Bush visits here, says national parks need help

By Michael Picarella Acorn Staff Writer President George W. Bush visited a site at the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreational Area in Newbury Park last Friday and said he asked Congress to continue its support in spending $5 billion during a five-year period that started two years ago for repair and maintenance of U.S. national parks. The Santa Monica Mountains […]

LVMWD settles homeowners’ lawsuit

Las Virgenes Municipal Water District (LVMWD) has announced a settlement with local homeowners who complained of smells from the district’s compost plant in Calabasas. The agreement called for an undisclosed amount of cash to be paid to 17 property owners in the El Encanto development, which is located on Las Virgenes Road across the street from the Rancho Las Virgenes […]

Calabasas historian celebrates 90 years

Mosquitoes aren’t the only ones bugging us

Mosquitoes and bees aren’t the only kinds of "bugs" that can cause problems when you’re enjoying outdoor activities like swimming, hiking or camping. Waterborne protozoa like Cryptosporidium and Giardia are becoming increasingly common in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). While an insect bite might only annoy you for a day or two, these […]

Calvary Community Church to present teaching workshop

Jeff Smith, a sketch writer and director of Salt & Light Ministries, will present a hands-on teaching and storytelling workshop from 9 a.m. to noon Sat., Sept. 6 in room 1100 on the Calvary Community Church campus, 5495 Via Rocas, Westlake Village. Titled "Imagine That," the workshop is designed to equip teachers to tell stories in new ways, no matter […]

Lutherans have two services

Sunday worship services are at 8:30 and 10:45 a.m. at Westlake Lutheran Church, 2630A Townsgate Road, Westlake Village. Childcare is provided all morning. For more information, please call (805) 497-4888 or visit www.westlakelutheran.com.

Loves The Acorn

I want to let you know that The Acorn staff is doing an excellent job. I’ve lived in the Conejo Valley all my life (38 years) and have been married for 20 of them—happily, I might add. (That’s news.) Tom and I never liked to subscribe to any newspaper because it is always so full of death, destruction and, it […]

L.A. County public hearing on Heschel West Day School delayed

By John Loesing Acorn Staff Writer Officials postponed a Sept. 10 hearing on the proposed Heschel West School in Agoura Hills, citing the need for an updated traffic study and revised grading plan. The Jewish day school wants to build a nine-building, $25 million campus on a 70-acre site, east of Chesebro Road and Palo Comado Canyon Road, about one […]

Protect yourself from fundraising fraud

Citizens can take a few easy steps to make sure the recipient group is legitimate

If you’re thinking about donating to one of the more than 700,000 federally recognized charities soliciting for contributions, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) advises the following. Whether you’re contacted by phone, mail or in person, these steps are designed to make sure your donation dollars benefit the people and organizations you want to help. Be wary of appeals that tug […]

Local youth meets

National Park Service official

Jeff Lyon, 14, the son of Douglas Lyon of Agoura Hills, had an opportunity to meet Fran Mainella, director of the National Park Service, during her visit to Peter Strauss Ranch last Thurs., Aug. 14. The ranch is a unit of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (SMMNRA) located at 30000 Mulholland Highway, in rural Agoura. Mainella was in […]