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A shiny new Facebook page for the Sun

Once upon a time, a reporter created a Lamorinda Sun page on Facebook. He had good intentions and high hopes, but sadly, did not always give it the attention it deserved. Inconceivable!

Then the Bay Area News Group web team came along with a shiny new Lamorinda Sun Facebook page. They gave access to editors, reporters and sports writers. Those gallant heroes began posting regularly, allowing readers to comment on what they say and interact with each other, and the Sun.

The page reached the magic number of 25 fans, a milestone in every page’s life at which Facebook rewards a page with it’s own, easy to remember URL.

The moral of the story? Become a fan of the Lamorinda Sun on Facebook. And we’ll all live happily ever after.

Posted on Friday, April 15th, 2011
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Citizen(s) of the Year

Tonight, I will be on hand at the Lafayette Park Hotel to help congratulate Karen Mulvaney as Lafayette’s 2011 Citizen of the Year. I was on hand March 11 to honor Steve Harwood as Orinda’s 2011 Citizen of the Year, and will be at Moraga’s “Citizen” event April 15 at saint mary’s College.

These are fun events, and pretty much always drive home that I could be doing more for my own community than I am. My hat’s off to all these fine honorees, and the nominees who ultimately aren’t chosen. They, too, often reinforce my inferiority complex ….

Posted on Friday, March 25th, 2011
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Odyssey of the Mind — state meet Saturday

This Saturday, local schools will compete Saturday in the Odyssey of the Mind state tournament at Heritage High School in Brentwood.
Lamorinda teams come from Del Rey Elementary, Happy Valley Elementary (two teams), Sleepy Hollow Elementary (two teams) and Stanley Middle School, plus teams sponsored by Moraga Rotary and the Orinda Masonic Lodge.
These teams, along with others from Walnut Creek, Alamo, Danville, San Ramon and Concord, qualified for the state competition at the SF Bay Area tournament in February. More than 180 teams from all over the state will convene in Brentwood, to compete for the opportunity to represent California in the World Championships at the University of Maryland in May.

Posted on Friday, March 25th, 2011
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Check out the Bay Area News iPad app

steve jobs ipadIt’s been a good week for technology. First, IBM’s super computer Watson showed us all why we may soon be conquered by computer overlords (complete with a sweet Kent Brockman reference by Ken Jennings), and now you can get all the latest from Bay Area News Group on your iPad.

Getting your local news without having to wander disheveled and sleepy-eyed to the driveway in your slippers?  Clearly, nothing Steve Jobs can come up with now will ever compare.

You can get more information about the iPad app from the Apple website here. To download, go to the App Store and search “Bay Area News.” The program features a front page with our featured stores, which I’m told will update twice a day, as well as a breaking news scroll. I believe with your download you get a free 30-day trial and then after that you can purchase a subscription.

Posted on Friday, February 18th, 2011
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Piano sale at Saint Mary’s

Want to buy a piano? Swing by Saint Mary’s on Sunday. They got pianos.

From SMC:

Looking for a piano? Check out the piano sale Sunday at Saint Mary’s College, where a purchase will also benefit the college’s Performing Arts department.

The public can attend the sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the college’s Soda Activity Center.

Pianos for sale include baby grands and larger grands, player pianos, studios, consoles and digital keyboards. The brands for sale include Yamaha, Yamaha Clavinova, Yamaha Disklavier, and Knabe. All instruments will include warranties and follow-up services. Financing and delivery will be available.

The college began working with piano companies like Yamaha, as well as local instrument sellers, to help give Saint Mary’s music students access to new instruments, said Marty Rokeach, the director of Saint Mary’s Music Program. “It gives students access to high quality instruments and allows them to explore their creativity in a variety of musical genres.”

The sale, which started Thursday, is geared primarily to college faculty, alumni and friends of SMC, with the last day, Sunday, open to the general public.

Pianos for sale include baby grands and larger grands, player pianos, studios, consoles, and digital keyboards. The brands for sale include Yamaha, Yamaha Clavinova, Yamaha Disklavier, and Knabe. The sale will feature new Bosendorfer grands and nearly new and vintage Steinway grands as well. All instruments will include warranties and follow-up services. Financing and delivery will be available.

Posted on Saturday, February 5th, 2011
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Merry Christmas from the Lamorinda Sun

Merry Christmas to all of our readers from the Lamorinda Sun blog. While it might not be a white Christmas, it will certainly be a wet Christmas. The rain that is going on right now is expected to continue throughout the rest of the day and throughout the night. The temperature will hover around 50 degrees all day as well.

Please remember not to drink and drive. Also, drive safely in the wet conditions throughout the area.

Enjoy the day of celebration with your friends and family.

Posted on Saturday, December 25th, 2010
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Grateful Dead music in Lafayette

Lafayette’s Town Hall Theatre will be taken back in time to the music of the Grateful Dead on Tuesday, Dec. 28, at 8:00 p.m. The music will be performed by the Grateful Dead cover band Cryptical.

Tickets for the show are $30. “Gold circle” tickets are $45. Tickets can be purchased online or at the Town Hall Theatre’s box office. The box office will only be open the day of the show, as it is currently closed for the holidays.

There will also be a silent auction that night with a variety of music memorabilia up for bid.

For more information, visit the Town Hall Theatre’s website at

Posted on Thursday, December 23rd, 2010
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Leaf blower issue goes international

australiaSpent a few minutes this afternoon talking about the leaf blower issue with a guy who hosts a morning radio show in South Australia and who totally said “G’Day” to me. And since it was already Thursday there, I’m definitely going to tell everyone I visited the future. But anyway, apparently Quiet Orinda‘s efforts are resonating internationally. So, take that, The New Yorker.

There was also no way I was going on Australian radio without mentioning how close Orinda is to Saint Mary’s and its cadre of Aussie hoopsters, but I don’t think the guy followed.

In more important news of the day, my story from last night’s meeting should be updated online shortly. You can find it here.

Posted on Wednesday, November 17th, 2010
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Monday morning/post-election WIN

Seen in downtown Orinda on Saturday evening. Granted, it’s a little bit late for campaigning but Buster Posey has been busy.

Posey for Orinda mayor

Posted on Monday, November 8th, 2010
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Stanley teacher arrested on suspicion of molestation

Michael Merrick, 47, a popular teacher at Stanley Middle School, was arrested this week after a 14-year-old student told police she had been molested by him.

Merrick was officially arrested on suspicion of committing lewd and lascivious acts on a child, having unnatural sexual interest in a child, communication with a minor in order to commit a crime, showing lewd material to a minor, and distributing harmful material to a child.

Merrick had been a private tutor for the student, and the alleged sexual contact is believed to have taken place at the school.

Police were able to view Merrick’s phone history, which revealed as many as 140 text messages to the victim per day. The text messages were often of a sexual nature.

Merrick is currently in Contra Costa County Jail after his bail was set at $3.05 million.

Posted on Thursday, October 28th, 2010
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