2011-12-08 E-Edition

Las Virgenes schools end superintendent’s contract

Donald Zimring to retire

The Las Virgenes Unified School District Board of Education Tuesday announced that Superintendent Donald Zimring, an employee with the district for 36 years, will retire in August. Jill Gaines, board president, said the decision not to renew Zimring’s contract came mutually. “Don has always planned to retire, but the only question was timing,” Gaines said. “The discussion was when.” Assistant […]

Homes tour brings holidays to life

Murdock to help YMCA park

Benefactor wants to get involved

Local billionaire David Murdock says he wants to help the YMCA and Westlake Village build their long-awaited sports complex at Thousand Oaks Boulevard and Lindero Canyon Road. The city invested $15 million to grade the site and install landscaping and underground utilities. But the city will not pay for the park and the YMCA. The amount of Murdock’s donation is […]

Cyclist killed

An avid local bicyclist on her weekly ride in the Santa Monica Mountains was killed Dec. 3 when a van pulling a trailer jackknifed into her lane. The accident occurred at about 9:30 a.m. last Saturday as Carol Shreder of Topanga was riding east on Mulholland Highway near Kanan Road. She was hit by a van driven by Stafford Taylor […]

His bell was rung, but superintendent still has class

Some great athletes choose to retire at the top of their game; others leave because they’re cut from the team or forced out due to injury. Longtime public school administrator Donald Zimring will never be described as a super athlete, but when it comes to educating students and managing the affairs of the classroom, he was the most valuable player […]


Unleashed canines dog Westlake

I’d like to tell you a story about what goes on in Westlake Village. I am a dog owner and love my dog very much. He is my best friend of 11 years. I walk him three to four times daily. We go walking in an area called the greenbelt in Foxmoor where there are seven signs saying all dogs […]

Coyotes caused her much grief

I am a 25- year resident of Calabasas.OnJuly4Ilostmy precious 8-year-old Yorkie to a coyote who jumped my fence and ate my dog. Needless to say, I was grief-stricken. I later found out that my neighbor across the lake had the same experience. The coyotes ate three of her dogs. My neighbor across the street fended them off and was able […]

Next time, just use nearest Coinstar

Today I went to my local Wells Fargo bank to deposit the change my wife and I have collected over a period of time. Like most people, we keep a big jar and enjoy filling it up. The teller wanted to know who had rolled the coins and were the amounts accurate. Put another way—did we shortchange the coin rolls? […]