D.A. warns about consumer fraud, scams

Ventura County District Attorney Gregory Totten has issued a consumer alert to residents due to a substantial increase in telemar-keting and consumer fraud. Most of these scams are based outside California and often outside the U.S., which means that consumer awareness is the best defense. International Lottery Scam This long-running scam is claiming a growing number of victims. The scheme, […]

Westlake resident labors for cheetahs

By Michelle Knight knight@theacorn.com April Davis leads a double life. By day, she’s a demure occupational therapist, but by night, the Westlake Village resident works to save the world’s dwindling population of wild cheetahs. Davis fell in love with the planet’s fastest land animal during a trip to South Africa several years ago. She came into contact with the conservation […]

Oak Park teen participates in prestigious math, science program

Benjamin Kiner, a 10th-grader at Oak Park High School, spent four weeks this summer enriching his mind exploring topics in mathematics and science that aren’t generally offered in high school. Kiner participated in the Physics and Technology Center of the COSMOS Program at the University of California at Davis, a four-week summer residential program for top math and science students […]

Congregation Or Ami will be celebrating its new sanctuary

For Congregation Or Ami, a Reform synagogue in Calabasas, the Rosh Hashanah holiday in September will mark the first anniversary of its new sanctuary at 26115 Mureau Road. "For a congregation committed to creating real community, having a physical home has always been of secondary importance," said Rabbi Paul Kipnes, the community’s spiritual leader. "Yet this new home has provided […]

Realtor, restaurant signs are unsafe, ugly

Realtor, restaurant signs are unsafe, ugly The shopping center at the northeast corner of Lindero Canyon and Kanan roads was the result of our community saying "no" to Texaco and "yes" to a developer that worked with our Municipal Advisory Council (MAC) and concerned community members to build a center that enhanced our neighborhood. Since that time the center has […]

Willow Elementary School welcomes new principal

By Stephanie Bertholdo bertholdo@theacorn.com As the new principal of Willow Elementary School in Agoura Hills, Garry Galvan is grateful. A resident of Oak Park, Galvan commutes to work in about five minutes. While the short drive is quite a perk after driving to Oxnard for 10 years, Galvan appreciates even more the chance to take charge of a high-achieving school […]

Creative project draws on talents of hospitalized kids

For four days in November 2003, children receiving treatment for burns and orthopaedic conditions at Shriners Hospital for Children in Los Angeles were busy painting. Shriners patients created graphic panels with flower-themed designs that would be used to decorate a vintage DC-3 airplane. The plane, which would showcase the patients’ artistic endeavors, was one of only 100 airplanes selected to […]

Girls make their school cleaner

The Environmental Girls Group (EGG) is comprised of former Willow Elementary School friends who wish to continue their environmental efforts at their new school, Lindero Canyon Middle School. Recently the girls—Camille Mahlknecht, Erika Mahterian, Delaney West and Melissa Sheret—spent several hours cleaning up the Lindero campus, collecting mounds of trash. The EGG friends will meet once a month.

Judaism explored through improv

A session exploring Jewish life through improvisation will be presented from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. on Thurs., Sept. 9, at the New JCC at Milken, 22622 Vanowen St. in West Hills. Improv’s guidelines follow the same philosophy as Judaism, laughing together with new and old friends while learning about human nature, how to make the best of life, and that […]

Stop parking in handicapped zones

Stop parking in handicapped zones It’s a daily occurrence that angers and saddens me. I’m sure you see it too. I drive down to Agoura Hills to shop or rent videos and/or get a cup of coffee, whatever. And I see the same thing over and over. Even though the handicapped parking zones in front of establishments are clearly marked […]

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