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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 (click title for full story) 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.
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 three residents running for two open Town Council seats are: Ken Chew, Dave Trotter and Teresa Onoda. All Moragans are encouraged to meet the candidates and learn about Town issues by attending (click title for full story) the Moraga Citizens Network (MCN) “Candidates’ Night” on Wednesday, October 1, at 7:30 pm at the Holy Trinity Cultural Center, 1700 School Street, Moraga.
With Moraga schools back in session, the Moraga Police Department (MPD) asks all drivers to respect the 25 MPH speed limit in school zones, remember to stop for school buses when their red lights and stop signs are activated, and pay close attention to vehicular traffic and pedestrians in the areas around schools. Parents and children walking to school should be extra cautious. Please remember (click title for full story) you are required to walk facing oncoming traffic if you must walk in the roadway, and never step into the roadway from between parked cars until it is absolutely clear. If you have to walk with a child in the roadway, please make sure the child is walking closest to the curb and is firmly in your grasp. If everyone pays attention and is aware of their responsibilities, the overall safety in our Town will be greatly enhanced.
At its September 10 meeting, the Town Council will consider an appeal of the Planning Commission’s July 21 approval of a Conceptual Development Plan for the Via Moraga project, an 18-lot single family residential subdivision at 489 Moraga Road, the former bowling alley site. Two appeals were filed, one from (click title for full story) the project applicant, Signature Homes, regarding the Planning Commission’s direction for a single driveway, and the other from a Councilmember regarding the design on the project’s frontage on Moraga Road. The Town Council will consider the appeal and the approval of the entire project.
If you want to make a difference in how the Town of Moraga grows and looks, then now is the time to volunteer to serve on the Planning Commission or Design Review Board (DRB). The Planning Commission, DRB, and Park and recreation Commission each have a vacant seat in need of a willing, committed volunteer. The Commissions 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 resumé to the Town Clerk’s Office, 329 Rheem Boulevard, Moraga.
The Town of Moraga is updating its Housing Element as required by State Law. The Draft 2015-2023 Moraga Housing Element Update identifies and analyzes existing and projected housing needs within Moraga. The Town Council will review and comment on the Draft Housing Element at its September 10 meeting and (click title for full story) consider authorizing Staff to submit the plan to the State for its review. At their August 27 meeting, the Town Council approved zoning text amendments for transitional housing, supportive housing, emergency shelters, reasonable accommodations, and density bonuses which will qualify the Town for streamlined review of the Draft Housing Element by the State.
The Town Council’s scheduled August 27 hearing to consider Saint Mary’s College appeal regarding their intramural field lights has been postponed at the request of the project applicant. Additionally, the Historic Preservation Ordinance was postponed until 2015. (click title for full story)