December 8, 2016 RSS feed / Front Page

Dunn waiting: Longtime trustee chosen as board prez for first time

Freshly elected member the swing vote

Long a thorn in the side of the Conejo Valley Unified School District establishment, Mike Dunn was selected Tuesday as president of the board of education, a role he’s never filled during his 12 years in office. The term is for one year. More...

Health & Wellness

TB cases up slightly in county

No cause for concern, officials say

After years of decline, incidents of highly contagious tuberculosis did not drop last year, the first time in 22 years that the number of TB cases in California did not decline from year to year, a state report showed. More...

Classes offer training in first aid for mental health issues

Mental Health First Aid will offer the following eight-hour, mental health first aid certification courses at no charge in Ventura County. More...

This holiday season, don’t forget to shine your light on others

“It feels good to be a part of the universe as it shines upon others,” Acorn’s “Family Man” columnist Michael Picarella recently noted.  Why is helping someone an action we associate with the feeling of being happy? More...

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THURS., DEC. 8 Simi Valley Community Council 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Sutter’s Mill, 3885 Cochran St., Simi Valley. Royal High School choir sings holiday music. Bring canned foods or new toys for Samaritan Center. More...

Schools

Magnet for success

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Next La Reina chief is ‘looking forward’

Says he wants to ‘learn before I act’

Tony Guevara, the new head of school at La Reina High School & Middle School in Thousand Oaks, began his 30-year career in Catholic education as a teacher and coach at an all-boys Catholic school in Santa Rosa, Calif.  And across the street More...

Business

Dunkin’ dips into the Conejo

National doughnut chain opens in Westlake

Dozens of people lined up Tuesday morning for some East Coast flavor. Massachusetts-based Dunkin’ Donuts chose the recently revamped North Ranch Gateway shopping center in Westlake Village for its first Conejo Valley location. More...

BUSINESS BITS

For the home  Arhaus, an upscale home and outdoor furniture store, opened at The Oaks mall.  The joy of cotton  XCVI Shop, a bohemian cotton clothing store for women, opened at Paseo Marketplace, 3645 E. Thousand Oaks Boulevard. More...

Good Oral Hygiene Can Prevent a Variety of Illnesses, Including Diabetes, Heart Disease

Dr. More...

Police

SHERIFF’S BLOTTER

Nov. 15 Someone threw a Molotov cocktail onto a residential driveway on Bluefield Avenue. Nov. 30 A 21-year-old woman was cited for possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia in the 400 block of Ventu Park Road. More...

Faith

Call to the future

Temple Adat anniversary carries deeper meaning

SOUND OF TRADITION—Junior cantor Carly Shukiar, 16, of Thousand Oaks performs the Shofar Call as Temple Adat Elohim in Thousand Oaks celebrates its 50th anniversary on Dec. 4. More...

Two special days, many miracles of light this holiday season

Something interesting is happening this year: Hanukkah and Christmas will be celebrated at the same time.  The first night of Hanukkah is Dec. More...

Letters

Where was the outrage against bullying?

I have the privilege of teaching English as a Second Language to students at Conejo Valley Adult School. It’s like traveling the world every day. More...

Peek into Muslim community was appreciated

I wanted to send my appreciation for Ms. Belmond’s article titled “Feeling support, not fear” on the front page of the Nov. 23 Acorn.  More...

Growing pot outside is better for environment

Concerning Proposition 64, Thousand Oaks City Councilmember Joel Price is quoted as saying, “My understanding is we can prohibit outdoor growth.”  The City Council should study the carbon footprint of growing marijuana indoors with a More...

Columns

Major airline carriers get into the cost-cutting game

If you’re a flier, you’d covet a first-class seat to the destination of your dreams. Business class would do nicely, too. But for most of us, economy class is the way we traverse the skies. And by traverse, I mean endure. More...

Decking the halls and everything else

We don’t deck the halls; we deck it all, baby. We leave no sleigh unturned, no garland unfurled. ’Tis the season for let it rip, let it rip, let it rip. More...

