2014-04-03 E-Edition

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Recent earthquakes cause local leaders to stand up and take notice

Chamber of Commerce making sure business community is protected

About 6:30 a.m. March 17, local residents were awakened by a magnitude 4.4 temblor, which originated on a fault line near Encino in the Santa Monica Mountains. The earthquake rattled nerves, but no damage or injuries were reported. Within days, a magnitude 5.1 earthquake struck the densely populated L.A. region. The temblor occurred shortly after 9 p.m. Fri., March 28 […]

Jazzed for spring

MUSIC TO THE EARS—Don Sumwalt of Newbury Park plays the trombone with the Conejo Valley Community Concert and Jazz Band during a spring performance at Lindero Middle School on March 30. Below, Jack and Beverly Richardson of Agoura Hills sing along to contemporary and classic tunes.

Westlake High student will sink teeth into Dracula role

Opening tonight, Westlake High’s drama department will present a production of Bram Stoker’s Gothic novel “Dracula,” the classic tale of the Transylvanian nobleman who turns out to be a vampire. Stoker’s novel, which was written in 1897, triggered a profusion of media adaptations, beginning with the 1922 German silent film “Nosferatu,” although Bela Lugosi’s iconic characterization in the 1931 American […]

New director will focus on special ed

Special-needs families in the Las Virgenes Unified School District can look forward to a new director of pupil services in the upcoming school year. Dr. Derek Ihori will begin his new job focusing on special education in the fall, Superintendent Dan Stepenosky announced. Ihori comes from the neighboring Oak Park Unified School District, bringing a wealth of experience as a […]

Warriors stand tall

Westlake boys’ lacrosse team wants to defend Marmonte title

The Warriors don’t shy away from competition. Westlake High’s boys’ lacrosse team has dominated its Ventura County rivals the past two seasons. The road to a third consecutive league title won’t be easy for the Warriors this season. “We’re the original lacrosse team in the area,” said head coach Dennis Ray, who started the varsity program five seasons ago. “We’ve […]

Shapiro named new Calabasas mayor

The new Calabasas mayor, David Shapiro, said that in the coming year he will strive to maintain, even improve the city’s strong financial footing. He also pledged to support programs for youths and seniors, and promote local businesses and public safety. “My nature is always to give back to my community and work hard,” said Shapiro, an attorney who has […]

Agoura Hills selects ‘Power’ for One City, One Book program

The City of Agoura Hills has selected the book “POWER: How J.D. Power III Became the Auto Industry’s Adviser, Confessor, and Eyewitness to History” by Sarah Morgans and Bill Thorness as the One City, One Book 2014 community read. The book tells the story of James D. Power III (Dave Power), who made a profound impact on consumer satisfaction and […]

Family Men

Spring-a-ding . . . dang! My wife has this lavenderscented candle. “Don’t you love it?” she said as I tried to figure out why my nostrils went from burning to charcoal so fast. Her candle is so potent that the headaches in my head pound on my eyeballs to get out. The candle doesn’t smell good either. But if I […]


Sara Champlain andKianna Mirtorabi of AgouraHills made the dean’s list atAzusa Pacific University forthe fall 2013 semester.Both had at least a 3.5grade point average.Jackson Miller ofAgoura Hills received theAward of Achievement atthe 24th annual SouthernMethodist UniversityMulticultural AcademicAchievement Ceremony.The SMU Office ofMulticultural Student Affairsrecognizes the academicachievement of minoritystudents who have achieveda cumulative grade pointaverage of at least 3.5.

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