Best Reader Photos of 2018

MOMENTS—Acorn readers gave us some amazing pictures this year, and these are three of the best. At top, Jeff Roth captured a lone firefighter taking a break in Calabasas during the Woolsey fire. Left, Jennifer Buzza was in good position for the October plane crash on the 101. Above, Kim Barker of the California Wildlife Center shows a cute squirrel […]

November to remember

Woolsey fire, Borderline still painful

A campground murder, a mass shooting, a devastating wildfire and, oh, a stock-market meltdown: These are the things rocked our world in the second half of 2018. But the news from Calabasas, Agoura Hills, Westlake Village and Oak Park wasn’t all bad as residents showed remarkable resilience. By the end of the year they had come together to support a […]

Mountain man on the run

Major crimes a hallmark of 2018

The November mass shooting in Thousand Oaks capped a year in which residents endured a multitude of crimes not normally associated with the region. Locals were shocked to learn June 22 that an Irvine father of two had been the victim of a murder at Malibu Creek State Park campground. Tristan Beaudette, 35, was sleeping in a tent with his […]

Abandoned cars appear in burned out canyons

Vehicles once covered up are now exposed

The Woolsey fire that denuded much of the Santa Monica Mountains from Oak Park to Malibu has uncovered an interesting secret. Numerous cars that were abandoned over the years are now visible to the naked eye because the brush that once hid them has burned away. Acting on a report earlier this month, four volunteer teams from Malibu Search and […]

Year ends on brighter note

Oak Park schools see a silver lining

The reorganization meeting for the Oak Park Unified School District Board of Education on Dec. 11 was more than a perfunctory changing of the guard; it was a time to pay special attention to residents and others whose charitable efforts helped ease the community’s pain following the Woolsey fire. Before celebrating the school community’s outpouring of help, Denise Helfstein was […]

Woman goes to bat in domestic violence case

Attacked man in his home

A 31-year-old woman has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon after a man in Oak Park was battered with a baseball bat while he was sleeping. Police said the incident happened in the early morning hours of Dec. 12 in the 6000 block of Smoke Tree Avenue. The man, whose name is not being released, was struck numerous […]

Let it snow

FESTIVE SPIRIT—Mrs. Claus welcomes some of the more than 2,000 guests to the Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village’s annual Let It Snow event Dec. 14 to 17. Activities included live snowfall, festive bounce houses, a holiday express train ride, s’mores, hot cocoa and an elf story time for kids.

Victims’ memorial moved to Borderline

The loving makeshift memorial to the 12 lives lost at Borderline Bar and Grill last month has made the short trip home. Last Sunday, volunteers from the City of Thousand Oaks and the Thousand Oaks Police Department worked in concert with Borderline employees and the victims’ families to relocate the flowers, photographs, candles, balloons, flags, notes, stuffed animals and pieces […]

Protecting the innocent

When animals have to be evacuated

Evacuating from a fire is harrowing. In a frantic rush, people must decide what to take and where to go as the flames approach. And for those that have large pets or livestock, the situation becomes even more stressful. Cats and dogs can travel in a car alongside human belongings, but moving a 1,500-pound horse is a different animal altogether. […]

Honoring Oak Park’s finest

HEARTFELT THANKS—Firefighter Mike Williams from Oak Park Station 36 receives a commendation on behalf of Oak Park High School from Danielle Gould, center, student body president and star volleyball player, for his service to the community during the Woolsey fire. Williams saved the homes of his neighbors in Oak Park, only to see his own house go up in flames. […]

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