County favors smaller version of Heschel West

Yaroslavsky proposes temporary cap of 390 students

Heschel West, a private Jewish day school proposed for an area adjacent to Old Agoura, will probably be allowed to open its planned new campus, but with a temporary cap on enrollment. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors heard appeals Jan. 23 from the city of Agoura Hills, the Old Agoura Homeowners Association and the environmental group Save Open […]

Keep trash out of the ocean

Debris is hazardous to sea life

More than half the nation’s population lives along the coast, while many others visit the ocean each year, yet few Americans are aware that the health of the oceans is at risk. Nor do most know that people can play an important role in keeping the oceans clean, no matter where they live. Marine debris, such as fast food packaging, […]

Teacher of the Month

STRAIGHT SHOOTER– Alan Meyer, a middle- and upper-school math teacher at Viewpoint School in Calabasas, was named Teacher of the Month by the L.A. Lakers for his outstanding performance as an educator. Meyer will be honored during a halftime celebration at Staples Center. For more information about the event visit www.viewpoint.org.

Prayer brunch

Magnificat, a ministry to Catholic women, will host a prayer brunch from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thurs., Feb. 22 at the Porter Valley Country Club, Porter Valley Drive, Northridge. The guest speaker is Richard Najera. According to event organizers, Najera will “share his dynamic story of healing and a changed life after receiving a vision of the Blessed Mother […]

Sympathy for a pet owner

My letter is in response to Joanne Van Buren’s letter (Jan. 18) regarding the “Losing Jackie” story (Critter Corner, Nov. 23). I have never written to a newspaper before, but both of these letters struck a nerve in my heart. First and foremost, I want to extend my utmost sympathy to the Mattson family because there is no doubt in […]

Brand New Wood Ranch Condominiums Are Available

Brand new Wood Ranch condominiums are available in a gated, senior complex. There are 37 one-level units, each with 2 bedrooms and 2 baths, granite cabinets, indoor laundry and a private garage. The kitchen comes with Whirlpool appliances including a refrigerator. There are semiprivate elevators, a pool, spa, recreation room, gym, card room and barbecues. The complex is near Wood […]

From top to bottom, these students are good

STAGE DIVAS- White Oak Elementary School second grade students Hanna Wildermuth, standing, and Hannah Teague perform a dance to the song “Right Where You Want Me” at the school’s talent show last week.

Finding brilliance in all children is possible

Part I of two parts

Is it possible to discover the brilliance within each child in a public school setting where conformity takes precedence over passion, where young minds are shaped according to an agenda rather than nurtured and personal fervor takes a back seat to rote memorization? Educator Resa Steindel Brown, author of the newly released book, “The Call To Brilliance,” believes every child […]

Kolbe Korner Preschool to hold annual fundraiser this month

The St. Maximilian Kolbe Korner Preschool annual fundraiser “Casino Royale” will be from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. Sat., Feb. 24 in the church hall at 5801 Kanan Road, Westlake Village. Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction will be followed by dinner at 7:30 along with a live auction, gaming tables, a poker tournament and raffle. Items featured in the […]

Tango and more

TWO TO TANGO- Orlando Paiva and his wife, Laura Tate, take to the dance floor in a romantic tango. Paiva, a renowned dancer, owns the Paiva Dance Academy at 2636 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. in T.O. The academy, which opens Feb. 5, teaches all styles of dancing for children and adults. For information call (805) 496-7620 or visit www.paivadanceacademy.com