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Wear It Again Sam closing after 30 years
by Jill Forman
The parades used to go by Karen Abel’s store on Main Street in Midtown. Though the parade route changed about ten years ago, the parade of friends and customers has continued for thirty years.
Karen was brought up in a clothing store that her mother owned, and she duplicated that by raising her daughters Grace and Melissa at Wear It Again Sam, 1978 Main Street. Her older daughter was five months old when the store opened. “We ran the store together,” she says with a laugh. Before she had the store, she was in the restaurant industry as a chef.
Though commuting from Camarillo, her girls went to St. Paul’s so the store’s patrons watched them grow up. Some of the consignees have been coming for over 20 years.
Where did she get the name? “It’s catchy, a play on the line from Casablanca.” Thirties nostalgia was big when she opened, she has a vintage-type feel to the décor, and originally stocked vintage-style clothes along with business and dressy attire. She used to collect autographed movie star photos, and that movie influence showed in her name selection. Her store only carries women’s clothes, so she could make sure to have a good selection.
She speaks positively of the changes she has seen in the city. “Downtown has been beautified with theaters and restaurants and trees.” She remembers when downtown Main Street was lined with antique stores, and people from all over would come to shop for treasures.
In her immediate area, there are now four consignment stores and several thrift stores; a great area for someone to shop!
Karen will miss Ventura – “gorgeous views, good landlord, friendly people, and ocean air” – but is looking forward to the next stage of her life. She is moving to Northern California where her fiancé lives, not knowing what will happen up there and what career path she might take.
She does not plan on opening another clothing store, though taking pride in what she has accomplished in Ventura. “I’ve loved being here and people have been very supportive of my business. I feel I’ve contributed to my community by offering a good product at reasonable prices, especially for working women.”
Everything in the store is on sale. Call for hours since Karen will be packing, moving and getting ready to change her life. 643-3989
The contentment she has found here shows in her words, “Ventura is a lovely place.”
Vol. 9, No. 15 – April 27 – May 10, 2016 – CAPS Chat
Education and fun
By Elizabeth Rodeno
The El Camino TV (ECTV) crew spent a great afternoon at the robotics competition at Ventura College. Filming on location is great fun and a lot of hard work. After six episodes, they are not resting on their laurels. The whiteboard is full of great ideas the team has been prepping. We can’t wait to see what’s next.
CAPS Media Center’s staff is prepping for our Digital Storytelling summer programs. Our first program, in conjunction with the Ventura Parks and Recreation Department, is filling up. This course begins July 11 for one week. You can get more information on page 11 of the Parks and Recreation’s Summer program. Our regular summer fare is two weeks of fun in the studio and out in the field, where students learn everything about filmmaking and making films. These classes begin the 25th of July and finish up August 5th. CAPS Digital Storytelling programs have inspired many a student to find their passion in media making.
There are anniversaries a plenty these days. Among those celebrating a big one, the Ventura County Library system celebrates its 100th Anniversary. Some cake and speeches were given at the Topping room which happens to be named after EP Foster’s first librarian. The storytelling corner was an inviting place for visitors to come and share their stories. We heard about many library memories. The libraries in Ventura County continue to be an integral part of life. Our EP Foster is no longer just a bricks and mortar place for books. There is plenty online as well. EP Foster has its own Make Space which is great place to learn about 3D printing and new technology. There are lots of activities for kids, adults and seniors.
Ventura Rocks @ CAPS just keeps rocking. We are filming our fifth episode. Go to the CAPS Media website and check out our facebook and twitter pages for up to the moment information on what is airing and live streaming. We need your help to fund our radio station to be able to share more bands and their music with you. Contact CAPS Media for information. If you have a passion and want to share about music, stories, and opinions radio is a great place to begin. Feel comfortable behind a microphone. Learn broadcasting and encourage more voices. Lots of talk, lots of music and lots of fun.
CAPS Media is the non-profit membership organization that is here to create an engaged and informed community through participation in electronic media. A yearly membership at CAPS is only $25 and includes training, equipment, use of our studio and edit suites. Keep up to date on what’s happening here at CAPS, on the channels and in our community by going to CAPSMedia.org, CAPS-TV Ventura on Facebook and CAPS Media Center on Twitter.
VCAAA award-winning Fall Prevention Program “A Matter of Balance”
The Ventura County Area Agency on Aging’s award-winning Fall Prevention Program has opened registration for A Matter of Balance, a series of evidence-based classes that focus on increased mobility and balance. The course is free to all participants.
