Unstructured playtime is beneficial

Now that Generation X is starting to have children, new parenting trends are beginning to emerge. Parents in their 20s to mid-30s are often more child-focused and typically recognize the value of unstructured play more than their baby boomer predecessors. "Free play is an antidote to too much organization," said Dr. Brian Sutton-Smith, a psychologist, folklorist, lecturer and author. "I […]

Bruno endorsed

I totally support Jim Bruno for city council of the city of Westlake Village. Jim has the experience that is necessary to resolve the many issues a city councilperson needs to deal with to do a good job. He will represent the people of Westlake Village and continue to work to make sure it remains the beautiful, safe and fiscally […]

Poll says parcel tax might pass in Oak Park

By Lori Porter Acorn Staff Writer A recent poll of Oak Park taxpayers revealed that voters might go along with a parcel tax to generate money for public schools. Charles Heath, a representative from Tramutola Public Mobilization (TPM), a political consulting firm that assists school districts with campaign strategies, presented poll results to the board of education during last week’s […]

Students honored at Westlake

High School

Principal Ron Lipari recently announced that 16 Westlake High School students have been named Commended Students in the 2004 National Merit Scholarship Program. A letter of commendation from the Conejo Valley Unified School District and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, will be presented by Lipari to the seniors. Commended students placed among the top five percent […]

National lung cancer campaign launched

Each year in America, lung cancer claims the lives of more people than breast, prostate and colon cancers combined. It’s Time To Focus On Lung Cancer, a national education campaign, is challenging communities across the country to take action and become champions of lung cancer. Referred to as the "invisible disease," lung cancer is the least talked about of all […]

Carpenter returns to Newbury Park, Westlake prevails in battle of rivals

Special to The Acorn

It happens all the time in professional sports. Roger Clemens, Red Sox ace for 13 seasons, toed the rubber at Fenway three times during 2003 as a Yankee, the long-time rivals of Boston. After 18 seasons with the Jazz, Karl Malone (the Mailman) will "deliver" in Utah for the first time as a Laker on Jan. 24. Rarely does a […]

Keep kids safe throughout the home

Home is where the heart is. It’s also where more than 4.5 million children are injured every year. Fortunately, many of these injuries can be prevented if a few precautionary measures are taken. Since every room has potential dangers, following these safety tips and friendly reminders may save you a trip to the emergency room with your child. Kitchen •Use […]

Keep incumbents in LVUSD

After working closely with them both for several years, I am writing to thank Terilyn Finders and Pat Schulz for their service to Las Virgenes Unified School District (LVUSD). On issues ranging from nutrition to budget cuts, Finders and Schulz have continually taken a student-centered approach. They ask insightful questions, do extensive research, and donate so much of their time […]

Affordable housing hard to find in Agoura Hills

By Stephanie Bertholdo Acorn Staff Writer Affordable housing––or the lack of it––in Agoura Hills was a focal point at last week’s Agoura Hills City Council meeting. To address the shortage of affordable housing for low to moderate income households in the city, the council contracted with MDG Associates earlier in the year to prepare an exhaustive study examining the problems […]

Meals on Wheels keeps rolling

By Michael Picarella Acorn Staff Writer Since 1982, the Westlake Village-based Meals on Wheels program has prepared and delivered food to those area residents who can’t fix their own because they’re home-bound or incapacitated. But according to Meals on Wheels publicity chairman Margaret Hostetter, many people don’t know the service is available. "Some are reluctant to ask for help," Hostetter […]