Remodeled Agoura Animal Shelter opens

Pet project

The Agoura Animal Shelter has been spruced up with new paint, artificial turf and other improvements. Denise Rosen, shelter manager, said the renovations were long overdue. The shelter’s last makeover was more than 20 years ago, she said. In some areas, the peeling paint revealed a number of old color schemes. Sandblasting stripped off all evidence of past paint, and […]

Teens turned on by helping others

Assisteens, an auxiliary of the Assistance League of the Conejo Valley, is ready to expand its reach and services to the community through a membership drive. The teen group currently has 26 members from Oak Park, Agoura, Thousand Oaks, Westlake, La Reina, and Oaks Christian high schools. With several students graduating in June, the group hopes to attract up to […]

Pharmaceuticals in water cause concern

Drinking water isn’t quite as pure as once was thought, but Ventura County residents still shouldn’t be alarmed about recent national reports that point to the presence of pharmaceuticals in drinking water systems, area water agency officials say. The report, however, has one local pharmacy director concerned about the cumulative effect the trace amounts of pharmaceuticals have on those drinking […]

Practice for the SAT

Acorn Bits

A practice SAT test will be offered from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sat., May 10 in room A1 of Agoura High School, 28545 W. Driver Ave. The cost is $20. Money raised will benefit the Agoura High School Parent-Faculty Club. Scores will be available upon completion of the test. An explanation of SAT changes and scores required by colleges […]

Latter-day Saints support Lighthouse

Shelter receives gift of clothing, blankets, toys

Women of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from Agoura Hills, Westlake Village, Thousand Oaks and Newbury Park joined together to provide relief and support for the Lighthouse Women’s and Children’s Shelter in Oxnard. Projects completed and donated consisted of 45 gift bags with new baby clothes and stuffed animals, 45 receiving blankets, three fabric bulletin boards and […]


•In the March 13 story about the Ventura Schools Mock Trial Competition, the name of Keshav Nair of Agoura High School, the first-place winner for Best Pretrial Prosecution Attorney, was misspelled. •A name was misspelled in the March 20 edition: It is Randy Bilsland, a parent who participated in the Sumac Elementary School Dr. Seuss pancake fundraiser.

Las Virgenes school district hands out employee layoff notices

Planning ahead for budget cutbacks

Approximately 20 teachers and staff members in the Las Virgenes Unified School District received layoff warnings March 15 in response to the impending state budget cuts. March 15 was the deadline for employees to receive the warning notices, said Board President Cindy Iser. A final state budget has yet to be signed. Las Virgenes schools stand to lose about $7 […]

Conejo Audubon Society plans bird watching events

The Conejo Valley Audubon Society has announced its activities calendar for April. For more information, visit www.ConejoValleyAudubon.org. •Tom Halprin will lead a group through Sisar Canyon Sat., April 5. Meet at Los Posas park-and-ride at 7:30 a.m. to carpool or at the Summit Cafe at 8:30 a.m. •A meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. Mon., April 7 at the […]

Importance of long-term care insurance

Many Americans shy away from coverage

By now, most Americans have heard about longterm care insurance, yet many have shied away. According to numerous polls, most Americans believe that long-term care will be paid by Medicare, Medicaid (Medi-Cal) or private health insurance. These misconceptions could prove financially disastrous to those who do not know the facts. First of all, Medicare will only pay for a maximum […]

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