Bush administration to change Blue ribbon program

Acorn Staff Writer

The 18-year-old Blue Ribbon Schools of America program has honored successful schools across the U.S. for nearly two decades, but President George W. Bush’s "No Child Left Behind" education plan will change its focus next year. Schools that dramatically improve student performance, especially in disproportionately disadvantaged areas, will be getting future recognition. As part of the Blue Ribbon awards ceremony […]

Retreat opens special care facility

A SING ALONG—Rose Kleps, center, gets Mary Gabler and Mary Lou Peters to sing karaoke songs during the grand opening of the Special Care Retreat facility at the Agoura Hills Senior Retreat on Tuesday. The new center will specialize in care for residents who have dementia.

Family dinners are alive and well

A nationwide survey confirms the family dinner is alive and well-in fact, 80 percent of families surveyed reported eating dinner together at least five times each week. However, for three out of four American families, the focus is likely to be on the television rather than talking to each other. As many Americans would likely agree, it’s important now more […]

CHS hosts Midnight Madness

Acorn Sports Writer

Last Friday night, the Calabasas boys’ basketball team held a "Midnight Madness" similar to collegiate basketball teams. The event-filled practice-session signified the beginning of basketball, which officially began Sat., Nov. 10, the first day that prep teams could practice in the Southland. In conforming to California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) rules, the Coyote team, coached by Russell White, couldn’t actually conduct […]

Petition drive isn’t controversial

Petition drive isn’t controversial In your article about the CEO of the Agoura Hills Do-It Center’s opposition to the Home Depot’s plan to build a big box store in Agoura Hills, you refer to "the controversial referendum." Why do you call this referendum controversial? The referendum simply gives the citizens, not the city council, the right to choose what gets […]

Seatbelts, sober driving to be emhasized next weekend

Thanksgiving has always been one of the most dangerous holidays for motorists and their families, and this year is no exception. Despite the sharp drop in air and vehicle travel following the Sept. 11 attacks, holiday road travel is expected to bounce back, with only a 1.6 percent drop from last year, according to the Automobile Association of America (AAA). […]

Garage sale goodies TIME TO BARGAIN— Dave Pondella of Oak Park looks over some golf clubs during a garage sale at the Agoura Hills/Calabasas Community Center

Garage sale goodies TIME TO BARGAIN— Dave Pondella of Oak Park looks over some golf clubs during a garage sale at the Agoura Hills/Calabasas Community Center last Saturday. Proceeds helped programs offered by the center at 27040 Malibu Hills Road in Calabasas, just behind Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station. For more information about activities, please call (818) 880-2993.

Tips offered for upcoming holiday cooking

Tips offered for upcoming holiday cooking Whether enjoying roasted turkey with a glass of cranberry punch or pumpkin pie with a cup of eggnog, holiday meals are a wonderful time for families to come together to celebrate the season. However, for many families, preparing a memorable holiday meal can be a stressful experience, especially when the kids are home from […]

Oak Park football team heads into playoffs

Special to The Acorn

Montana and Rice, Culpepper and Moss, Anderson and McNair. Anderson and McNair? While it’s a bit premature to mention those youngsters in the same breath as the aforementioned superstars, the Oak Park senior tandem of quarterback Brandon Anderson and receiver Monte McNair have proven to be one of the most formidable combinations in the Southern Section this season. Just like […]

Let’s keep the wildlife corridor intact

I recently read in The Acorn a letter by Ron Troncatty supporting several candidates for city council. In it, he spoke about a "land swap" he supports by trading the Heschel school site behind his home on Chesebro Road in Old Agoura with the former Carpeteria property off Liberty Canyon. In the letter he states that "this trade would facilitate […]

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