January 19, 2017 RSS feed / Front Page

Health & Wellness

Attending Senior Congress makes sense for older adults

Program will look at aging process in new ways

“Making Sense of Your Senses” is the theme of this year’s Senior Congress at St. More...

Precise diagnosis needed for pain relief

COMMENTARY /// Back pain

Chances are you’ve seen a doctor for back pain or you know someone who has. Back pain is one of the top reasons people seek professional care. More...

Happy hike, happy life

HEALTHY HOBBY—At right, Newbury Park’s Karen Lindberg and her son Joey, left, are among the many visitors to the Boney Mountain waterfall on Jan. 14. More...

Schools

In-house credentialing put on hold

Trustees want more information

A plan to provide in-house teacher and administrator credentialing services in the Las Virgenes Unified School District hit a snag at last week’s board of education meeting as trustees requested more data about teacher recruiting, retention and More...

Spirit team says, ‘Be our guest’

HOST WITH THE MOST—The 15-time national champion Agoura High Spirit Team will host the United Spirit Association Regional USA Nationals Qualifier in the AHS gym at 10 a.m. Sat., Jan. 21. More...

Flea market

A flea market to raise funds for Mariposa School of Global Education in Agoura Hills will be held in Sumac Elementary School’s multipurpose room from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sun., Jan. 22 at 6050 Calmfield Ave., Agoura Hills.  More...

Pets

Roly-poly dove just trying to keep warm

Late one cold winter’s afternoon, I pulled into a parking spot at the Westlake Village Library on Oak Crest Drive. I was so chilled I lingered inside my toasty car a bit.  More...

Pet of the week

SWEETIE—Tazzie is a female black and orange domestic longhair mix about 11 years old. She is a very social cat that is good with young children and other cats. She is also litter box trained. To adopt Tazzie, ask for ID No. More...

Family

Clever raccoons can’t outsmart homeowners

COMMENTARY /// Local wildlife

As 31-year Oak Park residents, my family and I have had our fair share of critter visits to our property. Opossum families have periodically traversed the backyard brick wall. Mama ducks and their ducklings have waddled around the back lawn. More...

Art show taking student work

Malibu-area students in grades K-12 can submit artwork for the eighth annual Malibu Student Art Show from Jan. 30 through Feb. 7.  Students may bring in artwork of any medium between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. More...

Community supports kids at risk

The seventh annual Coats for Casa Pacifica clothes drive collected more than 2,500 articles of clothing for at-risk youths who are waiting for placement in kinship care or a foster home.  “The first year we collected 100, so we are thrille More...

Calendar

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THURS., JAN. 19  Woodland Hills Woman’s Club  10 a.m. at Woodland Hills Country Club, 21150 Dumetz Road. Representatives from Center for Assault Treatment Services give the program. Luncheon cost: $25. RSVP required. More...

Letters

Coffee with the council member

Please join me for my first constituent coffee, or as I like to refer to it—Coffee with Alicia— at 9 a.m. Fri., Jan. More...

Who really needs Agoura Village?

Regarding the “long-awaited” Cornerstone or Agoura Village, or whatever it would be euphemistically titled, who exactly is waiting for it? Not I. Nor the multitudes, I suspect. More...

Village missteps

This letter is related to the planning commission meeting held Jan. 5. Suffice to say, this plan does not properly address combined traffic, safety and environmental issues inherent in the overall plan. More...

Editorials

Childhood exercise matters, but so does diet

“Eh, who cares?”  That’s likely the reaction most people had to the recent California Department of Education announcement on how students did on the annual Physical Fitness Test.  More...

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FOR THE RECORD

An Acorn article last week incorrectly stated that the current Los Angeles County sales tax rate is 9.25 per cent. The rate decreased from 9 to 8.75 percent with the Dec.  More...

New laws try to stoke housing construction

Bigger, denser projects allowed as incentive for affordable units

Several new California laws will try to boost the statewide housing supply by offering builders a fast track toward construction. More...

Field lab’s phase two demolition nearly finished

NASA continues to make progress in the cleanup of its portion of the Santa Susana Field Lab, with the second phase of remediation about 70 percent complete. More...

