04-24-1920 – 10-29-2008 WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA.   Our loving father passed away in a peaceful sleep during the early morning hours of October 29, 2008. He left our world to join his devoted wife Anna of 64 years who recently passed away on 04-15-2008. He also joins his daughter Annamarie who also recently passed away on 04-01-2008. William is survived […]

Thanks to all

Our country may be suffering from an economic downturn, but you’d never know it from the Pancakes for Parkinson’s breakfast in Westlake Village on Oct. 18. Not only did several local businesses and individuals graciously donate their time, goods and services, but we had over 100 people attend, which was a huge success. Our first annual event raised over $4,000, […]

Former Soka official guilty of embezzlement

Former finance director and chief investment officer Kiyoshi Hatanaka was convicted of embezzling more than $1.7 million from Soka University of America and its former campus near Calabasas. Hatanaka was convicted of the theft on Oct. 27 and sentenced to 37 months in federal prison, according to Assistant United States Attorney Lawrence Kole. The 52-year-old Hatanaka is from Aliso Viejo […]

Go Green at home

Under the average American’s sink lie countless wipes, paper towels and more than a half-dozen cleaning products. Many of those products are both harmful to the environment and hazardous to the home. With environmental concerns at an all-time high, are Americans tossing out their harmful chemical cleaners for “greener” alternatives? According to a recent survey, three out of four Americans […]

Red Oak employee brings home the gold

Carlos Cruz, yard supervisor at Red Oak Elementary School in Oak Park, won gold and silver awards in his age group, 65 to 69, at the Western States Summer Police and Fire Olympic Games in Boise, Idaho last summer. Cruz, 68, competed in six track and field events and placed in all events. He won the gold in the 200 […]

Locals shine at county cross country championships

The Ventura County Cross Country Championships were held last Friday at Lake Casitas in Ojai, and no schools ran faster than the Thousand Oaks High boys’ squad and the Simi Valley girls’ team. The Thousand Oaks boys’ finished in first place with 82 points, ahead of Royal, which placed second with 95 points. The Lancers didn’t have a runner place […]


Directed by: Clint Eastwood Starring: Angelina Jolie, John Malkovich, Michael Kelly, Jason Butler Harner Rated: R (for adult situations, disturbing content) Running time: 141 minutes Best suited for: crime drama fans, period piece fans, Eastwood (as director) fans Least suited for: shoot-’em-up enthusiasts Clint Eastwood’s “Changeling” is a biographical crime drama that rates right up there with “In Cold Blood” […]

Conserve, why?

Almost every day I read or hear about a disastrous water shortage that is plaguing Southern California and that we probably will need to ration water and change our habits in the fear that there will not be enough water to go around. I then read that Agoura Hills has given the go ahead for the massive Agoura Hills Village […]

Challenger pulls upset on Calleguas water board

Environmental Scientist Scott Quady will replace 16year incumbent Jeff Borenstein as director for the Calleguas Municipal Water District Board of Directors, Division 2. Quady took 43.5 percent of the vote versus Borenstein’s 32 percent. John Ecklund, a small business owner who ran his campaign against water fluoridation, came in third with 24 percent. All three candidates live in Thousand Oaks. […]

Postpartum issues are monthly topic

The monthly “Meet and Greet” sessions sponsored by the Conejo Valley Mental Health Professionals Association will explore maternal depression and “disrupted attachment” tomorrow, Fri., Nov. 7, said Judy Wiener, a licensed social worker and marriage and family therapist in Agoura Hills. The lunchtime meeting will feature a talk by Diana Lynn Barnes, an expert on perinatal mood disorders. “Eight hundred […]

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