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. Matthew Alvarez Matthew Alvarez learned the importance of kindness at an early age. The 18-year-old Calabasas High School senior was diagnosed with pre-B acute lymphoblastic leukemia when he was 8 years old. “That opened […]

To the Class of 2020

COMMENTARY /// Keeping the faith

“God, why did all this happen my senior year?” The cancellation of so many activities has left many of us wondering why. As a community who has seen you grow up, we love you. We grieve with you in all that has been lost during this time of graduation. It’s tough to have hope when we are walking through such […]

Squirrel of the month

JUST HANGING AROUND—Jere Berkley of Agoura Hills snapped this shot of a squirrel dropping by the backyard on June 1. Send your squirrel photos to

Pandemic pups: life after lockdown

With millions of Americans out of a job and more working from home, many have found the health emergency to be the perfect time to bring home a furry friend, nicknamed “pandemic puppies.” But while the increase in pet adoptions is exciting for animal rescue groups, it also raises concerns about a surge in returned pets as counties begin to […]

Free clinic still serving the community during pandemic

Sara thought she was just getting back on her feet after her workplace closed due to the Woolsey fire over a year ago. But now, due to COVID-19, she is financially in trouble again as she waits for businesses to reopen in Thousand Oaks so that she can get back to work. Sara also worries about caring for her children, […]

Cancer foundation cancels annual luncheon

Due to the pandemic, the Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation is canceling its annual Gold Ribbon Luncheon. The fall event, held at the Four Seasons’ Biltmore Resort in Santa Barbara, draws more than 400 guests each year to raise funds for families battling pediatric cancer in Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties. “Some of our families have lost their […]

Patient conquers COVID after weeks-long coma

For weeks Laura Cerezo prayed. Her husband of 28 years, Miguel Cerezo, was in a nearly month-long medically induced coma while undergoing treatment for COVID-19. Laura said she would pray to loved ones who had passed on. If they saw Miguel walk toward the light, she told them, “Please don’t welcome him. Tell him he still has a lot of […]

Silent auction for Casa Pacifica

Casa Pacifica will host an online silent auction on what would have been the weekend of the 27th annual Angels Wine, Food and Brew Festival and seventh annual Yummie Top Chef Dinner. The auction will run live from 9 a.m. Fri., June 5 through 4 p.m. Sun. June 7. The auction offers a wide range of items donated by community […]

Peaceful while it lasted

RIDE ON—A solo bicyclist enjoys the light traffic May 16 on Agoura Road in Westlake Village. The reduced number of vehicles on the road during the lockdown helped lead to good air quality. The reopening, however, has resulted in more traffic on the streets.

Get medical care at home via telehealth

COMMENTARY /// Medicare

The staff of Medicare understands the concerns many have about going to a doctor’s office during the COVID-19 pandemic. Medicare beneficiaries are rightly observing social distancing guidelines to protect themselves and others from possible infection. Yet beneficiaries still need checkups, prescription refills or other care from their doctors. The good news is that President Trump expanded access to telehealth services […]

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