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Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween from the Lamorinda Sun blog!

The forecast shows that it will drop to around 60 degrees tonight, so those trick-or-treaters should bundle up. There is also a possibility of rain throughout the afternoon and night.

For those who are looking for “ideal” trick-or-treating locations, there are several locations in Lamorinda that bring out kids and families from all over. The Burton Valley neighborhood in Lafayette, Sanders Ranch in Moraga and the neighborhoods around Los Perales in Moraga and Orinda Intermediate School in Orinda are all favorites among Lamorinda trick-or-treaters.

Everyone have a safe and happy Halloween!

Posted on Wednesday, October 31st, 2012
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Lafayette massage parlors now require state certification

As of today, all massage practitioners must have official state certification with the California Massage Therapy Council to be allowed to practice legally in Lafayette.

The new law was adopted by the City of Lafayette back in May, but the city allowed for a 120-day grace period to allow all non-certified practitioners time to get certified. That grace period ends today.

The new law came into effect as part of the Lafayette Police Department’s crackdown on illegal sexual activity in Lafayette’s massage parlors. Three of Lafayette’s massage parlors have already been shut down by police – Body & Sole, Classical Music Massage and Lalouch Massage.

Lafayette Police will continue to run inspections and undercover operations of Lafayette’s massage parlors even with the new law in effect.

Posted on Monday, October 29th, 2012
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Campolindo football wins DFAL

The Campolindo football team surprised everyone last year when they won the DFAL. The Cougars entered this year as favorites in the DFAL and proved last year was no fluke by winning their second consecutive DFAL title. The Cougars clinched the title Friday night with a 28-7 victory against Dougherty Valley. The Cougars are 5-0 in the DFAL and 8-1 overall. With just one game remaining against Dublin, the Cougars are likely to be one of the top seeds in the NCS playoffs.

Despite losing their first two DFAL games, Miramonte now sits in second place after winning their third consecutive game Friday. The Matadors beat Las Lomas, 45-34. With the win, the Matadors move to 5-4 overall and move into the NCS playoff picture.

The Acalanes football team likely improved their NCS playoff seeding as well on Friday night with a 42-29 win over Alhambra. The win moves the Dons to 6-3 overall and 3-3 in the DFAL.

Posted on Sunday, October 28th, 2012
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Moraga Farmers’ Market tenth best in nation

In the most recent edition of the American Farmland Trust’s national contest, Moraga’s Farmers’ Market was named the tenth best farmers’ market in the country in the mid-size market category. The Moraga Farmers’ Market was also ranked as the second best market in the state of California of any size.

Patrons and organizers of the Moraga Farmers’ Market celebrated the honor with a few giant cakes at one of the recent markets. The Moraga Farmers’ Market has been happening on Sundays in the Moraga Center Shopping Center since 2004.

Posted on Saturday, October 27th, 2012
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Lamorinda’s haunted houses

Orinda’s Theatre Square is home to a free haunted house, which is open every night through Oct. 30. The haunted house is open from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m. tonight and Saturday night and from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. Sunday-Tuesday. The haunted house is tailored for kids ages 5-13, but all are welcome to check it out. If you bring canned food to donate, you will receive 10% off at businesses in Theatre Square.

The New Rheem Theatre is hosting their “Dark Dreams Haunted House” tonight, Saturday night, Sunday night and Halloween night, from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. each night. Admission is $9 with all proceeds going to the California Independent Film Festival.

For more information on Lafayette’s haunted house option, read

Posted on Friday, October 26th, 2012
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Upcoming public meetings

Lafayette Planning Commission: 7 p.m. Nov. 5, Community Hall, Lafayette Library and Learning Center, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd.

Orinda Union School District board of trustees: 6 p.m. Nov. 5, 25 Orinda Way, Suite 200.

Moraga Planning Commission: 7 p.m. Nov. 5, Moraga Library, 1500 St. Marys Road.

Orinda City Council: 7 p.m. Nov. 7, Library Auditorium, 26 Orinda Way.

Acalanes High School District governing board: 7:30 p.m., Nov. 7, district office, 1212 Pleasant Hill Road.

Lafayette City Council: 7 p.m. Nov. 13, Community Hall, Lafayette Library and Learning Center, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd.

Moraga School District Governing Board: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13, Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School, 1010 Camino Pablo.

Moraga Town Council: 7 p.m. Nov. 14, Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School, 1010 Camino Pablo

Lafayette School District governing board: 7 p.m. Nov. 14, district offices, 3477 School St.

Orinda Parks and Recreation Commission: 7 p.m. Nov. 14, Orinda Community Center, Room 7, 28 Orinda Way.

Moraga Park and Recreation Commission: 7 p.m. Nov. 20, Mosaic Room, Hacienda de las Flores, 2100 Donald Drive.

Posted on Thursday, October 25th, 2012
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Orinda Community Center Bazaar

The Orinda Community Center Auxiliary’s 36th Annual Holiday Bazaar is next Saturday, Nov. 3, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

More than 50 vendors will be in attendance to help you get started on your Christmas shopping. Vendors will be selling a wide variety of items, including arts and crafts, clothing , jewelry and gourmet foods.

The event is also family-friendly with live entertainment throughout the day, including a clown, music, and live zumba fitness demonstrations.

The Orinda Community Center is located at 28 Orinda Way. For more information about the bazaar, call 925-254-2445.

Posted on Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012
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Lafayette School Board Forum

The Lafayette School PTA has organized an event for the public to hear from the candidates for the Lafayette School Board.

The Lafayette School Board Candidates’ Forum will be held this Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 7:00 p.m., in the Stanley Middle School Library.

All four candidates for the Lafayette School Board are expected to be in attendance at the forum. The four candidates are Jean Follmer, Quinlan Tom, Nancy Wallace and Don Wolff.

The event will start with each candidate having an opening statement. That will be followed with a question and answer session.

Posted on Monday, October 22nd, 2012
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High school football update

Campolindo dominated Alhambra, 48-12, on Friday night to maintain a commanding lead at the top of the DFAL. The Cougars are 4-0 in the DFAL (7-1 overall) with two league games remaining. Every other team in the DFAL has at least two losses already, so the Cougars have already clinched at least a share of the DFAL title. A win at home against Dougherty Valley this Friday would clinch the title outright.

Miramonte played one of their best games of the season Friday, as the Matadors beat Dougherty Valley, 41-3. The win improves the Matadors to 4-4 overall (2-2 DFAL). If they can win at least one of their last two games, they should make the playoffs.

Acalanes suffered a disappointing loss to Dublin, 17-14, Friday that knocked the Dons to 2-3 in the DFAL. The Dons still look like they will qualify for the playoffs with a 5-3 overall record.

Posted on Sunday, October 21st, 2012
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Cunnane granted $1.5 million in restitution

Kristen Cunnane was granted $1.5 million in restitution by a judge Friday for the crimes committed against her by her former Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School teacher.

Cunnane’s former P.E. teacher, Julie Correa, pleaded no contest to four charges against her during the criminal trial last year. Correa had been charged with 23 total felony sex crimes for her sexual abuse of Cunnane over a four-year period beginning in 1996. Correa was sentenced to eight years in prison.

Although Cunnane was granted $1.5 million in restitution, she is unlikely to see anywhere near that amount due to Correa’s prison sentence and financial standing. Cunnane has received the first two checks totaling just $24 from the Department of Corrections on behalf of Correa.

Posted on Saturday, October 20th, 2012
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