2014-05-22 E-Edition

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Anti-Semitism tolerated no longer

We would like to compliment Oak Park High School, Tony Knight and OPUSD on their immediate and appropriate response to the recent Twitter incident. We have been parents in this district for 14 years and, frankly, we were shocked and saddened to hear that anything of this nature had gone on in any of our schools. The quick response, the […]

Soccer gear sought for kids in Brazil

Leon Abravanel, soccer coach for the Calabasas High Boys Soccer Varsity team, is collecting new and gently used soccer equipment in preparation for a trip to Brazil for the 2014 World Cup. The items will be donated to underprivileged children in Rio de Janeiro. Through his organization, Juggle-The-World, Abravanel seeks to use soccer as a vehicle to promote positive social […]

Kids honored for water awareness

Holland Kaplan, a third-grader at Bay Laurel Elementary School in Calabasas, was named top finalist in the 2014 Las Virgenes Municipal Water District’s annual Water Awareness Poster Contest. Twelve finalists were selected from more than 2,400 entries submitted by students from elementary schools within the LVMWD service area. The artwork included watercolors, mixed-media and crayon creations all centered on the […]

The Art of Being

Wherever you go, there you are With summer almost upon us, perhaps you are planning a vacation. Regardless of where you go, it’s important to give your mind and body time off. With practice, you can leave your “busyness” behind for a few weeks. However, the one thing you can never leave behind is your consciousness. In other words, wherever […]

We are family

Oak Park, which was built by Jewish activist Lou Boyar in the mid-1960s, has a long history of welcoming the Jewish people. One community survey indicated that Hebrew is the most frequently spoken second language in the community. During my two-decade tenure as the rabbi of the local Chabad, Oak Park’s school district has always been hospitable to Jewish students. […]

Volunteers take part in Day of Giving

LET’S ALL CHIP IN—More than 500 people participated in Oak Park’s 2014 Day of Giving on May 18, including Oak Park resident Steve Paden, above, holding a flowerpot, and to his left, Oak Park Unified School District Superintendent Tony Knight. Above right, Jayden Mehta, a kindergartner from Brookside Elementary School, with shovel in hand. In just over three hours, volunteers […]

Blue Diamonds sparkle in U-8

Alumni to gather at seminary

St. John’s Seminary will celebrate its annual Alumni Day for graduates of the school and former St. John’s Seminary College on Memorial Day, Mon., May 26 at the campus, 5012 Seminary Road, Camarillo. Registration will begin at 10 a.m., followed by Mass in the seminary chapel at 10:30 a.m. and a barbecue lunch on the grounds. The seminary is celebrating […]

Racism still alive

I am so confused! Some students from OPHS were accused of racism by tweeting anti-Semitic messages. A police commissioner in New Hampshire called President Obama the “N” word and refused to retract his action. Tax money thief/ rancher/ good Mormon secessionist Bundy says he knows what’s good for the Negro. How can this be? The Republican oligarchs on the U.S. […]