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Mission Accomplished:
Acalanes Captures NCS Baseball Title
By Kevin D. Shallat
      he Acalanes Dons’ baseball team made        nings. Guglielmo’s catcher, Mike Stone, said        pected a fastball all the way. When the fast-               appreciation for his coaches. “It feels good
T     it all the way to the championship game
of the North Coast Section (NCS) playoffs,
                                                  they tried to establish the breaking balls first.
                                                        While Guglielmo established his curve-
                                                                                                      ball came, he did not miss it.
                                                                                                             Other players that stood out for Acalanes
                                                                                                                                                                  to get it done for our coaches, because they
                                                                                                                                                                  put in a lot of work for us all year.”
facing off against the Albany Cougars on Sat-     ball and had excellent command of his fast-         in this 17 hit, 16 run gauntlet included short-                  The happiest man on the field after the
urday, June 2, at James Logan High School in      ball as well, the standout player in this title     stop Ben Englehart, who reached base all five               game was undoubtedly Acalanes coach Andy
Union City. After losing only one game the        game was catcher Mike Stone. Stone did              times he came to the plate and went one for                 Tarpley. That is until Scott Emery and the rest
entire season, it all came down to this one       more than just call a great game behind the         three, with three runs and one RBI, and right               of the team poured a bucket of ice water on
game for the NCS title. The No. 1 seed Dons       plate. While helping Guglielmo post five            fielder James Mathew, who went two for                      him in celebration.
completed their mission by beating the            shutout innings, Stone managed to record            three, with a walk, three runs, and two RBIs.                    Tarpley said that he was “ecstatic” for
Cougars handedly, 16-3.                           eight RBIs – four of which came off his mam-               Second baseman Joe Wallace went two                  the players and for the whole program. “I’m
     Although Albany had just scored eight        moth grand slam in the top of the second in-        for five, was hit by a pitch, and scored four               just proud of the fact that these players can
runs against St. Mary’s, and 16 runs against      ning, which went over the fence in left field       runs. Wallace also accomplished something                   look back on this, not just as an experience,
Piedmont in the previous NCS rounds, the          and caromed off the light pole and back onto        not many people ever do: He won an NCS                      but as a positive experience,” Tarpley said.
Dons’ starting pitcher Mike Guglielmo             the field.                                          title in basketball as well as baseball. “It was            “They set out to achieve their goals, and they
pitched a terrific game Saturday, holding the           “It was definitely an adrenaline rush,”       awesome to be a part of both championships,”                did. They achieved their destiny.”
Cougars to zero runs scored through five in-      said Stone, who was looking for, and ex-            Wallace said. He was also quick to show his                                     ...more photos on page 15

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A Conversation With                                                                                   Colleges of Choice for Lamorinda Seniors
                                                                                                      By Cathy Tyson
Moraga-Orinda Fire District Chief Pete Nowicki                                                             eniors from Acalanes, Campolindo and Mi-               lumbia, EPCC in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Sun
By Jonathan Goodwin, Guest Writer                                                                     S    ramonte have at this point, attended Senior
                                                                                                      Prom, made it through finals week, experienced
                                                                                                                                                                  Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou, China.
                                                                                                                                                                        Gwenly Carrel, College/Career Center
      hief Nowicki, tell us something about       gen breathing apparatus was becoming re-
C     how things were 25 years ago when
you started out with the Moraga Fire Dis-
                                                  quired in smoky environments. In those
                                                  days you’d see all these guys retiring with
                                                                                                      graduation, and enjoyed the eight plus hour
                                                                                                      Grad night party. What next for the young men
                                                                                                                                                                  Advisor at Campolindo, reflects on the selection
                                                                                                                                                                  process. “It is absolutely more difficult to get
trict.                                            cancer and heart problems; I don’t think            and women of Lamorinda? The vast majority,                  into one of the UCs this year. As the number of
       It was a very interesting time to come     we’re going to see that so much any                 an average of just over 97%, of graduates from              students who apply goes up, the number ac-
into the fire service because firefighting as a   more…and that’s a good thing.                       our three high schools go on to either a 4 or 2             cepted goes down. Last year at Campo, 33 stu-
professional discipline was just beginning to              In those days we didn’t have any-          year college. Many will stay in California, the             dents got into a UC, this year it’s 22. The size
take form. Up until that time, for instance,      thing like the technology we have today.            three high schools average 24% attending one                and strength of the class along with external fac-
the tests for fire fighters were things like      Back then everything was manually driven,           of the University of California campuses, and               tors help determine choice.
you’d see in the penny arcade. They tested        today almost everything is computerized: pa-        18.6% attending a California State University.                                       ...continued on page 10
grip strength, the force of your hammer           tient reports, EKGs, defibrillators, the pump-      See chart for a specific break-
swing and things like that. But then there        ing systems, the vehicle tracking systems and       down of who is going where.
came all sorts of regulations, qualifications,    so on.                                              Roughly 2% are undecided or
certifications and standards which you had        Since the job has shifted from blue collar to       considering travel or a Gap
to be accountable for. As an example, safety      something closer to white, you must now be          year.
standards for protective gear were just be-       looking for different qualities in your new               A number of students
coming adopted. So, the wooly pants were          applicants.                                         will be studying internation-
no longer acceptable gear in a fire and oxy-                           ...continued on page 13        ally, at Franklin College in
                                                                                                      Lugano, Switzerland, Ameri-
                             LAMORINDA WEEKLY this week                                               can University of Paris, three
Town news                       page 2, 3, 4      Restaurant Guide          page 12                   schools in Canada - McGill
Life in Lamorinda            page 5, 6, 7,11      Sports news            page 13-15
                                                                                                      University, Malaspina College
                                                                                                      and University of British Co-
School news                       page 9, 10      Classified, Shop Orinda page 16                                                       From left, Terrence O'Neill, Tyler Carlson, Taylor Neason all graduates of Miramonte
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Lamorinda Community,                                     Calendar, Agendas, Notes, News                                                                                                             Lafayette
            Calendar                    Would Smaller Be Better?
City Council                 7pm        Lafayette’s Planning Commission Finds that You Can’t Please all of the People, all of the Time
Community Center, Manzanita Room
                                        By Andy Scheck
                                              here have been hearings,       presented the design changes          would bring a multiple housing        tential impact on environmental,            standout roof section for pent-
500 St Mary’s Road
Monday, June 25                         T     design changes and pre-
                                        sentations, and yet the Planning
                                                                             along with an exhibition of maps,
                                                                             pictures, landscape studies and a
                                                                                                                   project into Lafayette, which is
                                                                                                                   on the city’s “to-do list.” It is
                                                                                                                                                         drainage, traffic and noise.
                                                                                                                                                                A visibility study illustrated
                                                                                                                                                                                                     house units. It also increased the
                                                                                                                                                                                                     setbacks to some single-home
Monday, July 19
                                        Commission was unable to reach       model of the site. Design             considered a Low Density              how much of the development                 properties. Not reduced was the
Planning Comm.               7pm
Community Center, Manzanita Room
                                        a consensus last week on the pro-    changes were incorporated to ad-      Multiple-Family Residential           could be seen both immediately              number of underground parking
500 St Mary’s Road                      posed multi-unit residential con-    dress concerns expressed by the       construction at 14 dwelling units     after construction and also after           spaces.
Thursday, June 21                       dominium project at 3235 Mt.         Commission at an earlier hear-        to the acre. The biggest struggle     10 years when the landscaping                     In an ambiguous conclu-
Thursday, July 5                        Diablo Ct.                           ing. Some architectural elements      is that the zoning has to be          around the building has grown               sion about the new development,
                                              Although the design was        came out and the number of units      changed from Single-Family to         tall enough to shield much of the           the Commission could not come
Design Review                7pm
Community Center, Manzanita Room
                                        reduced from an original 40 units    was dramatically reduced. None        Planned Unit Development and          structure from direct view. Tom             up with reasonable improve-
500 St Mary’s Road                      to 28, contained within 2 stories    of the Planning Commissioners         objectors are concerned that this     Chastain, a commissioner who                ments to the existing design that
Tuesday, June 26                        over parking on 2 acres of land,     was satisfied with the design         could lower the bar for other         likes the proposed underground              would satisfy both the Commis-
                                        the building still appears poised    changes and no one could put a        projects to come.                     parking, would prefer to make               sion and the public. It is now up
                                        to be a massive structure in com-    finger on exactly what was ex-              During the public hearing       the development “invisible” be-             to City staff to come up with a
Park, Trails, Rec.           7pm
Community Center
                                        parison to the single-family         pected or what further changes        session, residents and the Home-      cause of its design and not be-             recommendation, and up to the
500 St Mary’s Road                      homes nearby.                        could be made in order for the        owners Council voiced their con-      cause it will be hidden behind              City Council to decide if some of
Wednesday, July 11                            Joe Bologna, architect with    Commission to reach an easy de-       cerns about the development.          trees after some point. The re-             the people will be pleased some
                                        Hollman - Bologna, Architecture      cision.                               The main concerns are about the       design which reduced the num-               of the time; should this additional
                                        & Planning, Inc., Walnut Creek,            The proposed development        size of the building and the po-      ber of units also eliminated a              housing be built, or not.
Circulation                  7pm
Community Center, Manzanita Room
500 St Mary’s Road
                                        “Lock-down” Parties a Thing of the Past?                                                                         of private parties or gatherings            ice or Alcohol & Drug Education
                                        By Lee Borrowman                                                                                                 where alcohol is consumed by                or fine of not more $750 for the
Monday, July 18                               here’s been a new on-line      some changes that would make          the number of "home parties" or       minors.”                                    first offense, $1,000 for the second
Emergency Prep.
City Offices
                         9:15am         T     petition circulating through
                                        Lafayette over the past couple of
                                                                             their ordinance even stricter. The
                                                                             Lafayette City Council has not
                                                                                                                   "lock down" parties. For example,
                                                                                                                   after the Junior Prom this year,
                                                                                                                                                               The meat of the proposed
                                                                                                                                                                                                     offense and $2,500 for the third
                                                                                                                                                                                                     offense, or by both such fine and
3675 Mt, Diablo Blvd. Suite 265         weeks which asks residents to        placed this proposed Ordinance        911 had to be called due to alcohol    A. No person may permit or                 Community Service/Alcohol Ed-
Wednesday, July 11                      support a proposed Social Host       on its agenda nor is this proposal    poisoning. These parties are com-     host a party at his or her place of         ucation Program.
Senior Services              4pm        Liability Ordinance that was pre-    currently under consideration by      monly large gatherings of young       residence or other private property         C. The amount of the fine
Community Center, Alder Room            sented to the City Council on May    the Council. Should backers suc-      people in a private home. While       under his or her control where 2            under this section is a debt owed
500 St Mary’s Road                      29 by Lafayette resident Joan        ceed in moving the proposal for-      California law currently prohibits    or more unrelated persons under             to the city by the Person Respon-
Thursday, June 28                       Grimes.                              ward, it is expected that debate      both the furnishing of alcohol to     the age of 21 are present and al-           sible. The city may bring an ac-
check online:                                 Social Host Liability Ordi-    will arise around the issue of pri-   underage persons and youth on         coholic beverages are in the pos-           tion for collection of the debt. The
Town of Lafayette:                      nances are laws that hold private    vacy rights in relation to restric-   public property, state law does not   session of, or are being consumed           debt bears interest at the rate of ten           individuals responsible for under-   tions on activities taking place on   prohibit youth possession or con-     by any person under the age of 21           percent a year. Interest accrues
for:                                    age drinking events held on their    private property.                     sumption on private property.”        years of age.                               from the due date stated on the
• all meeting notes                     property. Orinda currently has a            Grimes says, “Lafayette, as    Grimes would like the City of         B. A violation of subsection A              billing. To view the petition go to
                                        similar ordinance in place, and      well as many other communities,       Lafayette to enact an ordinance       of this section is a misdemeanor, 
• calendar updates
                                        that city is currently considering   has seen an alarming increase in      “which would prohibit the hosting     punishable by Community Serv-               line/12467.html
Chamber of Commerce:         Road Measure Fails; Up Next, Schools                                                                             Lafayette Strategy Meeting
for:                                    By Lee Borrowman                                                                                                        ow many residents does it            an at-large resident representative.
• local businesses
• upcomming events                      M       easure C, the pro-
                                                posed parcel tax
                                                                             in favor of Measure C.
                                                                                  Measure D, on the
                                                                                                                   which    supports     local
                                                                                                                   schools. The current tax,
                                                                                                                                                         H      take to form a strategy for
                                                                                                                                                         downtown Lafayette? More than
                                                                                                                                                                                                     There is a public meeting of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Committee, which the public is
                                        which would have raised              other hand, passed with over          which expires next summer,            you think. The City Redevelop-              welcome to attend on Thursday,
                                        funds for the repair of              70% of the vote. A compan-            is $132.                              ment Agency recently signed a con-          June 14 at 7:00 at the City Offices,
                                        Lafayette’s worst roads, was         ion to Measure C, this advi-                                                tract with planning and urban               3675 Mount Diablo Boulevard. On
                                        narrowly defeated on June 5.         sory measure requested that           Did you Know?                         design firm, Wallace, Roberts &             the agenda is prioritizing the Com-
                                        The measure received 63%             the town continue its annual          Of those who voted in the             Todd for $507,000 to develop a              mittee’s expectations for the project,
                                        of the vote, but needed 66%          allocation of $1 million in           special election, nearly 71%          plan to guide development in                perceptions of key issues and more.
                                                                                                                                                         downtown Lafayette for the next 20                 The scope for work for Wal-
                                        to pass.                             General Funds to road re-             of Lafayette voters and 77%
                                                                                                                                                         – 30 years.                                 lace, Roberts & Todd is divided into
                                              Mayor Carol Federighi          pairs should Measure C                of Orinda voters used                         Extensive community input is        three main phases, culminating in a
Possession of Dangerous Drugs,          expressed disappointment             pass.                                 absentee ballots in this              a vital part of the plan. To that end, a    Final Draft Strategy. Phase I is
6/2/07 A Concord man was con-           that the measure did not ob-              Voters in Lafayette ap-          election.
tacted while walking across a park-
                                                                                                                                                         representative from 14 distinct             defining the issues and vision.
ing lot of an apartment complex on
                                        tain the 2/3 majority re-            pear to want the City to con-              Lest you ever think              groups will make up an Advisory             Phase II encompasses exploring al-
Second Avenue. He identified            quired. “I was heartened that        tinue fixing the roads, and           your vote doesn’t count,              Committee. Obviously the City               ternatives and comparing relative
himself as on “searchable proba-        more than 6 out of 10 voters         are reluctant to pay for it           Orinda’s Measure E and                Council and Design Review Com-              merits. Phase III is about preparing
tion.” Officer searched him and         supported Measure C,” she            themselves. Federighi con-            Lafayette’s Measure C were            missions will have a representative,        a strategy for the City with analysis
found white crystal like substance,     said. “But the need for road         cluded, “It's likely that our         both less than 170 votes              but also Parks and Recreation,              of many distinct elements the most
thought to be methamphetamine.          repairs remains, and the City        strongest support came from           away from obtaining the               Creeks Committee, Homeowners                prominent being land use, urban
                                                                                                                                                         Council and others groups will              design, transportation and circula-
                                        simply doesn't have the              voters on the failed roads            66% majority required to
Counterfeit Cash, 5/31/07 A 37                                                                                                                           make up the committee along with            tion, utilities, and finance.
year old woman tried to pay for         funds to do the job.” The            that are the most expensive           pass (165 votes in Lafayette,
milk and alcohol with a counterfeit
$100 bill at the Orinda Safeway.
                                        City of Lafayette estimates
                                        that an additional $24 mil-
                                                                             to repair and rebuild. Many
                                                                             of our roads are (private or
                                                                                                                   163 in Orinda).
                                                                                                                        In the three Contra                                                  Ware Designs
She had two fake $100’s on her          lion would be required to re-        are) in pretty good shape             Costa County communities                                                         Fine Jewelry since 1977
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                                              “I was really im-              Road and Drain bond meas-             on June 5 (Lafayette,
Phone Harassment, 6/2/07 Female                                                                                                                                                         • Expert Repair
Acalanes student received 11 text
                                        pressed, however,” Fed-              ure in 1995.”                         Orinda and Clayton), total                                           • Appraisals
messages of a sexual nature, she        erighi continued,“with the           On the November ballot:               voter turn-out was less than                                         • Pearls Restrung         50% off
was unsure if a fellow Acalanes         wonderful campaign that              As the city considers what            42% of registered voters.                                              Tues 12-5 Wed-Sat 10-5 Watch Battery
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Now $5, Reg $10
student sent the messages. The of-      was waged. The volunteers            the future of Lafayette road          Find the numbers at:
ficer attempted to track the owner      worked so hard to get out            repairs might look like, the                                          3416 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette      1 watch battery per person. Exp. 8/31/07.

