2017-05-11 E-Edition

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Cancer group’s Wings of Hope takes flight

We’ve heard the saying many times before, that everybody knows somebody who has cancer—or had cancer in the past. The disease in its many forms continues to kill almost 600,000 people in the United States each year. The most common forms are breast, lung, prostate, colon, bladder, skin, thyroid, kidney, blood and pancreatic. Cancer is the second-leading cause of death […]

Fundraising ramps up for Conejo Valley’s May 20 Relay For Life

Local residents join hands in support of American Cancer Society

Sporting a pink sparkling crown and smiling from ear to ear, Weathersfield Elementary Principal James Marshall donned a princess headdress before taking a pie in the face from students— their reward for raising nearly $2,000 for the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life. But these youngsters, members of K-Kids, a service club sponsored by Kiwanis, were motivated by more than […]

County sheriff’s office gets expertise from millennials

Pepperdine students create recruitment blitz

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office was looking for a fresh recruitment campaign, but instead of hiring a traditional advertising agency or handling the job in house, VCSO called upon the counsel of an outside-the-box group: college students. Pepperdine University’s capstone advertising class, led by professor Ginger Rosenkrans, was tasked with helping the law enforcement agency create a promotional blitz for […]

The titan of toss

Ventura County’s greatest discus thrower has eyes on state championship

Robbie Otal’s ascent to the top of Mount Olympus started when he was 14 years old. Otal was 5-foot-5, 130 pounds as an Oak Park High freshman. He was just a kid in the throwing pit, trying to stand out among the giants of track and field. “I couldn’t compete with anybody,” he said. “I was super small, but I […]

Unleashing the power of scripture through memory

Roots of Faith

Ask Lakers or true-blue Dodgers fans to talk about their teams, and they’ll regale you with endless stats and plays. “Star Trek” fans can recite favorite lines from any episode. “Star Wars” geeks know each character and piece of technology from the franchise. But ask a believer to quote Scripture and chances are you’ll hear silence. Some churches used to […]

Mother’s Day is Sun., May 14


Memory Cafe social Senior Concerns offers quarterly Memory Cafes, with the next one scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sat., May 13 at Senior Concerns, 401 Hodencamp Road, Thousand Oaks. Atria Hillcrest will provide lunch. A Memory Cafe is a social gathering where people with memory loss, along with their caregivers, friends and family, can come together in a […]

Websites make recycling bulky items easier

COMMENTARY /// Eye on the Environment

What should you do with a discard you cannot fit in your curbside cart? First consider reuse. Leaving it at the curb with a “free” sign sometimes works, but Craigslist, Freecyle and Offerup are more reliable. Charging requires you to interact with people, while free listings enable you to reply just to the person of your choice and tell them […]

Baseball star strikes out lung cancer

Andrew Berard of Thousand Oaks can breathe easy again after major health scare

Andrew Berard’s worst nightmare started with a recurring case of pneumonia. The Thousand Oaks High senior baseball player was a sophomore when he and his parents, John and Mary Berard, sought lung specialists to figure out why the Lancer couldn’t shake his cough. On May 18, 2015, doctors at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles found there was a blockage that wouldn’t […]

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