Changes in the law place limits on voluntary suspension and reinstatement of benefits

COMMENTARY /// Social Security

You’ve probably heard that changes in the law now affect the way you file for certain benefits. These changes place limits on when voluntary suspension and reinstatement can begin for you and your family members who might also be entitled to benefits on that record. This is not the demise of “file and suspend.” It’s still one of your best […]

Dancer takes the proper steps to achieve her goals

WHS graduate to perform at Hollywood Bowl

A Westlake High School alumna’s decision to pursue dance as a career is paying early dividends. Fresh off earning a diploma from UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television this month, Maggie Darago has already landed an ensemble role alongside the likes of Mario Lopez in the musical “A Chorus Line,” coming to the Hollywood Bowl next month. Now 21, […]

Our Conejo Valley Rams

COMMENTARY /// Los Angeles Rams

Cowboys set the foundation. Rams took over the show. The Dallas Cowboys held their training camp at Cal Lutheran from 1963 to 1989. The Los Angeles Rams, who recently relocated from St. Louis, will spend training camp in late July and August at Irvine before practicing at the Thousand Oaks university during the regular season. The Conejo Valley is home […]

Man survives apparent suicide leap off the Kanan Road bridge

A man was airlifted to the hospital June 26 after he apparently tried to commit suicide by jumping off the south side of the Kanan Road freeway bridge in Agoura Hills. “He landed on the slow lane of the eastbound 101 and a good Samaritan dragged him to the right shoulder,” California Highway Patrol Officer Leland Tang said. The incident […]

Driven to be fast and furious: the need for speed in the dating world

Single Files

Many things these days are done more quickly than ever: faster internet speeds and downloads, communication via texts and swipes, drive-thru coffee pickups—even dating can be done in 10 minutes or less. But is it really possible to meet a good match in so little time? Speed dating was a popular alternative for singles of all ages in the late […]


THURS., JUNE 30 ‘When Daniel Comes Marching Home’ 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Simi Valley Senior Center, 3900 Avenida Simi. Doors open 1 p.m. Senior Center Performing Arts Group presents original musical production. Free admission. Seating on first come, first served basis. Phone: 805.583.6363. FRI., JULY 1 Westlake Village TGIF 7 p.m. at Westlake Village Civic Center courtyard, 31200 Oak […]


Agoura Hills A thief stole a U.S. passport, a $100 pair of sunglasses and $10 in cash from an unlocked car parked near a home on Wheelhouse Lane June 16. A burglar stole $900 worth of Chinese currency from a home on Lost Springs Drive June 14. Someone stole $275 worth of sound equipment and a $10 vehicle registration from […]

Future leaders in the making

REAL-LIFE LEARNING—Karen Malatesta, director of the Conejo/Las Virgenes Future Foundation (center), with students Spandana Muskula from Agoura High and Jonah Goldberg from Calabasas High. The trio gave a presentation about the foundation’s Youth Leadership Program at the Las Virgenes Unified School District Board of Education meeting June 14. The program helps high school students to develop leadership skills through real-world […]

From classical to disco


Declare your independence from fireworks injuries

Chances are you’ve already started to hear the boom and crack of fireworks being set off by eager Fourth of July revelers. Just to be clear, fireworks are illegal— even on the Fourth of July—in Calabasas, Agoura Hills, Westlake Village, Oak Park and surrounding unincorporated areas. Those caught launching fireworks could have to pay a hefty fine. Forget the money; […]