A Three Springs makeover

The homeowners association at Three Springs in Westlake Village started construction last week to remodel the 30-year-old entrance to the neighborhood. The remodeling plan has been developing for two years, but a recently proposed addition to the project isn’t about beautification— it’s about surveillance. As part of the remodel, the HOA is considering installing security cameras at the three entrances […]

3 new organs, whole new lease on life

After transplants, local man writes book
about staying positive during adversity

For most of his life, Jim Stavis was waiting to die. In 1971, Stavis, then 17, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, which occurs when the pancreas stops producing insulin. He was told the disease would kill him by the time he was 50. Now 63, the Calabasas resident recently published a book about staying positive while confronting his mortality: […]

Late-night entertainment on the way?

Dave & Busters
permitted to stay open past 12 a.m.

Fun after midnight in Thousand Oaks? A new business will seek to prove the concept is no myth. If it comes to the Janss Marketplace later this year as planned, Dave & Buster’s will join Sunset Terrace (also at Janss) and just a handful of other local establishments open past the strike of 12. The Dallas-based chain received a thumbs-up […]

Panec award at the heart of Oak Park mission

The Oak Park Unified School District announced an award May 17 dedicated to former school board member Marie Panec, who died unexpectedly in 2011 at the age of 57. The Marie Panec Educating Compassionate and Creative Global Citizens Award embodies the district’s mission to educate students to become well-rounded adults who give of themselves to their community and beyond. The […]

13.8-acre property in the hills of Santa Barbara wine country

This four-bedroom, four-bath house has 4,200 square feet of living space in the hills of the Santa Ynez Valley in Santa Barbara County. The 13.8-acre property is surrounded by the vineyards of Santa Barbara wine country. Full panoramic views are available on fully usable land. The Tuscan-style ranch home has high-vaulted beamed ceilings, wood flooring, an open gourmet kitchen with […]

A huge pain no pill can heal

The growing opioid crisis is more than just a number; it’s about the individual stories behind the statistics, Robert W. Patterson, acting head of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, told an audience at the Reagan Library on May 3. More than 174 people nationwide die every day from drug overdoses, with about two-thirds of those deaths caused by opioids. And […]

War refugee gives back to local fund

Westlake group
helped his family upon arrival in U.S.

In 1975, as the Vietnam war was about to end, Kieu Hoang and his family escaped their country and arrived in America. Starting over in a new land was difficult for the Hoang family. Upon arrival, the Hoangs were assisted by the Westlake Women’s Club. Club members rented an apartment for the family, paid first and last month’s rent, furnished […]

Musicians to shake, rattle and roll!

The Conejo Valley Youth Orchestra will present a concert titled “Shake, Rattle, and Roll!” at 3 p.m. Sun., June 3 in Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd. Bill Benson is the conductor and Karleen Van Dyke is the organist. The program includes Symphony No. 3 (organ symphony) by Saint Saëns, Danzón No. 2 by Márquez […]


Dos Vientos home backs to open space for privacy, nature

This two-story home is in Avignon of Dos Vientos Ranch in Newbury Park. The house has four bedrooms and three bathrooms, with one bed and bath downstairs. The spacious gourmet kitchen has granite counters, stainless steel appliances and a center island. An eating area is off the kitchen, which opens up to the nice size family room with a fireplace. […]

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