2012-03-08

Jail term for man who defrauded local women



Former Westlake Village resident Daniel Ray Coffman, 57, was sentenced March 1 to 45 months in jail following his conviction on three counts of felony grand theft. He was also ordered to pay $59,100 in victim restitution. After a two-week trial in January, Coffman was found guilty of defrauding an Oak Park woman. Coffman was on parole when he met […]

Women help seniors celebrate Purim



The Mitzvah chapter of NA’AMAT USA brought a bit of Purim to residents at the Agoura Hills Senior Retreat last week at the weekly Shabbat service. The NA’AMAT women distributed mishloach manot—traditional Purim gifts of fruit, candy and hamentaschen, threecornered filled cookies that are traditional for Purim. The bags were put together at a previous chapter meeting, and Gail Simpson […]

The LAB Brewing Company



The LAB Brewing Company in Agoura Hills is a place of experimentation, observation and discovery. It is also a lively bar and restaurant with more than 30 handpicked microbrews on tap, eclectic fresh American cuisine and live music on the weekends. “ The LAB is actually an acronym for what we wanted to convey—the live art of brewing,” said co-owner […]

Against new shopping center



So developer Dan Selleck wants to name his new retail project at Russell Ranch Road “The Shoppes at Westlake.” How very clever. I presume the word “shoppes” is meant to evoke a quaint, cozy, rural village with gaslight street lamps and thatched buildings. Which is exactly what I see when I conjure up an image of a giant Target, a […]

An opportunity to learn about coyotes




Calabasas is taking an innovative approach in helping humans and coyotes coexist. After halting the spending of city funds to trap coyotes last year, the city developed a public education campaign and a coyote management plan to teach people how to protect themselves and their pets from the predator. About 150 people attended a workshop in the Calabasas Library Founders […]

Sponsors needed for prayer breakfast



The Southeast Ventura County YMCA is seeking sponsors for its 13th annual National Day of Prayer Breakfast scheduled for Thurs., May 3 at the Gilbert Sports Center at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks. “We rely on sponsors to help with the costs of hosting such a large event,” said Rick Politte, president and CEO of the Southeast Ventura County […]

“The Lorax”



Directed by: Chris Renaud and Kyle Balda Starring: voices of Zac Efron, Taylor Swift, Danny DeVito, Ed Helms, Betty White MPAA rating: PG for brief mild language Running time: 94 minutes Best suited for: children and parents and uncles and aunts and those who depend on the fresh air of plants Least suited for: those who chop trees—and believe it’s […]

Bag law moves in right direction



I think it is important for consumers to realize the point of this law. Vendors are not trying to make money by charging for the bags—it is to discourage the use of plastic bags altogether. Even though people reuse plastic bags and even though some plastic bags get recycled, they are still a huge environmental problem. Just a few facts. […]

School districts brace for budget showdown




Oak Park and Las Virgenes unified school districts are bracing for the worst budget scenario since the economy began to decline five years ago. School officials say all fat has been trimmed from budgets, reserves are at all-time lows and dodging the bullet again next year will be impossible even under the best economic circumstances. School budgets throughout the state […]

Jewish school founder Levine will be missed



Last month more than 650 mourners gathered to celebrate the life and legacy of Shirley Levine, who died Jan. 9. Levine was founding head of school of both Abraham Joshua Heschel in Northridge and Ilan Ramon Day School (previously known as Heschel West Day School) in Agoura Hills. Heschel West Day School began 18 years ago as a vision of […]


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