2015-02-19 E-Edition

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Some local cities receive failing grade in fight against tobacco

Calabasas drops to a B grade while Agoura and Westlake earn F’s

More than 50 years after the U.S. Surgeon General first sounded the alarm about the perils of cigarette smoking, tobacco use still kills almost half a million Americans each year, the American Lung Association said in its 13th annual State of Tobacco Control report. Each year, the Lung Association in California tracks progress on tobacco control policies and assigns grades […]

The OTHER Side of 50

When the doctor won’t talk to you

Recently my niece Sammie, a freshman at USC, contracted mononucleosis, better known as “mono.” Five days after her diagnosis at the campus infirmary, and after taking all of her meds and beginning to feel better, Sammie relapsed and headed back to the clinic with excruciating pain in her throat and difficulty swallowing. Sammie’s mom, my sister Paula, called the infirmary, […]

A yummy fundraiser for Cancer Support Community

Let’s Bake a Difference will host the fourth annual Ultimate Dessert Fundraiser from noon to 4 p.m. Sun., March 1 at the Westlake Village Inn, 31943 Agoura Road. The event will feature baking competitions, entertainment, face painting, cake, silent auction, food and refreshments, a photo booth and a VIP luncheon and wine tasting. All proceeds will benefit the Cancer Support […]

Lyle Lovett goes unplugged

Five-time Grammy-award winner Lyle Lovett and His Acoustic Group will perform at 7:30 p.m. Mon., Feb. 23 at the Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. T.O. Blvd. He has sold over four million records and recorded 14 albums, including “Lyle Lovett,” “Pontiac” and “Lyle Lovett and His Large Band,” for which he won two Grammy awards. He […]

The Movie Nut

If I picked the Oscars

When you consider this year’s Oscar choices, you have to wonder how the Academy chooses its slate of nominees. Still, you have to admire their eclectic mix: A number of “small movies” have a chance of winning big. Several awards shows have already determined the “favorites,” some of which are well deserved. But if we were to change the question […]

Grossman children battling wife for $20-million estate

The fight over the multimilliondollar estate of renowned plastic surgeon and burn treatment pioneer Richard Grossman, who died last March at age 81, is headed for trial this year amid new allegations against his widow. In a lawsuit filed in August, the doctor’s sons, Peter and Jeffrey, accused the doctor’s fourth wife, Elizabeth Grossman, of manipulating her ailing husband into […]

Happy birthday, Round Meadow

Symptoms, treatment of glaucoma

Glaucoma, a disease that affects people in their late 40s and older, is defined as increased pressure inside the eye that damages the fibers of optic nerves, culminating in visual field defects. Glaucoma is a mismatch between production of fluid in the eye and drainage of the fluid. Theoretically, it can occur when there is increased production or decreased drainage […]

Teens mark Jewish Arbor Day with a feast