Checking the price is right job for Oak Park pair

Oak Park residents Mary Ann and John Cossentine get up at the crack of dawn six days a week and drive from gas station to gas station, recording the rise and fall of gasoline prices for a tracking firm in Oklahoma. The part-time job, which they’ve held for about 10 years, is far removed from what they used to do […]

The splendid, exemplary weasel

If there’s any critter that is more maligned than the rat, it’s likely to be the weasel. There’s a catalogue of pejorative rodentrelated remarks. Yet rats are lauded by scientists as displaying intelligence, cleverness and problem-solving skills. Plus a tame rat can make a fun child’s pet. Meanwhile, “ weasel” has become uniformly synonymous with slippery, shifty, conniving, thieving, hen-house-plundering […]

Scholarships from Reagan Foundation

The 15th annual Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation Scholars Program is taking applications through Feb. 18. The scholarship program rewards seniors graduating from Ventura County high schools who have demonstrated leadership, character, communication skills, academic achievement and commitment to Ventura County throughout their four years of high school. A total of $50,000 in college scholarships will be distributed to students for […]

Oak Park thieves apprehended

Police have arrested four teenagers on charges of robbing an Oak Park home. The Conifer Street robbery happened several months ago but wasn’t reported until recently, when the homeowner noticed a missing firearm. After a two-week investigation, Thousand Oaks police detectives apprehended 18-year-olds Jack Hannah and Alexander Alger and two 17-year-olds on suspicion of breaking into the home and stealing […]

Soroptimists active in new year

Soroptimist International of the Conejo, a professional women’s service club, will host activities this month. The club’s 14th annual Spaghetti Night and “ Dimes- to- Dollars” auction will take place at 6 p.m. Sat., Jan. 25 at the Elks Lodge, 158 N. Conejo School Road, Thousand Oaks. The event will feature a social hour, dinner and auction. Local spaghetti sauce […]

Beach trash can harm wildlife

A male royal tern was rescued at Malibu’s Westward Beach Dec. 2 after a lifeguard spotted it struggling. Jeff Hall, marine mammal coordinator for the California Wildlife Center, went to the rescue, finding the bird on the beach with its head firmly stuck through a sandwich bag. According to CWC hospital manager Jo Joseph, the bird had been unable to […]

ACORN BITS Honor roll

Thomas Manfredonia, a freshman from Agoura Hills who is majoring in engineering, made the fall semester dean’s list at the University of Portland in Oregon.

Calabasas-Old Topanga feud is back

Building offcials irked by illegal construction

A dispute between the City of Calabasas and some residents who live in an eclectic rural neighborhood established prior to incorporation continues to percolate. A disagreement over sewer system and other building laws was settled three years ago, but in a new conflict at Old Topanga, a home at 23408 Valdez Road has been targeted for demolition due to nearly […]

Ask the Arborist

Prepare for high winds The Super Bowl, professional football’s biggest day, will take place Feb. 2 in New Jersey’s Metlife Stadium, the first time ever it will be played inside an open-air stadium in a cold weather environment. It will be played rain, snow, sleet or sunshine. Interestingly, the Farmers’ Almanac is using words like “piercing cold,” “bitterly cold” and […]

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