2014-09-25 E-Edition

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Westlake tree

Kudos to the City of Westlake Village for allowing another business complex to cut down a perfectly good tree in the name of expansion. A beautiful sycamore by the Westlake Yacht Club at The Landing was felled recently. This tree was a nesting tree for egrets that use the lake. About two to three pairs of egrets used this wonderful […]

Flying Squirrel

The awe in autumn Fall is upon us. So the almanac says. Sept. 22 marked the autumnal equinox in the Northern Hemisphere. Temperatures will begin to drop. Days will grow shorter, nights longer. Of course, first we have to survive the relentless blast furnace of summer. Yes, if you venture outside, it hardly seems like fall is just around the […]

Seminar to help cope with the holidays

Class is geared toward people facing separation or divorce

A free seminar titled DivorceCare: Surviving the Holidays is for people facing the holidays after a separation or divorce. The seminar will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Sat., Oct. 11 at the United Methodist Church of Thousand Oaks, 1000 E. Janss Road. The seminar will feature practical suggestions, guidance and reassurance through video interviews with counselors, experts in divorce-related […]

Get cameras ready for photo contest

Amateur photographers can submit their favorite snapshots in the 2014 National Park Service’s Spirit of the Mountains photo contest. Entries can be submitted in person until Sat., Oct. 11 at the Santa Monica Mountains Interagency Visitor Center, King Gillette Ranch, 26876 Mulholland Hwy., Calabasas. Anyone can participate in the contest by submitting a matted print. Professional judges will critique all […]


Chen put on a show during Westlake High girls’ golf tryouts. Head coach Rick Naranjo asked the freshman Warrior where she learned to golf. Chen’s mother shouted from the gallery: “Sophia taught her!” Sophia Chen, Kristen’s older sister, was a star golfer at Thousand Oaks before taking her sweet swing to the University of Pennsylvania. “That explains it,” Naranjo said. […]

Questions about dog shooting

I have serious reservations about the sheriff’s department’s sketchy reporting of the recent dog shooting incident in Old Agoura. This sounds like a very common situation, where law enforcement officers shoot first and justify later. Whether it’s a dog or a person is not the issue. It’s the reactionary use of deadly force in a benign situation in a residential […]

Checklist for fall garden and landscape care

You can see and feel the change of seasons. Fall color is starting to appear, pansies, mums and asters are in the garden center, and thoughts are turning to preparing your landscape for winter. Those in warm climates are switching to winter annuals, while those in colder regions are fortifying their gardens for the cold weather ahead. No matter where […]

Register for Reyes Adobe Days races

Registration is open for the City of Agoura Hills’ 10th annual Reyes Adobe Days Runs on Sat., Oct. 11. The certified runs are a 10K and 10-mile course through the Santa Monica Mountains, beginning at City Hall and passing by Paramount Ranch and Malibu State Creek Park along Mulholland Highway. After the post-race party expo, participants can spend the day […]

Pumpkin festival marks return of the gourd