April 2, 2015 RSS feed / Front Page

T.O. woman, accomplice blamed in death of Long Beach infant

A Thousand Oaks woman is at the center of a high-profile kidnapping-murder case involving a 3-week-old baby found dead in San Diego in January. More...

Health & Wellness

Scouts provide books for young patients

BOOKS GALORE—Girl Scout Troop 60626, made up of six girls from the Thousand Oaks-Westlake area, earned a Silver Award by building, painting, constructing and donating a Little Free Library to t More...

Orthopedic surgeons to speak at joint replacement seminar at Four Seasons

The Valley Hip and Knee Institute of Valley Presbyterian Hospital will host a free jointreplacement seminar from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Sat., April 18 at Four Seasons Westlake Village, 2 Dole Drive. More...

Program looks at self-care

Senior Concerns will host a free seminar, “The Importance of Self-Care for Caregivers,” from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tues., April 28 at 401 Hodencamp Road, T.O. More...

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Schools

Pepperdine picks T.O. resident as next dean

A longtime Thousand Oaks resident has been named dean of the college of letters and science at Pepperdine University. More...

CRPD offers spring break opportunities

Spots are still available for some spring break camps offered through the Conejo Recreation and Park District. Children in Conejo Valley Unified School District are out of class April 3 to 10 for spring break. The camps still taking sign-ups: More...

B&G hosts coed sports

Registration is ongoing for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley’s spring 2015 coed Jr. NBA Basketball League and Sunday Soccer League. Both leagues have begun play. The Jr. NBA Basketball League is open to ages 3 to 10. More...

Business

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Cleaners honored Plaza Cleaners at the Oakbrook Shopping Center, 1730 E. Avenida de Los Arboles, recently earned a CoolCalifornia Award in recognition of its leadership in environmental protection, worker safety and greenhousegas reduction efforts. More...

Conejo tourism website recognized

The Conejo Valley Tourism Improvement District has earned a silver award from the Sacramento Ad Club for its website, www.Conejo.com. The ADDY awards annually recognize the best in advertising in local chapters of the American Advertising Federation. More...

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Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park March 20 A 54-year-old man was cited for illegal camping in a dirt field at Ventu Park Road and the 101 Freeway on-ramp. March 21 More...

Faith

Christians celebrate Easter at churches across the Conejo

List of area services

Following are some of the Easter services offered throughout the Thousand Oaks area. Armenian Apostolic Church of Ventura County 1 Church Road, T.O. 12:15 p.m. Ascension Lutheran Church 1600 E. Hillcrest Drive, T.O. 6:30, 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m. More...

The Art of Being

Recognizing the gift each moment bears

“Appreciation of life itself, becoming suddenly aware of the miracle of being alive, on this planet, can turn what we call ordinary life into a miracle.” — Dan Wakefield I am just now coming out of a weeklong physical challenge, a More...

Church marks 100 years since genocide

In remembrance of the Armenian Genocide’s 100th anniversary, the Ladies’ Society of the Armenian Apostolic Church of Ventura County will present a free concert featuring the works of composer and Westlake Village resident Albert Darakjian More...

Letters

Info on phone scams available

On March 26 I came home to a disturbing message on my phone. Immediately I knew it was a scam as IRS personnel would not speak with citizens as this man did. He had a very heavy accent but of what origin I cannot say. More...

State, city waste water, money

There needs to be more discussion on this water shortage issue. Why doesn’t California desalinate more? It costs money, but so does the current water delivery system. Untold millions are at stake. More...

Reuse residential greywater

A solution to a big part of the water shortage already exists. It’s called residential water reuse. More...

Editorials

Passover and Easter: days of rebirth and joy

This weekend marks two holy days celebrated by millions around the world. Passover, or Pesach, for Jews will begin Friday at sundown. More...

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Cash flow for street, road repair running dry

City finance director projects $4.5-million ongoing deficit

Thousand Oaks will not have the funds necessary to properly maintain its streets and roads if something doesn’t change, John Adams, the city’s finance director, told the City Council last week. More...

