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Julie Samrick

ORHS principal still out

One person was noticeably absent at the Oak Ridge High School eighth-grade orientation last week. Principal Paul Burke wasn’t there to welcome the incoming freshmen class despite many families believing he would be back on the job by now. Burke has been on paid administrative leave since Nov. 2, 2015 for undisclosed personnel reasons. At […]

Oak Ridge theft inspires giving spirit

Authorities have arrested two men suspected of stealing tens of thousands of dollars in equipment at Oak Ridge High School on Jan. 17. Three suspects remain at large. On Jan. 29 El Dorado County sheriff’s officials announced the arrests of 51-year-old Mike Zivkovich of Sacramento and 35-year-old Matthew Fleeman of El Dorado Hills. Searches of their homes led […]

EDH residents rally for rec center, trails, fields

EL DORADO HILLS — The process to update the El Dorado Hills Community Services District’s Parks and Recreation Facilities Master Plan continues with community input gathered via online comments through Feb. 15. Last Thursday CSD staff and directors hosted approximately 50 residents at a public workshop to narrow down top priorities from information gathered from residents since […]

Shari Merle makes smart financial sense

Shari Merle, certified financial planner and owner of the LPL Financial branch in El Dorado Hills, has made it her mission to educate clients about the importance of understanding their financial situations and saving for their futures. “Most people just aren’t saving,” she said. “The biggest question I have is, ‘What are you going to […]

Eat spaghetti and help Greg Stein, too

What: Spaghetti feed fundraiser for Greg Stein Who: Friends of the Stein family Where: St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, 1001 Olson Lane in El Dorado Hills When: Saturday, Jan. 30, first seating at 5 p.m. and second seating at 6 p.m. Cost: $10 per person or $35 for a family of four or more Information: Greg Stein Recovery Fund at […]

Full of bright ideas: World War II vet a creative force

“Anything you see here I built,” El Dorado Hills resident Dan Casaregola said during a recent tour of his Serrano home’s radio room, filled with tools and gadgets marked with red dots Casaregola, 93, invented and built spanning decades. There’s a 12-volt car battery charger and an adjustable battery tester that fits up to 10 […]

Holy Trinity principal praises new role

Christopher Nelson hasn’t always been Catholic, but Holy Trinity School’s new principal has taken the reins to lead the school with gusto. “Catholic schools brought me into the faith,” he said. Baptized Methodist, Nelson said he wasn’t practicing when he became a teacher in his native Southern California. The University of California, Los Angeles grad […]

6. EDH golf course fight

El Dorado Hills voters frustrated by what some say are “decisions being made up the hill” took a stand against Parker Development’s plans to build 763 homes and create commercial space on the 98-acre former Executive Golf Course at Serrano. Members of the El Dorado Hills Community Services Board of Directors answered these cries by gathering support […]

School makes ‘golden’ contributions

Golden Hills School’s fifth-grade class sang Christmas carols at the Moni Gilmore Senior Center last Thursday afternoon and then paired up with seniors to decorate stockings for foster children. Every month teacher Lisa Perry’s 14 fifth-graders work on outreach projects for the senior center, including making centerpieces for the center’s large round tables. Friday marked […]

Second chance likely for Oak Ridge principal

Oak Ridge High School students, parents and staff packed the El Dorado Union High School District boardroom in Placerville last Thursday afternoon to continue a campaign to save Principal Paul Burke’s job.

During the public comment period parents and head football coach Eric Cavaliere spoke about the positive things Burke adds to the El Dorado Hills high school. After the speakers the El Dorado Union High School District Superintendent Stephen Wehr and the Board of Trustees went into a three-hour closed session.

When they came back president David Del Rio said, “The board gives direction to the superintendent to make use of outside resources to identify issues and solutions at Oak Ridge High School.”

Marina Village students celebrate sweet success

Marina Village Middle School students got a sweet treat during lunchtime on Dec. 4 to celebrate their even sweeter test results. The Mustangs enjoyed root beer floats served by parent volunteers for scoring the highest on the first Common Core state standardized test administered last spring out of all middle schools in El Dorado County. Marina Village also […]

Mik responds to recall notice

District 1 Supervisor Ron Mikulaco responded to the Notice of Intention to Circulate Recall Petition he was served with Nov. 17. A group calling themselves El Dorado County Total Recall announced its efforts to do a “clean sweep” of all five supervisors via recall earlier this fall. The primary complaint filed by recall proponents states, “The voters […]

Community backs Burke

Hundreds of supporters attended the El Dorado Union High School District’s monthly board meeting Tuesday night to show solidarity for Oak Ridge Principal Paul Burke, who has been on paid leave since Nov. 2 for undisclosed personnel reasons. Many spoke on behalf of Burke in hopes of seeing him back on the job. No decisions […]

