Surviving a brush with disaster

Three homes lost, but thousands saved

All that is left of the fire is the telltale evidence that it passed through here, the blackened hillsides, the light dusting of ash on the sidewalks and the scent of burned brush still lingering in the now-cleared air. That, and the stories of hundreds of families who loaded their children and pets into cars along with a few personal […]

Vendors sought

Arts and crafts vendors are invited to submit applications to participate in the Arts and Crafts Show that will be part of the Oak Park Community Fall Festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat., Oct. 29 at Mae Boyar Park. 130 N. Kanan Road, Oak Park. Food concessionaires are also welcome to apply. Applications are available at the Oak […]

Collaboration can help communities become better prepared

A little planning can help save thousands of American communities from the threat of fire. The convergence of rapid population growth in wildland areas and increasing amounts of invasive weeds and overgrown hazardous fuels has placed as many as 11,000 U.S. communities at risk from wildfire. These wildland-urban interface areas (where wildland fuels meet and mix with urban fuels) include […]

‘Volvo for Life Days’ to benefit hospitals

Two area Volvo car dealerships will be participating in an event to help raise funds to fight pediatric cancer from Sat., Oct. 8 through Sun., Oct. 16. The “Volvo for Life Days” is a nationwide event devoted to raising money for local children’s hospitals in addition to Alex’s Lemonade Stand—a national pediatric cancer research charity that raises funds through lemonade […]

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Casino Night to benefit Hospice of Conejo

A benefit for Hospice of the Conejo with a “Las Vegas Cool” theme will be presented from 7:30 p.m. to midnight Sun., Oct. 9 at The Oaks mall in Thousand Oaks, featuring showgirls, music, fun, food and Las Vegas games. The Boogie Knights disco band will be featured in the lounge. Chris DePalma will perform magical illusions throughout the casino, […]

Jeff Johnson

Diamond Sales award winner Jeff Johnson was congratulated by Joan Young, vice president of Sotheby’s International Realty (formerly Young Realtors), for being named among the top sellers and listers for August at the firm’s Westlake Village office. Johnson has been with Young Realtors since early 2002. After completing the intensive 10-week training course, Johnson hit the road running with impressive […]

$28 million pot bust at Malibu State Park

In what authorities are calling one of the single largest marijuana plant seizures in Los Angles County history, over 28,000 marijuana plants found growing in the Malibu Creek State Park were destroyed by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department earlier this month. Lt. Pete Fosselman, a member of the Sheriff’s Marijuana Enforcement Team, said he estimates the street value of […]

Quilters show off their work

Masry Awards honor local leaders, heroic firefighters

Twenty-four local leaders in business, education, law enforcement and government were honored Friday night at the inaugural Edward L. Masry Awards for Integrity in Community Service. Nearly 300 people attended the event held at the Hyatt Westlake Plaza and organized by the Agoura/Oak Park/Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce. The awards are named for local attorney and Thousand Oaks City Councilmember […]

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