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Health & Wellness

First case of Zika identified in Ventura County

Woman is 171st infected in state

Doctors discovered the first known case of the Zika virus in Ventura County earlier this month. Ventura County Public Health Officer Dr. Robert Levin said the virus was found in a woman who is not thought to be pregnant. More...

Twitter meme shows changing times

Other Side of 50

I recently heard about a Twitter meme called #firstsevenjobs. A meme, if you don’t know, is an activity or image spread rapidly by internet users. More...

On the Town

The Dickey’s mantra: Cook it slow, serve it fast

RESTAURANT SPOTLIGHT

Park your car or bike and follow your nose to Dickey’s Barbecue Pit in Thousand Oaks or Simi Valley, where slow-roasted, hickory-smoked meats are king and comfort-food sides have been ruling the roost since the Dickey’s reign began in 194 More...

String quartet to play CLU gallery

The Los Angeles String Kollektiv, a newly formed string quartet featuring a local couple, will present a free concert at 6 p.m. Sat., Aug. 27 in the William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art on the Cal Lutheran University campus in Thousand Oaks. More...

Panic! hopes audiences will join the ‘Parade’

Musical dramatizes famous 1913 trial

Panic! Productions will begin its 2016-2017 season with the Tony Award-winning musical “Parade,” Sept. 9 through 24 at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. Show times are 8 p.m. More...

Business

Time donated to charity work can be deducted when filing with the IRS

COMMENTARY /// Income tax

If you’ve donated your time this summer, you could receive tax benefits, especially if you had to travel for the work. Here are some things to know about taking deductions on your income tax for volunteer work. More...

EYE ON LOCAL AREA STOCKS

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Police

SHERIFF’S BLOTTER

Newbury Park Aug. 11 A 25-year-old man was sent to jail after authorities found him on drugs in the 500 block of N. Ventu Park Road. More...

Faith

Exhibit gets blessing to stay open longer

The Vatican Splendors: A Journey Through Faith and Art special exhibit has brought in record crowds to the Reagan Library. Since its opening March 13, museum attendance has been up 42 percent from the same time period last year. More...

Animals are God-given servants and companions

Roots of Faith

In the “Twilight Zone” episode “The Hunt,” a country farmer and his dog approach a gate that seems to lead to heaven. When the dog is not allowed in, the old man moves down the road to another gate. More...

Letters

Plenty of unused numbers exist in the 805

This is the 805 county and should remain so. We even have a magazine by that name. The phone company is simply taking the easy way out by wanting to saddle us with four more numbers to dial every time we want to make a call. More...

Children need real education on drugs

The 26-year-old man in last week’s Acorn story about the robbery and subsequent standoff in Calabasas was actually little John Marciniak from the elementary school in Oak Park where I once volunteered, and one of my favorite children. More...

Assisted-living facility should be approved

It has come to my attention that a new senior assisted-living facility is planned for Thousand Oaks. More...

Editorials

Zika discovery cause for precaution, not panic

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Ventura County health officials announced the first reported case of the Zika virus in the county last week. Dr. More...

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Class back in session

Renovations performed at schools over the summer

Thousands of students in Westlake, Newbury Park and Thousand Oaks are getting back into the habit of waking up at the crack of dawn again. The first day of the new school year in Conejo Valley Unified was yesterday. More...

Sheriff’s department uncovers Chinese human trafficking ring

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office has arrested five people and rescued 28 others in what it referred to as a case of “modern slavery.” More...

Community

Manna closes deal on new site

Food bank will move next year

The i’s have been dotted, the t’s have been crossed and it’s all official: Manna is on the move. In an Aug. More...

Landmark restaurant reopens after untimely shutdown

County health agency cites Lupe’s just days before final closing date

Lupe’s Mexican Restaurant reopened Monday following a four-day shutdown due to health code violations. The reprieve won’t last for long as the landmark Thousand Oaks business previously announced it was closing for good on Aug. 29. More...

Forty-unit complex proposed near Lakes

While much of the housing discussion in recent months has been about building on Thousand Oaks Boulevard, a residential development just off the city’s main drag could go before the planning commission first. More...

Calendar

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THURS., AUG. 25 T.O. Kiwanis Brewfest More...

Schools

CVLC ad hoc committee report goes to superintendent

School board to receive it Sept. 6

After two heated school board meetings and three community forums, the saga of the Conejo Valley Learning Center may soon reach a conclusion. More...

Board split on sex ed

Middle and high school students in Conejo Valley Unified this year will receive new and updated sexual education instruction that will deal with gender expression and identity, sexual harassment and assault. More...

TOHS reunion celebrates 50 years

TOHS’ Class of ’66 is celebrating its 50th anniversary reunion. In 1966 these 456 classmates were the first to graduate from the then new Thousand Oaks High School. The class will kick off the 50th reunion festivities Sat., Sept. More...

Pets

Movie star bunny shuns spotlight to make a home with T.O. family

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On the first day of summer vacation, we packed up our family of five and headed to Montana, where my husband would be working on the movie “Missouri Breaks.” Toward the end of filming, a scene called for the star to show his prowess with More...

Pet of the Week

COURAGE—Brave is an altered male tan-and-white Labrador retriever mix about 5 years old. He is very sweet and curious. If you would like to adopt Brave, ask for ID No. A4967429 at the Agoura Hills Animal Shelter, 29525 Agoura Road. More...

Family

Kids can get acting lessons locally

Gold Coast Theatre Conservatory will begin its fall session of theater arts for students in grades three through 12 from 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays beginning Sept. 10 at the Four Friends Gallery, 1414 Thousand Oaks Blvd., T.O. More...

Soccer starting up

Registration is underway for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley’s Fall Coed Jr. NBA Basketball League in Thousand Oaks and Sunday Soccer League in Agoura Hills. More...

Historic Y pool rededicated

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Columns

Modifying flights to suit needs

Flying Squirrel

When putting together a big trip, especially one involving transatlantic air travel, cruise lines and tour operators often dangle a very big carrot in front of travelers: the allure of free airfare. More...

It’s one final mow for Grumps

Hot Flashes

I’ve been traveling from the town of ridiculous to the fields of sublime. More...

Hotshot hiker hit by dose of reality

On the Trail

A few seasons back, the National Park Service introduced a short-lived free shuttle intended to aid visitors to the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. The shuttle’s favorite destination quickly became Zuma Beach. More...