DeSantis announces Westlake retirement

By Lori Porter Acorn Staff Writer After serving eight years as a Westlake Village city councilwoman, Betty DeSantis has decided not to run for reelection in November. DeSantis was born and raised in Providence, R.I. and moved to Westlake Village from Encino with her husband, John DeSantis, and their two daughters, Mary Beth and Christine, in 1979 because she said […]

Braille Institute brings services to Thousand Oaks

Mobile Solutions, a specialized van that brings Braille Institute’s programs and services to people who are unable to travel to the Santa Barbara Regional Center, will be at the Castle Hill Retirement Village, 3757 N. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tues., July 15 and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fri., July 25 at the […]

Local students shine brightly

Adriana Trenev, the daughter of Yordan and Natasha Trenev of Agoura Hills, was named to the dean’s list for outstanding academic achievement during the spring semester at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pa. Megan C. Lau, the daughter of Willis and Wanda Lau of Agoura Hills, has graduated from Amherst College in Amherst, Mass. Lau, who majored in English and mathematics, […]

Summer travel made easy

Summer travel made easy "Parents who want to ease the trauma of traveling with children should think food, fun and favorites," said Barbara Anderson, Ed.D., vice president of education for KinderCare Learning Centers. Anderson recommends packing a small bag for each child with games, toys, a favorite book, stuffed animals and snacks. Also helpful on road trips are toys like […]

Soteras to run in Agoura Hills

By John Loesing Acorn Staff Writer Alex Soteras, president of the Agoura/Oak Park/Las Virgenes Chamber of Commerce, has announced he’s running for Agoura Hills City Council. The 42-year-old Soteras said he would file official papers after the election filing period opens July 14. Two seats will be contested in the Nov. 4 race. Incumbent Dan Kuperberg plans to seek reelection, […]

Whole body scan x-rays are worth a closer look

When taking a closer look at x-ray computed tomography (CT) whole-body scans of individuals with no symptoms, medical imaging and radiation safety specialists are becoming concerned about uncertain benefits, high costs and high radiation. The whole-body scans have been aggressively marketed by promising preventive medicine and implying peace of mind. Whole-body CT (3-D X-ray) scans, promise the ads, can reveal […]

Hayes’ bat comes alive

Special to The Acorn

Summertime gives Brett Hayes of Calabasas another opportunity to play baseball. But the graduate of Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, who in May finished his freshman year at the University of Nevada-Reno, doesn’t see it as a vacation—even though his new team plays in Santa Barbara. Hayes was a two-sport athlete—lettering twice in baseball and football at Notre […]

Safe ways to mix children with water

Playing in water is one of the great joys of childhood. But according to a new research study conducted by SAFE KIDS and Johnson & Johnson, drowning is the No. 1 killer of children ages 1 to 4 and the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related death among children ages 14 and under. The majority of drownings and near-drownings occur […]

Local rock bands a cut above

By John Loesing Acorn Staff Writer The hallowed grounds of rock ’n’ roll include instantly recognizable names such as Sunset Strip, Haight-Ashbury, Greenwich Village and London, England. ….Did someone say Calabasas-Agoura Hills? They did. An explosion of bands hailing from this new fertile crescent of rock includes Linkin Park, Incubus, Audiovent, and the group that will appear July 15 at […]

Parents encouraged to control kids’ medical care

Parents can take charge of children’s health––and help prevent medical errors––by asking questions of those involved with their child’s care. This can be particularly critical if their child has several health problems or is in the hospital. Errors can occur in hospitals, doctors’ offices, clinics, outpatient surgery centers and pharmacies; and they can involve diagnoses, lab reports and medicines. In […]

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