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Shop Small 2020: Celebrate the Season

It seems as if we blinked and now the 2020 holiday season is upon us, bringing with it the joy of giving—searching from store to store (or now website to website) for the perfect gifts. There are few better ways to spread community spirit than shopping at local businesses who need our support now more […]

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Don’t Drink and Drive

It’s been a long, frustrating year. Along with the stress of COVID-19, many people have been drinking more wine, hard seltzers, beer, etc. I confess when COVID-19 first hit and we all stocked up for the stay-at-home order, a case of wine was always near the top of my list, along with a case of […]

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Community Tribute Honors Two Local Children

On the evening of September 29, Mark and Jacob Iskander of Westlake Village lost their lives at the hand of a suspected DUI driver while crossing a crosswalk south of Westlake lake. Mark, age 11 and a 6th-grade student at Oaks Christian, and Jacob, age 9 and a 3rd-grade student at Ascension Lutheran, were on […]

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No One Goes Away Hungry at the West Valley Food Pantry

The West Valley Food Pantry remains true to its motto that “no one goes away hungry,” even during our current pandemic. Giving away much-needed groceries to more than 77,000 people over the past seven months alone, their team of tireless workers and volunteers is still on the frontlines. What began back in 1975 as a […]

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Our Beloved Pets

And Why We Need Them A couple strolls by our window at midnight, walking their dog. They actually shine a flashlight to help him see his way in the dark. Who would care so much about their furry friend to go to all this trouble? Perhaps the answer lies in the fact that these amazing […]

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Mayor Weintraub’s State of the City Address

On September 16, Mayor Alicia Weintraub delivered the 23rd Annual Calabasas Mayor’s State of the City Address virtually. After thanking city employees, fellow council members, and residents, she mentioned how peaceful protests on policing and race led to our first-ever conversation on race and change in coordination with the Mayor’s Youth Council. She then confirmed […]

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Holiday Gift Guide 2020

THE KINGDOMThe premiere destination for luxury shoes and accessories, carrying new designs straight off the Milan and Paris runways. Whether it’s a beautiful pair of heels, a limited-edition sneaker, or an exclusive handbag, this high-end boutique has something for every fashionista. The Commons at Calabasas4719 Commons Way, #GCalabasas818.912.6990shopthekingdom.comIG: @shopthekingdom DÉJAUN JEWELERSThe Forevermark Tribute™ Collection celebrates […]

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LVUSD

Is focused on supporting their students Over the last several months, Las Virgenes Unified School District (LVUSD) has taken an unimaginable financial hit. Due to pandemic- related tax losses and decreased funding by the State of California, the district expects to lose more than $4 million for the 2020-2021 school year. Fortunately, THE Foundation for […]

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Sherry Thomas Blaka

A shining light was extinguished much too soon in our community. On the morning of July 18, 2020, police discovered the deceased bodies of Sherry Thomas Blaka and her boyfriend John Mann at Sherry’s home in Agoura Hills. They discovered that Sherry was shot by Mann before he turned the gun on himself. Those who […]

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Small Business Owners

Hang in the Balance! Are the risks too high right now? I believe they are.Each day people must recalculate and rethink how they handle their moves during this pandemic. Are these changes so severe, so unreasonable? The current up-rise of the virus is a testament to how fragile everything is. The uprise affects the broader […]

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High Holy Days 2020

It is not entirely clear what motivates Jews to attend services on the High Holy Days. There are some who are motivated by the themes of the holidays, focusing on self-reflection and reprioritizing their lives and others’ out of a sense of religious obligation. There are even some willing to admit that they attend services […]

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Law Offices of Scott Desind

Winning Cases for More Than 20 Years Most of us have experienced that sinking feeling of getting pulled over by a police officer. It feels even worse when the ticket is unjustified. You wonder how one person can fight the system. With the assistance of Calabasas Attorney Scott Desind, who’s helped clients stand up for […]

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