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                                        several weeks to campaign            $315, the 1999 parcel tax
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Lamorinda Community,                                    Calendar, Agendas, Notes, News                                                                                                               Moraga
           Calendar                  Design Board Studies Sign Ordinance Moraga Center EIR Will Study 720 New Dwelling Units
City Council           7:30pm        By Steve Angelides                                                           By Steve Angelides
                                              oraga’s Design Review         communicating            important
Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School
1010 Camino Pablo
Wednesday, June 27
                                     M        Board held a study ses-
                                     sion on the Town’s sign ordi-
                                                                            events to the community, and
                                                                            she would like to see that occur-             Hazlewood Pl.                Safeway
                                                                                                                                                                      St. Andrews Dr/
                                                                                                                                                                      Camino Ricardo           School St.       Danefield Pl.
Planning Comm. 7:30pm                nance last month.                      ring in Moraga. Schwartz added
Hacienda, La Sala Room
                                            Town Planning Director          that large stores have large signs,
2100 Donald Drive
                                     Lori Salamak showed portions           “but if we don’t do something
Monday, June 18
                                     of an extensive lecture and slide      for the little people they’re going
Design Review   7:30pm
Hacienda, La Sala Room
                                     presentation by a law professor        to go out of business.” “We
2100 Donald Drive                    on the legal aspects of sign ordi-     don’t want just the national
Monday, June 25                      nances. The main points of the         chains,” Schwartz emphasized.
Fire Board                  7pm      presentation were that signs are              Former Mayor Mike Ma-
Fire Station                         important to a community, that         jchrzak addressed the Board as a
1280 Moraga Way                      their regulation should be con-        private citizen, providing some
Wednesday, June 20                   tent-neutral with objective stan-      history of the Town’s sign ordi-      Moraga Shopping Center from Glen Alpine St.                                               Photo by Andy Scheck

Park & Rec        7:30pm             dards which are easy to                nance, and some personal opin-               he Moraga Town Council          main point of contention was           where the Town marquee is lo-
Hacienda, Mosaic Room
2100 Donald Drive
                                     administer, that exceptions are
                                     risky, that the legibility of a sign
                                                                            ions. He said the sign approval
                                                                            process needs to be simplified,
                                                                                                                  T      has directed the Town’s
                                                                                                                  staff to include up to 720 new
                                                                                                                                                         how many new dwelling units to
                                                                                                                                                         include in the project description.
                                                                                                                                                                                                cated as “Alternative B”. Bruz-
                                                                                                                                                                                                zone, who prefers the marquee
Tuesday, June 19                     off the premises is a useful crite-    that there should be more ban-        dwelling units in the Moraga                  The staff recommended up        site, called Trotter’s designation
Liaison                  8:00am      rion, that temporary signs should      ners, that neon “open” signs are      Center Specific Plan project de-       to 720 new dwelling units, based       “very pejorative.”
Fire Station
                                     be limited and truly temporary,        not very important, and that we       scription. This sets the stage for     on a land use plan largely pre-               Besides being an important
1280 Moraga Way
                                     and that the objective of regulat-     need more advertising, because        an environmental impact report         pared by a planner retained by         step in a five year planning
Friday, July 13                                                                                                   (EIR) on the project and alterna-      the Bruzzone family, the largest       process, Planning Director Lori
                                     ing signs is to achieve a proper       “sterile is not semi-rural.”
check online:                        balance.                                      Resident Mary Williams         tives to it, which must be com-        landowner in the specific plan         Salamack hopes the Council’s
Town of Moraga:                             The Board then heard            spoke in favor of Moraga’s cur-       pleted before the specific plan        area. The Council majority             directions will lead to the release           public comments. Two mer-              rent sign ordinance, stating that     can be adopted.                        agreed with the staff recommen-        of $250,000 of road funds the
for:                                                                                                                    Only alternatives included       dation, while also directing that      Town needs to pay for repaving
                                     chants from the Rheem Center           Moraga generally has been an
• all meeting notes                                                                                               in the EIR can be included in the      alternatives of 566 units and 339      Camino Pablo this summer. The
                                     spoke. Dave Reynolds of                attractive place to live and that
• calendar updates                                                                                                specific plan. Thus the project        units be considered in the EIR.        Contra Costa Transit Authority is
                                     Curves for Women spoke in              “overall Moraga’s sign ordi-
                                                                                                                  description effectively sets the       Deschambault preferred an              holding those funds because of
                                     favor of loosening the Town’s          nance is excellent.”                  upper limit on development that        upper limit of 339 units, while        Moraga’s lack of progress on af-
                                     restrictions on temporary signs               The three Design Review        could be included in the specific      Chew was not prepared to give          fordable housing.
                                     and banners. George Quintero           Board members present at the          plan.                                  any directions to staff.                      Salamack explained that at
                                     of the Rheem Valley Pet Shoppe         meeting, Dick Socolich, Gloria              The Moraga Center Spe-                  In addition to the new          a density of 20 units per acre, the
                                     spoke in favor of eliminating the      Nedell, and Christine Kuckuk          cific Plan process has been un-        dwelling units, the project de-        new dwelling units in the project
                                     requirement that neon “open”           then all expressed their opinions     derway since 2002, when the            scription will include 90,000          description would automatically
                                     signs be six feet behind the win-      that as much as possible sign ap-     Town’s General Plan, which re-         square feet of new retail space,       be considered affordable under
Underage Possession of Alco-         dow.                                   provals should be handled ad-         quires specific plans for both the     50,000 square feet of new office       state guidelines, regardless of
hol, 6/5/07 An officer drove                Community organizers            ministratively, rather than going     Moraga and Rheem center areas,         space, and a 30,000 square foot        their actual market price. Resi-
through the parking lot of the 7     Ellen Beans and Edy Schwartz           through the Design Review             was adopted. The Moraga Cen-           gymnasium and community                dent Lee Hayes, who works for a
– 11 and saw three young men         reiterated Quinteros’ concern          Board.                                ter area is roughly bounded by         center. The Council also directed      homebuilder, told the Council
walking toward a dark colored        about neon “open” signs. They          Planning Commissioner Allen           Danefield Place and Crossbrook         the staff to add renovation of the     that ‘you’re not going to have a
SUV. One young man was car-          said that during their visits with     Sayles echoed those views. “I         Court on the North, Hazlewood          existing Moraga Shopping Cen-          semi-rural community when you
rying a large box of beer, and       other merchants they had heard         really feel sorry for businesses,”    Place and Sanders Drive on the         ter to the project description.        go 20 units per acre. You’re
placed it in the back of the ve-     many similar complaints                Sayles added. “I would never          South, Moraga Road and Coun-                  Another point of con-           going to have an Emeryville.”
hicle. He appeared to be under                                                                                    try Club Drive on the East, and        tention, between Trotter and                  The Town’s staff and con-
                                            Schwartz said that in           own a business in this town. If
21. When the officer asked for                                                                                    Camino Ricardo and St. An-             landowner Dave Bruzzone, was           sultants will now finalize the
ID’s, he noticed the driver’s li-
                                     Lafayette banners and tempo-           you can’t properly sign it, why
                                     rary signs are very useful in          be here?” Sayles exclaimed.           drews Drive on the West.               the location of the gym and com-       project description, begin draft-
cense of the person claiming to                                                                                         The Council gave its direc-      munity center facility. At Trot-       ing the specific plan, and prepare
be 21, was fake. The alcohol
was confiscated and citations        Hacienda Foundation Formed                                                   tions on a 3 to 2 “straw vote”,
                                                                                                                  with Councilmembers Trotter
                                                                                                                                                         ter’s request, the Council
                                                                                                                                                         majority designated the overflow
                                                                                                                                                                                                for the EIR. The next public step
                                                                                                                                                                                                in that process will be a scoping
were issues.                         By Steve Angelides
                                             argaret DePriester an-         $5000 for businesses are being        and Bird, and Mayor Metcalf, in        parking area across from the           session for the EIR, which is ten-
Student Beats Up St. Mary’s
Public Safety Officer (PSO)
                                     M       nounced the formation
                                     of the Hacienda Foundation of
                                                                            accepted through the end of
                                                                            2008. Charter donors will be
                                                                                                                  the majority, while Vice Mayor
                                                                                                                  Deschambault and Coun-
                                                                                                                                                         Moraga Commons as “Alterna-
                                                                                                                                                         tive A” for that facility, and the
                                                                                                                                                                                                tatively scheduled for September
                                                                                                                                                                                                4, 2007 before the Town’s Plan-
6/6/07 A PSO wouldn’t let a                                                                                       cilmember Chew dissented. The          site across from the Commons           ning Commission.
                                     Moraga, Inc. last month. De-           permanently displayed on a
student leave his dorm room, a       Priester, long-active in Moraga        plaque at the Hacienda.
fight ensued. The suspect stu-       civic affairs, is serving as the             DePriester said the foun-

