December 18, 2014 RSS feed / Front Page

Viewpoint names McKee

Viewpoint School’s board of trustees unanimously selected Mark McKee as the school’s next leader in charge of daily operations. McKee is currently head of school at St. More...

Health & Wellness

UCLA Bruins select first Kid Captain

Logan Nobriga, a 10-yearold boy from Oak Park who is battling cancer, was selected as the first Kid Captain by Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA and the UCLA men’s basketball team. More...

5K benefits those with mental illness

SUPPORTING A GOOD CAUSE—Above, Drew and Alec Saki, both 16, set the pace for the inaugural Oak Park High School 5K run for NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness. More...

Business

Stores get in the holiday spirit at Whizin’s Christmas Fair

A TOAST TO THE SEASON—Above, Georgia Polk, 11, and her mother, Jennifer, of Malibu, sample hot spiced cider provided by Vanessa Page of Venice at Whizin Market Square’s second annual Chri More...

Business deans talk innovation

The deans of several local business schools will gather at the Association for Corporate Growth 101 for a Deans of Innovation Panel to discuss innovation that will continue to build companies and create local jobs for the next five years. More...

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Sports

Gold standard

Every year, the Lions lose stars to college. Every year, rookies come in and rise to the challenge. Oaks Christian High’s girls’ soccer team sets the bar high every season. This current squad is no exception. More...

Water polo stars sign

GAMERS—Agoura High girls’ water polo players Natalie Kayton, left, and Lauren Rothermel signed scholarships. Kayton is bound for Wagner College. More...

Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Agoura Hills Third-row seats were stolen from a white Chevrolet Suburban and a black Cadillac Escalade parked in the Sheraton Hotel parking lot on Agoura Road between Nov. 29 and 30. More...

Beware of DUI checkpoint

If you’re thinking about drinking at your holiday party and getting behind the wheel without sobering up, think twice. More...

Family

Family Men

Road trip

It was going well—too well. So three vicious dogs ruined it by charging my 11-year-old son from behind a fence and practically eating him and his bicycle whole. I knew there’d be trouble along the way. More...

Making beautiful music together

The nonprofit Songmakers will host the following acoustic music song circles in January. For addresses, call the respective leader of the circle. More...

Food drive helps those in need

MAYOR, SCOUTS SERVE THE COMMUNITY—Calabasas Mayor David Shapiro, right, assists Boys Scouts, Girls Scouts and Cub Scouts in their holiday food drive last month in Calabasas. More...

Calendar

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THURS., DEC. 18 Woodland Hills Woman’s Club 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Woodland Hills Country Club, 21150 Dumetz Road. Open to all women regardless of age, race, creed or political affiliation. Luncheon cost: $24. RSVP requested. More...

Letters

Acorn policy of free speech comes under question

I am writing in support of Martin Jansen’s letter to the editor, “Letters could use some censorship (Dec. 11), and to dispute the feeble answer given by The Acorn. More...

Letter

Martin Jansen hit the nail on the head and your response was disingenuous at best. You often support Obama bashing, Christianity and right-wing agendas despite your level-playing-field counterpoint to Martin Jansen, so shame on you. More...

Letter

I’ve lived in Oak Park for 20 years and in California since 1988. This is my first letter to an editor. More...

Editorials

Local cities are learning to read sign language

Calabasas, Agoura Hills and Westlake Village embrace a business sign policy that suggests the size of the sign is inversely proportional to the beauty of the city. More...

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Businesses want City of Calabasas to relax sign laws

Current ordinance too restrictive, Chamber says

A group of business owners in Calabasas asked the City Council at its Dec. 10 meeting to review the restrictions on sign usage in the city. More...

Newcomers join OPUSD school board

Ross, Hazelton, Helfstein take oath

The Oak Park Unified School District Board of Education officially welcomed three new members during its Dec. 9 reorganization meeting. More...

Community

Water board reorganizes

Las Virgenes Municipal Water District board members were sworn into office at LVMWD’s Dec. 9 meeting. More...

Holiday delivery a day early

The Acorn office will be closed Dec. 25 to 26 and Jan. 1 to 2 for the holidays. The Acorn newspaper will be delivered on Wed., Dec. 24 and Wed., Dec. 31. For more information, visit www.theacornonline.com. More...

Rain falls, but water rationing continues

The recent precipitation the area has experienced will help temper the state’s water crisis but won’t put any major dents in California’s record drought. More...

Schools

OPUSD changes school motto to reflect philosophy

The Oak Park Unified School District Board of Education chose a new motto last week to reflect the district’s “moral imperatives,” the philosophies that guide the work of teachers and administrators. More...

Story time at the library

Storytime with stories, songs and fingerplays will be offered for children and their caregivers on Fridays from Jan. 9 to Feb. 13 at the Westlake Village Library, 31220 Oak Crest Drive. More...

High School Hi Lights

Agoura Chargers Fri., Dec. 19: ComedySportz/ performing arts education center/ 6 p.m. Mon., Dec. 22: Winter break-no school through Fri., Jan. 2 More...

Pets

The secret hideaway

Last Christmas I bought the new dog a purportedly therapeutic dog bed so cozy I wanted to curl up in it. Nearly 365 days later, the dog is still sacking out exclusively on a threadbare throw rug in the hall. I’m only up to my third dog so far. More...

That’s a long way to walk a dog

TWO-THOUSAND MILES—Luke Robinson and his 3-year-old Great Pyrenees, Indiana, pass through Ventura County last week on their 2,000 mile walk from Canada to Mexico to raise awareness for canine c More...

Pet of the week

COOL PET—Colonel is an orange- and white-striped snake of unknown age. He is not too big and could make for a good first pet. If you would like to adopt Colonel, ask for ID No. More...

Faith

Rabbi discusses King David: the man and the myth

PRESENTATION—Rabbi David Wolpe gives a talk about the biblical King David at Pepperdine University in Malibu on Dec. 3. More...

Cantor to perform at Chanukah festival

Program to include hot latkes and doughnuts

Cantor, singer and Agoura resident Kenny Ellis will perform at the Chanukah at the Shoppes Festival at 5 p.m. Sun., Dec. 21 at the Shoppes at Westlake Village/Target shopping center, 30770 Russell Ranch Road. More...

When you’re hangin’ by a thread

I pulled the ribbon tight into a bow and placed the package beneath the tree. That’s when I saw the little ballerina ornament, delicate and suspended by her lifeline among the branches… and I thought of you, the reader of these words. More...

On the Town

Ballerina sisters prepare for ‘Nutcracker’

A local family of ballerinas will share the stage this Saturday at Pacific Festival Ballet’s rendition of “The Nutcracker” at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza For the second year in a row, sisters Jayne, Jillian and Georgia Butler More...

Radio play reinvented for stage

Nearly two decades before Dr. More...

Art shows pinpoint accuracy

DIGITAL DIVA—From Jan. More...

Columns

Hot Flashes

The finish line

At their 30th wedding anniversary, my parents jazzed up the joint with a bucket of bubbly, some funky piano and a bunch of salty old friends. Sentimental toasts bounced off the velour wallpaper until Mom decided to talk straight. More...

Eye on the Conejo

In the holiday spirit

Last weekend was a genuine kickoff to the holiday season for my wife and me. On Friday we attended the Christmas concert at California Lutheran University, which has become an annual tradition for us. More...