2011-12-22

A heart of gold




“You can’t put a price on helping your fellow man.” These are not mere words for George Annino who, at 70, still exerts a great deal of energy providing vital help to the less fortunate. For 29 years, the Oak Park resident has logged thousands of hours with the Santa Comes to Agoura and Beyond food drive to make sure […]

Free weight loss seminars demonstrate hypnosis



Westlake Hypnosis will present two identical free weight loss seminars from 7 to 8 p.m. Wed., Jan. 11 and from 11: 30 a. m. to 12:30 p.m. Sat., Jan. 14 at the Plug Nickel Restaurant, 717 Lakefield Road, Westlake Village. Created by Dr. Ron Soderquist, Slender Success is a weight loss program to help adults and children lose weight and […]

Too much success



The Conejo Schools Foundation and the Open Classroom Leadership Magnet will present a talk with author Alfie Kohn on “Too Much Achievement, Too Little Learning” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tues., Jan. 10 at the Thousand Oaks High School Performing Arts Center, 2323 N. Moorpark Road. For tickets, which are $20 in advance and $25 at the door, go online […]

Solution to prescription problem requires turning awareness into action

Painting a path to heroin


Part three of a three-part series From the deck of their two-story Craftsman- style home overlooking Newbury Park, Ross and Sima Miller can see forever. Inside the house, they rarely look past the next 24 hours. The friendly, soft-spoken couple have turned their million-dollar villa into a sober-living facility they call The Fellowship House, a place where recovering addicts can […]

Video contest



The Ventura County Civic Alliance is accepting entries for a video contest that asks youth to explore why sustainability is important to homes, jobs, natural resources and other factors that impact the quality of life. The contest is the second in a series of competitions to engage youth in VCCA’s Compact for a Sustainable Ventura County, a blueprint for a […]

Loans offered to businesses with storm damage

Companies, nonprofits can borrow up to $2 million for repairs, replacement of destroyed property

Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to California residents and business owners affected by high winds from Nov. 30 through Dec. 4. SBA (Small Business Administration) assistance is available in Los Angeles, Kern, Orange, San Bernardino and Ventura counties. SBA customer service representatives will be on hand at the Disaster Loan Outreach Center to issue loan applications, answer questions about […]

Entertaining stocking stuffers




If you’re not inclined to brave the movie theater this holiday season, here are the latest titles available for home viewing. The Help (Disney)—This inspirational ensemble hit, based on the novel by Kathryn Stockett, is the story of three different women in the early 1960s South who build an unlikely friendship. The twodisc Blu-ray/DVD combo includes a making-of segment, deleted […]

Not dying in vain



Tragic as it was, the death of Thousand Oaks High School senior Griffen Kramer could be the tipping point in this area’s fight against heroin. Word this week from the Los Angeles County coroner’s office confirming the drug as the cause of the 18-year-old’s death (see related story on page 9) puts an end to any debate and provides another […]

Moms bake holiday treats for foster kids




Baking cookies, cakes and other homemade goodies during the holidays has always been a sure-fire way for Oak Park residents Sandy Phillips and Bev Futterman to show their love to families and friends. But what about children in foster care? Phillips said she and Futterman discussed the idea over lunch one day. They knew many charitable groups were already donating […]

Union Bank opens Agoura branch



Union Bank N.A. recently announced the opening of a new branch in Agoura Hills at 29015 Thousand Oaks Blvd. The office is overseen by branch manager Michelle Mianrood, who is responsible for cultivating an overall customer base, developing new relationships with consumers and small businesses in the community, and leading the team of locallybased bankers with ties to the community. […]