Welcome Back, Lamorindans — Where'd Y'All Go?

Lamorinda emptied out like an hourglass this weekend as locals made a Memorial Day break for vacation spots in the far reaches of the state. But there still was stuff going on while you were gone.

Kid maladies and weekend sports schedules laid waste to Patch's plans to hit the beach this weekend so the Memorial Day holiday was spent in Lamorinda this year — not a bad thing when you get down to it.

First of all, it was unnaturally quiet this weekend with light traffic and virtually no man-made noise except the ringing of bike bells on the trail and the calls of neighbors who stayed behind greeting each other as they passed.

There was a light wind Saturday and while the kids healed and played, your editor actually made it to a reclining garden chair, pushed the hat back and listened to the wind stirring the trees and the hummingbirds dogfighting over the feeders for a few blissful moments. It was glorious.

But, stuff was happening. It always is. We heard from a couple of Lafayette residents who reported a major police response in their neighborhood about 9 p.m. Saturday — a helicopter hovering overhead.

"We came home from the Oakland A's game at approx 9:30 p.m. this past Saturday ... to find a police chopper shining floodlights and circling basically right over our heads along with three police cars cruising up and down our street," wrote Patch reader Melanie, who lives on Canyon Road in the northwestern end of town.

"Flagging down a cruiser and calling the non-emergency sheriff's line elicited only the info that there had been 'an incident' somewhere on Canyon Rd/Estates Drive in Lafayette," Melanie wrote.

Neighbors speculated that the activity may have been connected to a string of residential burglaries plaguing Lamorinda, but Contra Costa County Sheriff's spokesman Jimmy Lee said police responded to separate reports of a burglar alarm sounding and a suspicious person in the area around 10 p.m. The suspicious person was not located.

Speaking of outdoor sports, there were plenty of mini-dramas being played out on parquet floors and patches of green throughout Lamorinda over the weekend, and a particularly dramatic NCS baseball game at Campolindo on Saturday.

The Cougars played Casa Grande and Campo was down 3-1 going onto the seventh — ending up with runners on second and third with two outs and two strikes on the batter when Robbie Tenerowicz (#20) got a hit and drove in the winning run.  Campo won it 4-3 with Chris Scott managing to get the heroics and resultant celebration on film.

Thanks, Chris, and congrats, Cougars.

While in the home of the cougars we should mention that Grad Night promises to be fun this year with organizers holding a preview night the eve before graduation — something of a tradition in these parts. Parents are invited to come and see the decorations and, for a small fee, try the small trapeze set up this year.

Preview night is June 9 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Campolindo.  The theme is The Wizard of Oz.

