2004-03-18

Calabasas woman says oak tree ordinance isn’t fair



By Michael Picarella pic@theacorn.com The oak tree ordinance in Calabasas is strict—too strict, according to 20-year Calabasas resident Jane Chaudron, who said some oak trees on her neighbor’s property and on land that’s owned by the city have become overgrown nuisances. Chaudron, who lives off Park Sienna on Park Alisal, has been trying to get the city to alleviate the […]

Volunteer recognized for community service



The greater San Fernando Valley chapter of Association of Fundraising Professionals recently honored Agoura Hills resident Bob McConneghy at an awards luncheon at Sportsman’s Lodge in Studio City in observance of National Philanthropy Day. McConneghy was honored for his many volunteer hours and raising money for Chaminade College Prep in West Hills. He has served on the board for six […]

Hike raises funds for geology students

Retired professor trekking across Santa Monica Mountains

Retired Cal State University Northridge (CSUN) geology professor Gene Fritsche will be lacing up his hiking boots for a trek across the Santa Monica Mountains to raise money for student scholarships. Fritsche, 67, who retired from CSUN in 2000, and his wife, Sue, plan to take seven days to hike 80 miles from the Los Angeles Zoo to Point Mugu. […]

Seven steps that lead to success



Small changes in your office can translate into big gains in personal and office productivity. They can also make jobs easier and promote better business results, according to experts at Xerox Corporation. Here are seven things to do to shape up your office. 1. Protect your information. Install the latest virus protection and operating system updates; use security solutions that […]

Coyotes show much improvement



By Wayne Harrison wharrison@theacorn.com After a 2-2 start, the Calabasas softball team (under the helm of fifth-year head coach Barbara Hofer) had to feel good about itself. After all, the two wins represent twice as many as the Coyotes won all of last season when they finished 1-19. But because Calabasas plays in the robust Marmonte League, Hofer is tempering […]

Women’s guild being formed at guidance center



The Child & Family Guidance Center in Northridge is forming a volunteer women’s guild to help with fundraising activities to support troubled and abused children. The center, a nonprofit organization that provides mental health treatment for physically, sexually and emotionally troubled and abused children, has facilities in Northridge, North Hills, Van Nuys, West Hills and the Antelope Valley as well […]

Debate over new Yerba Buena school continues in LVUSD



By Stephanie Bertholdo bertholdo@theacorn.com The Las Virgenes Unified School District (LVUSD) Board of Education has revisited the timeline for construction of the new Yerba Buena Elementary School. Trustees also debated the composition of a citizens’ oversight committee that will be forming under the facilities committee. The long-overdue project is estimated to cost far more than originally anticipated—now about $33 million […]

Bella Vita plans lunch, card party



Bella Vita of Westlake will host a luncheon and card party from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tues., March 30 in the Parish Hall at St. Julie Billiart’s Church, 2475 Borchard Road, Newbury Park. Those planning to attend should bring their own cards and supplies. The event will feature lunch plus cash prizes, including a three-day stay in a Las […]

Students get ‘Job Shadow Day’ experience



Advertising company renamed



After more than 40 years in the marketing-communications business, Westlake Village-based Bear Advertising, Inc. has renamed the agency Bear Enthusiast Marketing Group. "We’re passionate about growing business by marketing products to enthusiasts—whether they be outdoorsmen or handymen, gardeners or golfers, pet lovers or boaters or, simply, connoisseurs of life," said Bruce Bear, president and CEO. "We think our new name […]


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