Safety and rebuilding after a wildfire

Eye on the Environment

Residents eager to return to a normal life following the fires may be tempted to begin cleanup immediately. Instead, additional preparation can save money and reduce risks. In declaring a local health emergency recently, the Ventura County Board of Supervisors enabled state agencies to launch a program providing free testing of disaster debris and free property clean-up if homes were […]

Home in Woodlands Community has two-car garage, front patio

The Woodlands Community in Thousand Oaks features a swimming pool, three spas and a tennis court with walkways nestled among mature trees. The community is close to shopping, restaurants, school, dog park and freeway. The house is all on one level with an open floor plan, an atrium, three bedrooms and two bathrooms. The spacious living room has a high […]

Never stop believing in heroes

On a crowded and windy overpass they stood . . . and waited . . . and watched. Smoke that had curled and hung over the county for days continued to shroud the sky. Sunday’s procession that brought Cal Fire Engineer Cory Iverson’s body from the Ventura County coroner’s office in Camarillo to El Camino Memorial Park in San Diego […]

The season for giving

CHiPS for Kids toy drive brings lots of gifts to children

SANTA’S WORKSHOP?—At top, CHP officer Ramberto Salcido adds donations to the pile collected during the CHiPs for Kids toy drive Dec. 8 at the Walgreens on Ventu Park Road in Newbury Park. At left, 8-year-old Cole Ford of Newbury Park brings gifts to give away. Above, CHP officers Salcido, left, Marco Marin and Kevin Denharder take toys from Newbury Park […]

Grant funding to provide home smoke alarms

Ventura County Fire Department has been awarded a FEMA federal grant of $157,000 to establish and implement a county-wide campaign for the installation of smoke alarms in homes not containing sufficient alarms, as well as expand fire prevention education to the community. The department’s goal is to improve the survival rate of injuries and fatalities due to home fires. Two-thirds […]

Longtime agent honored for consistent high production

Steve Young was recently acknowledged for consistent high production. He has been a Realtor for 37 years. He is one of the all-time top producing agents in the Conejo Valley, winning numerous awards, including induction into the Master’s Hall of Fame. He specializes in the areas of Oak Park, Agoura Hills, Westlake Village, Thousand Oaks, Newbury Park, Calabasas and Woodland […]


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 […]

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