August 28, 2014 RSS feed / Front Page

Oak Park school district keeps classrooms full

Enrollment still high for bedroom community

Despite fewer out-of-district students this year, Oak Park Unifi ed School District enrollment is still on the rise. The school district started classes yesterday with 4,600 students enrolled, about 100 more than last year. More...

Acorn fiction contest deadline approaching

The Acorn’s popular annual Fiction in a Nutshell contest is underway, and it’s easy to enter. In 100 words or fewer, write a fiction story and send it to newstip@theacorn.com. More...

Health & Wellness

Father and daughter fit to the max

The Calabasas City Council recently recognized resident Robert Blackstone and his daughter Payton Bella, 9, for winning the Daddy Daughter Team International Natural Bodybuilding Association World Fitness Championship. More...

Support programs help cancer fight

The Cancer Support Community will offer the following free events for people with cancer, cancer survivors and their loved ones at 530 Hampshire Road, Westlake Village. More...

Schools

Oak Park education goes high tech

Oak Park Unified School District spent the summer rebuilding its technology infrastructure in order to support a shift toward more student-centered computing and to enhance campus security and communications. More...

Yard sale supports school

White Oak Elementary School will host an outdoor yard sale on Sat., Sept. 6 at the school, 31761 Village School Road, Westlake Village. Funds raised will be used for specialists and school programs. More...

High School Hi Lights

Agoura ChargersFri., Aug. 29: Big FridayRally/stadium/10 a.m.Welcome back dance/9 p.m.Mon., Sept. 1: Labor Day-noschool More...

Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Agoura Hills A man stole $1,800 worth of merchandise from the Vons market in the 5600 block of Kanan Road Aug. 14. The man is seen on a video surveillance camera wearing a black hat and black shirt. More...

Faith

Synagogue and church share common ground

A leasing agreement that will allow two very different religious organizations to share the same worship space appears to be a match made in heaven. More...

Temple to teach about the Holocaust

Temple Ner Ami in Camarillo announces the creation of a new class titled “Holocaust Education” that will be from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Mondays starting Sept. 15 at the temple, 515 Temple Ave. More...

Church welcomes new worship director

Edward Rouse, artistic director for the Los Robles Children’s Choir, will join Emmanuel Presbyterian Church as the new interim worship director in September. Rehearsals for the fall 2014 season will begin at 7 p.m. Thurs., Sept. More...

On the Town

‘Magnificent voices’ in pioneering musical

When the musical “ Rent” made its debut on Broadway in 1996, its storyline—which dealt with AIDS, drug abuse, transvestism and gay relationships— attracted much controversy throughout the theater world. More...

‘Sweeny Todd’ on stage

The Agoura Community Theater, in cooperation with Curtain Call Youth Theatre sponsored by the City of Agoura Hills, will present the musical thriller “Sweeney Todd” Aug. More...

The Movie Nut

Summer is typically a slow time in the movie industry. But 2014 offered a few gems for every type of moviegoer. While we await the holiday blockbusters, here are my top 10 movie picks for the summer. More...

Columns

The Other Side of 50

Calling all inventors It’s been said that necessity is the mother of invention. While this proverb is frequently true, I can say from my time in the consumer products industry that it isn’t always the case. More...

Family Men

Alo-huh? My family and I tried snorkeling in Hawaii like all of you recommended. Thank you for the suggestion! Normally I get seasick on small boats out at sea. More...

Breaking News - 8/29/2014 12:55 PM

County gives final OK to Santa Monica Mountains plan

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved the Santa Monica Mountains Local Coastal Plan Aug. 26, ending a decades-long effort to place more control of the region in the hands of the county rather than the California Coastal Commission. More...

A wild wet show

EPIC SURF—Large, hurricane-fueled waves strike Malibu’s Surfrider Beach on Wednesday. One surfer died at the beach’s famed Third Point as the swell arrived on Tuesday. More...

Calabasas employees get raise

Calabasas, like all cities in California, has felt the effects of the state’s budget problems for almost a decade. More...

Community

City strives to be water-wise

SPRINKLER MANAGEMENT—Calabasas is installing a $600,000 citywide Smart Irrigation Control System with a goal of reducing water consumption on public landscaping up to 25 percent. More...

Early deadlines

Due to the Labor Day holiday, be advised of the early deadlines for Acorn advertising this week. Real estate submissions are due by noon today, Thurs., Aug. 28. Retail advertisements are due by noon Fri., Aug. 29. More...

Deputies aren’t ‘trigger happy’

Thank you to the recent Acorn letter writer for his keen observation in pointing out that one of my deputies had his finger on the trigger of his weapon during a training exercise at Pepperdine University. More...

Business

Westlake tech savvy entrepreneur ready to spread his wings

After graduating from California Lutheran University, 24-yearold Alexander Greene faced the same challenge as many other new graduates—a lack of jobs. More...

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Pets

Pet of the week

HEY! PICK ME!—Rune is a female white and tan pit bull mix about 3 years old. She is new to the shelter and is waiting to spend time with someone. More...

Rock stars support special needs dogs

A star-studded rock and roll fundraiser called “Sing for the Voiceless” will help a local animal rescue to save abused, injured and special-needs dogs and place them into loving homes. More...

Family

CHS musicians hit the road

Calabasas High School will host the third annual Music Fun Run to support student music education on Sun., Sept. 14 at the school, 22855 W. Mulholland Hwy. More...

Visitors from the wild

As a reminder to all, we live among the animals, and we have moved into their home. In the last six months or so we have relocated several animals from our Liberty Canyon neighborhood in Agoura Hills, and saw lots more. More...

Old Glory travels from D.C. to Valley

HOME OF THE FREE—Rep. Brad Sherman, right, presents a U.S.flag previouslyflown over the nation’s capital in Washington D.C. More...

Calendar

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THURS., AUG. 28 Kiwanis T.O. BrewFest More...

Letters

Unhappy with shopping center

The Westlake Plaza shopping experience—what a nightmare. Fortunately some of us will continue to patronize our favorite merchants and get a little exercise along the way. More...

Lost ambience

Merriam-Webster defines the word ambience as “a mood or feeling associated with a particular, place, person or thing.” The word has taken on special meaning for me as I think about the Westlake Plaza expansion project at the corner of Ago More...

Help for pit bulls

When she first heard about Indy, the adorable pit bull that was purposelessly burned in 2013, Sky Valencia, founder of the St. Martin’s Animal Foundation, said she wanted to cry. More...

Editorials

A banner day for bag supporters

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The California Legislature this week narrowly defeated a bill that called for a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags. Monday, lawmakers voted 37-33 against the ban, just four votes shy of the majority needed in the 80-member Assembly. More...