Answers to common questions

COMMENTARY Social Security

With 2014 winding to a close, the Social Security Administration provides this question and answer column regarding the latest information about benefits and other topics. Q: I suspect that someone I know is collecting Social Security disability benefits when they shouldn’t be. What is the best way for me to report fraud? A: The administration investigates and seeks prosecution for […]

Brookside School included in new film

Like most schools in Oak Park, Brookside Elementary School is going green. The district’s focus on sustainability gave Brookside the opportunity to take part in an educational project called Schools of Sustainability, or SOS, which will result in a documentary film based the workshops presented by the project’s leaders. Marika Ramsden and Cory Russell Brown of Sebastopol, Calif., began a […]


Sheriff’s Blotter

Agoura Hills A wooden gate was damaged at a home on Hillside Drive in an attempt to forcefully enter the residence on Nov. 15. A home was broken into on Easterly Road with a glass pane on the service door shattered. It’s estimated to have happened sometime between Nov. 14 and 17. No items were reported stolen. About $ 1,874 […]

Good response at Recreational Festival

More than 1,700 visitors attended the Santa Monica Mountains Fund inaugural Recreation Festival held last month at Paramount Ranch, including 25 buses filled with students and parents from the Los Angeles Unified School District. Participants chose from a dozen activities at the ranch, including rock climbing, horseback riding, hiking and a 1-mile fun run. The National Park Service and its […]

No fooling—AHS presents Simon comedy

Agoura High School’s theater department will present the Neil Simon comedy “Fools” in December. The comic fable is set in a fictitious 19th century Russian hamlet whose population has been cursed with chronic stupidity for the past 200 years. The main character, the town’s new schoolteacher Leon Tolchinsky, is astonished to find the residents of the community sweeping the dust […]

Rain pummels streets, homes and businesses

Agoura Hills rec center to open

Truly a dream come true,’ mayor tells the community

Agoura Hills hosted a VIP sneak preview last Friday of the city’s new recreation center, which is scheduled to open to the public Sat., Jan. 10. Formerly the home of Temple Beth Haverim, the site was transformed into a full recreation and event facility at a cost of $13.4 million. The center is on Ladyface Court near City Hall and […]

Men survive 200-foot drop into canyon

Two baby barn owls relocate to Newbury Park

Veterinary Medical and Surgical Group, a pet emergency and animal specialty hospital, recently sponsored the relocation of two baby barn owls from the Ojai Raptor Center to Sycamore Canyon School in Newbury Park. The baby owls were introduced to the public and to their new home, a series of custombuilt barn owl boxes, on Nov. 19. Parent volunteer Jo Louie, […]

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