2013-05-30 E-Edition

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Things an artist wood do

CAREFUL CUT—Above, well-known Oaxaca (Mexico) wood carver Jacobo Angeles works on a design during a show at the National Park Service Visitor Center in Calabasas on May 25. Angeles likes wood that is wet and fresh to use in creating intricate animal shapes, such as those shown at right. Meanwhile, Jorge Quintana, above right, sticks with a traditional pottery style […]

New buyers finding some doors closed

Brittany and Jeremiah Labbee thought they had finally nabbed their first home when they made a cash offer on a $425,000 fixer-upper in Newbury Park. The Agoura Hills couple knew the real estate market was heating up, so they enlisted the help of family members to pool together enough money to make a solid bid. The Labbees were confident they […]

Fire raises new questions about gas barbecue safety

Propane tank explosion destroyed Agoura Hills home

Sorting through the charred remains of their home on May 16, Rob and Becky Rubin were trying to come to terms with what had transpired the previous day when a fast-burning fire engulfed their condominium in Agoura Hills. Most of the couple’s possessions were burned beyond recognition, but they did find a few mementos and family photos worth saving. “You […]

It’s time to Draw Dad

Sun., June 16 is Father’s Day, and The Acorn is inviting all kids to take out pen, pencil or crayon and draw a picture of dear old Dad. Using the template in the ad on page 20, draw a picture of what your father looks like and mail it to the address on page 4. You can also scan your […]

Westlake Village officials see stable budget in the year ahead

Westlake Village will continue to receive a steady stream of revenue from its business community and popular hotels to maintain programs and services through the next fiscal year and beyond. “The city’s finances look pretty strong,” City Manager Ray Taylor said at a recent City Council meeting. General fund revenues are anticipated to reach $9.8 million by June 30, exceeding […]

Sheriff’s Blotter

Agoura Hills After a traffic stop on Kanan Road on May 15, deputies arrested a man for driving a stolen vehicle. A thief stole a $1,200 computer, $400 gaming console, $300 digital video recorder and caused $2,000 in damage to a dual-pane glass door at a home on Carrell Avenue May 14. Someone stole a $100 cellphone and a wallet […]

It’s graduation day, now what?

The 2013 high school graduation season is underway, and the diploma parade kicks off today with a commencement ceremony at Oaks Christian High School in Westlake Village. Agoura, Calabasas and Oak Park graduations are in two weeks. Once inexperienced and adolescent, these 17- and 18-year-olds are strong and independent now, ready to take the next big step. “Today is the […]

Common issue

When it comes to money, power and greed, developer Rick Caruso is king. If you’ve noticed the blue fencing erected around a large area of The Commons’ northwest corner parking lot and wondered what’s happening, that’s where a bank is going to be constructed. Never mind that parking at The Commons is scarce during the weekdays and impossible on weekends. […]

The vets he met

Thank you for running the “Stories from the Front” tribute to our local WWII veterans and members of the Greatest Generation, and heartfelt thanks to all of our local WWII veterans for their service to our country. As a proud Oak Park resident and WWII ETO history aficionado, I am thrilled to see my neighbor Lt. Col. Clyde East in […]