2014-09-11

State park seeking docents



The Topanga Canyon Docents’ fall training program is open to anyone who wants to become a volunteer naturalist at Topanga State Park. The 39th annual naturalisteducational program will run from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on alternating Saturdays from Sat., Sept. 13 through Dec. 6 at the historic Skeet Lodge (now the Nature Center) in Trippet Ranch at Topanga State […]

Local Jews, Muslims pray for peace




Violence between Israel and Hamas during the 50-day war in Gaza killed more than 2,000 people and injured at least 10,000 more before both sides agreed to a ceasefire Aug. 26. The tension spilled into the Conejo Valley. “During the actual conflict you felt an intensity of feeling, of concern,” said Rabbi Moshe Bryski of Chabad of the Conejo. “Many […]

Ain’t that a kick in the head

Westlake football star kicker Kevin Robledo is a U.S. Army All-American


Kevin Robledo enters a state of serenity when he steps onto the football field. He visualizes his kick. He propels his right foot to the ball. The football sails through the uprights for another three points. A star kicker for Westlake High, Robledo drills clutch field goals from 40 yards and beyond with ease. The senior Warrior doesn’t feel pressure […]

Rodent poison reaches far and wide



The bobcat featured in your Sept. 4 issue appears to be suffering from mange disease. Mange is a microscopic skin parasite that causes severe skin lesions and pruritus. We have been studying bobcats in this area since 1996 and have documented a correlation between exposure to anti-coagulant rodenticides (rat poison) and severe and often fatal cases of mange disease. Though […]

Celebrities tune up and tee off for children’s fundraiser

Star-studded tourney is Sept. 22


The seventh annual Scott Medlock-Robby Krieger Invitational Golf Tournament and All-Star Concert will return to Moorpark Country Club on Mon., Sept. 22 for the benefit of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The event will be hosted by artist Scott Medlock, renowned for his paintings in the world of sports, and Robby Krieger, the legendary Doors lead guitarist. The two friends […]

Faith, family become one during High Holidays




Synagogues throughout the Conejo and Las Virgenes valleys are preparing for the High Holidays, the holiest days of the year in the Jewish calendar. Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, will be celebrated from Sept. 24 through 26. Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, will be observed Oct. 3 through 4. Although the term “Rosh Hashanah” is not mentioned in […]

Westlake football team preps for Long Beach Poly



The Westlake High football team is 2-0, but the Warriors continue losing players to injury. Westlake will play without wide receiver Andre Baccellia, offensive lineman Fred Wise, defensive lineman Cooper Weiss and defensive end and tight end Jake Montoya for Friday’s showdown against Long Beach Poly at 7:30 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Stadium on the campus of Long Beach City […]

Word leaks out about school



Last week’s Acorn article about the water shortage in Oak Park coincided with the arrival in the mail of a notice from the Oak Park Water Service informing Oak Park residents of restrictions being placed on landscape irrigation and a series of fines for violating the restrictions. It seems like the perfect time for me to point out that Brookside […]

The Flying Squirrel



Checking into hotels There’s an old joke about hotels that goes something like this: A man calls an oceanfront resort to ask where it’s located. “It’s just a stone’s throw away from the beach,” the hotel manager tells him. “But how will I recognize it?” asks the man. The manager replies, “It’s the one with all the broken windows.” When […]

Family and food a big part of celebration




Family, food and traditions make the Jewish holidays special for Bonnie and Craig Kronfeld of Oak Park. Each year, the Kronfeld clan collaborates on menus featuring recipes that have been passed down through the family for generations. “For our family, the Jewish holidays are about spending time together. . . .” Bonnie Kronfeld said. “We typically spend the holidays with […]


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