Gittens receives year in jail for traffic death of 18-year-old

SUV with teenage passenger crashed into a tree in 2005

Sean Michael Gittens of Thousand Oaks was sentenced last week to one year in jail and five years’ probation in connection with an auto accident that killed Krystin Shank, 18. Shank, who was a passenger, died on Oct. 17, 2005, when Gittens lost control of his SUV and it crashed into a tree. In May, Gittens, 19, pleaded guilty to […]

A pre-teen beauty queen

THERE SHE IS- Ten-year-old Kaylin Mouchwar of Newbury Park is semi-finalist in her division competing for the title of American Coed Pre-Teen Queen at the American Coed Pageant during Memorial Day weekend. The pageant is for girls ages 13 to 18 years and promotes the theme, “Being the best you can be.” Kaylin will attend Oaks Christian School in the […]

Oak Park school personnel earn statewide recognition

Three Oak Park Unified School District staff members have earned recognition from the Association of California School Administrators. Oak Park High School Principal Lynn McCormack was selected secondary principal of the year, assistant superintendent Cliff Moore was chosen as personnel/human resources administrator of the year and director of pupil services Cathy Skiba was named special education administrator of the year. […]

One for the thumb?

ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR CIF RINGS- The Viewpoint School boys’ tennis team earned its fourth consecutive CIF-Southern Section championship with a victory over Cerritos at the Claremont Club. Said head coach Asif Azhar: “Winning the championship is special every time. Every year is a new challenge. Getting to the final is not something we take for granted.” Pictured in the […]

Seek balance in all things

“Just as your car runs more smoothly and requires less energy to go faster and farther when the wheels are in perfect alignment, you perform better when your thoughts, feelings, emotions, goals and values are in balance.” – Brian Tracy As Buddha sat under the Bodhi Tree waiting for enlightenment, two musicians, arguing about the sound they were trying to […]

A simple ‘thank you’ to educators

I am writing to say a simple “thank you” to the teachers, staff and administrators of the Oak Park Unified School District. I have two children who have had the wonderful experience of attending Oak Park schools for their entire school careers. In June, our oldest will graduate from college and our youngest from OPHS. I find myself reflecting on […]

Located On A Tree-lined Street

This single-story, single family 3bedroom and 2bathroom home is located on a quiet tree-lined street. The home features woodlike laminate flooring for long-lasting durability ideal for families with children or seniors with wheelchairs. There is a brick fireplace as well as central air conditioning and heat systems. The kitchen is clean, and the bathrooms have newer cabinets. Additional amenities include […]

Trails in the Santa Monicas receive a funding boost

Lindero, Topanga, Cold Creek among those that are marked

Open-space acquisition grant funding in the amount of $2.32 million has been approved for Santa Monica Mountains trail projects, according to Zev Yaroslavsky, chairman of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. The money will help purchase six parcels of open space in the Santa Monica Mountains to expand the county’s hiking and equestrian trail system. The money comes from […]

How to bake the perfect summer pie

The saying goes- “It’s as American as apple pie.” But while the aroma of homemade pies elicits fond summer memories for many people, the mere thought of having to bake those delectable treats brings on the shadow of selfdoubt and visions of pies gone bad. This uncertainty may be the result of years of odd-sized cupcakes and burnt cookies from […]

Foster kids get prepped for prom

Mothers and their daughters from Congregation Or Ami in Calabasas took part in Prom Prep 101 last month, a mitzvah project designed to ensure that foster children are able to attend their high school proms. Paired with one of 50 foster girls, ages 15 to 18, from Department of Children and Family Services homes, the teams helped the girls select […]