Houses of worship prepare for Passover, Easter at a distance

Members of the Jewish faith in the Conejo Valley are celebrating the Passover Seder at home this week instead of being in the physical presence of their respective congregations due to the coronavirus pandemic. Rabbi Chaim Bryski of Chabad of Thousand Oaks said it hearkens back to the first Passover, or Pesach, more than 3,300 years ago. The week-long holiday, […]

Creative outlet

Local athletes, coaches stay busy and productive during quarantine

The CIF-Southern Section, in a move that caught no one by surprise, canceled the high school sports season on April 3. That decision has not stifled the morale and resolve of local athletes, coaches and parents. Everyone copes in their own way—most, we can only imagine, pick up dumbbells, quote Ron Burgundy and walk around in a circle like that […]


Although we didn’t have room this week, we will continue publishing photos of 2020 senior student-athletes from Agoura, Calabasas, Oak Park, Oaks Christian, Viewpoint and Westlake high schools. Please email high-resolution jpg photo attachments with detailed information to sports editor Eliav Appelbaum at eliav@theacorn.com.

Solar-powered, remodeled Westlake Village home on a quarter-acre lot

Includes climatecontrolled 1,000 bottle wine cellar

This Three Springs home on a cul-de-sac has been remodeled and upgraded. The house has five bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, a bonus room, music area and a billiard room/library. The home is about 4,431 square feet and includes an enclosed entertainment patio addition of about 600 square feet. Enter the house through a custom wrought-iron gate and double-door entry. The living […]

Coldwell Banker agent earns award for outstanding sales production

Joanne MacDonald, branch manager of Coldwell Banker Westlake Village, recently recognized Pat Helton, a broker associate with Coldwell Banker Realty, at the annual Coldwell Banker Awards Ceremony for her outstanding sales production for 2019. Helton earned the International President’s Circle Award, placing her in the top 5% of the company’s 55,000 agents internationally and the top 1% of Coldwell Banker […]

BHHS agent granted highest level of service achievement

Camarillo’s John Baker receives 100% client satisfaction

John Baker of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Realty in Camarillo has repeated the previous year’s feat of being granted the highest level of service achievement in the real estate industry, Quality Service Certified Platinum. The award is in recognition of earning 100% client service satisfaction in 2019 as measured by Leading Research Corporation. The award status is the only recognition […]

How the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the real estate market

COMMENTARY/// Virus alert

As a Realtor who has been servicing the needs of our community for over 40 years, I want to wish all of you the very best during this difficult and unparalleled time. I truly believe that we will get through this trying situation, and due to our dedication to doing the right thing and treating others well, we will come […]

Where there’s a will, there’s a lot more peace of mind

What’s the state of your estate? Robert Fishbein, a vice president and corporate counsel in Prudential Financial’s Tax Department, says now’s a good time to find out. Changes in federal estate tax law have significantly increased the amount at which federal estate tax is triggered, says Fishbein. The individual exemption is $5.49 million (2017 amount, indexed for inflation) so a […]