2007-06-21

July 4 at The Acorn



Independence Day will create early deadlines for The Acorn issue of July 5. Letters to the editor and press releases for the July 5 edition must be received by 11 a.m. Thurs., June 28, the same time that real estate ads must be reserved. The deadline for reserving space for display ads will be 11 a.m. Fri., June 29. Wed., […]

Man’s disability inspires others



Sourena Vasseghi never allowed his physical condition to get in the way of his hopes and dreams. Born with severe cerebral palsy and confined to a wheelchair, Vasseghi decided to turn his challenges into victories. Vasseghi, who will speak to audiences Thurs., June 28 at the Westlake Village Inn, has become a leading spokesperson for the disabled. Author of the […]

Everybody was kung fu fighting



Learn to keep harmful pesticides from escaping into the water



A new public service campaign kicks off to educate residents on how they can keep dangerous residential pesticides out of the Ventura County watershed. “Our goal is to change people’s habits and for residents to better understand what happens when yard pollutants are washed into neighborhood gutters and storm drains,” said Arne Anselm, Ventura County Watershed Protection District, water quality […]

Present yourself well



We like to think that when admissions officers read applications, they approach each one with an open mind, eager to learn about that student’s strengths and dreams for the future. But what are they really thinking? One of my favorite workshops at last week’s Western Association of College Admission Counseling conference was the session on selective college admission. We reviewed […]

‘School of second chances’ celebrates

Indian Hills High graduates 28 students

The Class of 2007 at Indian Hills High School was tiny in numbers, but the 28 students who earned their high school diplomas stood tall and proud at the June 14 commencement ceremony held at the “school of second chances” in Calabasas. Many had to overcome family hardships, learning problems and other hurdles to earn their diploma. At Indian Hills, […]

Find time for spirituality every day



We live in a complex world. Technology improves daily, and with it the pace of everyday life increases. Thirty years ago, before there were cellphones and video players, American households had an average of 1.2 technology products, usually just a TV and a radio. Today they have 26. Surrounded by these forces, it’s no small wonder that most of people […]

Beat the summer doldrums



“What’d you do today, Tommy?” “Nuthin’.” “What’r you going to do tomorrow?” “I dunno.” Summer’s here and the kids have nothing to do? Not a chance. Not in this town. Just look at all the opportunities there are for fun and games, camps and activities. Summertime should be a golden time. But once the excitement of getting out of school […]

Deborah Fagan



Top selling agent honors for March 2007 went to Deborah Fagan at Prudential California Realty’s North Ranch/Westlake Village office. It was announced at the annual awards banquet that Fagan had taken one of the company’s “Most Improved” awards for 2006. This was in recognition of agents whose business had increased by at least 50 percent from the prior, with a […]

School district grapples with special education

Policies have been a good IDEA, although some parents disagree

Between the federal guarantee of “free and appropriate public education” for all children- including those with special needs- and the limited capacity of school budgets to pay for the special education, lies a battleground. The federal Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) guarantees equal educational opportunity for all children. But meeting the demands of special education children in public schools isn’t […]


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