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Moraga 24 Hour Fitness employee sentenced

Pornthep Suvanasarn, 23, of Danville, was sentenced Tuesday for his conviction of exposing himself to a 5-year-old boy while he was an employee at 24 Hour Fitness in Moraga. Suvanasarn was sentenced to 90 days electronic home detention and three years probation. He must also register as a sex offender.

Suvanasarn was a student at Saint Mary’s College on March 14, 2011, when the incident occurred. He was working as a part-time employee in the childcare center at 24 Hour Fitness when police say he exposed himself to one of the children.

At trial, he was acquitted of additional charges against him for allegedly exposing himself to another child.

Posted on Wednesday, September 19th, 2012
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Moraga Skatepark getting a parking lot

Last week, the Moraga Town Council approved the construction contract for a plan to build a parking lot for the Moraga Skatepark.

The construction company hired by the town, Bruce Corone Grading and Paving, will be putting in a one-way in and one-way out style parking lot with 29 angled parking spaces. Two of the parking spaces will be ADA compliant, allowing those with disabilities easier access to the park.

In addition to the new parking lot, some new landscaping  will be put in to complete the project.

Construction is scheduled to start in October and be finished within two to three months.

Posted on Tuesday, September 18th, 2012
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Campo girls water polo wins tournament

The Campolindo girls water polo team continued its recent dominance in the pool at the Acalanes Invitational. The Cougars making it to the final was not a surprise, as they have made it to the final of this tournament every year since 2009, but the Cougars did surprise some by knocking off defending NCS Division 1 champions San Ramon Valley in the final, 8-7. The Cougars lost in the NCS Division 2 final last season, but they look to be a favorite to win this year’s NCS title.

The Acalanes girls team earned third place in the tournament, and Miramonte finished in fourth. The Dons beat the Matadors, 5-3, in the third place game.

Posted on Thursday, September 13th, 2012
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St. Mary’s sports update

The St. Mary’s men’s soccer team comes into the season ranked 18th in the nation coming off the heels of their dramatic run last season that saw them win the WCC and come within a game of the Final Four. The Gaels beat UNLV, 2-1, in their season opener and face Sacramento State today.

The St. Mary’s women’s soccer team is off to a 2-2 start. The Gaels have looked good in their two wins over Portland State, 2-0, and Sam Houston State, 1-0, but struggled in two tough road losses to Seattle and USC, losing 5-1 and 4-1. The Gaels play later today against Texas A&M.

The St. Mary’s women’s volleyball team opened up the season against two of the top teams in the nation in Hawaii and Stanford. The Gaels lost those two games but bounced back with wins over Albany and Morgan State in their next two games.

Posted on Sunday, September 2nd, 2012
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Rheem Theatre going digital

The New Rheem Theatre was saved from extinction a few years ago thanks to the California Independent Film Festival Association’s commitment to keeping it alive. Their commitment remains strong, as the next step for the Rheem Threatre is an upgrade to digital.

Many major film studios will only be sending out their films in digital format in 2013, so the theaters have to make the change in order to show films from these studios.

At a cost of around $70,000 per screen to upgrade to digital, the initial plan is to upgrade the Zemrak Theater, which is one of the smaller upstairs theaters until they are able to raise enough funds to digitalize all theaters.

Posted on Sunday, August 12th, 2012
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Booth rentals at the Moraga Pear Festival

The  Town of Moraga is currently accepting applications for vendors and local organizations to reserve a space for a booth at the 14th Annual Moraga Pear & Wine Festival.

Booth applications are due by Aug. 17 and can be found online at the Town of Moraga’s website.

Any questions about the application process can be sent to

The 14th Annual Moraga Pear & Wine Festival will take place on Saturday, Sept. 29, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., with booths sprawled across the Moraga Commons Park.

Formerly known as simply the Moraga Pear Festival, the recent influx of local vineyards has resulted in the addition of wine to the festival.

Posted on Friday, August 10th, 2012
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Saint Mary’s stars to face USA basketball

Former Saint Mary’s star Patty Mills and current Gaels star Matthew Dellavedova have been impressive for the Australian men’s basketball Olympic team, but they face their toughest test tomorrow when they meet the overwhelming gold medal favorite, the USA.

The Australians are huge underdogs and would need near perfect games from the two Gaels.

Mills is currently tied for the tournament lead in points per game with 20.6 and made a game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer against Russia.

Dellavedova is leading the Australian team with 4.6 assists per game. Once the Olympics conclude, Dellavedova will be heading back to Moraga for his senior season with the Gaels.

Posted on Tuesday, August 7th, 2012
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Stead Open back with new name

The construction taking place at the Moraga Country Club last year made it impossible for them to host the Stead Open tennis tournament. A year later, the tournament is back at the Moraga Country Club with a new name, The Heritage Bank of Commerce Tennis Championships.

The tournament starts with preliminary round matches on Aug. 7 and ends with the final scheduled for Aug. 12. The tournament features high cash prizes up to $25,000.

There are five different brackets in the tournament: men’s singles, men’s doubles, women’s singles, women’s doubles, and mixed doubles.

The tournament matches are free to watch and open to the public.

Posted on Sunday, August 5th, 2012
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Australia basketball lead by Gaels

The Australian national basketball team that is currently competing in the Olympics has a few faces that have become popular in Moraga over the past few years. Patty Mills and Matthew Dellavedova, key members to the success of the St. Mary’s basketball program, are both stars on the Australian team.

The Australians faced off against Brazil today. The Brazilians are considered to be one the stronger teams in the tournament, but the Australians stayed even until the final seconds of the game, eventually losing, 75-71. Mills finished with 18 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Dellavedova finished with six points and three assists.

Posted on Sunday, July 29th, 2012
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Moraga sales tax increase going on ballot

The Town of Moraga is placing a one-cent sales tax measure on the November ballot. The proposed increase would bring in approximately $1 million annually to the town’s general fund, which the town plans to use on improving roads.

The call from residents for road improvements in Moraga has been going on for years, but the Town has only been able to allot $500,000 of their $6 million annual budget to repairing the roads. The Town estimates there are $25 million in repairs needing to be done.

Many local businesses are in support of the measure, as they believe fixing the roads could improve the town’s economy and could also encourage residents to shop locally to help support the road improvements.

Posted on Saturday, July 28th, 2012
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