Amgen: Forbes’ Company of Year

By Michael Picarella pic@theacorn.com Forbes Magazine has picked Amgen as its 2004 Company of the Year. The Thousand Oaks-based biotechnology leader was chosen from a field of 26 competitors using a composite score based on financial metrics that include growth in sales and earnings, leverage, stock market returns and earnings forecasts, the magazine said. "Amgen is on the brink of […]

Pets have burial grounds, too

By Lori Porter porter@theacorn.com Every day hundreds people drive by the small hill in Calabasas where the words "L.A. Pet Park" can be seen from the 101 Freeway. They’re unaware that it’s not really a park, but a cemetery for pets. One of the oldest pet cemeteries in the western part of the country, Los Angeles Pet Memorial Park was […]

Community center hosts teen concert

The Agoura Hills/Calabasas Community Center will host a teen concert at 7 p.m. Fri., Jan. 7. Four area bands will be performing: Onset of Effect, Goodbye Skyline, the Bleacher Labels and Red Remedy. The Community Center is at 27040 Malibu Hills Road, Calabasas. Admission is $7. If you are in a band and would like to play at the Community […]

Classes teach how to market your nonprofit organization

Course at CLU

Classes teach how to market your nonprofit organization Registration has begun for a new certificate course titled Marketing and Fundraising for Nonprofit Organizations, offered through California Lutheran University’s School of Business. The course will be taught on the university’s Thousand Oaks main campus starting this month. The program, designed to provide hands-on training for fundraising and marketing professionals in nonprofit […]

‘What a Way for a Year to Start’ is church message

‘What a Way for a Year to Start’ is church message "What a Way for a Year to Start" is the title of Pastor Gary Alan Dickey’s Epiphany Sunday message for the 8, 9 and 10:30 a.m. worship services on Sun., Jan. 9 at United Methodist Church, 1049 Westlake Blvd., Westlake Village. The 8 a.m. service is casual and meets […]

By Sophia Fischer sfischer@theacorn.com

By Sophia Fischer sfischer@theacorn.com A local visit by the late actor Marlon Brando was the big news in Agoura 30 years ago this week. Brando was the main story and the subject of several photographs on the front page of The Acorn. With state Sen. John Tunney by his side, the actor held a press conference in Liberty Canyon that […]

Moorpark graduates 35 new nurses

Thirty-five new nurses completed Moorpark College’s Associate Degree Nursing Program and will be eligible to take the Board of Registered Nursing examination. The traditional pinning ceremony was Dec. 16 at the Moorpark College Performing Arts Center. The ceremony included recognition of the Moorpark College Nursing Association officers, awards for volunteering through the Volunteers 4 You! and the Red Cross. Faculty […]

Masry, Brockovich try to clear the air

By Sophia Fischer sfischer@theacorn.com More than a decade ago their legal work on a water contamination case became the basis of the acclaimed film "Erin Brockovich." Now Ed Masry, a Thousand Oaks city council member and prominent attorney, and Erin Brockovich, an environmental activist and namesake of the movie, are taking on clean air. The two lead a company called […]

Driving class offered

A defensive driving course for drivers 55 and older will be offered from 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Tues., Jan. 25 at the Agoura Hills Recreation Center, 30610 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Agoura Hills. The fee is $12 for Senior Center registrants; $14 for nonregistrants. For more information, call (818) 597-7361.

Hiring a College Admissions Counselor––Part 1

After several calls from parents asking if I have "pull" at colleges, I thought it was time to discuss what an independent college admissions counselor can and can’t do. As I told those parents, if anyone offers to "get" your child into college, consider it a red flag. Aside from the fact that such an offer is unethical, the truth […]

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