Chaparral students spell ‘perfection’

EASY AS ABC—Chaparral Elementary School students display their award certificates after earning 100 percent on spelling tests during the annual spelling bee at the Calabasas school. At an awards ceremony held last week, 164 students who received perfect scores received certificates and free yogurt from Golden Spoon Frozen Yogurt.

City nixes new rec center at Forest Cove

Facility must go somewhere else

Agoura Hills officials announced Jan. 28 that all city parks are off limits for development, which means Forest Cove Park is no longer a candidate for construction of a new municipal recreation center. Amy Brink, Agoura Hills director of community services, told the City Council at last week’s meeting that her department had removed all city parks from the list […]

Snow surfing

SLIP SLIDING AWAY—Nathan Bloom, left, and Myles Morbeck, both 5, enjoy a snow slide at Oak Hills Elementary School’s second annual Neighborhood Preschool Carnival on Jan. 31. Proceeds help pay for school activity equipment.

When players run amok

Violence, suspensions mar girls' youth basketball team

By Stephanie Bertholdo  bertholdo@theacorn.com An Agoura youth basketball team for eighth- through 12th-grade girls was disbanded in December following the suspension of one girl for playing too rough. Other teams threatened to forfeit their games out of fear of being injured. Agoura High School athlete and local basketball player Jennifer Hobbs reportedly was suspended from the league following a flagrant […]

Mail box thieves strike again

Jack Daniels of Agoura Hills was surprised when he learned that mail had been stolen from his mailbox. After all, he couldn’t miss what he never had. But the news of the theft didn’t come from the Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station. Instead, Daniels was contacted by the San Gabriel Police Department and told that certain letters with his name and […]

Memorial Saturday for young leukemia victim

A community memorial has been scheduled for 10 a.m. Sat., Feb. 7 at Oak Canyon Park in Oak Park to remember the life of Cody Badalato, a Medea Creek eighthgrader who died of leukemia. The handsome, athletic and outgoing teenager appeared healthy until the night of Dec. 7, 2008 when he suddenly couldn’t breathe and suffered cardiac arrest. After being […]

Forums scheduled in Calabasas Council election

Calabasas residents have two more opportunities in the coming weeks to meet and question the candidates for City Council. Three seats are up for election on the council. The vote is March 3. The Calabasas Village Homeowners Association will host “Meet the Candidates” from 2 to 4 p.m. Sat., Feb. 7 at the Calabasas Village Clubhouse. Residents will have the […]

LVMWD board sworn in

Joseph Bowman and Charles Caspary recently took the oath of office marking the start of new four-year terms as members of the board of Las Virgenes Municipal Water District. Bowman represents Division 4, which includes a portion of Agoura Hills, Westlake Village and adjacent unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County. He joined the LVMWD board in 2002. Caspary is the […]

Need a job? Census Bureau has them

The hiring will continue through 2010

The United States Census Bureau is gearing up for next year’s gathering of information on American households, and parttime census takers are now being hired. According to Carolyn Wallace, a recruiting assistant for the Santa Monica/Malibu Census area, the bureau needs to hire hundreds of local people to help in the gathering of information about the U.S. population. Wallace said […]


An article about the trial of Diana Shakhov had an error in the edition of Jan. 22. The first case ended in a mistrial after the jury deadlocked 9-3 for an acquittal. Shakhov was driving a car that rear-ended another vehicle on June 2, 2003 on Thousand Oaks Boulevard. In the crash, a 17yearold Westlake High School student, Nicole Johnson, […]