Cornerstone Christian preps for first-ever playoff game

The Cornerstone Christian football team is going to the playoffs. In only their second year playing in eight-man football, the Eagles, who posted a 5-3 overall record and a 4-1 mark in the Omega League, have qualified for the CIF-Southern Section Division II postseason. Cornerstone Christian plays North County Christian (81, 31 in the Coast Valley League) tonight at 7 […]

Guides serve up flapjacks, good times

DELICIOUS BREAKFAST- Camarillo Family YMCA Adventure Guide Alex Dru, 7, of Camarillo serves pancakes, above, to Julie Moore and daughter Melissa, 4, at the annual Pancake Breakfast on Saturday morning. At right, Nathan Kawaguchi talks with his father, Steve, and friend Mark Pizza, 7, about the electric guitar up for bid at the event’s silent auction. The Adventure Guides program, […]

WWII comrades in arms reunite 65 years later

The bonds of friendship forged among five World War II veterans were recaptured last month, when the octogenarians were reunited as a group for the first time in 65 years. Agoura Hills resident Kal Loeb, 86, organized the reunion lunch at Brent’s Deli in Westlake Village. James Satt, 87, hails from Encino; Bob Strong is an 85yearold Camarillo resident; Izzy […]

The Art of Being

Plateaus, peaks and valleys

“Man can climb to the highest summits, but he cannot dwell there long.” – George Bernard Shaw “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I don’t have to stop and build a condo there.” – Tom Costa I had a conversation with one of my spiritual teachers one day when I told him I had […]

Sheriff’s Blotter


An undisclosed amount of property was stolen from a business in the 200 block of Willis Avenue between Oct. 26 and 31. A 24-year-old man was arrested Oct. 27 on charges of assault with a deadly weapon for allegedly throwing a metal can at a 17-year-old male. A 20-year-old man was arrested Oct. 28 and charged with driving under the […]

Squirrel of the Month

FURRY VISITOR- Sue Bryant of Camarillo sent in this picture of a fuzzy tailed squirrel taken in the backyard of her Camarillo home. Bryant said she took the photo from inside her patio door.

Pet of the Week

MINI ONE- Minny, 1, a female calico short-hair is a stray. She can be adopted from the Camarillo Animal Shelter at 600 Aviation Drive in Camarillo. To take Minnie home, ask for ID No. 4280028. Occasionally pets shown have already been adopted, so call (805) 388-4341 or visit www.vcar.us before going to the shelter.

Coach pairs players with teachers to give athletes a head start

'This isn't all about sports, but about life.' - Chris Ruffinelli head basketball coach

Basketball coach Chris Ruffinelli wants his players to think beyond the court. Recently, Ruffinelli developed a mentoring program for the 42 teenage boys on his Rio Mesa High School basketball teams. Also the school’s AVID coordinator, Ruffinelli said he wanted the sports-minded teenagers to have someone to go to for practical and academic guidance while at Rio Mesa because society […]

Second generation reopens 56-year-old family business

Homegrown in Camarillo

Ownership of Griffin Bros. Mortuary, a name long familiar to residents of Conejo and Pleasant valleys, is back in the hands of the family that founded it 56 years ago. Brothers Tim, Mark and Gilbert Griffin and their brotherinlaw Jim Bond opened Griffin Family Funeral Chapels in Thousand Oaks and Camarillo in September. “We believe we can offer personal, caring […]

Teacher reflects on what’s right, wrong with public education

The discussion in our house right now centers on my 6-year-old daughter and her placement in first grade this year. She’s excited about it, of course, and for the most part likes school. She did preschool and the one we chose was just the thing for her to really get into school and she has made quantum leaps in what […]