Food for all

Temple Adat Elo- him invites the community to its 23rd annual holiday dinner on Christmas Day from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mon., Dec. 25 at the temple, 2420 E. Hillcrest Drive in Thousand Oaks. The temple expects to serve over 250 guests who desire a home-cooked holiday meal, especially those who are needy, elderly or alone and would like […]

Most Medicare costs are expected to rise in the new year

Medical expenses

How much will your Medicare cost in the coming year? The numbers just came out, so let’s go over them. We’ll start with the Medicare Part B premium. Part B covers doctor services, outpatient hospital services, certain home health services, durable medical equipment, and other items. The standard monthly premium for people with Part B will be $134 for 2018, […]

Century 21 Troop Real Estate feeds over 2,500 families through Turkey Drive

Nothing says giving like providing a Thanksgiving meal to a local family in need. For the 18th consecutive year, sales agents from Century 21 Troop Real Estate and the Troop Community Foundation joined with businesses and volunteers across Ventura County to provide a traditional Thanksgiving meal to 2,580 families, including 750 military families. To date, the event has fed over […]


Rabbi Shlomo Bistritzky of Chabad of North Ranch was incorrectly identified in a photo last week. Bistritzky appeared with his son Levi at the inaugural Big Heart Toy Drive, where chabad members collected toys for children at Los Robles Hospital, the Friendship Circle and victims of the recent fires.

Shop With a Cop event spreads holiday cheer

An armored SWAT vehicle and a row of police cruisers sat in a staging area behind the Home Depot off Ventura Boulevard in Camarillo, where Dep. Greg Lindsay of the Camarillo Police Department briefed a contingent of 125 deputies on the morning’s mission. Their assignment: Spread a little holiday cheer. “I know it’s a Saturday and it’s time to be […]

Las Virgenes welcomes new school board president

Las Virgenes Unified School District celebrated another year of public education at its recent reorganization meeting. At the Dec. 5 meeting, school officials welcomed Dallas Lawrence as next year’s board president. “I am incredibly honored to serve our community as president of the LVUSD Board of Education, and I know I speak for the entire district when I express my […]

How to use your home equity in retirement

COMMENTARY /// Understanding HELOC’s

(Most of us save and plan for decades to enjoy the period of our life when we no longer need to go into the office and work an eight-hour day for a paycheck. But even with those decades of hard work, it can be tough to save up enough cash to cover all your costs in retirement. Many soon-to-be-retirees face […]

Corrections required

Factual corrections are required of Tim Johnston’s letter praising President Trump and stating that it is his critics and not Republican doubters of him who need to “wake up.” Indeed, we critics of both political parties should accept that Trump is the president. But contrary to Johnston’s claim, Trump was not elected by “the people of this nation;” he was […]

A Calabasas Christmas story

A Calabasas native recently appeared live before a national television audience. Elie Samouhi, a 10-year-old student at Chaparral Elementary School, beat out hundreds of other actors, singers and dancers who auditioned on both coasts for roles in “A Christmas Story Live.” The Dec. 17 broadcast, which starred Maya Rudolph and Matthew Broderick, was inspired by both the 1983 movie “A […]