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A senior moment in Westlake

Congratulations, Westlake Village City Council. You have wrested the laurels from our older sister city, Thousand Oaks, for the most difficult and annoying process for project approval. You managed to string along highly paid developer representatives who ultimately wasted immeasurable effort and expense demonstrating a proposal for senior housing that, to this observer, had considerable merit. Some shrieking negatives were […]

Scout receives Eagle wings

Arek Shirvanian of Boy Scout Troop 440 achieved scouting’s highest rank, Eagle Scout on June 24. Arek has been a Scout since he was 4 years old. For his Eagle project, he planned, developed and built the first athletic locker room for A.G.B.U. Demirjian High School in Canoga Park. Previously, the room stored sport balls, nets, yearbooks and confetti. Now […]

The students of strut

DANCING MACHINES—Left, Dan Bramlet of Wildcard Dance Studios in Agoura Hills leads Yerba Buena Elementary School students in a National Dance Day routine on July 29. The school is collaborating with YB Beat to present 40 minutes of dance/creative movement weekly for the benefit of students. Wildcard Dance Studio is owned by Dan Bramlet and Heather Mattheisen. Below, Brooke Pollare, […]

What’s New On DVD?

It’s time to sit back, break out the popcorn and enjoy the mid-summer lineup of new DVD releases. “42” Combo Pack DVD+Bluray+ Ultraviolet (Warner Bros.) The box-office hit stars Harrison Ford as Branch Rickey, owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers, who in 1946 takes a stand against major league baseball’s color line by signing African American Jackie Robinson (Chadwick Boseman). Robinson […]

Mannisto stands out on court and sand

Westlake girls’ volleyball superstar earns scholarship to South Carolina

Julia Mannisto spends more time living, breathing and thinking about volleyball than Wilson the volleyball from “Cast Away.” Last Saturday, she played a beach volleyball tournament from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Hermosa Beach. The next day, she continued battling on the sand from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. On Monday, she played another six hours at Hermosa before […]

A bridge too far

In the past I have written about stupid things that public officials do to bankrupt the state. Here is another example at the state level: A state senator has introduced a bill that would require a four-hour opening of the election polls on a Saturday within four weeks of the general election. Since it would be a Saturday, it would […]

Summer: What a ball!

FRESH AIR FUN—Nicole Ohannessian, 9, takes aim during a rousing game of dodge ball at Camp Calabasas on Fri., July 26. Far right, David Bamm, 6, pays close attention while under the watchful eye of camp counselor Kyle Harvey.

COMMENTARY | Eye on the environment

Draining and maintaining a swimming pool: Do you know where the water goes?

We are frequently asked by the public, “How do I properly empty my swimming pool?” We also often hear, “There’s a white powder on my street leading to the storm drain.” When done properly, swimming pools can be drained or maintained without causing harm to the environment. Properly maintained pools should not require draining more than once every five to […]

Jazz concerts in August

Gardens of the World will present its 11th annual free summer jazz concert series from 5 to 6: 30 p. m. every Sunday in August at 2001 Thousand Oaks Blvd., across the street from the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. The “Jazz from Around the World” schedule is as follows: Aug. 4: Katia Moraes and the Samba Society will perform […]

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