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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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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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Gay Moraga teen kicked out of Boy Scouts speaks on Ellen

Ryan Andresen, 18, of Moraga, made an appearance on ”The Ellen DeGeneres Show” today to discuss his situation as a gay Boy Scout and his troop’s refusal to honor him as an Eagle Scout despite completing all required tasks. Andresen was subsequently kicked out of the Boy Scouts for being gay.

The fallout has grabbed national attention, including a petition on Change.org with over 400,000 signatures.

As part of his appearance on the show, Andresen was given a $20,000 scholarship.

“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” will be broadcast locally today at 4:00 p.m. on NBC Bay Area if you’d like to catch the interview with Andresen in its entirety.

Posted on Thursday, October 11th, 2012
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Moraga foundations seeking board members

The Hacienda Foundation of Moraga is currently seeking board members to join in their mission to preserve and enhance the Hacienda de las Flores. Potential board members with backgrounds in finance or construction are particularly being sought after. For more information about the board positions or to express interest, email info@haciendafoundation.org.

The Moraga Parks Foundation is also currently searching for new board members to join in their mission of enhancing the town’s parks and creating more opportunties for residents to enjoy the parks. For more information about the board positions or to express interest, email Foundation President, Bob Reynolds at reynfood@aol.com.

Posted on Wednesday, October 10th, 2012
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Gay Moraga boy scout denied Eagle honor and kicked out of troop

Ryan Andresen, of Moraga, has made it into the national news after recently being denied the honor of becoming an Eagle Scout due to him being openly homosexual.

Andresen has successfully completed all Eagle Scout requirements, including his final project, which was installing an anti-bullying wall at Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School, but Troop 212 will not honor him.

Andresen’s membership in the Boy Scouts was also revoked when his sexuality was made public.

Andresen’s mother, Karen, started an online petition on Change.org to fight for her son to receive his Eagle Scout honor. The petition has over 250,000 signatures already. Andresen’s story is also trending on social media across the internet.

Posted on Sunday, October 7th, 2012
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Join in on the “Gaelebration”

Saint Mary’s College is celebrating what they are calling “The Year of the Gael” this Saturday, Oct. 6, with a large “Gaelebration.”

The school is hosting a large festival and open house to celebrate its 150th anniversary. The celebration will take place all over the school’s Moraga campus from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The festival will include live music and dance performances, athletic demonstrations and lectures, featuring the school’s students and faculty. There will be food trucks on site for plenty of lunch options. The festival will be very family-friendly with lots of rides and activities for children.

The festival is free and open to the public.

For more information, call (925) 631-4200.

Posted on Thursday, October 4th, 2012
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Oktoberfest in Moraga

The Town of Moraga’s Fourth Annual Oktoberfest celebration will take place next Sunday, Oct. 14, from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m, at the Hacienda de las Flores, 2100 Donald Drive, Moraga.

Oktoberfest will feature authentic German food and beverages, lots of activities for kids, and live music and dancing throughout the event. There will also be a free costume photo booth available.

Admission to Oktoberfest is $5 for adults and free for children. All proceeds from the event go to the Hacienda Foundation.

Volunteers are still needed for the event. If you would like to help, email Claire Roth at claire@rothskeller.net.

Posted on Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012
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Cunnane sues Moraga school district

Kristen Cunnane, 30, of Walnut Creek, sued the Moraga School District and three former administrators on Tuesday for their alleged negligence in reporting her being a victim of sexual abuse by two of their former teachers. The three retired administrators named in the lawsuit are former Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School principal Bill Walters, former assistant principal Paul Simonin and former superintendent John Cooley.

Cunnane was raped by her former Joaquin Moraga P.E. teacher, Julie Correa. Correa is currently serving an eight-year prison sentence for her actions. Cunnane was also sexually abused by her Joaquin Moraga science teacher, Dan Witters. Witters committed suicide shortly after i accusations against him came to the surface in 1996.

Cunnane has said that she is hoping the lawsuit will continue to bring about changes in the district that will ensure a similar situation won’t happen again.

Cunnane’s full lawsuit against the Moraga School District: http://www.contracostatimes.com/news/ci_21636160/read-cal-swimming-coachs-lawsuit-against-moraga-school?source=pkg

Posted on Wednesday, September 26th, 2012
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Saint Mary’s basketball under investigation

According to an ESPN report, the Saint Mary’s College men’s basketball program is under investigation by the NCAA for potential recruiting violations.

Details are not being released by the NCAA or Saint Mary’s as to what alleged violations are being investigated, but both organizations have acknowledged the ongoing investigation.

The ESPN report confirms that former Saint Mary’s assistant coach David Patrick was interviewed by the NCAA. Patrick was the key recruiter in bringing in many of Saint Mary’s top players from Australia.

The Gaels have made the NCAA tournament four times since Coach Randy Bennett took over the program in 2001. They won the WCC title last season.

Posted on Sunday, September 23rd, 2012
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Police seeking suspect in suspicious activity near JM

Moraga Police are searching for a man seen near the Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School campus asking students if they needed rides.

According to police, the male driver of a gold SUV, possibly with a broken back window, asked a male student at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday if he wanted a ride. When the student said no, the driver, who had been parked on Camino Pablo across from the school, drove off toward Canyon Road.

The same male student reported seeing the same vehicle parked near the school again after school on Thursday.

Police say that the description of the man matches one of a man who reportedly asked a student if they needed a ride two weeks ago near JM.

The suspect is described as a “clean-shaven, college-age white man with a buzz cut hair style.”

Call Moraga police at 925-284-5010 with any information or to report any sightings of the vehicle.

Posted on Thursday, September 20th, 2012
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