Muckraking in Westlake

City officials say
clean up the lake
Acorn Staff Writer

City officials say clean up the lake By Gregory Koteles Acorn Staff Writer Westlake Village will be dredging up the muck, literally. The city recently granted the Westlake Lake Management Association (WLMA), the non-profit organization that maintains Westlake Lake, permission to begin a comprehensive dredging operation to remove years of accumulated sediment. Since it was finished in 1968, "the lake’s […]

Global warming is not for the birds

The songbirds that millions of American birdwatchers treasure will likely shift their ranges due to global warming, according to new research from the National Wildlife Federation and the American Bird Conservancy. The American Goldfinch, the Purple Finch and even state birds such as the Baltimore Oriole and the California Quail will be hard hit by this serious environmental threat. "Left […]

Historical society studies Calabasas past

By Gregory Koteles Acorn Staff Writer "Good night, Mrs. Calabash, wherever you are." Anyone familiar with comedian Jimmy Durante would recognize his famously cryptic sign-off, even if still puzzled about what it means. It turns out the elusive Mrs. Calabash may have been Durante’s wife, whose penchant for retreating to a tiny artists’ colony in rural Calabasas may have earned […]

CLU fundraiser seeks donated auction items

The CLU Community Leaders Association will host its 23rd annual auction, "That’s Entertainment," on Sat., Oct. 5. The evening begins with a silent auction at 5:30 p.m. followed by a dinner and an oral auction at the Hyatt Westlake Plaza, 880 S. Westlake Blvd., Westlake Village. A variety of donation items are needed for the silent and general auction. Donated […]

Westlake Village teacher faces child pornography charges

A Thousand Oaks man who taught at White Oak Elementary School in Westlake Village pleaded not guilty last week to child pornography charges, authorities said. Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies arrested 56-year-old James Robertson at his home on Aug. 5 after finding pornographic files on his computer and other printed materials. "We served the search warrant and based on what we […]

Hyatt presents dinner, movie

Hyatt Westlake Plaza will present a family happening, "Movies on the Lawn," on Saturdays, Aug. 17 and 24 at the hotel, 880 S. Westlake Blvd., Westlake Village. Parents and children are invited to sit under the stars, enjoy an old-fashioned barbecue served family style while watching favorite family movies. Dinner will be from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. with the movies […]

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Young at Art Agoura Hills studio announces local contest winners

The Young at Art studio in Agoura Hills recently announced winners of their "Spring Fling" event, an annual open house and art show. Co-owner and instructor Diane Demeter praised the students for their work and the families and friends for their continued support. Best of show and first place winners, Agoura Hills studio Best of Show: Brian Felber, Westlake Village, […]

Thirsty plants not a good idea for the summertime

In face of ongoing drought, homeowners may wish to reconsider some plant choices in their landscaping to conserve water while still creating a beautiful haven that will provide shade, privacy and attract wildlife including birds and butterflies. The Las Virgenes Municipal Water District provides many conservation tips for customers on subjects ranging from how to select plants for slope stabilization […]

VCFD gives teens a chance to learn about firefighting

The Ventura County Fire Department will present its inaugural "Fire Camp" program open to youth ages 14 to 16 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mon., Aug. 19 through Fri., Aug. 23, at the Ventura County Fire Services’ Regional Training Center at Camarillo Airport. Friday’s session will conclude at 2 p.m. The cost to participate is $25 and the week […]

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