able to shut the flow of the gas down.

Several buildings near the leak were evacuated and traffic on Mt. Diablo Boulevard was stopped.

Once the flow of gas was shut down, PG&E crews worked to repair the main.

The buildings were reopened and traffic was allowed through around 3:30 p.m. when PG&E workers deemed the area to be safe and back to normal.

Posted on Friday, February 24th, 2012
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NCS sports updates

The season came to an end for the Campolindo girls soccer team Wednesday night. The Cougars lost to the overall number one seed, Bishop O’Dowd, 2-0, in the semifinals.

Bentley High School’s boys basketball team won their NCS first round game, 41-31, over Athenian School on Wednesday. They will travel to play at Head Royce High School on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. in the quarterfinals of the Division 5 playoffs.

The Acalanes boys won their NCS first round game on Tuesday night, 44-29, over Piner High School. The Dons will play at El Cerrito High School on Friday at 7:00 p.m. in the Division 3 quarterfinals.

Posted on Thursday, February 23rd, 2012
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Campolindo girls basketball removed from NCS

Despite being named as the fourth seed in the NCS Division 3 girls basketball playoffs, the Campolindo girls basketball team was removed from the playoffs Monday when officials realized that the Campolindo team did not actually meet playoff eligibility requirements.

One of the requirements states that for a team to be eligible for the playoffs, they must have more wins than losses in one of three categories: overall record, division record, or league record. The Cougars were 11-14 overall and 6-6 in their division and their league, making them ineligible.

The removal of the Cougars from the playoffs bumped all other teams up one seed, including the Acalanes girls who are the new number four seed and will now host a quarterfinal game.

Posted on Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012
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Local music update

The Campolindo Orchestra will be performing a show called “Concierto de Aranjuez,” on Thursday, Feb. 23, at 7:30 p.m., at the Campolindo Performing Arts Center. The show is free and open to the public. Mr. Benstein, the instrumental music director at Campolindo, has announced his retirement, so this will be one of his final shows.

The Virginia Glee Club, one of the top male choruses in the nation, will be performing at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church on Tuesday, March 6, at 8:00 p.m. They will be performing a large variety of music, ranging from sacred music to Glee Club classics. The event is open to the public, and donations will be accepted by the group.

Posted on Tuesday, February 21st, 2012
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Once Upon a Mattress

Some of the top performing arts students at Acalanes High School will be performing “Once Upon a Mattress,” a musical based off of the story “The Princess and the Pea.” Shows will take place Feb. 29 and March 1, 2 and 3. All shows will start at 7:30 p.m. in the Acalanes Performing Arts Center on campus.

General admission tickets are $16, and student and senior tickets are $14. Tickets can be purchased at Acalanes High School, at the door of any show 30 minutes before the start of the show, or ahead of time online.

All proceeds from ticket sales go to the Acalanes Performing Arts Boosters Choral Program.

Posted on Monday, February 20th, 2012
Under: Lafayette, Music, Schools | No Comments »