August 14, 2014 RSS feed / Front Page

Overstuffed van overturns, injures 11

Eleven people were injured after a charter van overturned on the 101 Freeway at Lynn Road in Thousand Oaks last Thursday. The accident happened about 2 p.m. More...

Health & Wellness

Brain injury survivors reinvent themselves

Cherie Phoenix has always been fascinated by medicine and psychology. With a registered nurse as a mother, Phoenix learned a lot about the healthcare industry. More...

Breast cancer walk a proud T.O. tradition

Hundreds join in for annual Making Strides 5K

STICKING TOGETHER—Joanie Prince of Westlake Village, Susan Malone of Thousand Oaks, Shirley Dragicevich of Westlake Village and Bonnie Adamick of Westlake Village team up at the third annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K on Saturday o More...

Win-win: turf replacement saves on water, bills

Homeowners rushing to take advantage of limited rebate

Chuck and Gina Jewett hate wasting water. Chuck takes “sailors’ showers,” as he calls them, shutting off water while soaping up. More...

Calendar

Calendar

THURS., AUG. 14 Marine Corps League Detachment 597 6 p.m. at Junkyard Cafe, 3585 Cochran St., Simi Valley. Marines and corpsmen of all ages meet for socializing, dinner and program. Simi Settlers Amateur Radio Club More...

Schools

No community meetings planned to discuss $197M bond

Details going up on district website

It’s been nearly two months since the Conejo Valley Unified school board voted to place a $197-million bond measure on the November ballot, and details on the proposal are still hard to come by for the general public. More...

Classes to resume soon in Conejo Valley Unified

First day of school is Wed., Aug. 27

With the Aug. 27 start of classes for Conejo Valley two weeks out, parents and students are focused on buying backpacks and lunch boxes and planning firstday of-school outfits. More...

Kids can catch a ride to the Boys & Girls Club after school

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley is taking reservations for after-school van transportation to the four local clubs. The transportation will begin in late August and operate on weekdays. More...

Pets

Why a black cat crossing your path is a blessing, not a curse

Sleek, majestic, playful and cuddly—what’s not to like about a black cat? This Sun. Aug. 17, is National Black Cat Appreciation Day, a time to recognize the fine features of these felines and to encourage the adoption of black cats. More...

Love, luck, timing and fate bring a dog home

My friend and I were grooving to the music at a free concert at Westlake Village’s Bennett Park recently when a strange thing happened— but not onstage. More...

Pet of the week

SOFT AS COTTON—Fluffy is an altered white male rabbit with black spots, estimated to be about 8 months old. If you would like to adopt Fluffy ask for ID No. More...

Faith

T.O. resident leads Simi temple

Rabbi Michele Paskow said she loves being part of Congregation B’nai Emet, a small Jewish synagogue in Simi Valley. More...

Grant will allow CLU to further its interfaith curriculum

University receives $8,000 from Teagle Foundation

California Lutheran University recently received an $8,000 grant, funded by the Teagle Foundation and administered by the Interfaith Youth Core, to strengthen interfaith studies in the curriculum. More...

Temple hosts family splash, open house in Oak Park

Temple Etz Chaim will host a “One TEC Family” splash and open house from 1 to 4 p.m. Sun., Aug. 24 at Oak Canyon Community Park, 5600 Holly Tree Drive, Oak Park. The community is welcome. More...

Columns

Life in the Single Lane

Time for a little romance In case you weren’t aware, August is National Romance Awareness Month. But before you say, “Bah humbug” to the whole thing, let’s see what this occasion might hold for singles. More...

Hot Flashes

To dress or not to dress I’m old school. More...

On the Trail

Grumpy Gus and a burro named Edgar My brother’s crabby commentary about the rustic country life of rural Agoura, where I happen to live, used to flow freely. More...

How Amgen shaped a city

Years of tremendous growth preceded the company’s recent turn toward downsizing

No private employer has had a greater impact on the city of Thousand Oaks than Amgen. With 6,000 employees at the company’s headquarters, the drug maker’s footprint in T.O. More...