                                                                                                                               across the way...
dent broke free and fled on          new foundation’s first presi-          dation is planning its inaugural
foot. A backpack was later
                                     dent.                                  event in October. She said the
found on campus containing
13.5 grams of suspected mari-              DePriester said the sole         purpose of the event will be to
juana an electronic scale and an     purpose of the newly-formed
                                     foundation is the maintenance
                                                                            invite people who do not know
                                                                            about the Hacienda to see it—
                                                                                                                                                                 a unique lifestyle store
interim California Drivers li-
cense in the name of the sus-        and renovation of the Ha-              and of course to make a con-
pect.                                cienda De Las Flores, an his-          tribution.
                                     toric Spanish-style estate                   The Hacienda Founda-
Mom Busts LSD Seller, 6/2/07         owned by the Town of Mor-              tion joins local philanthropic
 A Moraga Mom called police          aga. The Hacienda houses               organizations the Moraga Park
department about the sale of al-     some of the Town offices and           and Recreation Foundation,
leged LSD to her 20 year old
                                     is rented out for weddings and         which raises funds to enhance
son. A specific individual was
named as the suspected sup-          other special events. However          local recreation programs, and
plier to the son at a party on       the Town lacks sufficient re-          the Moraga Education Foun-
Rimer Drive in January of this       sources to properly maintain           dation which raises funds to
year. The suspected supplier is      and renovate the Hacienda.             enhance local school pro-
known to the police. Further               Attorney George Juarez           grams.
investigation will be under-         donated the legal work for the               Besides DePriester, the
taken.                               formation of the Hacienda              other officers and directors of
                                     Foundation. According to               the Hacienda Foundation are
Moraga Parks and
                                     Juarez, the foundation grew            Judy Dinkle, Lonnie Treat, Ed
Recreation Foundation                out of the previous Hacienda           Beatson, Jason Evans, John
presents:                            committee.                             Haffner, Claire Roth, and Lily
                                           Charter level donations          Wescott.
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Thursday, June 14
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Thursday, June 21
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Boothill; Country & Western
Thursday, June 28
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Lamorinda Community,                                       Calendar, Agendas, Notes, News                                                                                                                       Orinda
            Calendar                      Walk. Run. Laugh. Remember.                                                                                            A New Home for Orinda City Offices
City Council                   7pm        Submitted by Suzanne Tom                                                                                               By Cathy Tyson
                                                  aley's 4th of July Run for a   a a Haley's 4th of July Run for a    colored t-shirt in memory of
Auditorium, Orinda Library
26 Orinda Way
Wednesday, June 19
                                          H       Reason is in its 3rd year
                                          and boy is it taking off! This year
                                                                                 Reason Event Area by the
                                                                                 Orinda Community Park tennis
                                                                                                                      your child. It will be waiting for
                                                                                                                      you on the day of the event.
Planning Comm.     7pm                    there are twice as many local          courts. There you will find                For the last two years,
Please refer to the June 26 Planning      sponsors who joined the com-           Haley's 2nd Annual Silent Auc-       Haley's 4th of July Run for a
Commission Agenda for meeting location
                                          mitment to raising awareness           tion. Last year's Silent Auction     Reason has raised more than
Tuesday, June 26                          and money for the Sudden Un-           raised almost $3,300 in just a       $40,000. Her event was one out
(rescheduled form June 12)                explained Death in Childhood           few hours! Home Depot will           of seven Run for a Reason
Public Safety        7pm                  (SUDC) program.                        also be hosting their Kids' Work-    events that took place across the
Library May Room                                 Haley's 4th of July Run for     shop in honor of Haley. Kids can     country. But much more lies
26 Orinda Way
                                          a Reason is a 5-mile Run or 2-         make their own wooden craft to       ahead. Haley's parents still do
Thursday, June 14                         mile Family Walk that kicks off        take home - for free ! Quenchers     not know the cause of her death.
Historic Landmarks             3pm        Orinda's 4th of July festivities.      Smoothies will be selling            Countless other parents share a
Garden Room, Orinda Library
26 Orinda Way
                                          Hundreds of participants come          yummy and refreshing smooth-         similar struggle. We're asking
                                                                                                                                                                 22 Irwin Way, New Orinda City Offices                   Photo Tod Fierner
Tuesday, June 26                          early to support the SUDC pro-         ies and donating their proceeds      everyone to come out and sup-
                                          gram and walk in memory of             to the SUDC program.                 port this year's Haley's 4th of                     ood-bye trailers, hello        the creek and many trees, but also
Room 7, Community Center
26 Orinda Way
                                          Haley Tom, one of Orinda's own
                                          toddlers who died 7 years ago in
                                                                                       New this year will be a
                                                                                 Memory Board located in
                                                                                                                      July Run for a Reason. You'll
                                                                                                                      have fun, get some exercise, and
                                                                                                                                                                 G        13,900 square feet of stun-
                                                                                                                                                                 ning, sustainably designed office
                                                                                                                                                                                                         will leave a light ecological foot-
                                                                                                                                                                                                         print,” notes Henry Siegel of
Monday, July 2                            her sleep at the age of 21             Haley's event area. All bereaved     take home a great t-shirt. You'll          space. “We are really excited. We       Siegel & Strain Architects.
check online:                             months. Since Haley was over 1         parents and families are encour-     also personally contribute to a            haven’t been able to provide the               The light-filled open loft-
                                          year, her death could not be con-      aged to bring a picture or write a   worthy and urgent cause.                   kind of services the public de-         style building is very welcoming,
Town of Orinda:
                                          sidered SIDS. She belongs to a         message in memory of their                 For more information,                serves in the trailers,” says Kathy     and visually striking. Special care                                                                                                                                      Polkinghorn, who has been work-         was taken to fit the building to the
                                          lesser known category SUDC             child. Any loss of a child is        please call Suzanne Tom at
for:                                                                                                                                                             ing as Assistant City Manager           site. “The building’s envelope de-
                                          that is a newly formed category        tragic. Haley's 4th of July Run      (925) 258-9097 or visit
• all meeting notes                                                                                                                                              since the project began back in         sign, shape, and shading strategy
                                          for children over the age of 12        for a Reason would like to cele- To find
• calendar updates                        months.                                brate their lives along with         out more about the SUDC pro-
                                                                                                                                                                 2005. For Lamorinda residents           take advantage of natural ventila-
                                                                                                                                                                 who needed their construction           tion to eliminate energy intensive
                                                 In addition to the Haley's      Haley's short but amazing life.      gram,          please        visit
                                                                                                                                                                 plans checked or to visit the Police    compressor cooling,” continues
                                          Run and Walk, there will also be       You can also pre-order a special
                                                                                                                                                                 department, for the last seven          Siegel.
                                                                                                                                                                 years, that meant a trip up Al-                From the two-tone cork
                                                                                                                                                                 tarinda Road, duking it out for         flooring to the corrugated, angled
Burglary at Beverages and                                                                                                                                        parking next to a number of police      metal ceiling, to the wheatboard,
More, 6/1/07 Two males                                                                                                                                           cars, then searching for the cor-       presto-log like desks you don’t
wearing all black clothing en-                                                                                                                                   rect, dirt colored aging, cluttered     have to look far to see how the
tered the store at approxi-                                                                                                                                      trailer.                                building was designed to be envi-
mately 7:30 p.m., one asked                                                                                                                                             The City Manager com-            ronmentally friendly. Nancy
to use the restroom. They al-                                                                                                                                    pared construction costs to lease       Malone, LEED (Leadership in
legedly stole 3 bottles of Dom                                                                                                                                   payments, and in the end, starting      Energy and Environmental De-
Perignon, 2 bottles of Remy                                                                                                                                      from scratch with construction of       sign) certification specialist at
Martin and 1 bottle of Roed-                                                                                                                                     an efficient, functional building       Siegel and Strain, explains that the
erer Cristal, total value esti-                                                                                                                                  was preferred because the City          firm worked hard to make the
mated at $1014. Bev Mo                                                                                                                                           would have an asset at the end of       building formaldehyde free. In
employee ran into parking lot                                                                                                                                    the day, rather than lease pay-         addition, materials with no
and flagged down a police car                                                                                                                                    ments with nothing to show for it.      volatile organic compounds were
when he realized what hap-                                                                                                                                        The building will cost ten million     used in the interior materials like
pened. The suspects fled on                                                                                                                                      dollars, financed by offering Cer-      paints, sealants and wood prod-
foot. The store does not have                                                                                                                                    tificates of Participation (COP) to     ucts. Because LEED certification
a surveillance camera.                                                                                                                                           investors who can buy COP in re-        cannot be awarded until the build-
                                                                                                                                                                 turn for earned interest on the         ing is completely finished, and
Young teen caught with mar-                                                                                                                                      debt.                                   there are some minor touch-ups at
ijuana for sale, 5/31/07 A 13-                                                                                                                                          The building is tentatively      the moment, certification has not
year old male student was                 Haley’s 4th of July Run for Reason 2006                                                                                scheduled to open to the public in      yet been awarded. However they
caught selling marijuana at                                                                                                                                      mid-June. The new City Admin-           expect to have score in the gold
Orinda Intermediate School.               Free Popcorn At the Orinda Theater                                                                                     istrative Building will be an im-       level.
                                                                                                                            he Orinda Theater has
He had 4 grams of marijuana
and $84 on him. He was re-
leased to the custody of his
                                          By Cathy Tyson
                                                                                                                      T     free popcorn available
                                                                                                                      Monday through Thursday as a
                                                                                                                                                                 pressive, green landmark chock
                                                                                                                                                                 full of the latest innovations in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Taylor engineering was re-
                                                                                                                                                                                                         sponsible for the unique mixed-
                                                                                                                                                                 construction, ventilation, and site     mode ventilation system that
mother prior to police arriv-                                                                                         way to entice moviegoers into              planning. Allsteel ergonomic            allows integration of natural ven-
ing at the school. The teen                                                                                           the theater. Because of the his-           chairs and shiny new desks await        tilation and forced air when
and his mother voluntarily                                                                                            toric artwork on the ceiling,              the many city employees who             needed. This system not only
made a statement admitting to                                                                                         they can’t pop it in Orinda,               have been very patiently waiting        takes advantage of the relatively
selling $40 worth of pot. A                                                                                           however it’s popped fresh daily            for this upgrade. The building          mild climate here, but also saves
juvenile citation was issued.                                                                                         and brought over from the                  will house the City’s Administra-       money and energy, two important
                                                                                                                      Grand Lake Theater.                        tive, Planning, Building and Po-        concerns for the City in the long
Booze Burglary, 6/1/07 A 16                                                                                                 Owner Allen Michaan of               lice Departments, and Emergency         run. Designers are pleased to re-
year old Miramonte student                                                                                                                                       Operations Center. Located at 22        port that the building will be in the
                                                                                                                      Renaissance Rialto Theaters
entered the Orinda Safeway                                                                                                                                       Irwin Way, behind the Library, the      94th percentile of energy efficient
                                                                                                                      says, “The addition of 16
and attempted to steal 2 bot-                                                                                                                                    steep hillside and creek presented      buildings across the country, and
                                                                                                                      screens in Walnut Creek and 16
tles of Captain Morgan rum                                                                                                                                       many challenges. “We’re pleased         significantly reduce carbon emis-
valued at $34.00. He was re-
                                                                                                                      screens in Pleasant Hill has di-
                                                                                                                      luted the market place. This is            that our solution not only saved        sions.
leased to the custody of his
parents.                                                                                                              the last old movie theater in the
                                                                                                                      county, if it’s not supported it                             Concerts-in-the-Park
                                                                                                                                                                 Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30 pm (except for Wed., July 4, 11:30am),
                                                                                                                      can’t survive.”
Measure E. Goes Down to Defeat                                                                                              To that end, Randy
                                                                                                                                                                 at the Orinda Community Center Park.
By Chris Lavin                                                                                                                                                   Bring a picnic and enjoy the free music in the park!
       rinda voters said “No”             a deluxe new City Hall – and           residential roads, and some areas    Holleschau, formerly of the
O      once again June 5 when
the city asked them to approve a
                                          failing to require the fire district
                                          to pony up more funds. A similar
                                                                                 – including along Moraga Way
                                                                                 and Glorietta – are facing erod-
                                                                                                                      Orinda Film Festival, is in the
                                                                                                                      middle of negotiations regard-
                                                                                                                                                                  June 19 Spirit of 29 (Dixieland Jazz)
                                                                                                                                                                  June 26 Stone Soup (Oldies Rock)
                                                                                                                                                                  July 4 (Wed., 11:30am-1:30pm) Silver Spurs (Country)
bond to fix the roads, drainage           measure also failed last Novem-        ing substructure that, unless re-    ing additional live entertain-              July 10 Spazmatics (80s Rock)
ditches and water pipes along             ber.                                   paired soon, will cost many          ment events at the Theater. An              July 17 Pladdohg (Celtic Rock)
much of the city’s 92 miles of                  “I’m very disappointed in        times what it would to repair        agreement has not been final-               July 24 Lady Kaye & the Kings of Swing (Swing & Jazz)
collapsing infrastructure.                the outcome,” said Mayor Steve         now, Glazer said.                    ized as yet.                                July 31 Cal Alumni Big Band (Big Band Jazz)
                                                                                                                                                                  Aug. 7 Mixed Nuts (Oldies ROck, Disco, Blues)
      The measure failed 4,031            Glazer.                                      It appears that supporters
to 2,323, a majority of 63.44                   The failure at the ballot        of a bond measure, who re-
percent. It needed 66 percent to          box leaves the city in a conun-        sponded so quickly to the bond’s
pass.                                     drum; less than $1 million is al-      failure in November by imme-
      The special election for            located each year to road repairs,     diately mounting a campaign for
Measure E had proved con-                 and a Citizen’s Infrastructure         a special election, will take a                                                                                                                       ®
tentious, with those against ap-          Committee assigned with the            break from a new attempt, for
proving $59 million in bonds              task estimated Orinda needed as        now.
saying that city officials had            much as $95 million to bring           “Maybe someday,” Glazer said.                                      DOCUMENT PREPARATION SERVICES
made poor fiscal decisions in re-         roads and pipes up to standard.
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                                                                            Life in LAMORINDA
Moraga Dad Runs for Congress                                                    Where to Watch the Fireworks                                                                     Paul Caccamo Checks In
By Sophie Bracinni                                                              By Chris Lavin                                                                                   Around the Lamorinda Weekly office he’s known as “The Hiker
(Editor’s note: The Lamorinda Weekly                                                                                                                                             Guy.” In our last issue you met Paul Caccamo, the local musician
does not endorse political parties or                                                                                                                                            who is hiking the Pacific Crest Trail this summer. On May 31st,
candidates for any office; the
                                                                                                                                                                                 after five weeks of hiking, Caccamo and his companions arrived in
following is not a statement of support
for Nick Gerber’s candidacy but
                                                                                                                                                                                 Tehachapi (558 miles from the Mexican border). There he took a
rather a profile of one local dad, in                                                                                                                                            break, a long hot shower, and visited the library from where he sent
celebration of Fathers’ Day)                                                                                                                                                     a message to his friends (excerpts below).
       e has a big smile, a charm-
H      ing wife and two young
children. He is conservative,
with a green tint, and wants to
                                          Nick and Melinda Gerber
take Democrat Ellen Tauscher’s
seat in the U.S. Congress. What           team” fought together. Today
makes a normal father, who was
happy to promote Moraga’s
                                          Melinda, a published author,
                                          puts her creativity to work in
                                                                                                                                                                                 Greetings All -
businesses, take a leap and want          support of her husband’s dream.
to transform a nation? Nicholas           She knows that if he wins, the                                                                                                         Much of Southern California has been desert with mountain
(Nick) Gerber had a life chang-           stress on the family will be high                                                                                                      ranges interspersed in between. We've crossed the Laguna,
ing experience when his wife              with a husband who must spend                                                                                                          San Jacinto, San Bernardino, San Gabriel, Sawmill and
was diagnosed with cancer. The            a lot of time in Washington, D.C.                                                                                                      Liebre Mountains. At times we have walked more than 25
two of them decided there was                    The Gerbers say they are                                                                                                        miles between water sources.
no better time than now to realize        about taking responsibility and                                                                                                              We have but 140 short miles before we reach Kennedy
their life long dreams.                   keeping their commitments.                                                                                                             Meadows and the beginning of the High Sierra. After all this
       Nick Gerber was raised in          Gerber wants government to                                                                                                             dryness what an incredible luxury it will be to carry only a lit-
New-York and got an MBA                   stop treating people like children,                                                                                                    tle water. Before that we will be once again experiencing
from the University of San Fran-          so citizens can get the rewards             he Fourth of July is                         Those donations can be
cisco. An entrepreneur at heart,
he started a number of busi-
                                          that come from initiative and
                                          creativity. For example, he be-
                                                                                T     coming up, and Mor-
                                                                                aga is the only game in town
                                                                                                                             made through the “Buy a
                                                                                                                             Rocket” campaign by call-
                                                                                                                                                                                 100-degree temperatures and spending the hot hours in the
                                                                                                                                                                                 shade. The beauty of this strategy is that now we walk well
                                                                                                                                                                                 into the night, walking by the light of the moon with occa-
nesses, some very successful              lieves that a Universal Health        if you want to watch fire-                   ing by calling 925-631-                             sional help from our headlamps. The wildlife is incredible at
such as the United States Oil             Care system is not a good idea:       works in this area that night.               6842. When an explosive                             night; they don't expect to see a human at that time.
Fund. Today, Gerber is after              “Of the 15% of people who are               The display, by the                    rocket goes up, parents will                              It wasn't at night but I saw my first mountain lion ever
District 10, a bold target in an          not now covered, many are             company Pyro Spectaculars,                   be able to say, “There’s                            the other day. It shot across the trail about twenty feet in front
area that traditionally votes             young and healthy, and they do
                                                                                Inc., will kick off at dark on               ours!” …but only once if                            of me and I had to wonder if it was thinking I would make a
Democratic. But he thinks that            not want coverage,” comments
                                                                                July 4 over the Moraga Golf                  you pay the 40 bucks. You                           tasty meal. I spent the next few minutes very loudly disabus-
the battle can be won on ideas,           Gerber. “The problem is only
                                                                                Course, on Moraga Way.                       can donate any amount,                              ing him or her of the notion: "You better not EVEN try it
not labels.                               about 7.5% of the population,
       As we all know, winning            and we do not want a system           Parking is available at the                  Leach said, and even the                            lion!" It never returned.
takes money. Gerber is not                where the State will tell you that    Moraga Commons and                           smallest amount will be ap-                               The grapevine tells me that many people have already
afraid to pick up the phone and           you should take one aspirin and       overflow parking is avail-                   preciated.                                          dropped out of this insanity in favor of the comforts of civi-
ask Republican sympathizers for           not two.” Gerber would rather         able near Moraga Center.                           If you are taking your                        lization. Apparently the extreme dryness this year is punish-
campaign contributions. His               see deregulation to bring down              “This company has                      kids, or if you are simply cu-                      ing people enough to send them home. I can relate but am
first objective is to get his name        the cost. Having experienced the      been doing our show for                      rious, some of the best infor-                      very happy to report that, apart from some brutal blisters and
out there. So he’s going to the           health care system first hand, he     years, and they do a really                  mation about fireworks can                          very sore feet, I am fine.
luncheons, the breakfasts, the            is very vocal about allowing pa-      good job,” said Penelope                     be found on the Internet at                               The other worry I had pre-trip was would I be able to
dinners and doesn’t miss any              tients to test new drugs if they      Leach, director of the Parks                 Wikipedia when you search                           handle being away from city life and family and friends for
meetings of the Chamber of                want to take the risk and he          and Recreation Department                    for “fireworks.” Also, for in-                      this long? Well it turns out I am very comfortable out here.
Commerce. And when his con-               would like to see the FDA prac-       in Moraga.                                   formation about the coun-                           I sleep a LOT better in the wilderness than in crappy motels,
stituency wants him to look the           tice a more hands-off approach.             The whole show costs                   try’s birthday, you can                             and while I miss my friends terribly it is a temporary situation
part and wear a tie, Gerber is                   Part of Gerber’s commit-       the Town about $17,000,                      always consult the Declara-                         and I think what I'm doing is worth the sacrifice. Have there
happy to oblige.                          ment to create a better world for     which pays for insurance,                    tion of Independence, which                         been any great revelations/big changes since I've been out?
       As a parent, Gerber wants          his children translates into strong   extra police officers for di-                was signed that day in 1776,                        Well, for one, I realize I like my work at Campo and want to
a better world for his children.          environmental positions. He be-       recting traffic, and the fire-               and read at least the first                         go back. And Tim and Zach (my hiking partners , also known
He believes that becoming a dad           lieves that the environment is        works themselves. Last year                  three lines of the second                           as Filthy Figaro and Sprout Boy) say I'm nicer than before. I
made him realize that he could            fragile, that it’s our duty to pro-   the Town went out for bids                   paragraph and talk about                            may not agree but take that for what it's worth.
plant a seed, nurture it and mold         tect it and that we should move
                                                                                for a better rate on the fire-               them during the evening                                   Everyone gets a new name out here, for example: Rid-
it. “I wouldn’t trust someone             away from burning fossil fuel.
                                                                                works display, but Pyro                      barbecue.                                           dle, Troll, Oblivious, Mr. Pink, Grimace, Apple Pie, Speed
who does not have children to             “Good stewardship of the envi-
                                                                                Spectaculars still won out.                        Text can be found at                          Stick, Rocham and Ultrabrite. My name? Bounty Hunter.
run the country,” he adds, “You           ronment is a normal position for
need to raise a family in order to        a Republican,” he concludes.          The cities of Orinda and                                  I'll explain later.
know what children need.” And             “After all, the EPA was funded        Lafayette contribute some                    declrind.htm, among other
Nick’s family was his first sup-          by Richard Nixon, and another         monies to the display, al-                   places, but probably not                            Next town stop is Independence, 240+ miles from here. They
port. When tragedy struck them            Republican President, Theodore        though much comes from                       enough.                                             may not have a library - but we'll see.
a year ago, with Melinda Ger-             Roosevelt, significantly devel-       private donations.                           Fireworks may then ensue.
ber’s sickness, the “Gerber               oped the National Park System.”                                                                                                        -Paul C.

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                                   Not to be missed                                                                                   HORSES WITH HEART:                                                                Letters to the Editor
                                           prices are $18 each. Show Dates/Times        will shave strokes off your game.
FREE outdoor Concert June 14 at
Moraga Commons                             Tuesday June 19th 7P, Wednesday June         Class will look into both pre-round           ORINDA’S GENTLE HEROES                                                            We’re a community
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        newspaper, and we wel-
Enjoy an evening of Big Band Music         20th 7PM; Thursday June 21st 7PM,            stretching- to avoid on-course injuries,      By Virginia Fox, Guest Writer                                                     come your input.
under the stars Thursday, June 14 when     Friday June 22nd 7PM; Saturday June          flexibility exercises - to improve range
                                                                                                                                           or Cocoa, Pooh, Kiwanis            and founder of Xenophon TRC.
the Big Band of Rossmoor will feature
Al Hart, Countess Felder from the Al-
abama Jazz Hall of Fame, Dave Martel
                                           23rd 2PM

