Giron falls in USTA finals

J.C. Aragone defeated Marcos Giron 6-2, 6-4 in the singles final of the USTA Men’s Pro Tennis Championships of Calabasas last weekend. Aragone, a University of Virginia graduate, picked up $25,000 for the tournament victory at the Calabasas Tennis & Swim Center. Aragone won three NCAA team titles with the Cavaliers. Giron, who attended Thousand Oaks High, won the Calabasas […]

Real estate acquisition preps Chaminade for expansion

School buys mall for $14 million

Chaminade College Preparatory announced it acquired ownership of the shopping center adjacent to the high school’s campus in West Hills. Chaminade purchased 23211- 23233 Saticoy St. and 7629 Woodlake Ave. from West Hills Market, LLC and Leimert/Saticoy L.P. The 4.8-acre shopping center currently houses 16 businesses, including Fields Market. Officials say they will begin a master plan study of the […]

Applauds cities’ move toward green energy

Ian Bradley’s March 22 story “Calabasas sees power in green energy” lifted my spirits. The Clean Power Alliance of Southern California is giving municipalities, businesses and residents the ability to voice their concerns about the health of our environment. The changing climate needs to the addressed locally, nationally and globally, which means reducing our dependence on fossil fuels (coal, oil […]

Tribute artist lets his guitar gently weep


Beatles tributes are everywhere these days, with quartets of mop-topped musician/actors adopting Liverpudlian accents and donning Sgt. Pepper uniforms in hopes of capitalizing on the enduring success of John, Paul, George and Ringo. Arriving at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza on March 30 is a stage production called “Let It Be,” which bills itself as a different kind of tribute. […]

Swagger returns to Agoura

Bolts pick up first wins since 2014

The Chargers went more than three years without winning a single match. That’s not a drought. That’s a famine of biblical proportions. The dubious streak is over. Agoura High’s boys’ volleyball team, which had last won a match in 2014, opened this season with three wins in its first five matches. Second- year head coach Brock Redmond has resuscitated a […]

Local Realtors and restaurants team up for fundraiser

Local real estate agents and Conejo Valley restaurants are participating in an April effort to raise funds for research into a rare cancer of the gastrointestinal tract, one that has afflicted a 2017 Westlake High School graduate over the past year. Participating Realtors will donate a portion of their commissions from every sale they complete during April. Restaurant nights will […]

Race recap

On behalf of race directors Danny and Traci Greenberg, and all the vendors and runners, a big thank you to the over 400 volunteers who helped make the 33rd year of Dole Great Race of Agoura Hills even possible and this year so memorable. Their friendliness, spirit and hard work were appreciated by the runners as they passed by or […]

Celebrating Persian New Year

A JOYFUL TIME—Above, belly dancer Corina Harmon, left, and Mojgan Tamaddon dance during the Persian celebration of Norooz for the coming of spring March 17 at Darband Restaurant in Thousand Oaks. Left, Westlake Village resident Manijeh Fatollahi passes a traditional Iranian cucumber and tomato salad called shirazi. The event, hosted by the Westlake Village Iranian Organization, included dinner, entertainment and […]

Winningest coach in Ventura County history lands at Simi Valley

FOOTBALL /// The Jim Benkert saga

Arguably the most well-known high school coach in the Conejo Valley walked into the Simi Valley High front office unrecognized. The name Jim Benkert didn’t ring a bell with the woman at the front desk. Michael Maxson, a student assistant, said he had no clue the man in the tan jacket, who has led his football teams to 257 victories […]


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