Magnificent seven

Field of seven will compete for three open seats

Thousand Oaks voters will find fewer choices than they’ve become accustomed to when they go to fill out their ballots this fall. More...

Community

Freeways keeping local lions caged

Lack of genetic diversity a threat to species, ecologist says

Mountain lions managing to survive in the Santa Monica Mountains do so with increasing challenges. More...

Janss CEO: bowling, fun center still happening

‘I think we’re getting close,’ Sigal says

A recreation center with a bowling alley, arcade and bar is on track to open at the Janss Marketplace next year, according to the president of NewMark Merrill, the company that owns the outdoor mall. More...

Pursuit down boulevard ends in arrests

Charges include DUI, hit-and-run

A 31-year-old Oxnard resident is facing felony evading charges after police were led on a short but destructive daytime chase down Thousand Oaks Boulevard on Aug. 4. More...

On the Town

Returning graduates star in Pacific Ballet show

‘Kaleidoscope’ is one night only

The Pacific Festival Ballet will launch its second summer season with the return of the contemporary dance celebration “Kaleidoscope,” featuring guest artists and invited choreographers, at 8 p.m. Sat., Aug. More...

CLU gallery hosts exhibit of oil paintings

The Kwan Fong Gallery of Art and Culture at California Lutheran University will feature the following exhibit. The gallery is in the Soiland Humanities Center at 120 Memorial Parkway on the Thousand Oaks campus. It is open to the public from 8 a.m. More...

A black sheep story

‘My Son the Waiter: A Jewish Tragedy’ opens Aug. 27

The producers behind last year’s production “My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish and I’m in Therapy” return with a new comedy, “My Son the Waiter: A Jewish Tragedy,” starting Wed., Aug. More...

Sports

Writer conquers half marathon

Editor’s note: Acorn sportswriter Gilberto Manzano attempted to relive his high school cross country glory days by competing in the Arroyo Creek Half Marathon last weekend in Simi Valley. More...

Business

Happy hour rush

Local bar owners fighting to succeed in increasingly competitive pub scene

Restaurants and bars along Thousand Oaks Boulevard must come up with new and innovative ways to stand out because the competition is growing. More...

Fit 4 The Cause appoints new director

Fit 4 The Cause has appointed Brian Sullivan to its board of directors. Fit 4 The Cause is a nonprofit organization raising funds for health-related causes through group fitness programs and wellness education throughout the Conejo Valley. More...

EYE ON LOCAL AREA STOCKS

Full Story

Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park July 31 A 31-year-old man was arrested in the 1600 block of Calle Turquesa for threatening to commit a crime that could kill or harm. More...

Family

Sick boy suffers setback in search for furry companion

Family defrauded by service dog provider

When Acorn readers first met 9-year-old Ben Hillard in November 2013, his family was raising funds to buy the sick boy a service dog. He’s still waiting. More...

Reptiles provide thrills

Full Story

Letters

Trails advocate will be missed

Burt Elliott moved mountains to the people by building trails throughout our region, providing hikers access to nature’s beauty. More...

Tree board not open to all

To answer your question on Facebook of where have all the tree people gone—we’re here. We’re just not allowed to be on the ad hoc tree review committee. More...

Tilted Kilt just another bar

I had a good laugh at a recent letter (Acorn, Aug. 7) regarding the Tilted Kilt and the misguided outrage of the letter writer. The idea that a woman who works as a bartender or server of her own free will is somehow a prostitute is absurd at best. More...

Editorials

Local highway repairs bring traffic to a crawl

Traffic is the bane of our Southern California existence. Wherever (and whenever) we go, there it is. But what’s up with the growing congestion on the 101 Freeway in the Conejo and Las Virgenes valleys? More...

Political Cartoon

Full Story

BDCP is no ‘bullet train’

In response to Dwight Moller’s July 31 letter, “Water plan a boondoggle,” on behalf of Calleguas Municipal Water District I would like to provide additional clarity on the Bay Delta Conservation Plan and the benefits for our region. More...