Stray dog lights up Christmas

Taped to a cage at the Agoura Animal Shelter on the last Saturday in November was a neon pink index card bearing a three-word message: “I am stray.” Inside the cage, a mediumsized dog with numerous cuts on his long legs and a lumpy wound above his right eye lay motionless, sprawled the length of a large rectangular dog bed. […]

Are you deflated by Christmas?

My front yard looks like a boneless chicken ranch during the day. Little mounds of color lie heaped on the lawn, still, lifeless and begging for CPR. Perhaps I have a few too many inflatable yard decorations, some that sort of scream “Christmas!” plus one blow-up nativity scene. I really grappled with that one in the store when I bought […]

Beating the odds

Organ transplant recipient helps others who wait for the gift of life

Shortly after receiving his new heart four years ago, Marty Bender of Woodland Hills became a role model and mentor for other patients who are on the waiting list for a heart transplant. Due to a family history of heart problems, Marty Bender of Woodland Hills had been closely monitored by a cardiologist for many years. When his health began […]

Celebration at Camp Bow Wow

Camp Bow Wow will celebrate its anniversary with a multi- rescue group dog adoption from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sat., Dec. 14 at 29348 Roadside Drive, Agoura Hills. In addition to pet adoptions, the event will include complimentary canine holiday photos, food and beverages for guests and their humans, and a drawing for a deluxe Camp Bow Wow gift […]

Heavenly music at cantata

The 35-voice Chancel Choir of the United Methodist Church of Westlake Village will present “By Heaven’s Light,” a Christmas cantata by Allen Pote, during the 9 and 10:30 a.m. worship services on Sun., Dec. 22 at the church, 1049 S. Westlake Blvd. Ron McBain will accompany the narrated presentation on piano, with instrumentalists on flute, oboe, trumpet, cello, bass and […]

Look who’s here!

STRAIGHT FROM THE NORTH POLE—Santa greets the crowd after arriving on afire engine at the 34th annual Santa Comes to Westlake/ Agoura and Beyond food drive in Agoura Hills on Sat., Dec. 7. Westlake Village Junior Women’s Club sponsors the popular event. Right, cheerleaders f rom Agoura High School help organize the donations.

Living organ donations

While most organs and tissues become available for transplant after the donor has died, some organs and tissues can be donated by living donors. On Oct. 29, Calabasas resident Beth Cone Kramer donated a kidney through the UCLA Kidney Exchange Program. When her father, Maurie Cone of Thousand Oaks, needed a kidney transplant, neither Cone Kramer nor her brother were […]


Chabad honors faithful couple

Sheriff handling own investigation into cyclist’s Mulholland Highway death

Deputy’s patrol car collided with bike rider, reason not known

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Traffic Services Detail has begun the investigation into the death of a bicyclist who was struck and killed Dec. 8 by a sheriff’s patrol car heading east on Mulholland Highway in Calabasas. The investigators are an internal affairs unit whose job is to examine accidents involving deputies. The name of the Lost Hills Sheriff’s […]