January 12, 2017 RSS feed / Front Page

Cops break up heroin delivery service to the East County

Undercover operation leads investigators to the voice on other end of the phone, police say

Three men believed to be involved in a heroin delivery service that provided narcotics to Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks and Moorpark residents have been arrested. More...

Health & Wellness

It’s a blood drive bonanza

The Reagan Library will host its third annual Battle of the Badges American Red Cross blood drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mon., Jan. More...

Proper diagnosis is first step in treatment

COMMENTARY

Back pain Chances are you’ve seen a doctor for back pain or you know someone who has. Back pain is one of the top reasons people seek professional care. More...

Arthritis support group meets

The Conejo Valley Arthritis Support Group will meet from 12:15 to 2 p.m. Sat., Jan. 14 at the Goebel Adult Community Center, 1385 E. More...

Calendar

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THURS., JAN. 12 Business-Professional Women Conejo Valley 7 p.m. at Camboni restaurant, 75 W. Thousand Oaks Blvd., T.O. Guest speaker is Janice Wise from YMCA Ventura County. Contact: Lydia Steadman. Phone: 818. 889.4953. JNET Thousand Oaks More...

Schools

Student group brings inclusivity

Personal tragedy inspires TOHS senior to make a difference

The morning Sean Turner was supposed to take the SATs this past September, he received news that a longtime friend had died by suicide.  The night before, Turner, a senior at Thousand Oaks High School, had invited the friend to attend a prep foo More...

Singers fill arts center with holiday cheer

CONCERT REVIEW /// TOHS choir Thousand Oaks High School’s rejuvenated choir program, under the direction of Janna Santangelo, has become so popular that on the day of its annual holiday concert last month, a great deal of clamoring for tickets More...

Business

T.O. Boulevard costume shop hanging it up after 25 years

Magic Planet is leaving orbit

Thousand Oaks is losing some of its magic. After more than 27 years in business, Magic Planet owner Michael Brotman is performing a vanishing act. He’s closing up shop at the end of the month. More...

Pets

Pet of the Week

READY TO BE LOVED—Sophie is an altered female white-and-tan pit bull about 7 years old. She is a sweet girl. If you would like to adopt Sophie, ask for ID No. A4480688 at the Agoura Hills Animal Shelter, 29525 Agoura Road. More...

Program lets inmates rehabilitate shelter dogs

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office is launching a pilot program this month that will provide a second chance for both inmates and shelter dogs. More...

Giving the gift of love

WHEN YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND— Staffers from Westlake Village Animal Hospital delivered Christmas stockings last month to every cat and dog at the Agoura Animal Care Center. More...

Family

Reading is Magic

AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION— Labak the Magician guides Gabriel Fergesen, 10, of Agoura Hills through a trick during “Mysteries of Magic,” a special event Jan. More...

Theater classes lead up to CAP performance

Gold Coast Theatre Conservatory will begin its spring session for students in grades three to 12 with classes in all aspects of theater arts running from 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays beginning Jan. More...

Girl Scouts hang with T.O.’sfinest

TOUR OF THE STATION—Girl Scouts from Troop 60739 in Thousand Oaks visited the East County Sheriff’s Station in December. Sgt. More...

Letters

There are real issues to report on in T.O.

Are there no new articles that the Acorn can go after? You seem to be in the same rut the City Council is in.  Rehashing the same old thing. In this instance, it is Scott Mitnick (“Former T.O. More...

Interchange project has left a big mess

Although I appreciate the hard work that was done to improve the 101-23 freeway interchange, I’m disturbed to learn that Caltrans has canceled its contract with the landscaping company that was to provide vegetation and irrigation along the on- More...

CRPD has destroyed Triunfo Park

If you haven’t been in a while, please visit Triunfo Park and see its destruction due to the removal of huge swaths of grass. The park is an important community asset and used by many hundreds of people every day.  More...

Editorials

Hoping Powers puts a charge into city manager’s office

With so much school board drama unfolding on Janss Road, we don’t want readers to miss the big news out of 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. this week.  More...

