2018-02-15

Eagle is no fifth wheel

Jeong doesn’t get much glory, but he fills important role for Oak Park



Joshua Jeong was glued to the bench last season, his first on the Oak Park High boys’ basketball varsity team. The Eagle did not pout. The forward didn’t lose focus or stop hustling at practice. He certainly did not book a ticket with Air Canada and disappear amid the tall grass of Waiters Island with Agent Zero and a splash […]

2018-02-15 E-Edition

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Present and future technology for seniors



Old dogs can learn new tricks, but sometimes they need a little help. Today’s seniors live in a world where technology advances by leaps and bounds on a near-weekly basis. Plenty of those advances are geared toward helping people age gracefully, but they can be confusing to a population that’s more familiar with the phone book than Facebook. The Conejo/Las […]

Nature’s natural staircase provides convenient solution

On the Trail

Shortcuts can be irresistible to impatient souls. Such was clear when I first moved to my rural Agoura community in the Santa Monica Mountains. One of the community’s perks was its small lake, and reaching it required a short walk from most residents’ homes, over paved streets. “Ah, but how boring,” the impatient souls among us complained. “Let’s find a […]

Local prep football players sign scholarships

SIGNING DAY BONANZA—High school football players from Acorn country and the surrounding area were honored during a signing day ceremony at the Palm Garden Hotel in Newbury Park. Pictured in the back row, from left, are Hunter Lee, Oak Park High, Cornell University; Joseph Gutierrez, Oxnard, New Mexico Highlands; Kamakani Crosby, Newbury Park, Air Force; Adrien Vasquez, Oxnard, New Mexico […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]


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