A. Fred LaPorte

September 25, 1922 - January 20, 2016

Freedom from the chains that bind

Roots of Faith

During my seminary studies, I’d be off campus on Fridays and return in the evening to say, “I just got out of jail!” That was true, because my field work experience was serving as the chaplain intern at DuPage County Jail in Illinois. My duties consisted of delivering copies of the Bible and Quran to the inmates, leading Bible studies, […]


Agoura Hills A shoplifter stole a glass water bong valued at $120 from a cigar and cigarette store in the 5600 block of Kanan Road Jan. 14. A resident on Lewis Road reported Jan. 12 that a $14,900 engagement ring was stolen from a bedroom dresser. A burglar stole a $300 drill and caused $500 in damage cutting a hole […]

Make a note of this

Since Valentine’s Day is the perfect time for sharing your love, why not let the community’s most-read news source help you do it? This year you can let your Valentine know just how special they are by purchasing a $10 personalized Love Note that will appear in the Feb. 11 issue of The Acorn in print and online. Not to […]

When the remote is lost, the blame game starts

Family Man

I read a story that said the American family is no longer. The article, which I found on the U.S. News and World Report website, mentioned a study that showed divorce rates in America on the rise. Someone on social media commented on the piece, saying people these days are not focused on others anymore, that they’re too consumed with […]

Synagogue to celebrate diversity

Congregation Or Ami will host an Inclusion Shabbat Celebration Fri., Feb. 5 at the synagogue, 26115 Mureau Road, Ste. B, Calabasas. Dinner will be at 6 p.m. followed by the Shabbat service at 7:30 p.m. The service will celebrate inclusion in all of its forms and the uniqueness of every individual. An American Sign Language interpreter will be provided for […]

Runnin’ down the road tryin’ to loosen our load


Few topics make us fume like high gas prices, high gas taxes and the highway robbery that goes along with it. None of it makes sense. Just a few years ago, officials implored us to drive economical cars as the oil shortage pushed gasoline prices skyward. We responded with record purchases of fuel-efficient vehicles, which helped sink the demand for […]

Chamber’s annual gala honors Calabasas business community

Serving as the voice of the business community for more than 60 years, the Calabasas Chamber of Commerce said the best is yet to come during its annual officer installation and awards gala Jan. 23. More than 120 business people and politicians came to the Four Seasons Hotel in Westlake Village to celebrate the Chamber’s achievements and honor individuals who […]

Sunday is fun day at Four Seasons

CREATING VISIONS—Above, Kenon Lee, 11, of Thousand Oaks; Zoe Thompson, 10, of Oak Park; Dana Lee, 8, of Thousand Oaks, and Gioia Fanciulli, 10, of Woodland Hills make vision boards under the direction of Allie Webb at the Sunday Family Funday Series held Jan. 24 at the Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village. Webb is the hotel’s marketing director. Left, Zoe […]

Two student earn perfect ACT scores

Nobody’s perfect, but Jackson Terry, a junior at Agoura High School, and Mike Swenson, a senior at the High School at Moorpark College, have achieved perfection on their ACT exams. Earning a perfect score on the college entrance exam is rare, says the Iowa-based testing organization. On average, less than one-tenth of 1 percent of students who take the ACT […]