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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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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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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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Andresen submits petition to Boy Scouts

Ryan Andresen, of Moraga, took another step in his fight toward earning his Eagle Scout honor from the Boy Scouts of America.

Andresen showed up at the offices of the Mt. Diablo Silverado Council in Pleasant Hill with a petition asking them to change their policy on stopping Andresen and other boys from receiving their Eagle Scout honors for being gay. The petition included more than 400,000 signatures from all over the world. The signatures were collected via the website

Assemblymember Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, was in attendance to honor Andresen for his work with the Boy Scouts.

Andresen also had a short meeting with Alan T. Young, the council’s program director, to share his thoughts on the matter. Young’s office issued a statement that Andresen will not get his Eagle Scout because he “does not meet Scouting’s membership standard on sexual orientation.”

Posted on Friday, October 19th, 2012
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High school football update

Campolindo won their game against Las Lomas Friday night despite heading into the fourth quarter trailing. The Cougars 24-21 victory over Las Lomas bumped their record to 6-1 (3-0 DFAL).  The Cougars play at Alhambra on Friday. A win for the Cougars would put them two games up in the standings with only two games remaining. If the Cougars lose to Alhambra, the two teams will be tied for first.

Acalanes looked strong in a 38-7 victory on the road against Dougherty Valley. The Dons are 5-2 (2-2 DFAL).  They host Dublin on Friday.

Miramonte had a bye week. They are currently 3-4 (1-2 DFAL). They host Dougherty Valley on Friday.

Posted on Sunday, October 14th, 2012
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College admissions event at Acalanes

Stanley Challenge Success and Lafayette School District Parent Education are sponsoring the event, “The Scoop on the College Admissions Process: Develop Healthy Habits Now for Future Success!” this Thursday, Oct. 11, at 7:00 p.m., at the Acalanes Performing Arts Center.

The event will feature Bob Patterson sharing his insight into the college admissions process and how families can start preparing early on for it. Patterson is a former Director of Admissions at Stanford, UC Berkeley and the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.

The event will also feature a panel discussion and a Q&A session.

Tickets are $10 per person or $15 per couple and can be purchased online at

Posted on Tuesday, October 9th, 2012
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Matadors knock off Dons

The Miramonte High School football team kept themselves in the playoff hunt with a win in what the Matadors were calling a “must-win” game Friday night against Acalanes.

Despite playing at Acalanes, Miramonte looked like the home team early, dominating play in the first half to take a 14-0 lead into halftime.

A 90-yard passing touchdown midway through the third quarter gave the Matadors a 21-0 lead.

The Dons made a valiant comeback attempt by scoring touchdowns in the third and fourth quarter, but it wasn’t enough, losing by a final score of 21-14.

With the win, the Matadors improved to 3-4 overall (1-2 DFAL). The Dons fell to 4-2 overall (1-2 DFAL).


Posted on Saturday, October 6th, 2012
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High school football update

The Campolindo High School football team continued their recent dominance over rival Miramonte on Friday night, beating the Matadors, 35-14. The Cougars scored two touchdowns in the first quarter and never trailed in the game. The Cougars are 5-1 (2-0 DFAL), and the Matadors are 2-4 (0-2 DFAL).

Acalanes needed a last minute dramatic touchdown to earn a win over Las Lomas, 21-17. After falling behind late, the Dons drove all the way down the field in two minutes to score the game-winning touchdown with 42 seconds left. The Dons are 5-1 (1-1 DFAL).

Miramonte travels to play at Acalanes on Friday. Campolindo has the week off and will play Las Lomas in their next game on Oct. 12.

Posted on Monday, October 1st, 2012
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Small earthquake felt in Orinda

Orinda residents reported feeling a small earthquake this morning around 9:25 a.m. According to the U.S. Geological Society, the earthquake measured in at a 2.7-magnitude.

The earthquake was centered along the Hayward Fault near the Oakland-Berkeley border just on the other side of the hills.

According to police, there have not yet been any reports of injuries or structural damage, which is not uncommon for an earthquake this size.

According to the USGS, a separate 2.3-magnitude earthquake hit less than a minute before the 2.7-magnitude earthquake.

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Posted on Friday, September 28th, 2012
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