STAR testing website up

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell recently launched a new website to give parents and teachers a much better understanding of the state’s California Standards Tests (STAR testing). “This new online resource is the product of parent, teacher, and community member requests for a tool to help parents better understand their children’s test scores,” O’Connell said. “We hope that […]

Development hurts flood control

By wiping out all the vegetation at the Los Angeles County Flood Control Debris basins along Agoura Road in Agoura Hills, the county has caused erosion of the bare dirt. Are these erosioncausing debris basins contributing to the silt flowing into Malibou Lake? Heschel School should consider the land above and around these debris basin areas as a better site […]

“Inglourious Basterds”

Directed by: Quentin Tarentino Cast: Christoph Waltz, Brad Pitt, Mélanie Laurent, Diane Kruger Rated: R (for violence, language, mayhem) Running time: 153 minutes Best suited for: Tarantino purists Least suited for: realists, the logical, the practical, traditional war flick buffs A film by Quentin Tarantino is usually both predictably unpredictable and predictably bloody. “Inglourious Basterds” [sic] is a good deal […]

Boppin’ to Billy Joel

Sheriff’s Blotter

Agoura Hills A thief stole an $800 computer, a $200 wireless router and a $20 garage remote opener from a car parked in the 5900 block of Gleam Court Aug. 1. On Aug. 1, someone stole a bag containing work documents valued at $200 from a car parked in the 5900 block of Misty Court. Two more car thefts occurred […]

Strickland – 1 Pavley – 0

I read with interest the article about Sen. Tony Strickland’s fight to cut wasteful government spending. Thank you, Sen. Strickland, for balancing the budget by abolishing a foolish Waste Management Board that was paying bureaucrats six figures to do little to nothing. We need more legislators like you in Sacramento looking out for taxpayer interests. And shame on senators like Fran Pavley, who in the […]

Fiction in a Nutshell

Several weeks ago we asked our readers—those with an active imagination and a knack for writing—to put their creative juices to work in The Acorn’s second annual Fiction in a Nutshell contest. The response was gratifying, as 85 entries were submitted. The stories, limited to 100 words, covered a wide range of topics: science fiction, romance, comedy and adventure. We […]

Topanga docents seek volunteers

Topanga Canyon docents are seeking volunteers interested in learning about the natural history of the Santa Monica Mountains to lead mid-week interpretive walks for school children and weekend family walks within the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Areas. A new 10-week volunteer training class will begin at 9:30 a.m. Sat., Sept. 26. The six-hour sessions, taught by educators and professional […]

Car burglars apprehended

As residents continue to leave valuables inside vehicles, thieves continue to steal them. On Aug. 13 a person called the police about a suspicious vehicle parked on the 300 block of Wynn Court in Thousand Oaks. When they arrived to investigate, deputies found Jesse Israelson, 18, and another 17-year-old inside the vehicle sleeping. Inside the car with them, police allegedly […]

Oak Park students given healthier food choices

Children and teens returning to classes in the Oak Park Unified School District in September will have healthier options for school lunches, thanks to the nutrition experts at California Health & Longevity Institute.   Cafeteria staff from the public school system attended training sessions that included a cooking demonstration and menu tasting of more than 50 new recipes created by […]