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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 […]

No Comment / February 01, 2011 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Get ready to crack some crab

Moutain Democrat and Life Newspapers Publisher Richard Esposito has a big smile on his face after he and his wife Janie chowed down on delicious crab at the 2010 Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills' Crab Feed. Village Life photo by Noel Stack.

Strap on your bib and get ready for some good eating at the Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills’ Crab Feed on Feb. 19. The mouth-watering event at the El Dorado Hills Community Services District gymnasium, 1021 Harvard Way, includes all-you-can-eat Dungeness crab, fresh garden salad, pasta and red plum tomato sauce topped with basil […]

No Comment / February 01, 2011 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

El Dorado Savings boasts strong 2010

El Dorado Savings Bank based in Placerville reported $10.9 million in after-tax earnings for 2010, representing a 2 percent increase over 2009. In addition, El Dorado completed its 22nd consecutive year without any foreclosed property on the books. “We are very pleased with the strong performance of the bank, especially considering the challenging economic environment and […]

No Comment / February 01, 2011 | Posted in Business,Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Jewish Center offers ‘soul searching’ session

The Chabad Jewish Community Center will present Toward a Meaningful Life: A Soul-Searching Journey for Every Jew, a fascinating and empowering six-session course that begins Thursday, Feb 10. Rabbi Yossi Grossbaum will conduct the six course sessions at 7:30 p.m. on six consecutive Thursdays at the Chabad Jewish Community Center, 302 South Lexington Drive in […]

No Comment / January 31, 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 […]

No Comment / January 31, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Carol Bly trading superintendent duties for the open road

READY TO RETIRE — Rescue Union School District Superintendent Carol Bly plans to kick back and relax, perhaps take a few road trips, after her retirement this spring. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

Thanks to her regular “all-calls” Carol Bly’s voice is instantly recognizable to the families of Rescue Union School District’s 4,100 elementary and middle school students. In her most recent call she announced her retirement as superintendent, capping six years on the job and a career total of 45 years in education, all in the greater […]

No Comment / January 31, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »