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Back to basics

Recently, Mrs. Dorothy Campagna wrote a letter stating that we need, as a nation, to get back to our roots and be the country and people we once were. Really? Does she really want slavery to be reinstalled? Does she really want to prevent Jews and Catholics from voting and holding office? Does she want to intern a group of […]

‘Santa’ once on naughty list

St. Nicholas thrown in jail for his temper

Although St. Nicholas—the patron saint of ships, children and wrongly condemned prisoners— is generally thought of as the jolly man in the red suit who brings children presents on Christmas Eve, he may actually have had a bit of a temper. It was a temper that got him into trouble nearly 1,700 years ago. To be fair, most theologians recognize […]

Mock trial team wins in tournament ‘court’

Louisville High School won top honors at the 36th annual Los Angeles County Mock Trial competition, defeating the Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies. Louisville won seven straight rounds of competition before the finals, including a quarter-final win against Chaminade High School and a semi-final win against San Marino High School. This is the 10th mock trial victory since 1992 […]


The Acorn incorrectly reported last week that the owners of Padri Restaurant in Agoura Hills will be opening a new Mexican restaurant to take the place of Latigo Kid at the Whizin Market Square. Latigo Kid is moving from the Whizin center on Roadside Drive to the Agoura Meadows Shopping Center on Kanan Road, and while sources indicate a new […]

Hark the mobile carolers sing

A few years back I was sorely experiencing a Grinchjinxed holiday. It began with the weather: gloomy days of sopping rain, so unlike those Currier and Ives prints of snowdraped roofs and a chimney puffing blue-tinted smoke into a star-bejeweled sky. Then some varmint punctured my inflated reindeer; rumor had it that there was a rogue squirrel on the loose […]

Schools evaluate service learning goals

Las Virgenes Unified School District’s service learning graduation requirement is in full swing. The board policy that was approved on Sept. 13, 2011, was implemented last year, but 2013 marked the first year that students were required to complete service hours to graduate from Agoura and Calabasas high schools. Students are to complete 15 hours of service learning each year […]

Deputy identified in cyclist’s death

The deputy whose car struck and killed cyclist Milton Everett Olin Jr. on Dec. 8 in Calabasas has been identified as Andrew Wood, a 16-year veteran with the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department who was assigned to the Lost Hills station about a year ago. Olin, 65, was riding his bicycle east on an uphill straightaway of Mulholland Highway near A.C. […]

Holiday regalia sparkles in Oak Park

FESTIVE ROUTE—Residents watch as decorated boats and trucks leave the Oak Park High School parking lot for the 14th annual Oak Park Boat Parade on Dec. 22. Above right, Santa Claus directs parade participants as they leave the school’s parking lot. Below, Rudolph leads a glowing pack of reindeers attached to a pickup truck heading into the parade. Despite the […]

Couple arrested in Agoura Hills crime spree

Sheriff’s detectives arrested a man and a woman on Dec. 20 in connection with two gunpoint robberies that occurred in Agoura Hills. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office filed three counts of robbery against Thousand Oaks resident Ryan Mendoza, 28, and his wife, Traci Mendoza, 25. On the evening of Dec. 15, two women reported that a man carrying […]

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