Problem clears up, swim school reopens

Members of a Thousand Oaks swim team who were exposed to toxic chlorine gas Oct. 3 returned 24 hours later to the same location where the headline-making episode took place. The boys and girls, ages 11 to 15, came to Daland Swim School on Oct. 4 not for lap time but to meet with counselors to discuss their ordeal and […]

Retiring Bill Koehler to give final address

The City of Agoura Hills will host the annual State of the City Address from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wed., Oct. 24 at the Agoura Hills Recreation and Event Center. The event is in partnership with the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce. J.B. Long, “Voice of the Los Angeles Rams,” will return as the master of ceremonies for […]

Hanging out in the hibiscus haven

On the Trail

Whether you pronounce it hibiss cuss or high-biss-kiss, there’s no quibbling over the beauty of the hibiscus plant. For some of us, the shrub is a vivid reminder of trips to tropical isles, where it appears in wanton abundance from airport to surf shack and all points between. At the present instance, on a recent walkabout in a Newbury Park […]

Ahhh! Music for the holidays

The Agoura Hills Harmony Chorus, a.k.a. Ahh! Cappella, invites women singers in the area to participate in the 2018 Jingle and Mingle Guest Chorus. Rehearsals will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays for six weeks beginning Oct. 23 at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church Hall, 1 Church Road, Thousand Oaks. The chorus is not affiliated with the church. Women […]

For comedy, Papa knows best

Sorry, Madonna: Sometimes papas do preach. Comedian Tom Papa, for example, preaches about the importance of family vacations in his new book, “Your Dad Stole My Rake and Other Family Dilemmas.” “A vacation with your family can be a tough, disorienting, sticky, exhausting, irritating, soul-crushing rip-off,” he opines. “You will stand in line for things you do not like, you […]

Agoura council challenger says time for incumbents to ‘move on’


Jan Gerstel says he dislikes politics and isn’t thrilled that people perceive him as a politician just because he’s running for the Agoura Hills City Council. Gerstel, 64, is in the hunt for one of three seats on the council, one of which became vacant when Mayor Bill Koehler announced he would not seek reelection. He’s facing fellow challengers Chris […]



QUESTION NO. 1: Why are you running for a seat on the Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District board? ABELE: As a career prosecutor, my entire professional and adult life has been dedicated to public service. Having lived in Simi Valley for 45 years, I have enjoyed the benefits of the park district as a student, parent, youth, adult and […]

A step back in time

Ancient Pompeii lifestyle and tragedy come back to life at the Reagan Library

As the sun nears its peak, the center of town is bustling, with merchants selling their wares, children weaving through crowds of adults and ships coming into port with new offerings. This may have been the scene in Pompeii just before the commercial port and strategic military and trading city was devastated by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius on Aug. […]

Oak Park Eagles (3-4) vs. Simi Valley Pioneers (5-2)

— Friday, 7 p.m. at Simi Valley High School —

Alex Jones didn’t mince words. The Oak Park High sophomore is—to say the least— looking forward to facing Simi Valley. “I don’t like Simi very much,” the wide receiver said. “I remember playing them last year, and I don’t like a lot of them.” Maybe it’s the excitement of Canyon League action kicking off, or maybe Jones is still riding […]

Dishing out authentic Indian cuisine

Acorn Epicurean

As Indian cuisine has become a favorite dining experience for Americans, fans will be thrilled with one local restaurant that really hits it out of the epicurean ballpark. Anarbagh is a family-owned and operated restaurant that’s been delighting customers in Woodland Hills for nearly 25 years. It has been so successful over that time that brothers Zohir Uddin and Matab […]