Track closed, residents miffed

Bernie Grossman, a longtime Oak Park resident, has an early morning fitness routine that he’s been following for as long as he can remember. At least twice a week at 6 a.m. Grossman goes to Oak Park High School and runs laps on the track around the football field. Those days may be over. School officials recently surrounded the stadium […]

What it really means to go green

COMMENTARY /// Protecting the environment

Do you frequent the farmers market every week? Are you always equipped with a reusable drinking container? Do you have reusable bags on hand for marketing? Do you use organic cleaners in your home, school and office? Do you compost? Do you switch off the lights when you leave a room and turn your car off when waiting to pick […]

Buying a home after bankruptcy

COMMENTARY /// Real estate options

William Johnson (not his real name) went bankrupt a year ago and he is now ready to buy a home. He filed Chapter 13 bankruptcy because he had to undergo chemo and was unable to pay his medical bills. He made 12 months of satisfactory payments under the approval of his bankruptcy trustee. Johnson went to the mortgage lender after […]

And another one bites the crust

For the past 2½ years, Simi Valley resident Keiko Rivest, 26, has eaten at the Thousand Oaks Pieology on N. Moorpark Road as part of her post-workout routine. The Montreal native brought her friend Kenzie Herman, 20, to her favorite pizza parlor July 26 after their workout at Gold’s Gym at Janss Marketplace. Herman had never been to Pieology, and […]

Infamous cougar P-55 found dead

Mountain lion P-55, which gained notoriety earlier this year after he was photographed looking through the sliding glass door of a Westlake Village home, has been found dead, the National Park Service said last week. The cause of death for the 3-year-old male cougar is unknown and will likely remain a mystery. Kate Kuykendall, a spokesperson for the Santa Monica […]

Plan for plein air paint-out

A plein air paint-out will take place at 9 a.m. Sat., Aug. 11 at Point Dume Headlands/Westward Beach, 6800 Westward Beach Road, Malibu. Oil painter Robert Scopinich will give a painting demonstration at 9 a.m. A positive group critique of the day’s work will take place at noon. All plein air artists can participate; no membership is required. The group […]

Hilltop Simi Valley home with mountain and valley views

This property in Hadleigh of South Hills in Simi Valley spans more than an acre. The backyard has artificial turf, a built-in Lynx barbecue island and bar, and a pool and spa with a rockscape. The expansive and private hillside has steps and paths leading to a large sport court, courtyard with fruit trees, putting green and a hilltop viewing […]

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Sheriff’s Blotter

Calabasas The Acorn received a report that the Agoura Hills/Calabasas Community Center was burglarized the night of July 26. Sources report there were minimal losses and the thief caused minimal damage to the facility. A car parked on Las Virgenes Road was vandalized between July 11 and 17. The owner left the car in an assigned space at his apartment […]

Mildew no friend to our green-leafed pals

COMMENTARY /// Plant care

What are those spots and patches of white or gray talcum-powder-like substance on your plants? The powdery mildew is one of the most widespread fungal diseases and attacks a wide range of foliage including trees, shrubs, flowers, vegetables and lawn grasses. Don’t despair—you can reduce the risk of the disease with proper plant selection, maintenance and, if needed, organic intervention. […]