Americans caught napping when polled

For those who are not getting enough sleep, they have lots of company. According to a new survey by SleepBetter.org and conducted by independent research firm Yankelovich, three of four Americans are tossing and turning at night and not getting the sleep they need. What’s more, Americans may be nodding off when it comes to separating sleep facts from sleep […]

Agoura Thunder knocks one out of the park

SLUGGERS—The Agoura Thunder U-10 baseball team went undefeated in winning its division at the West Hills Turkey Bash. Pictured in the front row, from left, are Nick Juels, Myles Engelhart, bat boy Joey Elbaum and Jonathon DeLuca. Middle row: Jack Blaznek, Seth Stone, Mitchell Sack, Kyle Thoegersen, Max Kratochvil, Adam Kerner and Matthew Elbaum. Back row: Coach John DeLuca, coach […]

Ready, aim, and shoot

The extended family is getting together for the holidays and the family photographer whips out the video camera to record the festivities—but his/ her previous attempts at rolling tape indicate that the familydogmightbeabette r videographer. This time, do it right. Professionals rely on certain tricks to make sure footage looks slick, not sloppy. Here are five tips for avoiding shaky […]

Obama’s team

As an independent voter, I am concerned about the selections Obama is making for various posts in his administration which informed sources are calling the “best and the brightest.” Anyone remember those from the Kennedy-Johnson era— McNamara, Rusk, Bundy, Rostow, etc.? They, also were Ivy League, privileged, brilliant and well-intentioned elitist who knew what was best for everyone. What a […]


THURS., DEC. 18 Conejo Valley Bonsai Society Hosts annual holiday party at Westlake Village Community Center, 31200 Oak Crest Drive. Phone: 805.495.7480 Time: 7:30 p.m. Date: 12/18/2008 The Nutcracker Suite Electronique Presented by Earthwalk Dance Company and Santa Monica Contemporary Ballet at 1651 18th St., Santa Monica. 8 p.m. today, 2 p.m. Dec. 21. Arranged by Seattle composer Brete. $25, […]

Calabasas Raiders wrap up amazing season with Super Bowl appearance

HE’S GONE—Running back Okalani Langi, center, of the Calabasas Raiders Midget Black team squeezes through a hole during Saturday’s Pacific Youth Football League Super Bowl at College of the Canyons. Calabasas was defeated, 1514, by the Camarillo Roadrunners Blue on a lastminute touchdown and extra point. Langi scored twice, and Calabasas finished the season 10-2.

A visit from the Clippers

DISTINGUISHED GUEST—Veteran forward Brian Skinner of the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers visits the Suns of the AYBA (Agoura Youth Basketball Association) boys’ second grade division. Skinner played 66 games last season with the Phoenix franchise before returning to the Clippers, the team that drafted him in 1998. He gave the boys tips on basketball and life in general.

Septic issue

I am very disturbed by the proposed Calabasas ordinance to license homeowners with septic tanks. The Oct. 28 meeting held by Community Development Director Maureen Tamuri, by all accounts, was a disaster. The city failed to make its case. Its “expert advisers” are the very people who will profit from the ordinance. The city says it has a mandate per […]

Christmas is Sweet for Chocolatine

The Thousand Oaks pastery shop Chocolatine is bringing a bit of France locally with an edible cake in the shape of a traditional Christmas Yule log. The Yule log tradition began when all the family members would gather around the hearth for Christmas. The children sang songs and listened to stories told by their grandparents while an enormous log burned […]

Former CHS baseball coach hired in minors

The Lancaster JetHawks, entering its first season as an affiliate of the Houston Astros, will welcome a native Southern Californian and former Astros farmhand to be its manager in 2009. Wes Clements, who has several years of experience as a hitting coach in the minor leagues and as a high school coach, will helm a JetHawks club that has won […]