May 28, 2015 RSS feed / Front Page

Westlake freeway on-ramp closed for month

Just as one busy freeway on-ramp is set to reopen after a 17-day closure, another is about to be closed for an extended period of time. More...

Father 'nose' best

CLOWNING AROUND—Residents recognize the inaugural May 21 Red Nose Day in the United States. More...

Health & Wellness

Woman finds release from postpartum depression by writing journal

She overcame thoughts of suicide and hurting her children

As Kirsten Falsey pushed her 6-month-old twin daughters on a pair of swings at Moorpark’s Tierra Rejada Park nearly three years ago, the new mother’s focus was not on her smiling girls. She was consumed by her own dark emotions. More...

Blood donor opportunities

The American Red Cross seeks eligible donors to give blood in honor of World Blood Donor Day on June 14 and throughout the summer. More...

Schools

AHS 50 years in the community

Agoura High School is celebrating its golden anniversary this year. Principal Brian Mercer has been making the rounds to City Council and school board meetings to accept commendations and proclamations from city and school leaders. More...

Helping teens to cope with pressure

Three experts in the field of addiction, parenting and child/ adolescent counseling will offer their insights into the challenges facing young people today and what adults can do to help at a Mental Health Roundtable for Parents and Teens at 4 p.m. More...

High School Hi Lights

Agoura Chargers Fri., May 29: Spirit competition Senior trip through Sat., May 30/Magic Mountain More...

Pets

Stalking Agoura Hills

COLORFUL CREATURES—Lifelike sculptures of a winding snake and a mountain lion adorn the outdoor interpretive center at the new Agoura Hills Recreation and Event Center. More...

Pet of the week

BELLE OF THE BALL— Anabelle is a female calico domestic shorthair cat. She is litter box trained and seems to get along with other cats. She is an adultonly cat. More...

Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Agoura Hills A resident on Eagleton Street reported that someone stole mail from their mailbox May 19. A $200 cellphone was stolen from an unattended backpack at Lindero Canyon Middle School in the 5800 block of N. Larboard Lane May 12. More...

Family

Family Men

Ham and cheese on why

Bad things happen to me and I ask, “Why?” The other night, my wife and I took our 11-year-old son and his friend to dinner, and two total strangers sitting across the way paid our bill. More...

Westlake gears up for summer entertainment

The City of Westlake Village will kick off its 12th season of TGIF summer entertainment with Jazz Night at 7 p.m. Fri., May 29 at Westlake Village Civic Center, 31200 Oak Crest Drive. More...

Film about safety for people on autism spectrum

“Be Safe The Movie,” a 60-minute film made by and for teens and adults with autism spectrum disorder and similar disabilities, will be screened from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wed., June 3 at 30345 Canwood St. in Agoura Hills. More...

Calendar

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THURS., MAY 28 Student Chalk Painting Festival 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in quad area, Monte Vista Middle School, 888 Lantana St., Camarillo. 80 MVMS art students display their work. Free. Contact: Devra Brewer. Phone: 805. 708.2848. More...

Letters

Bank-rolled

I am a resident of Oak Park, but teach in Simi Valley. This past week at my school we had a fundraiser called “Penny Wars” where the grade levels were in competition against each other to see who brought in the most pennies. More...

School vaccines: pros and cons

Regarding the article “School vaccines: yes? no?” (May 21), if a family wants to live by themselves in a cabin in the woods, they can exercise their “personal beliefs” not to vaccinate their children. More...

Letter

Thank you for your article that highlights Senate Bill 277. I would like to comment on the ambiguous headline, which says, “Law would require vaccinations in public and private schools.” More...

Editorials

Water police are just around the corner

Desperate times call for desperate measures As the drought worsens, the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District has hired the services of a security firm to catch water wasters in the act. More...

Cartoon

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Breaking News - 5/29/2015 12:47 PM

Sewer water spills in Malibu Creek

An equipment malfunction on May 28 allowed between 500,000 to 1 million gallons of partially treated sewer water to spill into Malibu Creek near the Tapia plant in Malibu Canyon. More...

