Middle school mock trial team goes the distance

Several area middle school students learned the fine art of arguing a legal case in a real courtroom during the Constitutional Rights Foundation’s annual mock trial competition. The Sierra Canyon Middle School mock trial team went all the way to the semifinals, competing against 31 other middle school teams from public and private schools from all over Los Angeles County. […]

Pastor wants his church to invest in people, not buildings

Congregation wants to serve community

As a congregation whose meeting place is at a motel in Agoura Hills, the Bethel Christian Fellowship is hardly traditional. “We don’t want to invest in projects or buildings,” said Craig Johnson, an evangelical Protestant clergyman and pastor of the independent, nondenominational church he founded in 1982. “We want to invest in people. If we have extra offerings, we want […]

Give teachers more credit

This is a message to Ken Grow, who wrote a letter on Nov. 23, “Teachers don’t have it bad.” Mr. Grow, you must not have children or you would realize that if it weren’t for our teachers, especially ones like Sandra Pope, our children would not stand a chance in this world. You say that teaching is a parttime job. […]

Bob Pearson and Erin Pohl

Erin Pohl and Bob Pearson, consistent top producing directors of estates with Coldwell Banker Previews International in its Westlake Village Promenade office, were congratulated by Coldwell Banker manager Frances Lewis for posting in excess of $16.1 million in listings and sales transactions during a recent 30-day period. Specialists in luxury real estate throughout the Conejo Valley and east Ventura County, […]

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 […]