Protecting nursing home residents against COVID-19

COMMENTARY /// Senior health

Nursing homes have become ground zero in the coronavirus pandemic, with outbreaks causing high rates of illness and death among vulnerable residents living together in close quarters. That’s why the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has taken a series of aggressive actions over the last several months to protect nursing home residents against the spread of the novel coronavirus. […]

Living the best life today by looking at God’s grace for us

COMMENTARY /// Keeping the faith

I love this thought from Maya Angelou: “If you must look back, do so forgivingly. If you must look forward, do so prayerfully. However, the wisest thing you can do is to be present in the present . . . gratefully.” And check out this one from John Newton: “We can easily manage if we will only take, each day, […]

Red-legged frog recently rebounds in local communities

Whether the pandemic and a resulting decline in human interference have helped to restore the environment or not, there is one local species that appears to be thriving. Earlier this year the National Park Service announced that the red-legged frog population of the Santa Monica Mountains continues to make a healthy recovery following the 2018 Woolsey fire. After the start […]

Las Virgenes welcomes three new principals

In addition to a number of new students joining Las Virgenes Unified School District this fall, three principals will make their LVUSD debut. Calabasas High School and Willow and Bay Laurel elementary schools will have new principals when classes resume Aug. 19. The educators were employed with the school district previously and have all been promoted. Sara Exner will become […]


William Cutler and Maxwell Sebso from Agoura Hills earned spring 2020 dean’s list honors at Northeastern University in Boston. Claire Williams of Oak Park made the spring 2020 honor roll list at the University of Mississippi in Oxford. Benjamin Diamond of Agoura Hills made the spring 2020 dean’s list at Bradley University in Peoria, Ill. Justin Crawford, Olivia Ojeda and […]

Limbo: LDS missionaries called home in midst of pandemic

COVID pulls elders, sisters back from the field

Two clean-cut young men on bikes wearing ties, helmets, name tags and perennial smiles. The image is associated with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. And across the world, it’s on pause. Men and women serving as missionaries for the church based in Salt Lake City, Utah, were called home this spring from missions across the world as […]

Faithful return to services in the park

Temple Ner Simcha will hold its first outdoor Shabbat services of the summer at 7 p.m. Fri., July 10 at Deerhill Community Park, 6700 Doubletree Road, Oak Park. The Westlake Village-based synagogue has hosted its weekly summer Shabbat Under the Stars series since 2015. Rabbi Michael Barclay said the services will “observe appropriate social distancing and other safety measures in […]

Uphill hike to Nicholas Flat pays healthy dividends

Hit the trail early for elbow room

Sometimes a good dose of fresh air is the best medicine, but how about in the middle of a deadly pandemic caused by a respiratory virus? The current consensus is that rates of COVID transmission are lower outdoors than indoors, so hikers, bikers and horseback riders can safely enjoy the great outdoors if they maintain a little elbow room. That […]

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 […]

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