2005-06-16

Oak Park chools seek taxpayer help again

Bond measure considered

In an attempt to survive the statewide budgetary cuts in education, Oak Park Unified School District officials plan to go back to the community and ask residents to pass a school bond that could appear on the ballots as early as June 2006. The amount of the bond is still undecided and will be guided by a school district master […]

High school graduations commence



Agoura Hills council opposes Heschel West



The Agoura Hills City Council last week voted 4-0 against Heschel West, the kindergarten through eighth-grade Jewish day school being proposed for the unincorporated area of Los Angeles County just east of Old Agoura. The 166,000-square-foot, ninebuilding school for 750 students would be located just outside the jurisdiction of Agoura Hills. But city officials hoped that their vote would influence […]

Kidnapping victim did the right thing

Had strategy for defense

Last week’s kidnapping attempt in Lake Sherwood may prompt local residents to reexamine their own ability to protect themselves if they encounter a dangerous situation. Dennis Elliot Shellhouse, a possibly suicidal man, tried to take a 35-year-old woman for ransom. As the kidnapper led the woman to his van, she managed to tell a neighbor to call 911 and then […]

Animal therapy



Supermarket earns Pavley environmental award



State Assemblywoman Fran Pavley (D-Woodland Hills) presented her inaugural Sustainable41 Award on Fri., June 10 to the store manager of the Albertsons Supermarket at 26521 Agoura Road in Calabasas. The award program recognizes businesses in the 41st Assembly District that incorporate environmental “sustainability” policies and practices in their operations. Albertsons had set up a box for battery recycling inside their […]

Coffee with council member



Calabasas City Councilmember Jonathon Wolfson has announced he will begin hosting “Coffee with a Councilperson” sessions on Wednesday mornings in June and July to meet with Calabasas residents and discuss city issues. All sessions will be conducted from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. and are scheduled for: June 22 and July 20 at Starbucks, 4776 Commons Way, Calabasas; and July […]

Agoura High football coach helps block local robbery attempt

Follows suspect in car

The actions of Tracy Spencer, an Agoura High School football and track and field coach, led to the recent arrest of a bank robbery suspect at the Bank of America branch in Agoura Hills. Spencer was returning to track practice after visiting the Agoura Meadows Shopping Center when he noticed a man in business attire running after another man. “I […]

Westlake boy wins top science award



At a time when many young boys are thinking about skateboarding or playing video games, 12-year old Logan Stokols wonders whether a person’s dilated pupil will affect their peripheral vision. He decided to find out, and for his efforts he won first place last month at the 54th annual State Science Fair in Los Angeles. The fair drew over 950 […]

Serious sailor sets goals for the future



Jake Sorosky is a sailor. And if you think he’s one of those weekend yuppie types more interested in matching his captain’s hat to his Docker pants, think again. Sorosky is a salt-of-the-sea mariner—the kind who plays to win. The Agoura High senior recently won the Ullman Series, one of the leading amateur sailing series in the United States. Sorosky […]