A fresh start for Coyotes

Calabasas boys’ basketball opens Marmonte League slate with a win

The first night of Marmonte League high school boys’ basketball action didn’t disappoint hoops fanatics. A Jan. 6 showdown between Calabasas and Newbury Park went down to the wire. The teams were tied in the fourth quarter with 30.8 seconds remaining. Zach Favaedi, Calabasas’ senior forward, let several seconds run off the clock before handing the ball off to sophomore […]

Stolen art returned to cancer group

Statue taken from garden last year

Somebody’s conscience got the better of them, or at least that’s the theory. The beloved bronze angel statue stolen late last November from the Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara was returned last week, a spokesperson at the organization’s Hampshire Road headquarters said. The 3-foot-tall sculpture from renowned local artist Delesprie sat in an outdoor garden area at the Cancer Support […]

Sending love to troops

Help address Valentines to soldiers overseas

America Supporting Americans Greater Conejo Valley Chapter will host a special event from 9 a.m. to noon Thurs., Jan. 19 at the Goebel Adult Community munity Center, 1385 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. At this event, volunteers will address Valentine’s Day cards to soldiers in Afghanistan. ASA sends cards, letters and packages to American troops overseas. To volunteer for the […]

Hail to the green, green grass of home

COMMENTARY /// Local environment

There’s an interesting scene in the animated film “Happy Feet Two” when the penguins of Antarctica are mystified by the sight of patches of greenery in their heretofore snow-blanketed world. For their region, sight of raw land increasingly clothed in verdure is an augur of a pending catastrophe— melting of the polar ice cap. Spin the globe and shift the […]

Špö brõ takes battle of the bands title

LET’S ROCK AND ROLL—Local band Špö brõ, formerly the Sposato Brothers’ Band, wins the 2016 Thousand Oaks Teen Center Battle of the Bands. In a large field of competitors, Špö brõ beat out last year’s winner My Native Tongue and won a $500 gift certificate to Instrumental Music. The band members are, from left, Michael Leese, Oriana Cognata, Julian Sposato, […]

Candlelight makes bar mitzvah service an illuminating experience

COMMENTARY /// Judaism

The bar mitzvah is supposed to happen publicly, under the lights and the watchful eye of the community. We pass into the arms of a 13-year-old our Torah scroll, the most sacred gift Judaism teaches that God has given us, besides our children. We teach that as the youth grasps the scroll and reads from it, he or she has […]

Sales tax in L.A. County settles at 8.75 percent, for now

The sales tax for goods and services purchased in Los Angeles County went down on Jan. 1, but soon it will be going back up. On Jan. 1, the statewide sales tax decreased one-quarter percent with the expiration of Proposition 30, the Schools and Local Public Safety Protection Act approved by voters in 2012. With the decrease, L.A. County’s sales […]

It’s good to aim high

HOOP SHOOT— Agoura Hills resident 12-year-old Ashley Chow takes a shot at the basket during the Elks Club Hoop Shoot free-throw contest at the Simi Valley Boys & Girls Club on Dec. 17.

Conejo crushers

COOL COMPETITORS—The U-10 Conejo Crush travel baseball team wins the gold championship Snowball Classic in Simi Valley over the Dec. 10 weekend. Players in the front row, from left: Drake Ohligschlager, Jake Lovato, Blake Wiltfang and Josh Woodworth. Middle row: Mason Berlinger, Jack Plummer, Bryce Huff, Tommy Amaro and Elijah Haseth. Back row are coaches Tom Haseth, Brian Huff, Chris […]

University to develop 4-year teacher training program

California State University Channel Islands in Camarillo will receive a grant of almost $250,000 from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing to develop four-year teacher preparation programs. California is experiencing a shortage of K-12 teachers with science, mathematics, special education and bilingual education credentials. This grant will enable the university to graduate career-ready teachers in four years, rather than the […]

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