2013-08-22

Acorn employee featured in anthology



The newly published anthology “Last Exit to Murder” contains a short story written by Moorpark resident Sally Carpenter titled “Dark Nights at the Deluxe Drive-in.” The book is the sixth anthology produced by the Los Angeles chapter of Sisters in Crime, an international support organization of men and women mystery writers. SinC/LA is the largest chapter. “Last Exit” contains 16 […]

On the Trail

Below the secret depths

Remember tales of Atlantis, the island civilization sunk beneath the sea, rumored to resurface one day? This summer it has reappeared— in a manner of liberal interpretation—in a far cove of Seminole Lake in rural Agoura. When there is little precipitation, the aquatic cove vanishes, replaced by a terrestrial version. This is a result of sedimentation, evaporation and a lack […]

T.H.E. Foundation raises money for extra counselors




Las Virgenes Unified School District started school yesterday, kicking off the new year with the distinction of having one of the best student-counselor ratios in the region. T.H.E. ( Together Helping Education) Foundation, presented a $303,000 check to school board officials on Aug. 13 to fund additional counselors at each of the district’s 15 schools. According to Superintendent Dan Stepenosky, […]

Memorial service forfirefighter



A memorial service for fallen Los Angeles Fire Department Capt. Matthew McKnight will be held Saturday in Westlake Village. Hundreds of firefighters from across the region are expected to attend the 11 a.m. service at Calvary Community Church, 5495 Via Rocas. McKnight, 51, a dispatch supervisor, died suddenly while on duty Aug. 12 at the LAFD Metropolitan Fire Communication Center, […]

An evening of samples, silent auction



Patrols out for Labor Day weekend



The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Malibu/ Lost Hills Station will join other state law enforcement agencies to step up DIU enforcement throughout the Labor Day weekend, ending Mon., Sept. 2. Specially trained officers will be on hand to detect those driving under the influence of alcohol or legal/illegal drugs. A DUI/driver’s license checkup will be operated from 8 p.m. […]

Agoura, Westlake hope to dethrone Thousand Oaks



By Gilberto Manzano gmanzano@theacorn.com It won’t be a one-team race for the high school girls’ volleyball Marmonte League title this season. Agoura and Westlake have high hopes to dethrone defending champion Thousand Oaks, which has won three straight league crowns. The Lancers remain preseason favorites to make it a four-peat with a talented returning nucleus. Newbury Park, Simi Valley and […]

Fire strikes again

Car blaze ignites brush next to freeway


Firefighters extinguished a fast moving grass fire that threatened homes for a brief period of time Sun., Aug. 18 on the west side of Calabasas. It’s the area’s biggest blaze since the Springs Fire in May. Dubbed the Old Fire, the blaze consumed 175 acres between Las Virgenes and Lost Hills road just north of the 101 Freeway. The scorched […]

National Charity League introduces 2013 debs



The Conejo Valley chapter of the National Charity League introduced its 2013 debutantes as part of the group’s annual new member and debutante announcement tea on May 19 at the Hyatt Westlake Plaza in Thousand Oaks. National Charity League is a nonprofit, mother-daughter organization supporting local community agencies and charities. The Conejo Valley chapter assists 13 philanthropies in the area. […]

Ast the Arbotist

A time to turn comes early

It’s not your imagination: the leaves on many trees are turning yellow earlier than normal. I’m not talking about conifers like Monterey or Aleppo pines or any other evergreen tree that doesn’t lose its leaves every year. If you see a pine that is all yellow, it’s too late; the tree is dying or dead. I’m speaking specifically about deciduous […]


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