Sisters meet for the first time and fulfill a lost dream

Special to The Acorn

Valerie Pugliese, a 39-year-old Agoura Hills businesswoman and resident of Thousand Oaks, had been looking for her 49-year-old sister Karen for over a decade. Her search ended earlier this summer, over Memorial Day weekend, when she met the woman for the first time. "We connected so well," said Pugliese, "as if we’d been together our whole lives." For Pugliese, the […]

Teaching kids the basics of good nutrition as easy as ABC

Teaching kids valuable lessons doesn’t happen overnight. The best way to guide them can be by example and daily practice. Good nutrition begins exactly the same way. Making sure kids are healthy-and stay healthy throughout life-means building a simple, but steady, foundation for their nutrition habits. Like learning the alphabet, basic nutrition guidelines shape a child’s outlook on good food […]

Spending down again in back to school

Americans will spend less on back-to-school purchases for the second consecutive year, according to the annual Back-To-School survey conducted by Myvesta, a financial health center. The average back-to-school shopper will spend $4,144 this year, down 17.5 percent from $5,033 in 2001 and 23.5 percent from $5,423 in 2000. "With a ‘crawling’ economy and job uncertainty on the minds of many […]

Publication to honor Sept. 11 anniversary

Publication to honor Sept. 11 anniversary A monthly inspirational magazine will honor those whose lives were affected by the tragedies of Sept. 11, 2001. The September issue of Daily Word, a magazine published by the Unity School of Christianity, contains heartfelt stories written by people directly affected by the attacks on the World Trade Center. One feature article is by […]

New CLK at dealers, now

Acorn Automotive Editor

I’ve always liked the Mercedes-Benz CLK coupe. It’s something about the look that appeals to me. So it’s with mixed emotions that after five years of unprecedented sales success, the stylish Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class coupes are being replaced this week with two all-new exciting models that raise the design bar yet again. Dave Schembri, vice president of marketing for Mercedes-Benz USA […]

Foxfield show is a hit

Foxfield Riding School in Westlake Village recently hosted its annual Summer Horse Show. More than 50 horses and riders competed for a variety of trophies. Division championships were awarded in eight divisions covering kids, adults, ponies and horses. Foxfield caters to families, and since the shows began in 1966, generations of families have been attending. "Perpetual" trophies are awarded, including […]

Properly fitting bicycle helmets can help prevent life-threatening head injuries

This summer, more than 80 million bicyclists will turn America’s streets, parks and mountain ranges into their playground. Playing it safe while cycling starts with a bicycle helmet that fits properly. Up to 80 percent of all bicycle-related fatalities are due to head injuries, according to the Johns Hopkins Injury Prevention Center. The good news is that bicycle helmets can […]

Help your child get ready for the first day of kindergarten

The experience of beginning kindergarten is a big step for both children and parents. Getting ready for that first big day can be stress-free and fun, particularly when you take into account the power of play and the excitement that can be shared. Roni Leiderman, Ph.D., associate dean of the Family Center at Nova Southeastern University in Florida, the largest […]

Introduction to Christian faith course offered

Prince of Peace Episcopal Church will present the "Alpha" course, a practical introduction to the Christian faith, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 11 to Nov. 13 at their facility, 5700 Rudnick Ave., Woodland Hills. There’s no fee to participate. Each session will include dinner, worship music with a live band, a talk by the church’s pastor, Rand Reasoner, […]

Calabasas oak tree must be saved–along with friendships

Calabasas oak tree must be saved–along with friendships Regarding the "Fate of Calabasas oak tree" article in the Aug. 8 Acorn, from the beginning, the plain facts in this matter have not been reported. If they had, there would be no uncertainty, no "odds over what to do." Following are some of the facts: A large, spectacularly beautiful oak tree […]

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