As fire burns, heroes emerge

Community rallies around victims of mass shooting, destructivefire

Las Vegas. Sutherland Springs. Parkland. Orlando. Thousand Oaks has taken its place among these and dozens of cities whose names will forever be associated with gun violence. But its shown itself to be a community that takes care of its own when they’re hurting most. Since 12 innocent people were slain Nov. 7 at Borderline Bar and Grill, over $771,000 […]

Devastation complete, recovery begins


As the ground smoldered and a small spot fire burned a few yards away, Diane Sears carefully sifted through the ruins of her home on Sherwood Drive in Westlake Village Saturday afternoon. With her family by her side, the 83-year-old inspected the rubble of the two-bedroom dwelling she’d lived in for the past eight years. There wasn’t much left to […]

Could bad manners mean gifted child?

Family Man

I’m not from this place. I flew in from the year 2008. I took a time machine into the future and arrived here in 2018 to check on my 5-year-old son. He’s 15! And there he was, still with a surplus of energy and still talking without taking a breath. He was acting impulsively, showing intense drive, obsessed with organizing […]

Opera talk on ‘Hansel and Gretel’

The Friends of Platt Library will host a LA Opera Talk on at 6:15 p.m. Tues., Dec. 11 at the Platt Library, 23600 Victory Blvd., Woodland Hills. A representative of the LA Opera will discuss the upcoming performances of Engelbert Humperdinck’s “Hansel and Gretel.” The beloved fairy tale comes to the operatic stage with 12-foot-high creatures, fantastical sets and elaborate […]

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Sheriff’s Blotter

Agoura Hills Someone stole a woman’s wallet and cellphone out of her cart while she shopped at the Trader Joe’s on Canwood Street on Oct. 31. The wallet contained credit cards, a driver’s license and cash. The property was worth more than $900. One of the stolen credit cards was later used to make a $1,000 purchase at the Target […]

Support for survivors of suicide loss

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and Didi Hirsch will host an International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day event from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sat., Nov. 17 at Engaged, 660 Hampshire Road, Ste. 100, Westlake Village. Registration will start at 8:30 a.m. Continental breakfast, coffee and snacks will be provided. At the event, suicide loss survivors can find comfort […]

A roaring time at Boys & Girls Clubs gala

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley held a successful Stand up for Kids Gala Dinner and Auction, the organization’s major fundraiser of the year, on Oct. 20 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Westlake Village. The annual event highlighted the impact of the nine clubs that serve over 4,000 youth and their families in the community, and […]

A community staggered and hurt tries to heal

Now we know the meaning behind Thomas Paine’s famous words “These are the times that try men’s souls.” Surely they must refer to the 72 hours of trial and tribulation that befell Thousand Oaks and nearby communities beginning on Wed., Nov. 7, 2018. If the shocking loss of 12 lives that night at Borderline Bar and Grill wasn’t bad enough, […]

Former Navy officer’s story helps others

Veterans Connection

Noticing I was the only one not eating, she made a point to ask if I’d had lunch yet. When I said, “Yes, but not much,” she offered me half of her sandwich. That was my first impression of Kim Mitchell, a former Navy lieutenant commander and someone who makes kindness and generosity a priority. I was not the only […]

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