                                           “Capturing            the        Light”
                                                                                        of motion, and long term conditioning
                                                                                        goals toward improving your game.
                                                                                        Monday, June 25th 10-11 AM
                                                                                                                                      F    and Bandit, life in Orinda
                                                                                                                                      couldn’t be better. As specially
                                                                                                                                                                               Trained and licensed staff mem-
                                                                                                                                                                              bers introduce students to their
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Please share your thoughts,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        news, ideas, suggestions, and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        photos here in the pages of the
and Kyle Athayde. The 33 piece Big         Photography Show                                                                           trained horses for Xenophon             horses, then use games and ac-            Lamorinda Weekly. Max. 200
Band will perform from 6:30pm to           Through       August       11,      2007     Book Signings at the                                                                                                            word for a letters.
8:30pm. Bring a blanket or lawn chair,     Wenda Pyman, the featured artist in                                                        Therapeutic Riding Center, these        tivities like petting the horse or
and enjoy an evening of fun and music.     this group show, specializes in land-
                                                                                        Orinda Book Store:                            gentle and sensitive animals help       putting a stuffed animal on the           email:
Add a picnic dinner or enjoy the BBQ       scape, scenic and travel photography,
                                                                                        Orinda’s own Carol Pogash will dis-
                                                                                                                                      disabled youth, aged 5 to 17,           saddle to build a relationship be-
                                                                                        cuss and sign copies of her new book,
available at the park                      with special emphasis on local East
                                                                                        Seduced by Madness: The True Story            conquer fears, build confidence,        tween the horse and child. Once           Regular mail:
MORAGA COMMONS PARK is lo-                 Bay and Diablo scenes. Her vast body
                                                                                        of the Susan Polk Murder Case.                and develop physical and mental         they’re ready to mount, they are
cated at1799 St. Mary’s Road (corner       of work reflects her all-consuming pas-
                                                                                        Thursday, June 14, 4:00 PM
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Letters to the Editor
of Moraga Road & St. Mary’s Road)          sion to capture nature’s diverse patterns                                                  skills.                                 accompanied by a team with a                     Lamorinda Weekly
                                                                                        Amy Lyford will discuss and sign
                                           and imagery through the use of natural                                                            Set on three acres of pic-       horse leader and two side walk-                  P.O.Box 6133
                                                                                        copies of her new book, Surrealist
PUPPET ART THEATER present-                light. Moraga Art Gallery (Rheem Val-
ing SUPER TOMMY                            ley Shopping Center)
                                                                                        Masculinities: Gender Anxiety and the         turesque countryside off Valley         ers.                                             Moraga, CA 94556
                                                                                        Aesthetics of Post-World War I Reconstruc-    View, Xenophon provides a nur-                 Our horses are very spe-
Thursday, June 14, 3:30 pm. Ages 3         570 Center St.,Moraga, CA 94556.
                                                                                        tion in France. Tuesday, June 19, 4:00 PM                                                                                       Dear Editor,
and older Moraga Library, 1500 St.         Free
                                                                                        Kaui Hart Hemmings will discuss
                                                                                                                                      turing learning environment for         cial,” Lazarus says. “When we
Mary’s Road, 925 376-6852
                                                                                        and sign copies of her new novel, The         forty students with challenging         put a disabled person on Cocoa,           I have been living in Moraga since
                                           The Population Fix: breaking Amer-                                                                                                                                           1986. Thank you for publishing
“Richard III” Through June 24              ica’s addiction to population growth
                                                                                        Descendents. Thursday, June 21, 4:00 PM       disabilities like Autism and            she knows it and can tell the de-
California Shakespeare Theater’s 2007      Tuesday, June 19 at 7:00 pm at the
                                                                                        Michael Mayer will discuss and sign           Cerebral Palsy. Individual lesson       gree of disability. If the person is      the article and photo of “The van-
                                                                                        copies of Mindbody Healing Psy-                                                                                                 dalized Slow Down banner.”
Season at the Bruns Amphitheater in        Moraga Library                                                                             plans, games and school based           severely disabled, she moves
                                                                                        chotherapy: Ancient Pathways to Mod-
Orinda begins May 30th with Shake-         Moraga resident Edward C. Hartman
                                                                                        ern Health. It has been called “a             programs help students astride          like she’s walking on eggs.”              However, I am so upset, when I
speare’s Richard III directed by Mark      spent 28 years in the telecommunica-                                                                                                                                         read and view it.
                                                                                        thrilling blueprint for the integration of    horses learn sequencing, num-                       ...continued on page 7
Rucker. For more information or to         tions industry and runs his own finan-
purchase tickets, call the Cal Shakes      cial services business. Since 1997, Mr.
                                                                                        body, mind, and spirit.”
                                                                                                                                      bers, and colors while experienc-                                                 Whoever did that should be seri-
                                                                                        Saturday, June 23,1:00 PM,                                                                                                      ously punished because it is disre-
Box Office at 510.548.9666 or visit        Hartman has been gathering data and                                                        ing independence and freedom
                                                                                        Amanda Eyre Ward, the author of                         using his skills of inquiry, analysis, and
                                                                                        How to Be Lost, will discuss and sign         of movement. Activities also de-                                                  spectful to our local authorities
                                           political savvy—honed over years in                                                                                                                                          and a challenge to local policy.
                                                                                        copies of her new novel, Forgive Me.          velop muscle tone, coordination
“Let’s     Go     to      Casablanca”      corporate and entrepreneurial posi-
Through June 23                            tions—to write on the topics of re-
                                                                                        Tuesday, June 26, 4:00 PM
                                                                                                                                      and sociability. Xenophon is the                                                  I sincerely hope that every Lam-
By Kevin T. Morales                        source constraints, carrying capacity,                                                     only accredited (NARHA) ther-                                                     orindan would work together to
                                                                                        Bi-Monthly Caregiver Support Group
Town Hall Theatre Company brings           immigration policy, American media                                                                                                                                           make
Let’s Go to Casablanca to the stage.       orientation, and ultimately population
                                                                                        Caring for frail older adults in the          apeutic riding center in Contra
                                                                                        home often creates great stress and                                                                                             Lamorinda a better place to live
This is the much anticipated sequel to     growth                                                                                     Costa and Alameda Counties.
Let’s Go to the Movies - the smash hit
                                                                                        emotional anguish for spouses and                                                                                               for years to come.
                                                                                        family members. Licensed geriatric                   “New students often have
musical written just for Town Hall that    Summer Reading Program 2007!                                                                                                                                                 Sincerely yours,
                                                                                        care managers Barbara Schuh and               strong fears about getting on a
was sold out and critically acclaimed.     Pick up your reading records at the li-
                                                                                        Carol Shenson offer a bi-monthly sup-                                                                                           James Fung
Contact the Town Hall Theatre Com-         brary. Read for fun and win great                                                          horse,” says Executive Director,
                                                                                        port group for individuals who are con-
pany box office for dates, times, and      prizes. Kid’s reading program for kids
                                                                                        sidering or currently involved with the
                                                                                                                                      Judy Lazarus, Orinda resident
ticket prices: 925-283-1557, or visit      age 2 – 5th grade. New! Baby Reading
                                                                                        direct care of an older relative. To sign                    Program for children birth through 2
                                           years. Moraga Library, 1500 St. Mary’s
                                                                                        up, please call 284-5050. Drop-ins are
                                                                                        also welcome. 6/18, 7/9, 7/23, 8/6,
                                                                                                                                      Some Like It Hot
Agatha Christie’s An Unexpected            Road, 925 376-6852
                                                                                        8/20, 1:30 – 2:30 PM
Guest Sponsored by Orinda Starlight
Village Player’s. Through June 23rd        Lafayette Concerts presents spell-
                                                                                                                                      Summer Exhibit Opens at the Lafayette Gallery
Fridays & Saturdays, at 8:30PM;            binding finger-style guitarist Walter
                                                                                        Protecting Our Community from                 By Andrea A. Firth
                                                                                        Financial Predators
Thursday, June 21st at 8PM, 26 Orinda      Strauss at 7:30 PM, Friday, June 22, in                                                                                                                                       “When you learn a new skill, you
                                                                                        Join a panel of experts from the JFKU
Way, at the Orinda Community Center        the Sequoia Room at the Lafayette                                                                                                                                            start to look at the world differ-
                                                                                        Elder Law Clinic, Contra Costa
Outside Amphitheater                       Community Center, 500 St. Mary’s
                                                                                        County Adult Protective Services, our                                                                                           ently,” notes JoAnn. “Now I always
Adult $15, senior/student $7.50, group     Road, Lafayette. Walter Strauss, whose
                                                                                        local Police Department, and Barbara                                                                                            think about texture.” Her collage
rates available                            fiery technique conjures several instru-
                                                                                        Schuh, senior advocate and Lafayette
No Reservations needed. (925)253-1191      ments playing at once, has roots in                                                                                                                                          entitled Summer Refuge did not
                                                                                        Senior Services Commissioner, to discuss
                                           American music and musicality that                                                                                                                                           start with a preconceived idea but
                                                                                        identity theft crimes and learn how to pro-
Lafayette Gallery’s New Show - ARTE:       evokes far reaches of the globe, he
                                                                                        tect yourself, your family, and your com-                                                                                       came together as she started to work
Abstractions, Reflections, Transitions     weaves folk, jazz, world beat, Ameri-
                                                                                        munity. Thurs 6/28 10:30 – noon                                                                                                 with various materials.
and Explorations will run through June     cana, and classical guitar into a brand
                                                                                        Lafayette Community Center No
2. When visiting the Gallery, please be    uniquely his own. His songs are ro-                                                                                                                                                 Printmaker Sherry Smith
                                                                                        charge. Donations at the door most ap-
sure to wander through the Lafayette       mantic yet edgy, filled with intelligent                                                                                                                                     Bell found the exhibit’s theme of
                                                                                        preciated. Call in to let us know you are
Sculpture Garden located behind the        and vivid imagery.
                                                                                        coming 284-5050                                                                                                                 summer and heat liberating and cre-
Gallery. The current show features East    Ticket’s are $15 and are available at the
Bay sculptors in a variety of media.       door. Reservations are suggested. 925-                                                                                                                                       atively challenging. Sherry uses a
Lafayette Gallery, 50 Lafayette Circle,    283-1959 or charlotte@lafayettecon-                                                                                                                                          combination printmaking tech-
is open Tuesday to Saturday from                                      Campus Happenings                                                                                                             nique, to achieve a three dimen-
11am to 5pm. (925) 284-2788,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        sional effect in her work. “My                   The Glover Groups to Exhibit
                                           Paintings At Orinda Library                                                                                                                                                  visual ideas use objects such as
Performing Live at The Orinda              Some 30 painters, who have studied                                                                                                                                           doors, windows and houses as
House Holly Penfield - June 17th,          under Pam and Ann-Marie Glover, will                                                                                                                                         metaphors for change,” explains
23rd, & 30th, Jonathan Poretz June 21st    exhibit and sell their works at the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Sherry, and this thought process is
Call 258-4445 for more information         Orinda Community Library through
                                           July 12, 2007. A reception with the                                                                                                                                          evident in her exhibit piece entitled
California Academy of Performing           artists is planned at the exhibit on June                                                                                                                                    Red Door. Keeping in sync with
Arts June Showcase                         22 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM.                                                                                                                                                  summertime fun, she takes a more
                                                                                                                                                     Three Girls in the Surf, Kauai by Judy Feins
at Campolindo High School Perform-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        playful approach in her print enti-
ing Arts Center                            Better golf without hitting a single ball!
                                                                                                                                             he artists at the Lafayette      she saw playing, Judy explains,           tled Cowgirl which depicts a smil-
The CAPA dancers are all from Lam-
orinda and are between the ages of 3
and seniors in high school. Show tick-
                                           Reduce the likelihood of golf related
                                           injuries and play better golf. Learn
                                           about physical conditioning, and create          Photo by Ken C. Young, Moraga;
                                                                                                                                      T      Gallery are celebrating the
                                                                                                                                      imminent arrival of summer with
                                                                                                                                                                              “They were so joyfully dancing in
                                                                                                                                                                              the waves, and the colors of their
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ing, young woman from the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        untamed west.
ets are available by downloading a         an individual training program with    
                                                                                                                                      their new exhibit entitled, Some        bathing suits and the water were so              Some Like It Hot includes
form from Ticket        Bob Anderson, golf professional, that
                                                                                                                                      Like It Hot. Using the heat of the      brilliant, I wanted to capture their      new works by all 23 members of
                                                                                                                                      season as inspiration, the artists      exuberance.” Judy is also exhibiting      the Lafayette Gallery in a variety of
                                                                                               Art Exhibitions:                       have created art that reflects the      a large painting of the Lafayette         media including acrylics, collage,
                                                                                        "Town and Country: Jessica                    contrasts of summer in Lamorinda        Reservoir at dusk which highlights        photography, jewelry, oils, ceram-
                                                                                        Dunne and Louis LaBrie"                       from the white heat of the noon sun     the warm, peach-colored light re-         ics, and printmaking. The gallery is
                                                                                        The 2007 biennial contempo-                   and yellow-brown grass on the hills     flected in the water at that serene       located in a quiet, shady spot at 50
                                                                                        rary landscape exhibition                     to the cool, blue water of the pools    time of day.                              Lafayette Circle in the heart of
                                                                                        From June 2 to August 12                      and blue-green foliage of the pine      Artist JoAnn Lieberman is showing         Lafayette. Some like It Hot opened
                                                                                                                                      trees. One of the best ways to expe-    two new collages in the summer            June 5 and will run through Satur-
                                                     Now in Walnut Creek                     Hearst Art Gallery                       rience the exhibit is to start with a   exhibit. JoAnn ventured into gourd        day, August 4th. Exhibit hours are
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                                                                                    Life in LAMORINDA
                                                                                                                          Meet Tom Clements, Tutor Extraordinaire
                                                                                                                          By Sarah Henningsen, Campolindo
                                                                                                                              n an affluent community like
                                                                                                                          I   Lamorinda, the pressure
                                                                                                                          amoung youth and teenagers to
                                                                                                                          excel is high, especially when it
                                                                                                                          comes to academics. And with col-
                                                                                                                          lege admissions becoming increas-
                                                                                                                          ingly competitive year after year,
                                                                                                                          students often feel the need to spend
                                                                                                                          extra time outside of school to im-
                                                                                                                          prove their SAT scores and main-
                                                                                                                          tain solid grade point averages. The
                                                                                                                          various tutoring businesses that
Volunteers at work                                                                           Photos by Lee Borrowman      have sprung up throughout Lamor-
                                                                                                                          inda in recent years help to ease the
                            Moraga Tots Get Big Toys                                                                      stress and pressures high school stu-
                                                    By Lee Borrowman                                                      dents deal with daily. From small
    ts most satisfied customers                                                         toiled away on a glorious Sat-
I   may not even have been born
when discussions first began
                                                “Oh, who will help me?”
                                                cried Miss Penelope!                    urday under the direction of a
                                                                                        project manager supplied by
                                                                                                                          enterprises within the home to
                                                                                                                          large-scale organizations that cater
                                                                                                                          to hundreds of students, tutoring
                                                                                                                                                                   Tom Clements with wife Michi

                                                                                                                                                                   summarizing the main concepts of          begin the test with calmness and
                                                                                                                                                                   the chapter we happen to be going         ease. In addition, Tom is currently
around a possible upgrade to the                Enter the calvary!                      the vendor. Dale Walwark,         businesses are booming and help-         over for the week, clarifying the dif-    working on a new book, How to
Tot Lot at the Moraga Com-                            The Parks and Rec                 who coordinated the Kiwanis       ing many Lamorinda students re-          ficult sections and pointing out          Write a Killer SAT Essay in 25
mons last fall. But this past                   Foundation was able to donate           effort, said, “This town does     ceive the extra personalized             strategies for problem-solving. My        Minutes or Less, which is sched-
weekend, volunteers assembled                   $17,000 towards the match               not have the money or the         attention they seek.                     teaching style is casual, compre-         uled for publication in the upcom-
the new play ground equipment                                                           staff to make things like this           Private tutors are common in      hensive and straight-forward, a           ing months.
                                                because a generous donation
                                                                                                                          Lamorinda but usually only adver-        style high school kids can relate to.            Tutoring is no longer just for
which will be available to happy                was made to the Foundation              happen. We’ve always de-
                                                                                                                          tised by word-of-mouth. Moraga           Also, by teaching kids in small           failing students who need a leg up
toddlers just in time for the                   for this very purpose by the            pended heavily on volunteer       resident Tom Clements assists            groups, a team spirit evolves and         and some extra support outside the
opening of this summer’s Con-                   Mark Robeson family. The                labor and donations.” Looking     dozens of high school students from      kids benefit from the questions and       classroom environment—Lamor-
certs in the Park season on                     Moraga Women’s Society do-              around at row after row of        Campolindo and Miramonte high            comments brought up by other stu-         inda students of all ages, even those
Thursday.                                       nated another $4000, and the            plastic bags full of hundreds     schools. Providing classes ranging       dents in the group. I enjoy the inter-    with already stellar records, spend
       The cool new structures                  match was made. The excava-             of different small parts that     from physics and chemistry to ad-        action myself and that's one of the       hours with private tutors or in group
were purchased from Big Toys,                   tion that occurred in the days          somehow all managed to look       vanced calculus and SAT II prepa-        main reasons I teach group ses-           sessions to help them maintain solid
a purveyor of environmentally-                  leading up to last weekend              alike, Walwark joked, “It’s       ration, Tom is versatile tutor who is    sions."                                   grades. As Clements commented,
friendly play ground equipment.                 was done free of charge, by             every father’s Christmas          knowledgeable in many subjects                  A former Saint Mary’s Eng-         “It's unfortunate, but competition is
According to Parks and Recre-                                                           nightmare!”                       taught in the Acalanes District.         lish teacher and freelance writer,        unavoidable these days. That's one
                                                Moraga’s own Bay Area
                                                                                                                          Tom’s 4-6 person group tutorials         Tom brings special expertise to the       reason why tutors are in such de-
ation Director Penelope Leach,                  Drainage.                               There will be an official rib-
                                                                                                                          have proven to be extremely effec-       writing and grammar sections of the       mand; parents know that high
the structures are “made of                           But who was going to              bon-cutting ceremony before       tive and worthwhile, in comparison       SAT. His strategies for acing the         grade-point averages and good SAT
100% recycled materials, most                   build this new fantasy land?            the evening concert on June       to traditional one-on-one tutoring.      essay portion of the new SAT test         scores are paramount in determin-
of which is recycled milk car-                  Up to the plate stepped the Ki-         21, but the new and improved      He commented, "My approach is            have helped numerous students re-         ing which school their son or
tons,” are maintenance free and                 wanis Club. About twenty Ki-            Tot Lot will be open for busi-    much different than standard tutor-      ceive perfect scores to boost their       daughter gains admission to. In a
come with a 50 year warranty.                   wanis volunteers, and a                 ness in the meantime.             ing, which tends to focus on solving     overall total. By laying out several      perfect world, it would be other-
       Like many things that hap-               handful of younger dads,                                                  specific homework problems. I            simple steps in crafting a strong         wise. As it is, both parents and stu-
pen in our small community, this                                                                                          present material in lecture format,      essay, students have been able to         dents have to deal with the reality.
project was the result of the col-
                                                                                                                          HORSES WITH HEART: ORINDA’S GENTLE HEROES
lective volunteer efforts of many
supporters. The equipment was
                                                                                                                          ...continued from page 6
                                                                                                                          Program participation often leads        who wrote the first book on               this is what I want to do.”
purchased using funds from the                                                                                            to behavioral breakthroughs.             horsemanship. Three years later,                 “Horses are incredible ani-
Robert-Z’Berg grant, a per                                                                                                When Harry, a six year old boy           Xenophon leased their Orinda              mals that make a person feel they
capita grant that can only be                                                                                             from Orinda, came home from a            site from PG&E. The riding cen-           can do almost anything,” Lazarus
spent on recreation or recre-                                                                                             riding lesson his mother asked           ter now offers class sessions from        says. “They don’t care if you use
ational equipment. To qualify                                                                                             him how he did. “I am wonderful          June – November and is sup-               a wheelchair or if you cannot
for this funding, the Town had to                                                                                         at horseback riding,” he replied.        ported by five licensed instruc-          speak. Their unconditional devo-
present its proposal for state re-                                                                                        “This was the first time he had          tors and sixty dedicated                  tion is what makes therapeutic
view and approval. There is a                                                                                             said he was good at anything,”           volunteers.                               riding a joy for everyone.”
                                                                                                                          Lazarus says.                                   One avid volunteer, Terry          Xenophon Therapeutic Riding
matching funds requirement at-
                                                                                                                                As the parent of an autistic       Murphy, Orinda resident and               Center, 60 Don Gabriel Way,
tached to these grant monies, so                                                                                          child, Lazarus was acutely aware         Xenophon Board President, says:           Orinda. OPEN HOUSE, Satur-
the town had to go scouting for                                                                                           how few recreational classes             “When I want to know whether              day, June 24, 1:00-4:00 PM
an additional $21,000 to help                                                                                             were available for the disabled.         or not what I’m doing is worth-           For information contact Judy
fund the project.                                                                                                         She founded Xenophon in 1993,            while, I look at the smiles of the        Lazarus:
                                                                                                                          naming it after the Greek general        children on horseback and know            Website:

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                                                                                              What exactly will you do                 ferred maintenance items,              use many different criteria for                     his/her manner? Is he/she an
                                                                                        to expose my house to the                      freshen up your home and               pricing including comparable                        effective and articulate com-
                                                                                        most buyers? With the choice                   showcase it to its best advan-         sales in the surrounding geo-                       municator? What is the qual-
                                                                                        between a full-service broker-                 tage can bring you a higher            graphical area, square footage,                     ity of their marketing tools and
                                                                                        age and a limited-service one,                 price in less time.                    and amenities of the home.                          web presence? Ask for and
                                                                                        consumers need to understand                         How does the agent and           Ask for sound recent data.                          follow up with the agent’s ref-
                                                                                        there is a difference. The old                 their company assist in mini-                Finally remember this                         erence. Trust your gut, you
                                                                                        saying goes, you get what you                  mizing the Sellers’ risk when          person and their firm will be                       must feel comfortable with
                                                                                        pay for. Ask the sales associate               selling their home? We all             representing you and your                           this person because you are
                                                                                        for a specific marketing plan                  know that California is a con-         home to buyers and agents. Is                       entrusting them with one of
                                                                                        which should include an action                 sumer protection state. This is        this agent professional in their                    your most precious assets
                                                                                        plan calendar, direct mail pro-                an important but frequently            appearance and confident in                         …your home.
                                                                                        gram, open houses, broker net-                 overlooked question. Sellers
                                                                                        working, local media and                       need to be sure when they

