2016-12-29

The Jimmy V3 plays Janss concert



BrogdenBay Presents and Larry Janss’ Four Friends Gallery will host the second concert in a series featuring The Jimmy V3 at 8 p.m. Sat., Jan. 14 at the gallery, 1414 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. The show will have Jimmy Vivino on guitar, Mike Merritt on bass and James Wormworth on drums. Vivino is the music director on the […]

In fine form

Local athletes, teams captured imaginations, titles



Another year has come and gone. Where did all the time go? Local athletes and teams made the most of their time in and out of the spotlight. Jacob Lund, Lola Mormino, Kiley Gallant and Alex Graden inspired us. Agoura High’s girls’ basketball team—which surged to a CIF-Southern Section title game appearance under the guidance of first-year head coach Jason […]

Bring out good memories at next family gathering

Other Side of 50

As we age, our memories seem more significant, and more vivid. Holidays are a great time for sharing memories. At our holiday events we inevitably end up in fits of laughter, holding our sides and wiping away tears. Some of our stories get retold each year. Like the time my dad was using a blowtorch to remove the paint from […]

Environment and education lead the way




Not a year goes by without a red flag being raised over the environment, and 2016 was no different. In February came word that the giant gas leak at the Southern California Gas Company’s Aliso Canyon well in Porter Ranch was finally plugged. The worst single natural gas leak in U.S. history that began in October 2015 caused some 2,200 […]

Hotels and the new Calabasas gold rush



Once again, land-use matters dominated the year’s political conversation in Calabasas. In 2016, two developers sought to build a pair of hotels in the city’s scenic west side, and despite strong resistance from residents, the City Council approved both projects in June. Construction of the three-story Rondell Oasis Hotel near the 101 Freeway on-ramp at Las Virgenes Road is contingent […]

Westlake flies high in 2016



Westlake Village lived up to its reputation as a business-friendly and family-oriented city. In 2016, the city of nearly 9,000 residents commemorated its 35th anniversary with special 1980s-themed concerts and celebrations that concluded with a holiday singalong on Dec. 11. Over the past year, the city saw the completion of the Shoppes at Westlake retail center, which is now fully […]

Alleged Oak Park predator says not guilty




A 39-year-old Oak Park man pleaded not guilty following his arrest last week for 21 felonies involving child pornography and inappropriate social media contact with a dozen local teenagers. From early 2014 to September 2015, Matthew David Myers, a registered sex offender, reportedly used an alias online to contact local children, pretending to be a local teenager to gain his […]

Sheriff’s Blotter



Agoura Hills A package containing a PlayStation valued at $250 was stolen from a home on Hackers Lane Nov. 28. Calabasas A thief stole a $200 iPhone and a wallet containing bank cards and $15 in cash from a car on Las Virgenes Road Dec. 11. Burglars stole $2,000 in cash along with three Apple devices valued at about $1,700 […]

Oak Park celebrates 50th



Oak Park celebrated a milestone this year—the unincorporated community in southeastern Ventura County turned 50. Local schools and the Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District marked the occasion in September with a week-long community celebration featuring movies, stories, hikes and historical activities. Plans moved forward in 2016 to replace the community center at Mae Boyar Park that is as old […]

Happy New Year, from The Acorn



On Saturday night, calendars will turn another page and launch the beginning of the new year. The arrow of time always points forward, leaving doors open and possibilities unlimited. Many are saying good riddance to 2016— with its divisive election and so many important lives lost. But let’s not spend too much time thumbing our noses at the year gone […]