Community

Western redbud will wow city streets

COMMENTARY /// On the trail

When the City of Agoura Hills remodeled Agoura Road between Ladyface Court and Kanan Road, the installation of landscaping along a new walking path that was part of the project provided a deft finishing touch. More...

County homeless census will seek out teens and adults

Counting starts next week

For the first time since they started tracking numbers in 2007, Ventura County officials will perform two separate head counts of the region’s homeless adults and children this year, hoping for a better assessment of hidden groups that may have More...

Stern sworn in to office

State Sen. Henry Stern (D-Calabasas) will be sworn in to office at a community event from noon to 2 p.m. Sun., Jan. 29 at Agoura High School’s performing arts education center. More...

Business

Calabasas targets taxpayer dollars for private project improvements

$4-million incentive offered to developer

Calabasas officials want to use taxpayer dollars to renovate a cul-de-sac and build a parking lot at the request of a private developer who wants to construct a hotel on Las Virgenes Road just south of the 101 Freeway.  More...

EYE ON LOCAL AREA STOCKS

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Sports

Stingrays give kids ray of hope

Agoura aquatics program benefits athletes with special needs

Agoura High’s pool deck is quiet on Sunday afternoons.  That silence will be replaced with the sounds of water splashing and children laughing beginning Feb. 5, when the Agoura Stingrays return to the water.  More...

St. Bonnie hires Henney

Reality is stranger than fiction.  Former Westlake High football head coach Tony Henney, who was fired from his post with the Warriors after only two seasons, has been hired to lead St. Bonaventure. Westlake and St. More...

The Stingrays in a nutshell

The Agoura Stingrays, a nonprofit organization that promotes aquatic sports for students with special needs, return for their second season on Feb. 5 at Agoura High. More...

Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Agoura Hills   A thief stole a duffel bag containing $4,000 worth of clothing, six pairs of shoes valued at $2,500, as well as a pair of handcuffs and a handgun holster from a vehicle parked on Agoura Road Jan. 8. More...

Faith

Synagogue names new social action coordinator

Congregation Or Ami announced that Laurie Tragen Boykoff will become the new social action/ tikkun olam coordinator at the reform synagogue in Calabasas. More...

Holiday flashback

CAROL CREW—Left, Bob Salfi of Thousand Oaks sings a Christmas carol with Penny Greenblatt of Thousand Oaks at Temple Adat Elohim’s 22nd annual Community Holiday Dinner on Christmas Day at More...

Spiritual quest leads to insights

There is no right or wrong path to God, says Mathew Fink, a private math and science tutor and tennis instructor from Calabasas.  Fink recently published a book about his own spiritual awakening in the hope that it will illuminate the possibilit More...

On the Town

Jefferson Starship to land in Agoura

Venerable rock band will be at The Canyon Jan. 21

As lead singer of Jefferson Starship for the past nine years, Cathy Richardson gets to rocket through a hit-packed song catalog popularized by a rock ’n’ roll legend. More...

Lonnie Jordan declares War on Agoura

Band revives ‘70s Afro-Latin funk sound

Practically the ’70s incarnate, War—with its casually multicultural membership, elastic funk beats and staccato horn blasts— came to musically represent the best aspects of the decade.  More...

Canadian Brass to perform in T.O.

The 47-year-old Canadian Brass quintet will present a free concert at Cal Lutheran University at 7:30 p.m. Thurs., Jan. 26 in Samuelson Chapel, 165 Chapel Lane on the Thousand Oaks campus.  More...

Columns

No snickerdoodles or ice cream this year

Hot Flashes

We’re just weeks into 2017, and at my age, aiming to look like Christie Brinkley by Feb. 1 means I might need to consider other options. Seems my New Year’s resolution of losing between 10 and 3,000 pounds is somewhat trite. More...

Deciding to head in new direction

Flying Squirrel

The words you’re reading now are different from my first draft of this piece.  I’d originally written all about traveling abroad in December to visit European Christmas markets.  Recent events have me more contemplative.  B More...