2016-12-22 E-Edition

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New 4-year terms on the water board

Two returning Las Virgenes Municipal Water District board members, Charles Caspary of Hidden Hills and Leonard Polan of Westlake Village, took the oath of office Dec. 13 to begin new four-year terms with the agency. LVMWD is governed by a five-member board, each member representing a different geographical area. Caspary joined the board in 2001. He represents Division 1, comprising […]

If only I could share my secret with Santa Claus

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People who see me regularly might notice I have a slight flush to my cheeks lately. I may be smiling more than usual, and my laughter may be just a tad more giddy, like a schoolgirl in anticipation of childish joys or a chance to whisper her secret wishes to Santa. It’s not just because of the holiday season that […]

‘Radio’ show is heartfelt, fun

PLAY REVIEW /// ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’

Released 70 years ago this month, Frank Capra’s film “It’s a Wonderful Life” has become a Christmas season mainstay. Tony Palermo’s stage adaptation gives the beloved tale a twist by presenting it as a 1940s-era radio broadcast. The Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center adds a layer of hilarity to the classic tale of redemption and loyalty by having it performed […]

Oaks moves ahead with boarding plan

Oaks Christian will soon be the new home for approximately 100 high school students from around the country and abroad. Last week, the Westlake Village City Council approved a request by the private school to convert an 80,000-square-foot office building at 31255 Cedar Valley Drive into full-time student housing, with conditions to make sure students are supervised and safe. Oaks […]

Timely tale of the red-nosed reindeer

Tracing the origins of Rudolph

It was the spring of 2010, and Peter Carini was in the back of the library at Dartmouth College searching for a first-edition copy of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” The library archivist knew that the author, an alumnus of the Ivy League university in New Hampshire, had, decades earlier, donated copies of the story, first published in 1939, that tells […]

Good grief! It’s a stage play, Charlie Brown

It’s been 51 years since “A Charlie Brown Christmas” made its debut on network television. Today, it’s hard to comprehend the massive impact the 1965 animated television special had on American popular culture. At the time, Charles Schulz’s “Peanuts” characters were a worldwide sensation. At its peak the strip was syndicated in over 2,600 newspapers. For decades, its all-kid cast […]

The magic of the Christmas tree

Let’s be honest; to someone who isn’t familiar with Christmas, some of its traditions sound, well, for lack of a better word, strange. Take the Christmas tree, for example. It’s a tree we bring into our homes— either from the great outdoors or the great upstairs—and decorate with lights, ornaments, tinsel and the like. We put presents beneath it and […]


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Ferrari roars into Thousand Oaks

A former bicycle shop in Thousand Oaks is now selling decidedly more expensive wheels. Westlake Ferrari has rolled into Ventura County with a rousing welcome. The newest of the three Southern California Mattioli Automotive Group Ferrari showrooms opened its doors Dec. 8 with an event that drew about 300 guests, including several of the area’s more notable millionaires: commercial real […]