Fuzzy tarantulas are not your typical fur babies

Many animal lovers enjoy stroking the furry bodies of their beloved pets. Precious bonding can happen between pets and their peeps during such treasured moments with cats, dogs or other fur-babies. But not all things with fur are pleasing to me. There’s one furry creature that makes my skin crawl just thinking about it: a tarantula. Arachnophiles, people who love […]

It just keeps going round and around

The Movie Nut

Do we have to lie to ourselves in order to live? Do we have to pretend we control the choices we make? We do—according to Woody Allen. He believes each of us has character flaws that make us tragic and cause us to make the same poor choices over and over again. It’s that belief that forms the plot of […]

Season of lights

DREIDEL DREIDEL—At top, students from Lamplighter Jewish Academy sing and dance during the Menorah Kindling Ceremony at Agoura City Hall on Dec. 13. At right, state Sen. Henry Stern (D-Calabasas) lights the giant menorah during the Chanukah at the Shoppes event on Dec. 17. Chabad of the Conejo and the Conejo Jewish Academy presented the festivities at the Shoppes at […]

Sheriff’s Blotter

Agoura Hills On Dec. 6 a burglar broke into a home on Ridgebrook Drive by smashing the rear sliding door, causing $1,000 in damage. The owner reported that two computers, a camera and a watch, all worth $1,950, were missing. Someone broke into a locked car parked on Alfonso Drive on Dec. 6. There was no damage to the vehicle, […]

Conejo residents craft competition for brewers

Thousand Oaks is finally hopping on the brewery bandwagon. As craft breweries have bloomed in surrounding towns in recent years, T.O. has watched from the sidelines while an old zoning ordinance turned away would-be brewers. Now that city officials have cleared the way, a group of T.O. natives plan to open the city’s first brewpub, dubbed Tarantula Hill Brewing Co., […]

Fight on! Claiborne to lead Coyotes

Former USC, NFL star was defensive coordinator at Long Beach Poly last year

December 15, 2017, will go down as one of the most eventful, if not surreal, days in Calabasas High football history. After weeks of rumors, Casey Clausen made official his departure from the school a few minutes after 10 a.m. Dec. 15 during a phone call with Calabasas principal C.J. Foss. The principal then broke the news in a text […]

Blaze engulfs car and driver

Quick-acting locals band together to save a life

A car burst into flames at the corner of Reyes Adobe Road and Rainbow Crest Drive the evening of Dec. 10. The driver, whose name is unknown, was hospitalized for severe burns, but his life was saved by the quick intervention of passers-by. Wade Weireter was driving south on the 101 Freeway around 9:30 p.m. when he noticed debris littering […]

Helping wildlife during a wildfire

The Thomas Fire is still raging in Santa Barbara County, forcing hundreds of people to evacuate from their homes while firefighters try to contain the blaze. In the face of an approaching fire, people rush to gather their valuables and leave, but the overlooked victims are the wild animals that live in the areas already burning. The most famous four-legged […]


Defending their turf

Coyotes have won two straight Marmonte League championships

Deen Favaedi is the Draymond Green of Mulholland Highway, minus the drama. Favaedi, a 6-foot-3, 200 pound senior, thrives at point forward for the Calabasas High boys’ basketball team. He leads the team in rebounds (75), assists (43) and steals (21) for the Coyotes, who are 8-2 overall. He’s not an outlier. The Coyote roster is stockpiled with selfless basketball […]