The Moraga sex abuse scandal from the 90s has finally been settled for $2.85 million according to a press release from the Moraga School District. Other Moraga sex abuse lawsuits are pending.
From the Moraga school district:
The insurance company for the Moraga School District has reached a negotiated settlement in a lawsuit arising out of the sexual abuse of a student in the 1990s. As part of the settlement, the lawsuit brought by Kristen Cunnane against the district and three former administrators will be dismissed.
Under the terms of the settlement, the district’s insurer will pay Ms. Cunnane $2.85 million. These funds will not come from the district’s general fund and will not impact operations at district schools. The settlement amount was reached through discussions between attorneys for the district’s insurer and attorneys for Ms. Cunnane.
“First and foremost, we want to again apologize to Ms. Cunnane and to her family for the abuse she suffered as a child and for the pain it has caused,” said Bruce Burns, district superintendent. “It is our hope that this settlement will help Ms. Cunnane continue to heal, and allow the district to continue working to educate and protect the children entrusted to us.” Continue reading
Sometimes parking at the Moraga Commons Park was a hassle due to overcrowding so these extra 30 odd spaces should help out. I like how they put boulders on the park side rather than a fence as a barrier. Very nice!
Meet the Easter Bunny:
Rheem Valley Shopping Center (next to Starbucks)
Saturday, March 30th, 2013
12:00pn – 3:00pm
Click here for a coupon for a free photo session with the Easter Bunny (bring your own camera).
Some things in life are taken for granted. Summertime. Hot weather. Children smiling. Picking blackberries before school lets out for summer. That is until one day when the Los Perales school administration decides that the blackberry bushes enjoyed by kids and parents for years are considered a “hazard” and *poof* all of sudden they are gone. Apparently, despite the fact that they were behind a fence as you can see in the photo above, they had reached a size which necessitated their removal. I wonder how many injuries or complaints Los Perales received that caused them to take action. Or maybe the occasional trimming was too bothersome or expensive so they razed them instead. (Even non-thorny bushes were cut down).
Sorry children of Los Perales, as you walk home from school in a couple of months there will be no blackberry pickings for you. I know you learned a bit about nature and where food comes from and such, but you’re going to have to look elsewhere from now on. Some things in life are taken for granted.
The Italian restaurant Mondello’s which closed a few years ago in Moraga next to 24 Hour Fitness is being replaced by a “home/made kitchen cafe & bakery”, opening soon according to a sign in the window. Not sure if that’s going to be the name “home/made kitchen” but what’s the point of the /? I look forward to seeing how this turns out.
From the Lafayette Library and Learning Center:
Lafayette Library and Learning Center
3491 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette
Thursday, February 28th, 2013
6:30pm – 7:30pm | $5
Curious about Carnaval? Join us for a lively discussion
about this enthralling new exhibit at Saint Mary’s
College! Heidi Donner, Manager of Educational
Programs at Saint Mary’s newly renovated Museum of
Art, will discuss the Museum’s colorful display that
captures the European and American origins, history and
practices of “The Feast Before the Fast.” Ms. Donner
will share highlights of the sights and sounds of Carnaval
in New Orleans, Mexico, Bolivia, Brazil, Trinidad, Italy,
Spain, and Switzerland.
Also featured: a dynamic video documentary of Carnaval
festivities around the world by award-winning travel
photojournalist Robert Jerome. For thirty years, Mr.
Jerome has photographed Carnaval in Europe, the
Americas and the Caribbean. A few items from the
exhibit will be on display in the community hall as well.
Photo by Flickr user Schaffner
From the New Rheem Theatre:
On Sunday, Feb. 24, attend the Oscar Party at the Rheem Theatre. The evening will include red carpet arrivals with photo ops, live music, dancing, the Oscar program projected onto the big screen, door prizes and dinner provided by Shelby’s Restaurant of Orinda. Tickets are $100 each and the goal is to sell 250 tickets!