2011-06-30 E-Edition

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Autistic child better off in special school

After reading the letter in the June 16 Acorn regarding the family with the autistic son not being accepted at Medea Creek Middle Schoolin Oak Park, I felt compelled to share my family’s story. Our son D.J. was diagnosed with autism 12 years ago. He attended Brookside Elementary School. It wasn’t easy, and it became increasingly more difficult for him […]

A Dash of youth

Center offers classes and programs that appeal to teenagers

Hanging at the Teen Center Located near two teenage hot spots—the library and the senior center—the Alex Fiore Thousand Oaks Teen Center is not always thought of as a “goto place” by local teens. It’s better known for hosting dances that expose middle schoolers to excessive amounts of black light and hosting bands with confusing names like Koala Spit Shoe. […]

“Bad Teacher”

What happens when good people make a bad movie? Unfortunately, the answer is: bad movie. Cameron Diaz plays Elizabeth, a gold-digger who’s dumped by her crass husband and forced to return to a profession she obviously hated. Elizabeth is obsessed with only one thing—marrying rich (again, and quicky)—so when a single sub-teacher (Timberlake) happens to reveal he comes from money, […]

Ladyface Ale Companie wins awards

Ladyface Ale Companie in Agoura Hills won silver and bronze medals as well as an honorable mention at the recent 2011 Los Angeles International Beer Competition at the Fairplex in Pomona. The silver medal winner was Picture City Porter in the Brown Porter Category Amazon Red in the Imperial Red Ale Category was the bronze medal winner. Sauvignon Blanc barrel-aged […]

Against watersmart meters

On June 14, concerned residents attended the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District meeting, voicing strong opposition to their forced and mandatory smart meter installations. The LVMWD had deployed over 2,500 of these meters under the radar. Following a complaint by the chair of the Citizens Review Association to the California Public Utilities Commission, the water district now notifies its residents, […]

Realtors choose scholarship winners

HONOREES—Conejo Simi Moorpark Association of Realtors president Linda Mills, far left, introduces the 2011 college scholarship winners on June 22. Back row: Morgan Woods (Apollo High); Nicole Franck (Monte Vista High); Jack Sorfazian (Oak View High); Robert Rosenberg (Simi Valley High); Jacob Leyba (Royal High). Front row: Michaela Rose Thompson (Westlake High); Gabriela Zaragoza (Moorpark High); K.C. Costanis (Oak Park […]

Local wineries share their wares

The Santa Ynez Valley Wine Country Association presents the “Stars, Stripes and Syrah” wine tasting passport event from 11 am to 4 pm. Sat., July 2, a self-guide tour among various award-winning Santa Ynez Valley wineries. Participating wineries are Alexander and Wayne, Arthur Earl, Buttonwood Farm Winery, Casa Cassara, Carina Cellars, Daniel Gehrs Wines, Imagine Wine, Lincourt, Lucas & Lewellen […]

That’s Classic

Offseason standouts emerge at football passing tournament

At last weekend’s Conejo Classic Passing Tournament, the general consensus among area high school football coaches was that pace and repetitions far outweighed points and results. So while it served as a positive sign that three Marmonte League teams made the 7-on-7 passing event’s final four—Moorpark, Westlake and Oaks Christian, with the Lions losing to Alemany in the final—the main […]

God belongs in the U.S. Constitution

If our local teachers are so great, why do so many letters to The Acorn present the erroneous view that the United States was founded with a separation between church and state? Surely our teachers are aware that half of the original states had specific favored religions at the time they adopted the Constitution and that they wanted to make […]