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Archive for June, 2012

New sports facility for Saint Mary’s?

Saint Mary’s College is in the process of seeking approval to build what would be a state of the art sports complex at the Moraga campus. The proposed plan includes a 60,000-square-foot fitness facility, a 95-by-150-foot swimming pool, and a 950-seat “stadium” to go with the school’s new baseball field.

Prior to starting the building of the new facilities, the school must first be granted with six different permits and complete a California Environmental Quality Act determination.

The project is scheduled to be discussed in detail at the July 2 Moraga Planning Commission meeting.

The new facilities would be huge selling points for recruits for the Gaels’ athletic programs and would also likely draw more local fans to games.

Posted on Sunday, June 10th, 2012
Under: Moraga, Sports | No Comments »

Summer concerts

Orinda Summer Concerts in the Park will be every Tuesday night this summer, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the Orinda Community Park. The first concert is this coming Tuesday, June 12.

The 2012 Summer Concert Series at the Moraga Commons starts on Thursday, June 21, with the band Moonalice. The concerts will be every Thursday night this summer, from6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

All concerts at both locations are free and open to the public. Concert goers are encouraged to bring blankets to sit on and enjoy the music. Both locations have food for sale, but you can also bring a picnic dinner.

Posted on Saturday, June 9th, 2012
Under: Moraga, Orinda | No Comments »

MCC reverses decision on Cunnane’s clinic

The Moraga Country Club’s Board of Directors have reversed their decision on banning Kristen Cunnane from giving a clinic at the pool. The Monday clinic will happen as previously scheduled, and Cunnane does plan to attend.

Below is a statement from Tom Engberg, President of the MCC Board of Directors:

First, on behalf of the Moraga Country Club Board of Directors, its management and its membership let me offer our sincere apologies to Kristen Lewis Cunnane. She is a brave woman whose courage in talking about her ordeal and bringing a sexual predator to justice is an example for all to emulate.

I made the decision, as Board President, to cancel her proposed swim clinic so that I could make certain that our Board of Directors was aware of her clinic. I did it because there has been a significant amount of coverage of her courageous stand against child abuse and I wanted to make certain that the Board would be prepared should coverage of her clinic take place. I have spoken with the Board and it has unanimously approved her clinic.

We will welcome her at MCC, where she and her family have been members for many years, to share her experience both as a world class swimmer who started her career as a MCC Mini-wave and set numerous team and pool records before going on to become a member of the UCLA swim team and now as an assistant coach at UC Berkeley.

I hope that our swim team members learn from Kristen not only about the dedication it takes to succeed at athletics but the courage it takes to stand up for one’s self in situations where a child feels threatened or abused. Kristen has exhibited amazing courage and we are very pleased that she will share her story with our swimmers and other members of MCC.

I apologize for the controversy this has caused and any distress it caused Kristen and our membership.

Thomas K. Engberg

Posted on Friday, June 8th, 2012
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Cunnane banned from MCC

Kristen Cunnane, the woman who recently came forward about how she was raped by her P.E. teacher at Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School in the 1990s, had offered to do a free swimming clinic for kids at the Moraga Country Club. The MCC Board won’t let that happen.

Cunnane, who is currently an assistant swimming coach at Cal and was just honored as the top assistant coach in the country by the NCAA, wanted to give back to the swim club she started at in her youth and credits for turning her into the swimmer she became.

The MCC Board decided to ban Cunnane from doing the clinic or speaking at MCC. While the board did not cite a reason, Cunnane believes the board is worried about it looking like they are “siding” with her in regards to the fallout of her rape accusations.

For the full story:

Posted on Thursday, June 7th, 2012
Under: Crime, Moraga, Sports | 1 Comment »

Motorcyclist down on Highway 24

A motorcyclist collided with a truck this morning on Highway 24, sending the motorcycle and its driver crashing to the ground, according to California Highway Patrol.

According to CHP, the driver suffered moderate injuries and was taken from the scene in an ambulance. No injuries were reported for the driver of the truck.

The crash happened shortly before 9:00 a.m. on westbound Highway 24 near the Pleasant Hill exit. The crash and resulting medical and police attention has one lane blocked. The one lane closure slowed down morning commute traffic, but traffic seems to be flowing back to normal at this time.

Posted on Wednesday, June 6th, 2012
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High school graduation ceremonies

Acalanes, Campolindo and Miramonte will all be holding their graduation ceremonies this Friday, June 8, in each school’s respective stadium.

Campolindo’s ceremony starts first at 5:00 p.m. Miramonte will start theirs at 5:30 p.m., and the graduation ceremony at Acalanes starts at 6:00 p.m.