B     uying or selling a home is
      usually the largest, most
complicated financial transac-
                                      between the two of you.
                                            There are a number of
                                      variables in selecting the right
                                                                                        internet exposure. The major-
                                                                                        ity of buyers in Lamorinda in
                                                                                                                                       close the sale of their home
                                                                                                                                       that they are in compliance
                                                                                        today’s market come from out                   with all local, state and federal
tion any of us will ever make,        agent to sell your home. The                      of the area. What will the agent               requirements. An experienced,
so selecting the right real estate    resources and stability of the                    do to reach those buyers and                   well informed agent should be
professional to assist you is         company, a sales associate’s                      what will they expect you to                   confident in answering this
critical. Not all real estate         experience and market knowl-                      do? Beware of agents who                       question. They should have
agents are the same and in a          edge, his or her success rate                     think it is a good idea to keep                your protection “top of mind”.
very competitive industry with        and professionalism will all                      your listing “in-house”. Re-                   It is important to ask your
so many choices available to          have a significant impact on                      member, generally the more                     agent what steps they plan to
consumers. How do you find            the decision-making process.                      people who see your home the                   take to make sure you are in
the best agent for you?                     There are several critical                  higher the price you will re-                  compliance. A good agent will
      A good place to start is        elements in selling your home;                    ceive                                          take the time to go through the
by interviewing a number of           receiving the highest price                             How exactly will the                     many disclosures and statutory
real estate professionals, much       with acceptable terms and                         agent help you prepare your                    obligations that government
as you would interview poten-         managing your legal risk. You                     home for sale? It is very im-                  agencies require. A note of
tial employees for a job open-        want to determine that your                       portant to do some preparation                 caution, every year these re-
ing, before making your final         real estate agent has strategies                  before putting your home on                    quirements change so be sure
decision. By opening up a             for these in place when repre-                    the market for buyers to see. A                that the company you choose
good dialogue, you can begin          senting you.                                      good agent will take you                       has a good legal department
to determine what specific                  The following are some                      through the process; they can                  with up to date information.                                                                                            VOTED
services the agent will provide       questions I’d recommend you                       recommend reliable and rep-                          What systems do you use                                                                                        LAMO
for their fees, their professional    ask any real estate professional                  utable resources for repairs, in-              to determine price? Pricing is

knowledge and expertise and           before hiring them to sell your                   spections and staging. Taking                  the critical element in any real
whether there is a good rapport       home.                                             the time to repair those de-                   estate sale. A good agent will                                                          (925)
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                                         Home sales are compiled by Cal REesource, an Oakland real estate information company.          also available online, just
                                         Sale prices are computed from the county transfer tax information shown on the deeds           as it appears in print.
                                         that record at close of escrow and are published five to eight weeks after such recording.
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    17 Beaumont Court, $875,000, 3 Bdrms, 1561 SqFt, 1965 YrBlt, 5-18-07
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    3333 Beechwood Drive, $745,000, 3 Bdrms, 1474 SqFt, 1941 YrBlt, 5-11-07                                                             (a pdf reader is re-
    60 Carolyn Court, $725,000, 3 Bdrms, 927 SqFt, 1951 YrBlt, 5-15-07                                                                  quired to
    3396 East Terrace, $986,000, 3 Bdrms, 1301 SqFt, 1955 YrBlt, 5-23-07                                                                view the pages.)
    1194 Glen Road, $1,200,000, 3 Bdrms, 1809 SqFt, 1950 YrBlt, 5-17-07
    695 Glenside Drive, $815,000, 2 Bdrms, 1814 SqFt, 1946 YrBlt, 5-11-07
    3767 Happy Valley Road, $1,360,000, 4 Bdrms, 2973 SqFt, 1989 YrBlt, 5-23-07
    4058 Happy Valley Road, $1,950,000, 4 Bdrms, 2185 SqFt, 1983 YrBlt, 5-23-07
    3951 Los Arabis Drive, $835,000, 4 Bdrms, 1737 SqFt, 1959 YrBlt, 5-21-07
    1107 Magnolia Lane, $975,000, 3 Bdrms, 1652 SqFt, 1954 YrBlt, 5-9-07
    2 Middle Road, $1,150,000, 3 Bdrms, 2340 SqFt, 1948 YrBlt, 5-15-07                                                                                                                  Total Clean 376-1004
    820 Mountain View Drive, $1,015,000, 4 Bdrms, 1885 SqFt, 1965 YrBlt, 5-17-07
    3279 Mt. Diablo Court #12, $710,000, 3 Bdrms, 1752 SqFt, 1987 YrBlt, 5-22-07
    3279 Mt. Diablo Court #8, $606,500, 3 Bdrms, 1731 SqFt, 1986 YrBlt, 5-23-07
    1901 Reliez Valley Road, $1,385,000, 4 Bdrms, 4005 SqFt, 1988 YrBlt, 5-9-07
    1224 Upper Happy Valley Road, $1,040,000, 3 Bdrms, 1635 SqFt, 1936 YrBlt, 5-22-07                                                                      CANYON CONSTRUCTION
    1054 Vista Bella, $1,550,000, 4 Bdrms, 3542 SqFt, 1977 YrBlt, 5-14-07
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    744 Augusta Drive, $805,000, 2 Bdrms, 2079 SqFt, 1974 YrBlt, 5-18-07
    1380 Camino Peral, $533,000, 2 Bdrms, 1126 SqFt, 1971 YrBlt, 5-10-07
    1476 Camino Peral #A, $407,000, 1 Bdrms, 951 SqFt, 1970 YrBlt, 5-22-07
    89 David Drive, $1,040,000, 4 Bdrms, 2544 SqFt, 1971 YrBlt, 5-11-07
    20 Dickenson Drive, $867,000, 4 Bdrms, 1977 SqFt, 1960 YrBlt, 5-22-07
    39 Lenelle Court, $1,005,000, 4 Bdrms, 1710 SqFt, 1969 YrBlt, 5-18-07
    401 Woodminster Drive, $580,000, 2 Bdrms, 1474 SqFt, 1974 YrBlt, 5-9-07
    120 Camino Sobrante, $2,100,000, 3 Bdrms, 3197 SqFt, 1941 YrBlt, 5-15-07
    66 La Campana Road, $1,961,000, 4 Bdrms, 3391 SqFt, 1956 YrBlt, 5-18-07
    40 Lucille Way, $335,000, 5-9-07
    292 Moraga Way, $1,275,000, 5 Bdrms, 2923 SqFt, 1967 YrBlt, 5-22-07
    124 Orchard Road, $1,100,000, 4 Bdrms, 2333 SqFt, 1949 YrBlt, 5-16-07
    4 Southwood Court, $860,000, 3 Bdrms, 1573 SqFt, 1938 YrBlt, 5-10-07
    69 Southwood Drive, $1,485,000, 3 Bdrms, 2926 SqFt, 1950 YrBlt, 5-16-07
    17 Tappan Lane, $2,400,000, 6 Bdrms, 3503 SqFt, 1973 YrBlt, 5-23-07
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              School is out - yeah!                                                                                        Have fun, kids!                                                        Lamorinda Weekly team

What Local Kids are Doing for Fun This Summer!                                                                                                                                                             was when, driving at about
During the last week of school, we sent a few intrepid junior reporters out into the field to ask their
friends the question: What are YOU doing for fun this summer? (For security reasons, our reporters                                                                                                         30 mph, the whole troop
were instructed not to collect full names or vacation dates).                                                                                                                                              rode by with two center bik-
Here’s what we found out!                                                                                                                                                                                  ers standing on their seats
Brian Chan reports from Stanley:
                                                                                                                                                                                                           and saluting. The police of-
  Carson: “Chillin!”                                                                                                                                                                                       ficers ended their presenta-
  Samson: “Watching movies.”                                                                                                                                                                               tion by handing out stickers
  Emily: “I'm hanging with my friends.”                                                                                                                                                                    to the students. Carol Scott,
  Bryce: “Swimming!”                                                                                                                                                                                       4th grade teacher at Camino
Stanley vacation destinations include: Denver and Pismo Beach                                                                                                                                              Pablo, explains: “This is a
Jennifer Chan reports from Springhill:                                                                                                                                                                     wonderful way to bring the
                                                                                                                        The Motorcycle Drill Team: Don't try this at home!       Photo Tod Fierner         community together, to
  Taylor: “I'm going to basketball and soccer camp.”
  Alta: “I'm going to a wedding and I can't wait!”                                                                                                                                                         show positive role models to
  Maddy: “We're going swimming with Grandma.”                                                                                                                                                              the kids. Hopefully, they’ll
  Molly: “I'm swimming and I'm doing piano. I think that's it.”                                                                                                                                            continue to look up to po-
  Amelia: “I'm doing a gymnastic tournament and I'm really excited!”                                                                                                                                       licemen into their teen
  Heather: “I'm sleeping and going to 4-H camp.”                                                                                                                                                           years.”
Springhill vacation destinations include: Oregon and Canada
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 The Motorcycle Drill
Amanda Griggs and Shayan Tajbakhsh report from JM:                                                                                                                                                         Team, making its second
 Nate: “ Boy Scout camp.”                                                                                                                                                                                  appearance at CP, is part of
 Jessie: “Swimming.”                                                                                                                                                                                       the      Oakland      Police
 Maura: “Summer camp.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Department and is led by
 Rachel: “Swim team.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Captain Dave Kozicki,
 Caroline: “Sports camp.”
 Joelle: “Volleyball camp.”                                                                                                                                                                                whose kids attend the
                                                                                                                        Students get a chance to check out the bikes             Photo Tod Fierner         school. Officers in the team
 ”Nicky: “Stuff!”
JM vacation destinations include: Massachusetts, England,                                                               “Kings of the Road” at CP                                                          do traffic enforcement and
New York, Hawaii, Los Angeles, Costa Rica, Washington and Japan.                                                        By Sophie Bracinni                                                                 the drill team keeps their
                                                                                                                                hen the cohort of 20          ballet of twirls, figures and                skills sharp. Drill teams
Ava Tajbakhsh and Hana Sun report from Los Perales:
  Derek: “Swim Team!”
  Taylor: “I’m going to camp.”
                                                                                                                        W       motorbikes roared
                                                                                                                        past Camino Pablo School,
                                                                                                                                                              accelerations; a perfect
                                                                                                                                                              demonstration of skill and
                                                                                                                                                                                                           have been in existence since
                                                                                                                                                                                                           the late 1940’s and there are
  Shelby: “I’m going hiking!”                                                                                           the 411 kids who were sit-            control. Just like horses at                 only a few of them in the
  Sean: “I’m going to the zoo.”                                                                                         ting on the side walks on             the parade or airplanes trac-                U.S. The Oakland group
LP vacation destinations include: grandparent’s house,                                                                  both sides of the road                ing figures in the sky, the 22               does about 10 performances
a cruise ship, Disney World, China and Chincoteague.                                                                    cheered in delight.      The          bikers grazed by each other,                 a year, and they’ve been as
Tanya Salmeron reports from OIS:                                                                                        Motorcycle Drill Team from            vaulting gracefully. The                     far away as Los Angeles and
  Emily: “I’m going to Camp Kennolyn and Foothill with a group of friends.”                                             Oakland was starting its              most impressive moment                       Washington, D.C.
  Sarah: “Splashing in the pool is what I will be doing this summer.”                                                   demonstration. The sun was
  Emily: “I’m going on the OIS class trip to Costa Rica and getting to know hot guys!”                                  bright on Wednesday morn-
  Jane Doe: Okay, we’re not going to directly quote “Jane”, who is spending much of her                                 ing, and the 22 Harley Road           UPHOLSTERY SPECIALIST
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in the world Odyssey of the Mind
                                        In this problem, teams create and
                                        present a performance of a trip
                                                                               inda teams placed in the top three
                                                                               in their division at the East Bay Re-
creative problem-solving compe-         around the world that includes         gional Tournament at College Park
tition in East Lansing Michigan         stops at three locations, two real     High School. Each of these teams
over Memorial Day Weekend.              and one imaginary. The Happy           then went on to place second in
       The Moraga Rotary Team A         Valley team’s performance used         their division at the California State
from Joaquin Moraga Intermediate        pen and pencil characters that trav-   Tournament in Visalia.
School placed 5th out of 50 teams       eled to Pennsylvania and to the               A total of 12 teams from the
in the problem entitled “The Large      imaginary pen and pencil land.         East Bay competed at the world
and Small of It.” This problem re-             The other two Lamorinda         tournament in Michigan this year.         5/8" x 75'
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The Moraga team used a James            problem, teams create and present      Ramon Valley High School in
Bond theme for its performance.         an original humorous performance       Alamo, and Glenview Elementary
       The Happy Valley Elemen-         that includes a self-centered char-    School in Oakland, each placed
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67 teams in the problem entitled        tage of others three times.

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Global Relief Outreach:                                                                                                  Colleges of Choice for Lamorinda Seniors
                                                                                                                         ...continued from page 1
Stanley Students Take on the World                                                                                       For example, last year 12 stu-          of Colorado, Boulder for
By Lee Borrowman                                                                                                         dents went to USC, this year            Campolindo and Miramonte,
     our years ago, Stanley           Foundation and the Nature                   ganizations with which they are
F    Spanish and History
teacher Jack Walton responded
                                            GRO disburses funds to
                                                                                  familiar. For example, science
                                                                                  teacher Dianne Chandler’s
                                                                                                                         only 1. The difference could
                                                                                                                         be attributed to the price,
                                                                                                                                                                 and University of Arizona for
                                                                                                                                                                 Acalanes.      University of
                                                                                                                         which just went up to $50,000           Washington and Oregon State
to an inquiry from some stu-          several charitable and relief or-           daughter Cassie introduced the
                                                                                                                         per year.” In addition, the             also will have a handful of
dents, wondering how to help a        ganizations each year. This                 students to ACE Africa, and
                                                                                                                         “friend factor” can help rule           Lamorinda students.
couple of international charities,    year’s biggest beneficiary, re-             Walton has had a long involve-
                                                                                                                         out a school if a student has a              Terrence O’Neill and          Harvard is the destination of 3,
by organizing a student-led club      ceiving $7300, was Contra                   ment with Amigos Anonymous.
                                                                                                                         number of pals planning on at-          Taylor Neason are both the         8 at Stanford, 9 at St. Mary’s
called Global Relief Outreach         Costa County’s Shelter, Inc.,               These personal contacts help in-
                                                                                                                         tending. “Overall kids are              lucky recipients of track          in Moraga, and one or more
(GRO). A natural step for Wal-        which offers support services to            sure that only reputable organi-
                                                                                                                         looking for a new experi-               scholarships at Syracuse and       students at the following:
ton, who has been actively in-        homeless individuals and fami-              zations are supported. The
                                                                                                                         ence,” says Carrel.                     Penn, respectively. While          Baylor, Brigham Young, Co-
volved in social justice and          lies. The impressive list of or-            students decide as a group what
                                                                                                                               With regard to out of             they were happy to receive the     lumbia, Duke, Earlham,
charity relief programs for most      ganizations to which GRO                    fund-raising activities to pursue
                                                                                                                         state public schools, the unan-         scholarships, Taylor expresses     Georgetown, MIT, Notre
of his life, GRO offers an oppor-     made contributions this school              and to which organizations they
tunity for Stanley students to        year includes UNICEF, the                   wish to give.
                                                                                                                         imous choice was University             both boys sentiment, “They         Dame, NYU, Oberlin, Pep-
make a big difference in the          Kerewan Nursery School in                          This year’s list of fundrais-   of Oregon, Acalanes has 17              own you.”                          perdine, Reed, Tulane, Van-
lives of children who live under      Gambia, ACE Africa (Action in               ing activities included the sale of    students going there, Mira-                  Looking at private            derbilt, and many, many
conditions that most Lamorinda        the Community Environment,                  hot soup at lunch, a school-wide       monte, 13, and Campolindo 9.            schools across the country, our    others.
middle-school students have           which works with orphaned and               dance, a walk-a-thon, a canned         Second place was University             students are all over the map.
never experienced.                    vulnerable children) in Kenya,              food drive and a coin drive.
                                                                                  Through their combined activi-                                   Congratulations Class of 2007
                                                                                  ties, Global Relief Outreach
                                                                                  raised an astonishing $23,000                                                      Acalanes             Campolindo             Miramonte
                                                                                  this year.
                                                                                                                         % Going to College                   96.5%                          96%                    99%
                                                                                         The 20-25 members of
                                                                                                                         % Going to 4-Year School             73.5%                          82%                    85%
                                                                                  GRO meet weekly at lunch time
                                                                                                                         % Going to 2-Year School              23%                           18%                    14%
                                                                                  during the school year to plan
                                                                                                                         % at a Univ. of California            25%                           22%                    25%
                                                                                  fund-raising activities and dis-
                                                                                                                         % at a California State University    22%                           16%                    18%
                                                                                  cuss the many possible recipi-
                                                                                                                         Most Popular UC                      Davis                        Berkeley              Santa Cruz
                                                                                  ents of the proceeds. Meetings
                                                                                                                         Second Most Popular UC             Berkeley                      Santa Cruz               Davis
                                                                                  are conducted under a loose in-
                                                                                                                         Most Popular CSU                   Cal Poly –                     Cal Poly –             Sonoma
                                                                                  terpretation of the rules of Par-
                                                                                                                                                         San Luis Obispo                San Luis Obispo
                                                                                  liamentary procedure, and Matt
GRO members Hanna Borosky, Erin Grant and Katie Waal                              Zelin, the current Club Presi-         Second Most Popular CSU              Chico                          Chico               Cal Poly –
                                                                                  dent, waits more or less patiently                                                                                          San Luis Obispo
                                                                                  for members to “move” and
                                                                                  “second” a motion before pro-
                                                                                  ceeding to a vote.
                                                                                         When first asked why they
                                                                                  spend so many of their lunch
                                                                                  hours engaged in these activi-
                                                                                  ties, the students gave the stan-
                                                                                  dard middle-school reply,
                                                                                  “Because it’s fun!” But there’s
                                                                                  more to these kids than hanging
                                                                                  out with friends and planning
                                                                                  activities. Erin Grant first joined
GRO President Matt Zelin                                                          GRO because she was on the
      “GRO responds to both           the J.F. Kapnek Trust in Zim-               Student Council and that illus-
global and local issues,”             babwe, Amigos Anonymous                     trious body asked her to do so;
explains Walton. “In the past         and an orphanage in Mexico, a               two years later, she’s still in
we’ve supported organizations         school in Columbia, Heifer In-              GRO because she enjoys
that were engaged in tsunami          ternational (working to alleviate           “working with friends and class-
relief efforts, aiding Katrina        world hunger) and the Contra                mates to help others.”
victims or caring for displaced       Costa County Food Bank.                            GRO has received well-
children in Darfur. We have sent            The group receives guid-              deserved recognition for its ef-
funds to the Peace Corp for a         ance from Walton and several                forts by the Peace Corp and the
library in Honduras, and made         other teachers who often bring              Contra Costa County Board of
donations to the Susan G.             ideas to the table, as well as in-          Supervisors.
Komen        Breast      Cancer       formation on various relief or-

