2008-11-20

Westlake girl earns film recognition



She’s only 12 years old, but Olivia DeLaurentis has already made many films, including an award-winning film starring her pet chicken Zooknob. The Westlake Village girl wrote, directed, edited and acted in “The Adventures of Lass,” which earned Best Parody at the International Student Film Festival in Hollywood earlier this month. “I had no idea they even had an award […]

Save money with generic drugs



The expense of the daily dose of medicine is a bitter pill for many Americans. Yet more than half of those taking prescription drugs are not taking advantage of an economical option: generic drugs. The Food and Drug Administration said 52 percent of Americans could save money by choosing generics over brand name drugs. “The downward spiral of the economy […]

Seeking six flags

Oaks Christian on a mission to rewrite CIF-SS record book

During the past half decade, Oaks Christian’s talent on the gridiron has been in a league of its own, especially in the postseason. The Lions have won five straight CIF-Southern Section football championships, a Southern Section record shared with Paraclete of Lancaster, which claimed five straight titles from 1997-2001. Oaks Christian head coach Bill Redell said winning a sixth straight […]

Girl Scout organizes dance and magic show

Event benefits Adopt-a-Family holiday program

Katelyn Smith will present her Girl Scout Gold Award project “Dance the Night Away and Be Amazed,” a fiesta dance and magic show benefiting the AdoptAFamily Holiday Basket Program from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sat., Nov. 22 at St. Jude’s Catholic Community Church, 32032 W. Lindero Canyon Road, Westlake Village. Guests are asked to bring new and unwrapped items to […]

School’s out



My fourth-grader at Red Oak Elementary will be in school a total of four full days in November. That’s right. She has two days off for Veterans Day and the entire week of Thanksgiving off, not to mention six half-days for parent-teacher conferences, two half-days on Wednesdays for “banking time” and a half-day on Nov. 21 just for the heck […]

Perry Abourisk



Perry Abourisk took the honor for Top Selling Agent from Prudential California Realty’s Thousand Oaks Regional office for July 2008. Abourisk has been representing clients since 1987. He is an eighttime recipient of Prudential’s President’s Circle Award. In 2001, 2003 and 2005, he earned Prudential’s Chairman’s Circle Gold Award. He is also a past recipient of the Award of Excellence, […]

Local vets visit Oak Park schools



Oak Park students have learned firsthand what it means to fight for one’s country. In honor of the recent Veterans Day, soldiers who fought in every U.S. war since World War II attended assemblies and spoke to students of all ages. There were nine presentations throughout the school district. At Oak View High School, four World War II veterans in […]

American Red Cross launches new website



The American Red Cross of Ventura County recently launched a new, upgraded website. The site is user-friendly and contains information such as free classes and programs, upcoming events, how to obtain first aid kits, disaster preparedness and volunteer opportunities. The website allows community members to make donations to the chapter online, and individuals can see how their donations are used […]

St. Bonny looms as biggest threat to Marmonte teams



On Friday night, four Marmonte League football teams begin their pursuit of a CIFSouthern Section Northern Division championship. League title winner Moorpark High, the No. 2 overall seed in the Northern Division, opens at home against Camarillo. In other action, Thousand Oaks hosts Santa Barbara, while Westlake travels to Oxnard and Newbury Park faces St. Bonaventure at Larrabee Stadium in […]

Winners of coloring contest named



Catherine Gronkiewicz is the grand-prize winner of the 2008 Calabasas Recycling Coloring Contest sponsored by the Calabasas Environmental Commission. She is a fourth-grader at Castlebay Lane Elementary School. Her winning drawing will be printed on the cover of the 2009 city of Calabasas Community Recycling Awareness Calendar. Twelve other students also won. All of the winning drawings will be printed […]


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