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MCC reverses decision on Cunnane’s clinic

The Moraga Country Club’s Board of Directors have reversed their decision on banning Kristen Cunnane from giving a clinic at the pool. The Monday clinic will happen as previously scheduled, and Cunnane does plan to attend.

Below is a statement from Tom Engberg, President of the MCC Board of Directors:

First, on behalf of the Moraga Country Club Board of Directors, its management and its membership let me offer our sincere apologies to Kristen Lewis Cunnane. She is a brave woman whose courage in talking about her ordeal and bringing a sexual predator to justice is an example for all to emulate.

I made the decision, as Board President, to cancel her proposed swim clinic so that I could make certain that our Board of Directors was aware of her clinic. I did it because there has been a significant amount of coverage of her courageous stand against child abuse and I wanted to make certain that the Board would be prepared should coverage of her clinic take place. I have spoken with the Board and it has unanimously approved her clinic.

We will welcome her at MCC, where she and her family have been members for many years, to share her experience both as a world class swimmer who started her career as a MCC Mini-wave and set numerous team and pool records before going on to become a member of the UCLA swim team and now as an assistant coach at UC Berkeley.

I hope that our swim team members learn from Kristen not only about the dedication it takes to succeed at athletics but the courage it takes to stand up for one’s self in situations where a child feels threatened or abused. Kristen has exhibited amazing courage and we are very pleased that she will share her story with our swimmers and other members of MCC.

I apologize for the controversy this has caused and any distress it caused Kristen and our membership.

Thomas K. Engberg

Posted on Friday, June 8th, 2012
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Cunnane banned from MCC

Kristen Cunnane, the woman who recently came forward about how she was raped by her P.E. teacher at Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School in the 1990s, had offered to do a free swimming clinic for kids at the Moraga Country Club. The MCC Board won’t let that happen.

Cunnane, who is currently an assistant swimming coach at Cal and was just honored as the top assistant coach in the country by the NCAA, wanted to give back to the swim club she started at in her youth and credits for turning her into the swimmer she became.

The MCC Board decided to ban Cunnane from doing the clinic or speaking at MCC. While the board did not cite a reason, Cunnane believes the board is worried about it looking like they are “siding” with her in regards to the fallout of her rape accusations.

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Posted on Thursday, June 7th, 2012
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Measure A does not pass

Measure A missed out on passing by a slight margin after 64.97 percent of voters supported the parcel tax that needed two-thirds support to pass.

If Measure A had passed, a $225 parcel tax would have been added to support the Moraga School District. In total, the passage of the parcel tax would have netted the school district $1.2 million annually.

Some voters who were against Measure A noted that there is already a $325 parcel tax in place that brings in $1.8 million annually for the school district. Measure A would have been in addition to the parcel tax already in place.

The Moraga School District is planning to bring in the money via fundraising or by potentially adding another parcel tax to a future ballot.

Posted on Friday, May 11th, 2012
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Moraga Citizen of the Year

The Moraga Town Council will be honoring the 2012 Moraga Citizen of the Year, Ellen Beans, at the Moraga Town Council meeting tonight at 7:00 p.m. at the JM Auditorium.

Beans, who has been a Moraga resident since the 1970s, has had successful involvement in a number of town groups.

Beans was the key player in helping to reestablish the Moraga Chamber of Commerce. She has also spent considerable time organizing and participating in Shop Moraga First!, the Moraga Community Faire, the Moraga Pear & Wine Festival, the Community Emergency Response Team, Moraga’s RECON committee, and the Moraga Citizens Network.

A copy of the proclamation honoring Beans is available online:

Posted on Wednesday, May 9th, 2012
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St. Mary’s sports update

The St. Mary’s college baseball team started their season well, but the Gaels have struggled recently. With a 22-23 overall record, the Gaels look like a longshot to qualify for the NCAA Tournament. The Gaels are 6-12 in the West Coast Conference with six conference games remaining (three at Portland and three at home vs. USF). They also have two non-conference games left against Sacramento State and UC Davis.

The St. Mary’s softball team has had a successful season and are set to play in the PCSC Championship Series this weekend against Portland State to determine the conference champion. The Gaels are 26-21 overall, but they stormed through the PCSC to compile a 15-4 conference record.

Posted on Monday, May 7th, 2012
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Campolindo has its new principal

The Acalanes Union High School District Governing Board officially approved the appointment of John Walker as the new principal at Campolindo High School at their meeting this week.

Walker is currently the assistant principal at San Ramon Valley High School. Walker has also previously worked as a teacher at San Ramon Valley, St. Mary’s High School in Berkeley and schools in the Boston area.

Walker will officially become the principal on July 1 after the current principal, Carol Kitchens, retires. Kitchens has spent the past 12 years as the Campolindo principal and the past 39 years in education.

There will be a reception in the Campolindo Library on Thursday, May 10, from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., for parents and students to meet John Walker.

Posted on Friday, May 4th, 2012
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Moraga robbery story turns out to be fake

The robbery at knifepoint that was reported to have taken place in the Rheem Valley Shopping Center on Feb. 28 has turned out to be a false report by the alleged victim.

According to police, the alleged victim who reported the crime made the story up as a way of seeing how police would react to a report of a crime.

The report led to a manhunt throughout Lamorinda by all three local law enforcement agencies, a sketch artist working with the victim to create a sketch of the robber, and hours of investigation into the crime.

Yang Chen, 25, of Walnut Creek, who made the false report is being charged with filing a false police report.

Posted on Wednesday, April 25th, 2012
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Moraga Triathlon traffic warning

The Town of Moraga is warning all Moraga residents and those planning to drive through Moraga on Saturday, April 28, to expect delays.

From 7:30 to 11:00 a.m., participants in the Moraga Triathlon will be running and biking throughout Moraga. Areas of Moraga on the triathlon course include Campolindo, Camino Pablo, Carroll Ranch, Moraga Road, Canyon Road and Pinehurst Road.

Although there will be complete road closures during that time, Moraga police officers and Moraga Triathlon volunteers will be directing traffic to ensure the saftey of Triathlon participants. As a result, delays should be expected all morning.

Posted on Sunday, April 22nd, 2012
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Moraga Commons construction

If you have visited the Moraga Commons Park recently, you have certainly noticed the ongoing construction.

Work is being done to expand and improve the food service area near the Bandshell thanks to the hard work of designing and fundraising by the Moraga Park Foundation. The construction is planned to be finished by mid-June, so that the updated area can be used for the Summer Concert Series.

There is also construction taking place on one of the pathways in the park. The pathway adjacent to the upper playground is being flattened out to remove the path’s cross slope and improve access to the park for those with disabilities.

Posted on Thursday, April 19th, 2012
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Moraga Produce Grand Opening

Moraga Produce will be holding a Grand Opening event in store this Saturday, April 21.

The new Moraga store opened its doors on Friday, April 6, and has received praise from many local residents who have shopped at the store.

The store is located in the Rheem Valley Shopping Center in between CVS and the Dollar Tree and is nearly 5,000 square feet in size.

Moraga Produce offers a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy products and other general grocery items. The store offers a large variety of organic products.

Moraga Produce is the third store opened by the owners who also have stores in Walnut Creek and Concord.

Posted on Wednesday, April 18th, 2012
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