2009-09-03

Scout thankful for assistance



On Sun., Aug. 23, 50 people from my Boy Scout Troop 127 worked on my Eagle project, including four Eagle Scouts. In the western town at Paramount Ranch, we replaced the wall on one of the builds with new plywood and gave it a paint job. We also painted another wall and put water seal on the deck of the […]

Oak Park’s new water park makes a splash



The new splash pad at Oak Canyon Community Park in Oak Park opened last weekend, and the timing couldn’t have been better as the water and cool spray from the park gave local children a welcome break from the sweltering heat. The Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District had hoped the $470,000 water-themed park would be open by July 4, […]

Medea Creek Middle School welcomes dean



Tim Chevalier has been hired as dean at Medea Creek Middle School in Oak Park. Chevalier replaces Jay Greenlinger, who left to become principal of a Camarillo elementary school. Medea Creek Principal Brad Benioff said Chevalier is a good choice for the position due to his skills and personality. “He has been a successful teacher and coach at Oak Park […]

Freedom Walk set for Sept. 11



The Reagan Library and MilitaryConnection.com will present the fourth annual Simi Valley Freedom Walk on Fri., Sept. 11 in the courtyard of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley. The event will remember the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorists attacks and honor American troops overseas. The 1st Marine Division Band will play preprogram patriotic music at […]

Did school play a dirty trick on residents?



I too was concerned when I saw that loads of dirt were being removed from the High School and trucked via the Medea Creek trail to an open space area adjacent to the practice fields. It became apparent that the paving company was not aware of strict regulations in our area when a limb on one of our oldest oaks was torn off, presumably by large equipment […]

After-school Club Chaparral opens



Club Chaparral, the new afterschool program at Chaparral Elementary School in Calabasas, opened its doors on Aug. 26 to students in kindergarten through fifth grades. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Conejo & Las Virgenes program is run by branch director Anne Lee and her assistant, Brieanne DeMaio. Lee, a Southern California native, earned a bachelor’s degree in comparative literature […]

Oak Park mom’s charitable work leads to friends in high places



Her charitable work with Grammy-winner Chaka Khan and others led Oak Park resident Lori Mackey to Times Square in New York City last month, where she and Khan rang the bell to open the stock market on Aug. 10. The bellringing brought attention to the Chaka Kahn Foundation, which helps atrisk, underachieving children reach their educational and life goals. Mackey’s […]

Friends bid goodbye to summer



Libraries are a safe haven for kids



Shame on you, Las Virgenes Unified School District, for closing the library doors to your students. A library is not just a place to check out books. It is also a haven for many middle school students to escape a lonely lunch hour, to elude the torment of bullies, or just find a quiet place to wind down from the […]

Synagogue helps foster kids get good start at school

Childspree provides supplies

For most children, backtoschool preparation is fun and exciting. Not so for many children in the community whose limited resources do not allow them to go shopping for the school supplies and clothing that they need. Congregation Or Ami of Calabasas has made it possible for 145 foster children to get a proper start to the new school year. The […]


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