Sobriety house ruins neighborhood serenity

Agoura residents object to rehab home on Mainmast

Residents living in the vicinity of Mainmast Place in the Lake Lindero area of Agoura Hills are angry at the prospect of a home in their neighborhood being transformed into a sober living/drug rehabilitation residence. At the Dec. 10 Agoura Hills City Council meeting, residents told city leaders that a transitional home or halfway house for recovering alcoholics and drug […]

The fright before Christmas

‘WHO IS THIS GUY?’—Calabasas resident Evan Flashberg, 9 months, is not sure about sitting on Santa’s lap at the city of Calabasas Breakfast with Santa and His Pals event at the Calabasas Library on Dec. 6. The day included breakfast with Santa, Frosty the Snowman and the Gingerbread Man, pictures with Santa, and story time. This was Evan’s first meeting […]

Families grieve in Oak Park

The past few weeks have been a difficult time in Oak Park, a community struck by a series of tragedies involving sickness, accident and death. With the holidays approaching, Oak Park residents are doing all they can to help. On Dec. 14, Cody Badalato, a 14-year-old eighth-grader at Medea Creek Middle School, died just days after being diagnosed with acute […]

Pet adoption hurt by economy

In 2007 there were 94 owners who surrendered their cats and dogs to the Agoura Animal Shelter during September, October and November. This year the number ran up to 271. Evelina Villa, a shelter outreach staff assistant, said the rise in unwanted pets appears to be linked to the economic challenges people are facing. “People sometimes have to decide if […]

Here’s a helping hand

A program that provides holiday cheer to foster children is back at The Oaks mall in Thousand Oaks following a three-year absence. The Giving Tree holiday drive, held at The Oaks for nearly two decades, relocated to the Janss Marketplace in Thousand Oaks three years ago after The Oaks lost retailer KB Toys. Now that the mall has completed its […]

Paper delivered a day early

The Acorn and the Thousand Oaks Acorn will be delivered on Christmas Eve next week. This will create early deadlines for both papers. Press releases and letters to the editor for Dec. 24 editions are due by noon today, Thurs., Dec. 18, which is also the deadline for reserving real estate ads. Display ads must be reserved by noon, Fri., […]

Magazine applauds Calabasas High

U.S. News and World Report identified several local high schools among the nation’s top performing schools in its second annual survey of “America’s Best High Schools.” Calabasas, Westlake and Thousand Oaks high schools, as well as Santa Susana High School in Simi Valley, each earned a Silver award after meeting criteria developed by School Evaluation Services, an education data research […]

Homeowners ask, Las Virgenes HOAs answer

The following article appeared in the recent monthly newsletter of the Las Virgenes Homeowners Federation, the largest collection of HOAs in the region. Whatever happened to those proposed homes on the ridgeline east of Mulholland? Land development consultant Don Schmitz represented several landowners on the ridgeline east of Mulholland Highway behind Old Topanga, Calabasas Highlands, and Upper Cold Creek who […]

‘I can’t believe my own eyes’

WINDOW DRESSING—A comic Santa adorns the window at Bungalow Antiques Design & Salvage Store in the Whizin’s shopping center in Agoura Hills,where holiday decorations abound.

Star hairstylist to appear, sign books at Calabasas Library

Celebrity hairstylist Allen Edwards will be at the Calabasas Library from 2 to 4 p.m. Sun., Dec. 21, signing copies of his new memoir, “Shear Force” (Durban House Press, December 2008), and giving on-site beauty consultations. The 200-page autobiography details Edwards’ involvement in the Beverly Hills beauty industry during the 1970s and ’80s. In the book, Edwards, a Calabasas resident, […]