Private Mortgage Insurance can get you into your new home

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In the 2017 housing market, those who choose to pursue the dream of owning a home face several important decisions, such as how much to put toward a down payment. Twenty percent down is typically recommended by most lenders. While 20 percent is not a requirement, paying less can have a big impact on the amount you pay monthly. It […]

The world will be his classroom

Oak Park grad postpones college to travel

Before Jaron Flynn graduated from Oak Park High School last May, he was awarded a partial scholarship, but it wasn’t for college. This February, the 18-year-old Flynn will embark on a three-month tour through Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and Myanmar. He hopes. The scholarship will pay for half of the $15,000 trip, but he needs to raise the other half—and […]


TUES., JAN. 2 Westlake Village Garden Club 9:30 a.m. at North Ranch Community Center, 1400 N. Westlake Blvd. Tom Perkins gives a crash course on “What we need to know about dirt.” Refreshments. Free, no RSVP needed. Web: westlakevillagegardenclub.org. WED., JAN. 3 Simi Valley Woman’s Club 11 a.m. at Simi Valley Moose Lodge, 4860 Alamo St. Luncheon meeting. Fred Bauermeister […]

Certifiably proud

GOOD TO GO—The all-volunteer Oak Park Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) undergo final training and certification Nov. 11 at the Ventura County Fire Department Regional Training Center in Camarillo. At left, Benjamin Bodner and Erica Bodner-Borys learn fire-suppression techniques. The members attended multiple training classes to learn disaster preparedness and first aid skills. For more info on the team, email […]

Here comes the Westlake bridal premiere

Couples can get ideas for their wedding at the 35th annual Bridal Premiere from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sun., Jan. 7, 2018, at the Hyatt Regency Westlake, 880 S. Westlake Blvd., Thousand Oaks. The day will feature more than 90 bridal-related exhibits, fashions, food and cake samples, music and venues. The grand prize is a seven-day South Pacific honeymoon. […]

OakHeart organizers want bigger festival

Organizers of Ventura County’s largest annual outdoor music festival are trying to capitalize on an embarrassment of riches. The team behind OakHeart Country Music Festival reached out to two headlining artists to perform at its 2018 show. Both said yes. With two of country’s brightest stars potentially on board for the June 2 concert at Conejo Creek South in Thousand […]

Rutherford back as mayor of Westlake

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At the annual Westlake Village City Council reorganization meeting Dec. 6, Brad Halpern closed out his first term as mayor by voting with the rest of the council to elect Mark Rutherford as the new leader of the city. It will be Rutherford’s fifth term as mayor of Westlake Village. Ned Davis was elected to serve as mayor pro-tem. “It’s […]

Memories made of bliss

Family Man

Christmas comes and goes so fast, and it’s never like it used to be. I say the same thing every year—“Christmas isn’t like when we were kids.” And I’m not even a crotchety old man yet. Or am I? It seems like every holiday to me is about trying to duplicate joy from a previous season. Getting the Sears catalog […]

A Voodoo Daddy New Year’s

Ring in 2018 with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy at a New Year’s Eve concert at 8 p.m. Sun., Dec. 31 in the Kavli Theatre at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. This year marks the 24th anniversary of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s arrival onto the music scene. Since its formation in the early 1990s in […]

Workplace gender gap addressed in 2018

New state laws that increase the minimum wage and reduce the pay disparity between male and female employees are coming to the workplace next year. Among the new requirements for 2018: Companies with 26 or more employees must start paying workers $11 per hour. Smaller employers must raise the hourly rate to $10.50 per hour. The state minimum wage is […]

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