2015-05-21 E-Edition

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Senate bill disallows exemptions, but the debate is far from over

A bill that requires children to be vaccinated against diseases such as measles, mumps and whooping cough passed the California Senate last week despite opposition from parents who believe they have the right to keep their children from receiving the shots. Senate Bill 277 gained bipartisan support and now goes to the Assembly. It requires students to be vaccinated before […]

Agoura High musicians jazzed about New York

Band scores high at (Duke) Ellington competition

Agoura High School’s Studio Jazz group wowed the judges at the prestigious Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition and Festival in New York City earlier this month. Agoura High School was one of 15 nationwide finalists to compete and perform in the elite jazz event, which took place at the Jazz at Lincoln Center venue May 7 to 9. […]

Daughter they loved

A year after 19-year-old Veronika Weiss was killed in a shooting rampage in Isla Vista, her family and friends still feel her presence. Bob Weiss said that his wife, Colleen, and their only daughter loved to shop together at Nordstrom. Recently the mother was there alone. “She was feeling a little down because Veronika wasn’t there, who always went shopping […]

Vehicle smashes business, another hits a home

A woman drove her car through the entrance of the Agoura Antique Mart May 12, and destroyed approximately $30,000 worth of antiques, including pricey furniture, crystal and other merchandise. The 81-year-old driver, a resident of Thousand Oaks, was not injured, authorities said. Her name was not released. Employee Erika Nicholson said three rooms of antiques were damaged when the woman […]

As vacation season approaches, keep your Acorn in hand

With the end of the school year almost upon us, families are already planning their summer vacations. The kickoff for the 2015 vacation season is Memorial Day, and AAA reports the May 23-25 weekend could see the highest travel volume for the holiday in the past 10 years. More than 37 million Americans are expected to journey at least 50 […]


Mom drawings were a delight

I wanted to thank you for having the “Kids Draw Mom” activity during Mother’s Day. My kids enjoyed creating their drawings of Mom, and my wife enjoyed seeing the pictures published. It was one of the highlights of her special day. What you may not have known, however, is that this activity also offered us parents a an opportunity to […]

The way it used to be

This last weekend I had the pleasure of enjoying my annual Cub Scout Pack 333 camp out with my third-grade son. Each year I go I am reminded how much we live in a world of uber drivers picking up our kids from school, iPads talking to DVRs and heavily scheduled after school activities. The camp out was once again […]

Don’t ruin the Chesebro space

Being a student of Agoura High School and a long-term resident of Agoura Hills, I understand how important the Chesebro Meadow is to our community. We use the meadow as a trail for nature walks, the school’s cross country team, horseback riding, and hiking. It is a key gateway into Chesebro park, not just for people, but for the wildlife […]