2011-02-24

McCann building a strong reputation for training local student-athletes

Current, former players rave about coach’s motivational methods


Jeff McCann isn’t just a football tight ends coach, world history teacher and strength and conditioning guru. McCann inspires, motivates and cares about student-athletes. He demands greatness— and gives it right back. He’s even got a little bit of Henry David Thoreau, Knute Rockne and Will Ferrell in him. A teacher and coach at Thousand Oaks High, McCann makes giant […]

Heal the Bay likes plastic bag ban



Heal the Bay wholeheartedly supports Calabasas’ ban on plastic bans. Plastic bags make our neighborhoods and beaches look like trash dumps, entangle and kill marine life, and are an unnecessary environmental scourge. With this ban, Calabasas joins a growing list of forward-thinking California cities that are working to save the environment, save landfill space, and save taxpayer dollars that would […]

National Park Service launches outdoor scavenger hunt program for the adventurous



The National Park Service recently unveiled a new park activity in the Santa Monica Mountains known as “parkcaching.” This activity is much like geocaching and offers an outdoor scavenger hunt using a global positioning system (GPS) with an educational theme that teaches the adventurer about the mountains. With more than 1 million active geocaches worldwide, geocaching is one of the […]

‘Son of Hamas’ discusses polarizing issue




The line to enter the Hyatt Westlake Plaza’s Grand Ballroom was out the door Monday night, and not just because the event was sold out. Attendees were required to undergo a security screening to hear the controversial speaker: Mosab Hassan Yousef, the Palestinianborn son of Sheikh Hassan Yousef, a founding leader of Hamas. The militant organization is devoted to the […]

Reflections program honors students



Seven Agoura High School students were recently recognized for their entries in the National PTA Reflections Program, which is designed to encourage independent artistic expression. The students and their categories are Melanie Abramoff, literature; Jacob Braunstein, film production; Carson Caccamise, musical composition; Zoe Chressanthis, photography; Zoe Hoetzel, film production; Noah Kline, photography; and Khristina Shad, dance choreography. The theme of […]

Conejo Valley girls crush the competition



Clarification on Oak Park tank



The final paragraph in the story, “Bank to fund Oak Park water tank,” in the Feb. 17 Acorn is incorrect. Mike McReynolds is a new Triunfo Sanitation District board member who was not on the board when the Conifer tank site was tested geologically around 2006 and 2007. The results of that geological testing was that the Conifer tank could […]

Calabasas students bake for a cure



The 83rd annual Academy Awards: a pontification



I guess, if you come right down to it, the best picture of the year is Pixar’s “Toy Story 3.” The best trilogy of possibly forever is the “Toy Story” trilogy, and there’s no doubt the winner of the Best Animated Feature Film this year will be “Toy Story 3.” So I have a slight philosophical problem in selecting “Toy […]

Open house for summer camp



The Boys & Girls Clubs of Conejo and Las Virgenes will offer several summer camps for youth ages 3 to 14. The various camp options will be presented during a summer open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sat., March 12 at the Los Cerritos Boys & Girls Club on the campus of Los Cerritos Middle School, 1980 E. […]