2014-06-05 E-Edition

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Beach redux

Your May 29 article on beach water quality was interesting, but it failed to mention radiation from the March 11, 2011 Fukushima, Japan meltdown. The article cites the Heal the Bay—a nongovernmental organization— annual beach study, which is principally about bacteria. While its study is well done, it ignores the larger threat from the radioactive water which continues to be […]

Oxnard festival to highlight boutique wineries

The seventh annual Ventura County Wine Trail Celebration will run from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thurs., June 19 at Park View Court, a tree-lined street featuring artwork by Michael Amescua in The Collection at Riverpark shopping center in Oxnard. The festival will feature Ventura County’ s boutique wineries with thei r latest releases. This event will offer more than 30 […]

A duck in needfinds a friend indeed

To ease a sore foot, Mr. Bumblefoot balanced on one leg along the shore of Seminole Lake in rural Agoura—a tough act for so plump a duck as he. “Mr. B” was some type of jumbo mallard, one member of an inseparable threesome of large domestic ducks that arrived at the lake several years ago. Despite hazards, including coyotes and […]

TouchCommerce moving into new Agoura offices

Agoura-based TouchCommerce, a company that maximizes online engagement for clients, announced it is moving its global headquarters to another location in the city. The new offices are in a building at 29903 Agoura Road formerly occupied by game-maker THQ. “We are seeing great demand for online engagement solutions among large enterprises, which is our sweet spot,” TouchCommerce president and chief […]

Lions make leap

Oaks Christian High’s school year wrapped up last week, but some Lions aren’t thinking about summer vacation yet. Seven Lions from the girls’ track and field team have been training under the bright sun for the CIF State Track and Field Championships this weekend. “We’ve been working hard the past six months,” freshman Julia Sullivan said. “We’re close to the […]

The bear facts

My wife, Katrina, and I were driving home from BJs restaurant on Thousand Oaks Boulevard at about 9:40 p.m. on May 26 when we noticed a black bear run across the street near Via Colinas. The bear made it safely to the other side and into the industrial area nearby. We went to the Westlake Village Albertsons to pick up […]

West Valley’s biggest car show shines

ALL DRESSED UP— Herman Desser puts the finishing touches on his 1949 Cadillac convertible at the May 31 Los Angeles Police Department’s charity car show in Warner Center Park, Woodland Hills. At right, a Nash Rambler and several Thunderbirds from the ‘ 50s appear at the show, which included public safety demonstrations by police andfirefighters.

Pet of the Week

Tax return?

The California Franchise Tax Board says the fastest way for taxpayers to check on their state income tax refund is to visit www.ftb.ca.gov and click on “Where’s My Refund?” The online refund service is also offered in Spanish. To check a refund status, taxpayers need their: Social Security number, mailing address and the refund amount shown on their tax return. […]

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