April 16, 2015 RSS feed / Front Page

Human trafficking hits home

Part one of a three-part series

Ventura County law enforcement is battling a burgeoning crime whose victims are often hidden, unable or afraid to report their abusers, and thus forgotten: human trafficking. More...

Health & Wellness

Simi Valley Hospital’s hybrid catheterization lab is licensed

Simi Valley Hospital recently announced that it has been granted state licensing as a fully functional catheterization lab, receiving approval from the California Department of Public Health on March 9. More...

Red Cross seeks blood donations

The American Red Cross encourages eligible blood donors to give blood this spring. Donors with all blood types are needed, especially those with types O negative, A negative and B negative. More...

Healthcare decisions panel

Atria Grand Oaks senior living in Thousand Oaks will host a panel discussion with three experts in the field of medicine from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thurs., April 16 at 2177 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. Social worker Lindsey Simpson, Dr. More...

Business

Hyatt not for sale

The owner of the Hyatt Westlake Plaza in Thousand Oaks has changed its plans to sell the hotel. More...

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Doctor joins Chamber board

Dr. Hannah Grossman, chief medical officer of Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center, has been named to the board of the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce. More...

Sports

Fly like an Eagle

High jumper thrives for Oak Park track and field team

Competitiveness can’t be taught. It’s in a person’s DNA. Some athletes simply try to keep pace. For others, success is a necessity. More...

Stars seize Camarillo tournament

I AM THE WALRUS—The Real So Cal U-8 boys’soccer team won the Eagles 2015 Spring Classic soccer tournament in Camarillo. More...

Volleyball star bound for S.F. State

Haley Halpert, a senior for the Westlake High girls’ volleyball team, signed a National Letter of Intent with San Francisco State University. More...

Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Agoura Hills A burglar stole a $15,000 Rolex watch from a home on N. Shadow Creek Drive April 5. The culprit entered through an unlocked back door, ransacking closets and taking other jewelry items. More...

Family

Ventura County Science Fair winners named

The winners of the 2015 Ventura County Science Fair were announced at an April 2 awards ceremony at the Ventura County Office of Education in Camarillo. More...

Dogs have their day in Oak Park

The Oak Park community is hosting a canine-friendly event. The annual Dog Day will take place Sun., May 3 at Oak Canyon Community Park. All dogs must be on a leash. More...

Pinewood Derby now open to all youth

The Conejo Valley District of the Boy Scouts of America, Ventura County Council, invites Cub Scouts and other youths to compete in the Pinewood Derby Race at 11 a.m. Sat., May 2. More...

On the Town

Street art on display at Whizin’s

The Los Angeles art scene comes alive in Agoura Hills tomorrow, April 17, with a program that organizers hope will be a regular monthly gig at the city’s Whizin Market Square. More...

Artists open their studios on Saturday

Dozens of local artists will be showcasing their work during the 2015 Greater Conejo Valley Open Studio Tour from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat., April 18. More...

Three singers present varied music

The Chicago-based pop opera trio, The Other 3 Tenors, will appear at 3 and 7:30 p.m. Fri., April 17 at the Scherr Forum Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Art Plaza, 2100 E. T.O. Blvd. More...

Columns

Hot Flashes

Remembering

In the photo below there are six little faces. All cousins, all crazy, all in for a weeklong birthday bash like none other. Why? Well, this is no ordinary stinkin’ birthday. More...

Life in the Single Lane

Reader response

I just never know when something I write will strike a nerve with more readers than usual. More...

The OTHER Side of 50

Busy in retirement

I’ve heard it more than once: “I’m retired, but I’m busier now than I ever was.” More...

Local agencies fall short in water conservation efforts

Area’s wholesaler will now cut deliveries by 15 percent

No more gentle nudges. Now it gets tough. Local residents are being told to cut back on their water use, and this time they won’t have a choice. More...

It’s ‘Play Ball' at new Westlake Village Sports Park

LET THE GAMES BEGIN—Kids and family members enjoy the first ever baseball game played at the scenic new YMCA and City of Westlake Village sports park during an April 11 dedication. More...

Make Mom look lovely

The dads have spoken. Yes, they loved seeing themselves through their children’s eyes, depicted in the annual Acorn Draw Dad feature. More...

