2016-08-18 E-Edition

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Dial-A-Ride explained

This is in response to Robert Garretson’s letter dated Aug. 4 Earlier this month, Mr. Garretson expressed concerns about the changes to the General Public Dial-A-Ride service in Oak Park. Due to low ridership and the availability now of the popular Kanan Shuttle service, the County of Ventura did indeed discontinue the general Dial-A-Ride service for the Oak Park Area. […]

Read this column at your own risk

Single Files

This column might come across to some as a tad risqué and perhaps politically incorrect at times. Either way, hopefully it’ll evoke some thought, further discussion and maybe a little fun as well. First, we know that touch is important for humans—the giving and receiving of it of equal importance. According to PsychologyToday.com, “Touch is the first sense we acquire […]

Free workshop

The Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara will host a free workshop, “Mindful Living: Discovering Your Inner Super Hero Powers,” taught by Lindsay Leimbach from 6:15 to 8 p.m. Thurs., Aug. 25 at 530 Hampshire Road, Westlake Village. “Mindful living” is the ability to use awareness, personal understanding and meditative techniques to foster peace and happiness. Topics include foundations of mindful […]

Pet of the week

GOOD GIRL—Ally is a female tortie domestic shorthair mix about 2 years old. She is every sweet and loves to cuddle. If you would like to adopt Ally, ask for ID No. A4980831 at the Agoura Hills Animal Shelter, 29525 Agoura Road. Occasionally pets have already been adopted, so check http://animalcare.lacounty.gov before visiting the shelter.

When pets, owners run amok

Pets can be wonderful for families, but they can also trigger wars between neighbors, even spouses. At the heart of most pet disputes are residents who don’t like the way a neighbor’s pet smells, sounds or behaves. During one incident in the Morrison Ranch area of Agoura Hills, a cat visited the yard of a neighbor to nibble on some […]

Future veterinarian takes Thai trip of a lifetime

This summer, Jaylee Trubia, 21, of Newbury Park spent two weeks in Thailand helping animals and learning firsthand about the work of a veterinarian. Traveling with the Bostonbased Loop Abroad, Trubia was part of a small team that volunteered to give care at a dog shelter and then spent a week working directly with rescued elephants at an elephant sanctuary. […]

This dad says 13-year-old son takes after mommy

Family Man

Two 14-year-old girls at the mall approached my 13-year-old son and gave him their phone numbers. A 4-year-old boy at the park made his way through several groups of other kids near the basketball court to give my son—and only my son—a hug. Some kid in my son’s eighth-grade P.E. class entrusted him with his gym locker combination in case […]

Take Your Acorn on Vacation

How to submit: Email your vacation photo as a .jpg attachment to vacation@theacorn.com. Include name, address, phone number and a brief description of the scene. The 2016 Take Your Acorn on Vacation winners will be announced in the fall.

Charged up over electric vehicles

PLUGGED IN—Calabasas Mayor James Bozajian, above, tries out the electric vehicle charging station recently installed near city hall. Below, City Council members and other officials dedicate the new charging station at an Aug. 10 ceremony. A state energy grant helped pay for the project.