Christmas at the temple

It was my privilege on Christmas Day to serve as one of more than 200 volunteers who worked at Temple Adat Elohim for its annual Community Christmas Dinner, open to anyone in our community. The room was decorated so well that you could almost think you were not in a synagogue. There was food donated by Costco and toys donated […]

Not pleased with state’s leaders

I was born in Santa Monica and, except for my years in the Marines, have lived here all of my life. This is my home. But no longer, because it is slowly becoming unlivable. If you think that the people running our state and cities are doing a great job, please consider the following: When I went to school in […]

Kosher Jedi

I just love putting a Jewish spin on things around us. We are all pretty much aware of “Star Wars” and The Force. After all, that is the ultimate power of the universe: God. We find that the Jedi Knight strives to perfect his awareness that God is constantly watching and teaching us through the events of life. After all, […]

Arrest made in Calabasas car vandalism

Just three days after numerous Calabasas residents awoke to find their cars had been spray-painted and tires slashed by a vandal, the Los Angeles Police Department made an arrest. On Dec. 19, investigators from the LAPD’s Major Crimes Division arrested 44-year-old Israel Herrera Perez in connection with the crimes. In addition to the vandalism in Calabasas, Perez is suspected of […]


Agoura Hills On Dec. 22 two men broke into the offices of Kanan Pharmacy and Medical Supplies on Kanan Road. The thieves first entered Agoura Optometry next door by cutting a hole in the back wall. The two men broke through a total of six walls in Agoura Optometry, causing $10,000 in damage. They caused $3,000 in damage by breaking […]

Conejo Valley loses one of its longest pro-business voices in Lederer

In the Conejo Valley, Jill Lederer is known as the Chamber of Commerce lady. But she’s more than that. For the past decade, Lederer has led the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce as its president and CEO. For 25 years before that she’d been a Chamber member, serving on the board of directors and as chair. The longtime business […]

Take a bus, see kids’ art

Artwork created by kids ages 10 to 13 is now displayed on five intercity buses. The Ventura County Transportation Commission had partnered with all seven Boys & Girls Clubs in Ventura County for a youth art contest to encourage young people to think about the role of transportation in their lives and communities. Using small grants from VCTC to cover […]

Robert A. “Bob” Buth

June 6, 1930-May 26, 2019

Bob Buth was born near Stanford, IL. He and Lenore Stellwagen married February 4, 1951. Their love match lasted for life. The young couple was blessed with four daughters. Their successful dairy/grain farming operation featured many innovative practices and several times Bob was elected to the McLean County Farm Bureau Board. The family was active in 4-H and in their […]

Linda Alexander Gerisch

June 4, 1951 – December 20, 2019

Linda A. Gerisch, 68, passed away on December 20, 2019 in Thousand Oaks, CA USA as a result of unexpected complications with her heart. Her memorial service will be held Saturday, January 4, 2020 at 10am at Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks Memorial Park in Thousand Oaks, CA. Linda was born on June 4, 1951 in Los Angeles, CA to Bette […]

Make a resolution to save a shelter dog

The Santa Paula Animal Rescue Center recently received a giant delivery. The small nonprofit rescue organization took in 18 stray dogs, including seven puppies, that were left in the parking lot of a Santa Paula restaurant in the rain. Some were in crates, others were running free. A restaurant employee rounded them all up and took them to the shelter, […]