Consumers paying slightly more for back-to-school expenses

According to an annual back-to-school survey conducted by Myvesta, a nonprofit consumer education organization, Americans plan to spend $205 more this year on back-to-school expenses. These results reverse a downward trend in expenditures seen from 2000 to 2003. The average shopper plans to spend $3,389 this year, up 6.5 percent from $3,184 in 2003. But, while consumers plan on spending […]

Alternative therapies and nutrition explored

The latest breakthrough information towards the prevention and control of cancer through nutrition, tests and nontoxic alternative therapies will be highlighted at the 32nd annual Cancer Convention over the Labor Day weekend, Sat., Sun. and Mon., Sept. 4, 5 and 6, at the Sheraton Universal Hotel, 333 Universal Terrace Parkway, Universal City. Sponsored by the Cancer Control Society (CCS), a […]

Building a legacy at Oaks Christian

By Kyle Jorrey Acorn Sports Writer On an Oaks Christian team brimming with talent and potential, defensive safeties Joe Giuliani, a senior, and Marshall Jones, a sophomore, are two different characters with one very similar goal—to start a Lions’ football legacy. Giuliani was born and raised in Southern California, in Ojai, before relocating to Simi Valley a few years ago. […]

Lonely seniors need volunteer visitors

Friends to the Elderly, a program of Jewish Family Services of Los Angeles, is seeking volunteers to visit lonely seniors living in Conejo Valley/Las Virgenes nursing homes and board-and-care facilities. The organization serves seniors of all faiths by recruiting volunteers and training and matching them with a resident of a long-term- care facility who needs friendship. To improve the quality […]

If Words Could Talk

Not wanting to mire us
in West Nile virus

Not wanting to mire us in West Nile virus It should be a no-brainer that you don’t want to visit the Florida Everglades in August because it has the nation’s highest mosquito population (including retired mosquitoes that spend a lot of time on golf courses). One would think that going north to Alaska would be the smart vacation move. Well […]

Shooting victim will recover, gunman commits suicide

Shooting victim will recover, gunman commits suicide An Agoura Hills woman who was shot four times by her estranged boyfriend, Shaun Castle, will completely recover from her wounds. According to a sheriff’s department report, Castle, 34, was found the same day at the Calabasas Inn dead in his Dodge Durango. He shot himself with one of the many guns he […]

Assisted Home Hospice names associate medical director

Assisted Home Hospice has announced that Charles Pankratz, MD, has joined its hospice medical team as associate medical director in Ventura County. Pankratz received his doctor of medicine degree from the University of California at Davis. His internship and residency were completed at Harbor UCLA 1996 through 1999, where he was chief resident from 1999 through 2000. He’s board certified […]

Blood donors can win free gas for a year

Participants in any American Red Cross blood drive in Southern California will have the opportunity to enter a random drawing to win free gas for a year. The grand prize winner will receive a gas card worth $1,500. Currently, the Red Cross reports that there’s less than a one-day supply of Group O blood. Blood type O negative is considered […]

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