In memory of

On June 19, Violet Marcus, a pioneer of the Agoura area since 1968, passed away at age 97. She was born in Spokane and ran away from home at age 15, with her intended destination being Hawaii. She never made it because, after getting off the bus in L.A., she walked into a candy store in the heart of the […]

Tournament champions

Rare albino raven shot and killed, reward offered

Only three other similar birds are in known in the world

Pearl was lucky, for a while at least. The rare albino raven was taken in as a fledgling by Madena Bennett after it was brought to the California Wildlife Center in Calabasas. Bennett, a specialist in raptors, such as hawks, crows and ravens, trains animals at the wildlif center so they can be used in educational programs. She didn’t know […]

New law bans religious exemption for school vaccinations

‘This is a very emotional and difficult issue,’ one lawmaker said

A law that bars religious and other personal-belief exemptions from school vaccinations received majority approval in the state Assembly last week and was signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Jerry Brown. The legislation goes into effect one year from now, but opponents are threatening to appeal it on grounds that parents should retain the right to choose what’s best for […]

Your turn to speak

Just as physical exercise is good for the body, First Amendment exercise is good for democracy. The Acorn Letters to the Editor section gives you an excellent opportunity to put your freedom of speech to work by voicing opinions, thoughts and concerns on any matter you wish. Send your letter to newstip@theacorn.com and please include name, address and phone number. […]

July 4 fun at the Reagan Library

To celebrate the nation’s 239th birthday, the Reagan Library will host a day full of family activities from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sat., July 4 at 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley, All outdoor activities are free. Admission rates apply to view the Reagan Museum, Air Force One Pavilion and Football! The Exhibition. Following is the schedule: 10 a.m. to […]

Pet of the week

Scandinavian summer

Staid Calabasas business closes

Nursery began 40 years ago

It’s the end of an era for Sperling Nursery, an original Calabasas business that is being turned into a Nissan auto dealership. A family-run establishment for the past 40 years, Sperling was sold to Chicago-based Slevin Capital Development, the parent company of Slevin Automotive Group, which owns and operates car dealerships in Chicago and Southern California. Once the changeover is […]

Crutch collection

The Cronies Crutch Crusade has begun. Used crutches can be donated at any Cronies location. With the assistance of Partners for World Health, the crutches will be distributed to people in need throughout the world. Cronies locations are: 5687 Kanan Road, Agoura Hills; 1620 Newbury Road, Newbury Park; 2752 Cochran St., Simi Valley, and 370 N. Lantana St., Camarillo. The […]