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                                                                                                                         or in gingham, aprons and
                                                                                                                                                                 their hats. Classroom lights
                                                                                                                                                                 were left off.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    slates. Ramirez also read
                                                                                                                                                                                                    aloud to the class, conducted
                                                         Saturday 8AM - 5:30PM                        CLEANERS
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We                                                                                                                       Margrethe Ramirez’s 3rd                 rote memorization and              led the children in a lively
our                         568 Center Street, Moraga • 925-631-0560                                                     grade class at Los Perales              recitation practices of the        game of Ring Toss, among
customers                                                                                                                last week got a little taste of         day, Ramirez asked her stu-        numerous other activities.
                                                                                                                         what life may have been like            dents to learn a short poem              The students prepared

                                                                                                                         for students in the days of             for their homework. The fol-       for the simulation by study-
                                                                                                                         one-room school houses,                 lowing day, each and every         ing about the pioneers. They
                                                                                                                         goose-quill pens and dunce              child in turn stood alone at       read books such as “Sarah,

                summer school 2007                                                                                       caps.
                                                                                                                              For two days, the stu-
                                                                                                                                                                 the front of the classroom
                                                                                                                                                                 and recited the poem. A
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Plain and Tall,” and a sec-
                                                                                                                                                                                                    tion of their social studies
                                                                                                                         dents and their teacher                 round of applause rewarded         textbook entitled, “If You
                                                              Session 1: June 18 - July 10                               dressed for their roles as pi-          a successful attempt. When         Traveled West in a Covered
                                                              Session 2: July 12 - August 3                              oneers. Children were as-               one slipped up, the entire         Wagon.”
                                                                  9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.                                  signed parts to play as                 class recited the poem again.            Although technology
                                                                                                                         members of various pioneer              Twenty students and half           did occasionally intrude, in
                                                        • Earn High School Credit                                        families, from poor immi-               again as many recitations          the form of period music
                                                        • Algebra 1 & 2, Geometry                                        grant farmers to shopkeep-              later, it seemed unlikely that     emanating from a cd player,
                                                        • English. U.S. History                                          ers and wealthy ranchers.               any would ever forget              Ramirez successfully cre-
                                                        • Basic Skills Review for Middle School                               The usual clustered                “Trees.”                           ated as real an historical ex-
                                                        • College Prep Requirements                                      table groups were separated                   Quill pens proved to be      perience as children in a
                                                        • Yoga Focusing Class                                            and lined up to resemble                something of a challenge for       modern classroom could
                                                        • One-on-One Interaction with Teacher                            rows of benches, on which               many of the students. Fortu-       have , as evidenced by the
                                                        • Small Class Size                                               sat the children ordered by             nately for their parents, the      excitement of the students
                                                                                                                         age and gender. Girls were              children were armed only           for the project and their sub-
                                                                                                                         allowed to go first in every-           with washable ink. Needle-         sequent renewed apprecia-
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       Protect Your Eyes from Harmful UV Rays This Summer                                                     Helping the Environment and Children,
                             “Sunglasses-Don’t be in the Dark”                                                One Book at a Time
                 By Dr. Kristine Eng, Dr. Weylin Eng, and Dr. Kelly Shintani                                  Submitted by Heather O’Donnell
                                                                                                                    ur local schools are          parent, picks up the used       for school children, scout
                                  Orinda Optometry Group
Did you know that ultraviolet (UV) radiation              led to increased levels of UV exposure. Al-
                                                                                                              O     saving thousands of
                                                                                                              books from the landfill by
                                                                                                                                                  books from the schools and
                                                                                                                                                  delivers them to Books for
                                                                                                                                                                                  troops and even birthday
                                                                                                                                                                                  parties for kids to learn
from the sun can damage your eyes as well as              though the level of ultraviolet radiation is at
your skin? According to the American Opto-                least three times higher in the summer              donating them to Books for          the Barrios. He has been the    about children in the Philip-
metric Association (AOA), exposure to ultra-              months than during the winter months, UV            the Barrios, a Concord char-        delivery person for Lamor-      pines who are just like them
violet (UV) rays from the sun can harm the                rays can still be potent on cloudy days and         ity organization that builds        inda schools’ library books     and about the importance of
eyes, affect your vision, and cause sunburn of            proper eye and skin protection is always a          school libraries in the             and textbooks for the past      re-using and recycling. As
both the skin and the cornea of the eye, even             good idea.                                          Philippines. Alberta Fal-           ten years. He got involved      part of the experience the
on an overcast day. Over time, unprotected                Keep these tips in mind when you’re out in          cone, the textbook coordina-        in the program because he       children bring their own
exposure to the sun can increase your risk of             the sun this summer:                                tor for the Moraga School           was an American Airlines        used books to the ware-
cataracts, age related macular degeneration                   1) Choose sunglasses that fit close to          District, has been donating         pilot with Dan Harrington,      house, pack them into
and blindness.                                                your face or have wraparound frames,            to Books for the Barrios for        co-founder of the charity.      boxes, decorate the outside
     You may be especially susceptible to sun-                and are made of lenses with 100 %               many years. “Over the               “Frank is always willing to     of the boxes that will be-
related eye damage if you:                                    UVA and UVB protection;                         years, the Moraga School            pick up the books and take      come the Filipino children’s
Spend long hours in the sun or are exposed                    2) Wear a wide-brimmed hat or cap,              District has donated thou-          them to our Concord ware-       desk, and then load them
to UV radiation - skiers, fishers, boaters,                      which keeps out sunlight from di             sands of used textbooks and         house,” says Nancy Har-         onto pallets. While having a
mountain climbers, dentists, welders                             rectly overhead.                             library books to Books for          rington, the co-founder,        traditional snack of dried
     Have had cataract surgery or have been                   3) Never look directly at the sun — even        the Barrios. Just this past         President and Executive Di-     mangos and pineapple juice,
diagnosed with certain retinal conditions                     through sunglasses — because doing              May, close to 4 pallets of          rector of Books for the Bar-    the children watch a slide
Are taking certain medications such as tetra-                 so can cause permanent eye damage.              textbooks were delivered to         rios.                           show about daily school life
cycline, sulfa drugs, birth control pills, diuret-            4) When selecting sunglasses,
                                                                                                              them with probably another                Nancy Harrington and      in the Philippines. Harring-
ics and tranquilizers                                            remember that a dark sunglass lens
                                                                                                              4 pallets ready to be deliv-        Dan, her husband, started       ton introduces herself with
     More importantly, infants and children are                  does not necessarily have UV
                                                                                                              ered      in     September.”        Books for the Barrios           the traditional Filipino
especially susceptible to eye damage from                        protection, and that a polarized lens
the sun since the lens in their eyes do not                      is recommended to cut glare from
                                                                                                              Lafayette School District           twenty years ago after they     greeting and then shows
block as much UV radiation as in adults and                   sand, snow, and water.                          has donated used textbooks,         were stationed in the Philip-   them homemade dolls and
can result in damage to the eyes. Fortunately,            In addition, be sure to receive routine com-        pilot teaching materials,           pines in the Navy. The local    toys that Filipino children
it’s never too late to begin protecting the eyes          prehensive eye exams. It’s a good way to            DVDs and workbooks to               schools were filled with        have made. Nancy teaches
from the sun’s harmful rays.                              monitor eye health, maintain good vision,           Books for the Barrios.              children that wanted to learn   the children a Filipino folk
     UV protection is more important now                  and keep up to date on the latest in UV radi-       “Whenever the district ap-          but didn’t have any chil-       song and one lucky singer
than ever since the thinning ozone layer has              ation protection.                                   proves a new curriculum,            dren’s books for them to        will even get to hold an au-
                                                                                                              many companies send pilot           read. Nancy and Dan used        thentic vacual or hand-made
                                                                                                              materials to us in hopes that       their local expertise in the    umbrella. “I learned that the
                                                                                                              we select their texts for the       Philippines to partner with     Philippines need more
                                                                                                              new program. Next year,             government authorities to       books, so me and my class
                                                                                                              we will be donating Science         build school libraries in the   boxed some books for the
                                                                                                              materials.” Sandy Camp-             remotest islands by sending     Philippines. I feel happy that
                                                                                                              bell, district coordinator,         used children’s books from      we are helping the Philip-
                                                                                                              said. Orinda schools also           the U.S. Every year, Books      pines to have more of the
                                                                                                              donate materials to Books           for the Barrios diverts over    things that we have,” said a
                                                                                                              for the Barrios, according to       300,000 pounds of books         visiting fifth grader. For
                                                                                                              Carolyn Maxwell, who co-            and materials that otherwise    more information on the
                                                                                                              ordinates the program for           would be sent to landfills.     Books for the Barrios, the
                                                                                                              the Orinda School District.               Besides collecting used   website is booksforthebar-
                                                                                                                    Frank Jackson, a for-         textbooks, Books for the
                                                                                                              mer Moraga School District          Barrios also has field trips

                                                                                                              8 New Moraga Eagle Scouts
                                                                                                              By Steve Angelides

Dr. Kelly Shintani, Dr. Weylin Eng holding Peirson and Dr. Kristine Eng.jpg

How to Access your Computer from Anywhere for Free
By Edward Zeidan, Nerd4Rent
Have you ever wished you               ating a computer passcode
could access your home or              (password). Next, you install
work computer when you’re              a small program on your
not there? Let’s take a couple         computer (be sure to check
of common examples: You’re             with your IT department at
on vacation, and you want to           work before installing any-
check your home email, or              thing on a work computer).
you’re at home and want to                  Make sure to leave your
work on a spreadsheet that’s           computer turned on and con-
on your work computer. Per-            nected to The Internet when
haps you’d like to answer              you want to remotely access                                            Troop 246 Eagle Scouts (L to R): Hyder Ramatala, Kyle Morton
your work email from Star-             it. Logmein is very secure.            Edward Zeidan                   (posthumously), Stephen Kuypers, Tristan Jones, Ryan Hoyt, Derek
bucks.                                 Logmein uses ultra-high 256                                            Hellender, Richard Hardy, Peter Geoghegan
                                                                              and have access to all your
                                                                                                                   oy Scout Troop 246             posthumously. The crowd         who were present stand and
      There is a way! Using
the latest remote-control tech-
nology, you can be anywhere
                                       bit encryption, which is
                                       higher than most banks use
                                       for online banking or credit
                                                                              files and programs.
                                                                                    There is a slight de-     B    presented Boy Scout's
                                                                                                              highest award, Eagle Scout,
                                                                                                                                                  gave a standing ovation to
                                                                                                                                                  Kyle's parents, Brian and
                                                                                                                                                                                  join the new Eagle recipi-
                                                                                                                                                                                  ents in the Eagle dedication
                                                                              crease in speed using logmein
in the world and actually use          card purchases.                        vs sitting at your computer,    to 8 men at an Eagle Court          Cynthia Morton, when            pledge. Afterward, Fr. Min-
your own computer. You have                 When you’re away from             but it’s a small price to pay   of Honor convened by Na-            St.Monica's pastor, Fr. Paul    nihan delivered the benedic-
complete access to your files,         your computer, you just go to          for the luxury of having any-   tional Boy Scout President          Minnihan, presented them        tion in the rear courtyard in
programs, pictures, email—    and enter              where/anytime access to your    Rick Cronk before a full            with Eagle pins. The new        honor of Kyle Morton, who
even your printer. Now here’s          your username and password.            computer.                       crowd of family and friends         Eagle Scouts were intro-        had completed his Eagle
the best part—it’s free.               You’ll see a list of your com-               Logmein requires a PC,    at St.Monica’s earlier this         duced by Scoutmaster Pat        service project by repairing
      So how does this magic           puters. Click the one you              and a high-speed Internet       spring.                             Geoghegan and Assistant         the benches in that court-
happen? You simply create a            want to access and enter the           connection, such as DSL, or          One of the Eagle award         Scoutmaster Mike Rijavek.       yard. A reception followed
free account with logmein,             passcode. Sometimes, log-              cable. To download a free       recipients, Kyle Morton, had             At the conclusion of       in the St. Monica Peace
( This in-            mein will ask to install a             logmein cheat sheet, please     passed away on January 13,          the ceremony Cronk had all      Room, hosted by the parents
volves creating a username,            small program on the com-              go to         so his award was presented          the Eagle Scouts of all ages    of the new Eagle Scouts.
such as your email address,            puter. Next you’ll see your            and click freestuff.
creating a password, and cre-          very own computer screen

