2012-12-20 E-Edition

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Jan Iceland retiring from school board

20-year veteran helped shape Oak Park district

Jan Iceland, a 20-year board member with Oak Park Unified School District, was honored for her dedication to children at last week’s school board meeting. Iceland, who is retiring, said she was most proud of her ability to keep her focus on all children in the district, from the highest achievers to those who needed extra help to graduate. As […]

Samouhi bows out of election

Only four of the five applicants who filed papers to run in the March 2013 Calabasas municipal elections will be on the ballot. Challenger Liat Samouhi, like all candidates, needed 20 signatures to qualify for the race, but the Los Angeles County Registrar rejected eight of her 27 endorsements. Samouhi, a member of the Calabasas Environmental Commission, said she was […]

Clearing out the clutter

Most Americans have lost something valuable because of clutter, according to a recent Harris Interactive survey. The most common thing lost? Important documents and bills. To avoid such difficulties, here are 10 tips to get organized: Start small when starting to declutter. Pick one area or room and sort through the stuff. Purge items no longer used and assign the […]

Church presents cantata and candlelight for Christmas

Woodland Hills Community Church at 21338 Dumetz Road invites the community to the following services. The Chancel Choir will present a Christmas cantata, “Together for Christmas,” at 10 a.m. Sun., Dec. 23. The music is a blend of new music, carols and traditional melodies. The Christmas Eve candlelight service will be at 7 p.m. Mon., Dec. 24. The service will […]

This holiday, we’re the fortunate ones

In the aftermath of last Friday’s unthinkable tragedy at the elementary school in Newtown, Conn., teachers and administrators nationwide began a flurry of activity to bolster security and upgrade campus emergency plans. Not a minute was wasted at the Oak Park and Las Virgenes school districts where the introspection began in earnest. What if it were our kids? Are we […]

Agoura couple brings hope, medical training to distant lands

. Physician and his wife just completed a monthlong medical mission in West Africa

Physicians should always treat their patients with respect and compassion, says Dr. Neil Shocket of Agoura Hills. The doctor and his wife, Lori Justice-Shocket, recently completed a monthlong volunteer medical mission in West Africa with the global health education organization Project Hope. Founded in 1958, Project Hope—“Hope” is an acronym for Health Opportunities for People Everywhere—operates in 36 countries and […]

Family Men

The big Christ-miss wish Why can’t my 9-year-old ask for something simple this Christmas, like a Ferrari or a jet boat? There are dads like me all over suburbia, I guess. I’m the kind who wants to get his kid the best Christmas gift ever. So when my son came to me and asked for a miracle, I told him […]

Temple serves dinner to homeless

Blankets and leftover food will be given out Dec. 25

Almost two decades ago Nancy and Neal Federman, members of Temple Adat Elohim in Thousand Oaks, began what has become their Christmas Day tradition: They serve warm food to hundreds of homeless and elderly people. The temple will host its 18th annual holiday dinner Dec. 25 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Thousand Oaks High School, 2323 N. Moorpark […]

The community chips in

Congraulation to the Westlake Junior Womans Club for the annual Santa Comes to Agoura food drive to help the less fortunate— a job well done! Many thanks to Costco of Westlake Village for providing turkeys to feed the homeless and families falling on hard times. Gifts were provided by my friends, neighbors and co-workers from Trader Joe’s in Agoura Hills, […]