Central El Dorado Hills Plan open for review

El Dorado County staff and Parker Development employees hosted an open house last Wednesday at Oak Meadow Elementary School to answer questions about the Central El Dorado Hills Specific Plan, the Serrano developer’s 341-acre plan that includes the 98-acre former Executive Golf Course. El Dorado Hills resident Donn Nehar spent his career in law enforcement. He […]

EDH preschool teacher honored

Francisco Drive KinderCare preschool teacher Tommie Greene got a shock recently when she was honored with a $10,000 Early Childhood Educator Award. Nominated without her knowledge, Greene, 46, was presented the check in front of students, parents and colleagues at a special ceremony earlier this fall. Greene’s colleagues said she is well-known for helping kids […]

Oak Ridge principal placed on paid leave

Oak Ridge High School Principal Paul Burke has been on paid administrative leave since Nov. 2, pending an investigation by the El Dorado Union High School District for undisclosed reasons.

District Superintendent Steve Wehr called it “a confidential personnel matter.” Burke is not facing any criminal allegations and no students are involved in the investigation.

EDH native named Rhodes scholar

“Shock” is what El Dorado Hills native Megan Musilli said she felt last week upon learning she’d been selected a Rhodes scholar. “I immediately texted my mom and she thought I was kidding,” Musilli, 21, a senior at the United States Naval Academy, told Village Life. “Beyond a huge smile, I didn’t react for quite […]

EDH residents begin planning; Parker project moves forward

After 91 percent of El Dorado Hills residents who voted Nov. 3 voiced their support for open space, a group of about 40 residents kept the momentum going by offering next steps at a kickoff meeting Nov. 16. The United Neighborhoods of El Dorado Hills aims to bring all 72 villages together to develop an El […]

Teen finds strength in scuba

Oak Ridge sophomore Michelle Koopman has achieved something only a few youth around the world can claim and she carries this license more proudly than a new driver.

Days before her 15th birthday in June, Michelle earned the Professional Association of Diving Instructors’ Junior Master Scuba Diver rating. PADI is the No. 1 certifying scuba agency in the world and issues less than 20 Junior Master licenses annually in the United States, Latin America and Caribbean combined.

Empty bowls at Oak Ridge fill food bank

Oak Ridge High School hosted its first Empty Bowls event on Oct. 29, raising $16,500 for the Food Bank of El Dorado County. Art class students crafted 600 ceramic bowls for the sold-out event. Ticket holders were served bread and soup — tortilla, corn chowder, chicken noodle or vegetable curry — in the commemorative bowls. […]

Serrano residents want school financing end date

Two recent El Dorado Schools Financing Authority special meetings ended with more questions about when Mello-Roos tax obligations will cease for Serrano residents, also known as Community Facilities District No. 1. The El Dorado Schools Financing Authority was created in June 1990 as a joint powers agreement by and between the area’s three school districts: […]

Lopsided Measure E vote favors open space

EL DORADO HILLS — More than 90 percent of Measure E voters sent a loud message to the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors Tuesday — deny Parker Development Company’s pending application asking to rezone the former Executive Golf Course from its current open space-recreation designation to residential housing and commercial.

Thirty-six percent — 8,024 of the 22,240 registered voters within the El Dorado Hills Community Services District boundaries — cast their vote with nearly 91 percent saying no to the rezone and 9 percent voting yes, according to El Dorado County Elections’ semi-official report.

Mik mulls Assembly run

El Dorado County District 1 Supervisor Ron Mikulaco is considering a possible job swap with Republican Assemblywoman Beth Gaines. The El Dorado Hills resident is forming an exploratory committee to determine whether he should run for the 6th Assembly District seat currently held by Gaines, who earlier this year announced she will run for the District 1 supervisor seat […]

Teal pumpkins equal safe candy

For trick-or-treaters who might do a double-take Halloween night to see painted teal pumpkins, the pumpkins aren’t a trick but a reassuring sign safe treats are ahead. The organization Food Allergy Research & Education launched the Teal Pumpkin Project campaign last year to raise awareness of food allergies during the Halloween season. To date 100,000 […]

Night at the Library blends literature, art, music

Enjoy food, wine, music and artwork while strolling the book stacks at the Friends of the Library’s third annual Night at the Library event Nov. 1 from 4-7 p.m. Local wineries, restaurants and artists will be showcased and original art will be available for purchase. Artist Ramona Kaye Beckwith’s auction offering is “Out of the […]

25 years dedicated to students

On Sept. 25 Lake Forest Elementary held a school-wide parade and rally to mark 25 years to the day the school opened. Students marched with “Happy Birthday” class banners across the outdoor stage and black top as era music dating back to 1990 played. “We wanted it to be a kid-based event and for students […]

