Angry parents come to the defense of boys’ coach

JOE BINOYA/Acorn Newspapers SHOW OF SUPPORT- Students at district headquarters protest the release of Calabasas High basketball coach Jim Nielsen. Hundreds of e-mails, phone calls and letters from students and parents may have saved the job of Calabasas High School basketball coach Jim Nielsen. Nielsen, a coach and history teacher for the past two years, met with school district officials […]

Those wild and woolly weekends

Eggheads are in! IRIS SMOOT/Acorn Newspapers CUTE AND CUDDLY- When it comes to exciting weekend entertainment in the Conejo and Las Virgenes valleys, "Buster Balloon," right, helps fill the bill by presenting his rare brand of twisted comedy. The well-known comedian appeared at the Chabad of the Conejo’s Friendship Circle Purim Carnival on March 15. Among the activities this weekend, […]

Oak Park district takes proactive approach to school safety

Students are the first responders on the scene

Part 1 of two parts As school shootings continue to occur nationwide, Oak Park schools are taking decisive action, joining other campuses across the country to implement programs that might prevent such future tragedies. Although Oak Park High School and Medea Creek Middle School already engage in peer counseling, mentoring, and conflict mediation, the administrators on both campuses are introducing […]

Water pollution, drought spell double trouble

Every drop of water counts, especially in Southern California, said the experts at the 2008 Water Runoff Conference March 5 at Pepperdine University. Too much water is being wasted and far more of the precious resource could be saved. Start with landscaping. Water hungry lawns and nonnative landscaping simply don’t belong in California’s dry Mediterranean climate conditions, said Melina Sempill […]

DUI checkpoint will target wayward drivers in Calabasas

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department will conduct a DUI/driver’s license checkpoint from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Fri., March 21 in Calabasas. In an effort to reduce the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol-involved crashes, checkpoints are conducted to identify offenders and get them off the street, as well as educate the public on the dangers of […]

Superintendents, PTA discuss budget cuts

A volunteer community group called Californians Organized to Rescue Education (CORE) has joined forces with the 12th District Parent-Teacher Association to oppose Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s proposed education budget cuts. The two groups will host a fivedistrict superintendents’ forum at 4:30 p.m. Wed., April 2 at Thousand Oaks High School’s performing arts building. Penny Salomon, co-chair of CORE with Ziona Friedlander, […]

Trees make a difference

10th annual Method Fest returns to Calabasas

The city of Calabasas will host the 10th running of The Method Fest independent film festival from March 27 to April 3. Named after the famous school of acting, The Method Fest is the only U.S. film festival to put the art of acting in the spotlight. Director Zackary Adler’s “Familiar Strangers,” an offbeat, funny and heartfelt story of a […]

ZIP codes won’t change

The United States Postal Service announced it will not move its processing operations for the Thousand Oaks Post Office from Santa Clarita to Oxnard. The operational change would have required new ZIP codes to be issued to addresses in Thousand Oaks, Newbury Park and portions of Westlake Village. Some residents, businesses and politicians objected to the move. A request to […]

Former Calabasas student named ‘Almost Famous Chef’

Kristianne Pak, a Calabasas High School graduate, has come a long way since cooking up her first dish of macaroni and cheese at the age of 8. Pak, 26, won the San Pellegrino Almost Famous Chef Competition, beating out the other competitors with her grown-up signature dish of glazed beef short ribs, stir-fried miso spinach and chestnut steamed rice. Pak […]