Editor, scuba diver reacts to boat tragedy

COMMENTARY /// Loss of life aboard the Conception

For as large and expansive as the California coastline is, the community of scuba divers who frequent its wild waters is, remarkably, quite small. So when news broke Labor Day morning that the Conception— one of three Santa Barbara based live-a-board dive boats owned by Truth Aquatics had caught fire and sank off the coast of Santa Cruz island leaving […]

Hot dogs keep it cool

Animals feel the heat, too

Raccoon on the prowl

BANDIT ALERT—Having her cup of coffee one recent morning, Valerie DeWitt says she was surprised to look out the living room window of her home on Passageway Place in Agoura Hills and see this raccoon visitor. Squirrels are quite common, but not this big little bandit. Keep food scraps in check!

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The Acorn’s guide to club meetings

THURS., SEPT. 5 Goebel Stamp Club 6:30 p.m. at Goebel Adult Community Center, 1385 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. All stamp collectors invited. How to start collecting stamps, display of auction items. Contact: Jeff. Phone: 805.358.6162. Email : Conejo Valley Woodworkers Assoc. 7 p.m. in cafeteria building, Redwood Middle School, 233 W. Gainsborough Road, Thousand Oaks. Informative project demo, […]

Emergency-ready kit just for pets

Agoura Hills-based Veterinary Emergency Medical Assistance, a company that develops programs and products designed to enhance animal safety, has created a disaster relief kit especially for pets. The Agoura group will donate a monetary percentage for every kit sold to the nonprofit Little Angels Project—a VEMA partner that is also based in Agoura Hills—to assist the organization’s animal rescue and […]

Greater Conejo Chamber elects 2021 chair

Natalie Yanez of eXp Realty/ Team Bjorkman has been selected as chair elect of the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce. Don Phillipson, owner of WSI e-Pro Marketing, is serving as chair for 2019. Tom Cohen of Cohen, Begun & Deck LLP will have the chair in 2020. Yanez will chair the board in 2021. Born and raised in Southern […]


State treasurer to speak to AAUW State treasurer Fiona Ma will deliver the keynote address at AAUW Thousand Oaks’ annual fall breakfast at 8:15 a.m. Sat., Sept. 14 at Moorpark Country Club, 11800 Championship Drive. Ma was elected to statewide office in 2018, winning more votes than any other state treasurer in California history. Prior to being elected, she served […]

Gold Award project studies brain trauma

Oak Park High School senior Alina Tong recently earned her Girl Scout Gold Award by spreading the word about the difficulty students have returning to school after suffering a traumatic brain injury. Alina, 17, had experienced firsthand the problems students have when coming back to school after brain injury, and she realized there was a lack of awareness about them. […]

Think two steps ahead: September is Pedestrian Safety Month

September is Pedestrian Safety Month, and California continues to see more pedestrians getting injured or killed on roads. In 2016, 867 pedestrians were killed and more than 14,000 injured in California alone. A report released earlier this year by the Governors Highway Safety Association projected that more than 6,200 pedestrians were killed in the United States last year, the highest […]

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