Deputies prepare with active shooter drill

Sheriff’s station strives for readiness

The Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station conducted an active shooter drill last week to see how well deputies would respond in case of a local attack. Lost Hills Station Capt. Josh Thai said the purpose of the drill was to help him assess his station’s readiness—personnel, equipment and coordination with other agencies. Thai said determining the proper response to a gunfire […]

Call for new Big Brothers and Sisters

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County is putting out a call for Bigs—adult mentors who can benefit from the friendship of a Little Brother or Little Sister. About 150 youth throughout the county, “Littles,” are waiting to for a role model and friend. Some have been waiting for more than a year. As a part of this call to […]

Haunt the house or scare the kids

Family Man

Every Halloween, I decorate my house for trick-or-treaters with elaborate scenes that have special lighting and effects, and soundtracks I design to fit each scene. I buy too much candy in the slight chance we get a rush of kids (by slight chance I mean none whatsoever), and every Halloween, no kids come. At the end of the night, my […]

Mayor names Yerba Buena school float best in parade

POWER TO THE PEOPLE—Top right, the enthusiastic students at Yerba Buena Elementary School take part in the Oct. 14 Reyes Adobe Days Parade in Agoura Hills with a superhero-themed float, above, named “What’s Your Super Power?” Right, Principal Erin Roderick displays the trophy for Mayor’s Choice Award that the school won for its entry.

Sotheby’s celebrates grand opening of Westlake office

Annette Berger, vice president and brokerage manager for Sotheby’s International Realty Westlake Village, celebrated the grand opening of the new Westlake Village office Oct. 12. Kathy Korte, president and CEO of Sotheby’s International Realty, was among the executive leadership team. Frank Symons, executive vice president and COO; Bradley Nelson, senior vice president of marketing; and Clifford Siegel, executive vice president […]

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Phone scams increase at alarming rate

Aging population too trusting, experts say

When the phone rings and the caller claims to be from the IRS, most people realize someone is attempting to con them so they hang up. Phone scams, especially the IRS variety, are commonplace now that private information is available to practically anyone who knows where to look. But senior citizens are at a higher risk of falling for scams […]

Remembering a very special youth

Keith Ritchie Football Stadium has been part of the Calabasas High School campus since 1988, but many current students probably think it’s just named for someone who gave the school a lot of money. They wouldn’t be wrong, but that’s only half the story. In 1977 Keith Ritchie was a captain on the Calabasas High School junior varsity football team […]

Spooktacular fun in Ventura

Ventura Harbor Village is getting into the spooky spirit with Halloween happenings including Kid Seaside Trick or Treat and Thrill the World from 1 to 3 p.m. Sat., Oct. 28. Kids in costume can make over 20 treat stops at participating boutiques and restaurants at Ventura Harbor Village, 1583 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura. Participation in the Trick or Treat is at […]

Area lawmaker’s bill changes college placement system

Admissions officials at California’s 114 community colleges must use students’ high school records as well as placement tests when deciding whether students need remedial classes, according to a new law signed by the governor. AB 705 by Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin (D-Camarillo) requires community colleges to use multiple measures, including high school transcripts, in determining whether remedial coursework is warranted Signed […]

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