Countrywide confirms job reductions

Local offices not impacted, company says

By Nancy Needham  nancy@theacorn.com Countrywide Financial Corp., the nation’s largest mortgage lender, has begun laying off staff. According to a report released by the company, about 500 positions have been eliminated across the country. Although the company’s headquarters are in Calabasas, it has offices in surrounding cities including Thousand Oaks and Simi Valley. The Calabasas and Ventura County offices were […]

End of summer gardening checklist

Summer garden vegetables are at their peak in August, but it’s not too early to begin preparing for fall and winter crops, say experts at Agromin, a Camarillo-based manufacturer of soil products. Deep water trees: As with lawns and shrubs, trees thrive when watered thoroughly. Water trees 3 feet deep. Since roots extend far beyond the base of the tree, […]

Doctor to speak at lupus support meeting

Richard N. Shaw, MD, will be the guest speaker at the Conejo Valley Lupus Support Group meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tues., Sept. 4 at One Baxter Way, Westlake Village. Shaw, a Southern California rheumatologist, will share his tips on coping with lupus. Those who have lupus, their family members and other supporters are invited to attend at no charge. For […]

Parents invited for sneak peak at program

Parents are invited for a sneak peek at Agoura High School’s Link Crew program at 7 p.m. Tues., Aug. 28 in the Agoura High School gym. The orientation program will allow parents to experience what their children will encounter on their first day of school. Karin Salzman, coordinator of the “parents-only night,” said the Link Crew program allows freshmen to […]

Nominations sought for Bea Thompson awards

The OneSpirit Center for Conscious Living, also known as the Simi Valley Religious Science Church, has open nominations for the Bea Thompson Make a Difference Foundation Award. The nominee must demonstrate respect for cultural diversity and the belief that all people are entitled to live peaceful, healthy, resourceful lives, regardless of race, age, education, ethnicity, cultural or financial resources. The […]

Hiroshima plays in Westlake

EXOTIC SOUNDS- June Kuramato of the popular band Hiroshima plays the koto, a traditional Japanese instrument, in a performance last weekend at the Hyatt Westlake Plaza. Kuramato, who is one of the premier kotoists in the world, helps define the band’s unique multicultural sound. Hiroshima was the third in the Hyatt’s four-concert, summer outdoor jazz series. The final show is […]

Lori Mills

The honors for top producer in May 2007 for Prudential California Realty’s Camarillo office went to Lori Mills. With 2007 off to an excellent start, Mills took the award for top selling agent in January and February and top producer in February as well as May. These monthly awards are an indication of Mills’ dedication to perseverance and a lot […]

Sayonara to summer

BALI HIGH– Jeremy Goldberg jumps effortlessly into the tropical waters at sunset during a Thai dive excursion. The Agoura Hills resident recently returned from a four-month trip to Southeast Asia. Please see the Community section for more of his travel story. Closer to home, children are returning to school as another summer in suburban paradise draws to a close. For a […]

Young artists win big at county fair

Camryn Frederickson is only 8 years old and already a wellknown artist. The Thousand Oaks girl won several top honors for her oil paintings at the Ventura County Fair. Camryn won seven first place awards and a Best of Division honor, the top award for her age group. Her most recognized painting was a design of a South Pacific seascape, […]

Spontaneous sleep can wreak havoc

Imagine having an urge to sleep that is so strong one falls asleep while typing a memo or just as the golf club is about to hit the ball. For many Americans, these examples are all too real. They have narcolepsy, a chronic sleep disorder caused by the brain’s inability to regulate the cycles of going to sleep and staying […]