July 21, 2016 RSS feed / Front Page

Outpouring of support may not save couple’s Thousand Oaks home

In their darkest hours, an elderly Thousand Oaks couple has found solace in the kindness of strangers. More...

Health & Wellness

When things go wrong at sea

U.S. Coast Guard has advice for summer boating

It was just days after the U.S. Coast Guard’s 11th annual Safe Boating Expo this past May. Lt. Thomas Wieland peered through his binoculars while cruising Channel Islands Harbor in the Oxnard station’s 45-foot response boat. More...

Calwest Surgical Institute welcomes new medical professionals

Two medical professionals have joined the staff at Calwest Head and Neck Surgical Institute in Thousand Oaks: Dr. Kimanh Nguyen and Ryan Jordan, physician assistant. More...

Float plans, life jackets among safety tips

The Coast Guard offers these boating safety tips: Always wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket. Make sure everyone on board wears one. File a float plan. More...

Calendar

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THURS., JULY 21 Conejo Valley Bonsai Society 7:30 p.m. at Westlake Village Community Center, 31200 Oak Crest Drive. Bring trees for a workshop. Phone: 805.495.7480. Conejo Valley Amateur Radio Club More...

Schools

District’s move off Kelley Road half done

M&O now in Rancho Conejo complex

After weeks of packing and then unpacking, Conejo Valley Unified has finished the relocation of its maintenance and operations center. The less-than-a-mile move from 310 E. Kelley Road to 667 Rancho Conejo Blvd. had been a year in the making. More...

CVUSD launches homeschool program ahead of 2016-17 school year

Conejo Valley Unified hopes the launch of a new homeschool- ing program will attract more families to the district. More...

Student honored by Congress

OCS senior earns Gold Congressional Award Medal

Oaks Christian School senior Elizabeth Sams recently earned the Gold Congressional Award Medal in recognition of her achievements in community service and the arts. More...

Pets

CRITTER TAIL

This gull had some gall

There’s an ornate, multitiered fountain buttressed by roaring lions at Northgate Plaza in Thousand Oaks. From its top, water pours into three increasingly larger basins to finally spill into an ample tiled pool shaped like a fleur-de-lis. More...

Pet of the Week

BROODING—Eleven yellow-and-brown chicks about 3 months old are ready tofind a home. You can adopt one or more. If you would like to adopt a chick, ask for ID Nos. A4970806-A4970816 at the Agoura Hills Animal Shelter, 29525 Agoura Road. More...

Faith

Faith community wants to deliver care packages to refugees

The Conejo Valley Interfaith Association Women’s Network is collecting items to put in welcome baskets for refugee families. Hundreds of bars of soap, toothbrushes, sheets, pillows and other standard household items have been collected. More...

God fits us like a glove

Sometimes God uses the strangest means to get our attention. God tells the prophet Jeremiah to buy a brand-new linen loincloth, a type of underwear. He is to put it on but not to wash it (Jeremiah 13:1-11). More...

T.O. church offering free VBC

Oakbrook Bible Church will host a free Vacation Bible Camp for children ages 5 to 12 from 9:30 a.m. to noon Mon. through Fri., July 25 to 29 at the church, 480 W. Gainsborough Road, Thousand Oaks. This year’s theme is Olympic Games. More...

Columns

Travel, believe it or not, getting easier with every year

There’s a lot to complain about in the world of travel. More...

Companionship is quite a voyage

Often readers ask me where I get my ideas and inspirations for this column. Sometimes I wonder myself. Believe me, I definitely get that sinking feeling when I sit down at my computer to write and nothing flows easily. More...

Amateur radio class offered

The Conejo Valley Amateur Radio Club will offer four-week amateur radio licensing classes starting Sat., July 23 in the conference room of the East County Sheriff’s Station, 2101 E. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. More...

Mitnick’s grounds for termination: dishonesty

Thousand Oaks City Manager Scott Mitnick was fired this month with cause and therefore will receive no severance, according to the terms of his contract. Mitnick would otherwise have been entitled to $260,000, or one year’s salary. More...

