Agoura High School student has convincing way about him

Give Casey Simpson five minutes and he can convince just about anyone to see things his way. The 17-year-old Agoura High School student won first place for impromptu speaking at the California High School Speech Association State Tournament in April and has placed high at national debate competitions around the country. Casey, who will be a senior in the fall, […]


The following students made the dean’s list (3.5 GPA) at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa: Michela DeFalco and Kaitlin Wiltshire of Agoura Hills; Alexander Wierenga and Melissa Hoffman of Oak Park. These students made the president’s list (4.0 GPA): Megan Johnson of Oak Park, and Danielle Davidson, Jaxon Novack of Calabasas and Samantha Starling of Calabasas. Ava Gams of […]

Lawyer trades courtroom for pulpit

The new pastor at First Baptist Church of Camarillo did not know while growing up in Brazil that his path would lead to God. The Rev. Glenn Bezerra, 40, was raised in Maceió, a city in the eastern part of Brazil with a population of over 1 million. He earned a law degree and worked 10 years for the Brazilian […]

City honors volunteer serving at-risk, foster youth

For Myia Perry, serving foster children is personal. The 30-year-old Camarillo resident is an enthusiastic volunteer at James Storehouse, a faith-based nonprofit in Newbury Park that is dedicated to at-risk youths. It provides resources to children in the foster care system, supports foster youths as they age out of the system, helps birth parents keep or reunite with their children, […]

This squirrel is all ears

CORNY PICTURE—Doug Bauwens took this photo in his Oak Park backyard of a squirrel who, along with four or five of its buddies, is a daily visitor to the home. Bauwens has two of these feeders, and he puts out corn out daily. This one sits on a fence by the feeder early each morning, waiting for breakfast.

Humane Society taps new officer

Jenna Utter is the new humane officer for the Humane Society of Ventura County. Utter was officially sworn in by Judge Henry Walsh on June 10 at the Ventura County Courthouse. A ceremony was later held at the shelter in Ojai, where Utter’s badge was presented to her by Jeff Hoffman, director of investigations; Kendra King, senior humane officer; and […]

New doctors come home to practice medicine

In 2004 Moorpark High school student Yasimin Taheri worked as a volunteer at Los Robles Health System. This week, she returned to the hospital as Dr. Yasimin Taheri, a member of the inaugural Graduate Medical Education class at Los Robles. Taheri said she is beyond thrilled to join the hospital and once again serve her community. Taheri knew at a […]

Bumblebee Foundation buzzes over to Idaho

The Westlake Village-based BumbleBee Foundation, a pediatric cancer organization founded in Southern California a decade ago, will expand its support services into Idaho starting next year, officials from the organization said. The foundation supports over 370 pediatric cancer families throughout California and is looking forward to helping more families in need in Idaho, officials said. “Even though we are expanding, […]

New vice chancellor in Ventura County

Ventura County Community College District has appointed Cynthia Herrera to the position of vice chancellor for “institutional effectiveness” in a further move to help the district achieve its goals. Herrera joined the college district in 2009 and most recently served as the associate vice chancellor of strategic partnerships, enrollment and advancement. With a background in business and educational leadership, Herrera […]

College standouts

Abigail King of Oak Park High School earned academic distinction for the 2021 spring semester at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington. The following students made the spring dean’s list at the University of Wisconsin in Madison: Shauna Berman, Agoura Hills; Maya Angel, Ryan Armour, Luke Bender, Jennifer Marcus, Jenna Morris and Maya Zuckerman of Calabasas; Hannah Ritvo, Lilliana Rosen […]

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