Grad begins medical career in Africa

Work in rural clinic will be a challenge

While most college graduates look forward to hitting the pavement in search of a high-paying job, Michael Avesar will instead donate his time as an intern at a rural medical clinic in Kakamega, Kenya, through the Foundation for Sustainable Development, a nonprofit health organization. Avesar, 22, grew up in Agoura Hills and graduated with honors from UC San Diego with […]

Author says sparks still fly at 60-plus

After 44 years of marriage, Cissy Wechter found herself somewhere she never thought she’d be again- in the dating world. When her husband died, Wechter felt certain she’d be content alone. But a couple years later, in her early 60s, she decided to dive back in. “After two years of adamantly declaring I’d never even want to have a cup […]

Banned books on display

Books that people have attempted to ban will be on exhibit Sept. 4 through 28 at California Lutheran University’s Pearson Library. “Banned Books: From a Historical Perspective” will be held in observance of Banned Books Week, which the American Library Association created in 1982 to remind people of the freedom to read. The ALA has designated Sept. 29 through Oct. […]

It’s not the water, it’s the additives

It’s not the water quality or taste but the amount of manipulation the MWD does to the water, and the LVMWD goes along with it, before you receive it that has people upset. Fluorine is the latest toxic chemical added to the water to “protect” us. Did you ask them to do it? Fluorine is one of the members of […]

Three Bedroom in Guard-Gated Chanteclair Estates

This 3-bedroom 2.5-bath home is in the guard-gated community of Chanteclair Estates in Thousand Oaks. This home was originally a 4-bedroom and the fourth bedroom can be easily restored. The home features extensive use of hardwood flooring, three fireplaces, a retreat with custom shelving and a fireplace in the master bedroom. There are multiple ceiling fans and French doors. The […]

Kimmel named business chief at LVUSD

Longtime employee finally gets her number called

When Donald Zimring replaced Sandra Smyser as superintendent of Las Virgenes schools, a void opened up in the district’s business services division. After all, finding a replacement for Zimring, a member of the cabinet as deputy superintendent and for years the district’s finance chief, posed a challenge. But the district did not need to look far to find an employee […]

Pirates plan to invade Ojai

The 16th annual Gold Coast Pirate Faire will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. the weekends of Sept. 22 to 23 and 29 to 30 at Lake Casitas Recreation Area in Ojai. Costumed pirates will recreate a 15th century pirate village . Battle reenactments and demonstrations will occur throughout both days. The event will include an outdoor market […]

Chamber will promote school, career program at breakfast

The Thousand OaksWestlake Village Regional Chamber of Commerce will promote the SchooltoCareer programs of Las Virgenes and Conejo Valley unified school districts at the Networking Breakfast of Champions from 7 to 9 a.m. Fri., Sept. 7 at the Los Robles Greens Banquet Center, 299 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. Registration begins at 6:45 a.m., with an Early Bird Drawing at […]

Rooting out playground bullies

Bullying does not have to be tolerated, accepted or, worse, ignored. While it’s true that bullying has been in existence since the beginning of time and it will never banish entirely from our children’s lives forever, the fact is there is much we can do about it. If you think bullying only affects kids, you’d be greatly mistaken. Bullying and […]

Tropical Backyard With Pool and Spa

Located at the top of a cul-de-sac, this Symphony home in Thousand Oaks has 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and a threecar garage. The living and family rooms have hardwood floors, and the updated kitchen has a new tile floor and counters. One bedroom and bath are on the first floor. The tropical backyard features a pool with a built-in slide, […]