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This girl is the ‘bomb’

Student cooks up a good way to help shelter animals

Zoey Goldsmith, a 14-year-old student from Oak Park, is in the cocoa bomb business. The Viewpoint School ninth-grader began making the delicious treats before the holidays as a way to raise money for local animal charities. What’s not to like about a tasty chocolate hollow ball filled with cocoa powder, toppings and marshmallows? Zoey and her mother, Irit Goldsmith, make […]

Oak Park seniors eligible for ecology scholarship

The Conejo Open Space Foundation will offer a new scholarship for Ventura County high-school seniors who will be attending two- or four-year colleges or universities. The application deadline is Sun., Jan. 31. Starting with the fall 2021 semester, the foundation will provide $1,000 continuing scholarships for two students pursuing environmental studies related majors. The scholarships will continue for the students’ […]

Medicine, not Big Macs: Ronald McDonald room



Clay Paschen’s memory of his first visit to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles still brings tears to his eyes. In 1977, a doctor in the oncology department had invited Paschen, a Camarillo resident, to a meeting at the hospital. CHLA thought it was time to bring Ronald McDonald House Charities to California. They wanted Paschen, who owned a McDonald’s restaurant in […]

Private schools see enrollment surge



As Ventura County public schools continue to navigate the best ways to offer hybrid instruction to students, their private school counterparts are seeing surges in enrollment as families look for new learning options for their children. Several local private schools— including Oaks Christian, Ascension Lutheran, Carden Conejo, La Reina and Grace Brethren—said interest from the community has increased by as […]

Houses of worship see a drop in donations, attendance



Some residents have responded to the challenges of this year by turning to their faith while others have drifted away. Whether because of financial struggles, health concerns or an inability to tune in to online services, the pandemic and economic downturn have led to a decrease in both attendance and donations across Ventura County. Evette Anguiano, church administrator at Church […]

New timetable for catching cataracts

Surgery better sooner than later



There has been a misconception about cataracts and their need to “mature” or “ripen” before undergoing treatment. Many people have settled with inadequate vision unnecessarily while waiting for their cataracts to worsen. Early-stage cataracts does not have to hinder your lifestyle and can be addressed sooner rather than later. Let’s look at the anatomy of the cataract. New layers of […]

Los Robles scores high on patient safety

Los Robles Health System was awarded an “A” in the fall 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade program, a national distinction recognizing achievements in protecting patients from harm and providing safer healthcare. This is the fifth consecutive A-rating for Los Robles. Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization committed to healthcare quality and safety. Safety grades from A through F […]

Free goody bags at wellness event

The Conejo Senior Volunteer Program will present its seventh annual Wellness Fest from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wed., Jan. 13. This year, the event is going “on the road” as a drive-thru event taking place at the Goebel Adult Community Center, 1385 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. Older adults who are interested in discovering what local agencies and businesses […]

Spreading joy, not the coronavirus

First responders, schools and seniors receive masks


Having watched the coronavirus ravage her hometown of Wuhan, China, Hui Pan knew that she needed to do something in Ventura County to help keep first responders safe when COVID-19 reached the United States Pan said Wuhan wasn’t prepared to stop COVID’s rapid spread when the virus took hold there in December 2019. The city’s doctors and nurses didn’t have […]

Yerba Buena families give and get books

The Yerba Buena Elementary School PFA and school families recently took part in a Give Back Initiative that supports YB families for the holidays. This year, the school partnered with an organization called Access Books Los Angeles, which provides quality books to public school and community libraries where the majority of students live at or below the poverty line. Since […]


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