Natasha Grasso Jewelry Opens in Rheem Valley Shopping Center in Moraga

Rheem Valley Shopping Center, Moraga

Originally based in Burlingame, Natasha Grasso Jewelry has relocated to the Rheem Valley Shopping Center in Moraga. Although the signage is not up yet this is a permanent location, not a popup. You can find their jewelry at places such as the Getty Museum, California Academy of Sciences, and One Kings Lane. Check out their Facebook page here.

From their website:

Designer Natasha Grasso created her first collection in early 2009 when she was unsuccessful in finding affordable, classic pieces that would enhance her fine jewelry collection and add style to her wardrobe.  

” I wanted pieces that would reflect my sense of style without being too trendy, a collection that would go from the office to jeans and a tee and could even hold it’s own in a ball gown!”

As a successful interior designer Natasha used her design skills, took a metalsmithing class and created the first collection of Natasha Grasso Jewelry.  What started as a hobby is now a thriving design and manufacturing company.  Natasha’s designs are influenced by her extensive travels, and love of art, fashion and design.



Suicide by Handgun near Rheem Elementary School in Moraga this Afternoon


Following up from today’s Rheem Elementary School lockdown

From the Moraga PD:

Today, at 12:35 p.m., the Moraga Police Department received a telephone report requesting a welfare check of a resident on Donald Drive. The resident was upset over personal issues and had made suicidal threats.

Officers responded to the area and were confronted by the subject, who was brandishing a handgun. The subject then pointed the gun at his head and threatened to kill himself. Officers requested assistance and officers from Orinda and Lafayette Police Departments responded to assist. Officers negotiated with the subject for over 15 minutes, attempting to get him to put the gun down. However, they were unsuccessful and the subject shot himself.

Moraga-Orinda Fire Department paramedics were staged at the scene and immediately began life-saving measures. The subject was transported to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, where he was pronounced dead.

The incident is being jointly investigated by the Moraga Police Department, Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff and the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s office.

During the incident, for safety reasons, Donald Drive was closed and the Moraga School District made arrangements for Rheem School students to be picked up at the Ascot Court access. The students at Rheem were not in danger at any time, although the school took appropriate precautions. Donald Drive has since been reopened. No other people or officers were injured during the incident.


Rheem Elementary School in Moraga Locked Down Earlier Today due to Nearby Police Activity


From Moraga School  District:

Rheem School followed lock-down procedures at about 1:00 PM today after receiving notice from the Moraga Police Department of police activity near the intersection of Donald Drive and Moraga Road.  There is no other information available at this time as to the details of the activity.  All Rheem students are accounted for and were not in any immediate danger.

The Moraga Police Department initially reported access along Donald Drive to Rheem School would open at about 1:45 PM.  However, at the time of this writing, there is no access or very limited access to Rheem School from Donald Drive.  All students are being released from school at the regular Wednesday release time and will be escorted to Ascot Drive.


Armed Home Invasion Robbery in Moraga this Morning


From the Moraga PD:

At 9:45 a.m., Moraga Police responded to the report of a home invasion robbery that occurred on Via Granada in the Campolindo neighborhood.

The homeowner was confronted by 3 armed black males who were driving a silver late model Toyota Camry. All of the males were wearing masks and were armed with guns. The suspects left the area in an unknown direction. The victims were not injured.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Moraga Police at 925-888-7055. Also, if you live in the area and have a surveillance system, please check your recordings from this morning, starting before 7:00 a.m., for any suspicious persons or the described vehicle.


Dover Saddlery Opening on Friday in Rheem Valley Shopping Center in Moraga

Rheem Valley Shopping Center, Moraga

Great news for English riders as Dover Saddlery is opening their first northern California store in Rheem Valley Shopping Center in Moraga this Friday. I didn’t realize Moraga was a hotspot for English riding but since Dover Saddlery has a giant mail order operation they knew that there is large demand within 20 miles of Moraga.

Tuesday Morning used to be at this location, I took a look inside and it’s gigantic. They also carry horse-themed clothes so even if you’re not looking for a new English saddle, this is a must see!

From their website:

Founded in 1975 by US Equestrian Team Members, Dover Saddlery is the leading purveyor of quality English horse tack, horse supplies and riding apparel for horse and rider at any level of competition. The stores are stocked with all the products you want and a knowledgeable staff is there to help the customers find exactly what they need. So come on in and say “Hi” to the friendly faces at your Dover Saddlery Retail Store.



Hometown Hoedown in Moraga on Oct. 24th


Hometown Hoedown:

Campana Farm
2151 Camino Pablo, Moraga
Saturday, October 24th, 2015
6:00pm – 10:00pm | $75










Stolen Car Lamorinda Police Chase Ends in Crash on Highway 24


From the Moraga PD:

On 09/25/15 at 1039 hours, a Moraga police officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a red older model Chevrolet Suburban that he observed driving recklessly in the area of Moraga Road and Donald Drive. The officer turned on his emergency lights and attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver of the vehicle failed to stop.

The vehicle was driven for over a mile without stopping, while the officer was driving behind it. When the driver turned on to northbound Moraga Road, he sped up and attempted to flee from the officer. The officer, who was assisted by a second Moraga officer, turned his siren on and pursued the vehicle on Moraga Road and into Lafayette The driver turned east onto Mt. Diablo Blvd. and then over the center median at First Street, where the driver took a short detour through a portion of the Whole Foods Lot before continuing north on First Street towards Deerhill Road. The driver made a left turn onto westbound Deerhill Road and then a left turn onto the westbound 24 Hwy on ramp. The driver drove over the island and started driving the wrong way on the off ramp from westbound Highway 24. When this occurred, the officers immediately stopped pursuing the vehicle. Continue Reading