The last straw

With plastic bags gone,
Calabasas now seeks to get rid of harmful straws

The City of Calabasas continues its push to minimize the harmful environmental impact of certain consumer products. City officials prohibited restaurants from using polystyrene containers in 2007, and in 2011 banned the use of disposable plastic shopping bags. Now, the City Council has its sights set on getting rid of another source of pollution—straws. The council ordered a study on […]

Super student wanted for Beyond magazine

Beyond the Acorn magazine is searching for an exceptional high school student who embodies the traits of a true leader. The winner will be photographed for the cover of Beyond the Acorn magazine and will receive a $500 contribution to their college fund. This remarkable young person is someone who goes above and beyond. Someone who’s committed to community service, […]

Do we really need all those pills that we’re taking?

Other Side of 50

I recently assisted in moderating a local research study of individuals who took six or more prescription medications a day. Some participants spoke of needing to take pills with food, while others needed to take their medication on an empty stomach. Some were required to split their pills and some needed to modify their dosage daily depending on their health […]


THURS., MAY 10 Simi Valley Community Council 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Rancho Susana Community Center, room A, 5005 E. Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. Dawnel DeRubeis discusses the warning signs and risk factors of suicide. Lunch cost: $18 payable by cash or check. Web: svcommunitycouncil.org. Conejo Valley Days 5 to 10 p.m. today at Conejo Creek Park South, […]

Custom-built home in Lynn Ranch on nearly half an acre

Property is zoned for one horse

This custom-built, four-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom home is on a quiet street in Lynn Ranch. Surrounded by mature trees, the house is on a large flat lot of nearly half an acre. The property is zoned for one horse. The backyard offers privacy and a large covered patio. The floor plan makes efficient use of the over 2,700 square feet of living […]

Butterflies are free

Glen Peterson to retire from LVMWD

After serving on the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District board of directors for over 30 years and on the Metropolitan Water District more than 25, Glen Peterson announced he will retire at the end of the year. The 68-year-old Peterson became a leading expert on water issues in his three decades with water district. “Glen came to the LVMWD board […]

Hummingbirds like it hot

On the Trail

Some gardeners have a color bias; mine happens to be against orange. A big exception to this snobby attitude is the California poppy, but then its flower is no ordinary orange, being a ravishing, radiant blend of silken sunset hues on petals that flare with such animated grace. The orange of cape honeysuckle (Tecomaria capensis) is a bit too garish […]

Ramadan: a time for devotion, service

Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting, begins next week, but the holy month means more than just abstaining from food during daylight hours. The new moon signals the start of the month, and from about May 15 to mid-June, 1 billion people worldwide won’t eat, drink, smoke or engage in intimacy from sunup to sundown and will instead concentrate on […]

Conejo Realtor a top producer

Veteran has
been in real estate for 37 years

Steve Young was recently acknowledged for consistent high production. He has been a Realtor for 37 years. He is one of the all-time top producing agents in the Conejo Valley, winning numerous awards, including induction into the Master’s Hall of Fame. He specializes in the areas of Oak Park, Agoura Hills, Westlake Village, Thousand Oaks, Newbury Park, Calabasas and Woodland […]

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