New West Symphony maestro to open hall in Jerusalem

Maestro Boris Brott, conductor and music director of the New West Symphony, will open Jerusalem’s new Pavilion concert hall with "an unusual and collaborative performance" of Handel’s "Messiah" on Thurs. and Sat., Nov. 4 and 6. The Pavilion is a former movie theatre that has been refurbished as a sanctuary, meeting facility and concert hall and features state-of-the-art staging, lighting […]

Stick works better than carrot on fuel consumption

Stick works better than carrot on fuel consumption I read that AB-2628, a bill allowing single-occupant hybrid vehicles to use carpool lanes, has been signed into law by Gov. Schwarzenegger and that state Assemblywoman Fran Pavley is "thrilled." Terrific. The premise/theory behind diamond lanes is to reduce the number of cars on the road by rewarding licensed drivers who choose […]

MAC candidates discuss issues in Oak Park forum

By Sylvie Belmond belmond@theacorn.com Oak Park candidates for public office spoke to voters at a Community Foundation for Oak Park election forum last week. The forum included office seekers for the Municipal Advisory Council (MAC) and the Oak Park Unified School District Board of Education. A Measure B proponent and opponent also spoke. Measure B would increase Ventura County sales […]

Pals of almost 60 years now roommates

By Michael Picarella pic@theacorn.com Best friends can sometimes be as close to each other as family members. Ethel Seaver, 88, and Edythe Yakerson, 92, might as well be related. The two women have been friends for almost 60 years. Seaver and Yakerson have inspired friendships among their children, their grandchildren and, more recently, their great-grandchildren. "The families are very close," […]


THURS., OCT. 14 Tucson Sparkle Conejo Gem & Mineral Club meets 7:30 p.m. at Hillcrest Arts Center, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, when speaker Mary Pat Weber will discuss "Treasures from Tucson," highlights of the recent Tucson Gem and Mineral Show. (818) 707-9972 Start Saving Now Financial planner Lori Rubin will talk about future investments including paying for college […]

Quick Take

Memo to Dodgers fans: When I need a shot of blue nostalgia, I reach for my videotape titled "100 Years: A Visual History of the Dodgers." It was released in 1990, and narrated by (who else?) Vin Scully. It includes film from 1947 and Jackie Robinson’s debut. It includes 1955 and the only World Series Brooklyn ever won. It includes […]

Rotary to host annual Street Fair

The annual Thousand Oaks Rotary Street Fair will be presented from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sun., Oct. 17 on Moorpark Road, between Hillcrest Drive and Wilbur Road, in Thousand Oaks. About 250 arts and crafts vendors will offer their wares for sale. Entertainment on two stages includes, on the Central Stage at Moorpark Road and Brazil Street, Cecile Rogers […]

Environmentalism everyone’s job

I am writing in response to Susan Braun’s letter regarding the sad state of Medea Creek. Oak Park is at a headwater of the Malibu Creek watershed. The water and contaminants that we flush off our properties and streets pollute not just our beautiful community—but everything downstream, including our national and state parklands. Dog droppings that are left beside trails […]

Woman celebrates Navajo heritage


Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian opens By Stephanie Bertholdo bertholdo@theacorn.com Eva Larson’s summer vacation marked an historic moment in American history and a personal journey that reconciled her past, present and future as a Native American. A full-blooded Navajo who lives in Oak Park, Larson’s trip to the Smithsonian Institute’s opening of the new National Museum of the […]

Fire department retirees honored

The Ventura County Fire Department Benefit Fund recently hosted its annual retirement dinner at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley. Battalion Chief Norm Plott was master of ceremonies and Fire Chief Bob Roper presented each honoree with a plaque for their years of service. The 18 retirees, who represented more than 500 years of service to the department, […]