Top photos of 2013

Patrick Clohessy

Air Force Airman Patrick T. Clohessy graduated from eight weeks of basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Clohessy, a 2009 graduate of Westlake High School, is the son of Sue Kamerik of Thousand Oaks and Brian Clohessy of Agoura Hills.

Movie Nut

What we have here are two small-time dreamers trying to reinvent themselves. Because everybody hustles. She’s Sydney Prosser (Adams) from New Mexico, works at Cosmopolitan magazine, bright, beautiful, going nowhere. He’s Irving Rosenfeld (Bale) from the Bronx; he’s got a string of dry cleaning businesses, deals a bit in stolen art, offers “loans” to desperate people They meet at a […]

Agoura Hills year in review

The city of Agoura Hills experienced a busy 2013 with the sale of the long-disputed Heschel School property, the groundbreaking for a new recreation center, and the first steps toward restoration of Medea Creek. Trot, Canter and Gallop, a development firm at the center of the lawsuit with Agoura Hills, purchased the 71-acre Chesebro Meadow (formerly Heschel) property for $900,000 […]

Pencil in Circle X for holiday guest tour

There is a distinct transition from Little Sycamore Canyon Road in a far-flung corner of Los Angeles County to Yerba Buena Road in Ventura County. The former road merges into the latter at the county line, high in the Santa Monica Mountains above eponymous County Line Beach. For decades, one sensed the line of demarcation between counties. First, the scenery […]

Open auditions for chorale

The Village Voices Chorale will host open auditions for its spring concert season beginning Mon., Jan. 6. The chorale is open to interested men and women singers from throughout Ventura and Los Angeles counties. Choral singing experience and good sight-reading skills are a plus. The group rehearses on Tuesday evenings in Westlake Village. The chorale’s spring concert, “Music with a […]

Calabasas year in review

Politics in small-town Calabasas packed a big punch in 2013 as challenger Jody Thomas competed against three incumbents in a hotly contested March City Council election. James Bozajian, David Shapiro and Mary Sue Maurer won the race to fill three openings on the council. Elected officials have since worked together for the betterment of the city. But political reprisals briefly […]


To reach Circle X Ranch from the Las Virgenes and Conejo valleys, follow Westlake Boulevard (23 south) to its junction with Mulholland Highway; bear right on Mulholland. Eventually you’ll come to a stop sign. Turn right to continue on Mulholland, then turn right at the junction with Little Sycamore Canyon Road on the right. At this latter road’s terminus, the […]

A fond(ish) farewell to the incandescent light bulb

I’ve had bad memories of the incandescent light bulb ever since third grade, so the recent news that the 40- and 75-watt versions of the bulb will be phased out in 2014 didn’t upset me in the least. It all began with my science fair that year. I was at a loss for a project idea. At dinner one night […]

Oak Park year in review

Aside from taking steps to address ongoing school traffic problems, repaving Kanan Road and enhancing landscaping and repairing sidewalks to beautify their community, elected representatives in Oak Park cruised through 2013 without any major changes or controversies. In August, Ventura County launched a new Kanan Shuttle bus service that loops back and forth between the 101 Freeway in Agoura Hills […]

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