2006-02-16

Fast-thinking teenagers help rescue freeway accident victim

Burning automobile was a death trap

Good friends Carl Brocket, Damon Michaels, Brandon Sprout and Ivan Robles stood outside their Lincoln Navigator in the emergency lane of the 101 Freeway in the early hours of Jan. 18, and knew they had to make a decision, and make it fast. Just seconds earlier, Michaels, the driver of the SUV, had witnessed a serious accident involving an 18-wheel […]

Students exercise for a cause



Fire council formed in Oak Park



Realizing that wild fires are a part of Southern California life, the Oak Park Municipal Advisory Committee has decided to form a local fire council, a group responsible for garnering resources and improving the community’s safety. “After the Oakland fire, the California Fire Plan was updated to encourage communities to work on their own fire plans in order to help […]

Volunteer group puts spotlight on Calabasas



Spotlight the Arts, a nonprofit group that is raising funds for a new community theater in Calabasas, has begun discussions about the type of facility it wants to help build. Founded in January of last year, Spotlight already has raised over $50,000, according to the foundation’s co-chair, Toby Keeler. The cost to build the theater isn’t known yet since there’s […]

Principal hogs the stage at Westlake High School spirit rally



HELLO BEAUTIFUL—Left, Westlake High School assistant principal Drew Passalacqua puckers up to kiss Brandi, a 450pound Yorkshire pig, during the school’s Winter Rally last week. WHS principal Ron Lipari deferred the kiss to his assistant, and the student body cheered with their support. Below, after the kiss, Passalacqua celebrates, most likely relieved to be done with the slobbery smooch.

Senior housing approved for Agoura Hills



The third time was the charm for a local developer who won approval from the Agoura Hills City Council to proceed with a senior housing project along the south side of Agoura Road, near the foot of Ladyface Mountain. Developer Carlos Khantzis, who was represented by Brad Rosenheim at last week’s meeting, was given the green light to seek an […]

Mayor to give Calabasas update



Calabasas Mayor Barry Groveman will deliver the eighth annual Mayor’s State of the City address on Wed., Feb. 22 at Calabasas City Hall, 26135 Mureau Road in Calabasas. The speech will be broadcast live on CTV (cable access Channel 3 in Calabasas). Groveman, who’s serving his first term as mayor, will reflect on city accomplishments from the past year. Groveman […]

Manslaughter charges filed in teenager’s death



On his Myspace.com personal page—a popular Internet site where guests post their online profiles—Thousand Oaks resident Sean Michael Gittens seems to have a hard time choosing between the clean-cut image of an allAmerican teenager or that of a drug addled, gun-toting, want-tobe-gangster. But if the Ventura County District Attorney’s office has anything to say about it, Gittens’ newest persona will […]

Agoura Hills natives shoot movie here



Agoura Hills natives Michael Breines and Corey Wish just wrapped shooting on a short film, “Matters of Life and Death,” which they filmed in Agoura Hills with “Jurassic Park” actor Joseph Mazzello. Breines and Wish produced “Matters of Life and Death,” and Mazzello, who played the young boy in the first two “Jurassic Park” movies, wrote, directed and starred in […]

Knott and Cordover to tie the knot



David Cordover and Maggi Knott have announced their engagement and plans to marry in Oct. 2007. The son of Alan and Pat Cordover of Westlake Village, the groomto-be is a 1996 graduate of Agoura High School and a 2001 graduate of Cal Poly University in San Luis Obispo. He is currently employed in research and development for Amgen. The bride-to-be […]