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Archive for April, 2012

Special Olympics at Acalanes

Acalanes High School will be hosting a Special Olympics event tomorrow, Tuesday, May 1, in their track and field stadium on campus.

Opening ceremonies for the event begin at 10:00 a.m., which will be followed by hundreds of athletes from the Bay Area competing in many track and field events. The event will end around 1:30 p.m.

Spectators are welcome to attend the Special Olympics to cheer on the athletes throughout the day. Acalanes students will be able to go to the event during their lunch break.

Due to the large amount of cars coming to the school for the event, Acalanes is asking its students to be dropped off or carpool to school tomorrow to minimize traffic and parking issues.

Posted on Monday, April 30th, 2012
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High school softball update

The Acalanes softball team is having the most success of the three Lamorinda DFAL teams so far this season. The Dons are currently in second place in the DFAL with a 5-2 league record and are 12-5 overall.

The Campolindo softball team would make the NCS playoffs if they started today, but the Cougars need to do well the rest of the way in league play to ensure they make it at season’s end. The Cougars are in fifth place in the DFAL with a 3-4 league record and a 8-6 overall record.

The Miramonte softball team started the season with some wins, but they have struggled all season in the DFAL. The Matadors are in last place in the DFAL with a 0-6 league record and a 3-8 overall record.

Posted on Saturday, April 28th, 2012
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Friends of the Lafayette Library Bookmark Contest Winners

The Friends of the Lafayette Library officially announced the winners of the 2012 Friends of the Lafayette Library Bookmark Contest recently. The contest, which is open to all Lafayette students in first through eighth grade, had over 600 entries this year.

This year’s winners are:
First Grade – Cooper Olson, Burton Valley
Second Grade – Aubrey Gates, Springhill
Third Grade – Isabella Bartos, Lafayette Elementary
Fourth Grade – Maia Pecher, Happy Valley
Fifth Grade – Wil Schueler, St. Perpetua
Sixth Grade – Jessica Gerson, Stanley
Seventh Grade – Bennett Baker, Stanley
Eighth Grade – Maya Michon, Stanley

An awards ceremony honoring the winners will take place on Tuesday, May 1, at 6:30 p.m., at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center.

Posted on Friday, April 27th, 2012
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High school baseball update

The Campolindo baseball team has had a string of success over the past few years, but this year’s team could be the strongest they have had. The team is currently ranked #6 in the nation in the MaxPreps polls. The Cougars are 13-2-1 overall and are tied for first in the DFAL with a 5-1 league record.

The Acalanes baseball team continues to have a strong season, as the Dons sit just one game back in the DFAL race with a 4-2 league record. They are 12-5 overall.

The Miramonte baseball team has struggled early in the DFAL, winning only two of their six league games, but the Matadors still look like a lock for the playoffs with a 10-5 overall record.

Posted on Thursday, April 26th, 2012
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Moraga robbery story turns out to be fake

The robbery at knifepoint that was reported to have taken place in the Rheem Valley Shopping Center on Feb. 28 has turned out to be a false report by the alleged victim.

According to police, the alleged victim who reported the crime made the story up as a way of seeing how police would react to a report of a crime.

The report led to a manhunt throughout Lamorinda by all three local law enforcement agencies, a sketch artist working with the victim to create a sketch of the robber, and hours of investigation into the crime.

Yang Chen, 25, of Walnut Creek, who made the false report is being charged with filing a false police report.

Posted on Wednesday, April 25th, 2012
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Blood Drive in memory of Rachael Wenger

Springhill Elementary School in Lafayette will be hosting the 2nd Annual Blood Drive in memory of Rachael Wenger on Friday, May 11, from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Wenger died on April 2, 2010, at the age of eight, after a long fight with a chronic illness. Her family organizes the blood drive as a way of giving back, as she was the recipient of donated blood on many occasions during her life.

To donate blood, you can drop in during the event; however, donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment ahead of time. To schedule an appointment, visit  and enter sponsor code: RachaelWenger.

Posted on Tuesday, April 24th, 2012
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Acalanes fundraiser at Patxi’s

The Acalanes High School Class of 2014 will be receiving a portion of sales at Patxi’s Chicago Pizza all day this Wednesday, April 25, to raise funds for events and programs for Acalanes students.

You must mention the fundraiser for Acalanes when you are ordering for your sale to count toward the fundraiser. All sales during the day will be included, including dine-in and take-out orders for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as gift certificate purchases.

Patxi’s Chicago Pizza is located at 3577 Mt Diablo Blvd., Lafayette.

For more information about Patxi’s Chicago Pizza or to order online, visit

Posted on Monday, April 23rd, 2012
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Moraga Triathlon traffic warning

The Town of Moraga is warning all Moraga residents and those planning to drive through Moraga on Saturday, April 28, to expect delays.

From 7:30 to 11:00 a.m., participants in the Moraga Triathlon will be running and biking throughout Moraga. Areas of Moraga on the triathlon course include Campolindo, Camino Pablo, Carroll Ranch, Moraga Road, Canyon Road and Pinehurst Road.

Although there will be complete road closures during that time, Moraga police officers and Moraga Triathlon volunteers will be directing traffic to ensure the saftey of Triathlon participants. As a result, delays should be expected all morning.

Posted on Sunday, April 22nd, 2012
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Cinco de Mayo Festival

The Hacienda Foundation has organized their 4th Annual Cinco de Mayo Festival to take place on Sunday, May 6, from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. The event will take place at the Hacienda de las Flores on Donald Drive in Moraga.

A variety of vendors will be offering traditional Mexican food, while a Mariachi band will provide live entertainment throughout the event. There will be lots of fun activities for kids as well.

Free parking for the event will be available at AAAAA Storage on Moraga Road across from the Rheem Valley Shopping Center. Shuttles will take people to and from the festival.

Admission is $2 per person or $5 per family. All proceeds from the event benefit the Hacienda Foundation.

Posted on Saturday, April 21st, 2012
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Man dies in Orinda crash

Nathaniel Greenan, 37, of Pleasant Hill, died Wednesday as a result of his injuries from his vehicle crashing.

Greenan was driving westbound on Highway 24 east of Camino Pablo shortly after 11:30 a.m. when his vehicle veered off the right side of the highway and crashed head on into a tree, according to police.

Greenan died as a result of the crash, but a dog in the vehicle survived.

Witnesses stated that they saw Greenan’s vehicle driving erratically prior to the accident.

The reason for the crash is currently under investigation. Anyone who witnessed the crash or has information about it should contact the CHP Contra Costa field office at 925-646-4980.

Posted on Friday, April 20th, 2012
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