December 18, 2014 RSS feed / Front Page

Homeowners lay blame for mud slide damage on City Hall

Dos Vientos homes affected

About 2 a.m. last Friday, Dos Vientos Ranch residents Ed and Heather Scully grabbed their 9-year-old twin daughters from their beds as a rainstorm sent heaps of mud and water through sandbags in their backyard and into their home. More...

Conejo Valley experiencing rash of commercial burglaries

Apple computers have been stolen from local businesses

Commercial burglaries are on the rise again in the Conejo Valley. According to Sgt. Jason Robarts of the Thousand Oaks Police Department, the uptick in business break-ins is cyclical. “It goes in waves. More...

Health & Wellness

The OTHER Side of 50

Person-centered care

Last week I met my new neighbor’s 4-year-old daughter. I was with my dog, Rolo, and the little girl explained to me that her brother, just 22 months, was “obsessed” with dogs. It was a big word for a 4-yearold. More...

On the Town

Sugar plum sisters

Trio featured in Pacific Festival Ballet’s ‘The Nutcracker’

A local family of ballerinas will share the stage this Saturday at Pacific Festival Ballet’s rendition of “The Nutcracker” at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza For the second year in a row, sisters Jayne, Jillian and Georgia Butler More...

L.A. Film Festival begins taking entries

The 21st Los Angeles Film Festival is accepting submissions through Jan. 6 (official deadline) and Jan. 30 ( late deadline). The festival will take place June 10 through 18 in downtown Los Angeles at L.A. Live. More...

Actors make the best of clunky Christmas classic

“Miracle on 34th Street,” a perennial favorite on TV this time of year, is one of those unique films that succeeds whether you like teary-eyed, Frank Capraesque feel-good stories, or you believe, like Scrooge in Stan Freberg’s &ldqu More...

Sports

Nothing but net

Lancers start 9-0, conquer Nordhoff and Crescenta Valley tournaments

Darby Pearson didn’t anticipate playing basketball last season. She was focused on schoolwork and planned to miss her junior year with the Thousand Oaks High girls’ basketball team—at least, that was the plan. More...

Lions set standard

Every year, the Lions lose stars to college. Every year, rookies come in and rise to the challenge. Oaks Christian High’s girls’ soccer team sets the bar high every season. This current squad is no exception. More...

Local teams don't cool off for winter

Conejo Valley’s finest athletes find success on their own field of dreams

This special section is reserved only for teams who win first place during a tournament or regular season. More...

Pets

A most dramatic feline

All manner of fearsome tigers may be found around my house. Their glaring, golden eyes don’t blink. They don’t leap from on high in a surprise attack. More...

Shelter makes big holiday push

Adoptions deeply discounted

During the month of December, Ventura County Animal Services is reducing pet adoption fees at its Camarillo and Simi Valley Animal Adoption Centers to encourage residents to adopt stray animals during the holidays. More...

Pet of the week

CANDY-STRIPED— Colonel is a orange-andwhite striped snake of an unknown age. He is not too big and could make for a goodfirst pet. If you would like to adopt Colonel, ask for ID No. More...

Obituaries

Tyler Lynch

(March 14, 1984 – Dec. 1, 2014)

Tyler, a bright and shining star to everyone who knew him, passed away in his sleep in the early morning hours of Dec. 1, 2014. Tyler was a man of enormous kindness and grace and was blessed with a razor-sharp mind and an impish sense of humor. More...

Family

Family Men

Road trip

It was going well—too well. So three vicious dogs ruined it by charging my 11-year-old son from behind a fence and practically eating him and his bicycle whole. I knew there’d be trouble along the way. More...

Library showing holiday movies

Activities for kids on winter break

The Thousand Oaks Library will present the following Holiday Break Family Films free to patrons during the school recess at the both libraries. Guests can bring snacks. More...

Columns

Ask The DMV

The impacts of AB 60

Editor’s note: In January 2015, undocumented workers will, for the first time since 1993, have the opportunity to legally obtain California driver’s licenses. This is due to the September 2013 passage of Assembly Bill 60. More...

Life in the Single Lane

Reasons for the season

It wasn’t until I was about 5 years old that I discovered not all families on my block celebrated Weihnachten. And although I wondered why Santa, also called St. More...

Breaking News - 11:53 PM

Mountain lion captured, unharmed, in Newbury Park

Fish and Wildlife called in after 14-month-old lion discovered beneath mobile home

A young female mountain lion that made its way into a Newbury Park residential area Friday was captured without harm. More...

