Author: Kateri Wozny

SIGNED, SEALED, DELIVERED | Area resident spends year writing, gathering cards for Thomas Fire first responders

Oak View resident Julia Hornbeck has spent the past year doing an incredible deed: making sure that each Thomas Fire first responder is thanked through a handmade card. “It’s been a continuous effort and I spent a year doing whatever I needed to do to get it done,” Hornbeck said. “The reaction [from first responders] I think is going to be great.” Hornbeck and her family evacuated their home the day after the Thomas Fire started on Dec. 5, 2017. She said they were fortunate that their home was not directly in the line of fire and returned to...

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TAXING TAXES | Breaking down the new tax bill requirements

As Ventura resident Jocelyn Smith prepares to file for the 2018 tax season, she is concerned that she will have to owe more than in past years under the new tax bill. “It’s just so confusing,” Smith said. “I keep hearing about all of the changes and I really don’t want to have to owe. I am trying to save for my first home.” Smith is not the only one who has expressed concern over the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Passed by Congress in December 2017, the U.S. Congress’s Committee on Ways and Means said the new act...

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A TIME TO HEAL | Fundraiser in Camarillo to benefit Borderline shooting families, wildfire victims

Community members wanting to help out the Borderline shooting families and residents displaced from the recent wildfires can do so during a fundraiser at Camarillo Ranch on Sunday, Jan. 13.It’s called Rising From The Ashes: Honorary Dinner and Pop-Up Market. The fundraiser will include adult and infant clothing, hygiene products, diapers and furniture from local vendors. Borderline shooting families and wildfire victims will be able to shop and eat dinner free of charge, while the pop-up market is the only portion of the event open to the public for purchase.Tawny Roberts, organizer and Thousand Oaks resident, said many of...

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LEGAL RIGHTS | Lawyers provide recovery information for those displaced by Woolsey Fire

Ventura County and Los Angeles County residents displaced from the Woolsey Fire had the opportunity to learn about the recovery process during the Fire Recovery 101 Informational Meeting on Dec. 7 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Westlake Village. The informational meeting was hosted by Southern California fire litigation law firms Singleton Law Firm, Padilla Law Group LLP, Thorsnes Bartolotta McGuire, and Banning LLP. The group has dealt with wildfire cases for the past 11 years and has represented more than 5,000 displaced people. Topics included applying for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) disaster assistance, navigating the insurance claim...

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CHRISTMAS TRADITION | Camarillo family gets in holiday spirit for public to enjoy, special event Dec. 15

“Just because I cannot see it, doesn’t mean I can’t believe in it,” said Jack Skellington in The Nightmare Before Christmas movie.Brett and Heather Lane first became fascinated with the character when they decorated their apartment balcony with a cut out of Skellington in 2005. Many residences and years later, the tradition grew to their home in Camarillo, along with many spectators.“Every year, Brett just keeps adding a new piece from the movie for the lawn,” said Heather. “He hand sketches, paints and cuts them all.”At first, the Lanes weren’t a fan of the movie, but were intrigued with...

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