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Oak Ridge says it’s better than racial slurs

Nearly two weeks after hosting the McClatchy girls’ basketball team, Oak Ridge High School is being called out as intolerant because members of the student cheering section reportedly made racial slurs at the Feb. 25 playoff game. McClatchy parent Glen Kumamoto made the incident known March 8 with a public post on Facebook. “So a […]

9 Comments / March 14, 2016 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Bodine report notes ‘corrosive’ culture at ORHS

The El Dorado Union High School District Board of Trustees unanimously voted Feb. 29 to not renew Oak Ridge High School Principal Paul Burke’s contract for the 2016-17 school year, a decision denounced by many Oak Ridge students and parents. Late last week Village Life received a copy of the Bodine Group’s report that addresses the issues surrounding […]

3 Comments / March 07, 2016 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Local Youth tapped for NTIS

Marina Village sixth grader Brent Jones, 11, is only one of 14 Northern California baseball players selected to play in the National Team Identification Series (NTIS) in North Carolina Aug. 26-30. Northern California will represent one of 16 national regions at the series. Brent stood out while playing at the NTIS prospect games earlier this […]

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Best Place to Take a Date: Café C

Café C chef and owner Yvan Chalaye opened his new restaurant beneath the Regal Theater on Feb. 2, 2015. “I’m a French chef,” Chalaye said. “It is who I am. This doesn’t feel like work to me.” Less than three months later, it’s already winning awards. GM Jeff Watson called Café C a bar atmosphere with an […]

Comments Off on Best Place to Take a Date: Café C / April 29, 2015 | Posted in Best of 2014 | Read More »

Best gymnastics center: All Star Gymnastics & Cheer

Since 2005 Andrea and Michael Van Ry have owned All Star Gymnastics & Cheer. From the popular “climbing & crawling” classes for toddlers to competitive gymnastics and competitive cheer teams for older kids, more than 500 children ages 18 months to 18 years old take classes taught by coaches trained by the highest level instructors […]

Comments Off on Best gymnastics center: All Star Gymnastics & Cheer / April 29, 2015 | Posted in Best of 2014 | Read More »

Serrano ‘finger’ residents get a choice

During the second portion of the Jan. 20 El Dorado Union High School District’s board meeting at Oak Ridge, board members discussed students living in “the finger” and the attendance path that would best serve them. The eastern Serrano neighborhood got its nickname when high school boundaries were redrawn in 2005 and their neighborhood, still under […]

Comments Off on Serrano ‘finger’ residents get a choice / January 25, 2015 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Choice wins in high school boundary fight

Oak Ridge High School’s multipurpose room was filled during a special El Dorado Union High School District Board of Trustees meeting on Jan. 20. During the four-hour public workshop, school attendance boundaries in the Blackstone region and an eastern Serrano neighborhood nicknamed “the finger” were discussed and different scenarios proposed. Though no formal action could be […]

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