Chromium 6––as a public health goal––is revoked

The movie "Erin Brockovich" drew attention to Chromium 6 and aroused concern about its possible effects as a water contaminant. When a study showed a potential link between consumption of Chromium 6 in water and occurrence of cancer in laboratory mice, California’s Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) established a Public Health Goal (PHG) of 2.5 parts per billion (ppb) for chromium […]

Patriotic sand sculpture nears completion

"The Fabric of America," a 100-ton sand sculpture representing American culture, historical figures and national landmarks, is being displayed in Center Court of The Oaks Shopping Center, 222 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, through July 4. Todd Vander Pluym, president of Sand Sculptors International, is the creator of the work, which measures 24’ x 24’ x 20’ feet and first […]

OPHS dancers to help victims of domestic violence

At Oak Park High School, the dance team has decided to help another worthy cause. They’re collecting old cell phones through the middle of March and will be giving them to Verizon Wireless. Verizon will then reprogram the phones to automatically call 911. Once reprogrammed, the phones will be given to women who suffer from domestic violence. What does the […]

Evening musicale planned

Westlake Village Music Society will present an "Evening Musicale with a Wee Bit O’ Irish" at 7:30 p.m. on Fri., March 15 at United Methodist Church, 1049 S. Westlake Blvd., Westlake Village. Promising "music to delight and intrigue your mind and spirit," the concert features violinist Lawrence Sonderling and cellist Stephen Custer, of the Los Angeles Philharmonic; lyric soprano Joanna […]

Parts per million, billion, trillion explained in simple terms

Your water is tested extensively to ensure it is safe. Water quality is usually reported in parts per million, billion or trillion. What does this mean in terms we can understand? • Parts per million (ppm) You clean a 10-gallon fish tank and 1 drop splashes out. You stock up with 10,000 boxes of tissues, each with 200 sheets. You […]

Try to help kids whose parents are substance abusers

Try to help kids whose parents are substance abusers He could be your neighbor’s child. She could be your little girl’s best friend. They look like regular, fun-loving kids. But behind those sweet young faces they have a secret, one they’re not talking about––their mom or dad uses illicit drugs or drinks too much. When children grow up in a […]

Westlake man searches for AYSO history

Were you involved with Region 9 of the American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) during the late 1960s, during the 1970s or early 1980s in the Conejo Valley? If so, local author Ed Rigsbee wants to chat with you. In particular he needs team photos, newsletters and board minutes Rigsbee is the author of three books on business relationships and alliances. […]

Musical explores resourcefulness

Performances to Grow On will present "The Boxcar Children" at 7 p.m. on Fri., March 8 in the Scherr Forum Theater at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. A new musical from Theatreworks of New York based on the book that began Gertrude Chandler Warner’s popular adventure series about four resourceful brothers and sisters, "The […]

Residents safely rid themselves of old electronic items

Acorn Staff Writer

Computers, TVs and other consumer electronic products are toxic when dumped into garbage dumps and the sanitation districts of Los Angeles County have begun a trial program to recycle them. Virtually all landfills leak and disposing of electronic devices is becoming a major environmental concern. In general, computer equipment consists of more than 1,000 materials, many of which are highly […]

Families should discuss connection between drugs, terrorism

Families should discuss connection between drugs, terrorism Although many families have been discussing terrorism lately, not all realize how one way to fight it may be in their hands regarding what they tell their children. Narcotics production and trafficking have long been a source of funding for terrorist groups and those who give them asylum. The Taliban leadership reaped millions […]