Meet the newest masked marvels

Citizen sewers put colorful face protection gear into production

When the coronavirus started spreading, people were told not to buy face masks for fear that panicked shoppers would drain the market and leave some medical professionals without proper facial protection, a fate that has come to pass. Now the federal government has changed its position and recommends people wear a mask, any mask as medical-grade ones become harder to […]

Virtual dating fun, but comes with risk

‘Hey, how’s your quarantine going?’

As bars, clubs and restaurants are shuttered to help slow the spread of coronavirus, people are finding new ways to engage in social interaction. Some millennials are turning to apps like Tinder, where users can look for relationships based on photos and a short bio. Newbury Park resident Travis Shelley, 28, said he’s been using the app just to find […]

Basic face covering is sew easy, try it

Ventura County Public Health Officer Dr. Robert Levin last week updated his stance on wearing masks in public to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Levin, who previously advised against wearing masks in public, said on April 2 that he supports individuals who wish to cover their faces when leaving home for essential trips to the grocer, drug store and doctor. […]

Grocery workers on coronavirus front line

Grocery store employees might not wear capes, but as essential workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis they’re still known as heroes in their communities. Kim Price has been a cashier at Ralphs in Moorpark for about 26 years. Recently she’s adopted a new post-shift regimen: she goes home and immediately jumps in the shower while her husband, […]

Decision on communion creates uproar

Pastor flouts safety order

The decision of a Conejo Valley pastor to hold services on Sun., April 5 drew both praise and consternation in the community, and left critics questioning whether the First Amendment right to freely worship supersedes an emergency health order issued on behalf of public safety. Rob McCoy, senior pastor at Godspeak Calvary Chapel in Newbury Park, let known his intention […]

Schools regroup after Measure V defeat

Bond failure, pandemic, a double blow to the district

While the coronavirus pandemic has dominated much of the news with widespread closures in place, some civic functions continue, such as ballot-counting for the March 3 election. In what’s believed to be the closest voting in school district history, the Las Virgenes Unified Measure V bond vote failed by a less than .5%. The Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder certified the […]

Lego contest

If you or someone you know likes working with Legos, go to and click on “Lego” at the right. Take a high-resolution photo of your latest creation, upload it on the form, and also provide a few details about yourself and your creation. The deadline for submission is Fri., May 1. After judging, The Acorn will publish the best […]

Tell Mom

In this time of crisis, Moms are superheroes. Mother’s Day is Sun., May 10, and The Acorn wants your mom to receive the recognition she so richly deserves. To make a submission, go to and click on “Moms are Superheroes” at the upper right. Check the newspaper you receive (one paper only) and in 100 words or less, please […]

Church’s Palm Sunday plans rile residents

FREE Members invited to receive Holy Communion while abiding social distancing guidelines

Millions of Christians around the world will spend today, Palm Sunday, watching church service and taking communion from the comfort of their homes as they seek to abide stay-home orders intended to limit the spread of the coronavirus. Thousand Oaks City Councilmember/Pastor Rob McCoy has other plans. McCoy’s Godspeak Calvary Chapel in Newbury Park has invited its parishioners to partake […]

Doctors say there’s not enough ventilators to handle COVID surge

For those few patients who experience respiratory failure as a result of COVID-19, having a ventilator can mean the difference between life and death. But there’s a critical lack of the breathing aids in Ventura County and elsewhere around the nation now, when they’re needed most. In a letter to the public released March 28, Drs. Daniel Cox, Nessa Meshkaty […]

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