West Nile virus a more serious threat than previously imagined

By Michael Picarella pic@theacorn.com West Nile virus, a disease that can in rare cases cause encephalitis, inflammation of the brain and even death, is taking its toll in Southern California. One man died in Orange County and another victim was infected in Griffith Park. A dead bird that had been infected with West Nile virus was found in Simi Valley […]

Cops say speed caused traffic fatality

Excessive speed—estimated at 89 to 91 mph—was the cause of the fatal collision that killed Gregory "Chase" Arnett, Jr., 13, on July 10, police said. The speed limit was posted at 35 mph. Chase died at the scene as a result of head trauma. The North Ranch teenager was killed when his friend’s 2000 Ford Lightning pickup truck plunged down […]

Candidate’s son to speak when Democrats meet

Omar Masry, son of Ferial Masry, Democratic candidate for the 37th Assembly seat, will discuss "Opportunities Missed" when the Democratic Club of Conejo Valley meets at 7 p.m. at the Newbury Park Library, 2331 Borchard Road in Newbury Park. (The business meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m.) Omar Masry recently returned from a year of service in Iraq. His Civil […]

Westlake firm surpasses $100 million in annual premiums

Westlake Village-based Employers Direct Insurance Company (EDIC), described as one of California’s fastest-growing private companies, recently announced it has surpassed $100 million in annual premiums. The company has been in business for 18 months and is the only new domestic workers’ compensation insurance carrier approved by the California Department of Insurance in a decade. The company also reported on the […]

Agoura Hills

Agoura Hills Burglar(s) tore through drywall between July 10 and 12 in the 29800 block of Agoura Road and stole computer equipment. The total loss was $8,350. Vehicles and a building at Agoura High School had $2,350 worth of spray-painted graffiti damage after vandalism between July 9 and 12. Between 6:45 and 8:30 p.m. July 8, suspect(s) entered an unlocked […]

Vagabond Players to present new comedy

The Vagabond Players production of "Squabbles" will be performed from Aug. 6 to Aug. 22 at the Theatre on the Hill at Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive in Thousand Oaks. The production will be directed by Gail James, whose directing credits include "Blithe Spirit" at the Marquie Dinner Theater and the Conejo Players production of "I […]

Meeting at 4 p.m. today to address spending of Calabasas Education Fund


Meeting at 4 p.m. today to address spending of Calabasas Education Fund By Stephanie Bertholdo bertholdo@theacorn.com Calabasas Education Fund (CEF) board members will host a public forum at 4 p.m. today at city hall, 26135 Mureau Road, to seek opinions on what school programs should be funded over the next two years. Red Godfrey, CEF executive officer, said that the […]

Agoura Chamber

to host Aug. 12 breakfast

to host Aug. 12 breakfast The Agoura/Oak Park/Las Virgenes Chamber of Commerce will host a networking breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Thurs., Aug. 12 at Terri’s Café (formerly Corfu Island), 30135 Agoura Road, Agoura Hills. New members will have an opportunity to describe their product or service. Everyone should bring their business cards and brochures. The cost is $10 for a […]

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Cadet Argyle Nelson, son of Argyle and Barbara Nelson of Oak Park, was on the dean’s list for the spring semester at West Point Military Academy. Nelson graduated from Oak Park High School in 2000. He plans to graduate from West Point in 2005 and be commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army. To be selected for the dean’s […]

Not Such a Major Decision

The thought of spending more than $100,000 on a college education is scary enough, but what can really send parents over the edge is when their child wants to major in history or philosophy. Sure, it’s fun to learn about the Russian Revolution, but what can you do with that in the real world? Keep in mind, though, that even […]

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