College Corner

New SAT complicates choices for rising juniors

If junior year of high school isn’t stressful enough, the new SAT is creating even more test anxiety for the class of 2017. After years of losing market share to the ACT, the College Board is making major changes to the SAT, and the new test will look more like the ACT. The new SAT will debut next March, but […]


We are living in a world where one billion people are hungry and another two billion are living in fear of going hungry at any moment. There are many reasons for this scarcity, but the primary contributor to water waste, environmental degradation and hunger is large-scale agriculture. This alone should shock you into the realities of this current situation: Our […]

Authors see motherhood in a comical light

Being a mom is tough. It’s time-consuming, demanding and tiring. That’s why it’s important to see the lighter side, said a group of five humor writers as they shared insights about being on the front lines of parenting during a program on April 30 at the Calabasas Library. Motherhood can be a lonely job—the hours are the worst, the “boss” […]

Patient safety paramount at hospital

Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center has been recognized for its record of patient safety by being awarded an “A” grade in the spring 2015 Hospital Safety Score, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from preventable medical errors, injuries and infections. The Hospital Safety Score is compiled under the guidance of the nation’s patient safety experts and administered by […]

Boys’ volleyball playoffs start with a bang

High School Hi Lights

Agoura Chargers Fri., May 15: Special testing bell schedule through Wed., May 20 Dance concert/performing arts education center/7 p.m. Murder mystery/G building/7 p.m. Sat., May 16: Murder mystery/G building/7 p.m. Tues., May 19: Blood drive/G building/8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Powder puff/stadium/3 p.m. Wed., May 20: Powder puff/ stadium/3 p.m. Agoura Pops Festival: Music from the Movies/performing arts education center/7 […]

Petty crime?

The largest sheriff’s department in the USA responded to a resident’s report that someone stole begonia flowers from the front of a home in Westlake Village on Three Springs Drive April 12. The value of the flowers was $5, according to the Sheriff’s Blotter. This is part of the growing evidence that the sheriff’s department certainly does earn the public […]

Girl Scout leaders appreciated

Program covers hereditary cancers

The Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara will host a free workshop on hereditary breast and ovarian cancer support from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sun., May 17 at 530 Hampshire Road, Westlake Village. The workshop leaders will be Amy Yoffe, licensed clinical social worker, and Brenda Lam and Marlene Cunningham. This FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered) outreach support […]

Three’s company

Westlake boys’ tennis singles stars help team win third straight league title

Connie Flanderka, the Westlake High boys’ tennis head coach, knows talent when she sees it. Warrior sophomores Brandon Lam, Cody Lin and Andrew Whitehouse ooze with superstar talent. “These three are very hard workers,” Flanderka said. “They’re very driven. They’re not on their own outside of the team and practice. They’re playing (United States Tennis Association) tournaments and other national […]