Plan ahead for optimal results

If you want to sell your house and achieve the optimal results, it helps to plan ahead as much as possible. Let’s take a look at three tips to help you plan ahead for selling your residence. Conduct a home inspection and appraisal. What you originally paid for your house is unlikely to match the home’s current value. You can […]

Viewpoint makes the grade

Patriots are CIF
academic champs

Baseball isn’t rocket science, but there might be Viewpoint High baseball players who become rocket scientists. Viewpoint was honored as the CIF-Southern Section Team Academic Champion for recording a 3.73 grade-point average, the highest GPA of any baseball squad among schools with fewer than 1,500 students. “It’s an incredible honor,” said Elijah Newman, a junior shortstop. “We’re all very proud.” […]

Trees won’t be cut down in Oak Park

Oak Park residents expressed relief last week after a plan to remove more than two dozen trees as part of a clean-water public works project was revised in favor of an approach that is less harmful to the local landscaping. Nearly three years ago the Ventura County Watershed Protection District announced a $1.8-million plan to install two biofilters in front […]

Mom delivered a punch over pot roast

Hot Flashes

“My horse’s name was Big Shot,” Mom explained with an impish grin. Seated in her perch at one end of the kitchen table, with hair neatly flipped into a French twist, she was always elegant when she delivered a punch line. I do the twist too, but only after a glass of something French. Back to Mom and Big Shot […]

South Meadows home has three stone fireplaces

This house is on a huge lot of over 1/3 acre, per tax assessor records. The four-bedroom, four-bath South Meadows Morrison home has been updated. The house includes travertine floors, recessed lighting, custom-crafted wood doorways, three stone fireplaces and French doors leading to the parklike grounds. The open-style gourmet kitchen has custom cabinetry, granite and top-of-theline stainless steel appliances, including […]

Lacombe earns invite with Rams

All he needed was a chance. Aaron Lacombe, a wide receiver out of Cal Lutheran, earned an invitation to the Los Angeles Rams rookie minicamp on Fri., May 11. Lacombe was one of four Kingsmen, including quarterback Adam Friederichsen of Westlake, to try out with about 60 other college football players on April 14. Cal Lutheran wide receiver Wendell O’Brien […]


Agoura Hills A burglar broke into the Conejo Simi Eye Medical Group on Kanan Road the afternoon of April 17. The perpetrator smashed a glass front window and forcibly opened a display case, causing $1,000 in damage. The victim was unable to verify how much property was taken. Calabasas A resident who was trying to sell two tickets to the […]

Our Little Lady of the Big Pines

On the Trail

When I first lived in the Wildwood area of Thousand Oaks, my landlord conditionally granted me “partial backyard privileges.” He was aware I enjoyed gardening. “If you are a good tenant, I’ll clear out all that backyard debris for you to plant a garden.” The landlord was true to his word. First I wanted to plant some trees to create […]

Craftsmanstyle home has koi pond

No neighbors in
back; only views of Wildwood Park

This Craftsman-style, singlestory home has a view of open space and is next to an entrance to the Wildwood hiking trails. No neighbors live behind the house. The house has four bedrooms and two bathrooms. The living room has a large picture window and a gas fireplace with a custom mantel. The country kitchen has a family dining area and […]

Local stars hitch a ride on glory road

Three records fall
at county meet

Records were broken, new personal bests were set, and nerves were racked during the Ventura County Track and Field Championships on April 27 at Moorpark High. “I’m always nervous,” said Mark Pizza, a Camarillo High junior distance runner. “Once the gun goes off, you have to forget the three days you were thinking about it before. “You just have to […]

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