2015-05-07 E-Edition

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Sheriff’s Blotter

A thief stole a catalytic converter from a car parked near a home on Acanthus Court on April 23. The value of the loss was not declared. A burglar tried to break into a home on Valley Heights Drive April 23. The resident called 911 when she saw a man wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt standing at her kitchen sliding […]

Game ON

School offers home cooking with fresh foods

Oak Park Unified School District added another layer of health and innovation to its cafeteria fare. The district is one of several in the state to join the California Thursdays food movement, which offers meals to students and teachers that are made by scratch using ingredients from farmers and producers in California. Chicken used in the recipes are free range […]

Great menu, in-house brewery

The Twisted Oak Tavern earns its name in more ways than one, starting with the beautiful gnarly old oak trees that seem to hover close by the building and reach out to patrons sitting on one of its two large patios. One might also call the applewood smoked bacon appetizer sticks a little twisted—in a good way, of course—because their […]

Turf replacement not allowed?

This is referencing Glen Wilcox’s letter in your April 30 edition regarding the reducing or disallowing of rebates. I had an 800-square-foot grass lawn and corresponding sprinkler units replaced by stone block. I telephoned the LVMWD to report same. I was passed to the appropriate department where the gentleman taking the call asked me for the details and inquired if […]

Outreach is turning the tide

Law has been changed to allow victims more time to report abuse

Part three of a three-part series Last year, 11 victims of labor and sex trafficking in Ventura County called the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking in Los Angeles for help. All but one—a female sex trafficking victim—said they were victims of labor trafficking, seven men and three women with U.S., Mexican and Philippine citizenship who reported being abused in […]

Life in the Single Lane

“You’ll know that you miss someone very much when every time you think of that person, your heart breaks into pieces.” —Anonymous Every day I get an inspiring quote sent to me by email, which, I find, usually sets up my day on a positive note. However, I got the above one recently and it made me really sad. For […]

Oak Park cheerleader wins award for Ohio State U.

Leia Washington of Oak Park High School has been named one of 10 recipients chosen from a national pool of applications for the Morrill Scholars Program Distinction Scholarship given by The Ohio State University. This award, the Morrill Scholars’ highest honor, is a four-year academic scholarship and provides full tuition, full cost of room and board, book allowance, miscellaneous educational […]

Kids master Shakespeare in ‘Dream’

Actors as young as 10 speak in iambic pentameter, rhymed verse and a four-beat rhythmic pattern during the current production of William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts in Thousand Oaks. “Working with Shakespeare in production is where young actors really learn why he is considered a genius,” said Megan McDonough, the play’s director […]