Take time to shine your light on others

Other Side of 50

“It feels good to be a part of the universe as it shines upon others,” Acorn’s “Family Man” columnist Michael Picarella recently noted. Why is helping someone an action we associate with the feeling of being happy? One explanation is that in doing so we experience “vicarious joy,” or the pleasure we get from improving another’s situation or well-being. Holidays […]

Montecito Bank in the giving spirit

The holiday season signals the arrival of an annual tradition for Montecito Bank & Trust and hundreds of local nonprofit organizations: the Community Dividends awards luncheon. Now in its 14th year, the program has granted about $14 million to nonprofit organizations in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. This year marked the first time the list of award recipients topped 200. […]

Stills the striker

Viewpoint senior propels girls’ soccer squad on the pitch

Sophia Stills never ceases to amaze. The senior forward for the Viewpoint High girls’ soccer team is on her own level. Coaches can’t help but compare her to soccer greats when trying to describe what makes the Patriot such a special striker. First-year co-head coach Juan Plascencia, an assistant the past two seasons, said Stills showed glimmers of Argentina legend […]

Stein ends term as LVUSD board prez

The Las Virgenes Unified School District Board of Education reorganized Dec. 6, with president Lesli Stein turning over the gavel to incoming president Angela Cutbill. Stein was honored for her work by a variety of people. Superintendent Dan Stepenosky said it had been a pleasure working so closely with Stein over the past year. “It’s been a challenge for personal […]

Temple Aliyah tackles bullying

Temple Aliyah will host a free community anti-bullying discussion and workshop in response to the recent incident that left local teen Jordan Peisner hospitalized from a beating. The program will be tonight at 6:30 p.m. Thurs., Dec. 15 at 6025 Valley Circle Blvd., Woodland Hills. On the agenda is an introduction by Rabbi Stewart Vogel; comments by Ed Peisner, father […]

E-cigarette sellers need licenses

Sellers of electronic cigarettes, vaping devices and other related products will be required to obtain a Cigarette and Tobacco Products Retailer’s License from the California State Board of Equalization starting Jan. 1. The license must be obtained prior to making retail sales of these products to consumers. The license will cost $265 for a 12-month period, and must be renewed […]

Lil Key and the Coyotes fall in overtime

THE END OF THE ROAD—The season is over for wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson Jr., above, and the Calabasas High football team. The Coyotes (14-1 overall) captured a CIF-Southern Section Division 5 championship on Dec. 3, but the squad lost 60-53 in overtime to Madison of San Diego in the CIF State Division 2-AA regional final last weekend on the road. […]

Holiday cheer— Boys get a kick out of undefeated season

HIP HIP, HOORAY—The Barcelona California Soccer Club’s boys U-10 team won Coast Soccer League’s Bronze Beta bracket and finished the season undefeated at 12- 0-2. They celebrate their championship here at A.C. Stelle Middle School in Calabasas following the final game. From left to right are: Coach Melissa Fernandez, Hudson Fetner, Zachary Bergstein, Tiago Lecour, Cache Kidder, Noah Weintraub, Matthew […]

Pack of pooches on park patrol

National Park Service launches Bark Rangers program to educate humans on proper dog etiquette on mountain trails

A new pack of volunteers will soon hit the trails in the Santa Monica Mountains to show visitors and their dogs how they can safely enjoy the outdoors. With hundreds of miles of walking, cycling and equestrian paths, the Santa Monica Mountains and surrounding backcountry are a magnet for people who enjoy communing with nature. The Bark Rangers volunteer group […]

Joy of giving

BOXES OF LOVE—Girl Scout Daisy Troop 2296 from Lupin Elementary School in Calabasas makes special boxes for ill kids at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Called “Jared Boxes,” the plastic containers are filled with toys, games, coloring books and crayons. The Jared Box, nonprofit gift- giving project began in the year 2001.