Her holiday wish is to be pain-free

Basketball player excels despite condition

Having already conquered skin cancer when she was 10, Haley Meadows entered Calabasas High School four years ago intent on becoming a great basketball player for the Coyotes. And then the pain began. “I was just getting into high school, and I was working out every day,” the 17-year-old said. “I was so set on making the varsity team as […]

New executive director takes helm at Conejo/Las Virgenes Foundation

Calabasas resident Karen Malatesta has been training to take over the Conejo/Las Virgenes Future Foundation executive director post that Fran Brough has held for the past 13 years. By all accounts, Malatestsa is ready for the challenge of running the regional think tank. Malatesta, 48, will take the reins Jan. 1 when Brough steps down as director and becomes a […]

Marmonte honors fall’s finest

The Marmonte League has announced its All-League teams in football, boys’ water polo, and girls’ golf, tennis and volleyball. Many area athletes were recognized for their accomplishments during the fall season. Here is a rundown of the local players that made the squads. Football League MVP: John Lister of Thousand Oaks. Offensive MVP: Tim Vizzi of Moorpark. Defensive MVP: Corey […]

Art guild members to show work

The Westlake Village Art Guild’s annual membership show will run from Jan. 3 through 29 at the Thousand Oaks Community Gallery, 2331 Borchard Road, Newbury Park. Take-in for artwork is Sat., Jan. 3 from noon to 4 p.m. Nonmember artists may join and enter pieces on this day. The public is invited to the artists’ reception and award ceremony from […]

Squirrel of the Month

HAVE A SEAT—Don and Shirley McCleerey of Calabasas submitted this photograph of a very ambitious little fellow, determined to get in his daily cardio exercise. Unfortunately, he can’t quite reach the bike pedals, but this one definitely gets an ‘A’ for effort. Show us your “Squirrel of the Month.”

With the top down, they’re off to Bethlehem

JANN HENDRY/Acorn Newspapers STARRY EYED—Right, first in line visitors Sarah Gray of Agoura Hills and her first-grade son Joshua wait to drive through the gates of the Bethlehem village recreation at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Westlake Village. Each year at this time, the "Bethlehem Experience" presentation gives visitors a look at how the First Century town might have appeared on […]

Serving In Uniform

•Air Force Airman Joshua Camarena has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. He is a 2008 graduate of Agoura High School and the son of Susan Camarena of Agoura Hills and Ricardo Camarena of Newbury Park. •Air Force Airman Golriz Hedayati has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San […]

CVU Rage stoked on league title

UNDEFEATED—The Conejo Valley United U-13 Rage soccer team won a league championship with a 12-0-2 record. Team members are Courtney Appleford, Meagan Easton, Kendall Engelhardt, Bridget Flynn, Sophie Friedl, Maddie Gurewitz, Julia Kantor, MacKenna Kelleher, Taylor Masket, Jessica Moss, Madeline Norling-Christensen, Carly Pierson, Kylee Poling, Julianne Rodriguez, Anna Quinn and Haley Agapiou. Tracy Pierson is the coach, and Clay Cameron […]

Agoura native tops country charts

As a child, Becca Hennesy wandered around her Agoura home singing at the top of her lungs, fantasizing about being a star. Now 32, she is living her dream, enjoying success as a top independent artist with a unique sound and a full life. “Honest to goodness, by the time I was in kindergarten I said I’d be a singer,” […]

My Christmas miracle

Despite the difficult year we’ve all endured, the holidays should inspire us to take stock of our lives and give thanks for what we have. It’s a time for giving, a time for caring, and whether we’re celebrating Christmas or Hanukkah, surely there’s something we can find that’s taken a turn for the better. We might be depressed because we […]