Community

Honors to retiring sheriff’s deputy

Calabasas officials recently recognized retiring Sgt. Philip Brooks for his 32 years of service with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Brooks began his career in 1983, working at the Men’s Central Jail for three years. More...

Mission to preserve history

Petition to turnfield lab into national monument growing

With cleanup underway at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory, an online petition asking President Barack Obama to designate part of the site a national monument by the end of the year has been gaining ground. More...

So I’ve been pulled over . . . now what?

Most of us have experienced the nauseating feeling that comes with looking in the rear-view mirror and seeing those red and blue flashing lights. Busted. You’re being pulled over. More...

Schools

Agoura seniors win awards through career tech program

Agoura High School seniors Ava Ticotin and Katie Pirzadeh have a passion for the arts that they were able to pursue through the school district’s Career Technical Education program. More...

High School Hi Lights

Agoura Chargers Fri., April 17: Faculty ComedySportz/G building/3 to 6 p.m. Sat., April 18: Grad Nite garage sale/7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mon., April 20: Senior informational meeting/PAEC/10:45 to 11:45 a.m. More...

Registration open for Big Sunday

If it’s springtime it must be time for Big Sunday in the Oak Park Unified School District. Registration opened on Monday for the annual event that invites people of all ages to go to work for the common good of the community. More...

Pets

Only three legs, but a lot of heart

I thought it was a usual Wednesday. As I like to do, I went to the Agoura Animal Shelter to give a needed pat to the head of a homeless dog or a long scratch under the neck of a lonely cat, all hoping for their forever homes. More...

Pet of the week

LAID BACK—Butters is a female tortie, domestic shorthair mix about 7 years old. She is a mellow cat and needs a good home. If you would like to adopt Butters, ask for ID No. More...

Bushy makes an appearance

A LOVELY POSSUM— Monica Dundunahee from The Nature of Wildworks organization holds Bushy the opossum at the City of Calabasas Earth Day Celebrat ion and Green Expo on April 11 at the Las Virgen More...

Faith

The Art of Being

What do little children know that you don’t?

Except ye become as littlechildren, except you can wakeon your fiftieth birthday with thesame forward-looking excitement and interest in life that More...

Organizations promote their work at Outreach Faire

The Outreach and Social Concerns Committee will host a Spring Community Outreach Faire from 10 a.m. to noon Sun., April 26 at the United Methodist Church of Westlake Village, 1049 S. Westlake Blvd. Refreshments will be provided. More...

Vacation Bible School offers games, treats, songs and stories

Living Oaks Church will host its summer Everest Vacation Bible School for kids from June 15 to 19 at the church, 1033 Business Circle, Newbury Park. More...

Obituaries

Dolores Jean Flood née Perry

of Moorpark, CA passed away in her sleep on April 8th after a long and hard-fought battle with cancer. An inspiring woman with an infectious laugh and tremendous determination, “Dory” always looked on the brighter side of life. More...

John Anthony Mucci III

July 31, 1985 - April 3, 2015

Beloved Husband, Father, Son, Brother, Grandson, Nephew and Cousin. More...

Calendar

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THURS., APRIL 16 C.I. Gulls Plant Sale And Luncheon 11 a.m. at Wedgewood Banquet Center, 5880 Olivas Park Drive, Ventura. Bring plant to be auctioned off. Proceeds go to charities. RSVP requested. Contact: Shirley. Phone: 805.263.6062. More...

Letters

Save meadow

The development of 15 estates in the Chesebro Meadow will change the character of old Agoura and the city of Agoura. The meadow is currently a pristine patch of grassland that is vital to the integrity of the Liberty Canyon wildlife corridor. More...

The passing of Deborah Frank

We were saddened to learn this past week of the untimely death of Deborah Frank, an English teacher at Agoura High School. We first met Mrs. More...

Rules of the road

Regarding your “Woman charged in fatal hit-and-run” article from April 9: Since when is it the victim’s fault when a drunk driver mows down a pedestrian and runs off, leaving her to die in the street? More...

Editorials

If you love Mom, then it’s time to Draw Mom

If Mom had an actual hat for each role she played and wore every single one at the same time, she’d probably have a stack as tall as a skyscraper on top of her head. OK fine, maybe not that tall. But it would surely test Mom’s balance. More...

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Water awareness

Guest opinion

While water efficiency has become routine for many of us, this is a time when all of our customers must take extraordinary measures to deal with the state’s record drought. More...