February 23, 2017 RSS feed / Front Page

Pedestrian, 68, killed on 101 Freeway

Driver wanted for felony hit and run

A 68-year-old man suffering from dementia was struck and killed on the 101 Freeway Tuesday morning by a driver who failed to stop or even report the collision to 911, according to the California Highway Patrol. More...

Health & Wellness

Superpowers aid fight against cancer

Make-believe helps Westlake woman cope

Fairies, female superheroes and fierce—but pretty—pirates are just some of the weapons that Holly Spiegel has used in her fight against cancer. More...

BRIEFS

Memory Cafe offers support, lunch Senior Concerns will host a Memory Cafe from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sat., Feb. 25 at 401 Hodencamp Road, Thousand Oaks. More...

On the Town

Area community theaters join in on awards season

The Four Star Theater Alliance holds its annual awards gala at 6:30 p.m. Sun., Feb. 26 at High Street Arts Center, 45 E. More...

Arts advocates to be honored

Ceremony takes place March 4

Conejo Players Theatre will present the winners of its third annual Arts Advocate Awards honoring local theater champions at an event Sat., March 4.  The awards will be part of its Encore! More...

Lit Live explores the crackling creativity of Mary Shelley

PLAY REVIEW /// ‘And Lightning Struck’ Simi Valley playwright Robert Weibezahl and Mary Shelley, author of the classic gothic novel “Frankenstein,” have something in common: the creation of life. More...

Sports

Young at heart

Overbeck, Thompson lead youth movement for Newbury Park girls’ basketball team

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL /// Newbury Park Panthers Darren Burge can’t wait to get his team together and back on the hardwood next winter. More...

Heintz dazzles on the wrestling mat

WRESTLING /// Thousand Oaks Lancers   After a long summer break, Bianca Heintz was getting ready for her junior year of high school at Thousand Oaks.  She no longer had any interest in being a Lancer cheerleader, but her parents, Eric and M More...

Murray, the big wave rider

Senior guard with NBA roots is a scoring machine for Pepperdine hoops

MEN’S BASKETBALL /// Pepperdine Waves   It’s not a bird. It’s not a plane.  It’s super Wave Lamond Murray Jr. soaring for another bucket in Firestone Fieldhouse.  More...

Police

SHERIFF’S BLOTTER

Newbury Park  Jan. 26  A felony commercial burglary was committed in the 2300 block of Borchard Road.  Feb. 8  Unlawful camping was reported on Borchard Road at Cabrillo Avenue.  Feb. 10   More...

Family

SALUTING OUR SCOUTS

Nickolas Schneider, 18, of Troop 730 in Newbury Park recently achieved Boy Scout’s highest rank of Eagle Scout.  He was recognized at his Eagle Court of Honor held Jan. 29 at St. More...

Commission seeks to honor young volunteers

The Thousand Oaks Youth Commission invites schools and nonprofit agencies to nominate a deserving teen that has made a significant voluntary contribution. More...

Just Imagine

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Columns

There’s magic in the mist

I am the mud-encrusted curmudgeon of rural Agoura. I can’t recall the last time I stepped inside a pair of dry shoes. If I hear one more person exclaim, “Don’t you just love all this rain!” I fear I’ll lose my mind. More...

Online dating part 2: A few good men

Before we know it, spring will have sprung and the time for summer barbecues and long drives up the coast will soon be here. More...

Creek claims young life

Group tried to cross during height of storm

Most days, the Arroyo Conejo is little more than a dry creek bed, nearly indistinguishable from its surroundings. More...

Family donates 82 acres to open space agency

The city’s ring of protected open space is one big step closer to being complete.  Earlier this month, the board of the Conejo Open Space Conservation Agency voted to accept a donation of 82 acres from the Rasnow family of Newbury Park. More...

Community

Anti-Semitic acts under investigation in Oak Park

‘You’re gonna burn’ says note left at home

The tight-knit community of Oak Park once again became the target of anti-Semitic acts when at least four young males posted hateful notes on the doors and mailboxes of eight homes in the 5900 block of Conifer Street.  One of the homes targeted More...

Teens organize mental health panel

Speakers share firsthand experience

McKian Nielsen was an honors student when he began having delusions that his family and the government were out to get him.  Diagnosed as schizophrenic at 15, his hallucinations led to a series of five hospitalizations, two in the intensive care More...

Mayor recuses herself from vote on planning commissioner

Cites appointee’s ties to boulevard property owner

A new face is joining the Thousand Oaks Planning Commission. Don Lanson, an attorney with the law firm of Manfredi Levine, was confirmed as the city’s newest commissioner during the City Council’s Feb. More...

Calendar

Calendar

THURS., FEB. 23 Lunafest: Short Films By, For, About Women More...

Schools

Teams of critical thinkers to compete at Westlake HS

Thirty local squads taking part

If a box wasn’t a box, what else could it be? A house for a mouse? A cookie container? A school locker? Participants in the Feb. More...

Biz leaders chow down on Chick- fil-A

CATERED—Brittany Dinerman, right, fundraising chair for Westlake High School’s Future Business Leaders of America, recently scored free lunch for the club, above, catered by Chick-fil-A o More...

Fair poster contest open

The eighth annual Ventura County Fair poster contest is accepting entries from kids in grades five through 12 who live in Ventura County. More...

Business

Globe out, oak tree in on new-look auto mall sign

Face-lift long overdue, dealers say

A quirky landmark for a generation of residents—and at one point the center of a contentious debate—the Thousand Oaks Auto Mall sign is getting a fresh look.  More...

Pets

Finding the best way to say goodbye to our pets

Just as we owe our pets a good life, we owe them a good death as well. Life is full of all kinds of greetings and farewells and inevitabilities that we can’t outrun. More...

Pet of the Week

MELLOW DUDE—Francois is an altered male gray-andwhite domestic shorthair tabby cat about 3 years old. He is a mellow indoor cat that would be good in an adult-only home. He seems to get along with dogs. More...

Faith

Path to ministry has ups and downs

As a high schooler in New Mexico more than a decade ago, Jennifer Chrien was open to the possibility of devoting her life to ministry in the Lutheran Church.  More...

Noah’s lessons are as relevant as ever

The recent heavy rains reminded me of Noah’s flood, though the local storm didn’t have the same effect as the original deluge recorded in Genesis chapters 6 through 9.  More...

Bake sale, dinner done in honor of St. Joe

The Italian Catholic Federation will host its 31st annual St. Joseph’s Day bake sale and Italian dinner on Sun., March 19 at St. Paschal Baylon Catholic Church hall, 155 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. The bake sale will run from 8:15 a.m. More...

Letters

Senior housing is needed in Thousand Oaks

While the existing need for senior housing in our community is great, demographic trends show that the need will dramatically increase in the coming decades.  With only 330 existing units dedicated to affordable senior housing in the City of Tho More...

New project endangers oaks on boulevard

The first mixed-use monstrosity has just been approved for the old Lupe’s site on the boulevard. So much for the rural, hometown feel we all enjoy. So much for the old, established oak trees we all love on the boulevard.  More...

Frances Prince was the ideal public servant

Thanks very much for your excellent tribute to Frances Prince (Acorn, Feb. 16). She deserved every accolade.  More...

Editorials

Nation’s ugly mood turns even our own community sour

The year is off to a difficult start as we see a nation convulsed by anti-Muslim and anti-Semitic behavior: The Islamophobia rooted in a desire to effect changes in national immigration law, the hatred of Jews rooted in centuries of learned behavior More...