New laws affect property tax payers

The laws that affect property taxes undergo several important changes for 2012. Certain portions of property tax bill payments still qualify as itemized deductions on income tax returns, but for the 2012 reporting year, California taxpayers who itemize their returns will be required to report both the deductible and the nondeductible portions of their property taxes to the state. Property […]

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Model United Nations called to order

The Triunfo YMCA, serving Westlake Village, Agoura Hills and Oak Park, will start its Model United Nations program for children in grades sixth through eight at 6 p.m. Thursdays at the Sumac Elementary School YMCA facility, 6050 Calmfield Ave., Agoura Hills. The program will meet twice a month. The California YMCA Youth and Government Model United Nations program is a […]

The power of giving with no strings attached

“Through giving generously, you are entitled to expect that life will fill your desires. You alone can create that expectancy by your willingness to release the good you hold, in order to receive a greater good. Once you establish the security of giving, you will never hesitate to give to a worthy cause. The beggar who seeks a handout from […]

Open, collaborative process

The Las Virgenes Metropolitan Water District—like other water agencies but unlike most local government—carries wide-ranging power and authority, including the ability to issue building permits and to proceed with infrastructure projects without obtaining consent from cities and other entities. There’s a reason for this: People cannot survive without water, and it is LVMWD’s responsibility to deliver clean, safe water—despite all […]

Eco Girls promote business ideas for green planet

Can making environmentally conscious changes actually help a business’ bottom line? That’s the question a group of six high school and middle school students are trying to answer for the Idea to Impact Challenge, a contest sponsored by the Ventura County Office of Education and Cal State Channel Islands. Calling themselves the Eco Girls, the group is investigating how businesses […]

Grand opening of Ferrum Fitness

Ferrum Fitness, a new full-service fitness studio, will celebrate its grand opening from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sat., Feb. 11 at its new facility at 29056 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Agoura Hills. The event will have free classes, raffles, membership giveaways and 50 percent off any purchases made that day. The studio offers small, custom, high-energy workouts, and personal training […]

Adoption event

The Children’s Bureau will present an informational meeting for anyone interested in learning more about adoption from 7 to 8 p.m. Wed., Feb. 29 at the Grant Brimhall Library, 1401 E. Janss Road., Thousand Oaks. The bureau seeks single or married individuals, retired persons and families to consider adopting older children and sibling sets of three or four brothers and […]

Congregation honors Weissman

The congregation of The New Shul of The Conejo will honor Rabbi Gershon Weissman for his 32 years of dedication to the community with a champagne brunch and silent auction from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sun., Feb. 12 at the Westlake Village Inn, 31943 Agoura Road. Gershon has been active in the Conejo Valley Interfaith Association and instrumental in […]


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