300-year-old oak tree to come down in Westlake

By Gregory Koteles Acorn Staff Writer Even the mightiest oak can be felled by the tiniest of organisms, as will be demonstrated tomorrow in Westlake when the centerpiece of the Plug Nickel Restaurant, an oak tree estimated to be 300 years old, will be cut down due to a fungal disease discovered at its base. The problem was discovered earlier […]

Teen girls still choose their moms as best role models

Contrary to conventional wisdom, teenage girls actually look to real-world figures like their mothers and friends when seeking role models and inspiration, rather than the pop-culture icons who dominate the headlines and vie for continued media attention, according to a recent survey of American teenage girls. Moms Know Best Nearly half of all respondents (48 percent) chose their own mothers […]

Local students attend Annapolis seminar

Three local high school students recently participated in the U.S. Naval Academy’s week-long summer seminar program in Annapolis, Md. The participants were Rebecca L. Grinstead, daughter of Eric P. Grinstead of Thousand Oaks; Jonathan K. Liang, son of Lien P. and Yeong H. Liang of Calabasas; and Peter G. Zink, son of Haf C. and Don L. Zink of Thousand […]

Afterschool program available for middle school students

A "Teen Enhancement Program" will be available to middle school students from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Agoura Hills/Calabasas Community Center, 27040 Malibu Hills Road, Calabasas. Transportation will be available daily from A.E. Wright and Lindero Canyon middle schools to the center. The afterschool program will feature weekly pizza parties, group activities, special events, daily homework […]

If he lived in Calabasas, the utility tax is out

It would appear that the Calabasas City Council is now trying to buy votes against eliminating the 5 percent Calabasas utility tax which they favor maintaining in furtherance of their extravagant spending. To that end they have postponed a referendum vote from this November to next spring, during which time perhaps even more votes can be purchased. According to a […]

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Parents should be savvy when it comes to babysitters

Taking a few simple steps before they walk out the door can help psrents’ peace of mind when they leave little ones with a babysitter. First, make sure the sitter has important information such as a phone number where the parents can be reached and an alternate emergency number in case they can’t. He or she also ought to know […]

Digital textbooks help visually impaired students

Students who are visually impaired or who have learning disabilities will have "unprecedented access" to the contents of textbooks and other educational materials with the recent nationwide release of digitally recorded textbooks on CD from Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic (RFB&D). An inaugural collection of 6,000 digitally recorded educational titles, ranging from "Harry Potter" to "Systems of Psychotherapy: a […]

Senior citizens can attend UCLA classes

Senior Scholars, a program offered by the UCLA Center on Aging, offers adults ages 50 and up a chance to learn in undergraduate classes at UCLA. Full or partial fee waivers are available based on needs. The program provides a catalogue of more than 120 classes and handles registration logistics. New quarter registration deadline is Sept. 19 and classes begin […]

School is now saving energy for taxpayers

School is now saving energy for taxpayers The Acorn recently published a letter to the editor I had written regarding wasteful energy practices I had observed at Chapparal Elementary School. One of my observations was the burning of large parking lot lights at the school late into the evening every weeknight, usually with no activity at the school. Apparently someone […]

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