Ventura County: Fire season is finished

The Ventura County Fire Department (VCFD) officially closed the fire season on Dec. 13. The combination of recent precipitation and weather patterns indicates the potential for major fires has passed. Although the fire danger has lessened considerably, VCFD has issued a reminder to residents that it’s still possible to have wildfires during the winter. Ventura County residents are encouraged to […]

Triunfo YMCA to celebrate 40 years

By Stephanie Bertholdo Acorn Staff Writer Paul Parzik, executive director of Triunfo YMCA, addressed the Las Virgenes Unified School District recently to commemorate the organization’s 40th anniversary. “In 2004, the Southeast Ventura County YMCA celebrates its 40th anniversary of service to the Conejo Valley, including the communities of Agoura Hills, Oak Park and Westlake Village,” Parzik said. While many residents […]

Champions in soccer

Witness who saw man abuse dog explains why he didn’t call cops

In response to the criticism that I received for not calling on the abusive father that I observed (abusing his dog), I don’t have a cell phone and never will. There were two other people at the same location––and they didn’t call. They were too busy on the phone to observe anything. I was six blocks away from my home, […]

Networking continues in holiday season

Yoga for Stress Management course coming for cancer patients

Yoga for Stress Management course coming for cancer patients A Yoga for Stress Management course for cancer patients and family members will be offered from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. on eight consecutive Mondays beginning Jan. 26 at the Wellness Community Valley/Ventura, 530 Hampshire Road, Westlake Village. This course focuses on using the yoga tools of awareness, breathing, gentle movement, […]

Sports Junkie

Quick Take

Quick Take There are no fewer than 29 college football bowl games this year. When I was a young sports junkie, there were four: Orange, Sugar, Cotton and Rose. Those four bowl games were prestigious; it was a great honor and thrill for a university to play in those games. For the most part, and to quote the great B.B. […]

Holiday Homes Tour another success

The Wellness Community Valley/Ventura is grateful for the enthusiastic response of the community in attending, volunteering for and supporting in a variety of ways the 2003 Holiday Homes Tour on Dec. 6 and 7. Our thanks to the 4,000 people who came to tour four homes expressing the family’s holiday spirit through their choices of holiday décor and special collections. […]

Costs of senior housing a Calabasas concern

By Michael Picarella Acorn Staff Writer Many residents of Calabasas Village Mobile Estates at 23777 Mulholland Highway in Cala-basas say they’ll struggle to afford a Jan. 1 rent increase of 8 percent. The Calabasas City Council voted unanimously last week to adopt an interim two-year senior voucher program that would give about $75 to $100 a month to each qualified […]

Newspaper publisher dies of apparent heart attack in Westlake Village

J. Scott Schmidt, 66, a former newspaper publisher, died of an apparent heart attack on Thurs., Dec. 18 in his Westlake Village home. From 1975 to 1983, Schmidt was publisher of the Los Angeles area’s Daily News, formerly a free publication known as the Valley News and Green Sheet. Prior to moving to Southern California, Schmidt had been managing editor […]