Jones tussles with county GOP over endorsements

An invitation for three Thousand Oaks City Council special election candidates to seek the endorsement of the Ventura County Republican Party has sparked a debate about the relevance of partisan support in a nonpartisan race. More...

Community

Council irked by survey omissions

No questions on density, oak trees

Do city residents support mixed- use complexes on Thousand Oaks Boulevard? How do they feel about the density cap enforced by Measure E? More...

Police keep heat on distracted drivers

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and the first week has been designated California Teen Safe Driving Week. Local and state law enforcement agencies are working to increase education and enforcement efforts to reduce distracted driving. More...

County residents peppered with calls from fake IRS agents

Voice over the phone says they’re wanted for tax evasion

As tax season rolls around, authorities are warning there’s an organized group out there that wants to separate citizens from their hard-earned money—and they’re not talking about the IRS. More...

On the Town

Brews, chews and a muse at Agoura’s Ladyface Ale

Beermakers have staying power

“It’s all about the beer,” says Ladyface Ale Companie’s Cyrena Nouzille, who started this unique European-style brewpub and restaurant in Agoura Hills with her husband, Jean-Luc, and brewmaster David Griffiths. More...

Alley Cats do the doo-wop

West Coast Performing Arts Presenters present the Alley Cats starring in “At The Hop: A ’50s and ’60s Doo- Wop Celebration” from 8 to 10 p.m. Fri., April 10 at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. More...

French selection wraps foreign film series

California Lutheran University’s International Film Series will conclude with a free screening of the French movie “Mood Indigo” with subtitles on Wed., April 15 at the Muvico theater, 166 W. Hillcrest Drive. More...

Sports

A win for Kyle and the Kingsmen

8-year-old cancer survivor throws out first pitch for Cal Lutheran University baseball team

Kyle O’Connor was playing first base for the Simi Youth Baseball all-star team last year in Bakersfield when disaster struck. “He started to bleed out on the field,” said Nicole O’Connor, Kyle’s mom. More...

At the end of the rainbow

FEEL THE INTENSITY—The Thousand Oaks Intensity, an AYSO U-12 girls’ soccer team, won the Pot of Gold tournament. More...

Take the cake

The Lions insist they are underdogs. Oaks Christian High’s softball team entered this week with a 14-4 overall record. The squad is ranked No. More...

Pets

Pet of the week

IN TRANSITION—Coco is an altered female cream Lhasa Alpso about 6 years old whose owner died suddenly. More...

National bird reaching new heights on Channel Islands

The 100th bald eagle is expected to naturally hatch and fledge on the California Channel Islands this spring following efforts to reestablish the birds after their disappearance from the islands by 1960. More...

Obituaries

Sampson ‘Sam’ Wyers, Jr.

1925-2015

SAMPSON “SAM” WYERS, JR. PASSED AWAY MARCH 23, 2015. He was born in Stigler, Oklahoma January 10, 1925 to Ruth Oteka Oliphant and Sampson Wyers. He graduated from Stigler High School in 1943 and immediately joined the U.S. Navy. More...

Family

Kids can win Conejo Valley Days ride tickets by reading

Annual carnival puts emphasis on literacy

Just as spring brings wildfl owers to our hillsides and ballgames to our playfields, it also brings Thousand Oaks’ westernthemed carnival to Conejo Creek Park. More...

Don’t miss the derby

Pinewood races open to non-Scouts

The Conejo Valley District of the Boy Scouts of America, Ventura County Council, invites Cub Scouts and non-Scout youths to compete in the Pinewood Derby Race at 11 a.m. Sat., May 2. More...

Family Men

No Peeps, please

Easter’s here and that means Cadbury Creme Eggs, those wonderful chocolate-shelled eggs with that amazing white and yellow fondant filling. Easter just isn’t Easter without my favorite confection. More...

Columns

The OTHER Sid of 50

Busy in retirement

I’ve heard it more than once: “I’m retired, but I’m busier now than I ever was.” More...

On the Trail

Choosing favorites

As evidenced by vivid photos in recent issues of the Acorn, this year has produced an abundance of blooming native plants. The specter of drought still looms, but for now these wildlings have adopted a botanical “carpe diem” ethic. More...