Early morning accident on 101 caused by wrong-way driver

Two taken to hospital with injuries; alcohol appears to have been a factor, CHP says

A four-car accident involving a wrong-way driver on the 101 Freeway resulted in two people being sent to the hospital with serious injuries early Thursday morning. More...

Wildwood springs a leak

Broken water pipe sends thousands of gallons soaring, shuts down regional park

Maike Campagna stepped outside her house on Roundup Circle shortly before 1 p.m. Monday and saw something she never expected to see in Thousand Oaks. “I stepped into the street and I could actually see a geyser,” she said. More...

Community

Tattoo artist inks lawsuit

Man suing city for violating his ‘rights’

Tattoo artist Glenn West says he was surprised when a city employee came into his place of business— Palace Art on Thousand Oaks Boulevard—in November 2011 and told him to put down his needle and ink. More...

Police protests reach T.O.

STATEMENT—Protesters hold signs during an anti-police brutality rally in front of the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza on Dec. 13. More...

Holidays play havoc on Acorn schedule

The Acorn office will be closed Dec. 25 and 26, and Jan. 1 and 2 for the holidays. The Thousand Oaks Acorn newspaper will be delivered a day early each of those weeks—Wed., Dec. 24 and Wed., Dec. 31. More...

Calendar

Calendar

THURS., DEC. 18 Woodland Hills Woman’s Club 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Woodland Hills Country Club, 21150 Dumetz Road. Open to all women regardless of age, race, creed or political affiliation. Luncheon cost: $24. RSVP requested. More...

Schools

Baarstad to retire this summer

Search for replacement begins

Along with welcoming new member John Andersen, the Conejo Valley Unified School District board voted in a new president at its Dec. 9 meeting. Trustee Betsy Connolly is the new board president. More...

Local resident named chair of VCCCD board

The Ventura County Community College District board of trustees elected its new officers at its Dec. 9 meeting. Dianne B. McKay was elected new board chair and Larry Kennedy was named vice chair. Trustees Stephen P. More...

High School Hi Lights

Newbury Park Panthers Fri., Dec. 19: Winter rally/gym Toys for Tots drive Amnesty button sale/ quad/11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Clothing collection for Rescue Mission Alliance More...

Business

Oh what fun it is...

The Oaks delivers joy to special group of kids

Five-year-old Delilah Reppert of Thousand Oaks uses her parents’ phone to show Santa what she wants for Christmas at The Oaks mall on Dec. 14. More...

Briefs

Panel to discuss creating jobs The deans of several local business schools will gather at the Association for Corporate Growth 101 for the Deans of Innovation Panel to discuss innovation that will continue to build companies and create local jobs fo More...

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Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park Dec. 5 Someone attempted a residential burglary in the 200 block of Via Lara. Dec. 10 An 18-year-old man was arrested in the 1700 block of W. Hillcrest Drive for possession of concentrated cannabis and less than 28.5 grams of marijuana. More...

Faith

Cantor gives Hanukkah concert in Westlake

Cantor, singer and Agoura resident Kenny Ellis will perform at the Chanukah at the Shoppes Festival at 5 p.m. Sun., Dec. 21 at the Shoppes at Westlake Village/Target shopping center, 30770 Russell Ranch Road. More...

Methodists present Christmas concerts

The 40-voice Chancel Choir of the United Methodist Church of Westlake Village will present “The Christmas Promise,” a program in three suites by Lloyd Larson, during the 9 and 10:30 a.m. worship services on Sun., Dec. 21 at 1049 S. More...

Light Up The Night

HOLIDAY GATHERING— Above, Greg Epstein lights the menorah during the Chanukah Celebration of Light at the Village Town Center in Dos Vientos on Dec. 16, thefirst night of Hanukkah. More...

Letters

Open up another lane to the 23

I get the feeling that those in charge of construction and lane changes can’t figure out why there are so many accidents near the 101-23 construction. It’s really no mystery. More...

Evacuate when told to, or pay

After reading about the individuals who refused to comply with the mandatory evacuation order in the Camarillo Springs flood disaster area—only to demand immediate rescue hours later as the rock and mud slides moved through the whole area&mdash More...

Paso peeved over commentary

Never have I read an article so blatantly biased and uninformed as Eliav Appelbaum’s “A game of mud, blood and tears” (Acorn, Dec. 11). How dare you blame the other team for a hard-fought win. More...

Editorials

Not yet here, the holidays are already a wrap

All hail the holiday shopper, the brave soul who heads out after a full day at work or gives up precious time during the weekend to find that perfect gift for someone else. More...

Political Cartoon

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Acorn seeks political car toonist

When the Acorn says we’re “all local, all the time”—we mean it. And that should apply to our editorial cartoons as well. More...