Ways the new tax reform plan could affect homeowners

COMMENTARY /// Money matters

With the newly passed tax reform bill, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), now is the time to start thinking about how this will affect you so that you can plan ahead for the outcomes you will start to feel in your paycheck as early as February. This tax reform affects virtually everyone; however, families, homeowners, residents of high-tax […]

Commission mediates Calabasas shul dispute

Neighbors concerned about residential synagogue

A home used as a shul in Calabasas has become the center of ongoing debate about neighborhood disturbances and zoning laws. The shul, or synagogue, has been operating out of a residence in the 24600 block of Park Miramar without a permit since 2008. For years, neighbors have accused the shul of violating city codes and, at times, disturbing the […]

New Mardi Gras royalty at the helm

King and queen of the annual Community Conscience ball

There’s a new king and queen in town. Human services organization Community Conscience has named Bob Engler and Helene Ross royalty of its annual Mardi Gras Ball fundraiser on March 3 in Westlake Village. Community Conscience, which offers rent-free space to nonprofit social service organizations at its T.O. office, called for nominees late in 2017, then whittled down the list […]


THURS., JAN. 18 Antiques And Collectibles Study Group 9:30 a.m. to noon at Stagecoach Inn Museum, Anderson Hall, 51 S. Ventu Park Road, Newbury Park. Rick McHenry and Jeff Goldstein of Goebel Adult Community Center Stamp Club present a history of stamps and information on collecting. Attendees can bring stamps for show and tell. Phone: 805.495.3297. Email: pen1@verizon.net. Assistance League […]

High School Highlights

Agoura Chargers Fri., Jan. 19: Thespian inductions/ 6 p.m. Sat., Jan. 20: Cheer competition Calabasas Coyotes Fri., Jan. 19: Finals study night/ media center/3:30 p.m. Mon., Jan. 22: PFC meeting/9 a.m. Wed., Jan. 24: Finals through Fri., Jan. 26 CIF council meeting/9 a.m. Oak Park Eagles Fri., Jan. 19: Talent show/pavilion/ 7 p.m. Sat., Jan. 20: Snow carnival Tues., Jan. […]

Conejo Oaks home with pool house

Property has easy access to hiking, parks, schools, shops

This house in Conejo Oaks, rebuilt in 2000, has four bedrooms and 5.5 baths in 3,806 square feet of living space on a half-acre. Also on the property is a 500-square-foot pool house with bar and three-quarter bath. The light-filled home has wood floors, stone and granite, vaulted ceilings, clerestory windows, skylights, a 900-square-foot master bedroom and large en suite […]

Time’s wasting—gotta get up and move

There is a strong connection between physical fitness and mental wellness. Human beings are built to move, and when we put forth just a modicum of physical effort we get rewarded with a rush of adrenaline and endorphins, a sort of natural high that makes us feel empowered and alive. It’s good for the body and good for the mind. […]

L’il chefs, big eats

The City of Agoura Hills will present Little Chefs classes for kids ages 3 through 5 on Wednesdays from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Jan. 24 through Feb. 28 at 29900 Ladyface Court. Attendees can create healthy recipes and learn the basics of cooking. Staff is unable to diaper children. Class will not meet Feb. 18. For more information, visit agourahillsrec.org.

Local Saxer clan shares its musical legacy

CONCERT REVIEW /// The Saxer Family Reunion

The Saxer family, the Conejo Valley’s answer to the Von Trapps of “Sound of Music” fame, gave one of their all-too-infrequent concerts Jan. 13 in an eclectic revue of songs from musical theater history. The show featured 10 members of the growing family of performers, all the progeny of local theater veterans Shelley and Gary Saxer. The Saxers’ history in […]

Congregation rallies around pastor’s wife afflicted with cancer

A week before her daughter Lexa’s December wedding, Beth Quinn wasn’t feeling quite right. She had been experiencing fatigue, headaches and vision changes. When she woke up Dec. 2, she had trouble speaking, so two of her daughters took her to Los Robles Hospital for tests. Doctors found tumors throughout the body of the Thousand Oaks mother of eight including […]

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