High School Highlights

Agoura Chargers Fri., March 8: Spring pep rally/ 10:05 a.m. ComedySportz/main stage/7 p.m. Sat., March 9: Spring formal/ gym/7 p.m. to midnight Mon., March 11: Staff development day-no school Tues., March 12: Agoura and Lindero Song Fest/7 p.m. Wed., March 13: Link Crew meeting/G building/12:30 p.m. Calabasas Coyotes Mon., March 11: Staff development day-no school Tues., March 12: Board of […]

Culture club

Lions’ build foundation for success on the baseball diamond

Coaches love to talk about team culture. Like a soul to a body, the culture of a team isn’t visible or tangible. Sounds like gibberish, doesn’t it? Far from it. One can’t buy a Costco-sized tub of culture, but it’s certainly attainable. The best coaches and leaders foster a positive environment where players genuinely care for each other, motivate each […]

Scouts achieve highest calling

To earn the rank of Eagle Scout, young men and women in the Boy Scouts of America must commit to years of service to the community. They are required to earn merit badges for their skills, contributions, endurance and myriad other achievements. Last week, seven Scouts from local Troop 756 earned the highest honor of Eagle. Their family and friends […]

Experienced agent of 39 years now affiliated with Pinnacle

After 24 years with Troop Real Estate—now known as C21 Everest— Alex Gandel, a top producing real estate agent in Simi Valley, has changed his brokerage affiliation to Pinnacle Estate Properties. Gandel is celebrating his 39th year in real estate. The new opportunity with Pinnacle Estate Properties will provide state-of-the-art systems, management and tools designed to benefit all of Gandel’s […]

College Standouts

Audrey Schimmel of Agoura Hills made the fall 2018 dean’s list at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa. Alyssa Oddi of Oak Park is on the dean’s list at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash. Jacob Picker of Calabasas, Lydia Bachman of Lake Sherwood, and Nicholas Furtman and Adam Geller of Westlake Village made the dean’s list at Baylor University in Waco, […]

The result of God’s love certainly no mystery to believers

Roots of Faith

Mysteries are stories in which a crime or puzzle is solved. St. Paul referred to the gospel he preached as a “mystery.” Any connection? The dictionary defines “mystery” as “a religious truth that one can know only by revelation and cannot be fully understood.” Theology is how finite human creatures attempt to explain their infinite Creator. How did God create […]

Double trouble at Seminole Springs

Reservoir slammed by sludge

Residents of the Seminole Springs Mobile Home Park are still struggling with the effects of last year’s Woolsey fire. More than half of the park’s 210 homes were destroyed by the flames. Remaining residents are living among the rubble and in fear that there could be another disaster in the future. The heavy winter rain has pummeled the community’s 3-acre […]

Book teaches kids the Anne Frank story

Inspiration for a children’s book about the Holocaust struck Steven Jay Rubin more than 20 years ago while he was shaving with the 1959 film “The Diary of Anne Frank” playing in the background. In one scene of the film, Anne Frank and her friend Peter van Daan chase van Daan’s cat, Mouschi, around the attic. “It suddenly dawned on […]

Added cost to homebuying or smart way to get in?


The homebuying process is exciting, but can also seem fraught with added costs, like a home inspection, title insurance and closing costs. And if you can’t afford a full 20 percent down payment on a conventional home loan, then you will most likely pay for private mortgage insurance (MI). Some people consider private MI yet another added cost, but it […]

Calabasas resident heads to Special Olympics World Games

There’s nothing quite as special as winning. While the prestige and accolades may fade, the symbol of victory—the gold medal—will always be a testament to being the best. Mark Hanson, 32, traveled to the United Arab Emirates this week to participate in the Special Olympic World Games, which will take place March 14 to 21 in Abu Dhabi. A tennis […]

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