Young hoops stars rake in the trophies

SPIDERS AND SNAKES RULE—Above, the Black Widows are league and tournament champions in the Agoura Youth Basketball Association for six- through eighth-grade girls. From left are: Angelee Suresh, Kate Davies, Hannah Kaloper, Amanda Dermott and Avery Pryor. Not shown is Ava Dermott. At right, Team Venom wins the San Gabriel Valley Invitational Tournament Feb. 17 to 19 at the American […]

Heart survior uses second chance to support others

That April morning in 2015 started out as just another day for Shawn Willson until a sudden, overwhelming feeling of being unable to breathe stopped him in his tracks while relaxing at home on his day off. Then 44 years old, the Simi Valley man thought he might be having a panic attack or that his asthma was acting up. […]

Is this the year?

Coyotes, ranked No. 3 in CIF poll, seek first playoff berth since 2001

Calabasas High’s softball team can win a CIF-Southern Section Division 4 championship. The Coyotes must first qualify for the playoffs—and that’s not as simple as it sounds. Calabasas’ 10-game trek through the Marmonte League labyrinth begins after spring break, on April 10 at Westlake. Only the top-three teams earn automatic postseason berths. On top of everything, the Coyotes face an […]


AHS memorial MVP baseball game

VICTORY LAP—Above, Ibrahim Shaheen celebrates his accomplishment on the way to first base during Agoura High School’s annual Elka Golds Memorial MVP Baseball Game on Feb. 14. At right, Anni Hull heads for home base during the game. Special education instructional assistant Elka Golds was instrumental in launching the yearly baseball game. At the event, students in the school’s special […]


Learning how to control bleeding Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center, along with Ventura County Emergency Medical Services Agency and Ventura County Fire Department, will host a free community event on National Stop the Bleed Day from 10 a.m. to noon Sat., March 31 in Classroom 1 at the hospital, 215 W. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. The event will teach […]

Chargers notch big wins

The Chargers have two reasons to celebrate. Agoura High’s boys’ volleyball team, which had not won a single varsity match in four years, won two of its first three matches in the young season. The Chargers opened the year with a loss to Camarillo. Agoura then defeated Viewpoint in a five-game thriller on March 9 on the road. The Chargers […]

Likes Oak Park AM-PM

As part of a two-parent working family that moved to Oak Park for the outstanding schools, I commend the Oak Park Unified School District for implementing an enhanced before/after-school program that is now on par with the excellence of our schools. Hiring a top principal to run the new program, extending pick-up time to 6:30 p.m., maintaining affordability, homework assistance […]

New REAL ID required for future air travel

Other Side of 50

My current driver’s license will expire in July of this year. I’m eligible to renew online, but if I do, I will receive a federally restricted license that will not be considered a valid form of identification to board a domestic flight in the future. As of October 2020, a new type of license, called REAL ID, will be required […]

Round Meadow Elementary on its way to sing at Carnegie Hall

Fourth- and fifth-grade choir students at Round Meadow Elementary School in Hidden Hills will perform with the New England Symphonic Ensemble at Carnegie Hall in New York City this spring. According to the school’s music director, Dianne Meyer, the opportunity for her students to sing in a professional setting came as a surprise. Ordinarily student choral performances at Carnegie Hall […]

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