New repair device in use

The Los Robles Hospital Cardiovascular Institute announced it can now correct leaky heart valves using a next generation, minimally invasive mitral valve repair device. The hospital’s heart team recently treated two patients with severe mitral regurgitation due to degenerative disease of the valve leaflets using the fourth generation MitraClip device. A successful installation of the valve device was performed in […]


Amgen to sell new drug treatment Amgen announced Nov. 21 that it has obtained the rights to Otezla, an oral treatment for plaque psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. Amgen acquired the drug in a $13.4-billion cash deal from Celgene Corporation in connection with Celgene’s previously announced merger with Bristol Myers Squibb Company. The drug is a treatment for patients with moderate-to-severe […]

ACT testing rules will be relaxed in 2020

Many high school students spend months preparing for the ACT, one of two major college admissions tests, in the hopes of getting a perfect score of 36. Made up of four sections and an optional writing portion, the ACT gives students an average score based on their performance in the four subject areas: English, math, reading and science. If a […]

Bridgestone deals new wheels

READY TO RIDE—The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley receive a new van from Bridgestone Retail Operations, the result of the tire company’s Driving Great Futures grant program. The new 2019 Toyota Sienna passenger van will help provide transportation for club members. From left are Bridgetone representatives Kevin Brumfield and Kenny Brown joined by club members Moises Robledo, […]

Church activities to welcome Advent

An intergenerational Advent Event and Creche Lighting will be held from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sun., Dec. 1 in Alton Hall at United Methodist Church Westlake Village, 1049 S. Westlake Blvd. Families with children can come and watch “The Grinch” as well as make an Advent wreath and a craft for the home or as a service project; eat pizza; […]

Women’s craft, talks at Jewish academy

The Conejo Jewish Academy will host a Shards and Chardonnay event for women at 7 p.m. Tues., Dec. 3 at the academy, 30347 Canwood St., Agoura Hills. The instructors are Ilanit Shalev and Chana Stery Kahanov. Shalev will demonstrate how to create and design a unique fused glass mezuzah case to keep for the home or to give as a […]

Pet of the week

TERRIFIC TRIPOD—Despite a missing leg, Dirk moves around quite well, is active, and can, when the mood strikes him, pull when on leash. He loves a good belly rub, takes treats gently, and is a good fence neighbor with other pups. Meet Dirk, ID No. A5291814 at the Agoura Hills Animal Care Center, 29525 Agoura Road. Occasionally pets have already […]

Brave little goldfish are survivors

When someone asks you to pet-sit, it’s a serious responsibility— even if it’s just a self-reliant indoor/outdoor cat and a couple of teensy goldfish. The goldfish were in an open container in my friend’s backyard, with a little water recirculating motor from a defunct fountain placed in the container to keep the water fresh. Her home is on a wooded […]

Birding trips

The Conejo Valley Audubon Society will offer the following birding field trips in December. All trips will start at 8 a.m. Visit for driving directions, more information and phone numbers. Sun., Dec. 8: Hill Canyon/Santa Rosa Park. Meet at the park, 10241 Hill Canyon Road. Richard Armerding will lead. Wed., Dec. 11: Beginning bird walk at Rancho Sierra Vista/ […]

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