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Casa Orinda Celebrates its 75th                                                      Holly Penfield—
Birthday                                                                             International Entertainer Returns Home
By Sophie Bracinni                                                                   By Randolph L. Tom
Secret fried chicken recipe, juicy steaks, ham and eggs, guns, moose head,
and incredible stories make up the spirit of Casa Orinda, the oldest continu-
ously operated restaurant in Contra Costa County. Last Wednesday, the
Orinda Historical Society honored John Goyak and his sister Charlotte, pres-
ent owners, as they talked about life at the Casa. The restaurant is a landmark
where generations of Orinda residents and Contra Costa diners have come
to eat at their favorite tables; a place where politics are discussed and romantic
involvements interlace.
            Jack Snow came from Montana to Orinda in the early 1930’s to
work on the Caldecott Tunnel. Jack was a social man, he enjoyed company
and a good time and since there was not much in that category at the time in
Orinda, he decided to start his own restaurant. In 1932, he opened Casa
Orinda where it stands today. At the time the restaurant was surrounded by
grazing land and a few trees. The bar was a rallying place for the cowboys
and a location to eat and catch up with friends. There was a rotisserie in the
back and you could be served chicken, beef… but no lamb It was cowboy
food, some of which can still be found there today.
            John asked his brother Tommy to join in and manage the place.
History has it that Tommy was a gambler and all kinds of games took place
upstairs. At the time, “Crossroads” restaurants, like Casa Orinda, were con-
sidered “out of bounds,” with poker and slot machines flourishing up to the          Holly, a London Sensation                                        Holly at 18                                                 Holly performing at the Orinda House, May 25
1950’s. People say that Tommy Snow might have been playing a dangerous                                                                                                                                                                         Photo Rick Konlon
                                                                                     One time rock 'n roller Holly Pen-                 producers Mike Chapman and               also has an active musical career as                knows that performing locally to
game when in 1965 he was found murdered in his car. His killer has never
                                                                                     field is a local success story with an             Nicky Chinn, who were responsi-          part of Pink Floyd's Roger Walters’                 support the businesses that make up
been found.
                                                                                     enviable history as an international               ble for producing multimillion dol-      touring band. Like most perform-                    the community is extremely impor-
                                                                                     entertainer. Raised in the East Bay,               lar sellers for cutting edge women       ers, they check their Blackberries to               tant to maintain its vitality. As Holly
                                                                                     honing her singing and writing                     rockers like Pat Benatar, Tina           see when they'll see each other.                    indicated, "Orinda is home for me,
                                                                                     skills while at Campolindo in Mor-                 Turner and Deborah Harry of                     London has been good to                      and I'd like to eventually return. The
                                                                                     aga, Holly has returned home to                    Blondie.                                 Holly, where she has been headlin-                  Orinda House is a great forum to
                                                                                     perform in cabaret style at the                            Inspired by the singing and      ing for a decade in venues through-                 perform to an intimate crowd and
                                                                                     Orinda House for several dates in                  writing of one of New York's leg-        out Europe, bringing her acclaimed                  I'd like to do my best to support its
                                                                                     June before she heads back to her                  endary women singer-songwriters,         “Fragile Human Monster Show” to                     owner, Ron Bonner, to help ensure
                                                                                     adopted home of London, England.                   Laura Nero, Holly spent some time        an enthusiastic and appreciative au-                its viability."
                                                                                            While being trained and nur-                in New York City, paying her dues        dience. In so doing, Holly has made                        With her eyes firmly focused
                                                                                     tured as a singer by the legendary                 while writing a vast collection of       the successful transition from pop                  on that goal, Holly is actively look-
                                                                                     Judy Davis, the voice coach for                    both pop and more self expressive        rock singer-songwriter to jazz and                  ing to renew her career in the States,
                                                                                     Barbra Streisand and Frank Sinatra,                personal songs. With her music           cabaret performer. With her loyal                   this time emphasizing her ample
                                                                                     among others, Holly began her pro-                 sensibilities changing in the rock 'n    following in the UK, where she has                  entertainer skills in combination
                                                                                     fessional singing career at the tender             roll life of hanging with the stars of   played for many of that country's                   with her formidable singing capa-
                                                                                     age of 13, leading her band, Love                  the day, Holly was enticed to seek       dignitaries, including Prince                       bilities. As she looks for profes-
Artifacts and memorabilia from the Casa Orinda
                                                                                     Agency, and playing multiple                       her fame and fortune and stake her       Charles and Princess Diana, Holly                   sional representation in the States,
                                                                                     shows throughout the Bay area. At                  career in London. To satisfy her         is able to claim a home at the pres-                Holly hopes to build on her well-
           Jack had to take the reins back, but he looked for a partner to man-
                                                                                     that time of musical history in the                recording commitment with her            tigious Dorchester on Park Lane                     developed reputation as an exciting
age the place. At that time the Board of Supervisors used to have dinner at
                                                                                     early 70s, like a lot of young                     Los Angeles label, Holly sought a        where she performs to loyal patrons                 cabaret and burlesque entertainer
the Casa after their meetings. Some say that’s where the real business was
                                                                                     singers, Holly stuck to playing cov-               producer who understood her              such as Shirley Bassey, Lionel                      and dynamic singer, as evidenced
done. That’s how Jack met and befriended Superintendent Ivan Goyak, John
                                                                                     ers of rock 'n roll classics for "chick            music and need for expression. As        Ritchie and Kate Moss.                              by her latest CD "Holly’s Hot
and Charlotte’s father, and proposed to take him on as a partner. John Goyak
                                                                                     singers." Moving from Linda Ron-                   fate would have it, Holly not only              In bringing her energetic                    Spot." In addition to her Father's
started part time in the kitchen when he was still a student and Charlotte did
                                                                                     stadt's "Different Drummer" to                     identified a great producer for her      cabaret style to her hometown,                      Day performance, you can see
the hosting. At the time, the Casa was serving 2 breakfasts, lunch and dinner
                                                                                     Judy's Collins’ classic, "Both Sides               music, but found a soul mate and         Holly is seeking to give a boost                    Holly at the Orinda House on June
and Charlotte was practically living there. She’s seen generations of Orindans
                                                                                     Now," Holly sought inspiration and                 supportive spouse, Ian Ritchie. An       back to the community that has                      23rd and 30th. Check her out and
and has hired many of their kids for part time jobs. In 1978, the Goyak family
                                                                                     contacts for her singing career,                   accomplished saxophonist, Ritchie,       given so much to her. She fondly                    support our local dining and enter-
took full ownership of the Casa.
                                                                                     moving to Los Angeles where she                    who will be performing with Holly        remembers her time in the bucolic                   tainment scene. I'm sure you'll
           Charlotte went on to pursue other interests, but John stayed with
                                                                                     secured recording contracts with                   at the Orinda House on June 17,          setting of the Lamorinda area and                   enjoy the show.
the restaurant and is still managing it today. That continuity, over 75 years,
explains how the original spirit was preserved. Ivan Goyak and his wife
Mary retained one of the 4 apartments that sit above the Casa and when they
are in town, that’s where they stay.
           Besides food, the charm of the Casa comes from its unique decor.
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                                                                                      Jennifer Wake, Saint Mary’s and Life;
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       LAMORINDA’s Restaurants
                                                                                      Continental                                                                                El Jaro Mexican Cafe                3563 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Laf               283-6639
                                                                                      Petar’s Restaurant                32 Lafayette Cir, Laf                       284-7117     La Cocina Mexicana                  23 Orinda Way, Ori                      258-9987
                                                                                      Shelby’s                          2 Theatre Sq, Ori                           254-9687     Mucho wraps                         1375-B Moraga Way, Mor                  377-1203
 American                                                                             Vino Restaurant                   3531 Plaza Way, Laf                         284-1330     Baja Fresh Mexican Grill            3596 Mt. Diable Blvd, Laf               283-8740
 Bistro                         3287 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Laf           283-7108          Duck Club Restaurant              3287 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Laf                   283-7108     Celia’s Restaurant                  3666 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Laf               283-8288
 Chow Restaurant                53 Lafayette Cir, Laf               962-2469          Hawaiian Grill                                                                             El Balazo                           3518 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Laf               284-8700
 Hungry Hunter                  3201 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Laf           938-3938          Lava Pit                          2 Theatre Square, St. 142, Ori              253-1338     Maya                                74 Moraga Way, Ori                      258-9049
 Joe’s of Lafayette             3707 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Laf           299-8807          Indian                                                                                     Taqueria El Balazo                  3518D Mt. Diablo Blvd, Laf              284-8700
 Nation’s Giant Hamburgers      76 Moraga Way, Ori                  254-8888          India Palace                      3740 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Laf                   284-5700     Numero Uno Taqueria                 3616 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Laf               299-1333
 Quiznos                        3651 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Laf           962-0200          Swad Indian Cuisine               3602 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Laf                   962-9575     Pizza
 Ranch House                    1012 School St, Mor                 376-5127          Italian                                                                                    Aladino’s Pizza                     3614 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Laf               283-6363
 Terzetto Cuisine               1419 Moraga Way, Mor                376-3832          Giardino                          3406 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Laf                   283-3869     Mountain Mike’s Pizza               504 Center St, Mor                      377-6453
 The Cheese Steak Shop          3455 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Laf           283-1234          La Finestra Ristorante            100 Lafayette Cir, St. 101, Laf             284-5282     Pennini’s                           1375 Moraga Rd, Mor                     376-1515
 BBQ                                                                                  La Piazza                         15 Moraga Way, Ori                          253-9191     Round Table Pizza                   “361 Rheem Blvd, “, Mor                 376-1411
 Bo’s Barbecue                  3422 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Laf           283-7133          Mangia Ristorante Pizzeria        975 Moraga Rd, Laf                          284-3081     Round Table Pizza                   3637 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Laf               283-0404
 Café                                                                                 Michael’s                         1375 Moraga Way, Mor                        376-4300     Village Pizza                       19 Orinda Way # Ab, Ori                 254-1200
 Express Cafe                   3732 Mt. Diablo Blvd # 170, Laf     283-7170          Per Tutti Ristorante              3576 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Laf                   284-5225     Zamboni’s Pizza                     1 Camino Sobrante # 4, Ori              254-2800
 Ferrari- Lucca Delicatessens   23 Lafayette Cir, Laf               299-8040          Pizza Antica                      3600 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Laf                   299-0500     Sandwiches/Deli
 Geppetto’s caffe               87 Orinda Way, Ori                  253-9894          Postino                           3565 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Laf                   299-8700     Bianca’s Deli                       1480 Moraga Rd # A, Mor                 376-4400
 Caribbean                                                                            Ristorante Amoroma                360 Park St, Mor                            377-7662     Europa Hofbrau Deli & Pub           64 Moraga Way , Ori                     254-7202
 Calypso Bar & Grill            2 Theatre Sq. Suite 153, Ori        258-9686          Japanese                                                                                   Kasper’s Hot Dogs                   99 Brookwood Rd, Ori                    254-2908
 Chinese                                                                              Blue Ginko                        3518-A Mt. Diablo Blvd, Laf                 962-9020     Noah’s Bagels                       3518 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Laf               299-0716
 Chef Chao Restaurant           343 Rheem Blvd, Mor                 376-1740          Kane Sushi                        3474 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Laf                   284-9709     Orinda Deli                         19 F Orinda Way, Ori                    254-1990
 China Moon Restaurant          380 Park St, Mor                    376-1828          Niwa Restaurant                   1 Camino Sobrante # 6, Ori                  254-1606     South American
 The Great Wall Restaurant      3500 Golden Gate Way, Laf           284-3500          Serika Restaurant                 2 Theatre Sq # 118, Ori                     254-7088     The Patio Tapas and restaurant      960 Moraga Road, Laf                    299-6885
 Hsiangs Mandarin Cuisine       1 Orinda Way # 1, Ori               253-9852          Tamami’s Japanese Restaurant      356 Park St, Mor                            376-2872     Steak
 Lily’s House                   3555 Mt. Diablo Blvd #A, Laf        284-7569          Yu Sushi                          19 Moraga Way, Ori                          253-8399     Casa Orinda                         20 Bryant Way, Ori                      254-2981
 Mandarin Flower                581 Moraga Rd, Mor                  376-7839          Jazz Dinner Club                                                                           Tea
 Panda Express                  3608 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Laf           962-0288          Joe’s of Lafayette                3707 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Laf                  299-8807     Patesserie Lafayette                71 Lafayette Cir, Laf                   283-2226
 Szechwan Chinese Restaurant    79 Orinda Way, Ori                  254-2020          The Orinda House                  65 Moraga Way, Ori                          258-4445     Thai
 Uncle Yu’s Szechuan            999 Oak Hill Rd, Laf                283-1688          Mediterranean                                                                              Amarin Thai Cuisine                 3555 Mt. Diablo Blvd # B, Laf           283-8883
 Yan’s Restaurant               3444 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Laf           284-2228          Alekos                            2 Theatre Sq # 105, Ori                     254-5290     Baan Thai                           99 Orinda Way, Ori                      253-0989
 Coffee Shop                                                                          Oasis Café                        3594 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Laf                   299-8822     Royal Siam                          512 Center St, Mor                      377-0420
 Millie’s Kitchen               1018 Oak Hill Rd #A, Laf            283-2397          Mexican                                                                                    Siam Orchid                         23 Orinda Way # F, Ori                  253-1975
 Squirrel’s Coffee Shop         998 Moraga Rd, Laf                  284-7830          360 Gourmet Burrito               3655 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Laf                   299-1270
 Village Inn Café               290 Village Square, Ori             254-6080          El Charro Mexican Dining          3339 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Laf                   283-2345

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A Conversation With Moraga-Orinda Fire District Chief Pete Nowicki
...continued from page 1
                                 bleeding us dry, and putting     cue One Foundation. I can-
                                                                                                                                                     Margot & Hal Kaufman
                                 them into the State system.      not believe how generous                                                                  Real Estate. Real People.
                                 Every month our share of         our residents have been
                                 the County’s unfunded lia-       through this program.
                                 bility increases by $50,000-          As for greater involve-                                                   Margot 925.260.4787
                                 $70,000. Second, we have         ment, when voting for their
                                 to provide full time staffing    Fire District Director, peo-
                                                                                                                                                  Hal 925.260.4799
                                 for the ambulance at Station     ple should take some time
                                 45 in Orinda. In the budget      to look into the platform
                                 I have presented to the          that person is running on,
Pete Nowicki                     Board, I propose phasing         rather than just voting care-
                                                                                                    Marlins and Seahorses Splash Off
Absolutely. We looking for                                                                          Submitted by Ric Notini, President of Orinda Moraga Pool Association
                                 this in over three years.        lessly.
                                                                                                          he Moraga Valley Pool          eran Stefan Miller (fresh
intelligent, articulate people
who can pass the nation-
                                 The first year we would in-
                                 crease our staffing by call-
                                                                       Another way is to get
                                                                  involved with the fire safety
                                                                                                    T     (MVP) Marlins swim
                                                                                                    team began their dual meet
                                                                                                                                         from his Campo Senior All-
                                                                                                                                         Night), who has been swim-
wide test requirements, but      ing in paramedics to work        principles we espouse such
                                                                                                    season last Saturday morn-           ming at MVP since he was
who are also street smart,       overtime. The second year        as having safe vegetation
                                                                                                    ing with an away meet                6-years-old. Adam Schaffer,
have life experiences and        we would hire three more         clearance around your
                                                                                                    against the Las Trampas              17, broke the 1978 Las
other outside skills like,       personnel, and the third         home and having a non-
                                                                                                    Seahorses. With less than            Trampas Pool record in the
say, welding or changing         year we would hire another       combustible roof and non-
                                                                                                    80 swimmers just three               15-18 100 yard Individual
their own motor oil.             three more. In the longer        combustible siding. They
                                                                                                    years ago, MVP continues             Medley with a time of
How has the relationship         term, however, our biggest       can also enhance commu-
                                                                                                    its rise in the Lamorinda            59.22.
between the District and         challenge, like for all public   nity safety by learning CPR                                                                            Shurveen Najafi Age 5,
                                                                                                    community’s competitive                    Over the next two
the community changed            service agencies, is that of     or getting CERT (Citizen                                                                               first swim meet
                                                                                                    swimming league, featuring           months, the Marlins will
since you started?               general funding. That is,        Emergency          Response
                                                                                                    a club record 233 swimmers           compete in 15 swim meets        The Marlins are coached by
      I’d say that it’s be-      the District is funded pri-      Team) training.
                                                                                                    this year.                           against other Lamorinda         Kevin Lai and Jon Cravotto,
come more professional           marily by residential prop-           Also, our Board of Di-
                                                                                                          The team that swam on          clubs. In addition, MVP has     along with 20 assistant
and less like an extended        erty taxes, and while this       rectors meetings are open to
                                                                                                    Saturday had a great range           earned the right to swim in     coaches. One of the unique
family. Back then many of        revenue source will remain       the public and, especially
                                                                                                    of age and experience, from          the Orinda Park Pool’s          features of summer swim
the fire fighters lived in       fairly constant, our costs for   now during budget time,
                                                                                                    Shurveen Najafi, 5, who              Relay meet for the first time   team is the chance for broth-
Moraga and had grown up          apparatus,       competitive     people are welcome to
                                                                                                    swam his first meet on Sat-          in over a decade, having fin-   ers and sisters ranging in age
there. So, if you went out       wages, utilities, workers’       come to these meetings to
                                                                                                    urday after graduating from          ished fifth in the OMPA         from 3 to 18 to be part of
on a medical call and didn’t     compensation,        medical     make sure that we’re spend-
                                                                                                    the Mini Marlins program,            Championship meet last          and compete as one team,
know the patient, another        coverage, retirement, etc.       ing their money wisely.
                                                                                                    to seasoned 18-year-old vet-         year.                           and cheer for each other.
person on your crew might.       will only increase over the      Anyone can find out about
                                                                                                                                                                              But the MVP experi-
 That kind of familiarity has    years.                           these things on our website,
                                                                                                                                                                         ence isn’t limited to swim-
disappeared because the          Nowadays, how is the pub-
                                                                                                                                                                         ming laps in practice and
populations of Moraga and        lic involved with the Dis-
                                                                                                                                                                         achieving personal bests in
Orinda have grown and be-        trict, and how would you         Jonathan Goodwin is a cat-
                                                                                                                                                                         meets. This year’s MVP
come much more transient.        like to see this increase?       astrophic fire prevention
                                                                                                                                                                         season seems more like a
What do you see as the                 We have a much closer      activist who serves as Cen-
                                                                                                                                                                         summer camp program.
challenges the District now      relationship with our resi-      tral Coordinator for the
                                                                                                                                                                         Planned activities include
is facing and how are you        dents than most fire dis-        Canyon Fire Council, as
                                                                                                                                                                         Pilates for Parents, a camp-
planning to address them?        tricts in terms of people        Board Secretary for the Di-
                                                                                                                                                                         ing trip at UC Berkeley’s
      First, we are in the       dropping in to talk with us      ablo Fire Safe Council and
                                                                                                                                                                         Lair of the Bear camp-
process of getting our re-       or attending our open            will soon become an in-
                                                                                                                                                                         ground near Yosemite, and
tirement funds out of the        houses and pancake break-        structor for Lamorinda
                                                                                                                                                                         many more social events
County system, which is          fasts. And there’s the Res-      CERT.                             Paige Miller and Claire Manrique go head to head in the 10
                                                                                                    and Under Girls 50 yard breaststroke event.                          throughout the summer.

A Dream Comes True                                                OMPA is a Family Affair
                                                                  By Jennifer Wake
at Moraga Ranch                                                          he Orinda Moraga                 “We all look forward to
Submitted by Tom vonNovak, President of Moraga
Ranch, edited by Jennifer Wake
                                                                  T      Pool      Association
                                                                  (OMPA) opened its 51st
                                                                                                    the start of swim season.
                                                                                                    Since we don’t all have kids
                                                                  season June 3, with families      in the same schools, it’s fun
                                                                  joining for a kick-off barbe-     to see all the families again,”
                                                                  cue. With approximately           said Amy Meckfessel,
                                                                  1,600 swimmers in teams           whose family has belonged
                                                                  throughout Lamorinda, the         to the Sleepy Hollow Swim
                                                                  OMPA has become a com-            and Tennis Club in Orinda
                                                                  munity within the greater         for seven years. “The older
                                                                  community.                        swimmers and coaches are                                                       Photos Gavin Schlissel
                                                                        Ric Notini, president of    people we want our kids to
                                                                  OMPA, says belonging to           look up to and emulate.”
                                                                  the organization is not only            Many parents of swim-
                                                                  about swimming and com-           mers, who range in age from
                                                                  peting, but “it’s a great so-     3 to 18 in the 10 recreational
                                                                  cial environment.”                teams throughout Orinda
                                                                        “It involves the entire     and Moraga, belonged to
                                                                  family,” he said. “They’re        OMPA when they were chil-
                                                                  all learning the value of         dren and have continued the
                                                                  working hard and can see          tradition with their own
                                                                  the direct results of their ef-   families. The season will
                                                                  fort, through sportsmanship,      culminate with the OMPA
                                                                  team camaraderie, spirit,         Championship meet on Au-
                                                                  and competition.”         The     gust 3, 4, and 5 at the Soda
                                                                  opening gave long-time            Aquatic Center at Cam-
                                                                  swim team families a chance       polindo High School.
                                                                  to reconnect.
Grand Opening Party, May 25                Photos Andy Scheck

      fter a major remodeling    tual construction of the fa-
A     effort that included a
new six-lane pool and
                                 cility outside of the pool it-
equipment, shade structures,           “We broke ground in
timing system with digital       late January 2007 and every
score-board, sound and           weekend from that point for-
lighting system, barbecue        ward, eight to 10 hours a
area and pool furniture,         day, you could find five to
Moraga Ranch Swim Club           25 volunteers of all ages
held its Grand Re-Opening        working on any one of a
celebration on Friday, May       dozen or more tasks on
25 with over 350 in atten-       hand,” said vonNovak.
dance.                           “Not only did we exceed our
      What started out as a      own expectations but we
discussion to replace an         came in on time and on-bud-
aging five-lane pool, ended      get. Our contractor Steve
up including Trex Decking,       Santoro of Swan Pools
a viewing area, upgraded         could not have been any
restrooms, pump houses,          more professional, thorough
sprinkler system fences,         and dependable from day
concrete decking.                one. I am extremely proud
      “As one of the smaller     of both the board and the en-
clubs in the Lamorinda           tire membership for support-
community, it was a daunt-       ing this undertaking and
ing challenge when we first      following through.”
began to examine replacing             When you add some
our pool,” said Tom vonNo-       luck to the equation regard-
vak, President of Moraga         ing the weather, the dream
Ranch. To bring it to            became reality. Founded in
fruition, the Ranch would        1963, the New Moraga
need the board and member-       Ranch Swim Club 2007 is
ship to step up and take over    now open!
a significant role in the ac-
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Local Teams Meet Again     Miramonte Lacrosse Takes                                                                                                                            2007 LMYA Softball Season
in NCS Playoffs            Championships                                                                                                                                       Best Ever
By Kevin D. Shallat                                                                  Submitted by Evangeline A. Walsh                                                          Submitted by Mark Zembsch and Tom Leserman
                                                                                           he No. 11 ranked Mira-                 goalkeeper, Colin Timms
                                                                                     T     monte men's varsity
                                                                                     lacrosse team won the Dia-
                                                                                                                                  named the league's Most
                                                                                                                                  Valuable Player. Mira-
                                                                                     blo Foothill Athletic League                 monte’s women's varsity
                                                                                     Lacrosse Championship the                    lacrosse team also repeated
                                                                                     second year in a row, ending                 as Diablo Foothill Athletic
                                                                                     this year’s season with a 13-                League Lacrosse champions
                                                                                     7 record. Eleven players                     (see our May 31 article,
                                                                                     were selected for the All-                   “Mats Fall to Amador in
                                                                                     League Teams, with senior                    NCS Playoffs”).

