December 8, 2016 RSS feed / Front Page

Why are many trees dying?

ENVIRONMENT

One by one, big trees are disappearing, the sound of songbirds replaced by the buzz of chain saws and crews cleaning up dead branches.  According to the U.S. More...

Health & Wellness

If you don’t snooze, you lose—how sleep affects health

COMMENTARY /// Sleep habits

As I sit here in front of my computer at midnight, the house quiet at last, I realize how ironic it is that I am writing about sleep. We all believe in the importance of sleeping; however, many of us feel too busy to spend hours doing it. More...

Pushing 40!

HAPPY 37—Dave Warman is the owner of one of Agoura Hill’s oldest businesses, Agoura Meadows Health Foods, near Vons in the Agoura Meadows shopping center. More...

Putting passion to work for cancer

Prior to this year’s Calabasas Junior Tennis Open, 12-year-old Ryan Bloch broke his thumb during a school activity and found himself unable to compete in the annual October tournament.  But having to pull out of the competition didn’ More...

Schools

New La Reina schools headmaster a SoCal native coming home

Tony Guevara, the new head of school at La Reina High School and Middle School in Thousand Oaks, began his 30-year career in Catholic education as a teacher and coach at an all-boys Catholic school in Santa Rosa, Calif.  And across the street wa More...

High School Highlights

Agoura Chargers  Fri., Dec. 9: Love 146 benefit concert/G building/6:30 a.m.  Winter pep rally/gym/10:05 a.m.  Dodgeball/gym/6 p.m.   More...

Chaminade schools win mock trials

Chaminade middle and high school mock trial teams won both the 2016 junior and senior divisions of the Los Angeles County Championships in November at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse in L.A. More...

Pets

Pet of the week

SWEET BOY—Grant is a male cream and white beagle mix about 1 year old. He is playful and sweet. He likes to play ball and walks well on a leash. If you would like to adopt Grant, ask for ID No. More...

Teaching an old canine a new trick

Frisky pups motivate a senior dog

Recently I found myself in a rare and unusual circumstance for a coward—in a dental chair with a hygienist hovering over me.  “Okay now, go to a happy place,” she said soothingly, aware of my high-anxiety reputation.  More...

Family

Donations needed to stuff kids’ bags

Sixteen Southeast Ventura County childcare sites are collecting items for the My Stuff Bags Foundation throughout December.  In addition, students who attend the before-and-after-school YMCA childcare programs will make blankets to donate.  More...

Tis the season for Santa, cars and charities

HO HO HO—Santa and his helpers greet the large crowd that attended the Motor 4 Toys car show and charity toy drive Dec. 4 in Woodland Hills. More...

Holiday cheer in Calabasas

ALL SMILES—Lila Medlin, 9, and brother Monty, 5, Calabasas, have a blast Dec. 3 at the Calabasas Tennis and Swim Center’s annual Breakfast with Santa. More...

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THURS., DEC. 8 Simi Valley Community Council 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Sutter’s Mill, 3885 Cochran St., Simi Valley. Royal High School choir sings holiday music. Bring canned foods or new toys for Samaritan Center. More...

Letters

Don’t blame the lions

What is wrong with our elected officials and the community do-gooders?  First build a glorified animal mating overpass and spend $60 million in money we do not have. More...

Government’s mixed message

Let me get this straight. The government wants us to pay $60 million for a bridge across the 101 Freeway so that wildlife, including the few mountain lions that live in this area, can safely cross from one side of the freeway to the other?  More...

Help on the way

Sometimes a hero shows up in the most unexpected places. Here is a brief story of a man who really made a difference. More...

Editorials

Paws up, don’t shoot . . . or should we?

As if it weren’t hard enough to protect the area’s precious few majestic mountain lions from mange, starvation, destruction of habitat, inbreeding, poisoning and traffic collisions— now comes the threat of some people who are intent More...

