Taking it to the limit in Westlake

2018-07-19 E-Edition

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Accused threat-maker sick, not dangerous, family says

Daughter of man who threatened Oak Park schools talks about his grief, dementia

Grief, dementia and other medical problems may have contributed to the recent behavior of Morton Green, a former Oak Park Unified parent who blamed the school district for the untimely death of his son, Robert Green, and threatened to use explosives at local schools as revenge. Green seemed to imply on Facebook that his son died by suicide, which stemmed […]

Seen around town

HUNTER—Manju Venkat, a biologist who lives in Oak Park, took this photo of a juvenile green heron that he spotted one morning at the Oak Park Community Park duck pond. “These small herons crouch patiently to surprise fish with a snatch of their dagger-like bill,” he said. Venkat says he’s documented at least 50 bird species at the pond.

Where are the millennials?

Houses of worship seek to attract, retain young adults

Ask any religious leader about youth involvement in their house of worship and they’ll probably say the same thing: The younger members aren’t there like they used to be. Many 20- and 30-somethings grew up in families that were active in organized religion, but the millennials stopped regularly attending services when they went to college, a trend the Rev. Gary […]

State parks to lift ban on e-bikes?

Assisted-pedal bikes subject to a patchwork of restrictions

Tom Robbins is 73. Until his mid-60s, the Thousand Oaks resident was an avid cyclist, riding both mountain and road bikes. But eventually, he says, his knees wore out. After multiple surgeries to address the pain in his joints, he found himself out of shape and unable to take part in the sport he loved. Then a friend recommended he […]

Westlake Village mayor pro tem to help run T.O. dispensary

A group that includes Westlake Village City Council member Ned Davis has won the rights to Thousand Oaks’ first-ever medical marijuana dispensary permit. Davis’ group, Legendary Organics, was selected by the T.O. City Council on July 10 from a field of two applicants; a third applicant chose not to show up for the hearing and was dropped from contention. The […]

Pet of the Week

SHY ONE—Frozen in fear when he first arrived, Auggie now enjoys attention and affection from visitors to the Habikat room. If you would like to adopt Auggie ask for ID No. A5149645 at the Agoura Hills Animal Care Center, 29525 Agoura Road. Occasionally pets have already been adopted, so check Los Angeles County Animal Care and Control before visiting the […]

Church says the jokes are on us

Congregation to host clean comedy show Sat., Aug. 4

Ten years ago Dan McGowan jumped into the Denver comedy scene, where he worked in clubs and at corporate events. He wanted to be funny. He didn’t want to be raunchy. “I worked clean,” McGowan said of his wholesome jokes and comedic sets. “It was a great exercise for me to write material that didn’t rely on filth to be […]

Facebook threats lead to schools shutdown

Man arrested on suspicion of threatening Oak Park schools

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 74-year-old Agoura Hills man in connection with criminal threats made against the Oak Park Unified School District over the recent death of his son. Deputies, with the help of officers from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, found Morton Green in Laughlin, Nev., where they took him into custody July 10. According to […]

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