Transitional kindergarten offers a safe journey for kids

As a child’s introduction to school, kindergarten is no longer the laid-back, snacks and naptime place it once was. Children starting kindergarten are expected to know colors and shapes and be familiar with letters and numbers. By the end of the school year they’ll begin to read and write. And while for decades in California children with birthdays in the […]

Benkert leaving Westlake to become associate head coach at Oaks Christian

The first offseason coaching domino has fallen. Longtime Westlake High football head coach Jim Benkert, the winningest coach in Ventura County history, is leaving the Warriors to become associate head coach at Oaks Christian. Oaks Christian head coach Bill Redell confirmed the move to The Acorn. “He is coming over,” Redell said. Oaks Christian has scheduled a press conference for […]

Grant for Oak Park High

Oak Park High School received a grant as part of a collaboration with Ventura County Community College District and other local school and business organizations. The three-year grant is funded by the California Department of Education’s Career Pathways Trust. The school received about $95,000 of the $13-million grant to support programs that will give students the skills they can use […]


Vendors sought for Earth Day event Environmental vendors and exhibitors are wanted for the 18th annual Arbor Earth Day event from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat., April 18 at Conejo Creek Park North, 1379 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. Businesses and nonprofit organizations with environmental information or products can take part in this event. Presented by the City of […]

College Corner

Take control of your college admission process

If you are a high school junior starting to think about potential colleges, you have a choice to make about how you approach this process. You can read magazine rankings and lists of “best” schools. You can apply to the colleges your relatives have attended or the schools your friends are talking about. You can focus on the many colleges […]

When afire starts to burn

This isn’t a disco inferno. This isn’t a bonfire at Burning Man. This isn’t a wildfire of the wasteland or a blaze in a tropical ice land. The Viewpoint High boys’ basketball team has started the Conflagration of Calabasas. The Patriots, to put it mildly—or with an extra crossover dollop from Philip “Hot Sauce” Champion— are on fire. Viewpoint, which […]


The Jan. 8 editorial “Ahem, please cover that cough” incorrectly reported Paul Russell of Ventura County Public Health as saying this year’s flu vaccine is a good match for the strain circulating. The quote was taken from a 2013 press release. Russell left his position with the county the same year. In fact, this year’s flu vaccine is not a […]

When it’s time to say goodbye to a pet pal

Scout was Jerry Shevick’s special friend. She was a rescue dog that liked to patrol his backyard in Westlake Village to the point where she would break through screen doors to get outside. Rambunctious but lovable. When the female dog passed away from lymphoma several years ago, Shevick was shocked to see how his pet’s body was treated when it […]

Student honor roll

The University of Wisconsin-Madison recognized the following students for dean’s list honors in the 2014 fall semester: Jean Doh of Agoura Hills; Chandler Grenely and Taylor Steward of Calabasas; and Jared Kaufman, Jack Rickelmann and Patrick Rosenberg of Westlake Village.

Lancer’s block party

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