2012-08-23 E-Edition

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School, water district elections called off

No election will be held this November in the Oak Park Unified School District or Triunfo Sanitation District. The Ventura County Recorder’s office announced this week that it will appoint the five candidates slated to run for the school board and water board in lieu of holding elections because the candidates had no opposition. The filing period for the candidates […]

One yard at a time

Nick Risher, a 2010 graduate of Oak Park High School’s independent studies program, found a way to earn money in the landscaping industry while reducing his community’s carbon footprint. Risher founded Bee Green Gardening Co., an environmentally friendly landscaping service that uses no gasoline-powered equipment. Since starting the company in 2010, the 20-year-old entrepreneur has been splitting his time between […]

Square dance lessons

The Trail Dusters Square Dancing Club provides a venue for residents to make friends, exercise and have fun with encouraging members. Square dance classes are on Wednesdays starting Sept. 5 at 7:30 p.m. at Bay Laurel Elementary School, 24740 Pasao Primario, Calabasas. During the first three weeks of September, prospective students can take one class for free. Each class thereafter […]

Summer ends, car show starts

The United Methodist Church of Westlake Village will present its End of Summer Classic Car Show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sat., Sept. 8 in the parking lot at 1049 S. Westlake Village Blvd. The family-friendly fundraiser will support local outreach ministries of UMCWV and Manna, the Conejo Valley food bank. Activities will include a bounce house for kids […]

The Acorn Epicurean

Guido’s Calabasas

In January, Antonio Castanos, owner of Guido’s restaurants in Malibu and West Los Angeles, opened a third eatery in Old Town Calabasas. Introduced to the area by a former chef and friend, Castanos was charmed by the quaint ambience of Gaetano’s Restaurant and took it over in December 2011 before reopening the following month as Guido’s. Originally from Malaga, Spain, […]


The Acorn’s exclusive look at this year’s most promising breakout players

They toil in silence, in the shadows of deserted fields, amid relentless iron of weight rooms and glowing flicker of projector screens. They work tirelessly, and mostly anonymously, for a little glory under Friday night lights. They are the varsity rookies, transfers and untested returners. The Acorn scoured the Marmonte landscape for impact newcomers. Here are the players primed for […]

Don’t pass on high school football

High school football doesn’t just entertain us, it consumes us. From August until December each year, in large cities and small towns across the country, the high school gridiron becomes a mecca for mascots and cheerleaders, dance teams and marching bands, rivals and fans. In America, high school football represents amateur sport at its finest. We love it. Pro fans […]

Student plays role in highway rescue

An intoxicated driver who crashed her car can be thankful Zachary Liss came along Liss, 16, was returning to his home in Agoura Hills from a party in Hidden Hills shortly after midnight on Aug. 18. Riding with friends on Mureau Road in Calabasas, Zachary noticed some ripped bushes in the middle of the street. Upon investigation, Liss found a […]

Facebook users tend to be all talk, author’s new book concludes

A self-described “Facebook lurker,” José Marichal is focused on issues more pertinent than his colleague’s new haircut or a friend’s recent weekend trip to Las Vegas. “I’m particularly interested in civic engagement and the Internet,” said Marichal, an associate professor of political science at California Lutheran University, “and how Facebook is used for activism.” While researching his first book, “Facebook […]