The second income: Are parents helping their family or the tax man?

Acorn Staff Writer

According to public opinion polls, most two-income families believe that the second income (which is usually from the wife’s job) is necessary to make ends meet. But according to Edward McCaffery, a tax law professor at the University of Southern California and California Institute of Technology, they may be kidding themselves. Public Agenda, a nonprofit research organization, has identified an […]

Smoking chokes the heart

Cigarette smoking contributes to heart disease by choking off the heart’s blood supply, according to a study in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association. Cigarette smoking is a major risk factor for coronary heart disease. The by-products of smoking damage the linings of arteries and promote the build-up of blood vessel-clogging plaque. This is the first study to demonstrate […]

Kirk Douglas to read and sign his book

Actor Kirk Douglas will read from and autograph copies of his new book, "Climbing the Mountain," at 8 p.m. Mon., Oct. 23 at Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. In his new book Douglas shares with readers his quest for spirituality and Jewish identity as well as chronicles his struggles to overcome the effects of a stroke. For more […]

Agoura finishes second in water polo tourney

The Agoura boys’ water polo team dropped an 8-6 decision to Ventura in the championship game of the Buena Water Polo Tournament last week. Junior Matt Monaco scored all six of the Charger goals.

Athletes’ behavior is no surprise

Athletes’ behavior is no surprise With reference to all the hysteria about the Oak Park football players, ‘‘Bravo!’’to [letter writer] Ginger Pollack. However, the portion of the Oak Park Unified School District’s disciplinary policy as stated reads "…The Oak Park High School administration will recommend expulsion…" [emphasis added]. "Recommend" hardly means zero tolerance. The disciplinary and behavior policies of OPUSD […]

Prudential California Realty makes good on Discovery Center pledge

Prudential California Realty makes good on Discovery Center pledge John Betancourt, left, Prudential California Realty broker/owner Bob Majorino, and Ken Calcut, far right, present a check for $20,000 to Cathy Schutz, left, and Carrie Glicksteen, members of the board of directors for the Ventura County Discovery Center. It is the third installment of a promised $100,000 toward the center, bringing […]

Legislation would honor trails’ activist

Assembly Bill 1927, authored by state Assemblywoman Sheila Kuehl (D-Santa Monica) to rename the Rim of the Valley Trail the ‘‘Marge Feinberg Rim of the Valley Trail’’ in honor of the late community activist, passed the state legislature and has been sent to the governor. The 50-mile Rim of the Valley trail provides access to wilderness areas for the residents […]

Lutein can reduce risk of cataracts

Research at Harvard University suggests food and dietary supplements containing lutein can keep your vision health looking good. New studies show that lutein and zeaxanthin, carotenoid antioxidants found in dark green, leafy vegetables and many dietary supplements, may help reduce the risk of cataracts. The Harvard studies show that people who consume more spinach, kale, broccoli and other foods rich […]

Substance abuse Parenting Faire planned

The Conejo Substance Abuse Prevention Authority has scheduled its next annual Parenting Faire, "Celebrate the Family," for Sat., Feb. 3, at Thousand Oaks High School. For specific information about the event, community professionals interested in leading a session on developing and improving parenting skills and relationships with their significant others are asked to call Karen Lindsey at (805) 495-6471.

Squirrel of the Month

Squirrel of the Month ‘YOU HUMAN BEINGS SHOULD BE FEEDING THE BIRDS’ – This guy is looking after his feathered friends-not himself of course-as he checks a bird feeder to inspect the inventory. He might sneak a bite or two, though, for himself. June Sobel, Mark and Adam Raudonis of Westlake Village sent the picture. Don’t be on the outside […]