2018-02-01

Furton embodies Warrior spirit

Senior grappler wants to contend for league, CIF glory



Chicken wing. Ankle pick. Mousetrap. Tombstone. The familiar yet foreign terms bellowing from the Westlake High wrestling room might be confusing to a passer-by, but they’re music to Nic Furton’s ears. Furton, a Westlake High senior wrestler, wrapped up his opponents with relative ease as the chorus of grappling moves flowed from the mouth of Westlake’s head coach Phil Naz, […]

Two new agents at Dilbeck

The team of C&M Real Estate, Carolyn Triebold and Merilee Iverson, have joined the Dilbeck Estates Westlake Village office. The agents both come to Dilbeck with 14 years of experience in the Ventura County real estate market, having closed hundreds of sales with their clients throughout the county. Triebold and Iverson bring a background of corporate sales and management. Triebold […]

Vaping goes mainstream

High tech devices especially popular on local campuses



Juul, Suorin, juice, pods— the new lexicon of vaping— are making the consumption of harmful nicotine easier and more popular than ever. Parents, teachers and health professionals are searching for ways to combat the trend before teens get hopelessly hooked. Some of the new devices turn nicotine-laced vape juice into tasty, pleasant smelling flavors, which are easier to conceal. In […]

Youth commission chief was born to lead

COMMENTARY /// Profiles in leadership


Nicole Katz exudes a confidence you’d expect in a community leader, but not necessarily in one who is only 17 years old. Born and raised in Thousand Oaks, Nicole is now a senior at Newbury Park High School. Her warmth, eye contact, poise and people skills reflect a youth significantly ahead of most her age. Like other students gifted in […]

Leibin shakes it up

Lancer football coach steps down after 11 seasons



Alex Singleton said of the coach, “He genuinely cares about every player that’s ever played for him.” Max Gilliam called him “one of the hardest working coaches.” Jeff McCann said he “learned more about football, in terms of X’s and O’s, from him than I learned playing high school and college football.” That man has stepped down from his post. […]

Resort-style home in Wildhorse Canyon

This resort-style two-story home is in the foothills of east Simi Valley in The Crest at Wildhorse Canyon. The house has five bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms, over 4,000 square feet of living space and a 14,474-square-foot lot. Two bedrooms and a bonus room are downstairs. The three-car split garage has epoxy flooring and built-ins. The dining room has a chandelier, wine […]

Oak Park controversy rooted in tree health



Sandy and Herb Oberman have lived on Pinewood Avenue in Oak Park for 50 years. On their curb is a pine tree that was planted before they bought their home. It’s one of the tallest in the neighborhood. Today, the Obermans are locked in a dispute with Ventura County officials who told them the tree, which lies in a median […]

Tempering chocolate is easy as 1, 2, 3

Convectional Wisdom

I have never been big into Valentine’s Day. Despite being a sucker for chick flicks, I’m not much of a romantic when it comes to real life. There is another February celebration, however, that has recently become one of my favorites: Galentine’s Day. If you’re a fan of the comedy series “Parks and Recreation,” you already know what I’m talking […]

Agoura’s Rosenthal picks up win No. 700

HAVING CAKE AND EATING IT—The Agoura High girls’ water polo team defeated Westlake 21-1 on Jan. 24 to give head coach Jason Rosenthal his 700th win while guiding both girls’ and boys’ water polo teams at the school. Rosenthal has coached the Chargers for 26 seasons.

Custom-designed Somis estate has guest house, fountain and pergola

This custom-designed estate in Somis is on the market for the first time. The spacious rooms are full of large windows to let in the light and take in the views all around. The main house has approximately 7,000 square feet of living space on 2.5 acres. The property also has a guest house. A circular auto court behind gates […]


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