Once an artist, always an artist

A LIFE IN ART—Above, Westlake residents Nancy and Craig Chretien study the artwork of former neighbor and painter Eugene Tkachenko, Ph.D. The Chretiens had no idea of what an artist he was. At left, more of Tkachenko’s work, which he kept up even after suffering a stroke. An exhibit honoring his life in art took place at the Conejo Valley […]

Updates to Lupin Hill include new multipurpose room

School board meets with architectural firm regarding campus improvements

Lupin Hill Elementary School in Calabasas will be getting a face-lift that will include a new multipurpose room and possibly other site renovations. At the Aug. 16 Las Virgenes Unified School District Board of Education meeting, trustees were tasked to approve services by Rachlin Partners, a Culver City-based architectural firm. Before the vote, Michael Rachlin and lead architect Jennifer Harrison […]

Other local football matchups

Salesian (1-0) at Calabasas (1-0) Outlook: This could be a preview of the CIF-Southern Section Division 5 championship game. Calabasas is ranked No. 1 in the division. Salesian, which obliterated Verbum Dei 69-0 last weekend, is No. 3. The Coyotes must stop Urael Blackshear (what a great name), a crafty running back and punt returner. Oak Park (1-0) at Desert […]

Not much competitive spirit in Oak Park elections

What could have been a competitive election for the Oak Park Municipal Advisory Council will be anything but. The candidate filing period has come and gone, and nobody has stepped forward to replace two outgoing MAC members. Councilmembers Robert von Schneidau, who served one four-year term, and Michael McReynolds, who joined the MAC in 2008, will both step down at […]

YMCA board’s newest member

The Southeast Ventura County YMCA has named Jeff Shumway as a new board member. Shumway, president and CEO of Olde Thompson LLC, will serve a three-year term with the Y. “I grew up in Indian Guides and various other YMCA programs in Los Angeles at the Westside YMCA,” Shumway says. “My family was involved in building the Westside Y back […]


Getting ready for a close up The Westlake Villagebased Randy Lane Company is offering video coaching for executives, entrepreneurs and media personalities. The service is for web users preparing a promotional video, launching a YouTube series or planning a vlog (video blog). Laura Nickerson, a video specialist and host of the City of Calabasas CTV network, will head the new […]

Seal of approval

Agoura boys’ water polo trains like Navy SEALs for a memorable practice

Early birds get worms, but the early-rising Chargers got the experience of a lifetime on Aug. 18. Agoura High’s boys’ water polo players met on campus at 4:45 a.m. to hop on a bus bound for the Naval Amphibious Base Coronado near San Diego. Most teams train hard for water polo. The Chargers trained like Navy SEALs. “I thought when […]

Ridgeline predicament

Calabasas officials tackle dated maps and costly regulations affecting some property owners

Some residents whose homes are on city-designated “significant” ridgelines in Calabasas say the rules go too far, forcing them to spend thousands of dollars for even minor backyard projects. In response to these concerns, Calabasas officials agreed during a meeting Aug. 24 that it is time to update their official ridgeline maps and ease restrictions for homeowners looking to build […]

Final stretch

CLU nearly ready for the Rams

After a nearly 30-year absence, the NFL is back in Thousand Oaks. Work wraps this week on the Los Angeles Rams’ multi-million-dollar practice facility on the campus of Cal Lutheran University. Players and coaches are expected to start moving in Sept. 2. Practices are closed to the public. Since breaking ground in April, crews from San Diego-based construction company Byrom-Davey […]

Simi Valley native plays a lead role on new TV series

Danielle Savre is in the middle of a major political scandal. Or at least her character is. Known for her roles in The WB’s “Summerland,” NBC’s “Heroes” and feature films “Wild About Harry” and “Boogeyman 2,” the Simi Valley native is now immersed in the lead role of Anna in TLC’s new eight-part scripted series “Too Close to Home,” a […]

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