Buyamba—How Love Can Knit Two Nations Together

Buyamba Uganda, a non-profit based here in Westlake Village, has linked thousands of individuals across the Conejo Valley to Kampala, Uganda. Those fortunate enough to know this organization know Buyamba’s story is one of unshakable hope in the power of love and the belief that changing a nation begins with loving a single person, a child, one at a time.  Buyamba, which means “help” in Luganda, the native language of Uganda, started in the living room of Buyamba’s founders, Pastor Bethuel and Florence Dongo, where they mentored and taught orphaned…

Old Oaks Cigar and Liquor Co.

If you have ever driven on Thousand Oaks Blvd., you have probably driven past Old Oaks on the corner of Hampshire Rd. It has been a Thousand Oaks staple since 2001, and if you have ever had the pleasure of being a customer, you know why. Walking inside instantly transports you back to a different era, reminiscent partly of a Wild West cantina and partly of an old-time pub with assorted memorabilia hanging on the walls, from flags to figurines to pictures of long-time customers. However, Old Oaks also takes…

Children’s school alternatives: “Considering all the options”

Robert E. Lee, B.S, M.S. and Ph.D., graduated from UC Berkeley in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He is a local resident with an interest in science and socio-cultural issues. No one can predict what education will look like in the fall of 2020.  Will students have to wear face masks? Will there be full-time school, or will some teaching be taught online? Will children be held to rigorous standards? How will children be socially distanced? Will children have recess? Will children wear masks, be separated by plexiglass, or stay…