Local woman a genuine heroine in Iraq

By Lori Porter Acorn Staff Writer Heroes do come in all sizes. Petite Capt. Esther Bley, 29, of Westlake Village, an HH-60G "Pave Hawk" helicopter pilot for the 129th unit of the California Air National Guard, is five feet two inches tall. But there isn’t a giant in the world who could reach the heights Bley has. After graduating from […]

Bike Rodeo enables time with firefighters

Bike Rodeo enables time with firefighters

Lions win CIF opener

Acorn Sports Writer

The Oaks Christian football team defeated Yucca Valley, 37-0, in the first round of the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Southern Section Division XI playoffs in a game played at Yucca Valley last Friday night. The Lions, now 9-2 overall, will host Twentynine Palms (4-7) tomorrow night at Thorson Field in Westlake Village in the second round of the CIF playoffs. […]

They gave the most—their lives

They gave the most—their lives I think about writing you each time an officer of firefighter has been killed. Since the death of Matthew Pavelka, the Burbank police officer, and the death of Steve Rucker, the firefighter killed fighting our recent fires, I feel compelled to tell you that each passing breaks my heart. I don’t have words enough to […]

Learn about careers in design

UCLA Extension’s Architecture and Interior Design Program will host a free open house from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thurs., Dec. 4 at Lindbrook Center, Room 204, 10920 Lindbrook Drive, in Westwood Village. Instructors will speak about the curriculum and careers in the field of design. The UCLA Extension Interior Design program offers "a comprehensive and innovative curriculum, FIDER accreditation, a […]

Cowboy Christmas

It will be a taste of the Old West when the venerable cowboy band Riders in the Sky take the stage at 2 p.m. Sun., Dec. 7 at the Performing Arts Center on the Cal State University Northridge campus, on Zelzah Avenue, between Prairie and Plummer streets in Northridge. For 23 years the group has been making music known for […]


Cable TV service an advertisement for satellite dishes

Cable TV service an advertisement for satellite dishes Kevin Park’s Nov. 13 letter taking Adelphia Cable to task for their failure to provide upgrades to the current system was right on the mark. Just yesterday, Adelphia sent out a notice raising cable rates by nearly 10 percent on all of its packages. The customers should be outraged. Here in Oak […]

Runner enjoys fall season

Consumers expected to spend slightly more

According to the annual Holiday Spending Survey by Myvesta, Americans are planning to increase their holiday expenditures by 15.6 percent vs. last year. The average holiday shopper will spend $835 this year, up from $722 in 2002. Forty-six percent of shoppers plan on spending less than $500. "While the number has increased, we have not returned to the economic enthusiasm […]