Town Hall meeting focuses on Measure E

Most residents have seen the Measure E signs around El Dorado Hills, but many still do not understand what a yes or no vote actually means. During a Town Hall meeting last Tuesday night at Fire Station 85, residents from the grassroots Parks, Not Parker group broke down constituents’ top questions about the 98 acres […]

OR grad’s passion for Israel pays off

When many 13-year-olds are interested in the latest celebrity gossip or fashion, El Dorado Hills resident Kassi Ropp was marching in the pro-Israel movement. Now 23, the 2010 Oak Ridge High School graduate continues to work for pro-Israel legislation and recently traveled to Israel on an all-expenses-paid diplomatic relations trip for winning a 90-second video […]

Use it or lose it, senior taxi service beginning in EDH

El Dorado Hills residents 60 and older or adults with disabilities have a new door-to-door transportation option beginning Oct. 19. El Dorado Transit, in partnership with Gold Rush Taxi, will offer qualified residents discounted taxi vouchers for travel anywhere within the El Dorado Hills Community Services District seven days a week from 7 a.m. to […]

Bright smiles ahead at new community health center

The fourth El Dorado Community Health Center opened in Cameron Park, the only one to offer dental care. El Dorado Community Health Centers offer comprehensive medical care for the uninsured or for those with Medi-Cal. All ages welcome. Services include case management, podiatry, support services, behavioral health and primary care, with the motto: Improving the […]

Break Free ‘so much more than a run’

Who knew a terrible crime could turn into an opportunity to impact many people worldwide? When El Dorado Hills mother Vicki Zito’s 17-year-old daughter was taken from Safeway in 2008 and sold for sex on Craigslist for eight days before being rescued by the FBI, Zito and other El Dorado Hills parents founded the nonprofit […]

RUSD: Another school site in escrow

The Rescue Union School District Board of Trustees unanimously voted to enter into a $1.625 million purchase and sale agreement with two private sellers on two parcels of land totaling 21 acres on Sienna Ridge Road to build a future school. This Sept. 8 action comes seven months after the district closed escrow on the […]

Measure E remains non-binding

A vote for or against rezoning the 98 acres of open space known as the former El Dorado Hills Executive Golf Course has no strings attached, El Dorado County attorneys confirm. Some residents are circulating a first draft of County Counsel’s impartial analysis of Measure E, which mistakenly states a vote against the rezone would mean an agreement […]

Parker, January join forces on new EDH senior center

EL DORADO HILLS — Local historian and community activist Betty January hopes to work her magic yet again. Just as her perseverance got the El Dorado Hills Library built with the help of Parker Development, January has partnered with the Serrano developer once more to bring a new senior center to fruition. A Center for the […]

Residents vote for park amenities; board opts out of golf course purchase

EL DORADO HILLS — Approximately 30 residents participated in a public priorities workshop at the Valley View Elementary gym last month as part of the process to update the El Dorado Hills Community Services District’s Master Plan. Groups sat together in solidarity. A bocce ball contingent led by Carl Renner wants to see more lighting […]

New cancer center elevates care

Wednesday evening Marshall Medical Center staff, patients and community leaders gathered to celebrate the Cameron Park campus’ new 8,500-square-foot cancer center where patients may now receive previously off-site cancer treatments and services in one consolidated location.

“This center marks a vast improvement in convenience for our patients,” said hospital spokesperson Carrie Poggio, including access to medical appointments, radiation treatment, lab work, imaging and infusions.

Grand Jury response: EDHCSD stands by parcel tax

El Dorado Hills Community Services District General Manager Brent Dennis and the CSD Board of Directors collectively responded to, and largely disagreed with, the 2014-15 El Dorado County Grand Jury’s findings and recommendations that asked the CSD to reexamine a 32-year-old $10 annual tax on each home collected to enforce Covenants, Codes and Restrictions. The […]

Cameron Park woman calls cousin’s train heroics ‘awesome’

Carmichael native Alek Skarlatos was traveling in Europe with childhood friend Spencer Stone and Anthony Sadler when they became instant heroes to the world. While traveling from Amsterdam to Paris by train the trio’s instincts kicked in when they reportedly heard a gunman loading ammunition in the restroom. Once the man exited, Skarlatos, 22, propelled […]

Bodacious Biking Babes riding strong after 15 years

EL DORADO HILLS — Bodacious Biking Babes has reason to celebrate. In the 15 years the women’s cycling group’s members have been riding for fun, fitness and friendship the group has grown to include 60 active participants and they’ve raised more than $750,000 for charity. “These women are not your traditional athletes looking to test their endurance […]

EDH spa reopens with fresh face

“Who doesn’t like going to the spa?” asked The Spa at Salone di Carlo owner Carlo Gallad about his decision to upgrade his El Dorado Hills hair salon to a full service spa. Gallad moved his business into the 5,135-square-foot site in the La Borgata shopping center formerly known as The Spa at La Borgata, […]

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