Super Powers

Council opts against search, promotes interim city manager

Six months after Thousand Oaks found itself suddenly without a city manager, the city finds itself just as suddenly with a new one. More...

Trustee email ignites debate over separation of church and state

Dunn to critic: Salvation more important than job on school board

An email sent to a parent by Conejo Valley school board president Mike Dunn, in which he cites his Christian beliefs and concern for the afterlife to explain his reluctance to adopt a new board policy, has ignited a community wide debate. More...

Community

Judge to hear feedback on rate hike

Customers facing 22 percent increase in their monthly bills starting in 2018

Residents upset about a water purveyor’s request to raise rates can make their voices heard at a hearing next week in Newbury Park hosted by the California Public Utilities Commission. More...

High-speed chase ends with death of motorcyclist

CHP says driver lost control of his bike

A Santa Barbara motorcyclist died in Thousand Oaks Jan. 7 following a high-speed chase with the California Highway Patrol.  More...

Cougar kitten meets grim fate

Another big cat found dead on the freeway

A 7-month-old mountain lion whose mother was killed recently on the 118 Freeway in Simi Valley has also become a highway victim, the National Park Service says.  P-52, a young male, was one of three kittens born to P-39 last year. More...

On the Town

‘Dirty Dancing’ struts into T.O.

Theater League will present “Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story On Stage” from Thurs. through Sun., Feb. 2 to 5 at the Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks.  Performances are 7:30 p.m. Feb. 2 and 5, 8 p.m. Feb. More...

Smokey Robinson to narrate for New West

He’ll give voice to Abraham Lincoln

Grammy Award-winner Smokey Robinson will perform this month with New West Symphony as the narrator of “A Lincoln Portrait” by Aaron Copland at 8 p.m. Sat., Jan. 28 at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd.  More...

Supper club wows the Conejo

RESTAURANT SPOTLIGHT /// Bistro 101 Jazz & Blues

When excellent, upscale food and a vibrant, intimate atmosphere are paired with mellow live music, you get a restaurant that sings. More...

Sports

Revel in rivalry

A league opener, a coaching reunion and a crowd-surfing bear add intrigue to basketball feud

COMMENTARY Is there anyone who cares more about Westlake High’s boys’ basketball team than Kyle Kegley? More...

T.O. baseball will host Ron Stillwell golf tournament

Thousand Oaks High’s baseball team will host the Ron Stillwell Memorial Golf Tournament at 11 a.m. Feb. More...

A new hope for Newbury

Panther boys’ basketball team opens Marmonte League slate with a close loss to Calabasas, will try using the force for good

The first night of Marmonte League high school boys’ basketball action didn’t disappoint hoops fanatics.  A Jan. 6 showdown between Calabasas and Newbury Park went down to the wire. More...

Police

SHERIFF’S BLOTTER

Newbury Park  Dec. 22  In the 2400 block of W. More...

Faith

Keeping the spirit of joy alive in our hearts year-round

Years ago at church camp, we young campers sat around the campfire and sang, “I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart . . . down in my heart to stay.”  More...

Obituaries

Rick Langner

Passed away peacefully on Friday, Dec. 16, after a long battle to regain his health. Rick was born in Chicago on Jan. 31, 1932. He and his family moved to North Hollywood in 1943 when he was 11 years old. More...

Mary Louise Gold

of Westlake Village passed away Dec. 17, 2016 after a long illness.

Mary Lou was born in Buffalo, NY, and was raised in nearby Rochester, NY. More...

Terry E. Smith

Terry moved to the South Bay and met her husband Greg Smith in 1981 More...

Columns

Close encounter a test of canine loyalty

Rarely does mortal man come close to convincingly emulating Nature—until this recent holiday season and the laser lighting spectacle that came with it. By nightfall, local neighborhoods were awash in the northern lights.  More...

Finding love before first sight

Everyone has heard the term “love at first sight.” Whether you believe it’s possible or not, there are folks who claim to have known or felt the person they’ve just met is their perfect-for-them partner. More...