2018-02-15

Turning bereavement into ‘believement’

Other Side of 50

My father passed away Jan. 23 after a long, brave battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was 86. When he took his last breath, my mother and sister and his hospice aide were by his side. Those of you who read my column may remember that I frequently wrote about my father and his journey. He was on hospice for six […]

Thick thighs a new flash point in battle of the bulge

Hot Flashes

“I knew you were coming down the hall,” Mom said, “because I could hear your thighs rubbing together.” The woman had such a way with words. Well, Mom is long gone. Unfortunately, my bulbous thighs aren’t. And sadly, I’ve realized at this portly point in my life, spontaneous combustion ignited by these well-rounded gams could occur any moment. And you […]

Kayvon is king of the castle

All hail the super fan of the Oaks Christian boys’ basketball team



Hail to the king, baby. Kayvon Thibodeaux has entered his castle. Thibodeaux waltzes through the front doors of the gymnasium lugging a paper bag from Jack in the Box. He takes a sip of his soda and floats to his standing-room-only throne along the front row, right on the baseline. The unofficial mascot of the Oaks Christian High boys’ basketball […]

Rindge Dam REMOVAL

As planning moves tofinal stages, hauling sediment becomes weighty issue


The Rindge Dam is a 90-year-old speed bump in the middle of Malibu Creek, a concrete hump that keeps the stream from flowing freely to the ocean. Long recognized as an impediment to the watershed, the 100-foot-high dam will be removed— if plans can be finalized. The demolition of Rindge Dam is a joint effort by the California Department of […]

Residents can get help with tax filing

The Ventura County Area Agency on Aging and the AARP Foundation are partnering to offer tax preparation services to residents of Ventura County. The service is free and available to anyone of low to moderate income, and may be especially suited to those 50 and older. To receive services, individuals must bring all necessary documentation, including applicable Social Security cards, […]

Upgraded two-story Oak Park townhome has remodeled kitchen

This Oak Park detached townhome has been upgraded and has four bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms in approximately 1,766 square feet. The house is light with an open floor plan and vaulted ceilings. The living room has a custom stone fireplace and upgraded wood floors. The newly remodeled kitchen has granite counters, upgraded cabinets and stainless steel appliances. The spacious master […]

Benkert steps down as head coach at Oaks

The coaching carousel continues at Oaks Christian High. Jim Benkert has resigned as head coach of the school’s football team, according to multiple sources. Just a few months ago, Benkert led the Lions to the CIF-Southern Section Division 2 championship. Benkert sported a 31-7 record in three seasons as head coach at Oaks Christian. Mike Sherrard, a former wide receiver […]

High marks for LVUSD Principal of the Year

Mariposa’s Leslie Martinez recognized


It took a while to get her to sit down with me. “I just don’t like all the attention,” said Leslie Martinez, principal of the K-8 Mariposa School of Global Education after I told her I wanted to speak to her about being named Las Virgenes Unified School District’s first ever Principal of the Year. “It’s not about me, it’s […]

Serving in uniform

FLYING HIGH—U.S. Air Force Airman Bijan Behzadi from Oak Park recently graduated from the eight-week basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in Texas. Airmen who complete basic training also earn credit toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. He is a 2017 graduate of Oak Park High School.

Simi Valley home has landscaped backyard with waterfall, patio

This luxury-built five-bedroom, five-bath Brentwood estate in Simi Valley has over 4,100 square feet and is on a private cul-de-sac with views of the mountains and city lights. The grand foyer has two-story volume ceilings, an iron circular staircase and travertine flooring. The formal dining room has a private wine tasting room with custom built-in wine storage and bar. The […]


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