Students hit the books at Las Virgenes

The Las Virgenes School District’s 11,300 students returned to class Wednesday at 14 campuses from Calabasas to Westlake Village. The nervous energy was palpable as students sought out new teachers, friends and classmates. LVUSD superintendent Dan Stepenosky said 60 new teachers and staffers were hired by the school district for the coming year, including four new principals. “Our new school […]

Restless dad reflects on sleepless nights and growing older

Family Man

I was going to bed late, had to get up early for work—probably should’ve skipped that cup of coffee—and I was getting old. Wow, my son turned 15! I am old. I lay in bed and thought about what I’d accomplished in those 15 years and—the cause for my restlessness—what I’d failed to accomplish. Only a minute ago I was […]

Hearts soar, audience roars in comedy

PLAY REVIEW /// ‘Private Lives’

The first time you see a classic play, you should be careful to see a good production, because that memory will stay with you for the rest of your life. Fortunately, Camarillo Skyway Playhouse’s staging of Noel Coward’s “Private Lives,” which opened Aug. 17 and runs through Sept. 16, is a performance to be savored, for you are not likely […]



Answers provided by Jim Allen, the founder and proprietor of Allen Motors. Allen is a 25-year resident of Thousand Oaks. Q: When was your business founded? How many locations do you have? How many people do you employ? A: Allen Motors opened in 1993.The company has one location and currently employs around eight staff members. Q: What inspired you to […]

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Gang linked to slew of home burglaries

A burglary crew that struck at least 13 homes in the past year in Los Angeles and Ventura counties received aid from a cable company employee, police said this week. According to a release from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, the employee provided the crew with information regarding the daily activities of the homeowners, what high-value items were inside the […]

New Conejo Cottontail hops into town

The newest Conejo Cottontail Bunny, “Hope,” will be unveiled Fri., Aug. 31 at the Many Mansions home office at 1259 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. The artwork is a gift to Many Mansions from donors Eddy and Cate Hartenstein, and Andy and Jill Binsley. Conejo, which means “rabbit” in Spanish, was launched in 2015 as a joint venture between the Arts […]

Lots of laughs

Conejo Players Theatre’s resident improv troupe, the Conejo Improv Players, will perform at 7 and 9 p.m. Sat., Aug. 25 at the theater, 351 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. Directed by Jeremy Zeller, the shows will feature both short- and long-form improv hilarity. Members include Alexandra Menna, Allie Leslie, Cindy Lopez, Danica Dawn Coble, Frank Bonoff, Jaden Ostrove, Jonathan Rowsey, […]


Sheriff’s Blotter

Calabasas A home on Queenscliff Court was vandalized Aug. 10 when someone shot a window with what may have been an air rifle, leaving a 1-inch hole in the glass and causing $800 in damage. A thief stole a woman’s wallet out of her purse while she shopped at Gelson’s Market on Mulholland Highway on Aug. 3. The purse was […]