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Man Rescued by Moraga FD as Fire Raged this Morning on Archer Circle

From the Moraga PD:

On 10/30/2017, 4:49 a.m., Dispatch received calls reporting a house fire on Archer Circle. Moraga Police and Moraga-Orinda Fire personnel responded to the scene and found the house at 9 Archer Circle fully engulfed with flames. Firefighters attached the fire and were able to prevent it from spreading to other houses.

Firefighters also rescued one of the occupants of the home. He was treated at the scene by Moraga-Orinda Fire paramedics and transported to John Muir Medical Center where he is being treated for burns. His condition is unknown. The other occupant of the home was able to escape without injury.

At least 9 fire engines and crews from the Moraga-Orinda Fire District and the Contra Costa County Fire District responded to the fire and worked to extinguish it. Fire personnel will be on the scene for most of the day to ensure the fire is out and to investigate the cause of the fire.

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West Commons Park Opens in Moraga

West Commons Park, Moraga

The new open space next to the Harvest Court development off Camino Ricardo in Moraga is now open. On the other side is Moraga Commons Park and the open space has been renamed, West Commons Park. As you can see in the photos after the jump there is an open space meadow, walking paths, four interpretative signs, and one picnic table. Currently it’s not possible to enter via Camino Ricardo so park in the Moraga Commons parking lot and cross Moraga Rd. to get in. When I dropped by over the weekend I even saw someone fishing for trout over the bridge.

More photos after the jump… Continue Reading

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Iron Horse Regional Trail Closures in October

Thanks to a reader for sending this photo pointing out various temporary Iron Horse Trail closures in October in Walnut Creek, Pleasant Hill and Concord.

From the East Bay Regional Park District website:

Sections of Iron Horse Regional Trail will be closed periodically during October 2017 for pavement maintenance. The segments of trail that will be subject to closure are Newell Avenue to Ygnacio Valley Road in Walnut Creek, Las Juntas Way to Lisa Lane in Pleasant Hill, and Monument Boulevard to Concord Avenue in Concord. Check back for specific closure dates.

Sections of Briones to Mt. Diablo Regional Trail and Contra Costa Canal Regional Trail will also be periodically closed during October 2017.

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How are the Solar Powered Garbage Bins Working out in Downtown Walnut Creek?

Earlier this year downtown Walnut Creek got solar power garbage bins which compact the trash every hour or so. I like how they come with a foot pedal to open but as you can see in the above photo there are potential problems. When I dropped by a few days later the front was completely removed. The other cans looked fine so I hope this isn’t a harbinger of things to come. How do you like the new bins?

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Safety Issue in Downtown Walnut Creek

From an email:

I feel like a total weenie complaining about this, but tonight in downtown walnut creek my best friend and I were almost followed to our car by some creep that had been lingering around us near the little seating area near True Food Kitchen.

I noticed him skate toward us coming from the Broadway Plaza, and he saw us and was lingering near the SoulCycle doors, then came and sat next to us and oddly pulled his chair closer to us, then [my friend] said we should go, not even realizing he was creeping but just that he was staring at her – as soon as we got up, he got up too and followed us near the entrance and I slowed down before we got too far into the garage and quietly said “Is he following us” and [my friend] said yes, so we stopped walking and he immediately stopped too and realized that we noticed what he was trying to do, so he pretended like he was going to use the vending machine. Then we walked back to the seating area and some nice SoulCycle girls helped us get security to escort us to our car and by that time he had disappeared. Continue Reading

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Props to Northgate High Student Entrepreneurs

Props to these Northgate high students in Walnut Creek who started a company and then donated their profits to the Monument Crisis Center in Concord!

From an email:

My name is Miguel Ramos and I am a rising senior at Northgate High School. I am part of a program called Junior Achievement and along with 16 other students from Northgate and other schools in the area, we founded a start-up company called Fleece Bay, a nod to East Bay. We would hold weekly meetings at the AAA at Walnut Creek with guidance from employees of AAA and Junior Achievement. Through preorders, Fleece Bay was able to sell 75 blankets in a span of two weeks earning us a revenue over $2,000. We would spend our weekends manufacturing these blankets and delivering the blankets to our customers. We would then take part in “Junior Achievement’s Company of the Year Competition” against other companies in Northern California. We were awarded with the Best Business Plan Award and came second in the Best Commercial Award. We finally liquidated Fleece Bay in July and in August we donated all of our profits to our local charity, the Monument Crisis Center at Concord. Continue Reading