Local band teacher finds help in time of need

The local music community has vowed to help one of its own. Friends of Mike Gangemi, a group that includes musicians, school music teachers, band students and parents, is working to help Gangemi, a local music educator, overcome his health problems. Gangemi, 33, is morbidly obese and needs gastric bypass surgery. Although he works for several area school districts helping […]

High school hazing leads to coaches’ dismissal


An alleged hazing incident last year involving members of Oak Park High School girls’ soccer team has led school officials to ask for the resignation of the team’s head coach Ted Eggleston, assistant coach Gloria Rios and athletic trainer Brenda Pasqua. Although Eggleston would not comment on the incident, he said his resignation is “on hold” and the case is […]

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Request for sound wall falls on deaf ears

Residents of the Saratoga Hills/Saratoga Ranch community in Calabasas have long complained about the year-round traffic noise along the 101 Freeway, and although Los Angeles County had planned to build a series of soundwalls with the local portion finished by next year, the project has been delayed due to a lack of funding, officials said. Hoping to protect residents from […]

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Don’t let dangerous driving ruin holidays

The holiday season can be the most dangerous time of the year for drivers and pedestrians. Given that speeding is a factor in roughly 30 percent of all traffic fatalities, there are plenty of reasons to slow down this holiday season. And as the season kicks off, here are four major points to keep in mind, courtesy of Autobytel’s “Take […]

Calabasas wants to be smoke-free city

The Calabasas City Council says it wants to move forward with its ban on outdoor smoking in the city, including no smoking in places such as outdoor restaurant patios and other business areas. The city council even discussed the possibility of banning smoking on the balconies of multi-family housing units. Council members expect to discuss the no-smoking ordinance within the […]

Oak Park seeks water tank solution

Input from the community and a potentially unorthodox partnership between two water districts could help lead to a satisfactory location for the new water tank needed in Oak Park. Influenced by comments from nearly 200 Oak Park residents at a recent town hall meeting where replacement of the Conifer Street tank was discussed, officials from the Triunfo Sanitation District said […]

Use common sense to keep you and your belongings safe during holidays

Whether at home or at the shopping mall, these tips can help

For many, the holiday season often brings a renewed sense of faith, a chance to spend time with family and friends and the opportunity to celebrate the coming year. There are others, however, who view the holidays as a time to make a quick buck by breaking into gift-laden homes or preying on the pocketbooks of busy, often frantic, shoppers. […]

Volunteers deliver school supplies to Louisiana

The newly formed group, Spirit of Calabasas Foundation, collected hundreds of items in a citywide fundraiser last weekend for school children and other residents of Plaquemine Parish in southern Louisiana, an area devastated by Hurricane Katrina. The items were packed into trucks on Monday and will arrive in Louisiana for delivery today. According to Red Godfrey, foundation president, the donations […]