2009-06-11

Grads ready for new world



OH HAPPY DAY—Above, Oaks Christian High School seniors Hanna Crockett, center, and Natalia Dabdoub, give a shout-out after receiving their diplomas during the school’s commencement ceremony June 4 at Calvary Community Church in Westlake Village. Right, new grad Cody Goodman sees the coming year in a whole new light. This week’s graduation coverage begins on page 21.

Agoura Hills Dial-A-Ride program is expanding



The city of Agoura Hills will be providing residents with expanded service of its deluxe doortodoor DialARide program with destinations to popular locations in Oak Park, Westlake Village and Thousand Oaks. Points of interest on the expanded service include The Oaks mall, Janss Marketplace, Westlake Promenade, Costco, Los Robles Hospital, and the DMV. Seniors may stop at the Goebel Senior […]

No time to rest for Oak View teacher



Susan Allen’s responsibilities at Oak View High School include teaching math, English, computers, college prep, even stained glass design. Rarely is there a moment’s rest for the teacher at the alternative high school in Oak Park, but Allen sees the bright side. “I tell students is that if you do what you love you never have to work a day […]

Jewish networking group



JNET, a Jewish business networking group, will meet at 7 p.m. Wed., June 17 at Temple Etz Chaim, 1080 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. Members include Jewish business people, professionals and corporate executives from private, public nonprofit and charitable organizations throughout the Conejo Valley. For more information, call Elissa Linick at (818) 865-8370 or visit www.jnetonline.org.

Once upon a time there were these gay penguins . . .



Mr. Robinson and Ms. Surniss warn us (The Acorn, June 4) about the homosexual lifestyle being “promoted through the media and in our schools” and how the gay agenda is “shoved at us from every angle.” Well, brace yourselves, my friends. It’s much worse than you can imagine. This insidious threat has now begun to permeate our way of life, […]

School district consolidation recommended, but idea fails to gain support

Grand jury touts big cost savings

A grand jury report recommends that the 20 public school districts in Ventura County be reduced by almost a third to save millions of dollars in administrative costs at a time when California is insolvent and searching for ways to streamline services. A May 18 Ventura County grand jury report, “School District Administration: Is the Cost Too High?” investigated the […]

Holocaust survivor shares vivid memories, stories from youth



Brutal conditions and inhumane treatment by Nazi guards left Leopold Engleitner a near skeleton, sterile and with poor hearing, but incredibly, without anger or bitterness. “If I felt bitterness, I only would have harmed myself,” said Engleitner, in his native Austrian-German dialect. “I am happy that I survived and I am still alive,” Engleitner not only survived the horrors of […]

Oaks Christian top students see bright days ahead



A high achiever with top grades, Jules Sharpe, 17, is a scholar athlete who is on the Headmaster’s List and whose favorite class at Oaks Christian High School was AP physics because of the many labs and activities. His accomplishments in varsity track and basketball include first place in high jump and triple jump for CIF, Ventura County Championships and […]

Tough competitors



A really Big day



These difficult economic times have been tough for nonprofit organizations who have seen contributions reach new lows. Despite this, when we decided to coordinate a community effort as part of Big Sunday, we were knocked out by the incredible level of support. Big Sunday, which occurred the first weekend in May, is an apolitical, nondenominational way for people to give […]


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