Las Virgenes schools survive difficult year

Year in review

State cuts to school funding compounded the woes for the Las Virgenes Unified School District in 2010. While the continued economic slump threatened increases in class sizes and bare bones operations at every school, furlough days brought some relief for the budget. The unpaid days off amounted to a 5.4 percent pay cut for teachers and administrators, and saved the […]

Tips to create beautiful photo books

Photo books are more popular choose a subject and cohesive than ever as families seek to theme for the photo book. A bridge the miles and share special theme helps in choosing which moments and memories with their photos to include and helps the loved ones. Today, with photo book tell a story. Remember, these book technology more photo books […]

Austria comes alive at Boys & Girls Clubs

Chabad compromise needed for 2011

Twice, Ventura County officials have told Chabad that it cannot double the occupancy of its Oak Park synagogue, yet efforts to expand the neighborhood “shtibl” still persist. Chabad leaders are planning another appeal, and a court battle looms. Unable to refute the planning commission’s logic that an increase from 70 to 145 people for services is disruptive to the neighborhood, […]

Oak Park schools find enrollment solution

Year in review

The California District of Choice designation obtained by Oak Park Unified School District in 2004 went into full swing in 2010, the biggest single factor affecting OPUSD’s survival during the past year. Out-of-district students attending Oak Park schools on permit amounted to one-third of the student body. The District of Choice designation helped Oak Park Unified increase its revenues by […]

Sunshine Club to host comedian Mark Schiff

The Sunshine Club will host a luncheon for all local seniors and their families on Sun., Jan. 9 at the Renaissance Hotel Grand Ballroom, 30100 Agoura Road, Agoura Hills. The luncheon is free for all seniors and Sunshine Club volunteers. The public is invited for a $36 suggested donation. Comedian Mark Schiff, who has appeared on TV with Jay Leno […]

Ride the vintage rails

In recognition and appreciation of the volunteers who assisted and supported the restoration of the 1913 Baldwin Steam Locomotive No. 14, a special commemorative journey is planned for Sun., Jan. 2, leaving from the Fillmore’s Central Park at noon. The public can join approximately 50 steam volunteers and their families as passengers aboard the Fillmore & Western Railway dining and […]


Chabad news dominates 2010

A plan to expand occupancy at Chabad of Oak Park, which operates a synagogue inside a single-family home on Conifer Street, encountered road blocks as county officials sided with neighbors who fear the expansion will cause parking and noise problems in their community. In December, Ventura County planning commissioners rejected a claim that the county violated a federal religious landuse […]

A bonzai worth barking about

What’s a tree to a dog? Shade, a fallen branch to play fetch with, a sniff station to check out the canine cavalcade that has left code in scent. My dog and I could happen upon an endless forest right out of the realm of mythology and she’d have to make a stop at every bark-bearing denizen. My standard admonishment […]

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