2013-09-19

2013-09-19 E-Edition

School districts say farewell to API with a decline in scores




The Academic Performance Index scores for California public schools showed their first decline in a decade, but even with slightly lower scores in some areas, Las Virgenes and Oak Park unified school districts still rank in the top 2 percent statewide. The API score, based on a 1,000-point scale, is compiled from the results of the state’s annual STAR testing […]

Soccer coach tries to be straight shooter




Parents involved in their children’s soccer teams have been known to get a little crazy at times. But Doug Easton has made it his mission to keep volatile behavior away from the Conejo Valley United Soccer Club. As president of CVU for the past three years, Easton believes the best environment for youth soccer is one in which parents and […]

Writers Club applauds Fiction in a Nutshell winners




They’re not on the New York Times best-seller list yet, but it’s only a matter of time. Perhaps it wasn’t the big break they’re hoping for, a discovery by a literary agent or a deal with Random House, but several of the first-place winners of the Acorn Newspapers’ Fiction in a Nutshell contest who read their first-place stories at California […]

Program examines genetics, breast cancer



The Cancer Support Community Valley/ Ventura/ Santa Barbara will host a free seminar on genetics and breast cancer with Grant A. Bitter, PhD, and Melissa Cohen, MD, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Mon., Sept. 23 at 530 Hampshire Road, Westlake Village. Many questions exist about the role of genetics in breast cancer development and treatment. This program will look at […]

Other local football matchups



Agoura (2-1) vs. Golden Valley (1-2) Outlook: The Agoura Chargers are coming off a close inter-league home loss to Newbury Park last week. Agoura’s opportunistic defense complements a balanced, creative offense. AHS can reach last year’s win total ( three) with a win against Golden Valley tonight. Jack Barmasse is quietly becoming one of the Marmonte League’s best quarterbacks, inching […]

Fast-tracked



SCHOOL ON THE GO—Yerba Buena Elementary School in Agoura Hills used a NASCAR theme at its Sept. 15 Family Fun Night fundraiser. Above, crew chief Grant Phillips explains a car’s engine. Far left, students Ciarra Ross and Lauren Hinderstein test their pit crew abilities. Left, Adam Ditto shows 5-yearold Toby Serviss how to change a tire. NASCAR champion Tim Huddleston […]

Wendy Drive/101 Freeway interchange expansion still months from completion




Local commuters will have to wait a little bit longer to enjoy the benefits of the expanded 101 Freeway interchange at Wendy Drive in Newbury Park. Originally set for completion by last month, the expansion is now looking at a mid-December finish date, according to Cliff Finley, deputy director of public works for the City of Thousand Oaks. It might […]

Volunteers needed to pitch in and toss out the trash




This Sat., Sept. 21 is California Coastal Cleanup Day, an annual volunteer event held in conjunction with International Coastal Cleanup Day. From 9 a.m. to noon, hundreds of thousands of volunteers around the world will work together to pick up trash to make the local parks and beaches cleaner and safer places to visit and play. Coastal Cleanup Day isn’t […]

Owl rescued by wildlife center dies

Great Horned Owl


The California Wildlife Center is sad to report that the Great Horned Owl featured in a previous article (Aug. 15 The Acorn) did not recover from his entanglement in fishing line. The gut line was tightly wrapped around his left wing. After spending five weeks in our ICU on oral and topical antibiotics and pain killers, the bone had suffered […]


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