State bill seeks to remove seal of confessional on child abuse

A bill moving through the California Legislature is sparking outrage among members of the Catholic Church who argue that the proposed law infringes on their religious liberties and traditions. Senate Bill 360, authored by state Sen. Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo), would require all clergy members to report child abuse or neglect to police if they heard of the suspected crime […]

Bat mitzvah project bundles the kindness

HELPING OTHERS—Rachael Rosenberg, 13, created Bundles of Kindness as her bat mitzvah project at Temple Aliyah in Woodland Hills. Rachael and friends stuffed bundles with items for the homeless including sleeping mats, clothes, vouchers for services, food and a resource guide.

For these grads, the future is now

THE NEXT STEP—From left, Michael Fritz, Ethan Bancroft, Charlie Johnson, Ryder Bucaro and Kasey Kelso celebrate their graduation from Futures Academy in Westlake Village. The private school for ages six through 12 tailors instruction to each student’s learning pace in a one-to-one setting.

Westlake High School teens seal the deal in entrepreneur competition

Pitch business concept to judges

Four Westlake High School students recently competed at Junior Achievement’s National Student Leadership Summit against other teen entrepreneurs from around the country. At the three-day event, 15 teams presented a real business enterprise they started to judges. Gideon Tong, Jane Zhang, James Ge and Pranav Pomalapally, and their teacher Laurie Looker represented Westlake High. Their startup, tudrme, uses a digital […]

Lipman wins Jewish athletic award

The Jewish Sports Heritage Association recently announced Lindsay Lipman as a recipient of the Michael Freedman Outstanding Jewish High School Athlete of the Year Award. Lipman was a four- year start on the Viewpoint School varsity soccer team; selected All-Conference, First Team, All-League three years in a row and was selected to the Los Angeles County H.S. All-Star Team and […]

Dogs have their day in Calabasas

Raptors monitor tree’s welfare

There’s a popular local band with the unusual name of “I See Hawks in L.A.” Then again, maybe it’s not so unusual, because we do tend to see a lot of hawks in the skies over Los Angeles and Ventura counties. The band’s name came to mind after a friend invited me out to her woodsy Calabasas property. A pair […]

Pet of the week

GOT THE MUNCHIES?—Munchie was found wounded during the Woolsey fire. His injuries appeared to be caused by an animal attack. Poor Munchie was put on a 6-month rabies watch, and now this healthy sociable boy is ready for adoption. Meet Munchie, ID No. A5246676 at the Agoura Hills Animal Care Center, 29525 Agoura Road. Occasionally pets have already been adopted, […]

Getting active on July 4

West Nile Virus update

On July 2, the Ventura County Environmental Health Division received confirmation from the California Department of Public Health that mosquitos sampled from the City of Ventura during the last week in June tested positive for West Nile Virus. This is the first mosquito sample collected in 2019 from Ventura County to test positive for WNV. The public is advised to […]

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