Contact your local sheriff’s department

From area code 818 (Agoura Hills, Calabasas, Chatsworth, Hidden Hills, West Hills or Westlake Village), call (818) 8781808. From area code 310 (Malibu or Topanga), call (310) 456-6652. Oak Park is located in Ventura County and is serviced by the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department at (805) 494-8200.

Strawberry Festival appoints new director

The all-volunteer executive board of the California Strawberry Festival recently appointed Patrick Mullin to serve as interim volunteer festival director for the 2009 festival. After leaving his position as general manager of the Courtyard by Marriott hotel in Oxnard, Mullin will begin serving as festival director in January, following the departure of Bonnie Weigel, who recently joined FOOD Share as […]

We’re getting a new year

Everyone’s talking about the brand-new year that just came out. And most everyone I know lined up for weeks to get it upon arrival on Jan. 1. I love getting something new as much as the next person, but getting something new is a big deal to me, and it requires lots of thought and consideration. Last week, my wife […]

Free concert for peace

Composer, jazz pianist and recording artist Louis Landon will present a free concert for peace at 7 p.m. Wed., Jan. 14 at the Center for Spiritual Living, 880 Hampshire Road, Ste. V, Westlake Village. For nformation, call the center at (805) 4950105, ext. 3, email csl@cslwestlake.org or visit www.cslwestlake.org. For more about the artist, go to www.louislandon.com.

How to redesign 2009

“Life is a blackboard upon which we consciously or unconsciously write those messages which govern us. We hold the chalk and the eraser in our hand but are ignorant of this fact. What we now experience we need not continue to experience, but the hand which holds the eraser must do its neutralizing work.” —Dr. Ernest Holmes As you enter […]

A job for heroes with a license to pray

James Bond, the world cinema’s most famous spy is back, and this time he fights a villain trying to control strategic water resources in a developing country. How far-fetched is that story premise? “Control over water translates more and more into profit and power,” said Maike Gorsboth, the coordinator of the Ecumenical Water Network, an initiative of churches and Christian […]

New Year brings new laws for drivers

No texting please, and no fake stickers to gain access to the carpool lane

The Department of Motor Vehicles reminds motorists of new laws that take effect in January. •A new law prohibits text messaging with a cellphone or other text-based communications while driving a vehicle. •Another law limits the issuance of temporary operating permits to individuals whose vehicles have yet to pass a smog check. The law calls for a $50 fee for […]

Westlake Braves complete perfect season

The Westlake Braves defeated the Santa Barbara Chargers in a United Bowl championship Senior Division game. Westlake is from the Gold Coast Youth Football League, while Santa Barbara competes in the Tri-Valley Youth Football League. The Santa Barbara Chargers took an early 8-0 lead on their first possession with a long drive that started on their own 45-yard line. Following […]

Dog poisoned on trail

Someone laced raw meat with poisoned grain and put it on a Thousand Oaks open space trail, killing at least one dog, said Glen Kinney, a ranger for the Conejo Open Space Conservation Agency. The dog died from the poison last month. “People need to keep their dogs on a leash so they don’t get into poison,” Kinney said. He […]

Pet of the Week

SWEETIE—Priscilla is a two-and-a-half-year-old rottweiler. She is sweet, engaging, playful, and loves to go for walks. Priscilla can be adopted at the Agoura Animal Shelter in Agoura Hills. Ask for ID # A3912214. Occasionally pets have already been adopted, so call (818) 9910071 first or visit www.animalcare.lacounty.gov.