2008-04-03

Club welcomes space scientist



The Ventura County Astronomical Society will hold its monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m. Fri., April 18 in the multipurpose room at Mesa Union School, 3901 Mesa School Road, Somis. The speaker for the evening will be Dana Backman, who will speak on “A Ringside Seat to Planet Formation: Nearby Stars, Debris Disks and the SOFIA Mission.” Backman is the director […]

Is the Conejo Future Foundation biased or not?



In your March 27 issue, Stephanie Bertholdo quotes Pat Croner, an adult adviser for the Future Foundation Youth Congress, as saying, "The Future Foundation is apolitical, so this is not about taking sides or arguing the issues or standing up for the candidates." Later in the article, Jan Iceland, an Oak Park School Board member and adviser to the youth […]

Bad check writing alleged



Oxnard resident Scott B. Whitenack, 49, an attorney who practiced law in Westlake village, has been charged with one misdemeanor count of writing and passing checks with nonsufficient funds. Whitenack wrote and passed three checks totaling $340 with insufficient funds in his business checking account between July 29, 2007 and Sept. 9, 2007. He was an active member of the […]

Paleontology workshop is April 12



Mountains Restoration Trust’s Youth Naturalist Program is offering a paleontology workshop from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sat., April 12. Children will learn about dinosaurs through a fossil dig, hike and related craft. A guest speaker will bring in a lifesize tyrannosaurus rex head. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. There will be a nominal enrollment fee. For more […]

What the college bound athlete needs to know



When a college football or basketball team wins a championship, the school typically receives a nice boost in applications for admission. No wonder colleges recruit student athletes. But what are the benefits for students? Preferential treatment in the admissions process is a huge advantage. At many, though not all, Division I schools, if a coach wants an athlete and that […]

Westlake resident remembered as ‘beautiful storyteller’

Billy Consolo was a longtime coach for the Detroit Tigers, working under Sparky Anderson

Billy Consolo, the irrepressible storyteller who was a Detroit Tigers coach for much of Sparky Anderson’s tenure as manager, died last Thursday, apparently of a heart attack, at his home in Westlake Village. He was 73. Consolo’s death was confirmed by former Tigers public relations director Dan Ewald, a close friend of Consolo. Consolo had became one of Anderson’s best […]

Rockets blast the competition



Some shelter dogs are mislabeled



I am confused as to the source of this statement recently in The Acorn: "Aggressive breeds such as pit bulls are sometimes difficult to find homes for." Hopefully Denise Rosen didn’t make this statement. It would be inappropriate for an animal shelter manager to express a bias by labeling a certain breed "aggressive." Further, California law prohibits the shelter from […]

Football booster club treasurer is arrested for embezzlement

He allegedly stole more than $30,000

The man who served as Thousand Oaks High School Football Booster Club treasurer for more than 2½ years has been arrested for allegedly embezzling the money he volunteered to help keep an eye on. Michael McCarley, 59, turned himself in to the Thousand Oaks Sheriff’s Station March 12. Shortly thereafter he was arrested on suspicion of grand theft, having allegedly […]

At The Library



The Agoura Library has announced its events for April. All events are at the library, 29901 Ladyface Court, Agoura Hills. For more information, call (818) 889-2278. •A National Library Week tea party will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sat., April 12. Local celebrities will read award-winning books to children and bookmark contest winners will be presented. •Three events will […]