Commercial real estate construction goes in spurts, and when the economy improves the floodgates often open. In Agoura Hills, almost half-a-dozen new retail and residential building projects are in various stages of planning. Cornerstone, The Ave, West Village, AN Investments and Utopia Hills are the first constituents poised to give life to Agoura Village, a 98-acre stretch of prime real […]
Reports show the Woolsey fire caused an estimated $6 billion in damage to the region. Local cities will be on the hook for damage to parks and other public property unless they can obtain FEMA insurance reimbursement, just like the owners of private property. Even though Westlake Village was mostly spared by the flames in last November’s huge blaze, the […]
Do girl babies given names like Fern, Poppy, Jasmine, Rose and Iris develop a particular leaning toward those plants as they grow up? You have to wonder if there are surveys and statistics tracking such phenomena. Did my elementary school friend Rose Fiorucci become a rosarian or even an annual participant in Rose Parade festivities? Nope, she shied away from […]
Cries of “witch hunt!” have been in the news for the past couple of years, but many people probably don’t know the origins of the accusation. If you think it comes from “The Wizard of Oz” or “Wicked,” you’re way off base. Witch- phobia dates back to at least the Middle Ages. In 16th- and 17th-century Europe, thousands of suspected […]
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GAME OF THRONES?—No, but visually stunning and almost as fun. Actors Anna Demaria as Elizabeth I (left) and Bridget De Maria as Grace O’Malley star in “The Pirate Queen,” a swashbuckling tale about a real-life pirate. The show went on stage last week at the T.O. Civic Arts Plaza. See our story on Page 30.
HOT BED—Also on April 11, a pickup truck caught fire and pulled off to the side of the freeway near Reyes Adobe Road in Agoura Hills. There was no report of injury. The incident occurred just hours following the fatal crash that happened up the road at the Lindero Canyon Road exit.
NEEDS A FRIEND—One half of a bonded pair, Sonny was left behind when his BFF was adopted. He needs a loving family to help him regain his confidence and enjoy a loving home. Meet Sonny, ID No. A5268090 at the Agoura Hills Animal Care Center, 29525 Agoura Road. Pets have already been adopted, so check Los Angeles County Animal Care […]
A swashbuckling tale of a real-life pirate—Grace O’Malley, lord of Ireland’s Ó Máille dynasty in the 16th century—sailed into the Conejo Valley last week for a brief run in the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza’s Scherr Forum Theatre. The idea of an empowered woman who became captain of her own pirate ship and fought the English was too good of […]
The woman who died April 11 when the SUV she was driving crashed into a tree and caught fire at the Lindero Canyon Road exit off the 101 Freeway in Westlake Village has been identified as 66-year-old Susan Chevalier of Westlake. Chevalier was driving a Ford Expedition north on the 101 in the far-right lane at an unknown speed around […]