December 2, 2016 RSS feed / Front Page

Health & Wellness

Volunteers’ efforts earn place on district’s Wall of Fame

Decades of service recognized

Two seniors who have dedicated years to working as volunteers at the Camarillo Health Care District were placed on the district’s Volunteer Wall of Fame during a ceremony in late October.  Eileen Gold and Dick Wakefield were praised by loc More...

Hospital’s food drive goes mobile

The Oxnard Auto Center has partnered with St. John’s Healthcare Foundation to purchase a new Nissan NV200 compact cargo van to support the St. John’s Regional Medical Center Food Pantry’s efforts to feed families in need.  More...

Comforting environment is key to a good night’s rest

COMMENTARY /// Improving sleep habits   As I sit here in front of my computer at midnight, the house quiet at last, I realize how ironic it is that I am writing about sleep.  More...

Schools

They marched to the top

CELEBRATE—The Adolfo Camarillo High School marching band received top honors Nov. 13 during the Oxnard Field Tournament at Oxnard High School. More...

Assistance League introduces its debutantes at 60th annual tea

Las Patronas Auxiliary Assistance League of Ventura County introduced its 2017 debutantes at the 60th annual Las Patronas Tea on Nov. 19 at the home of Mrs. More...

Students team up for Operation Xmas

SANTA’S HELPERS—The seventh-grade class at St. More...

Faith

Students reenact Christmas story

Community members are invited to join Cal Lutheran University students and staff to reenact the Christmas story in the Mexican tradition of Las Posadas from 7 to 9 p.m. Sun., Dec. More...

Pastor draws inspiration from Christian biographies

Books on Bonhoeffer, St. Francis his favorites

When reading for pleasure, the Rev. Mike Woolley reaches for one of the many biographies that line his bookshelf. More...

On The Town

Agoura Hills tavern with on-site brewing is tastefully twisted

What happens when an experienced restaurateur joins with a talented brewmaster? More...

Calendar

Calendar

FRI., DEC. 2 Holiday Boutique 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Los Cerritos Middle School gym, 2100 E. Avenida de Las Flores, Thousand Oaks. 38 vendors sell family gifts. Funds go to PTSA. Phone: 805.320.4405. Simi Community Christmas More...

Columns

Enjoy international cuisine without ever leaving home

Websites, cookbooks combine food and travel

In my last piece, I explored the culinary side of travel—all the delicious options vacationers have both on land and at sea. This is perfect for those foodies who have plans for a trip in the foreseeable future. More...

Real Estate

Agoura Hills home has over $100,000 in upgrades

Improvements include new hickory hardwood floors, landscaping

This home in Agoura Hills has four bedrooms and three baths with nearly 2,800 square feet of living space on an interior cul-de-sac. The setting features a backdrop of Ladyface and the Santa Monica Mountains. More...

Three-bedroom townhome in Westlake

The price is reduced on this three-bedroom, three-bath townhome in the lakeside community of Westlake Bay.  This two-story upgraded home offers a remodeled kitchen with granite countertops, fireplace, a deck and partial view of the lake.  B More...

North Ranch house is perfect for entertaining

Secluded backyard includes pool with waterfalls, secret cave and rock island

This North Ranch home is an entertainer’s delight. More...

MISSING WOMAN FOUND

76-year-old Somis resident is back home, recovering, police say

Covered in leaves to keep warm, Judith Wurtz lay beneath an avocado tree in a grove alongside Old Balcom Canyon Road in the rural area between Camarillo and Moorpark. More...

County CEO optimistic about future of the region

Powers oversees $1.8B budget

Q& A   He may be one of the most powerful people in Ventura County government, but CEO Mike Powers still greeted nearly every employee he encountered last week in the halls of the bustling government center building by their first name, and More...

Community

Motorcyclist killed in Camarillo crash

Accident still under investigation

A Ventura man died from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident in Camarillo several days before Thanksgiving.  Police said Nathaniel Brown was riding a Harley-Davidson north on Dawson Drive toward Mission Oaks Boulevard shortly after 5 p.m. More...

