Chemical-free backyards

How to go organic in four easy steps

Because everyone is spending more time in their own backyards now, parents are wondering how to create healthier lawns for their families. Exposure to pesticides, herbicides and chemical fertilizers can be harmful, particularly for growing children. This is why flags are posted after a yard is treated—they are warnings to keep children and pets away from dangerous chemical exposure. Chemicals […]

Pandemic hasn’t hampered seller’s market for local homes

COMMENTARY /// Residential real estate

Pandemic, what pandemic? Judging by the recent pending sales data from the National Association of Realtors, it’s hard to see any reason for concern about the economy. Instead of showing a market filled with doubt and trepidation, NAR’s data tells the story of a hot seller’s market. There’s no other way to interpret this kind of rise in actively listed […]

Six tips for refinancing a homeowner’s mortgage

COMMENTARY /// Money and housing

The recent economic downturn has caused many Americans to worry about their money, but there is at least one potential bright spot: lower interest rates. For homeowners, this means that it may be time to consider refinancing their mortgage. Refinancing can provide an opportunity to lower the monthly mortgage payments and save money by paying less interest over the term […]

Triunfo-Las Virgenes returns with compost

Triunfo Joint Powers Authority has reinstated the free community compost program after nearly a two-year hiatus following the Woolsey fire. Compost will be availably by appointment only from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday at the Rancho Las Virgenes Composting Facility, 4232 Las Virgenes Road, Calabasas. The return of the high-quality soil amendment comes after the district’s composting facility […]

Ventura County Leadership Academy announces new cohort team

Leaders in the community

The Ventura County Leadership Academy, founded in 1994, has named its Cohort XXVI. The academy says its mission is “connecting people and issues to strengthen our county by developing, educating and inspiring a diverse group of leaders who aspire to enhance the quality of life in Ventura County.” The curriculum of year-long academy is delivered through 10 full-day interactive sessions […]


Community colleges feel the pinch too

During times of economic uncertainty, people return to college campuses to learn new skills and pursue different career paths. Amid the financial turmoil created by the Great Recession in the late 2000s, for example, enrollment levels for undergraduate students surged by 33%, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau. The greatest increase occurred at community colleges, which are more […]

Mattress store brings ministry

The message in the store window facing the 101 Freeway at the Wendy Drive exit in Newbury Park changes every few months. Since the COVID-19 pandemic slowed life—and the economy— in Ventura County, the painted signs at American Mattress Man have assured passing motorists on the 101 Freeway that “This too shall pass” and “We stand united in love.” Over […]

High Holy Days preparation

In 2009, the husband and wife team of Rabbi Ira Rosenfeld and Cantor Beth Wasserman Rosenfeld started HomeShul, a home-based religious school experience, with three students including their son. Before long there were several HomeShul groups throughout Los Angeles and Ventura counties. The team realized a need existed to provide a community to the families of their students and friends […]

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