This holiday, we’re the fortunate ones

In the aftermath of last Friday’s unthinkable tragedy at the elementary school in Newtown, Conn., teachers and administrators nationwide began a flurry of activity to bolster security and upgrade campus emergency plans. Not a minute was wasted at the Oak Park and Las Virgenes school districts where the introspection began in earnest. What if it were our kids? Are we […]

Agoura couple brings hope, medical training to distant lands

. Physician and his wife just completed a monthlong medical mission in West Africa

Physicians should always treat their patients with respect and compassion, says Dr. Neil Shocket of Agoura Hills. The doctor and his wife, Lori Justice-Shocket, recently completed a monthlong volunteer medical mission in West Africa with the global health education organization Project Hope. Founded in 1958, Project Hope—“Hope” is an acronym for Health Opportunities for People Everywhere—operates in 36 countries and […]

Family Men

The big Christ-miss wish Why can’t my 9-year-old ask for something simple this Christmas, like a Ferrari or a jet boat? There are dads like me all over suburbia, I guess. I’m the kind who wants to get his kid the best Christmas gift ever. So when my son came to me and asked for a miracle, I told him […]

Temple serves dinner to homeless

Blankets and leftover food will be given out Dec. 25

Almost two decades ago Nancy and Neal Federman, members of Temple Adat Elohim in Thousand Oaks, began what has become their Christmas Day tradition: They serve warm food to hundreds of homeless and elderly people. The temple will host its 18th annual holiday dinner Dec. 25 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Thousand Oaks High School, 2323 N. Moorpark […]

The community chips in

Congraulation to the Westlake Junior Womans Club for the annual Santa Comes to Agoura food drive to help the less fortunate— a job well done! Many thanks to Costco of Westlake Village for providing turkeys to feed the homeless and families falling on hard times. Gifts were provided by my friends, neighbors and co-workers from Trader Joe’s in Agoura Hills, […]

Local moms stuff stockings for troops abroad

Kids at Chaparral really care

Unitarians host Dec. 24 services

Conejo Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will host two Christmas Eve worship services on Mon., Dec. 24 at 3327 Old Conejo Road, Newbury Park. A 7 p.m. intergenerational service will feature stories and songs of the season with music from the choir and congregational singing. At 9 p.m., a Christmas Meditation will offer attendees a quiet and reflective time. For more […]

Little need for Chesebro bridge

Thank you for your story on the Chesebro/Palo Comado freeway bridge. Agoura Hills is now celebrating its 30th year of becoming a city in order to avoid Los Angeles-style urban development. Each city council has kept the pledge to keep Agoura Road and Driver Avenue as two-lane semi-rural roadways. It is mind boggling to imagine a need to connect these […]

Sagebrush to rock New Year’s

Tickets are on sale for Sagebrush Cantina’s New Year’s Eve celebration on Sat., Dec. 31 in Calabasas. The annual celebration takes place in the private party tent and features a gourmet buffet of salads, shrimp, salmon, jambalaya and prime rib. Guests will dance in the new year with The Neighbors and a midnight margarita toast. Tickets are $45 singles and […]