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Orinda accident leaves one dead

By scarney
Sunday, September 16th, 2012 at 10:14 pm in Orinda

A Dodge Ram, a Cadillac CTS and a motorcycle all collided in a fatal accident around 2:30 a.m. Sunday morning east of the Wilder Road exit on eastbound Highway 24, according to police.

According to the Contra Costa County Coroner’s Office, Brandin Husband, 26, of Sacramento, was the man who was killed as a result of the accident.

Two lanes of Highway 24 were closed until 4:00 a.m., while the crash was cleared and investigators checked out the scene.

No other major injuries were reported.

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High school football update

By scarney
Saturday, September 15th, 2012 at 2:52 pm in Lamorinda, Sports

The Campolindo football team lost their first regular season game in two years on Friday night. Despite leading the game twice during the second half, El Cerrito came back twice and won the game, 16-14. Both teams scored two touchdowns, but El Cerrito went for and successfully completed two-point conversions on each of their scores, which proved to be the difference in the game. The Cougars are now 3-1 on the season.

The Acalanes defense came up huge in their game against Tennyson, leading the Dons to a 7-0 victory. The Dons are 3-0 this season.

Despite falling behind by a touchdown early, the Miramonte football team bounced back to dominate their game against Alameda, winning by a final score of 45-7. The win makes the Matadors 2-2 on the season.

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Acalanes Boy Scout collecting donations

By scarney
Friday, September 14th, 2012 at 12:22 pm in Lafayette

Acalanes High School junior Max Mirner is currently collecting donations as part of his Eagle Scout project for Boy Scout Troop 204.

Max is collecting items for the Family House at the Children’s Hospital of Oakland. The Family House, located across the street from Children’s Hospital, is a place where families are able to stay for free while their children are in the hospital.

Items being collected include new and gently used socks, non-perishable food items and any paper goods, such as toilet paper and paper towels.

To make a donation, you can drop it off in the collection box in the office at Acalanes, or you can contact Max for other options at

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Campo girls water polo wins tournament

By scarney
Thursday, September 13th, 2012 at 1:53 pm in Moraga, Sports

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.

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Lafayette community celebrates life of Brett Olson

By scarney
Wednesday, September 12th, 2012 at 9:44 pm in Lafayette, Schools

Approximately 1,000 people gathered at Acalanes High School on Tuesday night to hold a vigil to celebrate the life of Brett Olson.

Olson’s body was found Sunday by people fishing in the Sacramento River nearly a week after he went missing during a Labor Day tubing trip with some of his friends.

Olson, a 2010 graduate of Acalanes High School, was remembered by friends and family as a kind, confident and fun-loving guy. Many in attendance at the vigil wore bright colors as a sign of celebrating Olson’s life rather than mourning his death.

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Orinda Idol Winners

By scarney
Tuesday, September 11th, 2012 at 10:21 pm in Music, Orinda

The 2012 Orinda Idol finals were held this past Sunday, Sept. 9, at the Orinda Theatre, marking the end to the competition’s most popular year yet. More than 40 finalists competed in six different categories to be crowned Orinda Idols.

The winners are…

Soloists K-2: Lucy Berkman
Soloists 3-5: Malia Akazawa
Soloists 6-8: Eleanor Roeder
Soloists 9-12: Maritza Grillo
Groups K-5: Sweet Harmony
Groups 6-12: Urban Flare
Audience Award Winner: Tosca Maltzman

More than 200 total singers auditioned for this year’s Orinda Idol competition with judges narrowing that down to just over 40 finalists.

This is the seventh year the Orinda Idol competition has taken place.

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Fire in Orinda

By scarney
Monday, September 10th, 2012 at 10:55 pm in Orinda

Smoke rose high above Orinda this afternoon after a small brush fire broke out around 3:30 p.m. The fire started near the corner of Valley View Drive and Lost Valley Drive.

The fire was reported at 3:36 p.m. Firefighters were on the scene a few minutes later and had the fire completely contained by 4:50 p.m.

A ConFire dispatcher estimated that approximately a quarter of an acre had burned. No injuries or damage to any homes or other structures were reported. The cause of the fire is being investigated.

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Body of Brett Olson found

By scarney
Sunday, September 9th, 2012 at 9:52 pm in Lafayette

The body of Brett Olson, 20, of Lafayette, was found today by a fisherman in the Sacramento River approximately two miles downriver from where Olson was last seen.

Olson went missing last Sunday during a tubing trip with some of his friends near Chico State University. Olson’s family, friends and many volunteers have been assisting police and search and rescue teams to locate Olson all week.

Olson’s parents were near the river and identified their son’s body shortly after he was found.

Olson was a student at Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo and a graduate of Acalanes High School.

Acalanes High School will be hosting a vigil at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday night to remember Brett Olson.

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High school football update

By scarney
Saturday, September 8th, 2012 at 11:35 pm in Lamorinda, Sports

The Campolindo football team continued their perfect start to the season with a 28-7 victory over Sacred Heart Cathedral-San Francisco. Quarterback Tommy Stephens threw for 208 yards and two touchdowns and also rushed for two touchdowns. The Cougars are 3-0 this season.

The Acalanes football team is also perfect on the season with a 3-0 record after a 54-7 win over Irvington-Fremont. The Dons compiled 269 rushing yards in the game and look like a threat in the DFAL.

Miramonte carried a 34-27 lead into the fourth quarter of their game against Analy-Sebastopol, but the Matadors gave up two late touchdowns to fall by a final score of 41-34. The Matadors are now 1-2 on the season.

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“West Side Story” at the Lafayette Library

By scarney
Friday, September 7th, 2012 at 12:08 pm in Lafayette

There will be a special screening of the film “West Side Story” in the Lafayette Library and Learning Center’s Community Hall next Wednesday, Sept. 12, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The screening is part of the “Dance on Film” Series sponsored by Diablo Ballet.

“West Side Story” won 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and is famous for its musical dancing scenes.

There will also be pre-screening and post-screening discussion and Q&A sessions with local film critic Beau Behan and Diablo Ballet’s Artistic Director Lauren Jonas.

The screening is open to the public and costs $5 per person. Reservations can be made by calling 925-283-6513 x101 or emailing .

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