2015-08-20

Fiction fun



The Acorn’s popular annual fiction writing contest, Fiction in a Nutshell, is now accepting entries in the under-18-year-old and 18-and-over categories. Send your 100-word fiction story to newstip@theacorn.com and include name, age, address and phone number. The deadline is Fri., Aug. 28. A winner will be announced Sept. 10. Remember, 100 words only!

Dem people



While watching Gov. Jerry Brown sign the latest piece of legislature that attempts to ban the term “illegal alien” in labor contracts and employment applications, I started to wonder: Has anyone stopped to ponder just how much he has been busy doing for illegal aliens since taking office? First he signed legislation allowing illegals the ability to access taxpayer-funded college […]

Nonprofit for foster kids could use volunteers




An organization that gives foster kids a voice in the legal system needs more volunteers to help disadvantaged children and young adults as the new school year begins. Court Appointed Special Advocates of Los Angeles works to improve the lives of children who have been abused and neglected by pairing them with trained volunteers who can help the youths fill […]

Take Your Acorn on Vacation



Couple arrested for pointing laser



Two people visiting friends in Agoura Hills were arrested on Aug. 11 for pointing a laser at a Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department helicopter. The helicopter’s flight crew, part of a ground-to-air coordination training exercise in Agoura Hills with deputies from the Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station, reported that a laser had been aimed at the helicopter from the ground at 11:30 […]

Residents worried about bus stops in Oak Park



Work is underway to upgrade the bus stops in Oak Park so they are accessible to people with special needs. Some stops will have benches and shelters. But at the Oak Park Municipal Advisory Council meeting in July, three residents expressed concerns about one of the bus stops under construction at Kanan Road and Conifer Street. The county recently built […]

Club offers fun with art



BRUSH STROKES—From left, Skylar Hayward, Maya Rector and Anne Lin try out their art skills during an enrichment class offered by the Boys & Girls Clubs. The clubs present an array of after school programs for kids, including arts, science, computers and sports. Homework assistance is available as well. The club’s 2015 Fall Program Guide can be read at www.bccconejo.org.

Rascally raccoon rings chimes




On a summer evening in the Santa Monica Mountains there’s nothing so refreshing as leaving the windows flung wide to allow in the nippy night air. Because we’re close to the screeching raceway that rural Agoura’s Mulholland Highway transforms into nightly, some undesirable noise wafts in, too. But mostly it’s just crickets, poorwills, owls and bullfrogs providing sound effects. The […]

Sheriff’s Blotter



Agoura Hills Burglars caused $ 1,000 in damage breaking a window to get into the Alliance gas station in the 5200 block of Palo Comado Canyon Road Aug. 5. They stole about 50 cartons of cigarettes valued at $3,500. Shoplifters stole $1,300 worth of liquor from the Vons market in the 5600 block of Kanan Road July 31. A thief […]

Taking another crack at sidewalk repair




Homeowners in the unincorporated portions of the county must continue to shoulder the cost of fixing public sidewalks adjacent to their properties, the Ventura County Board of Supervisors say. The board voted 4-1 Aug. 4 to repeal its 2014 decision in favor of having the county pay for minor repairs—those that only require grinding and not pavement replacement—after Supervisor Steve […]


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