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Moraga All-Stars succeed in a big pond

Despite playing teams from much larger youth baseball organizations, Moraga’s 10U MBA Mustang All-Star Reds held their own throughout the summer. The team played 15 games over the course of the summer at a variety of tournaments, finishing with 11 wins and only four losses.

The boys were picked from the different MBA Mustang teams to represent the league as its all-star team.

The team’s players were Lucas Allen, Will Bishop, Luca Brown, John Campo, Luke Campo, Paul Gannett, Jonathon Gong, Connor Gregg, Adrian Hyatt, Nick Kronenberg, Jake O’Balle,  Tommy Raftis, Donovan Robles and Steffen Westphal.

Posted on Saturday, August 13th, 2011
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OCC wins OMPA again

For anyone visiting Lamorinda during this past weekend, they would have found the overly painted car windows and cars with fins a bit strange; however, it has become tradition every summer when the OMPA swim meet comes around.

Nearly 2,000 swimmers and their families competed in 84 events over the course of the three-day swim meet at Campolindo’s Aquatic Center.

In the end, the Orinda Country Club won the meet with 3,774.5 points. Meadow Swim & Tennis Club (3,589.5 points) and the Sleepy Hollow Legends (3,280.5 points) stayed close to earn second and third place respectively.

The rest of the teams finished in this order:
4. Moraga Country Club
5. Moraga Ranch
6. Moraga Valley Pool
7. Orinda Park Pool
8. Campolindo Cabana Club
9. Miramonte Swim Club

Posted on Tuesday, August 9th, 2011
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Moraga Hacienda Foundation looking for board members

The Moraga Hacienda Foundation (MHF) is in the process of adding new board members and is ready to accept applications of interested people.

The MHF is particularly looking for those with backgrounds in engineering, architecture or contracting, in order for the board to have expertise that will help in building a plan for the future of the Hacienda de las Flores; however, all are welcome to apply.

For more information about the Moraga Hacienda Foundation, visit their website at

If you are interested in being on the board, click the “Contact Us” tab on their website and submit an email, or call Claire Roth at 925-376-1686.

Posted on Sunday, August 7th, 2011
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Search for marijuana put on pause

Following the shooting that took place Monday night in the wooded area near Moraga and Canyon, law enforcement officials believed it was the result of people protecting an illegal marijuana grow in the hills.

After authorities searched for the shooting suspects Monday night, they spent Tuesday searching for the marijuana grow they believed the shooters were protecting.

East Bay Regional Park District police Capt. Mark Ruppenthal called the search off shortly after it begun, saying that more planning and more involvement from law enforcement agencies would be required for a successful search of the terrain.

Posted on Wednesday, July 27th, 2011
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Gunmen shoot at officer near Rancho Laguna

An East Bay Regional Park District officer was shot at by an unknown number of gunmen just before 7 p.m. Monday night. The officer was in the wooded area near Moraga and Canyon when he was fired upon.

The officer was rescued by law enforcement officers from Lafayette, Moraga and the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office. He was uninjured in the shooting.

Law enforcement officials from several agencies searched for the shooters last night until they deemed it too dark to continue. The search was expected to continue today.

Police believe the shooting is related to potential marijuana grows in that area. There have been marijuana grows discovered in that area before and officers are regularly sent to check for illegal activity.

Posted on Tuesday, July 26th, 2011
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First Annual Moraga Jazz Festival

The New Rheem Theatre will be hosting the First Annual Moraga Jazz Festival on Sunday, August 7, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. The jazz festival is worthy of a big city show with 18 Grammy-nominated musicians set to take the stage, covering a wide array of instrumental musicians as well as several vocal performers.

Tickets are $20 for general admission and $15 for students. Tickets can be purchased at the New Rheem Theatre box office or online.

All proceeds from the event will go toward victims of the tornado in Joplin, Missouri.

For more information, visit the New Rheem Theatre’s website.

Posted on Thursday, July 21st, 2011
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Rancho Laguna Park

The Moraga Parks and Recreation Commission hosted a meeting full of debate tonight at the Hacienda de las Flores, as the future of Rancho Laguna Park was discussed.

The main issue is that potential plans for a redesign of the park include a fenced-in dog park that is considerably smaller than the space dog owners currently use at the park.

The plans include putting in turf athletic fields that could help to allow for local youth sports programs to stop from overcrowding on other local fields.

While the plans are sure to upset some people in the community no matter what, there did seem to be a sense of compromise between the different groups at the meeting, looking for what is best for the community as a whole.

PDF versions of the renderings of the three different concepts for the future of Rancho Laguna Park are available on the Town of Moraga’s website.

Posted on Tuesday, July 19th, 2011
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4th of July Run results

While Moraga’s 4th of July run is often referred to as a “fun run,” that definitely doesn’t mean that there isn’t a fight to the finish every year.

In this year’s 5 mile run, Harlan Lopez, of Walnut Creek, won in a time of 27:11.66. Lopez is a graduate of Acalanes. Carrie Verdon was the top female finisher, finishing 12th overall in a time of 32:17.97. Verdon is Campolindo’s cross country star who won the state cross country race this fall.

Bradley Miller, of Moraga, won the 2 mile run in a time of 11:33.22. Mary Orders, also of Moraga, was the top female finisher in the 2 mile run in a time of 13:14.40.

Posted on Tuesday, July 5th, 2011
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Happy Fourth of July!

Happy Fourth of July to all of our Lamorinda Sun blog readers!

The weather looks great for all of those local afternoon barbecues and daytime events going on around Lamorinda. The highs are expected to be in the mid 80s.

With nighttime temperatures expected to stay in the 70s or high 60s, everyone should be comfortable at the Moraga Commons 4th of July concert and fireworks.

Even if you are busy while the concert is going on, make sure to get outside to watch the fireworks go off some time around 9 p.m.

Posted on Monday, July 4th, 2011
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Four new Eagle Scouts

Moraga Boy Scout Troop 234 recently gave the honor of Eagle Scout to four of their local members. The four new Eagle Scouts are Evan Gordon, Scott Holmes, Jeffrey Smith and Zack Hazarabedian.

For his Eagle project, Gordon helped raise funds and collect donated goods to send to soldiers abroad.

Holmes created new signs for Moraga’s Hacienda de las Flores and designed an informal overflow parking lot for Moraga Road.

Smith upgraded the stairway in Huckleberry Regional Botanic Preserve in Oakland.

Hazarabedian designed and built a new bench for the Lafayette Christian Church.

Posted on Sunday, July 3rd, 2011
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