Pet of the Week

Conejo Valley Moms do all the heavy lifting

Patty Bleau didn’t know anybody in Simi Valley when she moved there from Massachusetts in 2004 with her husband and baby. That changed after she joined Conejo Valley Moms. She now has two children, ages 5 and 6½, and knows many people. “I have met my dearest friends in the club, and we’ve developed lifelong friendships,” Bleau said. “My children […]

Westlake council decides not to have election

The Westlake Village City Council has canceled an election in November for three council seats. Only the incumbents, Sue McSweeney, Mark Rutherford and Bob Slavin, filed election papers by the Aug. 7 deadline. The decision reportedly saves the city about $25,000. McSweeney, Rutherford and Slavin will be sworn in to their new four-year terms at the council’s reorganizational meeting in […]

Kid talks a lot

PICARELLA HOUSEHOLD—My son started talking when he was about 2 years old, and now, at age 6, he continues to talk and talk and talk—even in his sleep—because, he said, God made him that way. Sources suggest the trait comes from the parents. “He gets it from me,” my wife said in a statement yesterday. “I talked a lot as […]

Hasso, RIP

I was saddened to read of the passing and memorial service for Hasso, the military dog. As if this poor dog did not go through enough putting his life on the line detecting explosives in Iraq and Afghanistan, he was subjected to another “experiment” for stem cell research. Unfortunately, this time he was killed. I wonder if he agreed to […]

Oak Park grad killed fighting in Afghanistan

Pfc. Brian Wolverton, a 21-year-old Oak Park resident, was killed in action in Afghanistan on Aug. 20. The 2006 Oak Park High School graduate died from wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit in Kumar province. Wolverton attended Moorpark College and returned to Oak Park High in 2008 to help coach the hurdlers on the school’s track team. Wolverton ran […]

Westlake Village plans overpass work at Lindero

A 6foot mural featuring a sailboat-filled lake surrounded by tall mountains could be one of the highlights of a new freeway overpass bridge at Lindero Canyon Road in Westlake Village. The Westlake City Council recently held a study session to discuss the $1.4-million bridge renovation project. The bridge has not been improved or modified since it was built the 1960s. […]

Playing for keeps

What do your kids do when they get home from school? In Agoura, do they tune up the violin and play a few etudes? Do the Westlake kids pull out the sheet music to knock out a little Scarlatti at the piano? Or you, T.O., do your young things grab a bag of Mallomars and kick back with the PlayStation […]

Animal cruelty?

Regarding “Westlake war dog will be buried with honors,” I was disgusted and appalled when I read about Hasso D171, the military working dog who, after serving 10 years in Iraq and Afghanistan and receiving a medallion for meritorious service, retired to a private home in Westlake Village, where the owner then subjected him to research where he died only […]

A good deal for Meals

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