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Holiday plants

From coastal to desert zones, we live in one of the most diverse areas in the United States when it comes to temperatures, soil types, plant varieties and insect populations. We sometimes take for granted being able to garden all year long, entertain outdoors most days of the year, and harvest fruit year-round in our own backyards. One popular plant […]

Joins law firm

The law firm of Weston, Benshoof, Rochefort, Rubalcava and MacCuish announced that Carrie Folendorf-Deck hasjoined the firm’s real estate practice. Deck will work in the firm’s Westlake Village office at 2801 Townsgate Road. She was formerly with the firm of Ervin, Cohen & Jessup. She has a law degree from Pepperdine University and a Bachelor of Arts in business economics […]

Modern day ‘Johnny Appleseed’ organizes tree planting project

Church member inspires others to help seedlings take root

Tom Sisulak smiles when locals refer to him as their own “Johnny Appleseed.” He considers it a compliment and a calling. When Sisulak noticed many trees in his tree-filled hometown were starting to die, he sounded an environmental call to arms. He asked his United Methodist church to help. “While I was helping our Riverside forester clear brush along the […]


Year in sports proved twice as nice for Agoura High

The Agoura girls’ and boys’ water polo teams turned 2007 into something special by winning CIF-Southern Section titles in the same year. In March, the Charger girls beat top-seeded Laguna Beach 11-10 in the CIFSS Division II championship match at Long Beach. It was the second CIF-SS title in program history, the first coming in 2001. In November, the Agoura […]

Oak Hills school celebrates love of books

Play house builder enjoys booming business

Business has become child’s play for one entrepreneur. It started when Arthur Gelb built a miniature cottage that was displayed at a retail outlet specializing in backyard play equipment. That led to the opening of Folk Art Playhouses, founded in 2006 in Van Nuys. Interested buyers made requests that inspired Gelb to expand to three playhouse models and add Dutch […]

Wedding bells

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