February 26, 2015 RSS feed / Front Page

That French Quarter Feelin’

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Work on mini dog parks to start next week

By the end of March, community dog owners will have three new off-leash areas to visit with their pets. More...

Health & Wellness

Great Race of Agoura gets off and running again

Nationally recognized event returns March 28

The annual Dole Great Race of Agoura appears to run seamlessly year after year, but according to volunteer service coordinator Jodi Regan, scores of helpers are needed to orchestrate the race that has been an annual community event for 30 years. More...

Briefs

MD discusses use of medical marijuana The Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara will present a free workshop, “Medical Cannabis: An informal talk with Dr. Jean Talleyrand, MD,” from 6:30 to 8 p.m. More...

Surgery is an option for glaucoma

When it comes to proper glaucoma management, various treatments can reduce or eliminate the condition. However, when initial treatments such as iStent or lasers are not effective, surgery using an Ex-Press shunt can offer hope. More...

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THURS., FEB. 26 Portuguese Fraternal Society of America 11:30 a.m. at a private home. Lunch and viewing of documentary “Portuguese in California.” Address and directions given upon RSVP. Contact: Cora Corella. Phone: 805.483. 6285. More...

Schools

No measles at CVUSD

Most schools have 90 percent vax rate or higher

Although the spread of measles appears to be slowing, Conejo Valley Unified schools are ready in the event a student is diagnosed with the virus. As of Feb. More...

High School Hi Lights

Newbury Park Panthers Fri., Feb. 27: Black and Gold spirit day St. Jude raffle ticket fundraiser More...

Students lend a hand to My Stuff Bags

LIFE LESSONS—Community service class teacher Monica Beck, left, and her students Matt Miller, Sage Whittington, Sierra Bennaton and Monica Alarcon display a sampling of their efforts for Janeen More...

Business

Amgen executive taps into the ‘success factor’ for first book

Local job match maker shares advice

Ted Bagley has been matching people with jobs his entire career. The longtime human resources executive has seen firsthand what it takes to land a job—and keep it. More...

Briefs

Awards reward workforce growth The Workforce Investment Board of Ventura County is seeking nominations for the 2015 WIB Awards. The winners will have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to advancing workforce development in Ventura County. More...

EYE ON LOCAL AREA STOCKS

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Faith

Tales from ‘Behind Enemy Lines’

Jewish spy in Nazi Germany shares her story

Marthe Cohn, 94, who served as a Jewish spy in Nazi Germany, will tell her story at 8 p.m. Mon., March 9 at the Hyatt Westlake Plaza, 880 S. Westlake Blvd. More...

Chabad of Conejo presents AdarFest

Chabad of the Conejo will host AdarFest—an evening of comedy, entertainment, spirits and hors d’oeuvres to benefit the Chabad Food Bank—at 7 p.m. Sun., March 1 at the Agoura Hills Sheraton Hotel, 30100 Agoura Road. More...

Celebrate Purim at Ventura’s Pierpont Inn

The Chabad Jewish Center of Ventura will host the following Purim Celebrations on Wed. and Thurs., March 4 and 5 at the Pierpont Inn, 550 Sanjon Road, Ventura. For more information or to RSVP, call (805) 658-7441. More...

Letters

School streets need sidewalks

One of the City Council’s stated goals is to make Thousand Oaks “a desirable place to raise a family.” Yet residents do not raise their families on downtown streets or at the auto mall or at The Lakes, areas where the council seems More...

Was Al Adam hoodwinked?

Last year the Thousand Oaks City Council was on good behavior because it was an election year. Afterwards, everyone expected it to continue at least until June’s special election because the council was now deadlocked at 2-2. Or so it seemed. More...

Big Pharm is not out to get us

When I saw the letters expressing shock at the fact that so many of California’s schoolchildren are not vaccinated, I knew we would be hearing from the anti-vaccine ignoramuses shortly. More...

Editorials

Had your fill yet of the plastic bag controversy?

It seems that California’s plastic shopping bags just won’t go away. We love our little polyethylene friend— functional and versatile and serving faithfully since the 1960s. More...

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Breaking News - 4:25 PM

Owner of auto repair shop killed in motorcycle accident

Accident occurred Saturday outside shop on Skyline Drive

A Thousand Oaks man who died Saturday after crashing a motorcycle he was attempting to load into a truck trailer has been identified as Joe McDonald by the Ventura County medical examiner’s office. More...

