2015-01-29 E-Edition

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Defending Jim Benkert

I’ve worked with Jim Benkert at Westlake High School for 16 years. He is a man of class and integrity and his No. 1 priority has always been the kids. He has given 26 years of his life to Westlake High School and I know his decision to leave Westlake football was not easy. Ultimately, Coach Benkert was offered an […]

Spell love

Valentine’s Day is special, and your loved one deserves to know they’re the No. 1 person in your life. This year, you can send your Valentine a message of endearment by purchasing a $10 personal Love Note that will appear in the Feb. 12 issue of The Acorn in print and online. Not to exceed 100 words, your Love Note […]

The OTHER Side of 50

Hoping ‘Still Alice’ inspires action

Movies about human afflictions make for juicy acting roles and great returns at the box offi ce, but movies about disease can sometimes do an amazing job of changing the national conversation. Tom Hanks’ character in the movie “Philadelphia” gave us a window into the social stigma of living with AIDS. Dustin Hoffman’s portrayal of Raymond in “Rain Man” highlighted […]

Chargers’ defense never rests

Osiris Nalls doesn’t sugarcoat the laborious nature of Agoura High girls’ basketball practice. It’s about defense. Relentless, tough, smart defense. “It’s not easy,” the first-year head coach said. “It’s very demanding, very taxing. That’s what you have to do.” The Chargers did a series of sprints while Nalls talked to the press, pausing only to instruct his players on the […]


Shame on The Acorn for allowing an opinion piece taking low blows and uninformed and untrue shots at a successful coach who has just made a very difficult choice (“Benkert leaves brilliant, flawed legacy at Westlake,” Jan. 22). A career move should not be an opportunity to disparage the character of a man who gave everything of his life to […]

Rescuers called in again

The new year is only a month old but already the Malibu Search and Rescue Team and other local public safety agencies have responded to 11 calls for help. Most of the calls involved lost or injured hikers. On Jan. 18, Malibu Search and Rescue began the day by helping the Los Angeles Police Department find a 19-year-old man who […]

Family faces health hurdles with strength

A series of life-threatening medical diagnoses has pushed one Ventura County family to the brink—but the love of friends and supporters is working to bring them back. The Frehlich family of Simi Valley has endured enough health crises for 10 families. Three years ago, Dianne and Shane Frehlich, both college professors, welcomed their first children: Max and Miles. The twin […]

Warriors want to three-peat

Westlake High’s boys’ basketball team knows how to win. The Warriors (17-5 overall, 4-1 in the Marmonte League) are in the hunt for their third straight league title. They’re hungry for a CIF-Southern Section crown. “We’d like to get a ring,” head coach Rob Bloom said. “We’ve been runner-up the last two years. I’d like to try to knock the […]

Westlake overpass redux

I want to commend the City of Westlake Village and the construction people who worked very hard to design, implement and complete the freeway bridge widening at Lindero. The additional lanes, and, in my opinion, the design promote the aesthetics and character of our city. But I hope the project manager left a few dollars in the budget to repave […]