2009-12-31

Student takes group home residents under her wing



Cookies in hand, Aubrey Alvarez has brought holiday cheer to mentally disabled adults on her street for the past six years. Now a 21-year-old college student, Alvarez first noticed her Katherine Street neighbors who live in group homes affiliated with the TriCounty Regional Center of Ventura County on one of their daily walks. “I would see the residents walking every […]

Tending to her garden



Eagles taking a blue-collar approach on the hardwood

Oak Park boys’ hoops squad focuses on in-your-face defense

Steven Brodie almost always matches up against an opponents’ biggest player. “They’re always taller,” Brodie said. The senior captain for the Oak Park High boys’ basketball team might be undersized at forward, but Brodie and his fellow Eagles find ways to get the job done. Oak Park will enter the New Year sporting an above-.500 record and aspirations of wresting […]

Tolerance defined



When I heard about Acceptance Week at a local school my antennae began to twitch. Tolerance means you live in peace with and are polite to your neighbor or your colleague. Acceptance means you invite him for Thanksgiving dinner and you let your daughter date his son. Toleration of non-threatening people is an American custom, whereas official promotion of acceptance […]

Westlake Lutheran moves into new digs



Westlake Lutheran Church, part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, is moving from 2630 Townsgate Road, Unit C, in Westlake Village. The church has purchased a new facility from Christian Church of the Hills. Worship services will begin Sun., Jan. 3 at the new facility, 29295 Agoura Road in Agoura Hills. A contemporary service will be at 8:30 a.m., […]

Making Dial-A-Ride a 2010 resolution



With many New Year’s resolutions made, here is one to consider that is easy, provides benefits, and encourages more sustainable living: use Agoura Hills Dial-A-Ride for local transportation needs. Dial-A-Ride offers appointment-based door-to-door services to residents of Agoura Hills to travel anywhere in Agoura Hills, and also expanded service to points of interest in Westlake Village, Thousand Oaks and Oak […]

Showdown: What’s the best sporting event to attend in 2010?

Sportswriters Eliav Appelbaum and Stephen Dorman debate the New Year’s biggest question

“You play to win the game. You don’t play to just play.” — Herm Edwards That’s football. American football. The greatest game on earth. It’s not some wimpy sport—cough, soccer, cough —played by doofuses who complain and cry after every soft tackle. Seriously, fellas, would you like some Gorgonzola cheese with that whine? My colleague, Stephen Dorman, would rather attend […]

Photos of the year



A resolution worth keeping



As we come to the end of another year, some of us are thinking about making New Year’s resolutions. But think back: How did those vows for 2009 turn out? Maybe a few people stopped smoking or drinking last Jan. 1; maybe several more gave up overeating and lost weight. The majority of us had good intentions, but most of […]

Dancers make dreams come true




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