Do ‘green’ features help sell houses?

COMMENTARY /// Eye on the Environment

Realtors are known for using certain terms to describe homes, and those terms sometimes can have an unexpected meaning. For example, as readynest.com points out, if a Realtor describes a home as “quaint,” it could mean cozy and charming, or it could mean tiny and cramped. “Close to transportation” could mean a block from a bus stop, or it could […]


Clearing the air by tracking toxics and chemicals

COMMENTARY /// Eye on the environment

This year, the California Legislature passed chemical “right to know” legislation, requiring disclosures of ingredients in cosmetics and feminine hygiene products. Previously, some ingredients could be listed as “fragrance” or could bypass disclosure requirements through trade secret protections. Dr. Joanne Brasch, project manager of the nonprofit California Product Stewardship Council, a leading advocate of the legislation, said, “Maybe now we […]

Free COVID-19 antibody testing continues in Ventura County

The second phase of a COVID-19 antibody study led by a Ventura County-based public and private partnership group began Nov. 9. The COVID-19 IgG antibody tests will be given at no cost to the public at different sites through Nov. 20. IgG antibody tests indicate whether an individual has been exposed to COVID-19 and developed antibodies. The test takes a […]

Jesus throws support for underdog in Luke’s gospel

Roots of Faith

The third in our series of the Gospels covers Luke, the only Gospel written by a Gentile (non-Jew). Luke was an educated Greek physician, which is perhaps why he included a number of healing miracles. It’s the longest Gospel, and the one with the most parables, including some of the most beloved stories: The Good Samaritan (10:29-37), the prodigal son […]

Santa Barbara estate on 14 acres has 7 bedrooms, ocean views

Property features spa, movie theater, exercise room

This custom-built Mediterranean Villa Verano estate in Santa Barbara is set up for private offices, home study and extended family, with coastline, ocean and mountain views. The house has approximately 11,500 square feet and is full of light. Outside are European gardens, two large wells to provide water, pool, luxury spa and entertaining areas with views of the Pacific Ocean. […]

Sherwood Country Club residence is near golf course

A tree-lined driveway leads to a private, single-story estate behind the guard gates of Sherwood Country Club. The Mediterranean-style property is set on almost an acre and is bordered by manicured gardens with a courtyard fountain, roses and fruit trees in the entry. The home offers top-of-theline appliances and amenities such as newer walnut wood floors, crown molding and tray […]

The longest yards

Second and final part of series on top special teams stars from Acorn country

Not everyone can emulate the warlock Adam Vinatieri hammering a game-winning kick in a blizzard to ignite a dynasty in New England. Few will trek paths blazed by Hall of Famer/Gnarly Norwegian Jan Stenerud from the football factory of Montana State . . . which also molded current Philadelphia Eagles linebacker/Conejo Valley legend Alex Singleton. All the players mentioned in […]

Runnin’ Rebel runs wild

NOTEBOOK /// Local report

Just call him the Runnin’ Rebel. While that nickname is traditionally reserved for UNLV basketball players, UNLV football quarterback Max Gilliam earned that moniker after sprinting for a spectacular 71-yard touchdown last weekend against Fresno State. Fans of Gilliam, a Thousand Oaks High graduate, watched his highlight over and over again on ESPN. Gilliam completed 15-of-31 passes for 160 yards, […]

Show tells of woman’s life with disease

Cal Lutheran University will host a presentation by Marty Mc- Cambridge titled “The Nordic Princess Breaks the Ice: A Tale of Indomitable Fragility” at 8 p.m. Fri. and Sat., March 10 and 11 in Preus-Brandt Forum on the Thousand Oaks campus, south of Olsen Road near Mountclef Boulevard. The Thousand Oaks resident will tell her story of living with osteogenesis […]