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Stroll healthy for pets, too

POOCH PERFECT—Blanca DeCosta of Oak Park gets more bang for the buck by taking multiple dogs at one time as part of her local dog walking business. She’s also a professional dog trainer.

Belmont Village puts safety, health first

Belmont Village Senior Living communities are celebrating the gift of “community immunity” while putting the spring back in everyone’s steps among the seven Los Angeles area locations: Hollywood Hills, Burbank, Westwood, Thousand Oaks, Calabasas, Rancho Palos Verdes and Encino. “The COVID-19 pandemic has shed a significant light on the dangers of seniors living alone at home,” said Patricia Will, Belmont […]

Workshops for those with cancer

Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara will host the following free virtual educational workshops for people affected by cancer. Cancer and the Law: Five Tips in Spanish from 6 to 7 p.m. Wed., April 21. The workshop will discuss the importance of various legal issues that can stem from a cancer diagnosis and five tips on how to approach them. The […]

Local school districts grapple with return to standardized testing



As students adjust to the return of in-person learning, many will also be asked to sit down and take standardized tests for the first time in over a year. In February, the U.S. Department of Education announced that all states must administer assessments in order to evaluate the pandemic’s impact on students’ learning and progress. Although states were given flexibility […]

Private academy offers post-pandemic assistance

River Oaks Academy in Westlake Village is offering free pandemic academic recovery to high school students. The summer academy will run from July 1 through Aug. 4. The private institution will give free summer courses to local high school students who need to make up credits or would like to work ahead. Students can take up to 10 credits during […]

Scholarship supports young environmentalists

Two Oak Park High School seniors, Daniel Conway and Naomi Lin, are the first recipients of the Conejo Open Space Foundation’s scholarship. They will receive up to $4,000 from the foundation during their college years . The $1,000 annual scholarship supports students pursuing majors related to environmental studies at two- or four-year colleges or universities starting with the fall 2021 […]

Finding work through Project Search

People with disabilities helped in obtaining employment


The pandemic interrupted Kevin Clark’s internship at St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Oxnard last year. The 25-yearold can’t wait to get back to work. The Camarillo resident, who is deaf and nonverbal, always knew he would be a great fit for a workplace; he just needed a chance to demonstrate his positive attitude and skills. That’s when Project Search […]

Artistic reflections

Agoura High School leads all competitors with six finalists in the 2021 Reflections art and music competition. AHS had more finalists than any other high school in a region that includes eight other school districts. Each year more than 10,000 student entries into the artistic competition are received statewide. This year was the first time in over 50 years of […]

Tooth be told: dental health

COMMENTARY

Regular dental cleanings for kids are one of many aspects of people’s lives that have been interrupted over the past year. However, instilling good dental hygiene habits early is still critical in helping ensure long-lasting oral health for a child. Most dental plans cover children starting at birth. A child should see a dentist by the eruption of the first […]

Student Corps stages fundraiser to help local Westminster health clinic

Volunteers from a local chapter of the Student Corps organization raised $500 and donated the money to the Westminster Free Clinic in a presentation held on March 24. Jessica Xu, a 10th-grader and head of the Westlake High School branch of Student Corps, works as a volunteer at Westminster Clinic’s T.O. location. During last week’s check presentation, the Student Corps […]


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