Final stretch

CLU nearly ready for the Rams

After a nearly 30-year absence, the NFL is back in Thousand Oaks. Work wraps this week on the Los Angeles Rams’ multi-million-dollar practice facility on the campus of Cal Lutheran University. Players and coaches are expected to start moving in Sept. 2. Practices are closed to the public. Since breaking ground in April, crews from San Diego-based construction company Byrom-Davey […]

Simi Valley native plays a lead role on new TV series

Danielle Savre is in the middle of a major political scandal. Or at least her character is. Known for her roles in The WB’s “Summerland,” NBC’s “Heroes” and feature films “Wild About Harry” and “Boogeyman 2,” the Simi Valley native is now immersed in the lead role of Anna in TLC’s new eight-part scripted series “Too Close to Home,” a […]


Tee time

Local girls’ golfers hit the links in the Coastal Canyon, Marmonte leagues

Everyone’s chasing Oaks Christian High’s girls’ golf team. The back-to-back Marmonte League champions hope to continue dominating with senior Shaya Aguilar and sophomores Gabby Gonzalez and Willoughby Thom back in the lineup. The other Marmonte schools—Agoura, Calabasas, Newbury Park, Thousand Oaks and Westlake—will try to knock off the Lions. Oak Park has won back-to-back Coastal Canyon League titles. Skyler and […]

Farewell to summer

Manna food bank closes deal on new site

The i’s have been dotted, the t’s have been crossed and it’s all official: Manna is on the move. In an Aug. 10 blog post, Jennifer Schwabauer, executive director of the long-running food bank, announced the nonprofit had closed escrow on a new home at 95 Oakview Drive, a block from Thousand Oaks Boulevard. But the move won’t take place […]

Getting a hoodoo vibe from Dame Nature

On the Trail

Does Dame Nature wince and ache when humans upset how her world is ordered? It’s not a new question, and the answer is always the same: Yes—if you believe in spirits, sprites, omens, hoodoo and such, as I do. Recently, within a 24-hour period, three formidable tree limbs came crashing to earth in three separate common areas of my rural […]

People love pupcakes

DOGGIE TREATS—A tasty snack awaits the attendees at the recent Bichon Bash at a private home in Oak Park. Dog lovers brought their champion bichons and rescues for an afternoon of pet play and education on dog care. The Los Angeles Bichon Frise Club sponsored the event. Anyone with a bichon, bichon mix or bichon resuce is invited to email […]

Accused VC sheriff’s deputy will face criminal charges

Veteran cop, an Agoura Hills resident, allegedly took Rx drugs from drop-off bin

Three misdemeanor charges have been filed against a veteran Ventura County sheriff’s deputy accused of stealing drugs from one of the department’s pharmaceutical disposal bins. Last week the county district attorney’s office charged Senior Dep. Matthew Volpe with one count of petty theft and two counts of possessing a controlled substance. If convicted, Volpe, a member of the department since […]

Better late than never

Local musician cuts first album after years in the biz

Larry Brown, an Agoura Hills resident known for his outspoken political views and his love of all things equestrian and environmental, has turned his sights to his first love—music. At the age of 69 and after a lifetime of working in the music industry as a vocalist, guitarist and songwriter for other musicians, Brown wrote, performed and produced his first […]