Author: Chris O'Neal

HISTORICALLY SIGNIFICANT | Local WWII veterans honored at annual event

Irv Wasserberg, 94, served in Okinawa and China in World War II and the Korean War as a member of the U.S. Marine Corps. Discharged from the Marines as a Lt. Colonel, two ranks below Brigadier General, Wasserberg traveled the world, taking up employment in Germany. Now, Irv is a resident of Cypress Place Senior Living in Ventura, where he and roughly 40 other veterans will be honored at the community’s annual Salute to Our Veterans event, featuring guest speakers, a flag ceremony and a salute to the veterans from esteemed guests. Wasserberg leads a weekly history class at...

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IN BRIEF

PFLAG volunteers needed or support group will end The Ventura branch of Parents, Families, Friends and Allies of the LGBT community has hosted a monthly support group meeting since 2012, but its June 28 meeting may be the last, as the organization’s board of directors and meeting facilitator will be stepping down at the end of June. If replacements cannot be found, the meetings will have to end, says Gary Zinik, who himself hosted the meetings up until recently, but remained a board member. In a VCReporter story from August 2016, Zinik said that meeting attendance had been on...

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PLANET VENTURA

Honda whips out the razor for dad For this past Father’s Day, the SoCall Honda Dealers held its annual Pop-Up Shave in Ventura. Dads were treated to a free straight-razor shave or haircut over the weekend. The event is part of Honda’s Random Acts of Helpfulness campaign, which has contributed to various causes across Southern California, including a $25,000 donation of school supplies to needy teachers, and for Mother’s Day, a free spa-day for the matrons of the family. For more information, visit...

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MONEY PITS | The risky game of sustaining municipal golf courses

Just yesterday it seemed that golf would finally catapult from hobby to national pastime enjoyed by all, with the era of Tiger Woods inspiring youngsters to take up the clubs and start swinging. Times change, however, and the popularity of the sport has dropped as dramatically as it rose, leaving owners of golf courses — many of which are owned by local cities and counties — scrambling to come up with solutions to rising costs and declining revenues. The enormous courses needed to play the sport, some 18-hole, some nine-hole, have come under scrutiny as dwindling usage, infrastructure in...

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Fluid State of mind

Fluid State Beer Garden 692 E. Main St. Ventura 699-6467 From my office, I can see Fluid State Beer Garden, which sits on the corner of Main and Fir Streets in downtown Ventura. Over the course of several months, crews removed what remained of Ragsdale with the efficiency of carpenter ants. Now that Fluid State is in full swing, the effort, from my point of view, seems to have been well worth it. Stepping into Fluid State is kind of like walking down the stairs into your cool older brother’s basement room, or the basement from That 70s Show....

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UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS

  1. Hamlet, Disco Dane of Denmark

    April 21 @ 8:00 pm - June 30 @ 10:00 pm
  2. WHEN WE WERE YOUNG AND UNAFRAID

    May 26 @ 8:00 pm - June 25 @ 5:00 pm
  3. Shakespeare: A Celebration

    June 9 - September 28
  4. Northwest Boychoir Concert

    June 21 @ 7:00 pm - July 11 @ 9:30 pm
  5. Ricky Burrus Veteran’s Memorial Ride

    June 25 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm