2015-07-02 E-Edition

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Is it graffiti, a hoax or a cry for help?

No sooner had construction been completed on the new Lindero Canyon Road freeway overpass bridge in Westlake Village than a tagger struck. Words were written almost exactly at the bridge’s midway point. Fairly uncommon in the tidy, posh suburb of Westlake Village, the graffiti was unusual on many counts. The tagger did not scrawl a name, nickname, gang affiliation or […]

Creative experience

Guests can party in different eras with new Dream a Theme concept

Wearing a leather bomber jacket, aviator hat and jodhpurs at a recent 1920s-themed party in Newbury Park, Penny Hill played the role of the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. “Amelia Earhart is my favorite historical figure because she was amazing,” said Hill, a Moorpark resident. “She was a feminist before feminism was a thing.” Hill […]

Officers installed at club luncheon

The Westlake Village Newcomers Club celebrated the closing of the club season with a luncheon and election of officers in June at Boccaccio’s Restaurant on Westlake Lake. The new officers for the 2015-2016 term are: Sue Clinesmith (president), Elaine Philipps (first vice president-activities), Leslie Tilleskjor (second vice president-membership), JoEllen Pierce (secretary), Jody Jacobs (treasurer) and Sharon Siemering (parliamentarian). The club […]

Go dancing and do away with depression

Jose Hernandez hit a low point in his life when the end of a bad relationship caused him to withdraw and not want to see other people. It was 2006 and the Chatsworth resident had become angry and then depressed as he tried to push his feelings aside. He began to gain weight and became anti-social, he said. “One of […]

Political Cartoon

Life in the Single Lane


Recently I was enjoying a delicious homemade popsicle when a chunk of it lodged in my throat. I immediately went into panic mode, and my very first thought was that this was how someone would find my cold, dead body. It was a scary thought, to say the least, because no matter how much I tried to dislodge the piece, […]


THURS., JULY 2 Camarillo Community Band 7 p.m. in Community Center Park, 1605 Burnley St. Bring picnic, lawn seating. Band plays musical favorites. Kids can “conduct” the band. Free. Contact: Dan Rhymes. Phone: 805.484.8050. Email: camarillocommunityband@lafn.org. Web: www.camarillocommunityband.com. Business-Professional Women of Conejo Valley 7 p.m. at Camboni restaurant, 75 W. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. Lydia Steadman shares travelogue on […]

Robin’s song

Calabasas grad helps Oklahoma gymnastics team win NCAA championship

Alec Robin reached his tipping point. He started doing cartwheels and forward rolls in his home at 2. He had been a gymnast since he was 4. He was a dynamic, hardworking, cerebral athlete who loved performing on a stage. He was a natural gymnast. In high school, however, his joy for the sport waned. “I really didn’t like gymnastics, […]

Water awareness

Guest opinion

As a member of the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District board of directors, I’d like to provide you with an update as to how we’re addressing the drought and other challenges. We’ve heard, and the state has explored, many proposals to reduce the impact of the drought. While some of these are imaginative and visionary, the key action everyone can […]