2012-07-26 E-Edition

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A little fireside chat

As local residents hit the road in July and August for summer vacation, fewer travelers are choosing to stay overnight in America’s national parks. A recent USA Today study showed that while the number of visitors traveling to our country’s 397 national parks is up, the time spent per visitor is down 15 percent since 1991. More families are choosing […]

Instructor presents yoga for kids

Yoga provides children with techniques and strategies that help them look inward to discover their potential power, strength and beauty, says Afi Kobari, a certified instructor who combines yoga with traditional preschool teaching methods. The Westlake Village resident teaches yoga classes at the Moorpark College Child Development Center. She recently completed a book called “Going to Yummy Land with Yogamama” […]

Pets form common bond between strangers

CRITTER TAILS Lifetime companions

After visiting a pet-friendly retail store in Thousand Oaks, I met a white-haired lady in the parking lot who was leaning on her shopping cart. She gazed down at my pup, who’d taken the opportunity to loaf in the grass of the traffic median. “What a sweet, mellow boy,” she said. “Indeed he is, but he’s a bit wiped out […]

A daily dose of vitamin D and sunshine

Oak Park schools add to the overall tax burden

There is no debate that Oak Park schools score very high both in state and national rankings. However, if we are going to quote school taxes in various states and communities as did Ms. Schwartz in the July 19 issue, we really need to compare apples to apples. Ms. Schwartz makes the case that we should be grateful our school […]

A cuddle and a book

Pet of the Week

Conejo Free Clinic funds free mammograms

The Conejo Free Clinic recently honored five donors whose seed gifts helped to launch the new CFC Mammogram Fund. The inaugural donors are Alcoa Foundation/Alcoa Fastening Systems of Newbury Park, California Wellness Foundation, Meadowlark Service League of Camarillo, Westlake Village Junior Women’s Club and The Women’s Legacy Fund of the Ventura County Community Foundation of Camarillo. “Over 1,000 women annually […]

Burden increased by school taxes

In response to Barbara Schwartz advocating for yet more school taxes for the residents of Oak Park, first let me welcome you, newcomer, to Oak Park. Yes, having moved here in 2004, you are a newcomer compared to many of us who have lived in Oak Park for 20, 30 and 40 or more years. In your recent letter, you […]