                                                                                                                                                                               LMYA Stanford sixth grade pitcher           Second grade Sun Devils softball player
                                                                                                                                                                               Rebecca Crisp throws her change up.         Kenna Sherman waits for infield action.

                                                                                     Row 1 L-R:
DFAL MVP Scott Emery pitches against Campolindo             Photo Tod Fierner        Jeff Hughes 1st Team Defense, Frankie Cuneo 1st Team Defense, Zander
                                                                                                                                                                               Fifth grade ASU softball player             Third grade Cal infielder concentrates
                                                                                     Smith, Harry Forman 2nd Team Middie, Spencer O'Neil, Robert Hofinga.
      fter beating their respec-           went two for three, with an RBI.                                                                                                    Bailey Moran prepares to hit next pitch.    while in ready position.
A     tive teams in the second
round, the Campolindo
                                                  Cougars starting pitcher
                                           senior Nick Ousman gave up
                                                                                     Row 2 L-R:
                                                                                     Arlo Malmberg 2nd Team Attack, Joseph Walsh 1st Team Defense, Colin
                                                                                     Timms Goalie MVP League, John Hofinga 1st Team Attack, Josh Everitt.                      H       ighlighted by generous
                                                                                                                                                                                       coaching contributions
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             skin, Grace Lovell, Tatiana
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Gessling, and Jesse Kathan.
Cougars and Acalanes Dons                  five runs in five innings, but            Row 3 L-R:                                                                                from the Saint Mary's College                 The Trojans got great help from
                                                                                     David Walsh, Tim Albo Honorable Mention Middie, Asst. Coach Eric                          coaches and players that led to               Lauren Fruci and LMYA new-
baseball teams squared up                  gave his team a chance to win.            Knutson, Head Coach Danny Roden, Grant Davis 2nd Team Defense, Will
against each other one more                The Cougars trailed the Dons              Sheehan.                                                                                  significant individual improve-               comer Kat Mathis was one of
time at the North Coast Section            by one run when Ousman left               Missing:                                                                                  ments – and spirited team com-                the league's most dominating
(NCS) playoffs Wednesday,                  the game. Ousman, who was                 Tommy Sander 1st Team Middie, Joey Martello 2nd Team Middie,                              petition that went down to the                players.
                                                                                     Harrison Berkowitz, Will Hinkamp, Jack Nevin, Nic Radoff.                                 wire – approximately 225 (2nd-                       Cal (4-5-1) finished with
May 30 at Acalanes High                    named DFAL Most Valuable
School. The Dons beat the                  Pitcher this year, will be playing        Mats Hoops Basketball Camps                                                               8th grade) girls from Lafayette               an inspired effort against pow-
Cougars, 7-5.                              baseball for the University of                                                                                                      and Moraga enjoyed a banner                   erful UCLA. A trio of 8th
      Acalanes starting pitcher,           San Diego next year.                      Open Soon                                                                                 softball season.                              graders (Lily Zwang, Sarah
Scott Emery, turned in a brilliant                Kevin Smith and his fel-           Submitted by Dave Brown, Miramonte Boys Basket-                                                  For the first time, 6th                Martin and Elaine Rehm) led
performance Wednesday. He                  low Cougars did what they
                                                                                     ball Head Coach                                                                           graders were added to the top                 the Bears. Cal also got great
                                                                                            ATS Hoops -- led by                   fall. Camp counselors will
was a little shaky with his com-
mand in the first inning. Giving
                                           could for their team. Smith had
                                           a key hit to center field that
                                                                                     M      the coaching staff of
                                                                                     the Miramonte High School
                                                                                                                                  include members of the
                                                                                                                                  boys and girls varsity bas-
                                                                                                                                                                               level, with two Orinda OYA
                                                                                                                                                                               teams included in the schedul-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             support from Jackie Welland,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Brianna Manzone and ex-base-
up three runs, he admitted hav-            scored the tying run for the                                                                                                        ing to make a six team 6th-8th                baller Samantha Flower.
                                                                                     Boys Basketball program --                   ketball teams at Miramonte                   grade division. The result was                       The last games of the
ing too much adrenaline pump-              Cougars in the top of the fourth.
                                                                                     is offering two basketball                   High.                                        a smashing success.                           seven 4th-5th grade LMYA
ing at the start of the game.              Seniors Bryce Metzler and
                                                                                     camps for boys and girls                           The focus of each                             Stanford (9-1) rode an                 softball teams were completed
      “I was tempted to pull               Dwight Tanaka also had key
                                                                                     who are entering grades 3-                   camp will be on improving                    eight-game winning streak to                  on June 2. The game of the
Emery after he struggled with              hits. Metzler had two RBIs, and
                                                                                     12. The first week-long                      fundamental skills, court                    the title. The offense was led by             week was between the first
his command early, but I didn’t            Tanaka had one as well.
                                                                                     camp takes place June 25-29                  awareness, team play and                     extraordinary run-producers                   place UCLA Bruins and the
want to lose his bat,” Acalanes                   Emery was able to hand
                                                                                     and the second one is July                   sportsmanship. Because all                   Rebecca Crisp and Tela Zemb-                  second place ASU Sun Devils.
coach Andy Tarpley said. Soon              the ball off to relief pitcher
                                                                                     16-20. Both camps are lo-                    activities are tailored to the               sch – Crisp averaged 2.5 runs                  After giving up five runs in the
after giving up the first three            Donny Miller in the fifth inning
                                                                                     cated at the main gym on the                 ability of each camper, the                  per game, and Zembsch scored                  first inning, the ASU Sun Dev-
runs, Emery settled down and               with a one run lead. After walk-
                                                                                     Miramonte High School                        camp is suitable for those                   at least one run in each of the 10            ils pitching duo of Jenny Leser-
allowed only one more run. He              ing the first batter he faced,
                                                                                     campus (750 Moraga Way,                      learning the game as well as                 games. They were driven in re-                man and Allison Stevens held
got three of those runs back               Miller then settled down to
                                                                                     Orinda).                                     those playing competitively                  peatedly by the powerful bats                 the Bruins scoreless for the re-
going three for four, with three           pitch two strong innings for the
                                                                                          Each week-long camp                     at the high school level.                    of Emily Streeter and Siena Del               mainder of the game, but the
RBIs.                                      Dons.
                                                                                     has a morning and afternoon                        The cost for each ses-                 Ponte. Stanford's pitching was                UCLA Bruins remained in first
      Third baseman Jake                          The Dons sent in pitcher
                                                                                     session. The morning ses-                    sion is $165, while the cost                 led by Crisp, Rachel Kelley                   place with the 5-5 tie. USC and
Floethe and catcher Mike Stone             Mike Guglielmo to close out
                                                                                     sion (9 a.m. to noon) is for                 for two sessions (same                       and Ashley Heim, while                        Arizona ended the season right
were responsible for the bulk of           the game. Guglielmo gave up
                                                                                     boys and girls who will be                   camper) is only $300. All                    catcher Joelle Alley and Kayla                behind the Sun Devils, with
the remaining RBIs. Floethe                one run on a triple and a sacri-
                                                                                     entering grades 8 to 12 in                   participants receive a camp                  Wiggins led an airtight defense.              Cal, Oregon, and Stanford fin-
went one for two, with two                 fice fly in the final inning to end
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MBA Bronco Level Wins Tournament                                                               Acalanes Captures NCS Baseball Title ...continued from page 1
Submitted by Rob Yoklavich, Head Coach
        oraga Baseball Asso-          more than 75 teams from
M       ciation       (MBA),
which includes Orinda and
                                      throughout California. This
                                      year, the MBA Bronco level
Moraga teams, travel each             (age 12 and under) won the
year to Citrus Heights,               tournament; it was the first
Calif., for the annual Memo-          time in more than 20 years
rial Day weekend baseball             that an MBA team in this
tournament, which includes            age bracket has won.

                                                                                                                                                                                    Photos Jordan Fong
Front row/kneeling (left to right): Conner Rosenbaum, James Coleman,
Mason Windatt; Middle row/players: Brett Stephens, Ryan Hooper, Matt
Yoklavich, Sam McAlpine, Joe Giacchetti, Robbie Tenerowicz, Jeff Eriksen,
Scott Singh, JD Ratchford; Back row/adults: Head coach Rob Yoklavich,
Coach Rich Windatt, Coach Andy Ratchford, Coach Rob Tenerowicz

Saint Monica’s Track and Field
Takes Gold
Submitted by Coach Laura Foxworthy
     aint Monica's Track and          place in the 7th grade boys
S    Field Team of Moraga
and Orinda qualified 15 ath-
                                      800m and placed second in
                                      the softball throw. Kieran
letes for the May 12 Oakland          Fara, a 3rd grader, took two
                                                                            Moraga Baseball Association                     Moraga 1-11, Vacaville Rattlers 0                                           Rangers 14, A’s 13                                                         Cardinals highlights:                Trevin
Diocese Meet of Champions             fourth place medals in the            Bronco Division                                 Moraga 1 highlights: Mason Win-                                             Rangers highlights: Michael Wright 2-for-                                  Kroichick 5-for-5, 2 RBI, 4 runs; Matt
at Diablo Valley College, with        800m and long jump. Yurii             June 4                                          datt 2 hits, RBI, run; Robbie Ten-                                          2, 2 RBI, 2 runs; Neil Kelley 2-for-3, 3B, 2                               Kronenberg 4-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI; Quinn
                                                                            Moraga Bears 7, Orinda Outlaws 9                erowicz 2 hits, RBI, run; Sam                                               RBI, 2 runs; Brendan Purtill 2-for-3, 2B, 3                                Cuddihy 4-for-5, 3 RBI; Hayden Hunt
five Saint Monica’s athletes          Hanley took third place in the                                                        MacAlpine 1 hit, 2 RBI, run.                                                RBI, run; Catcher Tyler Bartis threw out base                              3-for-4,          2B,         3         RBI.
                                                                            Bears highlights: Brett Stephens 3
finishing with gold medals.           3rd grade boys 400m. Alex             hits, 3 runs; Ryan Hooper 2 hits, RBI;          May 27                                                                      stealers at 2nd and 3rd for the last two outs of                           Diamondbacks highlights: Calvin
Hadley Swanson took first             Shieman took 3rd place in the         Scott Singh 2 hits, RBI; Robbie Ten-            Moraga 1-23, Golden Eagles 0                                                the game. A’s highlights: Chase Corallo 2-                                 Gee 3-for-4, 2 runs; Andrew Holloway
                                                                            erowicz 1 hit, RBI, run.                        Moraga 1 highlights: JD. Ratchford                                          for-4, 2B, 2 runs; Alex Gannett 2-for-2, RBI,                              3-for-4, 3 runs; Jack Oxendine 3-for-4,
place in the 6th grade girls          5th grade boys 400m. Harri-                                                           4 hits, 5 RBI, 3 runs; Mason Windatt                                        2 runs; Zach Cole 2-for-2, 3 RBI, 3 runs;                                  3B, 2 RBI, 3 runs; Kyle Hinds 4-for-4,
                                                                            June 3
400m, Alex Shieman took               son Hughes took seventh               Moraga Bears 12, Orinda Rivercats 2             4 hits, 4 RBI, 3 runs; Ryan Hooper 3                                        Nick Riddle 2-for-3, 2 RBI, 2 runs.                                        3B,        5       RBI,         3       runs.
first in the 5th grade boys           place in the 5th grade boys           Bears highlights: Brett Stephens 2              hits, 3 RBI, run.                                                           June 5 - Playoffs                                                          Cubs 21, Padres 19
                                                                            hits, 3 RBI, run; Ryan Hooper 3 hits,           Mustang Division                                                            Rangers 9, Yankees 8                                                       Cubs highlights: Jason Rodriguez 2-
800m and Phillip Rei took             100m. Phillip Rei took second         2 RBI, run; Jeff Eriksen 1 hit, RBI, run.       June 9                                                                      Rangers highlights: Ryan Geisreiter                                        for-4, RBI, 3 runs; Jacob Delaney 4-for-4,
first in the 400m. The 5th            place in the 5th grade boys           Moraga A’s 8, Moraga Giants 6                   Championship Game                                                           3 IP, 7 strikeouts; Tyler Bartis 2-for-2, 2                                RBI, 3 runs; Richard Gong 4-for-4, 2 RBI,
                                                                            Moraga A’s highlights: Spencer Nichols          Rangers 9, White Sox 2                                                      run; Chris Wilson 2-for-3, run. Yankees                                    3 runs; Kevin Hoffinger 4-for-4, RBI, 3
grade boys Sprint Medley              200m and 3rd place in the                                                                                                                                         highlights: Kevin Lehman 3-for-4, 2 runs;                                  runs. Padres highlights: Jack Hattabaugh
                                                                            1-for-3; Reid Shellenback 2-for-3; John         Rangers highlights: Tyler Bartis 3
relay of Zach Foxworthy,              long jump. Hadley Swanson             Eriksen 1-for –3; Joe Navone 2-for-3; Ryan      IP, 8 strikeouts; Chris Wilson 3-for-3,                                     Ramin Nazeri 2-for-3, run.                                                 2-for-3, RBI, 2 runs; Tristan Westernoff 4-
Chase Corallo, Phillip Rei and        took sixth place in the 6th           Gannett 2-for-3; John Warrington 1-for- 3;      3 RBI; Eric Dunning 1-for-2, 2 runs;                                        Pinto Division                                                             for-4, 2 runs; Jake Rolfe 4-fo- 4, RBI, 3
                                                                            Kevin Lyle 2-for-3; Keai Lucasey 1-for-3.       Neil Kelley unassisted double play.                                         June 9                                                                     runs.
Alex Shieman took home four           grade girls 200m and 2nd                                                                                                                                                                                                                     June 2
                                                                            Giants highlights: Ian Daniel 1-for-4; Tyler    White Sox highlights: Jake Rider 3                                          Cubs 15, Giants 14
gold medals.                          place in the long jump.               Garrision 3-for-4; Ryan Smith 2-for-4;          IP, 5 strikeouts; Tiger Garcia 2-for-2,                                     Cubs highlights: Ryan McNally 2-                                           Giants 9, Padres 4
      Leland Wong, a 7th                   The 5th grade boys               Kevin Baldwin 3-for-4; Matthew Barry 1-         run; Gill Jasper 1-for-2.                                                   for-3, 3 RBI; Jason Rodriguez 2-for-3,                                     Giants highlights: Casey Kiriaze 2-for-3;
                                                                            for-3; Nathaniel Armen 2-for-3; Brian Pfaff     Game 1 -                                                                    2 RBI; Spencer Giglio 3-for-3, 2 runs;                                     Parker Windatt 2-for-3;
grader, took home a silver            4x100m relay of Harrison              1-for-3, Hunter Drobenaire 1-for-1.             End of the Season Tournament                                                Jacob Westphal 3-for-3, 2 runs; Brett                                      Shun Ishida 2-for-3. Padres highlights:
medal in the Long Jump and            Hughes, Troy Westernoff,              June 2                                          Rangers 10, White Sox 2                                                     Smith 2B, Callan Beaver 2B; Richard                                        Tenshi Lucasey 2-for-3; Bryce Dugan 3-
                                                                            Moraga Giants 6, Piedmont 3                     Rangers highlights: Will Coates 1-                                          Gong 2B; strong defense by Ro-                                             for-3; Aaron DePaolo 2-for-3.
placed third in the 1600m and         Chase Corallo and Phillip Rei                                                                                                                                                                                                                May 30
                                                                            Giants highlights: Ian Daniel 2-for-            for-2, RBI, run; Neil Kelley 2-for-2, 2                                     driguez, McNally, Alex Capurro, in-
fourth in the 400m. Sophie            took home third place.                4; Tyler Garrision 1-for-4; Kevin               RBI, 2 runs; Chris Wilson 1-for-2,                                          cluding game ending catch by Eli                                           Padres 15, Diamondbacks 6Padres
Settle took second place in the            The 6th grade girls              Baldwin 2- for-3; Matthew Barry 1-              RBI, run; Eric Dunning 3 IP, 1 run, 5                                       Kirmeier. Giants highlights: Sterling                                      Highlights: Tristan Westernoff 4-for-
                                                                            for-2 hits; Nathaniel Armen 1-for-3;            strikeouts. White Sox highlights:                                           Strother 3-for-3, 2B, 3B, 5 RBI; Sam                                       4, RBI, 3 runs; Michael Hooper 4-for-
3rd grade girls 1600m. Zach           Sprint Medley team of Tina                                                                                                                                                                                                                   4, 2B, 3 RBI, 3 runs. Diamondbacks
                                                                            Josh Delaney 1-for-3; Barry and Ryan            Tiger Garcia 1-for-3, 2B, run; Jake                                         Levy 3-for-3, 2 runs; Harry Curtiss 2-
Foxworthy took fourth place           Romak, Kristen Chan, Hadley           Smith 1 strikeout each pitching.                Ryder 2-for-3; Brian Lyle 1 IP, 0 runs;                                     for-3, 2B, 2 RBI; Parker Windatt 2-for-                                    Highlights: Calvin Gee 2-for-3, 2B,
in the 5th grade boys 1600m.          Swanson and Emma Jones                June 1                                          Damien Stoner 1-for-2.                                                      4,                2               runs.                                    run; Jake Oxendine 2-for-3, 2B, RBI,;
                                                                            Piedmont Scots 7, Moraga Bears 5                                                                                            June 6                                                                     Aidan Crouch 3-for-3, run.
Devin Kennedy took fourth             placed 3rd.                                                                           June 7 – End of Season Tournament
                                                                             Bears highlights: Brett Stephens 2                                                                                         Cardinals 24, Diamondbacks 23
                                                                            hits, 2 runs; Cody Kiriaze 3 hits, run;

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