Sports Academy supports student athletes

Sports Academy will host an open house and roundtable briefing on its Personal Development Year program for seventh- and eighth-graders and their families from 1 to 3 p.m. Sun., May 21 at 1011 Rancho Conejo Blvd., Newbury Park. The program will offer up to 25 student-athletes the option of taking a “gap year” between eighth and ninth grades to work […]

Ride safely

Your editorial last week titled “Bicycle safety awareness is everyone’s responsibility” astutely addresses many areas that involve the joint partnership of the cyclist as well as the automobile driver in attempting to ensure the safety of the cyclist. There is, however, one area that you have omitted. As an auto driver, it is frustrating to me to see bicyclists riding […]

New board member at Discovery Center

Boone will serve a three-year term

Jennifer Boone, director of curriculum, instruction and assessment for the Conejo Valley Unified School District, has joined the board of directors of the Discovery Center for Science and Technology for a three-year term. The center, based in the Westlake portion of Thousand Oaks, has spent the past 20 years promoting the study of science, technology, engineering, the arts and math. […]

Girl Scouts prove their mettle

Teens earn Silver Award

GOOD WORK—Above, Westlake Village City Councilmember Kelly Honig, center, presents the Silver Award certificate of achievement to several members of Girl Scout Troop 60510. Below, troop leader Mina Ghorob (back row, fourth from right) joins Honig in celebrating with the Scouts at an April 30 ceremony. The girls are ages 11 and 12 and attend Lindero Canyon and Medea Creek […]

Foes can’t escape the Lion’s den

Oaks Christian rookie is among top youth tennis players in the United States

There are good tennis players. There are great tennis players. And then there’s Noah Gampel. The Oaks Christian freshman, the seventh-ranked 14-year-old in the nation, according to USTA, is a rarer bird than a hen with dentures. “This kid’s legit,” sophomore singles player Will Weinbach said of the rookie. “I see him having a bright future with this team.” One […]

Premier America tabs CEO

Premier America Credit Union’s board of directors appointed Rudy J. Pereira as its president/CEO, effective April 24. Pereira’s appointment follows the retirement John Merlo, who served as president/ CEO for over 20 years. With more than 25 years of leadership experience within the credit union industry, Pereira most recently served as the president/CEO of Royal Credit Union in Wisconsin. Pereira […]

Harmful vaccine?

When my boys were in kindergarten, there was a time when a handful of students in that grade level were affected by the chickenpox. What was interesting was that the parents of half of the students who got the chickenpox were upset with their pediatricians because their kids were vaccinated and some of their kids even received a more severe […]

Take a hike with local Camino lovers

The Southern California chapter of American Pilgrims on the Camino is a group of people who meet for hikes, potlucks, Q&As and other events. Many of them have walked the European trails called Camino de Santiago. The group will host three levels of hikes Sat., May 13 starting at Wildwood Park in Thousand Oaks. A potluck will follow, and participants […]

Charming snake boxes from Eagle Scout

CRATE AND CARRY— Right, Bailey Man of Boy Scout Troop 127 builds snake boxes for his Eagle rank project. His crew, at work below, constructed 44 boxes for the Los Angeles County animal centers and fire departments to transport captured snakes. In Agoura Hills, animal control officials were down to their last snake box. The 18-year-old Agoura High School senior […]

Warriors tame Mustangs

Westlake ready to battle Santa Barbara tonight on the road in second round

The playoffs are not a graceful dance. They’re certainly not a highfalutin’ do-si-do at the Met Gala. Survive and advance. Live another day because tomorrow may never arrive, and when it does, the machines might take over and build men that break down as soon as they’re paid for. Westlake High’s boys’ volleyball team did not let a sluggish start […]

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