Mae Boyar will get partial face-lift

The recent shake-up in afterschool programming for Oak Park students threw a wrench into plans to construct a new community center at Mae Boyar Park. But it looks like the 50-year-old park building will at least get a face-lift. The Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District, which oversees the community parks in Oak Park, had planned for a major $2-million […]

Mulberry tree is both magic and menace

On the Trail

In parking lots on scorching days, I and my fellow motorists circle like hungry sharks. We’re not after fleshy prey, only waiting to pounce on a precious parking space shrouded by shade. We’re as ruthless as sharks, cutting one another off for an isolated morsel of sun-less-ness. So it came as a big surprise on an afternoon’s walkabout along Avenida […]

Watch the horns

Rams put on clinic for children

The tackling dummies were a hit. Nearly 100 football players, all between second and eighth grade, punched, kicked, dragged, hurdled, rodeo’d and, yes, tackled the padded equipment at a Los Angeles Rams youth football clinic on July 20 at Simi Valley High. “It’s fun,” said Giancarlo Leone, a 9-year-old Moorpark resident entering fourth grade at St. Rose of Lima in […]

Updated residence in White Cloud Estates with community pool and spa

This updated White Cloud Estates Residence Two has three bedrooms, a loft and 2.5 bathrooms in 2,370 square feet of living space on a 4,255-square-foot lot. Amenities include a three-car garage, upgraded wood flooring, volume ceilings and plantation shutters. The living and dining room combo has a chandelier and a high vaulted ceiling. The granite island kitchen has newer stainless […]

Sheriff’s Blotter

Agoura Hills Someone stole a woman’s wallet from her purse while she shopped at the Trader Joe’s on Canwood Street on July 15. The wallet contained $300 cash and credit cards that the thief attempted to use shortly after the theft occurred. On July 12 a robber broke into a home on Hurford Court and stole several purses, wallets, and […]

Eat well and live fresh, too

Acorn Epicurean

When the owners of Baja Fresh in Westlake Village say their meals are fresh, they really mean it. There are no freezers, microwaves or even food that comes in cans to be seen anywhere. As a matter of fact, when the owners and husband-and-wife team of Anu Singh and Vikas “Vik” Dhanker revealed this fact to me, I honestly couldn’t […]

Lacombe signs with Rams

Taking the biggest step in his football career, Aaron Lacombe won’t have to travel very far to realize his NFL dreams. Lacombe, a Westlake resident, signed a contract with the Los Angeles Rams on July 24. “It has been a long time coming,” Lacombe said in a press release. “I’ve been thinking about this since I was 15 years old. […]

4-bedroom Dos Vientos home backs to open space

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

Cellphones, distractions, booze—a deadly combination

The news is mixed when it comes to roadway safety numbers. Since the 1980s, drunk driving deaths in the U.S. have decreased by 51 percent overall and by over 80 percent for those 21 and younger. But the bad news is that distracted driving, especially among teens, accounts for 60 percent of all accidents on the road despite laws aimed […]

Back on top of the world at 60

Woman regains her wings after 44 years

July 15, 1974, was a landmark day for Angela Larcomb. It was her 16th birthday, and Angela would be making her first solo flight that day in a Cessna, and family and friends had gathered at Van Nuys Airport to watch. Her mother, Mary Melton, remembered the event: She said she felt proud of her daughter, but she was also […]

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