Students learn to live on the edge of nature

Calabasas High School science students recently participated in a new environmental program conducted by Mountains Restoration Trust. The land conservancy organization introduced about 1,300 students to nature at the edge of the urban rural interface. The new program, EcoHelpers, studies the scientific principles where wild lands meet urbanization in the Santa Monica Mountains. Students took a field trip to Wild […]

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Mall developer to receive entrepreneur award June 19

Developer and businessman Rick Caruso of Caruso Affiliated will receive the 2012 Master Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Greater Los Angeles. Caruso was one of 52 semifinalists selected by an independent panel for the award given by accounting firm Ernst & Young LLP. Caruso is the developer of many shopping centers in the area, including The Commons at Calabasas; […]

Good employees get away

Last year, with very little notice, I was made aware that the Lindero Middle School principal Ron Kaiser was not coming back. It was a shock and I couldn’t believe he would not be there to see the school construction completed or to say goodbye to the kids and parents. Why was he not there one more year? He was […]

Westlake run supports Meals on Wheels

New vet in town

Dr. Gregory McDonald will be joining the veterinary practice at Westlake Village Animal Hospital, along with Dr. Daniel Slaton, Dr. Steve Rosenstein, Dr. Stacy Rothman and Dr. Howard Martin. McDonald earned a Bachelor of Science in biology from the University of New Haven and a Master of Science in biology from the University of Southern Connecticut. McDonald taught biology at […]

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Thieves find value in catalytic converters

Emission device can be stolen and sold to recyclers

Thefts of vehicle catalytic converters are being reported in the Thousand Oaks area. On May 12, a catalytic converter was stolen from a vehicle in the Casa Conejo neighborhood of Newbury Park, sheriff’s deputies said. A catalytic converter is part of the vehicle’s emission system. Precious metals from the platinum group (platinum, palladium, rhodium) are inside the catalytic converter, and […]

Chaparral yucca in full bloom

If you have been hitting the local trails recently, it’s likely you have come across a plant with a towering white stalk of flowers reaching twice your height or more. These impressive inflorescences belong to the chaparral yucca, more nobly known as “our Lord’s candle,” or Hesperoyucca whipplei in the scientific sense. Classified as an agave in the asparagus family, […]

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