2011-11-17 E-Edition

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Calabasas change is in the air

Just as the dust settles in Westlake Village following confirmation that Philippa Klessig will hang on to her City Council seat for another four years (she beat Chris Mann in a close race that took six days to certify), the City of Calabasas finds itself in a state of flux. Politics in Calabasas are nothing if not interesting. Jonathon Wolfson, […]

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Woodward wows ‘em

Concert review

One of the most engaging singers on today’s music scene came to Thousand Oaks last Saturday when Lucy Woodward performed at the Civic Arts Scherr Forum Theatre in T.O. The daughter of a composer/ conductor father and an opera singer/ belly dancer mother, Woodward was born to absorb a variety of musical styles; her concert effectively presented her unique taste […]

Student earns perfect score

Vasant Iyer, a junior at Westlake High School, achieved a rare academic feat last month. The 15-year-old scored a perfect 2400 on the SAT on his first try. He took the test Oct. 1 and his score was announced three weeks later. According to Kathleen Steinberg, executive director of communication at the College Board, which develops and administers the SAT, […]

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Sundays in Oak Park with dog Gem

There is a small garden bench that gets pressed into special service those days my 12-year-old dog, Gem, needs an assist into my car. With a little encouragement she masters the climb onto the car seat via the bench-bridge. And off we go. We live on Mulholland Highway in Agoura, and on Sundays, when the influx of road warriors arrives, […]

Invasive beetle

The days shorten, temperatures drop and rains come. Green sprouts push through the wet earth and seeds from summer’s growth fall to the ground—all signs that fall is underway. Each day, scrub jays and western gray squirrels collect acorns and diligently deposit them in the ground as food storage for when the acorn boon is not so plentiful. Nearby, oak […]

Pen pal program bonds high school teens and youngsters

Though they’ve never met, students Jadon and Collin will learn a great deal about each other in coming months through a pen pal project that pairs first-graders at Chaparral Elementary with high school freshmen at Calabasas High. The letter exchange program, started two years ago by teachers Susan Levy and Diane McEvoy, teaches children to communicate the old-fashioned way. It […]

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