2011-05-05 E-Edition

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Las Virgenes district to refund penalties paid by thirsty customers

The Las Virgenes Municipal Water District (LVMWD) said it will issue $2.4 million in credits to more than 8,800 customers who were penalized for using too much water last year. The water agency began penalizing for excessive water use in 2009 in response to the prolonged state drought. Customers who exceeded their allotted water budgets paid a $3 penalty per […]

New home construction remains mixed bag

Total housing starts in California as measured by the number of building permits issued climbed 9 percent in March on the strength of the multi-family sector, the California Building Industry Association (CBIA) reports. According to statistics compiled by the Construction Industry Research Board, permits were pulled for 4,130 total housing units statewide in March, up 9 percent from the same […]

Aglow women to host breakfast, speaker

Westlake Chapter of Aglow International will host a breakfast at 9:15 a.m. Fri., May 13 at Los Robles Greens Banquet Center, 299 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. Guest speaker Al Diaz will share his experience as he underwent a kidney removal operation. The cost is $15 at the door. To RSVP, call (805) 495-2750,

Come to the cabaret at St. Pat’s

A gala cabaret concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. Sat., May 21 in the parish hall of St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, One Church Road, Thousand Oaks. “An Evening in Paris” will feature famous French ballads sung in both French and English by performers from the awardwinning Oaks Chamber Singers. Sharon Cooper on violin and Gary Rautenberg on accordion will […]

Acupuncturists make a good point

What makes acupuncture so special that the public and doctors are pushing for its wide acceptance? United States recognizes. The single most driving force is that it fills the need. The modern technological advancement in Western medicine has done wonders and it will continue to be of help to the growing sick. There is increased acknowledgement, however, that we cannot […]

On Sunday, how about a break for Mom?

Being a mom is a piece of cake. All one has to do is love, worry, encourage, discipline, caution, teach, feed, repair, drive, fetch, dress, clean, pamper, sooth, organize, remind, plan, protect, heal and cajole—all usually before 8 a.m. Okay, so motherhood isn’t really a piece of cake, more like a dish of macaroni and cheese. It’s a never-ending, messy […]

Agoura mayor describes painful ordeal of family’s Jewish past

It’s 1948—World War II has been over for three years and Adolf Hitler is long dead. Landsberg am Lech, a German town west of Munich that bears the Fuhrer’s imprint, lives in infamy. The Nazi leader began work on his autobiography/political manifesto “Mein Kampf” while incarcerated at the Landsberg prison in 1924. Twenty years later during the war, the Landsberg […]

Food, wine celebration at St. Francis

St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church will present the fifth annual International Food and Wine Festival from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Sat., May 21 on the church patio, 280 Royal Ave., Simi Valley. Guests can enjoy home cooked gourmet foods representing 10 countries as well as wine and other beverages. There will be jazz music and a silent auction for […]

Lindero, Yerba Buena join talent forces