LVUSD helps families that homeschool their children

By Stephanie Bertholdo bertholdo@theacorn.com The Home Independent Study Program (HISP), commonly known as homeschooling, has only been operating in Las Virgenes Unified School District (LVUSD) for a year, but if happy, educationally engaged children and satisfied parents are evidence of success, then the program is off to a stunning start. The homeschooling phenomenon is burgeoning, and school districts throughout California […]

Authors raise funds for kids, others

By Stephanie Bertholdo bertholdo@theacorn.com Eight local women authors gathered at a recent reception to present their books and raise money for the Legal Advocacy Fund to protect children, women, the elderly and others. The American Association of University Women (Thousand Oaks chapter) held a dessert reception at the home of Marsha Rosenblum. About 50 people gathered to hear the women […]

Local residents graduate in San Diego

Local residents graduate in San Diego Two local residents recently graduated from the University of San Diego, a Catholic institution of higher learning. Heather Parker, a graduate of Agoura High School, earned a bachelor’s degree in diversified liberal arts. At USD, she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. She is the daughter […]

Parents should heed a child’s heel pain

Indoors and outdoors, children stay active year-round in competitive sports and other physical activities, but sometimes heel pain can leave them sitting on the sidelines. The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons recommends that when a child complains of heel pain, it should be treated right away. Heel pain commonly occurs in children ages 8 to 14 as their […]

Favors acquisition of Soka University

For 20 years the 300-acre Soka University campus (formerly the Gillette property), located at Mulholland Highway and Las Virgenes Road, has been nearly at the top of the acquisition "wish list" of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy. Second only to Ahmanson Ranch, which was acquired last fall, Soka is now the conservancy’s No. 1 priority. It is relatively flat, easily […]

Middle school students learn other cultures

Middle school students learn other cultures

Hughes staunchly defends President Bush

By Steve Ames Special to The Acorn Karen Hughes knows President George W. Bush as a boss, a friend who ran for and became the president, and a person who hasn’t wavered from his principles. Speaking in Thousand Oaks recently as part of the Distinguished Speakers Series, the former adviser and counselor to the president left the White House in […]

Local students excel academically

Several local students have been recognized for academic excellence. Kevin Snyder, who attends Lindero Canyon Middle School, has been named a United States National Award Winner in English. Snyder, son of Janet and Richard Snyder of Agoura Hills, was nominated by his teacher, Carole Firestone. Meghan Dana Joss, a freshman at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va., has earned […]

Cars, culture focus of

show in T.O. The 17th annual Thousand Oaks Car Classic on Sun., June 20 will focus on the significant influence of California’s culture on 20th Century automotive designs under the theme "California’s Contribution to the Automobile." The show, scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., will have 250 cars displayed on the tree-shaded grounds of Kingsmen Park at California Lutheran […]

North Area Plan was adequate in protecting Santa Monica Mountains

These remarks were to be spoken at the May 24 (L.A. County) Regional Planning Commission public hearing. At the hearing, people were told they would not be heard unless they had signed up at the prior month’s meeting; consequently, many left. However, well into the public hearing, they changed the rules and allowed others to speak. On Oct. 24, 2000, […]