Ultralight pilot dies after emergency ocean landing

Small craft lost
altitude and fell into the sea

William “Bill” Watson, a 56-year-old husband and father of one from Agoura Hills, died last weekend after the ultralight aircraft in which he was flying made an emergency landing into the Pacific Ocean near Mugu Rock. Watson was one of two men aboard the light sports craft when it began losing altitude and fell into the sea around 4:45 p.m. […]

Your turn to speak

Just as physical exercise is good for the body, First Amendment exercise is good for democracy. The Acorn Letters to the Editor section gives you an excellent opportunity to put your freedom of speech to work by voicing opinions, thoughts and concerns on any matter you wish. Anonymous letters, however, will not be published. After sending us your letter— which […]

Bones, wind and new life in the Holy Spirit

Roots of Faith

The California Museum of Natural Science once screened a 3-D Imax film of images captured by the Hubble telescope in deep space. I saw galaxies inside of galaxies inside of more galaxies, like an endless stacking doll. Numerous stars and cosmic formations filled the screen. The edges of known space stretched to infinity and beyond. When I walked out of […]

Mel Brooks’ musical is frightfully good fun

As part of its 59th season in the community, Conejo Players Theatre will stage Mel Brooks’ monstrously funny musical “Young Frankenstein” from July 14 through Aug. 13 at the theater at 351 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. Show times are 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Inspired by Brooks’ black and white film, the CPT musical […]

Pet project

Shelter manager’s life mission
is animal care and control

During her 25-year career with the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control, Denise Rosen has helped find new homes for countless neglected and abandoned pets. Rosen started her career as a kennel attendant, was promoted to animal control officer and worked her way up to sergeant before she became the manager of the Agoura Animal Care Center […]


Last week’s Acorn Epicurean review of the Golden Panda Restaurant in Simi Valley accidentally stated that the Asian eatery serves shark fin soup. The article meant to say imitation shark fin, as consumption of the real thing is against the law.

Celebrating Shabbat in the great outdoors tomorrow

Valley Outreach Synagogue will hold Shabbat in the Park on Fri., July 14 at Oak Canyon Community Park, 5600 Hollytree Drive, Oak Park. All are welcome. The evening will start with a picnic at 5:30 p.m. Attendees should bring their own dinner. An experiential Jewish learning fair will begin at 6 p.m., followed by the 7 p.m. service. The JEWELS […]

Get ready to salsa at Oxnard fest

The Oxnard Salsa Festival will turn up the heat as it celebrates salsa in all of its permutations: food, music and dance. The 24th annual fest, presented by the Oxnard Downtowners, kicks off with a concert with Latin soul singer Leslie Paula and Latin bandleader Yari Moré from 7 to 9 p.m. Fri., July 28. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. […]

One pet lover runs afoul of the law

Exotic-animal owner accused of cruelty

Nearly three years after an escaped cobra caused alarm in Thousand Oaks, authorities say they’ve confirmed the identity of the snake’s owner. Todd Kates, 55, was arrested July 6 on suspicion of animal cruelty after members of the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control and the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office raided his home on Rancho Lane, the […]

Land donation to MRCA

The Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority received a gift of 38 acres of undeveloped land from philanthropist Alex von Furstenberg. Located in the Decker Canyon area in Malibu adjacent to Charmlee Wilderness Park, the open space comprises three separate parcels and lies on a broad shelf of gentle terrain that offers views of the Santa Monica Bay. Furstenberg is the […]

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