2015-04-30 E-Edition

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It’s a no-brainer: Take the Common Core test

Student and parent fear over the new Common Core standards and testing is baffling. The new test in the spring of each year must be taken by students in third through eighth grades and by high school juniors. It’s true that many 11th-graders who are bogged down with other testing such as the SAT and ACT might prefer to pass […]

On the Trail

That old devil wind

A wind devil came whirling out of a neighbor’s driveway one warm afternoon recently. The day had been gusty earlier, but by then had grown becalmed. A ground squirrel streaked from one yard to another, while a robin red breast sauntered joyfully through a land of plenty in a newly-dug garden site. For the bird there were grubs to grab, […]

Women excel in making Easter baskets

The Westlake Village Republican Women’s Federation built more than 100 children’s Easter baskets for the Hope Gardens Family Center in Los Angeles earlier this month The baskets were delivered to children on April 2. Hope Gardens Family Center in Sylmar provides transitional housing and shelter to single women and children who are homeless. Permanent supportive housing is offered for senior […]

‘The Graduate’ on stage at Conejo Players

Conejo Players Theatre will present “The Graduate,” a play adapted by Terry Johnson and based on the novel by Charles Webb as well as the motion picture screenplay by Calder Willingham and Buck Henry, from May 8 through 30 at the theater, 351 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. The production is directed by Mike Moffat. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Thursdays, […]

Political Cartoon

Mammograms for Mother’s Day

The Conejo Free Clinic offers an opportunity for residents to honor their mothers, daughters, sisters, aunts or friends on Mother’s Day, Sun., May 10, by sponsoring a mammogram in their name for a woman in need at the clinic. The CFC will notify honorees that this Mother’s Day gift in their honor has been made. Costs are $35 for screening […]

A walk in the park every Sunday

Despite the drought, the wild flowers are out in Topanga State Park. To help the public enjoy the new foliage, the Topanga Canyon docents will be leading a free two-hour walk of discovery at 10 a.m. every Sunday through the end of June. Guests will meet at Topanga State Park’s Trippet Ranch upper parking lot under the docent’s banner. The […]

Save on tickets for wine and food event

Discount tickets are available for the 20th annual Calabasas Wine Tasting and Food Event from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Fri., May 8 at 100 Civic Center Way, Calabasas. Sponsored by the Calabasas Chamber of Commerce and the City of Calabasas, the event will feature gourmet food from local restaurants, wines from California and around the world, and a silent auction […]

Not happy with the new grocery

My wife, Sandy, and myself have lived in Westlake Village for almost eight years. In that period of time we have done the preponderance of our shopping at Albertsons on Lindero. Last week Albertsons became Haggen, and frankly, I’m very disappointed First of all, prices are up all around the store. An example would be Beechnut baby food chicken jumping […]