Ventura County steps up antibody testing

COVID-19 antibody testing is ramping up all across Ventura County. Though residents could have tests performed privately before now, the county, in partnership with St. John’s Regional Medical Center and the Oxnard Fire Department, has begun its own sampling project to see how widespread the virus is locally. The information provided by the 50,000 tests, which are free and require […]

Diaper bank serves community

Conejo Community Outreach— a Conejo Valley-based, volunteer run nonprofit— has distributed over 100,000 diapers and nearly 200,000 wipes to families in Ventura County since its diaper bank launch in 2018. The community diaper bank is a supplemental resource that supports local families with a monthly package of diapers and wipes assistance. The nonprofit takes requests from individual families, as well […]

Houses of worship adjust and return to in-house services

In late May, Gov. Gavin Newsom gave the go-ahead for houses of worship to reopen with restrictions following a 10-week prohibition on in-person services to slow the spread of COVID-19. Since then, houses of worship across eastern Ventura County have reopened on a restricted basis. At St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church in Camarillo, parishioners must sanitize their hands upon entering […]

Meet the Boys Team Charity Inc. Conejo Valley grads

Jace Aschbrenner Jace Aschbrenner, son of Jeff and Marcie Aschbrenner, attended Newbury Park High School where he was a four-year varsity cross country and track athlete. Jace served as team captain his senior year and received all-state and all-American honors in cross country with his team winning the national championship. Jace graduated as a full International Baccalaureate diploma candidate. While […]

Debate teacher has students talking

Audrey Israel began coaching the Oak Park High School debate team in 2015, when her twin sons were freshmen at the school. The team that started with 11 members grew to 43 students by 2019 and had won a number of competitive tournaments. When her sons were seniors, she said, “a mother approached me and wanted me to teach the […]

Mad for mushrooms

There are about 50,000 species of mushrooms in the world. They come in all shapes and sizes. Some don’t even look like mushrooms. Most people would probably only recognize the limited varieties available at the grocery store. That’s the quandary Thousand Oaks resident Donna Long found herself in earlier this month when she discovered a patch of fungi in her […]

Caregiving for dementia

The Alzheimer’s Association will present the first session of a three-part series titled “Living with Alzheimer’s for Middle-Stage Caregivers” from 10 a.m. to noon Wed., July 1 via a virtual classroom on BlueJeans. In the program, caregivers and professionals will discuss helpful strategies to provide safe, effective and comfortable care during the middle stage of Alzheimer’s. The level of assistance […]

Debate team talk of the town

SPEAKING THEIR MIND—The Calabasas High School Speech and Debate Club wraps up another successful year as some of its members prepare to head off to college. Graduating senior Garett Collins, club president and team member for four years, said, “I am honored to have had the opportunity to foster and develop the team into the respectable and valuable resource it […]


Editor’s note: Senior standouts are selected by their respective schools and profiles are compiled from questionnaires filled out by the students. Photos provided by the school. Derek Rabin Agoura High School senior Derek Rabin is a performer. The 18-year-old has been with ComedySportz, the school’s improv comedy team, for four years. He spent his sophomore year hosting the school’s TV […]

Lasting smile

LASTING SMILE—Graduate William Higgins remembers the moment with a selfie as he waits in line to receive his diploma at the June 11 drive-thru graduation at the Agoura High School campus

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