2011-05-19

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API scores put Oak Park on top




Standardized public school test scores recently released by the state confirm Oak Park Unified as the highest performing school district in Ventura County—and among the top districts in California. Oak Park is the only district in the county where all five schools scored the highest rank of 10 in the statewide Academic Performance Index (API). And Oak Park High School […]

Women’s club supports disaster search dogs

Organization adopts canine rescue worker


On May 7 more than 20 members of the Westlake Women’s Club and many of their spouses caravanned into the mountains northwest of Santa Paula to the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation for lunch with Joe, the club’s sponsored golden Labrador retriever; his handler Lisa Tacconelli; and the foundation’s staff of professionals and volunteers. “We all believe in the great […]

Native bees to the rescue



Several years ago bee talk buzzed in the news reports. An outcry from farmers and biologists turned America’s attention to the declining number of bees. The chain was easy to follow. No bees, no pollination. No pollination, no food. And though we hear almost nothing of the topic today in the media, bee populations continue to decline. Since the Western […]

Teens support efforts to end Alzheimer’s



DJM in Agoura



DJM Commercial Real Estate, a commercial brokerage serving Ventura County, opened new offices in Agoura Hills. DJM represents businesses, individuals and other tenants in the commerical market. For the past 25 years, company president David Massie has directed the real estate divisions for some of the largest commercial landlords in California, managing millions of square feet of different types of […]

Despite budget issues, LVUSD still ranks high in state




Las Virgenes Unified School District may have been hit hard by state budget reductions, but the board of education’s determination to keep cuts away from the classroom has allowed students to continue scoring well on their standardized test scores. Overall, LVUSD earned an Academic Performance Index (API) score of 881, well above the statewide benchmark of 800. Standardized public school […]

One City, One Book to have western flair




The city of Agoura Hills will pay homage to its western roots in this year’s Agoura Hills Reads . . . One City, One Book program. “True Grit” by Charles Portis has been chosen as this year’s book selection. Actress Kim Darby, who portrayed the unsinkable Maddie Ross with actor John Wayne in the original 1969 movie based on the […]

Calabasas council approves outdoor music festival for De Anza Park




More than 1,000 people are expected to gather Juan Bautista De Anza Park in Calabasas this September to enjoy an evening of music, wine, food and socializing under the late summer sky. The Evening Under the Stars Music Festival is the brainchild of Woodland Hills artist Noel Webb, who owns Labrador Entertainment, and West Hills resident Michael Patterson, proprietor of […]

When seniors no longer drive



I remember when my fatherin law, Danny, bought his last car. Recently retired, he splurged on a new Lincoln Town Car that was far fancier than any car he’d owned in the past. He drove it around town with such pride. He and his wife, Mary, took that car to countless Irish events, to the racetrack and to visit their […]


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