November 20, 2014 RSS feed / Front Page

Westlake HS coach suing parent for $1 million

Suit alleges libel; parent says he was simply exposing wrongdoing

Rob Bloom, head coach of the Westlake High School boys’ basketball team, is suing the parent of a former player for $1 million, claiming the parent committed libel by sending out scores of emails and letters over the course of two years that so More...

Vote coming on proposed off-leash areas

Dog-friendly zones may be added at three parks

In an effort to reduce the number of dogs roaming free in local parks, the Conejo Recreation and Park District board of directors will vote tonight on a plan to add off-leash areas at three CRPD properties. More...

Health & Wellness

City of Hope expands to county

City of Hope has opened a new cancer treatment center in neighboring Simi Valley. Dr. Harlan Levine, CEO of City of Hope Medical Foundation, said the center will make a difficult process easier. More...

On the Town

Cabrillo rises like phoenix for ‘Memphis’

Show’s final performance is Sunday

Rising from the abyss after a frantic summer fundraising campaign, Cabrillo Music Theatre has emerged with a smashing version of “Memphis,” its first show of the 2014-15 season. More...

A special holiday gift

Classic tale redone as musical

The Hillcrest Center for the Arts in Thousand Oaks will present “Gift of the Magi: The Musical” at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays from Dec. 5 through 21 at 403 W. Hillcrest Drive. More...

Former ‘Idol’ star sings Christmas classics

Handbell choir made up of local musicians to join Brooke White

Singer-songwriter Brooke White, a former “American Idol” contestant, will present her annual Hometown Christmas Concert at 7:30 p.m. Thurs., Dec. 11 at the Scherr Forum Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. More...

Schools

Science goes awry in ‘Algernon’

Student actors play head games

Too much knowledge can be a dangerous thing. The Westlake High School theater arts department explores the human condition with its fall drama “Flowers for Algernon,” playing tonight through Saturday. More...

CLU celebrates global learning

This week, California Lutheran University is celebrating International Education Week through Nov. 21 on its Thousand Oaks campus by highlighting its international students and study abroad programs. More...

Staging a comeback

Newbury Park High School’s drama department has been undergoing a series of leadership changes over the past few years, but with the arrival of Marilyn Strange, stability has returned. More...

Business

Somosa of that

For anyone who craves a taste of Indian food, Akash Cuisine of India in Thousand Oaks is the place to be. More...

T.O. Acura earns award for saving energy

Acura of Thousand Oaks has earned the Acura Environmental Leadership Award as a leader in the company’s effort to reduce the environmental impact of dealerships in communities around the nation. More...

Sassafras Skin Care opens on Moorpark Road

Kristen Jaffe, owner of Sassafras Skin Care, has joined with Studio C at 627 N. More...

Police

Public's help sought in finding missing person

22-year-old considered "at risk"

A 22-year-old Newbury Park resident has gone missing and the police are asking the public’s help in locating him. More...

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park Nov. 5 A man, 18, was cited in the 2800 block of Wendy Drive for reckless driving. In the 900 block of N. Ventu Park Road, a 26-year-old man was cited for being under the influence of a controlled substance. More...

Deputies check up on sex offenders

Registered sex offenders got an unexpected visit from members of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Offi ce Nov. 8 as part of a routine compliance check. More...

Family

Making the impossible possible

Nonprofit needs public’s help

To fulfill its mission to bring joy and hope to children with lifethreatening medical conditions, Make-A-Wish Tri-Counties needs help stocking their toy shelves for the holidays. More...

Family Men

Houston, we have a piece of candy

Candy! Glorious, magnificent Halloween candy! More...

Farmers market closes for holidays

The Thousand Oaks Farmers Market will close for the winter holidays beginning Thurs., Nov. 27 and will reopen Thurs., Jan. 8. The market runs from 1:30 to 6 p.m. each Thursday at The Oaks mall east end parking lot at Wilbur Road and Hillcrest Drive. More...

Editorials

The lazy minority give all dog owners a bad name

It’s a typical Wednesday afternoon and an AYSO team is in the midst of soccer practice at Fiore Fields when play suddenly comes to a standstill. More...

