Calabasas Civic Center breaks ground Saturday

$31-million complex to be ready in 2008

$41-million complex to be ready in 2008 Ground will be broken this weekend on the long-awaited $41-million Calabasas Civic Center. Mayor Dennis Washburn will serve as master of ceremonies for the event, which will feature a reception, music and activities for children. “This event is a celebration of the completion of the first 10 years of work on the Civic […]

Walk the walk

TREADING LIGHTLY– A duck makes a big flap as it walks along the shores of Westlake Lake last weekend. He must have been flustered by the sign behind him.

High school students learn the meaning of tolerance

After a series of bullying and hate-related incidents on campus, students at Oak Park High School participated in “Tolerance Week.” Discussions were held in mid-December about the meaning of tolerance, and student films and essay and arts contests were presented on the issue. A woman who survived the Holocaust spoke of her experiences and suggested actions that students could take […]

Teachers receive salary increase

Teachers and staff in Oak Park will receive a 6.25 percent raise, the largest salary increase in at least three years. An increase in health benefits also was approved by the Oak Park Unified School District Board of Education at its December meeting. Annual health coverage jumped from a cap of about $11,000 to $13,183. The raise and health coverage […]

A New Year’s resolution: Keep the creek clean

Reclaimed sewer water might be diverted, officials say

A New Year’s resolution: Keep the creek clean The Las Virgenes Municipal Water District and Triunfo Sanitation District have launched a study that will look at ways the two agencies can limit the amount of reclaimed sewer water that is released into Malibu Creek. The Tapia effluent alternatives study was commissioned through the joint powers authority that oversees both water […]

Westlake bomb scare forces evacuation

A bomb threat at 2K Games, a video game company in Westlake Village, prompted an early dismissal of employees Tuesday and an investigation by local law enforcement. According to Lost Hills Sheriff Deputy Scott Rule, an anonymous call was received at the firm, located near Lindero Canyon and Agoura Road, between noon and 12:30 p.m. The anonymous caller said a […]

Community park enjoyed by all

LIGHTHEARTED– Andre Gatling of Calabasas and his daughter, 5-year-old Maya, spent time during the New Year’s break to play at Gates Canyon Park on Thousand Oaks Boulevard. The 7-acre park, which opened in 1993, includes a fitness course, children’s play area, basketball court, tennis courts and picnic areas with barbecues.

Boys concerned about park

Eric Kellenberger of Oak Park learned firsthand that age doesn’t matter when it comes to making a difference. Upset by recent damage to the field at Deerhill Park near his home, 9-year-old Eric decided to raise money for repairs. Vandals had driven across the grass where Eric plays soccer, ripping up the turf and leaving deep tire marks over most […]

Girl’s love for animals pays off

An 11-year-old Oak Park girl has used her talents and love for dogs to raise $1,000 for Guide Dogs of America. Brooke Kaufman met her goal in mid-December after nearly a year of creating and selling small denim handbags. The money will go toward the training of new puppies. A budding designer, Brooke took her flair for art and clothing […]

Donations needed to help launch new YMCA

The Miller Family YMCA, which will open in March in the Dos Vientos neighborhood of Newbury Park, is seeking donated preschool toys and play equipment. “Families who have outgrown their preschool years and want a tax donation should consider donating toys and play equipment to the YMCA,” said John Rutherford, president of the Southeast Ventura County YMCA. Rutherford said the […]