Ventura County Charges Church with Contempt of Court

Rob McCoy, pastor of Godspeak Calvary Chapel in Newbury Park, went before Ventura County Judge Vincent O’Neill, Jr., on August 21 to face a contempt-of-court-charge. The charge stemmed from an August 7 temporary restraining order issued by the court.  McCoy explained, while accompanied by his attorneys, “People need to be in fellowship… I never thought we would come to a place where our governor would declare our churches non-essential.” The terms of the restraining order banned 1,000 Godspeak Calvary Chapel attendees from gathering for indoor worship services in Ventura County.  …

A West Coast Deli with East Coast Charm

Those who grew up on the East Coast know the art and charm of the neighborhood deli. Much more than a food stop, the deli operates like a community center, a multigenerational gathering place where the owners know their customers personally, even extended family members. Ernie Zoumot has brought the charm of the East Coast deli to the Conejo Valley in Dos Vientos with the Village Trader Market and Deli. The Village Trader Market is Ernie’s “labor of love.” After working in the corporate world for more than 25 years,…

Hair Stylist Turns Rock Star

Anyone can make lemonade from lemons, but Newbury Park hair stylist Michelle Robertson can squeeze joy from rocks! After spending 25 years honing her creative skills and building a loyal clientele, the coronavirus arrived and challenged Michelle to meet her clients’ needs and bring light to those experiencing the pain of social distancing.  The Conejo Valley’s thriving beauty industry was no match for the pandemic. Thousands of stylists and barbers were forced to abandon salons and clients, while scrambling to file for unemployment and pursue other options.  Salon space rental…