A Matter of Balance emphasizes practical strategies to manage and prevent falls. Participants will learn to view falls as controllable; set goals for increasing activity; make changes to reduce fall risks at home; and exercise to increase balance and strength.
Nationally recognized research shows that one in three adults over the age of 65, and half of the population over the age of 75, fall each year. Of those individuals, half will die within a year from complications and injuries sustained from the fall.
A Matter of Balance welcomes all individuals concerned about falls, as well as those who are interested in improving balance, flexibility, and strength. Individuals who have recently experienced a fall, or who have restricted activity due to the fear of falling, are encouraged to participate.
Classes will be held at Chapel Lane Senior Apartments, 11230 Snapdragon St, in Ventura, on May 3.
To learn more about the program, or to register, please contact the VCAAA Fall Prevention Coordinator, Dina Ontiveras, at 477-7343.
Ventura Harbor Village celebrates Mermaid Madness
Mermaids came out of the ocean to read the Ventura Breeze during March at the Ventura Harbor Village. From nautical finds to coastal décor, fashion and artwork inspired by the sea, Ventura Harbor Village pays homage to the mermaid in all of us to celebrate seaside with Mermaid Madness!
Mermaid Farasha Millner, who came all the way from Las Vegas and Ventura little mermaid Jade Reily greeted visitors in front of The December Store & More.
Get connected with a technology workshop in Ventura
On Thursday, March 31, volunteers will be on hand to help attending seniors with questions related to their cell phones, tablets and computers. From 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the SCAN Health & Wellness Center (6633 Telephone Rd., Ste 100), the Technology Connection workshop is free to seniors 55+ and their caregivers. For more information or to register, call 658-0365.
Vol. 9, No. 12 – March 16 – March 29, 2016 – Harbor Patrol Blotter
|2-29 6:35pm, after several attempts to activate the fog signal due to dense fog and visibility less than 0.25 of a mile, officers contacted U.S. coast guard to arrange for repairs.
3-1 9:18am, received a dispatch to a medical at the marina mobile home park. Officers responded and assisted a 68 y/o female complaining of difficulty breathing. The individual was transported to local hospital by AMR medics.
5:45pm, en route to regional water rescue training with State Lifeguards, Ventura, Oxnard, Ventura County fire departments at State Beach and Pier.
3-2 1:54pm, received a dispatch to a medical at marina mobile home park. Officers assisted city fire and AMR with an ill person who was transported to local hospital by AMR medics.
3-3 2:42pm, received a request for a tow from a disabled vessel. Officers responded and towed a 35ft landing craft to their slip at NPS docks.
5:20pm, officers observed the Manson Dredge returning to the harbor due to forecast of Hazardous weather in the next few days.
3-4 3:00pm, received a request to check the well-being of an elderly tenant of VWM from the marina manager. Officers responded and found the individual was very tired and sleeping, but not sick or injured.
5:35pm, received a report of an injured grebe near Surfers Knoll. Officers responded and assisted local sea bird rescuers. Unfortunately the bird was discovered but did not survive.
3-5 5:00pm, received a report of a theft from a vehicle parked at VWM. Officers assisted Ventura PD with searching for the subject. Unable to locate the thief.
3-6 12:28pm, received a request for wind conditions from two hang gliders heading towards Surfers Knoll. Officers reported the gale conditions to the pair of pilots.
3:00pm, received a report of high winds damaging flags in the village. Officers determined that it was not safe to take down flags due to the gale wind conditions throughout the harbor.
11:03pm, observed a power outage in the Harbor. Officers received several calls from businesses burglar alarms malfunctioning throughout the Harbor. No incidents of burglary were reported.
Four Ferguson Case Orr Paterson LLP attorneys on Rising Stars list of 2016 Super Lawyers
Four attorneys with Ferguson Case Orr Paterson LLP have been named to the Rising Stars list of Super Lawyers for 2016. This is a repeat honor for partners Bret Anderson, Jesse Cahill and Douglas Goldwater, and the first recognition for Kymberley Peck, an associate with Ventura County’s largest law firm.
The Rising Stars list includes fewer than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the Southern California Region who are 40 years old or younger, or who have been in practice for 10 years or less.
“Each of the attorneys named to the 2016 Rising Star list continually seeks opportunities for growth in their profession so that they can continue making significant contributions to our clients and our firm,” said FCOP managing partner Michael Velthoen.