2006-12-07

Fake snow, real joy



SNOW DAY–Madison Gaynor, 6, and her brother Timothy, 3, of Westlake Village enjoy sledding down a gentle slope at Gates Canyon Park in Calabasas. The city of Calabasas Community Services Department imported about 40 tons of artificial snow for kids to enjoy–and, if these smiles are any indication, enjoy it they did.

Teens take stand against domestic violence



The number of domestic violence incidents in the United States is staggering. According to Los Angeles County’s Domestic Victim’s Handbook called “It Shouldn’t Hurt to Go Home,” more than three million domestic violence incidents are reported each year. Of those, 4,000 people are killed by their partner. Most victims of domestic violence are women. Children may also be physically battered, […]

Holidays may stir up aging parents’ health issues



The holidays are a good time for family members to be alert for signs that elderly relatives may need physical, mental or financial help, according to Eldercare Link, a free eldercare referral service. The most important thing, it said, is to look for signs of change in mood, health and living conditions. Here are signs to look for: •Personal hygiene […]

Oak Park vs. Oaks Christian: The Trilogy

For the third time in four years, the Eagles and Lions will play for a CIF title

Ohio State won’t play Michigan again this season, but fans who love a rematch can see a good one Friday night when football rivals Oak Park High and nationally ranked Oaks Christian square off for the CIF-Southern Section Northwest Division championship. OPHS will play the Lions for the second time this year, the sixth time in the last four years […]

Temple to host guest speaker



Temple Beth Haverim in Agoura Hills will present Robert Blumenfield of the B’nai Brith Anti-Defamation League at 8 p.m. Fri., Dec. 8 as part of its monthly Shabbat Speaker Series. The temple is 29900 Ladyface Court in Agoura Hills. Blumenfield has been actively involved with the AntiDefamation League for the past several years. He chairs the league’s Valley Advisory Board […]

Called ‘working for a living’



This letter is in defense of Ken Grow’s letter of Nov. 23, “Teachers don’t have it bad.” Many teachers wrote in, saying they would like to see Mr. Grow spend a day in the classroom. I would like to invite these teachers to spend a day with me at my job in the real world. First they would have to […]

Andrea Healey



Andrea Healey was recently commended for outstanding sales production by Frances Lewis, sales manager of the Coldwell Banker Westlake Village Promenade office. During a recent 30-day period, Healey participated in sales transactions worth over $2.8 million. In addition Andrea has been ranked among Coldwell Banker’s top sales associates consistently since 2001, having been awarded the firm’s International, National, Presidents Elite, […]

Local school bond measures are met with different results

Oak Park will not try to pass another two-thirds bond

Neighborhood Focus In a tale of two bond measures, it is the best of times for one school district and perhaps the worst of times for a neighboring district. While Las Virgenes Unified is busy putting taxpayer money to work on plans for a pair of dazzling new high school performing arts centers and other renovations and improvements, the Oak […]

Smokers find relief in nicotine water

Nicotine isn't as harmful without all the byproducts

Almost 10 years ago, Westlake Village resident Robert Knight developed a brainstorm. After wrapping up his career of marketing for nutritional product giant Herbalife, the self-described “wannabe chemist” started work on a project of his own. Knight took a tobacco leaf and stripped it of everything harmful, reducing the nicotine molecule until every cancercausing chemical had been removed. After dropping […]

Follow your guide to better oral health



We’ve all heard how a lifestyle that includes a healthy diet and regular exercise can fight disease, slow the aging process, boost your mood and help keep you at an optimal weight. But did you know that sticking to that New Year’s resolution can also help ward off tooth decay, gum disease and unexpected visits to the dentist? “The mouth […]


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