Singing in the holidays

Home for the holidays

Flying Squirrel

Now that we’re in December and the holiday music playlists fill our homes and cars, you’re likely to hear one particular Christmas tune over and over. First recorded in 1943 by Bing Crosby as a tribute to America’s soldiers in World War II, this classic has since been covered by Frank Sinatra, Elvis, Perry Como, Johnny Mathis, Michael Bublé and […]

Shopping continues at frenetic pace

LOVE THOSE SALES—Jake Martin of Calabasas purchases a new television set on Thanksgiving day from Best Buy in Thousand Oaks. Holiday shopping continues at a strong pace throughout local shopping centers.

Save energy and money over the holiday season

Celebrate and be wise at the same time

The holidays are a wonderful time of year to gather and celebrate with family and friends. This time of year is also when expenses can soar, especially your utility bills. Chip Wade, HGTV expert, has some advice on how you can save energy, and, ultimately, money, this holiday season: Holiday lighting: By choosing Energy Star-certified decorative light strings, you will […]

Reagan forum explores defense

Experts discuss alliances,finances and intelligence

The United States spends more than $600 billion each year on its military, nearly three times more than second-place China, according to Forbes. But as the past 16 years of conflict have shown, strength means nothing without speed, and many experts—in Congress, the military, intelligence agencies and the private sector— want America’s armed forces to become more agile over the […]

I spy with my little eye . . .

Single Files

If you’ve decided to dangle your feet in the dating pool to snag a match for the holiday season, you might be interested to know that nowadays, “over one in four couples meet online and more than one-third of U.S. marriages begin with online dating,” according to an article by Rachel Esco at sheknows.com. Having almost exclusively used this mode […]


Tax group elects new president The Ventura County Taxpayers Association board of directors recently elected Bob Alviani to replace Dick Thompson as president and Chief Executive Officer. Alviani is a retired bank president, having spent 42 years in the banking industry. He retired from First Bank in 2014. Alviani received a degree in law in 1989. He served 17 years […]

Home in Thousand Oaks has four bedrooms with large windows

This open, spacious home is on a cul-de-sac in the heart of Thousand Oaks and includes a private backyard and side yard. Downstairs has natural light and cathedral ceilings along with family, dining and living rooms. The first floor also has a remodeled powder room and inside laundry room. The family room has a fireplace and a wet bar. The […]

New Agoura Hills mayor lays out priorities for the upcoming year

The Agoura Hills City Council reorganized Dec. 5 with a ceremony welcoming new Mayor Bill Koehler and his plan for a better city ahead. Koehler pledged to tackle the problem of traffic on Kanan Road, which slows to a crawl during morning and evening commutes and after school when kids are being picked up by parents and students are driving […]

Manna collects for the holiday season

It’s the time of year when people’s thoughts turn to giving. In the Conejo Valley, that often means a visit to Manna to drop off a food donation for the community’s less fortunate. This year’s holiday rush is likely one of the last at the long-running food bank’s current location. After three decades on Crescent Way, Manna is nearly ready […]