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Free college planning class in Lafayette

NewSpring College Planning will be presenting a free college planning class on Thursday, July 26, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center’s Arts & Science Discovery Center.

Representatives from the group will be on hand to discuss and answer questions about a variety of topics related to thecollege planning process, including how to be best positioned in the application and enrollment process and how to afford college tuition.

Although the event is free and open to the public, there is limited seating, so advance registration is required. To register for the event, call 415-322-4501 or email

Posted on Saturday, July 21st, 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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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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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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Watch “Twilight” at the Lafayette Library

The Lafayette Library and Learning Center will be hosting a screening of the movie “Twilight” on Wednesday, July 11, at 6:00 p.m., in their Arts & Science Room.

The screening is open to the public and specifically targeted toward middle school and high school students. Children under 13 attending the screening will be required to have a parent sign a permission slip.

The screening is free to attend. No reservations are required to attend.

In addition to enjoying the screening with friends, all kids in attendance will be able to enjoy popcorn, which will be provided.

Posted on Saturday, July 7th, 2012
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Gold Awards for Lafayette Girl Scouts

Three local girl scouts from Lafayette’s Troop 31883 recently earned their Gold Award, which is the highest honor a girl scout can receive. The new Gold Award recipients, Dayna Silvani, Kelly Williams and Molly Pines, completed community service projects as part of their requirement for a Gold Award.

Silvani worked with Concord nonprofit, Shelter, Inc., to build a play structure at their facility. Williams worked with the Walnut Creek Parks and Recreation Summer Camps to develop a music program for special-needs children. Pines focused on fighting illiteracy in the Dominican Republic by recording Spanish speakers reading books. She turned these recordings into books on CD, which she gave to an orphanage.

Posted on Friday, June 29th, 2012
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Lafayette’s Hans Florine breaks record…again

Hans Florine, of Lafayette, is one of the world’s most well-known climbers. He took another step into the limelight Sunday, as he climbed the vertical face of The Nose on El Capitan in Yosemite in 2 hours, 23 minutes and 46 seconds.

Florine’s climb broke the previous record of 2 hours, 36 minutes and 45 seconds set in 2010. Florine had held the record, which he set in 2008, until that 2010 climb by Sean Leary and Dean Potter.

Perhaps most impressive about Florine’s feat is that he turned 48 years old this week, yet he is climbing faster than he ever has before and faster than anyone else for that matter.

Posted on Friday, June 22nd, 2012
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Zombies are coming to Lafayette

The Lafayette Library and Learning Center is hosting “Z-Day: The Zombie Apocalypse!” on Saturday, June 30, starting at 4:00 p.m.

The event will be led by local zombie expert, Mitch Kocen, who will take all participants through a zombie survival seminar. Participants will be able to eat “brain” food, take a Zombie Apocalypse Survival Kit Challenge, and “zombify” themselves with zombie make-up.

Once the library closes, the zombies will come out and all of the new zombie survival experts will have to do battle.

The event is open to all zombie enthusiasts ages 10 and up (including adults) and is free to attend.

Posted on Wednesday, June 20th, 2012
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Police looking for help on Lafayette burglary

An attempted burglary of a house on Sierra Vista Way in Lafayette was interrupted this morning by neighbors, according to police.

According to witnesses, the burglars fled the house in a car once they were interrupted. The witnesses described the vehicle as a light blue Buick four-door sedan with a license plate of 5WZT563. The description matches the description of a vehicle seen at multiple burglary locations recently.

If anyone sees the vehicle or has information about the crime, Lafayette Police are asking that you call 925-284-5010.

Posted on Tuesday, June 19th, 2012
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Family of Thomas Gonzales II sues for stolen ashes

The family of Thomas Gonzales II has sued StoneMor California, the corporate owners of Oakmont Memorial Park in Lafayette, for their alleged negligence in the stealing of the ashes of Gonzales.

The suit is for a minimum of $3.2-million, which is what it cost the family to have the white marble mausoleum built to hold the ashes of Gonzales.

The ashes were stolen during a break-in of the mausoleum in January of last year. The family is claiming negligence due to the fact that a break-in just a few days before that went unreported to the family.

Gonzales co-founded the software firm Commerce One during the dot-com boom. He died in 2001 from gastric cancer.

Posted on Saturday, June 16th, 2012
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