2015-07-09 E-Edition

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Pool ponderance

I received our household water budget questionnaire from the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District. I notice that it does not include any information regarding swimming pools. No water allowances are made for those of us who have pools on our property. This means our pool top-up water must be taken from our irrigation and personal water consumption allowance. We use […]

Workshop on college prep

No charge for teens, parents to attend

The Oak Park Library will offer a free workshop for students who will attend a four-year college from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sat., July 18 in the library’s meeting room at 899 Kanan Road. The topics are: 15 colleges students should consider to stay debt-free; the best majors to select when applying; how the U.S. Department of Education calculates […]

Food for the soul: a religious perspective

There’s a joke that Protestants have three sacraments: baptism, Holy Communion and potlucks. Church people rarely get together without food: doughnuts and coffee after services, fundraising bake sales and belt-busting potluck dinners. For people of faith, food is more than a social treat; it’s a part of worship. The Christian sacrament of Holy Communion, also called Eucharist or the Lord’s […]

Gilmartin is Mr. Met

Conejo Valley pitcher beefs up New York’s bullpen in rookie season

Sean Gilmartin has a knack for hitting his targets. The 25-year-old preserves leads for the New York Mets as a left-handed relief pitcher, and he’s sharp behind the scope of a rifle while hunting deer in Southwest Texas. Gilmartin’s always accurate. After more than three years in the minor leagues, Gilmartin entered spring training this year more determined than ever […]

Vaccination rumination

The new vaccination law is a tough issue. While I support the legislature’s decision to protect the general children’s health, I’ve got a soft spot for the religiousexemption concept. The difference is that the existential choice for those choosing to live in a modern society boils down to: Do I send my child to a school where he could be […]

Flying Squirrel

The traveler’s mindset

“I’ve just returned from a vacation during which everything worked exactly as I planned it would,” said nobody ever. Yes, when you travel, things you don’t expect continually happen. Your flight gets delayed. Your room isn’t ready on time. Your rental car is too small. The museum you wanted to visit is closed. Your tour is sold out. It’s happened […]

Contagious joy?

After a recent conversation with a fellow Christian, I hung up the phone realizing one important thing: Joy is only contagious if we can somehow manage to maintain it when we’re around those who clearly aren’t joyful. Wouldn’t you agree? The world may be falling down, crumbling all around us, but those who truly live in the light of the […]

Ready to save lives

Longtime friends are now certified lifeguards

Ten teenagers, many of them friends since preschool, completed a rigorous three-day, 26-hour course on June 22-24 to become American Red Cross-certified lifeguards. “We had some very long days,” said Marty Cohn, the course instructor. Cohn’s sons, Joseph and Noah Cohn, David Podell and Max Engel of Agoura are now lifeguards. Yaniv Asher of Oak Park and Binyamin Scharf of […]


Thank you, Acorn, for getting the headlines right. The California Coalition for Vaccine Choice appears confused and uninformed. Their desire to have the final word on whether their children receive life preserving vaccines has never been taken away. This law merely prevents their ability to send their unvaccinated children to public school and possibly infect others. They are still free […]