2015-07-09 E-Edition

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Westlake on-ramp open

The southbound 101 Freeway’s Westlake Boulevard on-ramp has reopened after a monthlong closure in conjunction with the expansion of the 101/23 interchange in Thousand Oaks. The ramp, which reopened June 30, was realigned to accommodate the wider freeway, said Lauren Wonder, Caltrans chief of media relations and public affairs. The two-year, $40-million freeway expansion effort aims to ease congestion by […]

Bridge classes

Bridge Academy II—a bridge club with 300 members from Ventura and Los Angeles counties—will offer a workshop for beginners from 7 to 9 p.m. every Monday from July 13 to Sept. 7 at 77 Rolling Oaks Drive, Thousand Oaks. Classes will be taught by Diamond Life Master Peter Knee, who has instructed over 2,000 players in 30-plus years. The $140 […]

College Corner

Tackling those college application essays

The school year ended several weeks ago, and it’s not too early for incoming high school seniors to start workin0g on college application essays. If you begin the process now, you will have time to write multiple drafts of each essay. It might not be your idea of summer fun, but that is how you produce the best work. If […]

An ode to the frog and the avenger

There’s a tiny lake cove in rural Agoura framed by a towering wall of iris-leaved rush. This summer the cove will become little more than a shrinking, shallow pool. The water has not yet begun to stagnate, and it is very clear. Swirling strands of vegetation are visible below the surface, while the surface itself mirrors the rush that bow […]

Sheriff’s Blotter

Agoura Hills A thief stole a $45 leather notepad and caused $700 in damage shattering the window of a vehicle on Tarrytown Lane June 29. Someone reported that an intruder entered a business in the 28700 block of Roadside Drive June 28. Nothing appeared to be stolen. A vandal caused $5,000 in damage to a garage door and stole an […]

Passport to history

Leonis Adobe program wins award

The Leonis Adobe Association’s Passport 2 History program received a California Image Award from the Native Daughters of the Golden West. The award is given annually to organizations that present California in a positive image. Diane Ramadan, Leonis Adobe’s executive director, received the award on June 18 at the NDGW 2015 Grand Parlor annual meeting in Burlingame, Calif. Created and […]

Butterfly release at remembrance service

Buena Vista Hospice Care will present its annual Remembrance Ceremony by releasing 1,000 butterflies at 9:30 a.m. Sat., July 11 at Triunfo Community Park, Triunfo Canyon Road, Westlake Village. The program will also have music and prayer, followed by ice cream and face painting. Attendees can bring pictures of loved ones as well as memorial bears for the memorial table. […]

Pet of the week


The Harriette Wilson letter to the editor last week contained several inaccuracies. The City of Calabasas is not developing two hotels on Las Virgenes Road; private builders are. The hotels are not 200 rooms each; they are 127 and 120 rooms. Fred Gaines is not the Calabasas mayor, but rather a City Council member. Gaines, a land use attorney, does […]