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Archive for July, 2012

Campolindo named California Division 3 Sports School of the Year

Campolindo was recently named the California Division 3 Sports School of the Year by Cal-Hi Sports. The Cougars also won the award last year, making them repeat winners.

The Cougars athletic excellence from last year carried over with an improbable run by the football team that saw them crowned as NCS champions before narrowly falling in the CIF Division III State Bowl Game.

The Campolindo cross country teams each finished fourth in the state meet with Carrie Verdon winning the state’s individual honors.

Boys swimming, boys volleyball and baseball all won NCS titles during the spring season as well, with the boys swimming and baseball teams being ranked near the top in the state all season long.

Posted on Thursday, July 19th, 2012
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Meg Murray is California School Nurse of the Year

Lafayette resident Meg Murray was recently announced as the California School Nurse of the Year by the California School Nurses Organization. She also recently received an Excellence in School Nursing award at the National Association of School Nurses annual conference.

Murray is a co-founder of Contra Costa County School Nurse Group, a group that meets to discuss ongoing issues in the field of school nursing and offers support among the school nurses in the area.

Murray is also responsible for creating the nursing services department of the Lafayette School District during her time working with them in the 2000s.

Posted on Wednesday, July 18th, 2012
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Room Service in Orinda

The Orinda Village Starlight Players will be presenting the play “Room Service” from July 20 through Aug. 11.

Shows will take place on Fridays and Saturday at 8:30 p.m. during the play’s run. There will also be a show on Sunday, Aug. 5, at 4:00 p.m., and a show on Thursday, Aug. 9, at 8:00 p.m.

All shows will take place in the outdoor theater at the Orinda Community Park, 26 Orinda Way.

Tickets are $16 for general admission and $8 for seniors and children. Tickets can be purchased at the box office before a show or in advance by calling 925-528-9225 or emailing

For more information about the Orinda Village Starlight Players or the play, visit

Posted on Tuesday, July 17th, 2012
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Branaghs killed in plane crash

Lafayette residents, Peter and Mona Branagh, were killed in a plane crash Saturday in Utah.

The couple took off Saturday in a small, private plane from Danville headed for Aspen, Colo., but when the plane never arrived, a helicopter was sent out to locate it. On Sunday, the helicopter located the wreckage of the plane in a canyon in Sevier County, Utah.

California Bank of Commerce, where Peter worked as the Director, confirmed the couple had been killed in the crash.

The Branaghs were most notably known in the community for developments and improvements done through Peter’s development firm, including the Hidden Oaks housing development in Lafayette.

Posted on Monday, July 16th, 2012
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Open seats in local government

The candidate filing period for most local governments in the Bay Area officially opens tomorrow and runs through Aug. 10. There are seats open on many Lamorinda councils, boards and commissions. To pick up a nomination form, visit the city/town hall or the county election office.

Open local seats in the upcoming election include:
Lafayette City Council (three seats)
Moraga City Council (three seats)
Orinda City Council (two seats)
Moraga-Orinda Fire Protection District (three seats)
East Bay Regional Park District (two seats)
Central Contra Costa Sanitary District (three seats)
Acalanes Union High School District (two seats)
Lafayette School District (two seats)
Moraga School District (two seats)
Orinda Union School District (two seats)

Posted on Sunday, July 15th, 2012
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Graduation rates at local high schools

Graduation and dropout rates for 2011’s high school graduating class were recently released by the state, broken down by district and school.

The Acalanes Union High School District managed to improve their already high graduation rate from 95.4% in 2010 to 96.3% in 2011. The AUHSD dropout rate decreased from 3.3% in 2010 to 1.8% in 2011.

Campolindo had the highest graduation rate in the district at 99.39% for 2011, while Miramonte (97.92%) and Acalanes (97.21%) also had impressively high graduation rates, which has become expected of the district’s schools.

The dropout rate was equally impressive, as there were only two recorded dropouts total between the three schools with Campolindo and Acalanes having one each and Miramonte having  none for the class of 2011.

Posted on Saturday, July 14th, 2012
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Federighi will step down

Lafayette Mayor Carol Federighi has announced that she has no plans to enter her name into the race for reelection this November. Federighi has served as a council member since 1999 and has been a regular part of Lafayette’s city government since 1980.

Three seats on Lafayette’s City Council will be available in the upcoming election. Vice Mayor Mike Anderson and council member Carl Anduri’s seats are also open.

Official nominations for the open council seats will be accepted by the City of Lafayette between July 16 and August 10.

For information on the open council seats, contact City Clerk Joanne Robbins at 925-284-1968.

Posted on Friday, July 13th, 2012
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Moraga-Orinda Fire District board seat nominations being accepted

Nominations for prospective Moraga-Orinda Fire District board members are being accepted through Aug. 10. Elections will be held in November for three districts including Division 3, which covers southwest Orinda, western Moraga and Canyon.

That seat was left vacant earlier this year by Dick Olsen, who stepped down in February. If elected, the candidate would finish out the remaining two years of the four-year term.

Seats are also up for Division 5, which covers north Orinda and was vacated earlier this year by Brook Mancinelli, and Division 2 covering north Moraga and Rheem Valley. That seat is currently occupied by board President Fred Weil.

The candidate filing period runs through Aug. 10. For information, contact the Contra Costa County Elections Division at 925-335-7800 or

Posted on Friday, July 13th, 2012
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Exchange students need homes in Lamorinda

The International Education Center at Diablo Valley College is looking for host families for international exchange students who will be attending the school to improve their English skills. Families are required to provide a private bedroom and meals for the student and treat them as a family member. Host families will receive a $750 per month stipend. For more information, contact Fia Parker at 925-876-0080 or

The Pacific Intercultural Exchange is also seeking host families for international exchange students between the ages of 15 and 18. These students are English speakers and are financially independent. Participating families can claim a charitable tax deduction. For more information, call 866-546-1402.

Posted on Thursday, July 12th, 2012
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New fences in Lafayette

As part of Lafayette’s downtown sidewalk improvement project, several new fence sections went up in front of Trader Joe’s on Mt. Diablo Boulevard recently.

A metal artist constructed the fence sections out of steel to mimic the rock patterns on other constructions in the surrounding area. The completed sections were inserted in between trees along that strip of sidewalk, in order to preserve the longstanding trees.

Only a few final updates remain in the city’s $2 million sidewalk improvement project before the construction will be finished.

For those who have seen the updates, what do you think?

Posted on Wednesday, July 11th, 2012
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