Cellphone safety for kids

Many parents gave their children cellular telephones this holiday. Most new phones fall under a smartphone category. Though texting, sending photos, social networking, downloading music, watching videos and playing games are common cell phone uses, it is important that a child is mature enough to understand the hazards of cellphone use. Sending pictures over the Internet is common these days. […]

“The Adventures of Tintin”

Directed by: Steven Spielberg Starring: Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Daniel Craig, Nick Frost, Simon Pegg, Toby Jones MPAA rating: PG Running time: 107 minutes Best suited for: those who love “Young Indiana Jones” Least suited for: those who seek adventure with emotional meat Acorn rating: NPWhen Steven Spielberg’s new action adventure extravaganza gets going, it bares much resemblance to the […]

Want some new laws? California has got ‘em

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With the start of 2012, hundreds of new state laws are taking effect. The new legislation includes laws that toughen punishment for elder abuse, allow illegal immigrants to receive state college scholarships, move the presidential election primary from February to June, and grant additional rights to victims of sexual abuse. Assembly Bill 332 allows courts to place a fine as […]

Oak Park singers make state honors choir

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Promenade theaters to get luxury makeover

Caruso Affiliated, owner of The Promenade in Thousand Oaks, announced that Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas will be coming to the shopping center in May. The Promenade will be the first location in the Los Angeles area for Cinépolis, which is the fourth largest movie theater operator in the world. An extensive remodel of the Mann Theater—which opened in 1996 and closed […]

Las Virgenes picks new summer school operator

The Las Virgenes Unified School District summer school contract was awarded to a new, for-profit organization launched by a familiar face, Penny Sylvester, a longtime school activist and volunteer with the district. Sylvester’s company, Knowledge Counts, replaces Las Virgenes Educational Foundation (LVEF), a nonprofit organization that has run summer school since 2003. The administrator for the summer program will continue […]

Bird enthusiasts invited to Audubonfield trips

The Conejo Audubon Society offers these bird watching field trips for January. For more information, location address and driving directions, call the leader of the respective event. Sierra Vista/ Satwiwa on Sat., Jan. 7. Meet at Sierra Vista at 8 a.m. in the main parking lot. Leader is Thelma Williams, (805) 492-2796. Beginner’s Bird Walk on Thurs., Jan. 12. Call […]

Steps to save lives of homeless pets

11,000 pets are euthanized each day

Each year in the U.S., 8 million pets end up in shelters, and of these, only half find new homes. Approximately 11,000 pets a day, or 4 million each year, are euthanized, even though most of them are adoptable. Despite these statistics, ending pet homelessness is an achievable goal and everyone can be part of the solution. Here are five […]

New wealth management director at Santa Barbara bank

Leo Hamill has joined the Santa Barbara Bank & Trust as the wealth management director where he will oversee the trust services and investment management groups and the bank’s wholly owned registered investment advisers, Morton Capital Management and R.E. Wacker Associates. Hamill has 15 years of experience with trust administration, investment management, private banking and brokerage.

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