A love for equines

Providing sanctuary for animals in need

When Deborah Greene-Dellvon’s beloved horse Copper was injured and fell ill in 2009, she searched desperately for a place that could give him the care he needed. At the time, Greene-Dellvon and her husband, Robert, were living in Virginia, where Robert was based at U.S. Naval Station Norfolk. Copper’s injuries prevented him from climbing the steep hill at the couple’s […]

Spooner has heart of a champion

Oak Park girls’ soccer star had heart surgery one year ago; now she’s bound for college on a scholarship

For years, Ally Spooner played soccer with an irregular heartbeat. She didn’t know that her condition could have taken her life. An Oak Park High senior, Ally complained about chest pain when she was a youngster frolicking on the playground. Pediatricians brushed it off as sports-induced asthma. If she got too excited or couldn’t catch her breath, she’d hit the […]

Change is in the air

Emission standards pioneered by Fran Pavley fall under Trump cloud

As part of a broad, redefinition of U.S. climate change policy, President Trump has threatened to roll back stringent auto emission standards put in place by the previous Democratic administration. Local officials are fuming at the thought and have vowed to take action. State Sen. Henry Stern (D-Calabasas) told The Acorn that the new president should prepare for confrontation. Americans, […]

Mom’s desire to give back makes big hit

Helping others makes Lisa Kodimer truly happy. “People ask me all the time, why are you so happy, what pill do you take?” said the West Hills resident, whose commitment to making the world a better place is gaining momentum. Her answer: “I truly think that giving back is a formula for happiness.” To commemorate her 49th birthday last week, […]

Scandinavian Festival is back with food, puppets, music

After a one-year hiatus, one of the largest Nordic festivals in the western United States will return Sat. and Sun., April 1 and 2 to the campus of Cal Lutheran University, corner of Olsen Road and Mountclef Boulevard, Thousand Oaks. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The 42nd Scandinavian Festival will celebrate the cultures of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, […]

From frying pan to fire

One senior, four varsity returners boost young Coyote baseball squad

The Coyotes are very young, but it only seems like they hopped out of the womb last week. There’s only one senior on the roster for Calabasas High’s baseball team, Jake Bregman, a right fielder. Only four Coyotes played varsity baseball last season: juniors Ben Grunberg, Cogeian Embry, Diego Ramirez and Shawn Goosenberg. The other 13 players on the roster […]

Teachers would receive tax-free salaries under new Stern bill

Senator hopes law will lead to more educator retention

State Sen. Henry Stern, (D-Calabasas) won election last November with the backing of the California Teachers Association, but on March 21 the CTA, which represents 325,000 state teachers, made the surprise announcement that it would not be supporting Stern’s SB 807, a new bill that would eliminate state income taxes for public school teachers with at least five years in […]

For the birds

The Conejo Valley Audubon Society will offer the following events and field trips in April. Activities are free and open to guests. For more information, call the listed trip leader or visit conejovalleyaudubon.org. Sun., April 2 at 8 a.m.: Field trip to Cañada Larga Road in Ventura. Park on shoulder under the highway overpass. Leader is Dee Lyon at (805) […]

Purim festival celebrates timely message

‘Pure joy’ on the Jewish calendar

Don’t be fooled by the carnival and the cookies. Purim is a study in contrasts. Jews across Thousand Oaks on March 12 celebrated the festival commemorating Queen Esther’s defeat of Haman’s plot to kill the Jews of Persia centuries ago. Despite the somber story behind the holiday, the Esther megillah, or scroll, ends with instructions to gather and feast to […]

Agoura star bound for hall of fame

Johnny Gray played basketball for Pacific Tigers, pros overseas

Johnny Gray III, who starred on the basketball court for Agoura High, will be inducted into the school’s sports hall of fame on April 29. He got a chance to dance during March Madness, reaching the NCAA Tournament and helping the University of Pacific upset Pittsburgh in 2005. He played professionally overseas in Germany, Estonia, Hungary and Africa. “It all […]