The school’s parking lots are all unable to handle all of the cars coming for graduation, so you should plan to arrive early to get a parking spot, or plan to park somewhere in the neighboring communities. The schools suggest arriving close to an hour early to ensure you have a seat as well.

Contact the schools for more information about handicap parking and seating for the ceremonies.

Posted on Tuesday, June 5th, 2012
Under: Lamorinda, Schools | No Comments »

2012 Lafayette Summer Series

The City of Lafayette is looking to improve on their successful summer series events of the past with events taking place every Friday night June 15-August 24 in Lafayette Plaza, located at the corner of Mt. Diablo Boulevard and Moraga Road.

Fridays in June will be “Dancing in the Plaza” from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. with a different kind of music each Friday.

Fridays in July will be “Movies in the Plaza,” starting at dusk, with a movie playing outside on a big screen.

Fridays in August will be “Rock the Plaza” from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. with a variety of concerts.

For more information and a full schedule of summer events, visit

Posted on Monday, June 4th, 2012
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Acalanes, Campolindo baseball teams win NCS

The Campolindo baseball team ended their season the way many baseball fans in the area thought they would all season by winning the Division 2 NCS title. The Cougars beat Dougherty Valley, 6-3, at the Oakland Coliseum Saturday in the championship. The Cougars finish the season with a record of 23-4-1.

The Acalanes baseball team may not have been the best team in the DFAL, having to compete against Campolindo, but the Dons didn’t let that stop them from running through the NCS Division 3 playoffs. The Dons won the Division 3 title Saturday over Tamalpais, 4-0, finishing the season with a 19-7 overall record.

Posted on Sunday, June 3rd, 2012
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Orinda Idol finalists

More than 200 students from 26 local schools auditioned for the 2012 Orinda Idol competition. The finalists who are listed below will be vying for the title of Orinda Idol at the finals on Sept. 9. All of the finalists will also get some warm-up performances prior to the finals on July 17 at the Orinda Community Park and on Aug. 25 at Orinda Theatre Square.


K-2 Soloists:
Callie Barber
Lucy Berkman
Amelia Chen
Bridget Mills
Claire O’Connor

3-5 Soloists:
Malia Akazawa
Elizabeth Becker
Isabel Fine
Malin Glade
Taylor Johnson
Jennifer McFarlane
Grace Mesenbring
Jackie Patton
Nicole Prozan
Lindsey Wallace

6-8 Soloists:
Grace Baer
Poppy Bovoso
Lucy Clearwater
Nathan Correll
Mia Lineweaver
Jocelyn Purcell
Kendall Roberts
Eleanor Roeder
Michaela Sasner
Leah Woodcox

9-12 Soloists:
Sophie Belinn
Sarah Cain
Mariette Clarisse Ebarle
Julia Elliott
Maritza Grillo
Tosca Maltzman
Carolyn Moore
Amrita Newton
Paige Powell
Hannah Witbeck

K-5 Groups:
Monday Blues
Kaylin Ishizu
Wesley Ishizu
Jules Kuramoto

Rising Starz
Leah Douglas
Hannah Hoffman
Nicole Prozan

Simply Sisters
Niamh Akazawa
Malia Akazawa
Fiona Akazawa

Sweet Harmony
Arriana Glenn
Kiera Glenn

6-12 Groups:
Frank and Annie
Nathan Correll
Jennifer McFarlane

Applause Theatre Company
Andrew Alcaraz
Francesca Blake
Gabriel Blake
Alaina Campbell
Laura Jinparn
Jonathan Miller
Amrita Newton

Emma & Sophie
Sophie Belinn
Emma Patton

Fine & Sassy
Isabel Fine
Michaela Sasner

J n J
Jacob Woll
Jocelyn Purcell

Urban Flare
Sabrina Chaco
Bella Johannessen
Isaac Taylor

Posted on Saturday, June 2nd, 2012
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Free outdoor classes

The Lafayette Community Garden and Outdoor Education Center, located across from the Lafayette Reservoir, is offering a series of free classes starting tomorrow, Saturday, June 2.

All classes are free, open to the public, educational and fun for all ages. The classes are interactive, so participants should be prepared to get a little dirty in the garden.

Classes available:
June 2 – 3-5pm – The Creekside Ecosystem
July 14 – 3-5pm – Bugs: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly!
August 4 – 3-5pm – California Edibles and What Native Americans Ate
September 29 – 3-5pm – Winter Gardens

For more information about the classes or to register for any of them, visit

Posted on Friday, June 1st, 2012
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