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Waterford HOA board recalled

Waterford residents have recalled their homeowners association board for allowing a dimensional composition roof in the otherwise tile, stone-covered metal and shake-shingled upscale El Dorado Hills neighborhood. Waterford’s Covenants Conditions and Restrictions (CC&Rs), written in 1989 before the current generation of composition roof materials existed, prohibit all composition roofs. The now-former board allowed a variance […]

Comments Off / February 01, 2011 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

People Talk: What legislative change would you like to see to improve the local economy?

JOHN ZEZINI, El Dorado Hills — "The simple answer is that we overburden businesses with tax in this state. There's also problems with the way FICA is calculated."

ALYSON HUBER, El Dorado Hills — “We need incentives to attract business to California. In this economy, lifestyle’s not enough.” JAN WILCOX, El Dorado Hills — “How about some sort of penalties for outsourcing?” JOHN ZEZINI, El Dorado Hills — “The simple answer is that we overburden businesses with tax in this state. There’s also […]

Comments Off / February 01, 2011 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Chamber seats new board, recognizes contributions

AW SHUCKS - El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce CEO and President Debbie Manning awards Village Life reporter Mike Roberts the first ever Outstandinding Community Service award. The honor was a complete surprise to the community journalist. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

The El Dorado Hills Chamber celebrated its 25th anniversary in style last week at Serrano Country Club with a room full of VIPs, installing a new board and doling out recognition and awards for  2010 business achievements. Long time El Dorado Hills resident and former chamber board chair T Abraham played master of ceremonies in […]

1 Comment / January 31, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

It’s Kids Time: Mom brings drop-in day care to Town Center

TIME FOR FUN —€” Ridge Ivey, 2 emerges from the fort on the It's Kids Time patio with his sister Lexi, 4, looking out the window. The siblings play at It's Kids Time in Town Center while mom runs errands. Village Life photo by Mike Roberts

Those balloons, bright colors and smiling faces at the north end of Town Center’s lakeside promenade, belong to It’s Kids Time, a drop-in childcare center. Multitasking El Dorado Hills mom Jonna Keledjian — wife, mother of three and Oak Meadows PTA president — opened It’s Kids Time on Dec. 28 and offers standard daycare packages […]

Comments Off / January 31, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Fire districts reorganization plan continues to brew

Underfunded rural districts would annex into El Dorado Hills Fire, but retain identities The last remnants of El Dorado County’s rural fire districts aid-to-fire subsidies will expire by the end of the year, leaving Western Slope fire chiefs desperately seeking a fiscal life raft for the six rural districts whose revenues don’t meet the costs […]

Comments Off / January 31, 2011 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Veerkamp retirement ceremony: Colleagues share their memories

FAREWELL CHIEF — Captain Mike Wilson, left,  presents the flag to Brian Veerkamp Wednesday at the retirement ceremony at station 85 in El Dorado Hills.  Standing next to Brian is his wife Lori. Village Life photo by Pat Dollins

“I was working in Cameron Park and we had a potential merger with El Dorado Hills Fire coming up that wasn’t going well. I remember Brian and Larry (former chief Fry) walking into the fire house – I’ll never forget their confident, competent stature. Brian asked me how things were going and for some reason […]

Comments Off / January 20, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Waterford HOA shakeup: New roof spurs recall

ROUGHED UP OVER A ROOF? Tony Marchionna stands in fron of his Waterford home, where he recently installed a composition roof with HOA board approval. The board's approval angered some in the upscale community and now those serving face a recall election. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

Waterford Village Homeowners Association board members face a recall following their approval of composition roof in the otherwise tile and shake shingled El Dorado Hills neighborhood. Ballots will be counted during a Waterford residents only meeting at 7 p.m. on Jan. 31 at Fire Station 85 on El Dorado Hills Boulevard. Ballots can be carried […]

2 Comments / January 17, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »