Motorcade bids farewell to Sgt. Helus


They came to pay their last respects. Law enforcement officers and first responders from across the Southland gathered in mourning along with hundreds of others on the streets near Los Robles Regional Medical Center in Thousand Oaks on Thursday. In stunned disbelief, they watched as a procession transported Sgt. Ron Helus—who died trying to stop the Nov. 7 mass shooting […]

Wind driving 10,000-acre brush fire toward ocean

FREE Mobile home park threatened; evacuations ordered

An approximately 10,000-acre brush fire is threatening parts of Newbury Park after the blaze broke out in east Ventura County on Thursday afternoon. Mandatory evacuations have been ordered for Dos Vientos and other Newbury Park neighborhoods. The fire started near Hill Canyon in the Santa Rosa Valley sometime around 2 p.m. and crossed over the ridgeline into Newbury Park, the […]

Details emerge in Borderline mass shooting

FREE Officer killed trying to stop shooter

      Thousand Oaks, long ranked among the safest cities in the U.S., has suffered America’s latest mass shooting. Police say Ian David Long, a 28-year-old Marine Corps veteran from Newbury Park, opened fire with a .45-caliber handgun around 11:20 p.m. Nov. 7 at Borderline Bar & Grill on Moorpark Road, which was hosting its weekly College Country Night. […]

Calabasas dog park coverage

I was happy to see the Calabasas dog park issue covered in The Acorn. I am a big supporter of the dog park. Many of us would love to have a dog park closer to home; this is the perfect spot. Hope it continues to get attention and support. Nadine Chesnut Calabasas Here are a few points to be made […]

Scout’s work spruces up church

LOOKING GOOD—For his Eagle Scout project, Haig Boulgourjian of Troop 127 refurbished the landscape at the entrance to his home congregation, Agoura Bible Fellowship in Agoura Hills. The Agoura High School senior and his helpers replaced the old bushes and ivy with native and drought-tolerant plants along with grass seeds. They repaired the sprinkler pipes, put in wood chips and […]


THURS., NOV. 8 Woodland Hills Republican Women Fed. 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Woodland HiIls Country Club, 21150 Dumetz Road. Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Michael Ramirez speaks. Gift vendors. Luncheon cost: $26. RSVP required. Contact: Jane Leisure. Phone: 818. 225.0843. Somis Thursday Club 11:15 a.m. at 5380 Bell St., Somis. Comedian Byron Walls of California Crimefight discusses personal safety. $15 […]

Speaking the same language

The Or Ami Center for Jewish Parenting will offer a workshop titled “Debugging the Language Barrier: Developing a Common Language for Difficult Conversations” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wed., Nov. 14 at Congregation Or Ami, 26115 Mureau Road, Calabasas. The workshop is for parents, teens, educators and other interested members of the community. Debbi Molnar, a licensed marriage and family […]

Users not happy about power shut-off

Had Acorn reporter Becca Whitnall attended the recent Edison meeting, her headline probably would’ve read: “Edison switch to fire-prevention mode inflames public outcry.” The article was a fluff piece without analysis or investigation into SCE’s “steps to prevent sparks that might be caused by its equipment” in fire-prone areas or under conditions conducive to wildfires. Residents from the 101 corridor, […]

Gold Award shines light on hospice

Caroline Dority from Westlake Village wanted to bring companionship into the lives of the hospice patients she volunteered with. While brainstorming ideas for her Girl Scout Gold Award project, she found inspiration through the elderly community. Committing over 100 hours of her time, Caroline sewed and donated stuffed bears for hospice patients with the intention of improving their quality of […]

Working hard to make moms laugh

If the word Mom was an acronym, Jen Smedley and Kristin Hensley would probably agree that it stands for Millions of Multiaskers. The comics, who are both proud moms, know first-hand how tough it is for women in this world to juggle kids, a job, a husband and a household. They celebrate these motherly multitaskers on their weekly Facebook series, […]