2015-12-17

Calabasas kids are thinking green



The Calabasas Environmental Commission received a record 1,286 entries for this year’s recycling awareness calendar contest. The theme was “Recycling in school means . . .” Fourteen children were recognized at a meeting Dec. 1. The children received a $25 prize and gave a brief presentation about their drawings. “Recycling is important for everyone all the time, not just at […]

Remembering our loved ones



REST IN PEACE—Above, the Village Voices Chorale sings carols before the start of the Candlelight Service of Remembrance Dec. 13 at Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks Memorial Park in Westlake Village. Right, a candle is lit in memory of a loved one who had passed away. The service provided comfort for those facing the holidays while dealing with the loss of […]

Field lab worry



Many residents are unaware of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory right in our backyards. SSFL is an industrial research facility in Simi Valley, which was used for the testing of rocket engines and nuclear reactors experiments from 1949 to 2006. One of the experiments used sodium as a coolant instead of water, and technicians barely managed to shut down the […]

State champ



YOUNG ATHLETE— Victoria Grace Barton of Agoura Hills won a state gymnastics title Nov. 22 in Garden Grove, Calif. Victoria, 7, took first in floor, second on beam, second on vault, and fourth on bars. She compiled an allaround score of 38.575 at last month’s 2015 SoCal North State Championships and shared the top title with a gymnast from Hawthorne. […]

Menorah lighting honors local heroes



“Heroes of Freedom” was the theme of the 18th annual Calabasas Shul Menorah Lighting and Hanukkah Celebration Dec. 9 at The Commons shopping center in Calabasas. A crowd of adults and children attended the festivities, which featured live music and complimentary latkes and donuts. Candles were lit on a large menorah. Standing in front of a large banner displaying the […]

The latest buzz on drones



Here’s a sort of heads up for those who live near easily accessible public areas: I’ve been hearing reports that within a few days unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have been seen flying over neighborhoods around Lupin Hill School. Now, to be sure, that very well could be kids, big or little, playing with their new toys. The drones have been […]

Holidays in full swing

At Community Center flea market

Synagogue opens in North Ranch



CELEBRATION—At right, Rabbi Shlomo Bistritzky, director of Chabad of Oak Park, greets Rabbi Shlomo Cunin, director of Chabad-Lubavitch of California, at the grand opening celebration and Torah dedication of thefirst synagogue in North Ranch, Chabad of North Ranch, Dec. 13 in Thousand Oaks. Rabbi Moshe Bryski, executive director of Chabad of the Conejo, carries the Torah. At left, Bistritzky speaks […]

A path for Trump



Trump has risen because voters see him as authentic, independent, direct and firm, and believe he can’t be bought. These are the same character traits our candidates should be advancing in 2016. We may not like it, but Trump has connected with voters on issues like trade with China and America’s broken borders. When Trump was criticized on building a […]

YMCA to hold winter camp during school break

Activities include karaoke, polar bear crafts

The Triunfo YMCA—serving Westlake Village, Oak Park and Agoura Hills—will host its annual winter camp from Dec. 21 through 24 and Dec. 28 through 31. The camp coincides with winter school break. The camp will be held at the YMCA facility at Sumac Elementary School, 6050 N. Calmfield, Agoura Hills. Week one will include a robottheme day, sand art, rain […]


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