Give your Hulk a hug

"Don't make me angry . . . you wouldn't like me when I'm angry." - Bruce Banner, in Marvel Comics' "The Hulk"

In its latest version, “The Incredible Hulk” has once again become an instant smash (no pun intended) and has caused quite a stir among movie audiences. According to the story line, when mild-mannered scientist Dr. Bruce Banner, played by Edward Norton, is provoked into anger or experiences severe pain, he literally “Hulks out”: His body painfully expands in a matter […]

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Don't let the well go dry

Each person in the water utility profession is dedicated to one simple goal- a reliable flow of safe, clean water that is available on demand. As we head into the hottest, driest months of the year, California is facing the liklihood that water will become extremely limited. Unlike previous droughts, this time a few rain storms will not bring relief. […]

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Calabasas Civic Center is community's crown jewel

City Manager Tony Coroalles called Sun., July 13 one of the most important dates in the history of Calabasas, second only to the day the city was incorporated 17 years ago. The grand opening of the city’s $41-million Civic Center marked a milestone more than 10 years in the making. Nearly 400 people gathered to take a first look at […]

Local Business Profiles

Copyright law to be discussed The Thousand Oaks-Westlake Village Regional Chamber of Commerce will hold a networking breakfast from 7 to 9 a.m. Fri., Aug. 1 at the Los Robles Greens Banquet Center, 299 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. The morning will feature guest speakers Glenn Dickinson and Jeff Lynch. Dickinson is a trademark, copyright and Internet law attorney with […]

Nigeria workcamp announced for 2009

A special call has been issued for skilled carpenters and plumbers for the 2009 annual Nigeria work camp, jointly sponsored by the Church of the Brethren, Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN- the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria), and Mission 21 (formerly Basel Mission). At EYN Headquarters, the group will help construct a teacher’s house for the Comprehensive Secondary School […]


Man suspected in death of 20-year-old Agoura woman

Detective calls case 'very disturbing'

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department says it has a suspect in connection with the death of 20-year-old Kaylin Marie Mathews, whose body was found July 1 in a ravine near Lobo Canyon in rural Agoura. The name of the suspect, identified only as a “young man,” was not released. Lt. Dan Rosenberg, the lead investigator on the case, said […]

Chamber says ‘aloha’ to sponsors

Sponsorship and vendor booth opportunities are available for the Chamber of Commerce’s “Aloha Mega Expo.” Available sponsorships are: Big Kahuna, $1,000; Tiki Bar, $700 and Island Treasure, $500. Vendor booths cost $300. Cost is $350 after Mon., July 21. The “Aloha Mega Expo,” hosted by the Thousand OaksWestlake Village Regional Chamber of Commerce, will be held from 4:30 to 7:30 […]

The versatile avocado tickles the taste buds in many recipes

Farmer specializes in 20 varieties

Recently at the Thousand Oaks farmers market I talked to vendor Frank Wells, who was manning the Westfield Farms stand. Westfield Farms has been in operation since 1992, and Wells has been running the farm since 1996. Westfield Farms specializes in avocados, growing more than 20 varieties including the Fuerte and the Pinkerton, but their mainstay is the Hass avocado. […]

Understanding ‘Distressed’ Property Transactions

There are many confusing terms out there today regarding “distressed properties.” This article will discuss the different terms used in real estate, such as short sale, and foreclosure to help you understand what you are seeing. Short sale With the declining real estate market, many owners have found themselves “upside down” in their home, meaning they owe more than it’s […]

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