October 23, 2014 RSS feed / Front Page

Parents the first line of defense in war on opiate abuse

Three years after the death of Thousand Oaks High School football player Griffen Kramer put heroin use in the Conejo Valley under the microscope, area teens continue to abuse the deadly drug and other opioids at an alarming rate. More...

Health & Wellness

Reduce, reuse before recycling

When people repeat the mantra “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle,” why is recycling listed last? More...

Moorpark High grad dies from meningitis

Antibiotics offered to those exposed

Moorpark High School graduate Sara Stelzer died of meningococcal meningitis Oct. 18, a day after being taken off life support. The 18- year- old was a freshman at San Diego State University. More...

Holiday season sees decline in blood donors

Blood donations often decline between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day as people become busy with holiday festivities. Donors are needed in the weeks leading up to the winter holidays to help prevent seasonal declines. More...

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Schools

District mandates Title IX training for all principals

Training covers reporting claims of sexual harassment

One of the issues at the heart of arguably the most controversial matter facing the Conejo Valley Unified School District last spring was sexual harassment. More...

Some parents irked over special ed changes at WHS

When school started in August, many Conejo Valley students had new teachers, principals, vice principals and deans. But one set of students, whose parents say need stability the most, had a rough start. More...

Autumn fun at Weathersfield Elementary

FALL TIME—At right, Tommy Kackert takes the lead in the sack races with Christopher Reynolds, Troy Mishkanian and friends during Weathersfield Elementary’s annual Harvest Festival on Oct. More...

Business

The Shoppes at Westlake Village nearly fully leased

Less than three months after its first tenant, Target, opened in July, the Shoppes at Westlake Village is 98 percent leased, the retail center developer announced last week. Dan Selleck hosted a party at the shopping center Oct. More...

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Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park Oct. 5 A man, 21, was arrested for driving under the influence of drugs in the 2800 block of Camino Dos Rios. Oct. 7 In the 400 block of S. More...

Faith

Radio talk show host to discuss Israel

Lecture will take place at Hyatt Westlake Plaza

The Conejo Jewish Academy will host a lecture with Dennis Prager on the topic of “Why is Israel so Isolated?” at 8 p.m. Thurs., Oct. 30 at the Hyatt Westlake Plaza, 880 S. Westlake Blvd. More...

Choirs combine for inspirational concert

The combined voices of the San Fernando Valley Master Chorale directed by Terry Danne, the St. Martin of Tours Choir directed by Rick Wilkinson and the St. More...

Talk examines anti-Semitism

Jack Saltzberg, the founder of StandWithUs, an international nonprofit organization, will give a presentation on “The War in Israel: Beyond the Middle East,” including a discussion on how Jews can combat anti-Semitism on college campuses, More...

Letters

Bond won’t solve water problems

Regarding the Acorn’s recent pro-water bond editorial: Proposition 1, the state water bond, is a bad investment for California and a $14-billion burden to taxpayers. More...

Measure I gains union support

The Unified Association of Conejo Teachers has voted to recommend a “yes” vote on Measure I. More...

Trees still not safe in city

During the Oct. 13 planning commission meeting there was an outrageous and stunning betrayal of the good faith of Thousand Oaks citizens. More...

Editorials

T.O. voters in prime position to swing critical elections

Fewer than one in four registered Ventura County voters filled out a ballot for the June 5 primary, resulting in the lowest turnout for a non-special election of any kind in the county in at least 20 years. More...

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FROM THE EDITOR

Please be aware: The Thousand Oaks Acorn will continue its long-standing policy of not publishing any campaign-related letters in the last edition (Oct. 30) before Election Day. The only campaign-related letters that will be permitted in the Oct. More...

Street Scene

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Oak tree removal called into question

Townhome development meets with opposition

A developer looking to construct 26 townhomes near Thousand Oaks Boulevard will have its second date with the Thousand Oaks Planning Commission on Monday. More...

Community

Jones: ‘ombudsman of the people’

A former Thousand Oaks City Council member and county supervisor, Ed Jones returned to public life after retiring from teaching four years ago when he ran for and won a seat on the Conejo Recreation and Park District board. More...

Fox walks in the footsteps of Fiore

Council’s unquestioned leader headed for sixth term

Poring over stacks of applications and resumes near the end of 1989, Councilmember Bob Lewis, a former soldier in the U.S. Army, was on a mission to break tradition. More...

Briefs

Accused WHS coach scheduled for prelim A Westlake High School softball and basketball coach charged with having sex with a 15-year-old female student during the 2013-14 school year is due back in court Nov. 5. More...

On the Town

Take a trip to the dark side at CLU exhibit

Halloween night reception will kick off ‘Running with Scissors’

California Lutheran University will exhibit artwork with a dark side through Sat., Nov. 22. A Halloween night reception will take place at 7 p.m. Fri., Oct. More...

Yoga fest fundraiser to feature music

Rock It 2 the Core, a rock music and yoga festival at Calabasas High School on Nov. 1, will benefit the charity Unlikely Heroes, a group that works to identify, rescue and rehabilitate child victims of sex trafficking. More...

Youth orchestra teams up with pop artists for special one-night performance

Music of ’50s and ’60s featured

Conejo Valley Youth Orchestra will present its inaugural CVYO Goes Pops!, a benefit concert, at 3 p.m. Sun., Nov. 2 in the Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. Bill Benson will conduct the orchestra. More...

Sports

The Acorn’s High School Football Game of the Week

Oaks Christian Lions (4-3) vs. St. Bonaventure Seraphs (4-3) Friday, 7:30 p.m. Larrabee Stadium in Ventura The Lions and Seraphs have had a brief but torrid history. More...

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Pets

Ojai Raptor Center opens doors for one weekend only

Guests can see hawks, falcons and eagles

The Ojai Raptor Center will host an open house from noon to 4 p.m. Sun., Oct. 26 at 370 Baldwin Road, Ojai. More...

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Dog walkers promote cancer research in WLV

The third annual American Cancer Society Bark for Life Westlake event will kick off with opening ceremonies at 11 a.m. Sun., Nov. 2 at Berniece Bennett Park, 31800 Village Center Road, Westlake Village. More...

Obituaries

PATRICIA A. COLVIN

Sept. 16, 1934 – Oct. 14, 2014

Patricia A. Colvin, 80, of Sarasota, Fla., formerly of Thousand Oaks, passed away on Oct. 14. Born on Sept. 16, 1934 in Danville, Ill., she is the daughter of the late Clayton and Anne Donovan Miller. More...

Family

Event asks supporters to Stand Up for Kids

Late Richard Grossman honored

More than 3,600 children attend the six Boys & Girls Clubs from Calabasas to Thousand Oaks, but not a single child can enjoy the organization’s programs and activities without the support of a giving community. More...

Carve pumpkins at Conejo Y

Kids can get an early start on their Halloween activities at the Conejo Valley YMCA’s Halloween Family Fun Night, 6 to 8 p.m. Fri., Oct. 24 at the Y’s community room, 4031 N. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. More...

Stagecoach Inn scares up some fun

The Stagecoach Inn Museum will hold its annual Halloween Pumpkin Festival from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Sat., Oct. 25 at 51 S. Ventu Park Road in Newbury Park. More...

Columns

Life in the Single Lane

Happy ‘0’ Birthday! A friend of mine since I was 8 recently wished me a Happy “0” Birthday. She told me a pal of hers from Switzerland said that’s how her countrymen refer to decade birthdays. More...

Eye on the Conejo

Saving water a necessity If California doesn’t have at least three wet winters in a row, water experts say, our drought will reach historic proportions. More...