2013-09-12 E-Edition

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9/11, 12 Years On

NEVER FORGET—Above, Pepperdine Univ. displays almost 3,000 flags in memory of the 9/11 victims. Left, firefighter Peter Botz raises the flag to half staff at the Oak Parkfire station on the morning of Sept. 11. Below, residents observe the ceremony. The flag-raising was held at 32 county fire stations.

Triunfo district wants more oversight on spending matters

Triunfo Sanitation District board member Janna Orkney said says she wants more independence and accountability from her agency to make sure ratepayers in Oak Park and surrounding areas get the best possible services at the lowest possible cost. Triunfo provides sewer and wastewater treatment for Oak Park, North Ranch, Lake Sherwood, Westlake and Bell Canyon, and it oversees potable water […]

New Hope Lutheran celebrates 40 years

Famed author at play’s opening

Joyce Carol Oates, a prolific and talented author who has won myriad awards for her novels including three Pulitzer Prize nominations (“Black Water,” “Blonde” and “What I Lived For”) was all elegance and charm at the opening of her one-act play, “Tone Clusters,” at the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum in Topanga on Sept. 5. Oates, 75, joined the actors and […]

Hilton Foundation gives $2.3 million to rec center

Agoura Hills offcials pleased

Agoura Hills City Manager Greg Ramirez announced the Hilton Foundation has given the city $2.3 million towards construction of a new recreation center to be built near city hall on Ladyface Court. City officials knew for some time that the foundation was considering donating money for the project, but became overjoyed when the group contributed about twice as much as […]

Center stops sale of passes

The National Park Service will end the sale of federal lands passes on Oct. 1 at the Santa Monica Mountains Visitor Center near Calabasas. The federal lands passes, including versions for seniors, active military and the disabled, cover entrance fees at national parks and other federal lands. There is no fee to enter federal lands in the Santa Monica Mountains, […]

St. Demetrios says goodbye to former site

The Rev. Gary Kyriacou will give his final liturgy at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church near the Camarillo Airport this Sunday, Sept. 15. The priest has no intention of retiring, but Sunday marks the church’s last service at 400 Skyway Drive, the home of Ventura County’s Greek Orthodox congregation since the 1970s, as the church prepares to move to its […]


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Common Core a game-changer for schools

New standards to replace STAR sooner than expected

California education officials propose to scrap STAR testing and implement the new Common Core State Standards earlier than expected. The Standard Testing and Reporting system, known as STAR, has been assessing student achievement in reading, math, science and social studies in California since the late 1990s. The superintendents of the Las Virgenes and Oak Park unified school districts hope Gov. […]