Accepting the Vietnam Wall

I welcome the traveling Vietnam Memorial to our community. It is interesting that the wall has been adopted as an patriotic icon, even though the original reaction was something far different. You may recall that when the design of the memorial was originally selected, Ross Perot ridiculed it as “something for New York intellectuals” and derided its architect, Maya Lin […]

Local HOAs get scammed

Daphne Ann Brenon, 53, a property manager working for a Westlake Village firm, pleaded guilty last week to stealing funds from two area homeowners associations. From 1998 to 2004, Brenon was the property manager for the Spanish Hills Homeowners Association in Camarillo. Following an investigation by the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department and the California Franchise Tax Board, Brenon was arrested […]

Pirates to land in Ojai Sept. 19

The 19th annual Gold Coast Pirate Faire will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sat. and Sun., Sept. 19, 20, 26 and 27 at Lake Casitas Recreation Area, Ojai.  The event is presented by the Visions in Time Foundation and will recreate a 15th to 17th century pirate village with the West Coast’s largest gathering of costumed pirate […]

Calamigos Ranch owner resurrects popular Star Society on YouTube

Grant Gerson, owner of the Calamigos Ranch in Malibu, is reintroducing the Star Society philosophy that was central to the residential youth camps he operated at the ranch from 1947 to 1984. The Star Society is a five-point creed that campers at the ranch were encouraged to follow. Each point of the star represented a tenet that campers were encouraged […]

High School Hi-Lights

Agoura Chargers Fri., Sept. 11: Big Friday Blue crew barbecue/quad/5 p.m. Welcome back dance/9 p.m. Sat., Sept. 12: Comedy Sportz tryouts Mon., Sept. 14: No school Tues., Sept. 15: Even Wed., Sept. 16: Freshman election assembly Thurs., Sept. 17: Testing workshop/G building/7:50 a.m. Calabasas Coyotes Fri., Sept. 11: Spirit week Pep rally/4A-4B/11:45 a.m. National Honor Society meeting/12:05 p.m. CSF/12:05 p.m. […]

A patriotic act

I would like to extend a very grateful thank you to Pierce Brothers for their wonderful tribute to our Vietnam veterans by displaying the wall of names of our men and women who gave their lives during this war. It was a very touching experience for both my husband and I, even though we are not aware of any people […]

‘Adoption Diaries’ features local grad

Dr. Jennifer Bliss, codirector of the Independent Adoption Center in Los Angeles, has been matching birth mothers with adoptive parents for five years. Bliss, an Agoura High School alumna, has a new role now, one that will take her in front of television cameras to showcase the emotional journey of people creating new families for the sake of a child. […]

Dance school to have auditions

A Step in Time School of Dance will be auditioning students for the company from 9 to 11 a.m. Sat., Sept. 12. The company will perform at Disneyland, National Dance Week, Lincoln Center in New York City and Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and at the London Olympics 2012. For information, call (818) 880-8152.

Local nonprofit helps families adopt

When they adopted a California newborn with Down syndrome in 2007, Mary and Warren Cancilla of Newbury Park received financial assistance from The Orphan Foundation, a Newbury Park-based nonprofit, that helps to pay for the expensive undertaking. “So many fees come into play,” Mary Cancilla said. “The grant definitely helped.” The numbers involving orphans and adoption expenses are staggering. According […]

New executive named at Rabobank

Jeff Paul has been promoted to executive vice president of community banking for Rabobank, according to CEO Ronald Blok. As head of community banking, Paul will oversee the bank’s commercial, retail, marketing and Community Reinvestment Act activities. The bank has 10 branches in Ventura County, including one in Westlake Village and in Moorpark. “Jeff is one of the most experienced […]