2010-09-16 E-Edition

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Las Virgenes schools demonstrate winning formula

White Oak pencils in big gain

Despite ongoing budget problems, Las Virgenes Unified School District continues to rank among the highest schools in the state, according to the 2010 API scores released by state officials earlier in the week. One school, White Oak Elementary in Westlake Village, raised its score by 40 points to 961, one of the highest scores in the state. API scores are […]


Arts Alliance CEO to leave

Patricia Jones, president, CEO and executive director of the Alliance for the Arts, announced she’ll be leaving the organization on Sept. 30. Jones led the alliance for 14 years and directed $20 million in fundraising to support the theaters at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza as well as several performing arts groups who perform there. “We far surpassed our […]

Land purchase suggests recovery

A local real estate developer who recently purchased a prime vacant commercial lot north of the 101 Freeway hopes to build a project that will generate new jobs for the Conejo Valley. Selleck Development Group acquired the 21.5-acre parcel at 30800 Russell Ranch Road in June for $8.6 million, according to Robert Theobald, Westlake Village planning director. The property is […]

Acorn Bits

Student honor roll

•Gavin Daly of Oak Park made the summer honor roll at Oregon State University in Corvallis. Daly is a junior in pre-business. •Samantha Stanol of Calabasas was named to the President’s Honor List at California State University Long Beach for spring semester 2010. Stanol is an elementary special education major. •Travis Metzger of Hidden Hills made the Spring 2010 dean’s […]

More for Manna

The Conejo Valley community has responded to a recent cry for help from local food bank Manna. The food bank had been depleted by summer and, by August, Manna had dipped into their cash reserves—usually used for perishables— to purchase more canned vegetables, pasta, cereal and other necessary groceries. When Manna executive director Mike Mathews asked Conejo Valley residents for […]

Anime fans meet the man

Pizzas, wakeboards and vacation photos

School is back and autumn is almost upon us, but at The Acorn newspapers, vacation is far from over. In fact, the annual Take Your Acorn on Vacation photo contest is just around the corner, and this year you can vote for the winner by taking part in our special online poll starting Fri., Sept. 17. Visit www.theacorn.com and follow […]

Wellness Community hosts healthy eating workshop, meditation group

The Wellness Community Valley/Ventura will offer an “Eat to beat cancer” workshop from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thurs., Sept. 23 at 530 Hampshire Road, Westlake Village. The free educational seminar is for cancer patients, survivors and their families and will be presented by medical nutritionist and health coach Susan Speer. Speer has developed and taught programs in health promotion and […]