2004-04-01

Calabasas to buy Ahmanson as site for amusement park



By Michael Picarella pic@theacorn.com To save city programs in Calabasas that might otherwise be eliminated because of state budget cuts, the Calabasas City Council earlier this week acquired the 2,800-acre Ahmanson Ranch property in eastern Ventura County and will convert it into an amusement park. Calabasas officials hope it will become a cash cow for city coffers. The city had […]

Donors give students $30,000 to make movie



By Michael Picarella pic@theacorn.com It’s an aspiring filmmaker’s dream to make a movie, screen it and impress someone enough to provide funding for a bigger project. That dream turned into a reality for Agoura Hills teenagers Brandon Nicholas, 19, Brian Hahn, 16, and Shea Horton, 16. After screening their first full-length movie, "Oniroi," at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza […]

Ventura County offers aid to domestic violence victims



Ventura County offers aid to domestic violence victims Ventura County District Attorney Gregory Totten recently announced that the Crime Victims Assistance program is now operating a Family Violence Prevention and Education Center for victims of domestic violence. The Family Violence Prevention and Education Center was developed to meet an emergent call for assistance by domestic violence victims. The objective of […]

Students study DNA with new gadget



The Westlake High School Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) recently donated a $3,500 "Thermal Cycler" to its science department. Students taking biology can now duplicate and study their own DNA. According to information from PTSA campaign chair Marie Gluck, the donation was presented by the "Westlake Warrior Wishes," a direct donation program in which parents, students, employees and alumni can […]

Librarians the best resource available to young learners



Librarians the best resource available to young learners While online search engines are an amazing way to find movie times, a local florist or directions to that new restaurant, when it comes to serious research, the best resource may be one you’ve known about for years: your library. For a start, search engines are only as good as the researchers […]

State funding for

Calabasas Library
comes from bonds


Calabasas Library comes from bonds Your March 18, 2004 edition of The Acorn included a letter from Eli Eisenberg of Agoura Hills which included numerous misstatements regarding the new Calabasas Library building project. In 2000, the people of California passed Proposition 14, a $350 million bond act for new library projects. These funds can only be used for library construction […]

Anthony Knight to become superintendent in Oak Park



By Lori Porter porter@theacorn.com Oak Park Unified School District (OPUSD) board members last Friday convened to accept the resignation of Superintendent Gary Richards, who came to Oak Park from Connecticut just eight months ago. He’ll be replaced by Anthony Knight, a seasoned veteran of OPUSD. Unable to sell his home in Connecticut, Richards had been living with close friends in […]

Kids’ artwork can benefit UNICEF



Picture a perfect world. That’s what children are asked to do in a new contest designed to raise awareness about children around the world and raise money to help those who need it most. Children 13 and under are asked to submit illustrations for the annual Pier 1/UNICEF/Weekly Reader Greeting Card Contest. The new co-sponsor and a leader in educational […]

Anger management help offered by Interface



Interface Children Family Services offers help for those who are experiencing unusual pressure at work or home. In many cases uncontrolled anger outbursts, shouting at family members and explosive behavior begins with stress and burnout. Interface Family Guidance Clinics offer both group and individual counseling for anger management throughout Ventura County. For information on low-cost counseling, call (800) 390-5330.

Local Rotary collecting donations to buy custom wheelchair for student

CHS student with rare medical disorder needs custom wheelchair

The Calabasas/Agoura Hills Rotary Club is soliciting donations to be used towards the purchase of a custom wheelchair for a student named Jasmine who’s enrolled in special education classes at Calabasas High School. Jasmine suffers from a rare affliction called Dandy-Walker Syndrome, a congenital brain malformation involving the cerebellum, an area at the back of the brain that controls movement. […]


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