Rabbi begins 15th year of leading Bible studies at Chabad

Rabbi Moshe Bryski began his 15th year of teaching the Bible this week at the Conejo Jewish Academy, 30345 Canwood St., Agoura Hills. The academy’s Wednesday study group started with two people and has now grown into several groups with hundreds of participants. The class studies the Torah (Bible) verse by verse and discusses the literal meaning as well as […]

Play Review

A monster meets his maker in 'Victor'

What if man had the power to create life from inanimate forms? Should he? The High Street Arts Center presents Alistair Faulkner’s “Victor,” a powerful play directed by Rolland Petrello that explores this question in a sequel of sorts to Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein.” It’s a moral fable more than a horror story, a tale where the protagonist, not the monster, […]

Givers versus takers

We make a living by what we get- but we make a life by what we give, said Sir Winston Churchill. Mark Blum, the Agoura Hills bicycle repairman who spent much of his life giving to others, succumbed to multiple sclerosis last weekend. Stephanie Bertholdo tells his story on page 2A. Quietly, unassumingly, Blum was one of the most generous […]

Top names at tennis tourney

Jan Michael Gambill said he was just happy to complete his first-round match Tuesday at the USTA $50,000 Calabasas Pro Tennis Challenger. The 30-year-old Gambill, once ranked as high as No. 14 in the world, hobbled through a 6-4, 7-6 (6) loss to former NCAA singles champion Benedikt Dorsch at the Calabasas Tennis and Swim Center. “I’m just glad I […]

Elks Lodge supports various charities

The Thousand Oaks Elks Lodge No. 2477 recently donated $600 to the Sepulveda Ambulatory Care Center and nursing home for recreational therapy for use in the therapeutic needs of veterans. The California Hawaii Elks Association is offering $1,000 scholarship vocational grants to American citizens who require occupational training or retraining to compete in the workplace. This grant may be used […]

Coyotes close in on another tennis title

Officially, there are eight high school girls’ tennis teams competing in the Marmonte League. But realistically, it’s Calabasas High and everyone else. The Coyotes, who haven’t lost a league match since 2002, are once again the cream of the crop with a 9-0 record in league and a 11-2 record overall. CHS owns the No. 7 spot in the CIFSouthern […]

Learn about emergency preparedness

An emergency and family preparedness fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sat., Oct. 27 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2645 Moorpark Road in Thousand Oaks. The free event, sponsored by the church, will include community organizations dealing with disaster relief, booths and demonstrations covering a variety of aspects of preparedness such as […]

Fluoride is safe

More than 60 years ago Grand Rapids, Mich. became the first American community to fluoridate its public source of water. Hundreds of subsequent scientific articles have determined that optimally fluoridated water is the single most effective public health measure to prevent dental decay. Studies show that the incidences of childhood and adult cavities decrease 20 to 40 percent in areas […]

Political Cartoon

Agoura family organizes concerts to help friend

Although cancer is keeping Agoura Hills buddies Morgan Miller and Alex Berson apart, Morgan isn’t letting the disease prevent him from supporting Alex, his absent Lindero Canyon Middle School friend. The seventh-grader has to stay at home these days because of nonHodgkin’s lymphoma, a cancer of the immune system. To help the 12-year-old Alex, Morgan and his family organized a […]

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