May 21, 2015 RSS feed / Front Page

City staff still wrestling with deficit

Cost to maintain streets, roads to exceed revenue

The City of Thousand Oaks is exploring ways to maintain its streets, roads and sidewalks despite an anticipated multimillion-dollar shortfall beginning next year. More...

Health & Wellness

Experts say obesity can lead to a wide range of health issues

More than 65 million adults and 10 million children are considered obese. Health experts say being morbidly obese can compromise health, shorten one’s life and even cause death. More...

Los Robles receives ‘A’ in safety report

Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center has been recognized for its record of patient safety by being awarded an “A” grade in the spring 2015 Hospital Safety Score, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from preventable medical e More...

Briefs

Program looks at stroke prevention Conejo Valley Stroke Support Group will present a free stroke awareness program from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Wed., May 27 at the Los Robles Hospital East Campus, 150 Via Merida, Thousand Oaks. More...

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THURS., MAY 21 Channel Islands Gulls Spring Hat Luncheon More...

Schools

Board establishes protections for transgender students

AB 1266 incorporated into district policy

The Conejo Valley Unified School District Board of Education voted Tuesday to incorporate provisions of a controversial state law that allows students to choose whether to use the boys’ or girls’ restroom based on the gender they identify More...

Fabulous 40: T.O.’s Bethany milestone Christian celebrates

LIFETIME RECOGNITION—Above, Bethany Christian School Legacy families Gerber, Gutierez, Hardman and Barrett join Principal Tara Morrow to honor founder Helen Gateka- Anderson at Bethany Christian School’s 40th anniversary gala on May 9 at More...

Acceptance excellence

Former ‘average’ student finds himself in high demand

That Andrew Perry was this year accepted to Stanford University plus six Ivy League schools—including Harvard— and wait-listed at two is nothing short of impressive. More...

Business

Former GM building up for lease

Automaker vacated office space in late 2014

Renovations are nearly complete to the former General Motors regional headquarters at 515 Marin St. in Thousand Oaks, a 66,000- square- foot property just north of Hillcrest Drive near The Oaks mall and the Janss Marketplace. More...

New restaurant offers 15 percent off food through June

Thai cuisine comes to the boulevard

A new restaurant serving Thai cuisine has opened at 2350 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. in the Select Plaza, the former site of Los Agaves Mexican Grill. More...

Major renovation planned at Oakbrook Shopping Center

The Oakbrook Shopping Center in Thousand Oaks will undergo a multimillion-dollar renovation through the summer. More...

Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park May 7 A 63-year-old man was cited for violating a protective order in the 2700 block of Teller Road. A woman, 18, was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon in the 1200 block of Newbury Road. More...

Newbury Park man accused of bilking seniors, again

A Newbury Park man on felony probation for financial elder abuse has been arrested on suspicion of embezzlement. More...

Family

Honor Dad this Father's Day with a note in the Acorn

“Dear Dad” submissions due June 10

It’s that time again to honor dear ol’ dad. Father’s Day is Sun., June 21, and the Thousand Oaks Acorn wants your dad to receive the recognition he so deserves. In 100 words or less, please write and tell us what makes your dad so special. More...

Blazing saddle

EQUESTRIAN—Abrielle Reed, right, a freshman at Newbury Park High School, was reserve champion in the individual varsity intermediate over fences division at the Interscholastic Equestrian Assoc More...

Camps offer world of adventure

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley is taking registration for 2015 Summer Camp. Campers can attend all of the 10-week sessions or register for a few weeks at a time. More...

Columns

Hot Flashes

Enter the bucket

There’s a bucket in my shower, dear Liza, dear Liza. It’s a real doozy too. A Walmart special, cherry red 14-quart baby that looks as classy in our spiffy bathroom as a pair of Birkenstocks on a June bride. More...

CP celebrates furriest family member

Beloved therapy dog turns 10 years old

While guests ate cake, mingled and had a good time, Archibald RazzMaTazz was content to just lie down and let the party go on around him. More...

Ask the Arborist

Trim when the time is right

As I write this, I’m on the incredible North Shore of Kauai on a much-needed vacation. My wife and I are staying in a two-story condo perched upon the literal edge of a 200-foot cliff overlooking the beautiful Hanalei Bay. More...

