2013-08-01 E-Edition

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Dodger Talk

New Malibu Creek clean water restrictions have local offcials worried

The new water quality standards for Malibu creek and lagoon adopted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on July 2 are expected to raise costs for Las Virgenes Municipal Water and Triunfo Sanitation district customers. Local cities are worried, too. They say the laws will have a trickle- down effect because the new water treatment costs could take away from […]

Free classes offered on water-wise gardening

Las Virgenes Municipal Water District will host a series of four water-wise gardening classes in August and September to help residents work on more watereffi cient landscapes. The following classes will run from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays at 4232 Las Virgenes Road, Calabasas. Design by Plagiarism” on Aug. 21. Landscape architect and author Billy Goodnick will explain popular […]

Music program returns to OPHS

After several years of declining enrollment, the Oak Park High School instrumental music program is being revived by a new teacher. Zachary Borquez, 28, has been working all summer to promote OPHS band classes and stem the tide of freshman music students migrating to neighboring high schools with more established programs. Borquez will lead concert and jazz band classes at […]

Missionary shares inspirational message

Teacher spends a year in Africa

Teaching kindergarten at the Esther School, a Christian school for orphans and underprivileged children in Zambia, has taught Rachel VanGent that education can bring hope for the future. One of her students was walking with her mother when the woman was hit by a car and died instantly. “Liya was 4 years old when her mom died,” said VanGent, a […]

Four in race for school board

Two incumbents not running

The November election for the Las Virgenes Unified School District Board of Education is shaping up to be a competitive race. Angela Cutbill, Mary Jo Ammon, Sharon Kaiser and Lesli Stein have filed documents to compete for three open seats on the board. Dallas Lawrence of Calabasas and Matthew Breddan of Agoura Hills obtained the necessary paperwork but have not […]

Agoura Hills approves new housing plan

Affordable housing, senior housing needs and the changing demographics of a mature city are part of the Agoura Hills General Plan housing element that was approved by the city’s planning commission on July 18. California law requires cities to evaluate and update their housing needs every four to eight years. The planning commission will send its report to the City […]

Family Men

Shark Week

People don’t watch TV communally anymore. Remember the “ Charlie Brown” animated holiday specials? Everyone tuned in . . . at the same time. And it was all people would talk about the next day. Now we watch programs at any time, no matter when the shows air, thanks to our DVRs, DVDs and that cloud over our heads. And […]

More students, universities are turning to online courses

Due to advances in technology, online education has become an effective alternative for students who wish to earn a degree from the comfort of their own home. But Internet lessons are not for everybody. Students who choose that route must be disciplined and willing to work hard in order to succeed, said Patricia Ewins, dean of student learning at Moorpark […]