Sky’s the limit for active college student and her service dog

Wherever Leizelle Mitchell goes, her Shadow follows. Sometimes Shadow will go just ahead of Mitchell’s walker. Shadow will push a crosswalk button with her nose or pull open a door so Mitchell can get through. The 3-year-old service dog acts as an extension of her human counterpart. Mitchell, a junior majoring in communications at Cal State Channel Islands, has limited […]

‘It weighs on our hearts’

Chaplains face challenges ministering to the sick in pandemic

The Rev. Kate Lewis will never forget the stoic face of a man pressed against the dark glass walls of St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital. He cupped his hands against the glass, his burly shoulders hunched, as he tried to see past his own reflection to his wife, who had contracted COVID-19 and lay unconscious in an ICU hospital bed […]

Messianic synagogue hosts High Holiday services

Beth Emunah Messianic Synagogue will host what it calls “a unique and inspiring combination” of outdoor and virtual-only services for the Jewish High Holidays, with special musical guests and children’s activities. All services are free and membership is not required. Attendees may consider a donation in lieu of tickets. Masks are required and social distancing will be enforced at in-person […]

Field lab: Discussion continues over toxic waste cleanup

Debate over conserving artifacts vs. safety

An effort to designate the entire Santa Susana Field Lab site as a Native American cultural district has once again brought up concerns that the agencies in charge of cleaning up the former nuclear energy and rocket engine test site will shirk their responsibilities. NASA, which is responsible for about 450 acres of the 2,850- acre site in the hills […]

National Merit semifinalists include top local kids

Sixteen students from local high schools have earned semifinalist recognition in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program. The local semifinalists from Oak Park High School are senior students Michael Cristiano, Charlotte Nicks, Isaac Shuman, Sasha Xu, and Joshua Yap. Also recognized are Quynh-Anh Nguyen and Jeremy White from Calabasas High School; Rachel Fox, Ethan Goldenberg and Daniel Nathanson from Agoura […]

Pandemic shapes new look at Cal Lutheran

About 750 new undergraduate students enrolled at Cal Lutheran University as the fall semester began in a mostly virtual format in response to COVID-19. Lori Varlotta began the new year taking over the president’s position from Chris Kimball. Although most classes began virtually, nine undergraduate lecture classes are taking place in new outdoor classrooms under tents with open sides. Two […]


Michelle Florey of Agoura Hills and Lydia Nicole Bachman, Nicholas Furton, Kayla Jou, Raegynn B Moody and Devon Morris made the spring dean’s list at Baylor University in Houston, Tex. Amanda Bonavida of Agoura Hills earned spring dean’s list honors at Illinois Wesleyan Univesity in Bloomington, Ill. Amy Courter of Agoura Hills made the dean’s list at Lawrence University in […]

Rotary contributes to healthy lunches

FOOD FOR THE KIDS—Calabasas Rotary sponsors a Zoom Comedy Hour to raise funds for the Las Virgenes schools Lunch Service program for children and families in need. The Rotarians club raised $6,400 and came to the district office to present the check. From left: Rotary CBO Karen Kimmel, Superintendent Dan Stepenosky, event chair Todd Gurvis, Rotary treasurer Sally Goyar, LVUSD […]

Urgent care lands in Agoura

American Family Care, a nationwide provider of urgent care and accessible primary care, continues to expand its national healthcare network with the opening of the fourth AFC urgent care clinic in greater Los Angeles. A new state-of-the-art facility is seeing patients seven days a week in Agoura Hills. The independently owned facility is in the Twin Oaks Shopping center next […]

Online auction for pediatric cancer

The pandemic has created challenges for local families battling childhood cancer. During this time, the Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation has been providing services for families, including money for rent assistance, grocery gift cards, additional emotional support groups with licensed therapists, virtual and in-person tutoring, meal and care package delivery, and virtual events to keep kids engaged. The foundation will host […]

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