Agoura Hills celebrates 25th anniversary in 2008

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The Agoura Hills silver anniversary brought to end more than a decade of discussion, lawsuits and planning for the Agoura Village Specific Plan, a guiding document approved by the City Council that allows developers to build retail, commercial and residential projects on a 135-acre swath just south of the 101 Freeway. Shops at Oak Creek were also approved. Adler Realty […]

Schools, library all on the same page

WELL READ—Officiials from the city and Las Virgenes School District surround Calabasas Mayor Mary Sue Maurer, front row, center, as LVUSD donates textbooks to the new Calabasas Library.

A job for heroes with a license to pray

James Bond, the world cinema’s most famous spy is back, and this time he fights a villain trying to control strategic water resources in a developing country. How far-fetched is that story premise? “Control over water translates more and more into profit and power,” said Maike Gorsboth, the coordinator of the Ecumenical Water Network, an initiative of churches and Christian […]

Features A Child-Safe Pool And Spa

This approximately 3,500squarefoot four bedroom, 3.5 bath home is on a cul de sac. The atrium has been removed to make the kitchen and family great room. One of the bedrooms includes its own bathroom. The kitchen has a center island and granite counters. There are French doors, recessed lights and surround sound. The backyard has grassy areas and child-safe […]

Las Virgenes schools face tight budget

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Budget problems prompted by a weak California and national economy plagued the Las Virgenes Unified School District throughout 2008, a year also marked by new educational programs, technology upgrades and a remodeled middle school. The Acorn published 12 articles regarding the district’s budget problems, starting with a story about Gov. Schwarzenegger’s threat to cut school budgets midyear, and ending with […]

Film producer speaks to Viewpoint students

Film producer Meyer Gottlieb, cofounder and president of Samuel Goldwyn Films, recently spoke to the faculty and students of Viewpoint School in Calabasas as part of the school’s Cum Laude Society SpeakeratLunch Series. Gottlieb has produced and distributed many awardwinning films, including “Mystic Pizza,” “Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World,” “Eat, Drink, Man, Woman” and “Super Size […]

How to redesign 2009

“Life is a blackboard upon which we consciously or unconsciously write those messages which govern us. We hold the chalk and the eraser in our hand but are ignorant of this fact. What we now experience we need not continue to experience, but the hand which holds the eraser must do its neutralizing work.” —Dr. Ernest Holmes As you enter […]

Cindi Cockrill and Carie Hoglund

Cindi Cockrill and Carie Hoglund of Aviara Real Estate would like to think all who contributed to their 2008 Harvest Food Drive. “I was so impressed with all the people in the Conejo Valley community that stepped up to the plate to help raise food for needy families that are within the community,” said Hoglund. “We would like to especially […]

Westlake groups mark 2008

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In Westlake Village, two venerable institutions marked their 40th anniversaries in 2008. The Westlake Women’s Club, a philanthropic nonprofit group formed by some of the city’s earliest residents, has raised thousands of dollars for local, regional and national charities. Westminster Presbyterian Church, which began with a small group of charter members and today numbers about 1,200, supports a variety of […]

Ghosts of Christmas visit Viewpoint School

HOLIDAY HAUNTS—One of the ghosts of Christmas leads Ebenezer Scrooge on a spine-tingling journey in Viewpoint School’s recent production of Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol.” A cast of 64 students performed in the show which was adapted for the stage by Dr. Julianne De Sal with original music composed by Bill Brendle.