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Vision repair can help prevent falls

COMMENTARY /// Aye eye, doc


For those of us who are reaching our 50s, we’ve begun to notice that the small print is harder to read. Maybe it takes a minute to focus on the object in our hand or we need to hold the newspaper at an arm’s distance to be able to see it clearly. This is the natural aging process affecting our […]

UCAAN wraps up the holidays

United Cancer Advocacy Action Network is opening a socially distanced pop-up Holiday Gift Wrapping Spot in place of its regular annual gift-wrapping store, normally at The Oaks. Dates are Fri., Dec. 18 through Thurs., Dec. 24. For times, go to UCAAN.org. The spot is in a garage at 1586 Glenbrock Lane, Newbury Park. It’s the second two-story house on the […]

Diwali Indian Festival of Lights takes on added importance



This year, it was a Diwali like no other. The Indian Festival of Lights celebrated by Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and others around the world is about new beginnings, the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness. But as Newbury Park resident Sita Kanugo said, “This Diwali is different.” “This Diwali is about survival. It is about being grateful […]

Las Virgenes school district continues ‘aggressive’ back-to-school strategy

Third-graders to join K-2 kids as more classrooms open


The holidays are here and coronavirus cases are on the rise, but parents who favor a return to class in the Las Virgenes Unified School District have reason to rejoice. LVUSD announced that on Dec. 7 third graders will join kindergarten through-second-graders for on-campus learning. The district is taking advantage of a Los Angeles County Department of Public Health order […]

Students’ goal is a clean community

LIKE NEW—These Oak Park students, tired of seeing water bottle, wrapper and face mask debris on the fields at Deerhill Park, have been making regular trips to the park to clean it up. The students belong to Student Corps, a worlwide service organization for young people whose mission entails community projects. They are assisted by parent Jingqiu Zhu.

School board leader Gordon Whitehead dies

The Las Virgenes education community is mourning the loss this week of Gordon Whitehead, a school board trustee from 2001 to 2013. The 79-year-old Agoura Hills resident died Nov. 6 following a long illness, the family said. Whitehead graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in accounting and pursued a career as a certified public accountant. He moved […]

Logix lends hand to local schools

Logix Federal Credit Union is supporting Conejo Valley schools by participating on the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Education Committee as well as sponsoring the Teacher of the Month program. Westlake Village branch manager Guadalupe Bayardo will serve on the committee. The committee coordinates interaction between businesses, the local school districts and partners with private schools and colleges in […]

Officials: Still more virus testing needed



Getting tested is one way to combat the rising tide of COVID-19 cases in Ventura County, public health officials continue to stress. The Board of Supervisors learned at a recent meeting that despite increasing its testing rate by over 24% over the last month, the county is no longer testing enough to receive significant credit toward its average daily case […]

Clearing the air by tracking toxics and chemicals

COMMENTARY /// Eye on the environment


This year, the California Legislature passed chemical “right to know” legislation, requiring disclosures of ingredients in cosmetics and feminine hygiene products. Previously, some ingredients could be listed as “fragrance” or could bypass disclosure requirements through trade secret protections. Dr. Joanne Brasch, project manager of the nonprofit California Product Stewardship Council, a leading advocate of the legislation, said, “Maybe now we […]

Free COVID-19 antibody testing continues in Ventura County

The second phase of a COVID-19 antibody study led by a Ventura County-based public and private partnership group began Nov. 9. The COVID-19 IgG antibody tests will be given at no cost to the public at different sites through Nov. 20. IgG antibody tests indicate whether an individual has been exposed to COVID-19 and developed antibodies. The test takes a […]


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