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The Weekly Roundup

Post Date:07/14/2017 5:43 PM


The Weekly Roundup

July 14, 2017 | What’s Doing in Lafayette?


Chamber Fire

The Big Fire on Lafayette Circle

It was midnight on Wednesday when longtime Lafayette residents Dino Riggio and Jaime Alicia, stretched out in the bedroom of their Lafayette Circle home and moving into their first REM cycles, were stunned awake by what Dino said, “sounded like a bomb and felt like an earthquake.”  They looked out their window and saw a fire blazing in the office building immediately behind their home, which was totally engulfed in flames within minutes after the explosion.  Dino called the fire department and started walking through the apartments next door to make sure everybody had evacuated.  Unfortunately, the old all-wood building that hosted the wonderful La Finestra restaurant, many businesses, and the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce for decades was completely destroyed.  In the aftermath, Robin Fox said it best:  “For those who live elsewhere, the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce offices were in the front of the building, on the ground floor, through the arch. It's been inspiring to watch the Chamber staff put one foot in front of the other, checking off items on a growing to-do list -- and it’s been wonderful to see the community's outreach of concern and support.  Just another reason to Love Lafayette.”  One example of such generosity:  Diane Barbera, branch manager at Bank of the West, immediately offered up the bank’s conference room as temporary space for the Chamber staff while they get back on their feet and find more permanent digs. If you need to reach the Chamber, their phone number (284-7404) should soon be operable.  One last note:  the job that ConFire did -- delivering 54 firefighters to the scene within minutes to ensure that the flames did not spread -- was tremendous.  We're fortunate to be served by such dedicated and competent public servants.


Powering Up One of the Snake Hill Signals

City Engineer Tony Coe reports that his staff is planning to put the signal at located at the intersection of Reliez Station Road and Las Trampas Road into operation on Monday afternoon.  The signal at Reliez and Olympic still has something loose ends to be tied up and won’t be powered up until early August. 


Lafayette Station parking entrance closed for two days 7/21-22

The entrance to the parking lot at Lafayette Station from Happy Valley Road will be closed for two days as part of BART’s project to improve station access and the parking lots at the station. All cars will need to enter and exit via Deer Hill Road. There will be signs and flag people onsite to assist with traffic flow.  BART apologizes for the inconvenience and appreciates your patience.  More information here.


It's that time of year again!  

The Lafayette Swim Conference will be hosting its 6th Annual Championship Meet at Acalanes High School on July 29th and 30th.  The event is the culmination of the swim season for many local children ages 5 - 18. It's going to be a big SPLASH!  If you have any questions, contact Laura Gunderson at or 415-867-9064.


Community Survey

County Connection wants to hear from the communities it serves about what is important.   The bus company is thus undertaking a Community Survey to help improve transportation and make it easier to get around where you live and work. Random households in central Contra Costa County have been invited to participate in our Community Survey. Be on the lookout for your invitation postcard in the mail. The postcard details how you can participate in our short 5-minute survey. Your feedback will help us learn what is important to you and allow us to better serve the transportation needs of your community. Thank you in advance for your participation.


This Week at the Library

To see what’s happening at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center this week, click  Support your Library - Shop at Friends Corner Book Shop, corner of 1st St. & Golden Gate Way! 


Poetry for the Week

The things I've thought I've loved

could sink an ocean liner, and likely would

if given the chance.



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