2014-07-10

Sweet vindication for Ramljak

Oak Park graduate finds 3-point touch with Rice University


Austin Ramljak reclined in his dining room chair, arms folded, sporting a Rice University men’s basketball T-shirt. The recent Rice graduate struggled describing his success on the hardwood at the Division I level. Ramljak, his mouth swollen from that morning’s visit to the dentist, finally found the right word. “Vindication,” Ramljak said on Tuesday in his Thousand Oaks home, a […]

Oak Park district names Von Schneidau replacement

Hazelton offers background in finance


The Oak Park Unified School District Board of Education appointed Oak Park resident Drew Hazelton to fill the seat of Jennifer von Schneidau, who resigned in May when she moved out of the district. The school board interviewed nine applicants before naming Hazelton. The 38-year-old father of two said he was thrilled at the opportunity. “I value public education and […]

Fourth of July event awash in fun



WET ‘N WILD—Above, boaters squirt each other with water during an annual Fourth of July tradition on Westlake Lake in Westlake Village. At left, a teenage captain rights his vessel after passing under the bridge during Westlake Yacht Club’s “Around the Island” race on July 4. It’s the only time during the year that sailboats are allowed to go under […]

Youth of the Month



BRAVO—Lindero Canyon Boys & Girls Club recently recognized Moani Sermeno, 12, as Youth of the Month. Moani, a sixthgrader, was awarded the honor for working hard to improve her grades and for her willingness to volunteer. She participates in Junior Leaders, Smart Girls, Torch Club, creative cooking, dance and improv. Moani lives in Calabasas.

Warriors surge on volleyball court



LEAGUE CHAMPS—The Westlake High junior varsity boys’ volleyball team won the Marmonte League with a 13-1 record. Pictured in the back row, from left, are assistant coach Andrew Strick, Brett Kallman, Tyler Robinson, head coach Hunter Horn, Richard Lee, Brian Russo, Troy Magorien and Cameron Foster. Front row: Jake Simon, Josh Strick, Alex Faille, Diego Garcia, Sean Fitzpatrick and Stephen […]

State gas tax going down, or is it?



Who says taxes never go down? The California State Board of Equalization announced that the excise tax rate on gasoline is being reduced from 39 cents to 36 cents per gallon. But don’t expect gas prices to drop. Other factors, such as world crude oil prices, also affect California’s cost at the pump. The adjustment of the excise tax on […]

LVUSD projects underway




Schools may be out for summer, but Las Virgenes Unified School District is as busy as ever with several major undertakings. At the June 17 board of education meeting, school officials discussed the summer projects that are underway. The biggest project at Agoura High School is the renovation and expansion of the G building, which includes a stage and weight […]

Flying Squirrel



Alaskan adventure It’s tradition for American grade-schoolers, upon returning to classes in the fall, to be asked to report on where they went and what they did on summer vacation. It’s not the fall yet, but if I were in third grade and I had to share what I did on my summer vacation, it might go something like this: […]

Ready for gridiron glory




The list of local players in the NFL continues to grow. Cassius Marsh, Jeff Mathews, Kevin Graf, Chris Coyle and Brenden Daley were picked up by NFL teams in May and will report to their respective training camps later this month. The rookies join an elite group of current NFL players who hail from Acorn country. The local pros consist […]

Candidates brace for water board election




A spirited campaign is shaping up in the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District board of directors election this November. In addition to the three incumbents up for reelection—Glen Peterson, Lee Renger and Barry Steinhardt, all of whom plan to run for another term—the race could attract new contenders with fresh ideas for the district. A five-member board of directors governs […]


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