Think globally, act locally

I’m a senior at Pennsylvania State University majoring in a master’s degree in accounting and finance. This semester I am taking a geography course about sustainability as a general education class. My group conducted a project on endangered species, especially the issue of elephant poaching in Africa, that incorporated various ethics and environmental concepts. Elephant poaching severely upsets biodiversity. Our […]

City honors young environmentalists

Americans use 5 million tons of aluminum each year. Of that, only half is recycled, and the remainder takes up valuable space in landfills, said Khai Berry, a seventh-grader at A.E. Wright Middle School who was speaking at a meeting of the Calabasas Environmental Commission last week. Berry is one of 14 young artists whose drawings are featured in the […]

Ten tips for a safer holiday season

While treasured customs such as decorating, baking and entertaining are all part of what makes the holiday season a cherished time for family and friends, these activities can increase the risks for home fires and serious injuries. That’s why the public should put safety at the top of the holiday “to-do” list with these tips: Check that electrical decorations have […]

Tanning salon owner accused of sexually molesting two underage boys

Police asking additional victims to come forward

The co-owner of a Thousand Oaks tanning salon has been arrested on suspicion of sexually molesting underage boys who worked for him at the salon. Gary Alan Haw, 49, of Agoura Hills was taken into custody yesterday on charges of oral copulation of a person under the age of 16, sodomy of a person under 18, and committing a lewd […]

Fiscal cliff

In my first letter since the election I intend to gloat. Is it my imagination or have Republicans been harping about “spending cuts?” Why then, are they so afraid of the so called “fiscal cliff” which will automatically yield deep cuts? Could it be because they will lose the ability to be the lap dogs for multi-millionaires and the military? […]

Visitor Center hosts inaugural holiday sale in Newbury Park

Western National Parks Association, a nonprofit education partner of Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, will host its inaugural holiday sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat., Dec. 15 at King Gillette Ranch, 26876 Mulholland Hwy., Calabasas. Nearly all items in the visitor center will be marked down by 15 percent. A percentage of the sales are donated back […]

On The Town

“So your life has a happy ending,” observes the writer, played by Rafe Spall in “The Life of Pi,” as the older Pi (Irrfan Khan) tells of his adventures. “That is up to you,” Pi answers, as he hands over his story for the writer to tell. There are multiple life lessons in this movie—and this is one: The story […]

Holiday deadlines

Acorn offices will be closed at noon on Fri., Dec. 14 for a company holiday party. The Acorn will reopen for normal business hours at 9 a.m. on Mon., Dec. 17. Offices also will be closed on Tues., Dec. 25 for Christmas Day. The deadline for real estate and retail advertising in the Dec. 27 issue is Thurs., Dec. 20. […]

Art guild hosts painter

The Westlake Village Art Guild’s dinner meeting will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Tues., Jan. 8 at Los Robles Greens West Ballroom, 299 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m., followed by a watercolor demonstration with award-winning artist Frank Eber at 7 p.m. Eber is a plein air painter […]

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