Student joins Stamps Scholars

The 13th class of Stamps Scholars includes 230 top students from across the country attending 30 universities. Trey Spellman of Hidden Hills has been awarded a Stamps Scholarship and will attend USC this fall. He plans to study communication. Selected from almost 300,000 applications, the student scholars have diverse academic interests. Stamps Scholars are chosen for their academic excellence, leadership […]

One injured bird is one too many

As to Samuel Annis (July 5 Acorn) comparing fishing line to telephone lines, fishing line was developed specifically for fishermen concerned about fish being able to see it. This monofilament cannot be seen by fish and certainly not by birds. Rabbi Moshe Bryski comments that, “There’s not a single report in the entire world of a bird being harmed by […]

Channel Islands Harbor offers new launch lane

Launching a kayak and paddle board at the Channel Islands Harbor just got easier due to a tentative agreement reached between the California Coastal Commission and the Ventura County Harbor Department. The tentative agreement creates a temporary launch lane for kayakers and paddle boarders at the Harbor’s Kiddie Beach at the northwest corner of Victoria and San Nicolas avenues. A […]

Movie magic on stage

LET IT GO—Members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Great Conejo Valley will present a musical review of moments from Disney films at 7 p.m. Fri., July 20 at Sequoia Middle School auditorium, 2855 Borchard road, Newbury Park. The kids will also sing Broadway hits in the free concert. For details, call (818) 706-0905 or go to bgcconejo.org.

On safari

CORNERED CRITTER—Eight-yearold Dean Mossyork of Simi Vallery, left, and 9-year-old Claire Murray of Oak Park, right, have different reactions to the Madagascar hissing cockroach during the Junior Safari Summer Camp on July 10 during held at America’s Teaching Zoo at Moorpark College.

Tax tires, not gas

There was a question posed by one reader: “If not the gas tax, then what?” I find there is another more equitable solution where vehicles that use our highways would be taxed commensurately. I propose a tire tax based on the size of each tire sold. Vehicles with lower GVW (gross vehicle weight) typically use smaller tires so they would […]

Nature activities for meditation and exercise

Other Side of 50

I’ve recently rediscovered my enthusiasm for kayaking. In the past, I’ve kayaked on a pond in Cape Cod, on the Charles River in Boston and on Westlake Lake. Those excursions were journeys of calm exploration. I’ve also kayaked in the ocean in Santa Barbara and near the Channel Islands. Those treks, on the other hand, were stress-filled, water-soaked battles with […]

5-Star adopts an audience

The resident, professional theater company of the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 5-Star Theatricals, has launched its third annual Adopt-a-Bus fundraiser. Funds raised will be used to sponsor buses to transport atrisk and at-need children to a complimentary live daytime performance of the musical “Beauty and the Beast” on Wed., July 25. Last year, the program brought more than 300 […]

Student to serve on junior college board

Connor Kubeisy hopes his new role in the Ventura County Community College District helps him find his voice. “I’m pretty quiet so I want to be more outgoing,” the Moorpark College student said. Earlier this year, the Simi Valley resident was elected by his classmates to serve as the lone student trustee on the district’s board of education, which oversees […]

25 years is too long for council

I am writing in response to the June 28 Thousand Oaks Acorn editorial, “A quarter-century is simply too long to serve in the same seat,” about Andy Fox in Thousand Oaks. The same view should apply to Agoura Hills City-councilmember Denis Weber. He has served on the City Council for 25 years, and it is time for him to retire […]

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