Conejo’s house of blues

Residential real estate no longer an easy payday

Home prices up, home prices down: It’s hard to know where the housing market is headed in today’s economic climate. But the experts agree on one thing: Residential real estate isn’t the safe haven it used to be. The median home price in Calabasas gained almost 8 percent last year over 2005–to an areawide record of $1.39 million–but in Thousand […]

Funding boost helps arts and music

California schools this year will receive extra funding for art, music and physical education programs, thanks to a healthier state economy. Although 27 new school programs were included in the 200607 state budget, the majority are targeted for school districts that are low performing or economically disadvantaged. Three new programs will benefit all California schools, said Donald Zimring, deputy superintendent […]

CERT prepares for disaster

EMERGENCY SUPPLIES- Diane Connolly, medical supplies organizer for Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), retrieves crutches from the front seat of a car, a donation that will be used to assist local residents in case of an emergency or disaster situation.

Business donation benefits AYSO

The Tireman Inc. and Uniroyal Tire of Thousand Oaks have donated funds and equipment valued at more than $800 to AYSO Region 9 as part of a longtime program by Uniroyal to support the nation’s top youth soccer associations and leagues. Uniroyal is in its seventh year as a major sponsor of youth soccer. In total, Uniroyal and its dealers […]

McScholarships available

Applications for four Ronald McDonald House Charities scholarships are open to high school seniors who have demonstrated academic excellence, strong leadership skills and a commitment to the community. The programs are for African American Future Achievers, Asian Pacific American Students Increasing Achievement, Hispanic American Commitment to Educational Resources and Scholars of Tomorrow. The $2,000 college scholarships may be applied toward […]

Adat Elohim serves high tea

HOT WHEELS- Jenni Lavine, of Thousand Oaks, and Kate Carone, of Sherman Oaks, check out the bid list for a pair of Giant brand bikes at the Adat Elohim high tea held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Westlake Village on Sunday.

It’s important to identify our kids with special needs

Thanks to Sophia Fischer for a great article regarding the failed H6 Bond Measure. Her piece was informative and specific, and finally gave us some real answers to our real questions, mainly, “Where is the money going, who’s minding the store, and how are we moving forward to provide the schools what they really need?” My only suggestion is that […]

Susan Stone

Susan Stone, a Realtor and broker associate with White House Properties, now offers the Realtor.com Featured Homes Marketing System for her clients. When potential buyers search for homes in the Agoura Hills area, they will see her clients’ properties displayed on the first page with color photographs. This placement, which can provide more exposure than a regular placement, was created […]

Wheels in motion

PRACTICE– Devin Schneider of Oak Park practices a kickflip in the Schneider family garage. As part of his bar mitzvah project, Devin has collected and reconditioned more than 30 skateboards which he will donate to Boarding House Mentors, a nonprofit group that introduces at-risk youth to surfing, snowboarding and skateboarding. See story in Community section.

Festivities begin for Chinese Year of the Pig

The 15-day Chinese New Year kicks off the “Year of the Pig” on Sunday, and the swine will be celebrated all year long. The Chinese commemorate the new year with observances of ancient traditions, legends and superstitions, parades, dancing, fireworks and plenty of food. One of the legends tells of a man-eating, mountain-dwelling beast from ancient China called the nián. […]