The story behind beloved Christmas traditions

While moms and dads meet beneath the mistletoe for a kiss on Christmas Eve, their children rush off to sleep, hoping to wake up early and find presents from Santa. Decorated fir trees, stockings hanging on mantles, and striped candy canes are just a few of the other images that always come to mind during the Christmas season. But have […]

What’s new in Medicare for 2013


The Affordable Care Act strengthened Medicare in important ways. Signed in 2010, the federal health law already has provided free preventive health benefits to millions of people with Medicare, and saved billions of dollars for those who hit the gap in their Part D prescription drug coverage. In 2013, discounts on prescription drugs for people who reach the Part D […]

Oak Park soccer team enjoys quick start

Nothing can dampen the spirit of the Oak Park girls’ soccer team. Not even the recent chilly weather. The Eagles were all giggles Monday night despite having to practice in the cold, rainy weather. “Everyone’s always smiling, no matter the situation” said senior center midfielder Niki Herdegen about her teammates. “Everyone wants to be here. “I don’t remember the last […]

Logo change? Really?

Recently the electorate was duped into voting for the Prop. 30 tax increase. It was all for the kiddies. It was portrayed as a dire need and if it did not pass, there would be severe consequences. If money is so tight, why is California State University suggesting they change their logo? They raised the tuition because they did not […]

Scouts build a bear for Casa Pacifica

Not all rats deserve a bad rap

CRITTER TAIL Rodents among us

As an individual who lives in an old mobile home in the heavily vegetated countryside of rural Agoura, I have been at war with home-invading rodents for eons. Yet I must admit my favorite character in children’s literature is the water rat known affectionately by his comrades as “dear old Ratty” in “The Wind in the Willows.” When an unseen […]

A milestone win for Agoura water polo team

A thorny issue

It was very encouraging to read that the Los Angeles County Weed Management is finally concerned about Ailanthus altissima, especially since Los Angeles County is the culprit in its being introduced into the Santa Monica Mountains. It is high time that Los Angeles County takes the responsibility for its removal. Prior to the construction of Mulholland Highway, there was no […]

Winter falls in Westlake

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