Just the right touch

CLAY PAWS– Oak Park Neighborhood School student Evan Pessell discovers the properties of clay during a sensory lesson in art class at the school last week.

Bee-guiling research

WHAT’S THE BUZZ- National Resources Conservation Service biologist Casey Burns, kneeling, and conservation biologist Stevie Adams inspect the native bee nesting project Burns has initiated at Peter Strauss Ranch in Agoura Hills. Burns hopes to decipher what size nests work best for improving the bee population at the ranch.

Hear better with help

It’s estimated that 80 percent of the 31.5 million hearingimpaired people in the United States could benefit from a hearing aid but don’t have hone. Hearing loss may come from infection, strokes, head injuries, some medicine, tumors, other medical problems or even too much ear wax. It can also result from repeated exposure to very loud noise, such as music, […]

Student heads to Washington, D.C.

Coertunay Krause, a student at A.E. Wright Middle School, will take part in “Voices of Leadership: Reflecting on the Past to Create the Future,” the Junior National Young Leaders Conference, this fall in Washington, D.C. During the six-day program, students will take part in educational activities and presentations. They may have the opportunity to meet with elected officials and congressional […]

Other local football matchups

Oak Park (3-1) at Camarillo (2-2) Outlook: Following a tough loss to Newbury Park in Week 3, Oak Park bounced back last Friday by upending Los Angeles Baptist, 35-7. Give credit to Oak Park’s defense, which recorded five sacks against L.A. Baptist. Camarillo is coming off a bye week and has been up and down this season. The Scorpions have […]

“In the Valley of Elah”

The war movie has been a typically American ritual for many decades. It’s also been a barometer of America’s consciousness, a cinematic dipstick plumbing the depths of our patriotic id. A decade ago, films like “Saving Private Ryan” (1998) and “Three Kings” (1999) proved that confidence was high, as they say- that we were content in our cocoon, for better […]

Election politics are here again

The Sept. 27 candidates’ forum for the Westlake Village City Council race gave excellent insight as to who the players are in the upcoming election and what voters can expect from them. The four candidates spoke on a variety of topics while participating in a Q and A at the North Ranch Community Center. The candidates for the two seats […]

Internet deals too good to be true usually are

Local residents learn scams the hard way

When Robert Raser’s classified ad to sell bedroom furniture for $125 appeared online, he got much more than he asked for. Raser received a $3,900 cashier’s check from a buyer who wanted the excess funds wired back to him via Western Union. “I smelled a rat,” said the Westlake Village resident who opted not to cash the check, which turned […]

Protect horses with microchip

The Los Angeles County Equine Microchip Project is a pilot program to assist horse owners to identify and better protect their animals in wildfire and other emergency situations. The program was developed at the request of Board of Supervisors chair Zev Yaroslavsky in conjunction with the county Department of Animal Care and Control. Due to the constant threat of wildfires, […]

Love, serve and remember

“Service is the rent we pay for the privilege of living on this earth. It is the very purpose of life, and not something you do in your spare time.” – Shirley Chisholm Imagine our world without all the individuals and organizations whose sole purpose is to serve other people and who do so just for the sake of making […]

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