2009-01-15

Schulz named Las Virgenes school board replacement

Former board member returns

The competition was stiff, but experience mattered most when the Las Virgenes Unified School District Board of Education chose Pat Schulz to rejoin the panel and temporarily fill the spot left vacant by Terilyn Finders. Schulz was twice elected to the school board and retired in 2007 after eight years of service. Finders resigned from the board in December. She […]

How do you spend a windy day?



IT’S A BREEZE—Those pesky Santa Ana winds have been lingering for more than a week, but that doesn’t stop local residents from still enjoying the beautiful outdoors. Above, Tim Trafficanda of Oak Park uses the breezy conditions at Deerhill Park to launch his kite. His sons Gavin and Ethan received the colorful toy for Christmas and were waiting for the […]

Youth basketball leagues turn to female leadership

'Old boys' club' being challenged

A pair of popular youth basketball leagues are under the leadership of women for the first time. Susie Troxler is president of the Agoura Youth Basketball Association, and Tami Miller is president of Westlake National Junior Basketball. Both women live in Westlake Village and offer support to one another. In the past, the AYBA and Westlake NJB leadership has been […]

Yerba Buena teacher is heart attack victim

She loved special ed students

Elizabeth (Liz) Rogers, a special education teacher at Yerba Buena Elementary School in Agoura Hills, died unexpectedly at her Woodland Hills home Thurs., Jan. 8. She was 41. An autopsy released on Jan. 12 revealed that Rogers died of a massive heart attack. “Liz (was) a truly gifted and professional teacher and friend to all staff members, parents and students,” […]

Maurer to address Calabasas



Calabasas Mayor Mary Sue Maurer will present the 11th annual Mayor’s State of the City Address on Wed., Jan. 21 in the Founders Hall at the Calabasas Library, 200 Civic Center Way, Calabasas. A reception with drinks and hors d’oeuvres will begin at 6 p.m., and the address will begin at 7 p.m. Maurer’s talk will cover the city’s accomplishments […]

Car hits boy on bicycle



A student who was riding his bicycle to Medea Creek Middle School in Oak Park was hit by a car, Wed., Jan. 7 at dismissal time. The boy was not injured, said Tony Knight, superintendent of Oak Park schools. The boy apparently was riding his bike down the school’s entrance driveway where a parked SUV obstructed his view. He rode […]

T.O.- Westlake Chamber names new exec



Jill Lederer The Thousand Oaks-Westlake Village Regional Chamber of Commerce has selected an interim president to lead the Chamber upon the retirement of president and CEO Janet Levett, who will leave the position at the end of January. The board has chosen Jill Lederer as interim president. She will assume the day-to-day operations of the Chamber. Lederer is a local […]

The Oaks Muvico theater catches fire



Firefighters responded with five engines and two ladder trucks to a blaze Sun., Jan. 10 at the Muvico movie theaters under construction at The Oaks mall in Thousand Oaks. The first call went out at 4:24 p.m. with the report of smoke in the hallway. Four rows of seating in one of the theaters had ignited. The cause of the […]

Assessment fees not necessary



Los Angeles County Assessor Rick Auerbach and County Consumer Affairs Director Pastor Herrera are warning homeowners to be wary of solicitations from private companies offering to file property assessment reduction forms for a hefty fee when the property value review. The property value review by the Assessor’s Department is free. The county said it has received calls from property owners […]

Local hawk comes back to roost

Former trainer recognized bird from newspaper

The front page of the Thurs., Jan. 1 Acorn, featured an amazing photograph of a red-tailed hawk taken by a reader, Joshua Lesser, of Agoura Hills. It was The Acorn’s Photo of the Year. Stephanie Sayre of Agoura Hills recognized the hawk instantly as Kalypso, a juvenile redtail trapped by Sayre, an apprentice falconer, on Oct. 16, 2007 in Camarillo […]