Sale of Dole Food Co. gets chopped following break in negotiations

Deal with Belgian buyer falls through

Greenyard, a fresh and frozen foods company based in Belgium, announced that talks to acquire Westlake Village-based Dole Food Company have broken off. Negotiations last month involving Greenyard’s purchase of the world’s largest fruits and vegetables company ended without a deal, the company said in a Jan. 5 statement. “We pursued all efforts to realize a transaction with financial and […]

The answer is, ‘Who is Steph Bundy?’

LADY LUCK—Calabasas resident Steph Bundy wins a two-night grand total of $19,801 on the popular TV game show “Jeopardy!” last week. Here she’s shown at the end of the first night of play. Bundy grew up in Oak Park and graduated from Calabasas High School in 2005.

Six simple ways to freshen a home, both inside and out

COMMENTARY /// Quick weekend projects

Looking for some easy ways to breathe new life into your home? Whether it’s the air inside or the decor itself, freshening things up can make your home look and feel more welcoming at any time of year. You don’t need a lot of time or money to reinvigorate your home; just a few simple and affordable, yet high-impact DIY […]

Jazz bands to play along in the South

Two jazz bands from Agoura High School will were selected to participate in the 12th annual Swing Central Jazz High School Jazz Band Competition and Workshop from April 4 through 6. Produced by the Savannah Music Festival, the event will host bands from 12 schools. AHS Jazz “A” band, directed by Bob Hackett, and AHS Studio Jazz Band, directed by […]

New rule governs the killing of mountain lions

State depredation permit is revised

Mountain lions that kill livestock no longer face an immediate death sentence. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has updated its policy for issuing depredation (right to kill) permits to residents of the Santa Monica and Santa Ana mountains. Jordan Traverso, deputy media director for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, said that in the past a kill […]

Garden club event will blossom with roses

Luncheon is also a fundraiser

Suzanne Horn, a rose exhibitor, writer and educator, will present a program on David Austin and the romance of English roses at the Westlake Village Garden Club’s 49th anniversary luncheon and silent auction fundraiser at 11 a.m. Tues., Feb. 6 at North Ranch Country Club, 4761 Valley Spring Drive, Thousand Oaks. Horn grows about 440 different roses, all in large […]


THURS., JAN. 11 Somis Thursday Club 11:15 a.m. at 5380 Bell St., Somis. Local women’s club. Members of Ventura County Gourd Artists describe how to grow and decorate gourds. Luncheon cost: $15 at door. RSVP requested. Phone: 805.388.1275. Email: crusin222@gmail.com. JNET Thousand Oaks 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Temple Etz Chaim, 1080 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. Doors open 6:30 […]

Open house at Manzanita School

Manzanita School will host a Family Open House from 10 a.m. to noon Sun., Jan. 21 at 1717 Old Topanga Canyon Road, Topanga. The independent school in Topanga serves children in grades four through 12. For more information or reservations, email admissions@manzanitaschool.org.

Teen robbers nabbed in OP

Two teenagers, ages 15 and 16, were arrested Jan. 2 in connection with a string of burglaries that occurred on Conifer Street in Oak Park. Around 2 a.m. last Tuesday, deputies answered a call of a residential burglary in progress. The caller said someone was trying to enter his home through a rear slider door. Several patrol deputies searched the […]

Ode to a California rain storm

Hot Flashes

I am so grateful. We the people of parched, wind-swept, cracking and downright fried Southern California, our moment has at last arrived. Pull out your greasy pots, your slow cookers, Julia’s beef bourguignon recipe, your best chain saw Texas chili powder, and don your fuzzy slippers because, hey baby, it’s time to get your rainy day groove on. Hello, Barry […]