Giving Certificates offer unique way to share

“The world has problems. We can let you give solutions,” is the message from the husband-andwife team of Victor Dorff and Lisa Sonne of Agoura, who created the nonprofit organization Charity Checks. The organization offers Giving Certificates good for any charity. Although Charity Checks is based in Agoura, their service has been used nationwide to do good for years, according […]

Holiday spending on the ris

Average American will fork ove $747 for holiday gifts

Americans heading to the mall this holiday season are planning to spend slightly more while shopping for friends and family than they did in 2004. According to the annual Holiday Shopping Survey conducted by Myvesta, a nonprofit consumer education organization, the average American plans to spend $747 on their holiday gifts in 2005, up 4.3 percent from the average of […]

Let’s hear your ‘tails’

The Acorn invites you to send your favorite pet story for publication on the Critter Corner page. Not to exceed 300 words, your story can be about an interesting occurrence, or an inspirational moment involving your pet. Maybe there was a close call with danger, and perhaps your pet became a hero. Or may be you just want to tell […]

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Guest opinion

City government meetings, important programs such a “Every 15 Minutes” about safe teen driving—and even those critical evacuation messages during fires or other disasters, unfortunately don’t generate the kind of excitement from sponsors or the folks at the Nielsen television rating service to warrant coverage on our local commercial television stations. Educational and governmental programs about thousands of other topics […]

Skylights are an Illuminating Asset to Any Home

It’s always been one of the more envy-provoking features of any home. But now, with real estate prices on everyone’s mind— whether you’re thinking of cashing in by selling or just looking to one-up the neighbors—skylights are becoming an increasingly popular addition. According to one national mortgage company, owning a home “suffused with light” can “substantially increase” its resale value. […]

Less smoking, but more tax revenue, state says

State Board of Equalization Chair John Chiang announced that BOE enforcement measures have produced an additional $93 million in cigarette and tobacco products tax collected in the past 20 months. Another $32 million in sales tax was also generated by the increased enforcement, Chiang said. “While cigarette and tobacco consumption continues to decline, the tax receipts from those products are […]

Area student wins film festival

Kevin Shulman, a Camarillo resident and film student at Brooks Institute of Photography, received four award nominations at the recent New York City Horror Film Festival in Manhattan’s prestigious Tribeca Film Center. Shulman’s 28-minute film “I.O.U.,” which premiered on Oct. 21, was nominated for best screenplay, best cinematography, best short film and best actor awards. “Kevin combines his technical skills […]

Host a crafting party for the season

With the holidays nearing, it’s time to start decorating your home. Decorating can be a challenge during this busy time of year. To make it more fun, why not ring in the season with a holiday crafting party? Afterwards, everyone’s homes will be filled with a multitude of holiday cheer. Ask each guest to bring ribbon, fabric and other decorative […]

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