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HOA critical of home that installed artificial grass

An Agoura Hills couple who converted their water-thirsty lawn into artificial turf says their homeowners association has fought the move and is penalizing them. More...

Health & Wellness

Sidewalk CPR keeps victims ‘stayin’ alive’

Westlake High School seniors got a taste of disco April 14 when “Staying Alive” was the theme of the day. More...

Business

Local authors experts in digital marketing

First-time authors Mike Paule of Oak Park and Shelly Dubow of Thousand Oaks have written a book that made it to No. 1 in three business categories on Amazon.com in early April. More...

Agoura Hills brew pub wins awards

Ladyface Ale Companie, the Agoura Hills craft brewery and gastropub founded in 2009, brought home medals from the recent 15th annual Los Angeles International Beer Competition at the Pomona Fairplex. More...

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Sports

Local LAX teams jostle for playoff positioning

Several programs enjoying breakout seasons

Girls’ high school lacrosse teams in Acorn country are gearing up for postseason action. More...

The sky’s the limit

Westlake High swimmer Sean Sutedjo wants to take his future aspirations to new heights. “My dream has always been to join the Air Force Academy,” Sutedjo, a 17-year-old senior, said. More...

Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Agoura Hills A thief stole a $50 tow hitch cover from a vehicle parked near a business in the 30600 block of Agoura Road April 13. A burglar stole a $4,000 light tower from a film site in the 26800 block of Mulholland Highway April 11. More...

Family

School choir to sing at Disney hall

The Agoura High School Mixed Choir is one of 29 high school choirs participating in the year-long Los Angeles Master Chorale High School Choir Festival, which culminates with a free concert tomorrow, Fri., May 1 at Walt Disney Concert Hall at 111 S. More...

Women excel in making Easter baskets

The Westlake Village Republican Women’s Federation built more than 100 children’s Easter baskets for the Hope Gardens Family Center in Los Angeles earlier this month The baskets were delivered to children on April 2. More...

A walk in the park every Sunday

Despite the drought, the wild flowers are out in Topanga State Park. To help the public enjoy the new foliage, the Topanga Canyon docents will be leading a free two-hour walk of discovery at 10 a.m. every Sunday through the end of June. More...

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THURS., APRIL 30 ‘Freeze Frame’ 7 p.m. today and May 2 at Calabasas High School, 22855 W. Mulholland Hwy. Calabasas Dance presents spring concert. Food trucks open at 5 p.m. Tickets: $12, $17 and $22. Extra charge for food trucks. More...

Columns

On the Trail

That old devil wind

A wind devil came whirling out of a neighbor’s driveway one warm afternoon recently. The day had been gusty earlier, but by then had grown becalmed. More...

Life in the Single Lane

Beyond borders

I cried almost continuously for two hours as I watched the movie “Beyond Borders” recently. And then I sobbed for hours after that. More...

Students opt out of Common Core

Many CHS juniors refuse to take test

Seventy percent of Calabasas High School juniors opted out of the Common Core testing last week, a sign that there’s still much confusion about how the new standards focused on critical thinking skills are being taught and how the students are More...

Car crashes into carport

Elderly woman seriously injured

An elderly woman crashed her car into a carport in the 5600 block of Foxwood Drive in Oak Park Monday afternoon, became trapped and had to be rescued from her vehicle. More...

Community

No longer alone

Group offers hope, support to victims of human trafficking

Dianne Amato was 16 when she met a pimp in a San Francisco park and he tricked her into going to a hotel room with two other girls. He told her she was going to work for him. He took her shoes and purse so she wouldn’t leave. More...

Revamp considered at Mae Boyer center

Plans are underway to replace an aging community center at Mae Boyer Park at 130 Kanan Road. More...

Creech faces death penalty in Smith murder

Convicted and imprisoned drug dealer John Creech was indicted April 22 in Los Angeles County Superior Court on one count of capital murder in the death of Gavin Smith, a Calabasas-based 20th Century Fox executive and former UCLA basketball player who More...

Schools

Agoura High alumna chosen for ethics program

Rebecca Rosen, a graduate of Agoura High School and a student at the UCLA School of Law, is one of 12 law students chosen by Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics to participate in a two-week program for future attorneys that More...

Agoura High Spirit Team takes the top title

The Agoura High School Spirit Team is the USA National Champion for the 14th time in the Crowdleading division. More...

Oak Park district seeks committee members

The Oak Park Unified School District’s Community Outreach Committee is seeking volunteers to help with a variety of projects. More...

Pets

Pet of the week

SWEET BIG GUY—Timmy is a male orange tabby domestic shorthair mix about 13 years old. He is very friendly and loves to sit on laps. If you would like to adopt Timmy, ask for ID No. More...

Rattlers relish warm weather

The trend toward increasingly warm weather brings bliss to many people eager to explore the outdoors or work in their gardens. Outdoor enthusiasts should be mindful that snakes, too, are inclined to be much more active now. More...

Faith

Finding meaning in 1.5 million deaths

April 24, 2015—The day when Armenians around the world, including this author, solemnly commemorated the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. More...

On the Town

The Acorn Epicurean

Hot and cold drinks and food in a cool atmosphere

On your next trip to work, you might want to stop by Caffé Connections in Simi Valley for a cup of your favorite brew or a tasty breakfast or lunch treat. More...

High school carnival Is a blast

STUDENT AND FAMILY FUN—From left, Morgan Paige, 18; Veronica Merrell, 18; Yael Karoly, 17; Vanessa Merrell, 18, and Mia Beckerman, 18, all of Oak Park, sing their hearts out at the Oak Park Hig More...

Banjos, fiddles and fun at festival

The 55th annual Topanga Banjo/Fiddle Contest and Folk Festival will take place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sun., May 17 at Paramount Ranch, 2903 Cornell Road, Agoura Hills. More...

Letters

Not happy with the new grocery

My wife, Sandy, and myself have lived in Westlake Village for almost eight years. In that period of time we have done the preponderance of our shopping at Albertsons on Lindero. More...

Don’t penalize conservation

With all this talk of the drought and mandatory usage cutbacks, I think the water companies and our elected officials need to be reminded of something very important: Not all of us have been wasting water for decades, but rather have been conserving More...

Special interests, pipe down

Once again, special interests and environmentalists are trying to preempt the needs of the greater public. More...

Editorials

It’s a no-brainer: Take the Common Core test

Student and parent fear over the new Common Core standards and testing is baffling. The new test in the spring of each year must be taken by students in third through eighth grades and by high school juniors. More...

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FOR THE RECORD

The memorial for Agoura High School English teacher Deb Frank was incorrectly reported in last week’s edition. It is on Sat., May 2 from 4 to 6 p.m. More...