Political Cartoon

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Bank of the West robbed in Thousand Oaks

Perpetrator caught on camera

Surveillance images have been released of the man who robbed a Thousand Oaks bank Thursday afternoon. More...

It's the most wonderful time of the year

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Policy changes made in wake of Erbes Rd mishaps

Administrator promises better outreach

Lessons learned from missteps during the Erbes Road improvement effort, underway for nearly two years, will change the way the City of Thousand Oaks handles future capital projects, a city official has said. More...

Community

City works to bring Oakbrook businesses into compliance

Some shop owners have been operating outside of approved hours for decades

Cynthia Lee, owner of Plaza Cleaners, says her business at Oakbrook Plaza has been operating for 25 years without any problems. More...

Try before you buy

Winery receives approval to offer wine tasting

A local winemaker will soon be able to pop the cork on a new Thousand Oaks tasting room. More...

Details emerge about deadly crash

The Acorn has learned more about the circumstances that preceded Kevin Hogrefe’s decision to drink and drive last month prior to striking and killing a Ventura County sheriff’s deputy with his car. More...

Calendar

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THURS., NOV. 20 Woodland Hills Woman’s Club 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Woodland HiIls Country Club, 21150 Dumetz Road. Program with students from Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership seminars. Open to all women. Luncheon cost: $25. RSVP requested. More...

Sports

Regents on a roll

Carolena Huseby glanced at the crowd while warming up before the high school girls’ volleyball playoff semifinal match. La Reina’s senior outside hitter was surprised to see St. Paul fans occupy half the gym. More...

Ging keeps going and going and ...

Panther cross country runner stars in ultramarathon (31 miles plus) races

Elizabeth Ging isn’t your typical racer. The Newbury Park High senior doesn’t get a thrill from out-sprinting competitors on the final 100 meters of a cross country race. More...

Teams struggle in postseason

Local high school boys’ and girls’ cross country teams will race on Saturday at the CIF-Southern Section finals at Mt. SAC. More...

Pets

This lizard just needed a friendly lift

There are things we occasionally stumble upon inside our utility sheds that could make your hair stand on end: rattlesnakes, black widow spiders, wasps, mice, an overripe barrel of putrefying compost. More...

Pet of the week

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Shelter offers deep discounts

Ventura County Animal Services is getting in on the Black Friday madness by offering discounted pet adoptions on all dogs and cats. From Fri. through Sun., Nov. 28 to 30, VCAS will reduce the regular $125 adoption fee to $20. More...

Faith

Simi Valley church shares Egyptian traditions

Coptic orthodox has ancient origins

After worship services on a recent Sunday, the Rev. Markos Hanna of Archangel Michael Coptic Orthodox Church in Simi Valley searched for a quiet spot to chat with a visitor. More...

Sunshine Club warms hearts of seniors

The Evelyn Overton Sunshine Club will soon hold orientation sessions for anyone interested in becoming a volunteer for its outreach program for senior citizens. This volunteer program brings companionship to seniors throughout the Conejo Valley. More...

Fresh perspective

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Letters

A little can mean a lot to a veteran

On Veterans Day I decided to take advantage of a couple of the generous offers extended to veterans and active military at area restaurants. More...

New EV chargers charge too much

As reported in the Nov. 13 Acorn article “Need a charge?” Blink electric vehicle chargers have been installed at various city-owned locations around Thousand Oaks. The article failed to mention what a disservice this is to the community. More...

No one follows 55 mph limit

As a public service, could the Acorn run a diagram or a map highlighting the 55-mph zone that we have because of the ongoing construction? I’m on the 101 at numerous times during the week. More...

Columns

On the Trail

A breath of fog

Just as a wildfire is said to generate its own weather, so it seems to be with fog. A series of vast fog banks converged on the Malibu coast recently. More...

Life in the Single Lane

Nothing but the truth

Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters. —Albert Einstein Honestly, I think honesty in the dating world is something we seriously need to discuss here. More...