Cartoon

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FOR THE RECORD

A photo last week incorrectly identified Avital Sharansky as the wife of former Soviet political prisoner Yosef Mendelevich. She is the wife of Anatoly (Nathan) Sharansky, with whom Mendelevich shared time in a Soviet gulag. More...

Home for the holidays

OPEN HOUSE—Above, the vocal group Sound Check entertains at the Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara 25th annual Holiday Homes Tour on Dec. 4. More...

Fran Pavley retires after 35-year public service career

Agoura Hills resident in elected office since 1982

A leader on the environmental stage, a founder of Agoura Hills and certainly a deft policy wonk, Fran Pavley rose from the ranks of small-town mayor to become one of California’s most effective leaders of a generation. More...

Community

Lingering drought keeps firefighters on edge

Just how dry is it out there?  Much of Southern California is now deep into a second year of “exceptional” drought, the most extreme level.  As a result, the amount of moisture in recent brush and grass samples from Ventura Coun More...

Positions open

Ventura County Supervisor Linda Parks is looking for applicants to fill open seats on county-appointed councils and committees in District 2, which encompasses Oak Park, Casa Conejo and Somis.  More...

Wildlife meeting turns into wild shouting

A small community meeting on Nov. More...

Business

Sweet new business opens at North Ranch Gateway in Westlake

Dozens of people lined up throughout the morning of Dec. 6 to get a taste of nostalgia at the new Dunkin’ Donuts shop in Westlake Village. More...

EYE ON LOCAL AREA STOCKS

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Sports

Coyotes win again

Calabasas football team rolls to second straight CIF-SS title

Surprise, surprise.  Calabasas High’s football team easily captured its second consecutive CIF-Southern Section title by routing Capistrano Valley 35-14 in the Division 5 championship game Dec. 10 on the road.  More...

The airing of grievances

COMMENTARY

Tony Henney deserved better than this.  Henney coached the Westlake High football team for two seasons before getting fired last week in a meeting with Principal Jason Branham, one day after the team banquet and less than three weeks after the s More...

Teams battle on the pitch

Fierce matches await rivals in Marmonte, Coastal Canyon leagues

The Marmonte League is one of the toughest high school girls’ soccer leagues in the entire CIFSouthern Section. Westlake and Oaks Christian are always vying for league and section hardware. More...

Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Agoura Hills   A vandal caused $300 in damage shattering the window of a car parked on Shadycreek Drive Nov. 23.  A resident on Passageway Place reported Nov. More...

Faith

Adventists honor war pacifist

Members of the Thousand Oaks Seventh-day Adventist Church are feeling energized following the success of the Mel Gibson-directed film “Hacksaw Ridge,” which has grossed over $50 million in the U.S. since it was released in theaters Nov. More...

Ceremony to celebrate Sankta Lucia

Cal Lutheran University will present a free Sankta Lucia Festival today at 11:25 a.m. Thurs., Dec. 8 on campus in Samuelson Chapel at 165 Chapel Lane on the Thousand Oaks campus.  More...

On the Town

Yes, big things do come in small packages

PLAY REVIEW /// ‘Elf Jr.’

It’s that time of year, December, when old favorites like “A Christmas Carol” and “It’s a Wonderful Life” make their way to your local community theater stage. More...

Great fare for foodies and finicky eaters

Agave Maria’s in Camarillo offers more than just Mexican food

If you’ve been yearning for some great family-friendly food and a delightful patio restaurant experience in Camarillo, Agave Maria’s is the place to go. More...

Sensitive tale of marriage in ‘Loving’

“Loving”

In some ways, “Loving” is just the story of a woman who wanted to be able to go home; its telling makes it a home-cooked feast in a fast-food world.  More...

Columns

Aging gracefully is more than just being OK with wrinkles, gray hair and extra pounds

Other Side of 50

Earlier this year, history.com cited the “7 Most Contentious U.S. More...

A snowflake fantasy land

On the Trail

In January 2007, a “freak” storm swept in and blanketed Seminole Springs in rural Agoura in a thin layer of snow. Everyone marveled at the Currier and Ives transformation. More...