April 24, 2014 RSS feed / Front Page

Reform measure likely headed for ballot

Petition gatherers submit more than 40,000 signatures

The Committee for Pension Fairness, formed by the Ventura County Taxpayers Association, has submitted more than 40,500 signatures from county residents to get its Sustainable Retirement System Initiative on the November ballot. More...

Westlake HS coach accused of sex with student, 15

A Westlake High School junior varsity softball and boys’ basketball coach will appear in a Ventura County courtroom today to answer to charges that he had sex with a 15-year-old female student during the spring recess last week. More...

Health & Wellness

Students play songs to fight ‘skeeters’

Malaria Day event is tonight

California Lutheran University students will host a World Malaria Day benefit today, April 24, to raise awareness and money to combat the disease from 6 to 8 p.m. More...

Healthy living improves mind, body

Q: I’m 55 and have been a couch potato most of my life. My husband recently had a heart attack, with a long recovery after surgery. I want to exercise with him, but I worry about having a heart attack myself. What should I do before I start? More...

Conference looks at life after brain injury

Dealing with the future after a life-changing brain injury is the focus of the fifth annual Ventura County Brain Injury Conference on Sat., April 26 at the VC Office of Education, 5189 Verdugo Way, Camarillo. More...

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THURS., APRIL 24 Portuguese Fraternal Society Of America 11:30 a.m. at Carrows restaurant, 2401 Harbor Blvd., Ventura. No-host luncheon. For any person of Portuguese decent or interested in the culture. RSVP requested. Contact: Cora Corella. More...

Schools

More turnover at top of NPHS drama

Theater teacher departs in middle of production

Newbury Park High School’s got drama. More...

High School Hi Lights

Newbury Park Panthers Fri., April 25: Moorpark bound preview day field trip/7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pie a cheerleader Relay For Life/quad/11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Chinese haichu/quad/2 p.m. More...

Pinewood Derby racers ready to roll

Conejo Valley District of the Boy Scouts of America, Ventura County Council, will host its districtwide Pinewood Derby race on May 3 at the Janss Marketplace, Hillcrest Drive at Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. Races are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. More...

Business

Former NASCAR racer drives new T.O. biz

Tim Huddleston hopes local drivers make pit stop at boulevard repair shop

If you’ve been working on cars since you were a kid, opening an auto repair shop might seem a natural progression. But a new Thousand Oaks business owner’s love affair with cars runs deeper than that. More...

N.P. resident promoted at Humana

Humana Inc. has appointed Brian Sullivan as the Southern California market vice president for Humana’s employer group segment. More...

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Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park March 7 A man, 34, was arrested for burglary from Home Depot. March 12 A woman, 25, was arrested for two counts of identity theft and two counts of burglary from the Newbury Park and Camarillo Target stores. More...

Obituaries

Obituary

Longtime Thousand Oaks resident and business owner Bob (that’s with one “o”) Morrison passed away Sunday April 13, 2014 surrounded by his loving family singing him his favorite songs. More...

Family

Famed Conejo photographer helps create kids’ book

Ed Lawrence co-writes ‘Lamb That Wanted To Be a Dog’

Sixties-era black-and-white photos by a renowned Conejo Valley photographer depict a strange sight: a lamb with a pack of dogs trailing behind a shepherd, the lamb’s kin a wide sea of white wool moving close together across grass and pavement i More...

Nonprofit offers childbirth prep classes this May

The Conejo Pregnancy Center, a nonprofit licensed medical clinic and community service organization that proves support to pregnant women and their families, will offer a six-week childbirth preparation class on Mondays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. More...

– Dr. Edward Taras –

December 29, 1933 - April 11, 2014

Dr. Edward Taras of Woodland Hills passed away peacefully at home with all his family at his bedside at the age of 80 on 4/11/14. Born 12/29/33 in Montreal, Canada, Ed moved to Woodland Hills in 1967 where he started a successful ObGyn practice. More...

Columns

Eye on the Conejo

A wonderful place to live, work or raise a family Local citizens are praised for their volunteerism. More...

Life in the Single Lane

Singles helping singles It seems the Singles Support System I proposed in my last column is a popular concept. I thank everyone who took the time to write to me about the idea. In case you missed the discussion, here it is in a nutshell. More...

Flying Squirrel

For many people, Hawaii is a dream destination, a bucket list trip. Waikiki or Maui or the Big Island may be as far south as some of us travel in the South Pacific. More...