JMR May 31, 2011 at 01:59 PM
Spent my 40th birthday weekend with my hubby, son and daughter and 6 of my kids friends - favorite kids ever! We split wood, played beach volleyball, fished, watched my daughter and friends rule over the black jack table, got 2 inches of snow saturday night and capped it off with a once in a lifetime dance performance from my boy and his friends (which is youtube worthy but will remain under lock and key - at least until they graduate!) The 'Motherlode' was the place to be for good quality time with my favorites. Now only nine more days of school!
Diamond Girl May 31, 2011 at 02:22 PM
GO CAMPO!!!!! What a GREAT game! Help cheer them on Wednesday against Alameda at 5:00 - Lincoln Park in Alameda.
Michael Taylor May 31, 2011 at 02:27 PM
Hey, it's Big Mike... did our house get robbed? -:{ Fun in the mountains but BIZ-Zay with lots of people up here. We're going to stay away for a while longer and hopefully get to the Chutes and a couple of other areas of backcountry. The noise you missed down there came up HERE editorboy as a bunch of people came up to get their drink on. Haven't run into any peeps from Moraga Land yet. We've been partying at Squaw mostly and made it to Northstar. People are still riding and having fun but I can tell the place emptied out yesterday some, we'll see. Sorry to see that crash down there and hope the lady? is okay. Everybody stay cool until we get back and attention burglars - I have my very own SEAL team guarding the house so don't bother! Ride hard, Big Mike
natalie johns May 31, 2011 at 02:31 PM
Last name wouldn't be Tenerowicz by any chance would it Sue? I'm jokig, looked like a great game and good photos too. Go Dons!
Orinda Rick May 31, 2011 at 02:36 PM
J.D., Where did all the Lamorindans go this weekend? Home Depot and OSH! The parking lots were packed. Call it a staycation and honeydo weekend.
Sara May 31, 2011 at 02:42 PM
It *was* a beautiful weekend wasnt it? And quiet. I think people just took it easy and maybe did some chores around the house although there did seem to be very little noise. We didn't even hear the sirens for the crash on Moraga Road (hope the person is ok). We took it easy. Family time is the best time
J.D. O'Connor (Editor) May 31, 2011 at 02:50 PM
Hey, Rick, I think you're right! I went (let's see, counting my receipts) THREE times. And I hit Bill's hardware, too, and Kenny's nursery. Tried not to make any noise though, didn't want to spoil things it was so blessedly quiet. I notice all those power tools and things firing up as we speak so it looks like the restriction on intrusive noise has been lifted. Ah well. Great, great weekend. Very relaxing. Thanks for writing! Editor
Rob May 31, 2011 at 03:16 PM
Going north to Sea Ranch, Hwy 101 was clogged to Petaluma, where we cut off to Bodega Bay. This was Saturday mid-day. Hate to think of what it was Friday evening. The return Monday afternoon was surprisingly light. No slowdowns between San Rafael and Orinda. A pleasant surprise. Hwy 1 north is incredibly beautiful. However,the road north of Jenner terrifies my wife if she's not driving...so she drives, I get to be terrified. Sea Ranch Sunday had great weather. We went to the beach to see the seals with their new pups. A bit chilly and windy, but my kids still rolled up their pants and ran around in the surf looking for shells. All in all, a great, long unwind weekend-
Chris Nicholson May 31, 2011 at 03:30 PM
We hit the beach. Despite rain Saturday evening, it was a nice weekend. I made a small contribution to the fight against Global Warming by exposing a bit of pasty white skin to sunlight, reflecting most of the energy right back into space. The is the only planet we have, and we all need to do our parts.
J.D. O'Connor (Editor) May 31, 2011 at 03:42 PM
Love it up that way... sounds nice. We were meant to head in the other direction. I hear conditions were stellar but, oh well, just wasn't meant to be. Welcome back!
Robert Strauss May 31, 2011 at 04:02 PM
Saaawiiiinnnng, battuh! Nice shot. And there's nothing wrong with being a proud mom either. Fun way to win.
lynn McAuliffe May 31, 2011 at 04:13 PM
Congrats Campo!!!!
Tony Rodriguez May 31, 2011 at 04:58 PM
We were in Citrus Heights/Roseville for a baseball tournament, along with a few dozen Moragans rooting on the five MBA teams. Last game for our team (a tough loss in the championship game) ended a little before 4, and by 5:45 we were at dinner in Walnut Creek, so the traffic gods gave us a break even if the baseball gods did not.
J.D. O'Connor (Editor) May 31, 2011 at 05:07 PM
Anytime the gods smile is a good time, TRod... Welcome back! Editor
X May 31, 2011 at 08:28 PM
Parental hell - more affectionately called Disneyland. Having gone for my first time as a parent, I am now in awe that my parents endured three different trips to various Disney locations during my early childhood. Talk about sacrificing for your kids...
J.D. O'Connor (Editor) May 31, 2011 at 08:36 PM
Yes, but did you get your Mickey Mouse Club ears? Very important. Welcome back, Editor
Kin Robles May 31, 2011 at 11:43 PM
The Moraga Reds All-Star team won the 2011 Citrus Heights PONY League 10U Memorial Day Tournament. Both Moraga entries finished bracket play undefeated (5-0) before advancing to semifinals. In the finals, Moraga Reds beat Orinda, while the Moraga Blue All-Stars beat Natomas to advance to an all Moraga championship game.
John Eriksen June 01, 2011 at 01:29 AM
Way to go Robbie! Go Cougars!
Eileen June 01, 2011 at 04:30 AM
Celebrated my daughter's eighth birthday on the Monterey Peninsula. We had mostly sunny skies and hit the beach, and kayaked Elkhorn Slough where we saw otters up close. One morning I took my son (in the Burley trailer) on a serene 12 mile bike ride along the Pebble Beach coast, while my husband and daughter hit the Aquarium pre-opening for the "feeding frenzy." I highly recommend this for anyone with kids aged 8+. They got a behind-the-scenes tour and my daughter got to prep some food (stuffing vitamins into fish) and then actually feed some of the animals. (Feeding calamari by hand to the bat rays was her highlight.) It cost $45 per person but was *well* worth the money.


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