Budget worries LVUSD officials, parcel tax possible

Acorn Staff Writer

Budget worries LVUSD officials, parcel tax possible Recent program cutbacks might not be enough to keep Las Virgenes Unified School District out of the red, district officials warned last week. To help shoulder the district’s financial burden, residents might be asked to accept to a parcel tax. LVUSD recently trimmed $700,000 from its 2002-2003 budget by reducing staff positions at […]

Schools try to save money on energy

Hoping to cool its rising energy costs, Las Virgenes Unified School District approved a contract last week with a Texas-based energy management firm that promises to save LVUSD hundreds of thousands of dollars in electricity bills. Energy Education, Inc. advises schools nationwide on ways to turn off the lights and adjusting the thermostat––without compromising education. LVUSD will pay the firm […]

Availability of blood again critical in Southern California

To generate much needed blood donations, U.S. blood bank and public health leaders have joined together to issue a call for all eligible individuals to give blood this summer. The appeal comes in the face of increasingly significant blood shortages, leaving certain parts of the country with less than a one-day supply. More than 45 percent of the blood used […]

Needy students get help at CLU

California Lutheran University (CLU) will host the Traditional Upward Bound Program on its Thousand Oaks campus through Aug. 2. The five-week residential program enables low-income high school students to live in college dormitories and take courses to prepare for college admission. Community leaders and former Upward Bound students serve as guest speakers and mentors. CLU’s program has had 100 percent […]

Church goes online

If projections are accurate—that 50 million Americans may rely only on the Internet to pursue matters of faith by the end of the decade—then Calvary Community Church in Westlake Village may be "standing at the cyber threshold." Updated daily, Calvary’s Web site (www.calvarycc.org) provides the electronic door to the church and makes available resources and information to thousands who otherwise […]

If Words Could Talk

Four myths about July Fourth

Did you know that July 4 is not a federally mandated holiday? No, our government cannot declare a national holiday. It can only designate an official holiday for the District of Columbia and federal employees. It’s up to the states to decide whether or not to adopt the same day as a holiday. Thankfully, there’s some sort of uniformity. The […]

Decorated for Independence Day

PATRIOTIC ART—State Assemblywoman Fran Pavley (D-Woodland Hills) smiles with pride as she’s surrounded by an American-flag art exhibit presented by students of Chaparral Elementary School in Calabasas. The art can be found in Pavley’s Woodland Hills office through the end of July. Pavley normally visits her office at 6355 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Ste. 205 on Fridays unless state business keeps […]

Acorn Sound off –– Michael Picarella

Acorn Sound off –– Michael Picarella What are you doing for the Fourth of July?

For the record

We had an incorrect phone number for one of the "rattlesnake wranglers" in last week’s edition. The correct telephone number for Bruce Freeman is (818) 707-2316.

Community foundation awards scholarships

Ventura County Community Foundation (VCCF) recently awarded more than $70,000 in scholarships to outstanding local students. Among the recipients were the following:

Ventura County Community Foundation (VCCF) recently awarded more than $70,000 in scholarships to outstanding local students. Among the recipients were the following: Newbury Park: Lauren Mays received the Community Folk Art Scholarship; Renee Papegaay received the Joyce M. Kennedy, Ph.D. Scholarship; Marissa Alvarez, Camille Chang and Alexandra Mallen received the Ventura County Community Foundation Scholarship. Oak Park: Sheila Yavari received […]