Knife-wielding man taken into custody after three-hour standoff with police in Thousand Oaks

Male in his 20s allegedly threatened father at knifepoint

A Thousand Oaks man who allegedly threatened his father with a knife was arrested Thursday night following a three-hour standoff with Ventura County sheriff’s deputies. More...

Proposition would give residents more power to remove oaks

City Council expected to have final say in April

Changes to the city’s strict tree protection laws, recommended by the Thousand Oaks Planning Commission this Monday, will go to the City Council for final approval by April, Mark Towne, the city’s deputy community development director, to More...

Two arrested in connection with overdose

Pair failed to call 911, police say

A woman and a man from Thousand Oaks were jailed last week in connection with the drug-related death of a 19-year-old man in May 2014. More...

Community

Volunteers sought to plant trees along Newbury Park's Potrero Creek

Effort led by Mountains Restoration Trust

The Mountains Restoration Trust, in partnership with the National Park Service, is looking for volunteers to help plant 900 native trees and other types of vegetation along a section of Potrero Creek in Rancho Sierra Vista-Satwiwa in Newbury Park. More...

Cops discover cache of guns inside T.O. condo

Eviction notice triggers series of events, arrests last week

Officers with the Thousand Oaks Police Department had an eventful Feb. 18. The day began with deputies serving an eviction notice to Ricardo Hernandez, 34, at a condominium complex in the 100 block of Maegan Place. More...

Despite recent rains, mandatory rationing still likely come spring

Residents could be asked to cut water use or face fines

Hopes for a wet winter have run dry and anything short of a March miracle in terms of rainfall will likely mean mandatory rationing is on its way, according to water management officials. More...

On the Town

Ocean makes landing in Agoura

’80s pop star to perform March 1 at The Canyon

R& B pop singer and songwriter Billy Ocean— best known for his hit songs “Caribbean Queen” and “When The Going Gets Tough”—will take the audience on a sentimental musical journey through the ’80s when he More...

Folk concert to blend musical styles

Newbury Park fellowship hosts night of Americana

Folk musician Merlin Snider will present an evening of musical storytelling and Americana songs along with his band of Pretty Good Acquaintances at 7:30 p.m. More...

Drama looks at couple’s life after violent attack

College actors present ‘Stop Kiss’ through Sunday

California Lutheran University’s theater arts department will present the play “Stop Kiss” at 8 p.m. nightly through Sat., Feb. 28 and at 2 p.m. More...

Sports

Force of nature

Thousand Oaks 77, Garden Grove 23 Thousand Oaks High’s boys’ basketball team towered over Garden Grove on Tuesday night. More...

On the prowl

The disgruntled baseball player doesn’t exist at Newbury Park High. One would have better luck finding unicorns stampeding along Reino Road or the Loch Ness monster reading Arthur Conan Doyle to kindergartners. More...

Local teams continue winter playoff journeys

Local teams continue to navigate the CIF-Southern Section winter postseason labyrinth. More...

Pets

A moonlit dog walk into a world of wonder

Earlier this winter I was out late traipsing miserably behind the dog on his final foray before bedtime. It was a piercing cold night in rural Agoura. Car windshields were icing over with frost. More...

Pet of the week

S’UP?—Bentley is an altered male Labrador retriever mix about 2 years old, and he likes to play. If you would like to adopt Bentley ask for ID No. More...

Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park Feb. 10 A 46-year-old man was arrested for grand theft in the 100 block of Redfield Avenue. Feb. 13 More...

Family

Family Men

Bad stuff

Aaaah-choo! I knew right then I had the flu. Maybe it was just a sneeze, but bad stuff happens all the time, so I knew what to anticipate. Then I wondered if my negativity was attracting the bad stuff. There I go being negative again. Eeeee-uck! More...

Magnet school offers alternative

Conejo Valley Unified School District school choice applications for the 2015-16 school year are available at the district office, local schools and www.conejousd.org. Completed applications are due by Mon., March 2 More...

Hopping to Help

Weathersfield Elementary School students and their families kick up their heels at the ’50s-themed Family Dance on Feb. 20
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Columns

Ask The DMV

Q: The DMV is now using touch-screen technology to administer the driver knowledge exam. How is it different from the written version? More...

Flying Squirrel

Local festivals and events

I’ve just returned from the 10th annual Travel and Adventure Show in Long Beach, which this year took place Feb. 21 and 22. More...

Life in the Single Lane

How to write a standout profile: Part 1

Now that we’ve determined that 2015 is the year of love for many single readers, this week’s topic is a must-read for anyone interested in taking a huge step toward meeting someone special. More...