Pumped-up district keeps water flowing

Fire doesn’t discriminate. It eats homes and public infrastructure alike. And once the emergency passes, one of biggest obstacles to resuming regular life is dealing with the damaged utilities and roadways upon which residents depend. Las Virgenes Municipal Water District, which provides drinking water and sewer service to 65,000 customers from Hidden Hills to Westlake Village, luckily escaped major damage. […]

Uniting to raise funds, lift spirits

As the community begins to recover from the catastrophic events of the past two weeks, people from around the world are pouring donations into funds dedicated to help the victims of the Borderline shooting and the Hill and Woolsey fires. The Ventura County Community Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to building philanthropy in the region, is managing the gifts and recently […]

Speedy tortoise outruns fire

SAFE BY A HAIR—This is a fire story with a happy ending. Doug Wong and his family of Agoura Hills lost their home in the Woolsey fire. They were worried about their pet tortoises that live in their backyard. The family was unable to get the animals out during the evacuation, and could not to return to the neighborhood to […]

Fine community shows its true colors

There was a certain incongruity to be found at Conejo Creek Park South in Thousand Oaks last Saturday morning. Along the dirt lots at the northern edge of the playing fields, insurance companies had set up mobile offices to assist those whose homes had been damaged or destroyed by the Woolsey and Hill fires. Though the Hill fire had recently […]

New life can’t wait, no matter what

Amid the chaos and tragedy of recent weeks, it wouldn’t seem possible for life to get more complicated. But life finds a way. For Joshua and Nikki Paris, that’s almost too true. The couple, who live in Thousand Oaks, are the proud parents of a newborn son, Ryan Joseph Paris, who entered the world while his parents were evacuated from […]

Senior dog charges ahead


There’s a popular expression “Follow your heart.” As for me, I follow my dog. She’s past 10, but when she has her “walking paws” on, I just tag after this little old four-legged dynamo known as “Mij.” Problem is, only one of us is clocking the distance from our starting point. I’ve been around other dogs with a similar linear […]


Melissa S. Reinhardt

Melissa S. Reinhardt an Agoura Hills resident since 1987, passed away peacefully on November 9, 2018 after an 11- year battle with cancer. A career marketing and advertising executive, she served clients in many disciplines including electronics, manufacturing, the legal profession, sporting goods and financial services. Throughout her career, she won several national and regional awards for advertising and creative […]

55 years, thousands of patrons, great food

Acorn Epicurean

Chester’s Asia is celebrating its 55th anniversary throughout November—a grand testament to its continued popularity in the community and its staunch commitment to serving fine, authentic Chinese food. Camarillo’s oldest restaurant, Chester’s offers a huge menu of Cantonese, Szechuan and Mandarin dishes that keep people from all over the region coming back time and time again. Co-owner Keith Kwan says […]

Stories that hit close to home

I have no doubt that thousands of readers like myself across the Conejo Valley are finally breaking down and crying their hearts out, for the first time, upon reading the Nov. 15 issue of The Acorn that greeted us on our driveways last Thursday evening. Thank you, because we needed this cry. We’ve been lost, bewildered, unable to fathom how […]