Barbecue benefits NYC firefighters, cops MICHAEL COONS/The Acorn

Barbecue benefits NYC firefighters, cops MICHAEL COONS/The Acorn FEELING A SURGE OF PATRIOTISM—Pearl Fleming of Westlake Village listens to her sister, Norma Johnson, sing the national anthem at a benefit picnic for New York City firefighters and police. The fundraiser was last Sunday at Calamigos Ranch. See related photo on page 14.

Food drive picks up the holiday spirit

GIVING—Agoura Hills resident Marc Bouffard donates food during the Truinfo YMCA food drive at Chumash Park in Agoura Hills on Saturday. All food went to the Manna food bank in Thousand Oaks. Volunteers for the holiday season are needed at Manna; for information or to help out, please call (805) 497-4959.

Families get closer, experts say, after 9-11

Families get closer, experts say, after 9-11 The tragic attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon were designed to tear America apart. What they did instead was bring the country closer together. Families are planning to keep this closeness alive in the coming months, according to Dole Salads’ Healthy Family Advisory Board, a team of family relations professionals. Here […]

OCHS advances

Oaks Christian’s first-ever varsity football team advanced to the CIF semifinals when it defeated Capistrano Valley Christian (CVC), 28-14, in a Southern Section Division XIII quarterfinals matchup last Friday night at Laguna Beach. Oaks Christian (OCHS), will travel again tomorrow night to face Arrowhead Christian and attempt to make it to a CIF championship game in the school’s second year. […]

Fair play takes a backseat in AYSO

Fair play and sportsmanship has taken a back seat in Agoura. The controversy of AYSO referees has not been avoided but only deferred due to an edict from the national and area AYSO representatives. As with most youth sports programs, AYSO can only function successfully if parents step up and participate along with their children. Unfortunately, the 80/20 rule in […]

Calabasas to keep utility tax

Acorn Staff Writer

Calabasas won’t abolish or lower its utility user’s tax for now, as some councilmembers had previously proposed. The city council made its decision at a recent meeting. Citing a down-turned economy and possible loss of income from the state, council-members said that utility taxes are needed to pay part of the costs of running the city. "We are facing uncertain […]

Wedding bells ring

Sara Kupper, daughter of Helga and Dan Kupper of Agoura Hills, married Peter Marshall, son of Christine and David Marshall of Thousand Oaks, at the Malibu West Beach Club on July 14. The bridal party included Laura Lewis, Stephanie Kupper, Heather Peters and Rachel Lyster. The groomsmen were Andrew Marshall, Mathew Humphreys, Ross Rampias and Robert Salama. The newlyweds now […]

United Methodist Church to offer parents ‘Guardian Angel’ service on Sat., Dec. 8

United Methodist Church to offer parents ‘Guardian Angel’ service on Sat., Dec. 8 United Methodist Church of Westlake Village’s Christian Education Committe is offering parents a special "Guardian Angel" program from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sat., Dec. 8 in the church’s Alton Hall and Christian Education Building at 1049 Westlake Blvd. Parents may drop off children from age 3 […]

A day at the races: Oak Park girls win state crown, boys are runnersup

Acorn Sports Writer

The Oak Park girls’ cross country team made more history last Saturday at Woodward Park in Fresno, earning its first-ever state championship in a narrow win over Orange Lutheran and Piedmont high schools. One week earlier, the Oak Park girls’ and boys’ team both won California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) championships at Mt. SAC in Walnut. In Fresno, the Oak Park […]

Councilman’s demeanor called into question

The Acorn Letters to the Editor is the proper venue for readers and local citizens to voice opinions on a variety of subjects. However, I question someone making statements in such a venue rather than a more appropriate forum. Councilman Michael Harrison apparently is dissatisfied with the opportunity afforded him to speak his mind at city council meetings when discussion […]

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