City still in court over 2012 crash in crosswalk

Victims suing for $300 million

Four years after an unlicensed driver struck a woman and three children crossing Thousand Oaks Boulevard, the city is still fighting in court over whether it is financially responsible.  More...

Out in the cold

Condo fire leaves 16 seniors without homes for holidays

It was nearly 6 p.m. Dec. 1 when Barbara Brown, at home in her upstairs condominium, began smelling smoke. Soon it began pouring into her apartment. More...

Community

Decision on how to fill city manager’s post coming soon

Council can conduct search, or hire from within

A decision regarding who will lead the City of Thousand Oaks in the years ahead could come as soon as next month. More...

Triunfo Park to use reclaimed water

Conversion will cost district $600K

Westlake’s Triunfo Community Park will soon become the second public park in Thousand Oaks to be irrigated with recycled water.  More...

For family members, memories of lost loved ones never fade

Candlelight service brings comfort

As the mother of a son who died at 5 weeks old, Jennifer Medina hoped to find comfort by lighting a candle in his honor at the annual Candlelight Service of Remembrance last weekend in Westlake Village.  “It’s really hard. More...

On the Town

Choirs, orchestra reach for the ‘Sky’

Christmas musical takes place Sunday

The Elation Arts Series of Emmanuel Church will present the musical “Under a Starry Sky” at 5 p.m. Sun., Dec. 11 in the church sanctuary at 588 Camino Manzanas, Thousand Oaks.  More...

Interracial couple fights for justice in subtle, sensitive ‘Loving’

In some ways, “Loving” is just the story of a woman who wanted to be able to go home; its telling makes it a home-cooked feast in a fast-food world. More...

A homey spot for tasty Mexican food

RESTAURANT SPOTLIGHT /// Agave Maria’s More...

Sports

Teams battle on the pitch

Westlake, Oaks Christian, Newbury Park among top girls’ soccer squads

GIRLS’ SOCCER /// Marmonte League   The Marmonte League is one of the toughest high school girls’ soccer leagues in the entire CIFSouthern Section.  More...

Warriors firing Henney was wrong call

CIF champion football coach deserved better from Westlake administration

COMMENTARY   Tony Henney deserved better than this.  Henney coached the Westlake High football team for two seasons before getting fired last week in a meeting with Principal Jason Branham, one day after the team banquet and less than three More...

Pets

Living ‘la vida local’ this holiday season

CRITTER TAILS Last year I suggested to my roommate, who happens to be a dog, “Let’s do something fun locally each day of the 12 days of Christmas.” The dog has particularly expressive blue eyes. In them I read, “OK, sure. More...

County working on plan to help residents deter coyotes

After receiving numerous complaints about coyotes from residents of Simi Valley and neighboring cities, Ventura County Animal Services is working on a plan to help citizens keep the predatory animals away from their properties.  The county&rsquo More...

Pet of the Week

READY FOR ADVENTURE—Grant is an altered male cream-and-white beagle mix about a year old. He is playful and sweet. He likes to play ball and walks well on a leash. If you would like to adopt Grant, ask for ID No. More...

Family

‘Elf Jr.’ brings Christmas fun to Hillcrest Center

Youth Musical Theatre

PLAY REVIEW It’s that time of year, December, when old favorites like “A Christmas Carol” and “It’s a Wonderful Life” make their way to your local community theater stage. More...

County Y collects items to donate

Sixteen Southeast Ventura County YMCA child care sites are collecting items for the My Stuff Bags Foundation throughout December.  In addition, students who attend the before- and after-school YMCA child care programs will make blankets to donat More...

Lighting up the lake

Colorful boat parade a longtime tradition

HOLIDAY FLOTILLA—The annual Parade of Lights got underway Sunday night on Westlake Lake. More...

Editorials

How to keep loved ones with dementia safe

It was good news for family and friends of Judy Wurtz when the 76-year-old Somis woman was found last week after going missing for three days.  An agricultural worker spotted Wurtz, who has dementia, lying on the ground in the 6000 block of Old More...