2005-08-18

Legislation benefits Backbone Trail



U.S Rep. Brad Sherman (DLos Angeles) secured $800,000 for projects in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area in legislation that President Bush signed recently. The funds are expected to be used to complete the mountains’ Backbone Trail and to improve access in Tarzana for San Fernando Valley residents entering the mountain trail network. “The park is a national treasure […]

Longtime Hope Chest volunteer honored



Two thrift shop volunteers bid farewell to jobs that began and ended as a pure labor of love. Margaret Paley has been a dedicated volunteer at the Thousand Oaks thrift shop, Hope Chest II, for more than 20 years. Hope Chest II is run by a group of volunteers called “Caring Hearts.” The store generates about $100,000 annually to support […]

School district studies facilities expansion



As final Measure R funds are being spent on the latest addition to the Las Virgenes Unified School District (LVUSD)—the new Yerba Buena Elementary School—officials are peering into their crystal ball to determine future school needs and their associated costs. Measure R was a $93 million bond measure passed by local voters in 1997. The cost of projects rose to […]

Art exhibit to help Special Olympics



Russel Santop and his sister Ziva will jointly exhibit their artwork at Kava Dume Café, 5653 Kanan Road, Agoura Hills. The exhibit will be from Sun., Aug. 28 to Fri., Sept. 30, with an opening reception from 3 to 5 p.m. Sun.Aug. 28. Russel is a disabled artist who will be displaying a selection of original paintings. He is an […]

Prudential California Realty Awards Scholarships



On Mon., Aug. 1, Prudential California Realty (PCR) held an awards banquet for its 20th annual golf tournament at Sunset Hills Country Club. The awards ceremony was not only for the golfers, but also to honor the benefactors of the proceeds from the tournament Prudential California Realty’s Golf Classic raises money for high school scholarships. This May and June, PCR […]

Lowe’s unveils plans for Westlake



The proposed Lowe’s development in Westlake Village may soon be a one-stop shop for hammers, nails and Lamborghinis. Charles Rotkin, the project’s developer and president of Rotkin Real Estate Group, said a recent change in the development’s plans allow for a 20,000-square-foot, high-end car dealership on the property. The fully-enclosed dealership will include a sales floor and two subterranean service […]

Fighter to be displayed at library



An F-14 Tomcat fighter aircraft will be on permanent display beginning Mon., Aug. 22 at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley. The plane will be craned into place beginning at 10 a.m. that day, followed by a 30-minute dedication ceremony at 11 a.m., with a keynote speech by Rear Adm. David Venlet. The ceremony is free […]

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The Business of College Admission The end of summer is near, and many high school seniors are starting to work on college applications. With competition for admission expected to increase again this year, anxiety levels are on the rise. Putting together a college list is the most important part of college admissions process. While many students spend hours researching “dream” […]

Garbo will be star of silent film at Paramount Ranch



Film siren Greta Garbo and her then real-life beau, the matinee idol John Gilbert, are the tars of “Love,” a 1927 silent film to be screened at 7:30 p.m. Sun., Aug. 21 in the open-sided pavilion at Paramount Ranch on Cornell Road in Agoura. This joint presentation of the National Park Service and Silent Society of Hollywood Heritage, Inc. pays […]

Elegant, Tropical Sanctuary in Spanish Hills



This resort-style estate offers amenities everyone can enjoy. Some highlights include huge covered patio with built-in barbecue and bar, lagoon entry pool and spa with three waterfalls and ponds, golf tees, putting green and sandtrap, speakers, gazebo, firepit plus grassy and sitting areas. Take a vacation in your own back garden. The interior is customized and elegantly decorated with neutral […]


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