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Teachers stay in touch during hiatus



On March 16, the first day of the social distancing break for local school districts, first grade teacher Martha Ewing sent her students at Red Oak Elementary a video via email. In it, she told her young pupils that she loved them, she missed them and if any of them wanted to send her a message, she would send them […]

Music Center names semifinalists

Four local students have been named in the 32nd annual Spotlight Program of the Music Center in Los Angeles. A total of 113 Southern California high school students received the honor. The local semifinalists are, along with their age, talent, hometown and school, are: Benjamin Conn, 12, jazz instrumental, Agoura Hills, Agoura High School. Cole Petridis, 10, jazz instrumental, Westlake […]

Fitness studios use virtual approach



Local fitness studios are getting creative to ensure folks don’t have to leave home to get some exercise. As thousands of Ventura County residents continue to follow health orders to remain at home amid the COVID-19 pandemic, fitness studios are offering virtual workouts for those trying to stay in shape. In Oak Park, All Star Martial Arts has completely transitioned […]

Deadline extended for fair poster contest

In response to the health crisis, the deadline to submit entries for the 11th annual Ventura County Fair poster contest has been extended to Fri., May 1. There will be no fee to enter. The contest is open to young artists in grades five to 12 who reside in Ventura County. The theme of the 2020 fair is “A Country […]

Oak Park families still enjoy outdoors

COVID-19 testing ramps up in Ventura County



While some of California’s largest cities indicated recently that they would be cutting back on COVID-19 testing and focusing strictly on social distancing and patient care, local health authorities said that will not be the case in Ventura County. Instead, the county is ramping up testing capabilities from about 45 to 65 tests a day in the early days of […]

Houses of worship adjust to life in time of pandemic



As the Conejo Valley’s largest house of worship, Calvary Community Church in Westlake Village usually welcomes around 4,300 congregants over the course of its four weekend services. Last month, that number fell to 30, said the Rev. Shawn Thornton, senior pastor. Thornton said Calvary staff sent out over 14,000 emails to notify members that the weekly sermon would be available […]

Public water not at risk

In response to the latest developments with the COVID-19 pandemic, the Las Virgines Municipal Water District ensures the public that its tap water is still safe to drink. District officials say they are taking preemptive action to keep supplies safe. District water goes through a treatment process that includes ozonation, filtration and chlorination, which eliminates all harmful bacteria and viruses […]

Clean that phone, please, for good hygiene



While many have adopted strict hand-washing regimens since the CDC began releasing guidelines for slowing the spread of the novel coronavirus in January, a study published last week in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests people need to be sanitizing more than just hands. The report says the virus can survive on cardboard for up to 24 hours and […]

Districts lend a hand

Las Virgenes Unified School District reports it had 2,200 of the N95 protective masks that were left over from the Woolsey fire and this week donated the items to West Hills and Kaiser hospitals. Each hospital received 1,100 new masks. Kaiser had only 2,000 of the masks on hand prior to the gift. Oak Park Unified School District says it […]


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