New dog park, YMCA highlight 2017 in Westlake

YEAR IN REVIEW /// Westlake Village

Westlake Village had a productive 2017, with several major construction projects undertaken and new legislation passed. In August, the city began building its first dog park. The 1.2-acre park will be at the corner of Oak Crest Drive and Agoura Road and is expected to open this summer. Efforts continue to complete the new Westlake Village YMCA, but financing for […]

Bang a gong, ring those chimes

On the Trail

There’s something charming about wind chimes, as long as they don’t ring too tinny or drown out the songbirds’ vocalizing. I’m nuts for chimes, but you can go overboard way too easily. I had a Thousand Oaks neighbor who dangled 17 different chimes from the edge of her patio cover. Aside from the fact that her husband and most guests […]

Sports leagues are open

Registration is underway for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley’s winter coed Jr. NBA basketball leagues for ages 3 through 12. The eight-week session will run from Jan. 28 through March 25 at the Los Cerritos Middle School gym, 2100 E. Avenida de Las Flores, Thousand Oaks. Evaluation Day is planned for Sun., Jan. 21 to assess […]

Crash course at Agoura High School

WRONG WAY—Deputies arrested James Daly in March after he drove his car onto the high schoolfield and allegedly tried to hit members of the baseball team. Daly was an ‘87 AHS graduate.


Snow carnival The Oak Park Neighborhood School Parent Advisory Board will present its 10th annual Snow Carnival fundraiser from 3 to 6 p.m. Sat., Jan. 20 at 1010 Kanan Road, Oak Park. The community event will raise funds to benefit the Oak Park school’s enrichment programs and tools for the classrooms. In addition to 25 tons of snow for kids […]

Recovery’s at arm’s length for pastor

For the Rev. Andrew Garcia, being able to hold his children is a miracle. The husband and father of two was getting ready for his daughter’s sixth birthday party at First Baptist Church of Thousand Oaks on Oct. 29, 2016, when he lost his balance and fell through a large window. The shattered glass cut through the pastor’s arm, nearly […]

Park plans finalized in 2017


Final plans for the new Mae Boyar Park community center in Oak Park were approved last year. The park is 50 years old. Construction on a $2.4-million building is set to begin later this summer. Oak Park also welcomed two new members to its Municipal Advisory Council in 2017. In other Oak Park news for 2017, Seema Chandra and Jane […]

New Year’s Eve at Bogie’s bar

BOOGIE FEVER—Above, guests celebrate their Dec. 31 New Year’s Eve at Bogies bar and restaurant at the Westlake Village Inn. At left, Dominic Paschia of Thousand Oaks tries his luck at the craps gaming table during the festivities.

The holidays are over and hopefully so is elder abuse

Other Side of 50

My dog’s specialty vet closed her practice last week, a result of an elder experience that’s becoming far too commonplace in today’s world. When I asked why she was shutting down, my vet told me she’d been struggling over the past year to deal with issues related to her aging mother. The problems had become too exhausting and frustrating, she […]