Chase ensues after Craigslist deal goes bad

Two men stole Harley-Davidson motorcycle parts from a Camarillo man on Thanksgiving in a Craigslist deal gone wrong.  Police said the victim, 22, met two men at his home on Ripley Street to sell them the parts after they responded to his ad on t More...

No injuries in CAT van crash

A Camarillo Area Transit (CAT) Dial-A-Ride van carrying one passenger collided with a white Ram 2500 pickup Tuesday at Arneill Road and Pickwick Drive.  Sgt. More...

Business

Economist to lead CLU research center

Matthew Fienup succeeds Bill Watkins

Matthew Fienup is the new executive director of the California Lutheran University Center for Economic Research and Forecasting, the university announced last week.  Fienup has served as an economist with the center since 2014.  More...

Service to help Spanish-language businesses

SBDC provides bilingual adviser

The Small Business Development Center of Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, which provides free one-on-one consulting to area companies, has recently added a bilingual adviser. More...

Scammers intent on spoiling the holidays

Watch out for unauthorized purchases, experts say

The holiday season is a time for celebration and joy, but unfortunately, it is also a time when credit and debit card fraud are at their peak.  While this trend is not surprising given the significant increase in purchases made during the holida More...

Sports

They don’t want seconds

Spartans want to win league title after finishing in second place four of past five seasons

BOYS’ BASKETBALL /// Rio Mesa Spartans The Spartans don’t want to be the sidekick anymore. Nobody wants to be Goose. Everybody wants to be Maverick. More...

Police

SHERIFF’S BLOTTER

Nov. 14  A generator battery was stolen from a locked generator bay at the Ventura County American Red Cross office in the 800 block of Calle Plano between Nov. 14 and 21.  Nov. More...

Family

Keeping the faith: local Muslim families respond to political discourse

Members of Islamic Center of Conejo Valley discuss election outcome

While a rise in hate crimes has been observed in other parts of the country since the election of Donald Trump, some local Muslims say they are feeling accepted—not rejected—in the wake of the presidential outcome.  More...

Dinner is Served

WITH A SMILE—Above, Oxnard resident and Moose Lodge member Marta Gallardo helps serve meals at the Camarillo Moose Family Center in Camarillo during its annual free Thanksgiving dinner on Nov. More...

Almost all female cast does ‘Hamlet’

Curtain Call Youth Theatre will continue its 11th season with an almost all-female version of “Hamlet,” Shakespeare’s gripping tragedy about family drama and dynamics, at the Newbury Park Adventist auditorium, 180 Academy Drive. More...

Letters

Gift of kindness

I am an older lady, living alone. I saw a TV at Costco I’d been wanting. The price was right so I took the TV to the checkout.  While in line, I commented that I wasn’t sure it would fit into my small car. More...

Editorials

How to keep loved ones with dementia safe

It was good news for family and friends of Judy Wurtz when the 76-year-old Somis woman was found Wednesday afternoon after she had been missing since Sunday. More...

Information is key to resolving assessment appeals

commentary /// Property taxes   On July 1, the Ventura County assessor’s office completed the 2016 Assessment Roll, with $123 billion of assessed values for about 300,000 properties, including business equipment, boats, aircraft, residenti More...

Neighbors

Optimist Club’s firefighter of the year relishes mentoring role

Fire captain has served the county for 18 years

Whenever a fire or other emergency strikes in Camarillo or Somis, Ventura County Fire Department Capt. Anthony Romero and his six-member crew on Engine 54 are usually the first to arrive on the scene. More...

Book club provides safe place for veterans to share experiences

Members of the peer-led group take turns selecting books

Doug Devine had just finished reading “Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War,” a New York Times best-seller by Karl Marlantes, when he learned about a reading group that meets at the Camarillo Library. More...

Birding trips on the horizon

The Ventura Audubon Society will offer the following birding trips and activities.  For more information on the individual events, call the listed leader.  Sat., Dec. More...