What to do with Timber School

Historic building will soon be in hands of developer

The future is uncertain for two Conejo buildings with an important past. More...

Law enforcement comes knocking at local house call practice

The attorney for Thousand Oaks house call doctor Ellen Crowe—arrested last week on allegations that she allowed her nonmedically trained husband to inject a patient with morphine—says the charges against his client are the result of a "mi More...

Community

Proposed rezoning near Amgen could affect housing debate

Move, if approved, would add 297 units to Measure E ‘bank’

A proposal by City Hall to rezone a piece of land near the Amgen campus in Newbury Park may free up around 300 housing units that could be built elsewhere in the city, a significant move considering the growing debate surrounding the Measure E cap. More...

Erbes Road work nears its end

New-look roadway impresses some, still frustrates others

Two years after it began, construction on Erbes Road is finally coming to an end. More...

Man accused of burglarizing eye doc’s office

An arrest has been made in connection with the burglary of an optometrist’s office in Newbury Park in January. More...

On the Town

Nashville comes to Conejo Creek

OakHeart Country Music Festival goes down June 6

The fourth annual OakHeart Country Music Festival will take place from 1 to 10 p.m. Sat., June 6 at Conejo Creek Park South, 1300 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. More...

Play looks at lives of British spies

Panic Productions wraps its third season with the British espionage drama “Pack of Lies,” running June 6 through 21 at the Hillcrest Center for theArts, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. “Pack of Lies” opens 8 p.m. More...

Simi’s Cajun and Blues Fest brings the heat

Guests at this year’s Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival are in for a rocking treat. Over a dozen musical acts are set to perform across two stages in the 26th annual event. More...

Sports

The Ewing theory

Newbury Park senior hurdler advances to CIF-SS finals this weekend

Cameron Ewing doesn’t back down from a challenge. The Newbury Park High track and field star rises to the level of competition. The senior is the Panthers’ top 300-meter hurdler and high jumper. More...

Westlake’s Puczkowksi captures CIF swim title

Calabasas, Royal snag runner-up team trophies

David Hershman has coached the Calabasas High boys’ and girls’ swim teams for 38 years. Steve Snyder has roamed Royal’s pool deck for the past 36 seasons. More...

Doyle rules for Thousand Oaks

Golfer’s magical freshman season continues today at CIF championship

Thousand Oaks High freshman golfer Seldon Doyle has the skill set of a seasoned senior. He swings a heavy driver, his short game is sharp and he can sink a putt from nearly anywhere on the green. In short, Doyle rules. More...

Pets

Pet of the week

GOOD GIRL—Renee is an altered female black and tan German shepherd about 6 years old with an engaging personality. She is good on leash and knows commands. More...

Dinner benefits spay and neuter nonprofit

Valley Vet Nonprofit will host the 12th annual Love Your Pet Dinner at 5 p.m. Sun., June 7 at Sunset Hills Country Club, 4155 Erbes Road, Thousand Oaks. More...

Faith

Civic Arts Plaza to host celebration of Jewish music

Israeli-born singer headlining

Chabad of the Conejo, a Jewish educational and social service organization serving the Conejo Valley from seven regional centers, will host a community-wide Evening of Jewish Song and Solidarity at 7:30 p.m. More...

Steps to releasing a painful past

It wasn’t just any piano. It was the piano given to me with a promise att ached to it— a promise to never let it leave the family and to hand it down from one generation to the next. More...

Tending a garden cultivates resilience, optimism and patience

Just as Adam is linked to the concept of original sin, so is he often thought of as the original gardener. In “Paradise Lost” John Milton writes of the prelapsarian Eden: “Our first two parents . . . More...

Letters

CVD was always a family affair

This is in response to the April 30 article “Conejo Valley Days, then and now.” More...

Allegations questioned

House Call Doctor Thousand Oaks is my 93-year-old motherin law’s physician. The allegations I saw on the news are completely out of character for both Dr. Crowe and Paul. More...

Food drive not for passers-by

Recently the U.S. Postal Service sponsored food drive Stamp Out Hunger, where you left bags of food by the mailbox to be picked up by the mail carrier. More...

Editorials

Objectivity trumps endorsement

In keeping with Acorn tradition, we won’t be endorsing a candidate in the special election to fill a vacancy on the Thousand Oaks City Council. More...

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