Nowhere to turn around

It is possible to ride a horse or hike or bike the trails from Simi Valley all the way to the Santa Monica Mountains and the 67- mile long Backbone Trail. However, within this trail system that meanders from Simi Valley through the Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve (formerly the Ahmanson Ranch) and continues south past Juan Bautista […]

Care for critters

Why do we allow tree trimming in the spring and summer time when we all know baby squirrels, all types of birds, racoons and other animals are living in the trees? Spring trimming should be banned until the winter when the animals have matured and the nests are empty. Agoura Hills should not allow residences, business or any other entity […]

Avoiding those pushy phone scammers takes persistence

Other Side of 50

I just received my fifth email this month on the same topic. In the email, my friend informed me he’s canceled his landline service and has chosen to use only his cellphone for voice communication because of the abundance of robocalls and scams he was receiving. Unfortunately, this will not solve his robocall problem. A robocall is a phone call […]

Are there family secrets hidden in DNA?

Family Man

I was about to learn more about my family through one of those DNA tests. “No,” my 15-year-old know-it-all son said. “You’re about to get a visit from the government about your involvement in a crime you didn’t commit. “That’s called a movie,” I said. “Not real life.” Typical skeptical teen. I’d been listening to “The Italian American Podcast,” learning […]

In the garden: Tortoises and frogs, oh my

On the Trail

The dog and I enjoy strolling through local neighborhoods, pretending we’re judges at the county fair doling out awards or snarky asides. Since I’m a gardener and the dog’s a gardener’s sidekick, we’re focused on greenery, flowers and, lately, taste in garden ornamentation. We decided to take an inventory of some of the landscaping eye candy as well as less […]

America’s ‘longest day’ preserved country’s freedom


Today is the 75th anniversary of D-Day: June 6, 1944. It is one of three defining moments in American military history along with the defeat of the British at Yorktown in 1781 and the crippling of the Confederacy at Gettysburg in 1863 when the future of the nation hung in the balance while bloody events unfolded on the battlefield. It […]


Drive home the point regarding Starbucks plan

Agoura Hills will be deciding a new development proposal: a Starbucks drive-thru at the existing Kanan/Thousand Oaks Boulevard Starbucks. The drive-thru will increase traffic 35%, according to a report. The traffic there is intolerable at 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. when both school districts are in session. Agoura Hills Planning Commission’s hearing on this more traffic producing project is tentatively […]

Praise for the Chabad

I cannot say enough about the work of Chabad of the Conejo, especially Rabbi Yisroel and Rebbetzin Leah Levine of Oak Park. They are phenomenal leaders in our community who are selfless and offer so much to our congregation and surrounding people. There is a class in Chassidus every Wednesday night in a private home. Chassidus is a teaching of […]

Oak Park family night a success

I want to give a big thank you to everyone who came out to Oak Park High School on Saturday night and attended the Oak Park Community Game Night and Drive-in Movie, making this such a successful event. It was amazing to see so many neighbors and families together and having fun playing the many games, happy to see so […]

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