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MHS CHEERLEADING: Principal Adam Clark designates cheerleading as an official Miramonte sport. (15)

ORINDA TAXI: Orinda taxi takes on late night role of designated driver for students. (10)

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STYLE WATCH: Mirador investigates different backpack types and what they say about you. (19)


October 1, 2010

Independent Film Shoots in Orinda

Orinda resident, Julie Rubio, writes, directs and produces film, too perfect, and casts local kids by Jamie Riley

Most Orindans feel ample pride in their little town but would admit that it’s not known as an entertainment mecca. But, on August 12, 2010, Orinda became a little more exciting when the crew of the independent film too perfect chose this small town as their filming location.  Director, producer, and writer of the film, Julie Rubio, couldn’t think of a better place to film her movie. “It’s a really amazing little town,” said Rubio. “Cinematically, it’s beautiful when it comes to the whole 1940s, 1950s look. The Orinda Theater is a great art Photos: J. Rubio deco theater. We have all these amazing sets just sitting Clockwise from left to right: 1) Young OIS actors in the midst of a take. 2) MHS junior Devon here.” In too perfect, Rubio tells McDonald smiles for the camera. 3) The male the story of Elijah Stevens, a leads chill together after filming. young boy, and his four best friends as they celebrate their last day of middle school.  always wanted to do a Stand by Me type of movie that They look forward to what they believe will be their best takes place here in Orinda.” Rubio thought that due to the filming location it was summer ever; but after Elijah’s parents announce their divorce, he and his friends are forced to grow up and only fitting to cast fellow Orindians.  She was astonished at the abilities and raw talent that the kids possess. confront their innocence. “I was an actress in Los Angeles, New York and London “too perfect explores the power and depth of the moment before a big change happens,” said Rubio in her and I know when I have seen it; that special quality in someone that makes someone stand out. These kids really synopsis of the film. The upcoming movie is based upon Rubio’s son, Elijah, have ‘it,’” said Rubio. Although the majority of the characters are Orinda and his own coming of age. “I like to write about what I know,” said Rubio. “I Intermediate School kids, a few Miramonte students made

it into the film as well. These actors include junior Devon McDonald, junior Tonii Maramonte, and senior Tyler Maramonte.  Although these students have small parts in the film, they each had enjoyable experiences. “It was really cool seeing the whole crew set up the cameras and lighting and looking at the monitors during filming,” said Tyler Maramonte. “There was a lot of downtime so we all got to hang out and get to know each other.” Rubio’s fellow producer and best friend, Ramona Maramonte, is excited about the powerful message of the movie. “In the film, the boys have no idea that their lives are about to change,” said Maramonte. “The audience just sees the kids hanging out downtown and having fun.  This film is all about having fun when you’re a kid, because you never know when it can all be pulled right out from under you.” too perfect is scheduled to finish by December and has seen interest from Hollywood.  All involved with the film would like to thank Republic of Cake, Loard’s Ice Cream, Theater Square, Orinda Theater, Miramonte High School, Peet’s Coffee and Tea, Kasper’s Hot Dogs, Shelby’s, Lava Pit, Petra Café, Pop Chips, and Vitamin Water for their sponsorship of and contribution to the film.

OxyContin Abuse Strikes Lamorinda Area Possessions and sales of narcotic pain relievers circulate through local high schools

by Caroline Cook

Word on the street is that OxyContin has hit Lamorinda high schools. OxyContin, formally known as Oxycodone, is categorized as a narcotic pain reliever, similar to morphine. The drug is commonly known as “Oxycotton” and costs a dollar a milligram, according to Web MD. When taken in pill form, as intended, OxyContin is a slowrelease narcotic, prescribed for severe arthritis, sickle cell diseases, pain caused by cancer, and nerve damage. When purchased for non-medicinal purposes on the street, OxyContin is crushed and ingested and is said by users to have a more powerful effect than Heroin. In the last year, possession and visual sales of OxyContin have increased in both Moraga and Orinda said Officer Kevin Mooney of the Orinda Police Department. “We started seeing more juveniles in the possession of and involved in the sales of OxyContin as well as Ecstasy,” Mooney said. “I’ve been working here for 10 years, and it’s rare to see OxyContin in the area because it’s not the typical drug. We usually find marijuana, Ecstasy, and even cocaine on some occasions.” The National Drug Intelligence Center, reported in the National Household Survey on Drug Abuse, indicates that nearly one million U.S. residents aged 12 and older used

OxyContin nonmedically at least once in their lifetime. include restlessness, muscle and bone pain, insomnia, In addition, four percent of high school seniors in the diarrhea, vomiting, cold flashes, and involuntary leg United States abused the drug at least once in the past movements. Abusers who inject the drug also put year, reported the University of Michigan’s Monitoring themselves at a greater risk of contracting HIV, Hepatitis the Future Survey. B and C, and other blood-borne viruses. Mooney said According to Mooney, in typical possession cases, kids many are mistakenly under the impression that they will are found smoking marijuana and concealing OxyContin get “high” from OxyContin, and then feel fine after they in prescription medication bottles. First, officers detect the stop taking it. smell of marijuana coming from a car, then walk over to “The real point of the whole thing with this drug is investigate. Often a pill bottle is found with the label torn that it is highly addictive and can affect one’s family and off, and OxyContin is found inside. friends as well,” Mooney concludes. “People here need With regards to consequences, Mooney emphasizes to know that addiction prevents one from functioning in the harshness of the criminal system versus the juvenile school or at work and has a serious impact on their life.” system, in addition to the effects of OxyContin Miramonte High School Non-Profit Organization addiction. US Postage Paid, Orinda, “Going through the judicial system can really 750 Moraga Way Ca Permit #301 jeopardize one’s plans to go to college, play sports, Orinda, CA 94563 have a scholarship etc.,” Mooney said. “Some kids don’t realize that even though they’re in high school, if they are 18 they have to go through the adult criminal system, which is a lot harsher than the juvenile system.” OxyContin abusers risk long-term physical dependence and addiction as well as withdrawal symptoms if they cease using the drug. Such symptoms associated with OxyContin dependency

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