Big Brother and the drought

Water district hires security firm

While many Californians know there’s a serious drought, some still haven’t acknowledged the severity of the situation. It’s a trend water officials are hoping to change. More...

Fallen warriors remembered

WITH ALL DUE RESPECT—Above, 94-year-old Merritt Schultheis of Agoura Hills stands with the help of his son, Wayne, and audience member Pat Halliday during the 25th annual Memorial Day service at Pierce Brothers cemetery in Westlake Village on More...

Community

Note to self, write Dad

Father’s Day is Sun., June 21, and The Acorn wants your dad to receive the recognition he so deserves. More...

Boys & Girls club comes to Calabasas

WE’RE HERE—The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley announce the opening of their newest club— Club Bay Laurel, which meets at the Bay Laurel Elementary School campus, 24 More...

Spell check, please

WHIZ KIDS—Vandals removed a few strategic letters to make this sign on northbound Kanan Road in the Santa Monica Mountains stray from its intended meaning. More...

Business

Agoura Hills-based Conrad Hilton foundation names new CEO

Peter Laugharn has been chosen as the next president and CEO of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, which awards grants to improve the lives of disadvantaged people. The foundation is based in Agoura Hills. The appointment is effective Jan. 1, 2016. More...

Send us your business brief

If you have news to announce regarding your business, such as an award, a promotion or a new location, please email the information to newstip@theacorn.com. Certain promotional information may not be accepted. More...

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Sports

Twice is nice for high-flying Eagles

Oak Park boys’ volleyball team sweeps Valencia for second CIFSouthern Section championship

Oak Park High is back on top of the boys’ volleyball world. The Eagles (34-5 overall, 8-0 in the Coastal Canyon League) claimed the CIF-Southern Section Division 2 championship on May 23 with a straight-set victory against Valencia. More...

Kruger’s home run lifts Oaks Christian

Lions elude tough Simi Valley, advance to quarterfinals against Yucaipa

Kaitlyn Kruger smiled and shrugged her shoulders. “It was one of those lucky things,” she said, “where the Softball Gods are with you.” More...

Lions hire basketball coach

There’s a new king of basketball at Oaks Christian High. The school hired Robert Icart as boys’ basketball head coach and director of basketball operations. More...

Faith

Singers to highlight evening with Chabad

Chabad of the Conejo, a Jewish educational and social service organization serving the Conejo Valley from seven regional centers, will host a community-wide Evening of Jewish Song and Solidarity at 7:30 p.m. More...

Obituaries

Mary Fichera

March 12, 1912 May 4, 2015

A beautiful birthday for Mary Fichera was held at her home on Westlake Island as she turned 103 years old. My parents fell in love with this beautiful place and moved here some 30 years ago. Sadly, on May 4th mom passed away in her sleep. More...

On the Town

Excellence in music—A new age

Sam Gunn, an 18-year-old senior at Oak Park High School, offers a fresh perspective on some of today’s best new music. This month, Sam listens in on Sufjan Stevens and Kendrick Lamar. Sufjan Stevens: “Carrie & Lowell” More...

The Movie Nut

This film is named after a section of Disneyland, but it really embodies the purpose of EPCOT and the spirit of the Kodaksponsored adventure, the original “Journey Into Imagination.” More...

Show highlights pottery, woodwork, rugs

An impressive variety of Oaxacan wood carvings, Mata Ortiz pottery and Zapotec rugs will be featured in the Latin American Art Show and Sale from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat. More...

Columns

Hot Flashes

Enter the bucket

There’s a bucket in my shower, dear Liza, dear Liza. It’s a real doozy too. A Walmart special, cherry red 14-quart baby that looks as classy in our spiffy bathroom as a pair of Birkenstocks on a June bride. More...

On the Trail

Clamoring for a canoe

In a swimming pool in a Thousand Oaks backyard one summer’s day, I came nose to bow with the object of my desire: a 12-foot long canoe. It had been set afloat to prove its soundness by the person selling it to me. More...