2008-04-10

Westlake art show draws fans of James Gill

Contemporary artist makes return

  Art history was made in Westlake Village last week. After more than 30 years in seclusion, Pop Art icon James Gill returned to the art world at an auction of his work held Thursday at the Four Seasons Hotel. "We gave him a good coming-out party," said Ian Wilson, a Westlake Village-based art broker and dealer. "We had an […]

Five school districts address budget crisis



By Joann Groff  joann@theacorn.com Chuck Weis Chuck Weis, superintendent of Ventura County schools, kicked off a five-district meeting addressing Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s budget–which cuts about $4.8 billion from schools–by firing up the crowd spilling out of the Thousand Oaks High School Performing Arts Center. "We’ve been smacked in the face with the reality that California schools are some of the […]

Wanna make Mom happy? Read on



Mother’s Day is May 11 and The Acorn wants your mom to receive the recognition she deserves. In 100 words or less, please write and tell us why your mother is special. Whether it’s a poignant memory that you have, a small story you’d like to tell or just a few kind words for Mom, your thoughts are important. Even […]

Nature’s stunning beauty



DIPPED IN DEW–This lipstick-red rosebud appeared, bathed in dewdrops, early Monday morning. The first bloom of the season, it graces one of two bushes in the photographer’s local frontyard. Pruned back in late winter, both bushes produce a wealth of bright red flowers, but this bush is the standout with another 20 or so heavily scented buds already poised to […]

Oak Park High principal retiring



Lynn McCormack, principal at Oak Park High School, has announced she will be retiring at the end of the school year. McCormack came to Oak Park in 2004. She had been the principal at Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach since 1997. McCormack, who replaced Cliff Moore at the Oak Park helm, said she plans to remain at her […]

LVUSD leader retiring



Paul Markowitz, the Las Virgenes Unified School District’s elementary and middle school independent study teacher and co-president of the Las Virgenes Educators Association, has announced his retirement. Markowitz launched his career with the district nearly 35 years ago. He started as a fifth grade teacher at White Oak Elementary in Westlake Village, where he served for seven years, followed by […]

New hallucinogenic finds its way into area neighborhoods



A hallucinogenic herb called Salvia divinorum is growing in popularity among teens and young adults across the U.S. Local law enforcement officials said they are aware of the drug and plan to monitor its sale and use among teens, but they can do little to stop local smoke shops from selling the herb, which is legal in most states, including […]

Spell check



Walk to benefit Multiple Sclerosis

Event is Saturday in Westlake

NP The community is invited to participate in Walk MS 2008 beginning 9 a.m. Sat., April 12 at the Westlake Village Civic Center. The event will include a fundraising walk, breakfast, lunch, live entertainment, and prizes donated by local businesses. Funds raised will go toward multiple sclerosis research, and programs and services designed to help people with MS and their […]

A.E. Wright breaks ground on native ‘teaching’ garden



A.E. Wright Middle School in Calabasas is going wild. Thanks to the Resource Conservation District of the Santa Monica Mountains, the school will have a native “teaching” garden installed near the play fields. The “Go Wild” garden project was funded with Proposition 50 money from the State Water Resources Control Board, said Melina Watts, Malibu Creek Watershed Coordinator for the […]