2010-12-30 E-Edition

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Jewish tradition misunderstood

If orthodox Jews get numbered in Oak Park, my kids may end up being member numbers 71, 72, and 73. For arbitrary reasons, they might not be allowed to attend their own synagogue, as you’ll often find 70 already attending Sabbath services at Chabad, and that’s more than enough, according to Ventura county planning staff. The Oak Park MAC, the […]

It’s fun to give

Early application update

A number of colleges have seen record numbers of early applications this year. At some highly selective schools, more early applications resulted in lower admit rates. Stanford’s early action applications were up 6.5 percent to a record 5,929 applications. The admit rate fell from 13.5 percent to 12.7 percent, with 754 students admitted and 500 deferred. Georgetown’s early action applications […]

“The King’s Speech”

Imagine yourself a reader in Hollywood and a screenplay crosses your desk, the log line reading: “This is a story about a king who stutters and how he overcomes the problem in time to save his country.” Most of us would probably giggle and reach for another script. The joke, however, would be on us. In the mid-’30s, ailing British […]

It’s not about discrimination, it’s about respect for homeowners

Enough with the religious discrimination charges against the good people of Oak Park. I have stayed out of this debate and even refused to sign a petition against the Chabad expansion, but enough us enough. In his recent letter, Mr. Franklin states he has lived in Oak Park 30 years, but the Chabad was not opened until 1994. If having […]

Model United Nations kicks off new year

Student ambassadors take on role of UN members

The Triunfo YMCA, serving Westlake Village, Agoura Hills and Oak Park, will hold its first meeting of its Model United Nations program, designed for kids in sixth through eighth grades at 6:30 p.m. on Thurs. Jan. 27. The meeting will be held at the Sumac Elementary School YMCA facility (6050 Calmfield Ave., Agoura Hills). Model United Nations is part of […]

Acorn Bits

Honor roll

Kellie Ryan, a sophomore from Agoura Hills majoring in liberal studies, was named to the honor roll for receiving top grades in the fall semester at Oregon State University.

Jones, Cassidy spread holiday cheer


With equal portions of glitz and sentiment, Cabrillo Music Theatre’s “Holiday Spectacular” delivered on its promise of a sumptuous, old-fashioned variety show the week before Christmas. Headlined by Shirley Jones and her son Patrick Cassidy, the show was a throwback to the 1960s, when colorful, familyoriented specials flooded television programming. It helped immeasurably that Jones and Cassidy handled their duties […]

Options for the Chabad members are limited

There are lots of synagogue options for most Jews living in the Conejo Valley: Reform, Conservative and other. But Orthodox Jews living in Oak Park have a truly unique situation. Traditional, Torah-observant Jews are required to walk, not drive, to the synagogue on the Sabbath, so you’ll see us walking the peaceful streets and nature trails of Oak Park on […]