Chief Rabbi discusses faith tradition

Ashkenazi Jewish leader makes first visit to the Conejo Valley

Though their customs and rituals may vary, Jews around the world should be united in the tradition of the Jewish laws given by God, said Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel David Baruch Lau during an appearance at the Hyatt Westlake Plaza in Thousand Oaks last week. About 450 people attended the Jan. 7 event organized by Chabad of the Conejo. […]


THURS., JAN. 15 Channel Islands Gulls 11 a.m. at The Greek at the Harbor, 1583 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura. Social hour at 11 a.m., luncheon at noon. Membership drive, raffle. RSVP. Contact: Shirley. Phone: 805.263. 6062. Marines & FMF Corpsmen 6 p.m. at Elks Lodge, 1561 Kuehner Drive, Simi Valley. Ronald Reagan Marine Corps League Det. 597. Meet and greet at […]

Cougar attack leaves homeowner on edge

At least $1 million in taxpayer money will be spent to create a freeway underpass to protect local wildlife such as deer, coyotes, bobcats and mountain lions. If the animals are appreciative, they aren’t showing it. Four pygmy goats were killed on a residential property in rural Agoura near Paramount Ranch on Dec. 29, and video evidence suggests a big […]

Neigh Savers rescue 12 thoroughbreds

Neigh Savers Foundation, a retired racehorse rescue organization, saved 12 neglected and starving thoroughbreds, including Seattle Buddy, the offspring of Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew, just before Christmas. Seattle Buddy and the other 11 horses, now called the Christmas 12, were extremely malnourished and had suffered from other forms of neglect and abuse when they were finally rescued from a […]

Run with the nuns

Benefit aids Sisters of Notre Dame

The Sisters of Notre Dame and La Reina High School in Thousand Oaks will host the 5K/1 Mile Nun Run at 8 a.m. Sat., Jan. 31 starting at the Notre Dame Center, 1776 Hendrix Ave., Thousand Oaks. The inaugural race is open to runners and walkers of all ages and ability levels. The course will circle around residential areas near […]

Take the Conejo Food and Wine challenge

The fourth annual Local Food and Wine Challenge will take place from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Sun., Jan. 18 at the Hyatt Westlake Plaza, 880 S. Westlake Blvd., Westlake Village. Thirteen teams of local wineries and restaurants will see who can create the best food and wine pairing in Ventura County. The winner of the Best Food and Wine Pairing […]

Shots taken at hockey league

Tri-Valley founder comes underfire

The City of Calabasas said it plans to approve a new contract with Tri-Valley Roller Hockey League next month, but some members of the community say they aren’t happy with the league that plays at De Anza Park and have begun efforts to bring a new hockey program to the city. Tri-Valley’s contract with Calabasas dates back to 1996. Ned […]

Mediation training program

The Ventura Center for Dispute Settlement will offer a 28-hour Basic Mediation Training Program on consecutive Fridays and Saturdays over two weeks period starting Fri., Jan. 23 at 4001 Mission Oaks Blvd., Ste. L, Camarillo. This intensive communications training will introduce negotiation and mediation skills to students, attorneys, real estate brokers, sales people, therapists and any interested person. The training […]

Student achievement scrutinized

With the introduction of Common Core state standards to California schools, the traditional standardized testing that takes place in the spring was for the most part suspended in the 2013- 14 school year. While a test was given, the results weren’t shared with the school districts because it was considered a trial run, a “test of the test.” Because of […]

Warrior forever: Team honors Weiss

Westlake girls’ water polo program retires former player’s No. 11

Veronika Weiss loved the color purple. It was only fitting that Westlake High girls’ water polo players released purple balloons to remember Weiss, one of seven people killed in the Isla Vista shooting near UC Santa Barbara last May. The school retired her number and unveiled a plaque in memory of the former three-year starter during a ceremony on Jan. […]

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