2016-08-04 E-Edition

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STAR kids

As the saying goes, STAR kids have a bright future, success through awareness and resistance. The STAR program in our elementary and middle schools, as well as a summer camp in Malibu, provide dynamic environments for children to have fun interactions with police authority, as well as discuss the importance of avoiding drugs, alcohol, bullying, etc. I cannot begin to […]


Local landmark eatery closing after 70 years

Before Thousand Oaks, there was Lupe’s. Opened in 1947 on what was then Ventura Boulevard—the only thoroughfare between Ventura and Los Angeles in the days before the 101 Freeway—the tiny roadside stop situated beneath oak trees served up 25-cent tacos and 35-cent hamburgers. The small building had only five stools and two booths. “It sat all of 12 people,” said […]

Free concerts at Garden of the World

The Gardens of the World will host its 14th annual free summer concert series on Sundays beginning Aug. 7 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at 2001 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, as follows: Aug. 7: Percussionist Louie Cruz Beltran and his band will play Latin jazz, R&B classics and American Songbook Standards. Beltran has performed at the Hollywood Bowl, […]

Cruising altitude

Eagle long-distance runner ready for encore after memorable rookie season

Oak Park High’s cross country teams spent a week training in high altitude near Mammoth Lakes this summer. The Eagles stopped by Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory for ice cream one afternoon. Sylvia Cruz-Albrecht, who is entering her sophomore season, passed on the fudge and caramel apples. First-year head coach Steve White noticed the youngster wasn’t indulging in sugary treats. “Nothing […]

Missing Dial-A-Ride

I am not sure what the reasoning was to eliminate the ability for residents of Oak Park to take a Dial-A-Ride van or bus to Agoura Hills businesses or physicians. For the holders of ADA cards or other senior citizens in need of transportation, it is a serious problem. On most days when I take a Dial-A-Ride vehicle from Oak […]

Starlight, starbright

NIGHT SKY—At top, 8-year-old Ella Fay of Newbury Park checks out the evening sky through a telescope during the Summer Star Festival at Paramount Ranch on July 30. Above, Mike Shaw explains what participants will see during the event. At left, 5-year-old David Lucero of Santa Paula works on a star-related craft during the festivities.

Raising the roof for children’s hospice

SMOOTH SAX—Top, three-time Grammy winner Tom Scott entertains the audience at the Raise the Roof Jazz Fest fundraiser held July 31 at the Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village. The event help to raise support for the Loving Home Hospice for Children. Above, jazz fans Bonnie and Todd Lyon of Calabasas show their appreciation for the music. Left, Calabasas City Councilmember […]

Panthers shake up baseball staff

Matt Goldfield is out as head coach of the Newbury Park High baseball team. Goldfield, who led the Panthers to the 2012 CIF-Southern Section Division 1 championship win at Dodger Stadium, spent 14 years as an assistant and head coach at the school. A familiar face will lead Newbury Park Curtis Scott, a Panther skipper from 1995 to 2001, has […]

Petition drive

I am disgusted by the tactics employed by Rick Bianchi and The New Home Company in trying to block residents from signing the petition to enforce Measure D, which calls for a vote of the people before the City Council can amend the General Plan and zoning laws. I am not against development. I am against changing zoning laws to […]

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