New hotel coming to Agoura Hills

By Stephanie Bertholdo Acorn Staff Writer J.H. Snyder Company of Los Angeles and HBF Holdings LLC of San Diego were given the green light at last week’s Agoura Hills City Council meeting to build a 125-unit Hilton Homewood Suites Hotel as part of the Oak Creek residential and commercial project. It’s on the north side of Canwood Street, east of […]

Donations of gently used baseball equipment needed

Westlake Baseball Association will celebrate "The Art of Giving" with a special event from 8 a.m. to noon Sat., March 6 at Westlake Elementary School, 1571 E. Potrero Road, Westlake Village. The purpose of this event is to provide baseball uniforms and equipment to those less fortunate who would like to be able to play baseball. The community is welcome […]

Heart-of-the-Park shuttle operator selected

An operator for the Heart-of-the-Park Shuttle was recently selected by the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy and the National Park Service. The shuttle consists of a partnership to link several popular county, state and national park sites with a public transportation system. The Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy (SMMC) selected MV Transportation of Fairfield, Calif. to receive the shuttle operations contract. The […]

College students are going into debt

According to the annual Credit Card Survey by Myvesta.org, a nonprofit consumer education organization, college-age adults have increased their amount of credit card debt by 42 percent over the past year. Those aged 18 through 24 are now carrying an average balance of $1,208 on their credit cards, up from $849 in 2002. These results come as Americans on the […]

Jewish Arbor Day festival scheduled

Chabad of the Conejo and the Jewish Journal will jointly sponsor "The Green Party—A Jewish Arbor Day Festival" at 2 p.m. Sun., Feb. 8 at the Conejo Jewish Academy, 30345 Canwood St., Agoura Hills. The celebration will include hands-on art projects, cooking classes, plantings of saplings, music, a buffet of fruits from Israel and a fruit-carving workshop. The projects and […]

“The Butterfly Effect”

"The Butterfly Effect" Directed by: Eric Bress and J. Mackye Gruber Starring: Ashton Kutcher, John Patrick Amedori, Amy Smart, Elden Henson and Ethan Suplee Rated: R (for violence, slight nudity, adult language and situations) Running time: 112 minutes Best suited for: time-warp and past-life fans, sci-fi thriller addicts Least suited for: the jitter prone, the art-house groupie, realists, my mom […]

LVUSD’s ‘Code of Conduct’ contract creates a ‘Catch 22’

By Stephanie Bertholdo Acorn Staff Writer Las Virgenes Unified School District’s "Code of Conduct" contract may be contributing to a "Catch 22" situation for students who are prohibited from participating in extra and co-curricular activities if their grades dip below a 2.0 grade point average (GPA) or if they get an F in two classes. The problem is that the […]

White Oak third-graders write to soldiers

By Stephanie Bertholdo Acorn Staff Writer Students in Heather Holden’s third-grade class at White Oak Elementary School in Westlake Village recently wrote letters to soldiers serving in Iraq. Holden, a teacher for 26 years, said she’s never been so moved by her students’ reaction to an assignment. "It was the way they read them, shared them and listened to each […]

‘Great Backyard Bird Count’ coming

Wild Birds Unlimited of Woodland Hills is the local sponsor for the Great Backyard Bird Count to be conducted from Fri., Feb. 13 through Mon., Feb. 16. The event is a joint project of the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society and serves to document the distribution and number of birds at the end of winter, before […]

Families to get the tools they need for college

Recognizing that families play a key role in whether or not a child makes it to college, Cal State University Northridge is hosting a conference from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sat., Feb. 7 to ensure that parents have the right tools for their child’s success. The 10th annual "College: Making It Happen" conference will cover such topics as […]