The man with the plans

Behind the scenes, John Prescott did much to help shape the Thousand Oaks we know today

If you like what you see when you look around Thousand Oaks, you can thank John Prescott. More...

Conejo Valley school board race under the spotlight

Early challengers emerge

Two recent controversies faced by Conejo Valley Unified School District have spawned two candidates in this fall’s election. Monday was the first day to file to run in the race for two open seats. More...

Community

With 9 out of 10 cities in support, transit tax headed for vote

The Ventura County Board of Supervisors have taken the final step to put a half-cent sales tax increase on the ballot. More...

Work on local roads begins soon

Officials pledge ‘no cape seal’

The city’s first major street resurfacing effort in two years will get underway in August. In all, about 24 miles of Thousand Oaks streets are scheduled for resurfacing. More...

Waitress served up breakfast with smiles

Longtime server’s retirement doesn’t go unnoticed at ENT

For the past 28 years, Merry Gorgita’s warm smile—and the inviting aroma of Swedish pancakes—have greeted diners at Eggs ‘N’ Things, the city’s longest-standing breakfast spot. More...

On the Town

PLAY REVIEW

‘Mermaid’ a splash hit for Cabrillo

‘The Little Mermaid’ More...

Stand-up stars in T.O.

The next #Comedy show will be presented at 8 p.m. Sat., July 23 at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive. More...

‘Trials’ of a 20-something

Actress riffs about modern-day dating

The Hillcrest Center for the Arts will host a one-woman musical comedy by Bailey Thompson at 8 p.m. Fri. and Sat., July 22 and 23 at 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. More...

Sports

Payton pays it forward

Cleveland Browns rookie from Oaks Christian directs free football camp for 200 youngsters

Jordan Payton made a pit stop at his alma mater before heading off to his first NFL training camp with the Cleveland Browns. More...

Westlake youngster thrives at golf, baseball

Mighty Cooper Greenwood is state golf champ, PONY baseball All-Star

Cooper Greenwood was one 20-foot putt away from victory on June 28 at the Rio Hondo Golf Club in Downey. A U.S. Kids Golf California State Championship was on the line for an 8-year-old boy ready to wrap up one wild weekend. More...

Bachman is back

Dynamic slot receiver wants to make impact in sophomore season

COLLEGE FOOTBALL /// Wake Forest Alex Bachman is ready to step into a larger role this fall. Bachman, an incoming sophomore receiver for Wake Forest University’s football team, played sparingly last season. More...

Police

SHERIFF’S BLOTTER

Newbury Park July 8 A 26-year-old woman was arrested at the La Quinta Inn on Newbury Road for engaging in prostitution. More...

Family

Cabrillo offers free shows for kids

Cabrillo Music Theatre is teaming up with local businesses to provide the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley and other area nonprofits serving low-income youths an opportunity to experience live theater at no cost. More...

Camarillo has accessible playground of its own

When Newbury Park resident Jessica Stoop first brought her three children to play at local parks two years ago, the experience was anything but fun. More...

Letters

Time for ‘we the people’ to fix nation’s woes

The American people are angry and tired of the current political and social climate we’re in, which makes fertile ground for the mentally disturbed and hatemongers who have no reluctance to kill and maim others and are doing so far too frequent More...

Elected officials shouldn’t align with hate groups

I was appalled when I saw the cover photo on the latest Acorn of current Ventura County Supervisor and former Thousand Oaks Councilmember Linda Parks apparently aligning herself with the Black Lives Matter movement, all while standing behind a banner More...

Military banner program would be right for T.O.

With regard to the revitalization of Thousand Oaks Boulevard, a subject that continues to provoke heated debate, would it perhaps be possible to take a “baby step” that all City Council members and citizens could, and should, agree upon w More...

Editorials

Editorial

In Prescott: a role model for all public servants

Admit it. For a city as young as Thousand Oaks (51 years), people here sure love to reminisce. More...