Two wonderful events are scheduled to celebrate Moraga's 40 years of incorporation! A picnic-style family dinner in the park on Saturday, 9/27 and dinner with featured speakers at Saint Mary's College on Saturday, 10/18. Pre-registration required for both events. (click title for full story)
TOAST TO MORAGA
Join the community Saturday, September 27, for a picnic-style dinner to celebrate the Town of Moraga’s 40th anniversary! Celebrate by sharing a meal with friends, family and neighbors. Tables will be placed in the Moraga Commons Park under a canopy of lights, with a toast to the wonderful community of Moraga at 6:30 pm! Bring a potluck from home or pre-order food from a local restaurant. Each table seats six and comes with a bottle of sparkling juice for $35.00.
Pre-registration required. Enter the Toast Contest and participate in the Table Decorating Contest!
REMEMBERING 40 YEARS
On Saturday, October 18, the Moraga Historical Society, the Town of Moraga, and Saint Mary’s College will be “Remembering 40 Years.” The celebration is in honor of 40 years since Moraga’s incorporation and will take place at Saint Mary’s College Soda Center. Cocktails and social hour will begin at 6:00 pm, followed by dinner at 7:00 pm. Featured speakers will represent each decade of incorporation. For more information contact Susan Sperry at 925-376-3053.
On November 4, 2014, Moraga voters will elect two Councilmembers. The nomination period closed on Friday, August 8. Three residents filed papers to run for two open Council seats: Ken Chew, Dave Trotter and Teresa Onoda. Plan on attending (click title for full story) the Council Candidates’ Forum, hosted by MCN, on Wednesday, October 1, at 7:30 pm at the Holy Trinity Cultural Center.
If you are interested in how the Town of Moraga grows and looks, or how land use decisions are made, then the Town needs you! The Planning Commission and Design Review Board (DRB) each have a vacant seat in need of a willing, committed volunteer. The Commission and DRB (click title for full story) each meet one to two times per month and require additional time to prepare for meetings. This is an excellent way to give back to the community, and to make sure the community develops in a way that meets the Town’s overall vision. Submit an application, questionnaire, a letter of interest and resume to the Town Clerk’s Office, 329 Rheem Boulevard, Moraga.
Reliez Station Road will be open through Friday, August 22. The planned paving for last Saturday, August 16 did not occur and has been rescheduled for this Saturday, August 23. (click title for full story) Reliez Station Road will be closed on Saturday, August 23 from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. To get up to date information, visit the City of Lafayette website. Moraga traffic may be severely impacted by this road closure. Additionally, the road will be closed next Monday through Friday, August 25-29, between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
The 16th Annual Moraga Pear & Wine Festival will be held Saturday, September 27, at the Moraga Commons Park from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. This is a family event with activities for all ages celebrating Moraga’s pear history! Join friends and neighbors for entertainment and fun (click title for full story) at the bandshell with DJ RyanO; wine tasting with Lamorinda Winegrowers Association; grape stomping; pear pies; jumpies; food; local artist booths; community and business booths; and much more! Enter the Pear Recipe Contest. Exhibitor booth applications are due Friday, August 29.
The 511 Southwest Contra Costa County Student Transit Ticket Program is back! FREE public transit tickets will be provided as an alternative to driving student(s) to school. Each student is eligible to receive two (2) 12-ride County Connection transit tickets. Students must be registered in a (click title for full story) public or private school (1st -12th grade) in San Ramon, Danville, Alamo, Lafayette, Moraga or Orinda. Learn more about the program and apply online.
California Senate Bill 270, expected to be voted on by September, would place a statewide ban on the use of plastic bags by large retailers and grocery stores. In Spring 2013 the Council discussed whether to pass a local ordinance to ban plastic bags in Moraga. At that time, the Council, with Moraga Chamber support, chose not to impose restrictions on local businesses and (click title for full story) to wait for a statewide measure so all businesses would be treated similarly. SB270, as drafted, limits a local agency’s ability to enforce or regulate the use of plastic bags unless the Town passes a resolution by September 1 stating that it will create its own local plastic bag ban. On August 27 the Council will consider again whether to locally regulate plastic bags or allow the state to regulate their use.
The Town has received permits from the County, Central Contra Costa Sanitary District, and Moraga-Orinda Fire District for its planned remodel at 331 Rheem Boulevard. The remodel includes a new ADA accessible and hearing-assisted community meeting room with enhanced technology, a remodeled Spanish-style façade, (click title for full story) low-water sustainable landscaping, ADA accessible hardscape, a trellis, and new sidewalks and lighting. Interior work will begin next week.
CORRECTED DATE: At its September 10 meeting, the Town Council will consider an appeal of a recent Planning Commission decision regarding the Via Moraga project. The Planning Commission had approved a Conceptual Development Plan to allow an 18-lot single family residential subdivision at (click title for full story) 489 Moraga Road, the former bowling alley site. One Councilmember appealed the decision, concerned about a “walled effect” along the scenic corridor. The developer, Signature Properties, also appealed the decision, requesting the Council allow the project to have two driveways accessing Moraga Road.
Central Contra Costa Solid Waste Authority (CCCSWA) will sponsor a Vermicomposting (worms) and Bin Building Workshop on Saturday, September 6, from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon at the Walnut Creek Civic Park Community Center. All worms and bin supplies are included, and attendees will leave with a fully functional worm bin. The workshop is (click title for full story) $20 per household and is open to CCCSWA service area residents only. Visit the CCCSWA website for a registration form no later than August 21.