2009-07-23

Families grieve loss of loved ones

Survival amid the tragedy

IRIS SMOOT/Acorn Newspapers REMEMBERING—Above, Paulina Freidl, Emily Malley and Whitney Hall look at photographs of Alanna Moorman, the 12year-old Agoura Hills girl who died recently in Italy. Below, Alanna’s father Dave Moorman speaks at last week’s memorial while her mother Kristy and brother Ryan stand by his side. Alessandra Amati, a 12-year-old Westlake Village girl, is expected to fully recover […]

Having a swingin’ good time



STEPPING OUT—Calabasas couple Marilyn and Shelly Weiner, right, swing dance to the music of Campus Five at The Oaks Summer Nights Music Series last Thursday in the mall’s new outdoor expansion in Thousand Oaks. The series continues every Thursday at 6 p.m. through Sept. 10. Catch local sensation Raymond Michael and his Elvis tribute tonight.

Swimming pools a great way to beat the heat



Mitzvah project lights up many lives



The facts about pot dispensary



Regarding your story last week, “Westlake City Council nixes medical marijuana dispensary,” these are the facts. To open a medical marijuana collective in Los Angeles County you must have a state seller’s permit, a nonprofit mutual benefit corporation set up, liability insurance for a collective and a lease from a building owner spelling out medical marijuana collective operations. In some […]

Local schools opposed to grand jury request for unification

Superintendents prefer local autonomy

Area school districts have turned a cold shoulder to the recent Ventura County grand jury recommendation that some of the districts consolidate their facilities and services in order to save taxpayer dollars. In its May report, “School District Administration: Is the Cost Too High?” the grand jury recommended the 20 public school districts in Ventura County be reduced to just […]

Southeast Ventura County YMCA adds new members

Board of directors expands

The Southeast Ventura County YMCA has added two new members to its board of directors. Members serve three-year terms. New board member Esther Hopkins is an estate planning and business law attorney in Westlake Village. A Southern California native, Hopkins became involved in the YMCA when her daughter joined the Y-Indian Princesses program. Adam Johnson was involved in Noah’s Anchorage […]

Comedy night comes to Wellness Community



A free Comedy Night for people affected by cancer will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Mon., Aug. 10 at The Wellness Community Valley/Ventura, 530 Hampshire Road, Westlake Village. The featured performer will be Laura Hayden Hayden has performed at the New York Underground Comedy Festival, Boston International Comedy Festival, Laugh Factory, The Friars Club and the Comedy Store. She […]

Shomrei Torah welcomes new rabbi

Festivities include musical Shabbat, picnic

Shomrei Torah Synagogue invites the community to meet Rabbi Erez Sherman, the congregation’s new assistant rabbi, at a dairy picnic dinner and musical Shabbat service under the stars at 6:30 p.m. Fri., July 31 at the synagogue, 7353 Valley Circle Blvd., West Hills. Sherman is a graduate of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. His graduation thesis was titled “Music […]

Remembering the good ol’ days



William O. Felsman’s letter (July 9) brought back memories of my boyhood life in Western North Carolina. I also owned a Boy Scout knife, but I didn’t throw it at trees. It had a screwdriver/can opener, a leather punch awl and a large blade I kept as sharp as I could so I could clean trout we caught in mountain […]


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