2011-12-15

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Letter writer laments so-called ‘war on Christmas’



I’ve just received my first Christmas card wishing me a “happy holiday” so I’m bound to advise all and sundry as we hurtle towards the 25th of December that if you are kind enough to want to wish me anything at all, please make sure that it is a Happy Christmas. Since I understand that 95 percent of Americans celebrate […]

Red-nosed flying Rudy



In a whimsical mood, the dog and I set out in search of proof of Christmas in the Santa Monica Mountains: a sighting of elves, scrumptious giant candy canes, silver bells the size of bowling balls or maybe a tubby whitewhiskered bespectacled gent in red flannel union suit. This is what happens when you watch “The Polar Express” 20 times […]

Gardens of the World developer gets new lease on life




At the age of 48, Charles “Chuck” Melber of Agoura Hills had run out of hope. His medical nightmare started in 2000 when he had his first heart attack at the age of 44. By 2004, more than 30 stents had been placed in Melber’s heart. Doctors told him there was nothing else they could do to repair his heart […]

Menorah event



The community is invited to join with Temple Etz Chaim for a public menorah lighting on the second night of Hanukkah at 6:30 p.m. Wed., Dec. 21 at the Janss Marketplace food court, 275 N. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. The menorah lighting will be followed by music and celebration. Storyteller Carl Weintraub will share Hanukkah tales.

Missing Rachela



Rachela Gorodenzik was a dignified, honorable and beautiful lady. She served as the guiding light for all those surrounding her and for those in need. In addition to her long, curly blond hair, what made her distinctive was how effortlessly she touched the lives of those around her without having to make a sound. When honesty would hurt, she chose […]

Hunting for treasures



Tips for a healthy brain



Maintaining better brain health may be easier than one might think. Here are a few tips that will help individuals remember more, think faster and perform better at work, school and in everyday life. Eat right. Just as the body needs proper nutrients to function, so does the brain. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables, which contain antioxidants that help […]

Chabad opens food bank



In response to the lingering recession, Chabad of the Conejo will be opening a food bank to help struggling individuals and families put food on the table. According to Rabbi Moshe Bryski, executive director of Chabad of the Conejo, Chabad typically receives more people asking for help during this time of year, and never turns anyone away. The increased volume […]

Mysterious sound



I feel a little bit like Nancy Drew trying to solve a mystery here. My husband and I live on the south shore of the lake in Westlake Village, across the lake from The Landing. For weeks, we were hearing a very loud “boom” daily at exactly 9:46 a.m. This sound is loud enough to shake the house. We thought […]


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