Breaking News - 2:39 PM

District attorney's office files charges against Westlake coach

Robert Garza, 37, accused of four felonies related to sexual contact with student, 15

A Westlake High School junior varsity basketball and softball coach pleaded not guilty today to all charges stemming from his alleged sexual contact with a 15-year-old female student-athlete over spring break. More...

Easter by the lake

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Board approves second bond study

Will the Thousand Oaks electorate support a property tax increase to benefit local public schools? That’s what an upcoming poll will seek to determine. More...

Community

Mountains protection plan approved

Some laud Local Coastal Program, others see it as government overreach

Environmentalists see the recent approval of the Santa Monica Mountains Local Coastal Program as a milestone. For Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, the April 10 vote in favor of the new land-use plan was a personal victory. More...

May 10 political debate will be streamed live on web

Local Congressional, Assembly candidates will field questions

Candidates vying to represent Ventura County in the California Assembly and U.S. House of Representatives will participate in a public forum on Sat., May 10 at California Lutheran University. More...

Police warn about phone scams

Scammers posing as officials from the Ventura County Superior Court are attempting to steal money—and personal information— from county residents. More...

On the Town

Young actors excel in folksy comedy

Mark Twain classic brought to life

Aw shucks, High Street Arts Center delivers a dose of homespun rural humor in a charming adaptation of Mark Twain’s 1876 classic, “Tom Sawyer,” now playing at the Moorpark theater. More...

Art majors display work

California Lutheran University will present its annual spring art exhibit showcasing the work of graduating art majors from April 25 through May 18 in the William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art at 160 Overton Court in William Rolland Stadium on the Thou More...

Mel Brooks musical runs in Simi Valley

The Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center’s production of Mel Brooks’ Tony Award-winning musical “Young Frankenstein” will play through May 25 at the arts center, 3050 Los Angeles Ave. Performances are 8 p.m. More...

Sports

Clarke is super man

Newbury Park baseball captain Zander Clarke stars next to brothers Chris and Zach

Zander Clarke was a sophomore batting ninth for the Newbury Park High baseball team. In other words, he was an afterthought. More...

Conejo Oaks seeks host families

The Conejo Oaks college wood-bat baseball team is looking for families to host players. The college ball players will need a place to stay from the end of May to the end of July. Conejo Oaks starts its season on June 1. More...

Community will celebrate life of local baseball coach

Mark Davis memorial is 10 a.m. Sunday in Westlake

Mark Davis, a beloved baseball coach in the Conejo Valley, will be honored during a ceremony on Sunday. Davis died from an apparent heart attack on Jan. 18 at the age of 51. More...

Pets

Compassion defies stereotype

Shortly after settling in as a rural Agoura resident, I allowed a distance to open between my new world and the isolated Trancas Canyon property where I’d lived previously. More...

Pet of the week

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Wildlife rehab center invites public in for a look around

The California Wildlife Center will host a free spring open house from noon to 4 p.m. Sun., April 27 at 26026 Piuma Road, Calabasas. More...

Faith

Baptist pastor reaches milestone

Simi Valley church celebrates 30 years with beloved leader

The Rev. Dennis Chapman has spent 47 years serving God. The longtime pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Simi Valley believes his profession was a calling. As a teenager, the Pacoima native aspired to become a firefighter. More...

Film looks at role of nuns in America

“Women and Spirit: Catholic Sisters in America,” a one-hour film about the role nuns have played and the impact they have had in shaping the nation’s social, cultural and spiritual landscapes, will be shown on Wed., April 30 at Padr More...

The Art of Being

What is growing in your mind garden? One morning, I stepped out onto our second-story balcony and noticed one of our herbal flower boxes had become host to one of the largest weeds I have ever seen in captivity. More...

Letters

Tree debacle was politics as usual

In the words of Gordon Gecko, “Greed is good.” In the name of greed, how many healthy trees were unceremoniously cut down to make room for more parking? How many new shopping areas will this allow? More...

Plaza mishap an abomination

Thank you for the coverage of the brutal killing of trees at the Regency property at the corner of Westlake and Agoura. More...

Was arborist on the up and up?

Like many residents I was shocked and saddened to see the unnecessary removal of trees at Westlake Plaza. Are we really supposed to believe that all these trees are now suddenly in such poor health and a public hazard that they need to be removed? More...

Editorials

Local grape growers feeling crushed

We love our homes in the Conejo and Las Virgenes valleys, nestled neatly against the pristine Santa Monica Mountains. There aren’t many places we’d rather live. More...

Political Cartoon

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Decision to remove oaks not taken lightly

Much has been written about the $25-million renovation to Westlake Plaza on social media and handed out in fliers. However, much of what has been stated is inaccurate. More...