In gratitude

As the Woolsey fire approached Oak Park, I went to Vons market in Agoura Hills to obtain drinking water for the hundreds of firefighters coming to Oak Park. The manager, Trevor Smith, gave me 84 cases of water I distributed to the first responders over the next 24 hours. On Saturday I went back and manager Liz Hartley gave me […]

Pet of the week

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS—Cherry is a friendly, sweet girl that is very affectionate. She’s a jolly good gal who loves a Kong, lounging in the Real Room, getting belly rubs, and taking her person for a walk (she’s strong on leash), but that’s being worked on! Meet Cherry, ID No. 5176998 at the Agoura Hills Animal Care Center, 29525 Agoura […]

A work in progress

Coyotes must square off against juggernauts in Marmonte League

It’s not a rebuilding year. It’s just a building year for Calabasas High’s girls’ soccer team, which has struggled to compete in a Marmonte League featuring juggernauts at Westlake, Oaks Christian and Newbury Park. “Each year’s the same,” said Coyote head coach Brian Collins, now in his fifth season at the helm. “We still have a lot of players that […]

Do’s and Don’ts

We don’t want: This monstrosity to be built, To be trapped during the next evacuation, The majority of our days spent in thick traffic, To hide Ladyface Mountain, A 45-foot-high anything, Wall-to-wall store fronts right in our faces, and Our beautiful land mutilated. What we do want is: The tranquil, peaceful atmosphere that we all moved here to enjoy, To […]

Only is lonely when it comes to pets


A reader recently told me about their attempt to adopt a pet. “I went to a rescue and wanted to adopt just one kitten but was turned down. Why would this happen?” It does seem strange for a pet rescue to turn someone down when its whole purpose for existence is to find homes for homeless animals. But rescue workers […]

Westlake plays host to Bethlehem

“Rome wasn’t built in a day, but Bethlehem was.” That’s the motto used by the 300 volunteers behind the 22nd Bethlehem Experience, a drive-thru nativity scene that brings the biblical town to Westlake Village. On Dec. 14 and 15, over 2,600 visitors drove by scenes featuring shops, villagers, tax collectors, Roman centurions, live sheep and one real-life camel. The event […]

Climate change

In response to the letter of Nancy Smeets-Tkachenko on Dec. 13, “Climate change is nothing new,” your claim that “In the 1970s scientists predicted a global ice age with global cooling” is often used by climate-change deniers to discredit scientists who raise the alarm over global warming. According to an article published in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society […]

Remodeled North Ranch home on half-acre lot

Newer pool has custom tile work; property is surrounded by meadows

This North Ranch house has four bedrooms and 3.5 baths in 4,078 square feet of living space on a more than half-acre lot. The traditional estate is surrounded by meadows for privacy. A no-expenses-spared remodel of the property has been done. The oversize double-entry doors open into a sun-drenched home. There are French doors and windows with custom shutters. The […]

Won’t you love your neighbor?

Roots of Faith

Can a low-cost, low-key children’s TV program of the last century show how we can live in harmony? In the 1950s, Fred Rogers entered seminary, no doubt assuming that he, like most graduates, would spend his ministry in a church pulpit. But he was also watching the kids’ programming of the day. After viewing raucous shows of crazy clowns and […]

Complaints are small-minded

I wish I had the problems in life from your letter writer last week who had much time to complain about the colors and such of the Ralphs at the Twin Oaks shopping center in Agoura Hills. Really? This is what you complain about? With all the tragedies around the world, and those we’ve recently suffered locally, and this is […]