2011-12-22 E-Edition

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Not dying in vain

Tragic as it was, the death of Thousand Oaks High School senior Griffen Kramer could be the tipping point in this area’s fight against heroin. Word this week from the Los Angeles County coroner’s office confirming the drug as the cause of the 18-year-old’s death (see related story on page 9) puts an end to any debate and provides another […]

Moms bake holiday treats for foster kids

Baking cookies, cakes and other homemade goodies during the holidays has always been a sure-fire way for Oak Park residents Sandy Phillips and Bev Futterman to show their love to families and friends. But what about children in foster care? Phillips said she and Futterman discussed the idea over lunch one day. They knew many charitable groups were already donating […]

Union Bank opens Agoura branch

Union Bank N.A. recently announced the opening of a new branch in Agoura Hills at 29015 Thousand Oaks Blvd. The office is overseen by branch manager Michelle Mianrood, who is responsible for cultivating an overall customer base, developing new relationships with consumers and small businesses in the community, and leading the team of locallybased bankers with ties to the community. […]


SAT., DEC. 24 Thousand Oaks Acoustic Music Club 6 to 10 p.m. at Thousand Oaks private home. Potluck dinner followed by song circle. Free. Call for address. Contact: Gary and Kathy Lynch. Phone: 805.523.2682. Hanukkah Family Dinner 7 p. m. at Chabad Center in Ventura, 5040 Telegraph Road. New York-style deli dinner, homemade latkes served. Havdallah ceremony, live klezmer music, […]


Giving is easy with Charity Checks

Victor Dorff and Lisa Sonne believe in the spirit of giving, but the vast number of solicitation letters they received from their favorite nonprofits each year got them wondering how charitable giving could be streamlined. Dorff and Sonne, a husbandand wife team from Agoura Hills, established Charity Checks in 2000 under the premise that people would be more likely to […]

Santa letter

Dear Santa, This year, I’d like my 8-yearold son to have the best Christmas ever, like the ones you gave me when I was a kid. I try not to compare my experiences as a child with my son’s experiences. You know me—if I do that, then I’ll kill myself trying to make his childhood exactly like mine. It’s like […]

Mercato Italiano

If you’re planning to get together with loved ones for a little holiday cheer on a Saturday night, Mercato Italiano at the Four Seasons Hotel in Westlake Village is a celebration destination worth considering. In true Four Seasons fashion, the team of professionals transforms the elegant Lobby Lounge. Red umbrellas, high-top bistro tables, wooden vegetable crates and 80-pound wheels of […]

Zimring has done stellar job

I have lived in the Las Virgenes Unified School District since 1977. All four of my children attended school in the LVUSD from kindergarten through their graduation from Agoura High School. I am not a community activist. I follow local politics and school board activities from a distance, relying on our elected officials to do what was best for our […]