Thorsen leaveAgoura Hills

Jim Thorsen, Agoura Hills’ assistant city manager and a longtime employee of the city, has accepted the post of city manager for Malibu. He is scheduled to start his new job on May 1. Thorsen launched his nineyear career with Agoura Hills as an engineer, but quickly moved into other responsibilities and positions, including director of public works. He was […]

Local acting teacher helps others while pursuing own career

“Goodfellas” director Martin Scorsese gave James Quattrochi a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) card in 1990 and told him not to let it go to waste. Almost 10 years later, Quattrochi wrote, directed and starred in a movie that Scorsese saw. The director sent a letter to Quattrochi saying, essentially, that Quattrochi had put the SAG card to good use. Quattrochi, […]

Calabasas High musicians hit the road

Music students at Calabasas High School have been on a roll of recognition for their talent. Three different groups from the school’s acclaimed music program-the Wind Ensemble, the Jazz Band and the Vivace Choir–have been invited to play at renowned venues across the United States. The Wind Ensemble participated in the Heritage Festival of Gold, based on their superior ratings […]

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Train tours get rolling

The scent of fresh citrus fills the air of Heritage Valley when spring appears with its new crop of lemons and oranges. Passengers on Fillmore & Western’s Agri-Express Tours will have this experience close up and personal. Special trains from Santa Paula to Piru will be involved in a Heritage Valley tourism adventure into the agriculture of the valley on […]

Sharon Berman and Gary Paller

Bill Dalton, manager of Coldwel l Banker Residential Brokerage in Oak Park, recently congratulated Sharon Berman and Gary Paller for receiving the International President’s Elite designation. This award represents 3 percent of the top agents internationally. Sharon and Gary are consistent top producers and are often recognized for their outstanding sales production. Their in-depth knowledge of the market coupled with […]

Steve Amar

Steve Amar was awarded top lister honors for January at Prudential California Realty’s Oxnard/Channel Islands office. Amar has been a resident of Ventura County for more than 25 years. In 2004, Amar became a member of the prestigious Prudential President’s Circle and repeated this outstanding achievement in 2005. Specializing in all of Ventura County, Amar concentrates his efforts on beach […]

Everyday heroes Young men recognized for freeway rescu

With a grateful handshake and an expression of thanks, 21year-old Eric Reuel met three of the four young men who helped save his life. “If they hadn’t been there that night, I wouldn’t be here today,” Reuel said. The emotional reunion was overdue for Agoura Hills residents Carl Brocket, 18, Damon Michaels, 19, and Ivan Robles, 21, who were honored […]

Literary lovers start new book business

Because Agoura residents Penny Suess and Dana Gurnee can peer down from their deck and watch sparkling Sierra Creek tumble past their home, the two avid readers, who have many years of combined experience in the editorial field, were inspired to start a new bookselling business and call it Sierra Creek Books. Their great love of books became a mixed […]

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