LAMORINDA

Public workshop to discuss fire station relocation

The Moraga-Orinda Fire District will hold a public workshop Wednesday to discuss the possible relocation of fire station 43 on Via Las Cruces in northeast Orinda to a new site on the Orinda-Lafayette border.

The district is considering a partnership with the Contra Costa Fire District to build a joint station that would provide service to residents of Orinda and Lafayette. Con Fire closed Station 16 on Los Arabis Drive in January due to budget cuts and approached MOFD about consolidating the fire stations, which are less than 3 miles apart.

Officials say travel times in northeast Orinda would increase by 1 to 90 seconds for approximately 531 homes. Those times would decrease by 1 to 90 seconds for 595 homes. Travel time begins when the wheels of fire units start rolling to a scene and ends when they arrive. The times do not include dispatch time or turnout time, which is the time it takes for firefighters to get ready to respond.

The workshop will be held at 6 p.m. at Founders Auditorium, Orinda Community Center, 28 Orinda Way.

For information, visit www.mofd.org.

Saint Mary's named to Service Honor Roll

Saint Mary's College in Moraga has been named to the 2013 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.


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This is the seventh year in a row Saint Mary's has received national recognition by the Oval Office for its commitment to social justice, community service and civic engagement. The honor is among the highest distinctions a school can achieve for its commitment to community service.

Saint Mary's will demonstrate its commitment to service on Saturday, March 16 across the Bay Area when it sends hundreds of volunteers to 22 Bay Area schools for the Great Bay Area Service Day for Schools. The day of service is part of a series of public programs and outreach efforts by Saint Mary's during the academic year to mark the College's 150th anniversary.

Launched in 2006, the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll annually highlights the nation's leading higher education institutions and their students, faculty and staff for their commitment to bettering their communities through service. Saint Mary's was acknowledged for the more than 47,000 hours of community service that students performed with community-based organizations across the Bay Area, and for their participation in international service-learning courses where they provided a variety of disaster relief services such as helping hurricane victims in Haiti build homes.

There were 690 colleges and universities across the nation that were recognized by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), which administers the national program. Honorees were selected on a series of factors, including the scope and innovation of service projects, percentage of student participation in service activities, incentives for service and the dedication a school has demonstrated to civic engagement and academic service-learning courses.For more information about Saint Mary's Great Bay Area Service Day for Schools visit yearofthegael.com/dayofservice.

Lafayette

Fire station study session Monday

The Lafayette Planning Commission will take a look at plans for a new fire station in the city during a special study session Monday.

Commissioners will discuss topics including a land use permit that would allow the districts to build a fire station in a residential zoning district and a site plan. The district is studying a site on Lorinda Lane.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the Lafayette Library & Learning Center community hall, 3491 Mt. Diablo Boulevard.

'Walk for Noah' event Saturday at reservoir

Join the Weber family for the second annual "We Walk for Noah" at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Lafayette Reservoir. The brisk 2.7-mile walk, good food, fun and raffle prizes will help keep this very special little boy's memory and spirit alive.

The walk and picnic is held in memory of Noah Atticus Weber, the infant son of John and Jennifer McKay-Weber of Concord, who died of complications from biliary atresia, a rare childhood liver disease.

Funds raised through the event will benefit the George Mark Children's House in San Leandro, an invaluable pediatric palliative care facility devoted to providing compassionate, comprehensive and life-affirming care to children with life-limiting illnesses.

This place became the Weber family's sanctuary at a time when life was so very dark. It is where they spent Noah's remaining days together as a family.

Last year, more than 200 people participated and $10,000 was raised, and expectations are to exceed that this year.

For registration details, visit www.fiercelittlewarrior.com. For more information about the George Mark Children's House and pediatric palliative care, visit http://www.georgemark.org.

ORINDA

'State of the City' and Mayor's Luncheon March 20

Mayor Amy Worth will deliver the annual State of the City address during the mayor's luncheon March 20 at the Orinda Country Club.

The Orinda Chamber of Commerce will also present the Best Small Business Award to Flying A Gas Station and owner Allen Pennebaker. The event begins at 11:30 a.m. at 315 Camino Sobrante, Orinda.

Tickets are $25. For information, visit www.orindachamber.org/events.htm

Candace Andersen to address GOP women

District 2 County Supervisor Candace Andersen will address the Lamorinda Republican Women Federated at its next meeting, at 11:30 a.m. March 21 at the Orinda Country Club.

Andersen was elected to the board of supervisors last June. She previously served on the Danville Town Council from 2003 through June 25, 2012, including two terms as mayor.

Andersen, who also had served on the Morgan Hill City Council in the early 1990s, is also an attorney.

For luncheon information and reservations contact Elsie Euing at 925-254-8617 by March 15. The cost of lunch is $25. Men are always welcome.

'Old Yellow House' update Wednesday

The Orinda Historical Society will discuss on Wednesday the ongoing preservation of one of the city's oldest structures.

Owner-architect James P. Wright will talk about efforts to preserve "The Old Yellow House" at the society's social and general membership meeting. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at the Orinda Community Church Fellowship Hall, 10 Irwin Way.

In October, Wright asked the city to recognize the building at 209 Moraga Way as a historic landmark. The application is still pending.

MORAGA

Bollinger Valley Draft EIR up for review

A draft report on the environmental impacts of a proposed 126-home development in northeastern Moraga is up for public review.

The town will be accepting public comment on the Bollinger Valley draft EIR during a 45-day period following the draft's release. A copy of the report will be available for review at the town offices, the Hacienda de las Flores facility, the Moraga Library and online at www.moraga.ca.us.

The project's developer is asking for several appeals including a general plan amendment to build on the 186-acre site.

The planning commission will hold an informational hearing on the draft report April 1 and will make a recommendation on the general plan amendment to the town council.

Measure K oversight committee seeks members

The town is seeking volunteers for the Moraga Local Sales Tax Oversight Committee, which will review the use of Measure K revenue.

Candidates should have expertise in public sector finance and accounting; pavement management and engineerin; and capital project management.

Applications, supplements questionnaires and resumes must be submitted to the town clerk's office at 329 Rheem Boulevard by noon on March 20.

-- Jennifer Modenessi and Sam Richards