February 4, 2016 RSS feed / Front Page

TOHS band program ordered to return illegally collected dues

Request to pay for concert attire found out of compliance with state law

Thousand Oaks High School has admitted in a letter to parents that fees collected for its marching band program were in violation of state law. Signed by TOHS Principal Lou Lichtl and Band Director Marty Martone, the letter, dated Jan. More...

Health & Wellness

Cancer research walk this month

Event is Feb. 20 in Westlake Village

The eighth annual Lustgarten Westlake Village Pancreatic Cancer Research Run/Walk will take place Sat., Feb. 20. The walk leaves from Westlake Village City Hall, 31200 Oak Crest Drive. More...

Age is just a Number

60-something trainer setting goals

Tom Rauscher tilted his head back and took a long drink of water. His bulging chest and muscular arms trickled with sweat as he wiped his forehead with a towel. More...

Make life easier for mom, dad

For seniors trying to make their savings stretch, spending on home repairs or new appliances can cause a lot of anxiety. Many are concerned, sometimes rightfully, about whether they will outlive their money. More...

Calendar

Calendar

THURS., FEB. 4 Marines, FMF Corpsmen More...

Schools

Community college district offices bound for Camarillo

Headquarters leaving Ventura

Ventura County Community College District will not renew a rental agreement amounting to $400,000 a year for its headquarters in Ventura but will instead buy a nearly 40,000-square-foot office building in Camarillo for its main offices, district offi More...

Private school to dedicate library in name of black leader

Carden Conejo School is establishing the Charles V. Bush Library during Black History Month on its Thousand Oaks campus. The opening and dedication will be at 11 a.m. Wed., Feb. 24 at the school, 975 Evenstar Ave. More...

Students serve community in honor of MLK

Adventist elementary school pupils clean up campus, visit retirement homes

DAY OF SERVICE—Students from Conejo Adventist Elementary School spent Jan. 15 as a day of service in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. More...

Business

Simi native rolls into Conejo with mobile bike shop

Whether taking on bike trails around Simi Valley or climbing the path to the top of the Haleakala crater in Maui, Alex Knott has never shied away from a challenging bicycle ride. More...

Faith

‘Shrek’ writer shares wild ride

Successful screenwriter hosted by Jewish Academy

Emmy Award- nominated writer David N. More...

Don’t let daily pressures distract from God’s peace

We don’t have to look far to find things that complicate our day. A restless night of sleep disturbed by constant nightmares can set our whole morning off track, like little fingers jabbing at the center of our joy. More...

Temple to install new leader

Temple Adat Elohim, a 600-family Reform Jewish congregation in Thousand Oaks, will officially install Rabbi Andrew Straus as its new spiritual leader during Shabbat services at 7:30 p.m. Fri., Feb. 26 at the temple, 2420 E. Hillcrest Drive. More...

Letters

Pastor explains reasons for selling church

Thank you for the article “Manna on the Move” (Jan. 21) and for sharing the good news of the food bank’s pursuit to purchase/ obtain the church property on Oak View Drive. More...

Trampoline park a greatfit for former Kmart

Regarding the old Kmart site on Hampshire Road, my 18-yearold had an idea I haven’t heard anyone bring up yet. More...

Without relocation, lions doomed to die

Regarding the mountain lions in our area, according to Jeff Sikich, National Park Service biologist, these animals are pretty much doomed. Why? More...

Editorials

EDITORIAL

When turning over stones, don’t forget the boulder

For those who haven’t been following along closely, this may come as a surprise: The City of Thousand Oaks is mulling a halfcent sales tax increase. More...

Action required

Council receives report on fiscal challenges

Barring an unforeseen windfall from the state, Thousand Oaks is left with three unattractive options for addressing both its short-term and long-term fiscal challenges: raise taxes, cut spending or both. More...

‘Just glad it was somebody’

Father thankful son was saved

It was 2 in the morning when Brad Kyle received word that his eldest son was in the emergency room at Los Robles Hospital— he’d been in a fiery car crash. More...

Community

Cyclists will hit T.O., Newbury Park, Westlake

Amgen Tour of California in town May 17

Taking off from the Amgen campus in Newbury Park, the pack of world-class cyclists will head south on Borchard to Reino before making a sharp left turn on Potrero. More...

Felons may apply to have records cleared under Prop 47

When 2014’s Proposition 47 reclassified several nonviolent lowlevel felonies as misdemeanors, it offered those previously arrested the opportunity to rewrite their criminal record books. More...

Citizens called to provide input

Two opportunities left to contribute to forestry plan

About 20 residents took advantage of an opportunity offered by the city on Saturday to make suggestions about the types of trees, shrubs and flowers that should be used in public medians and rights of way. More...

On the Town

FOR THE RECORD

Comedian Paula Poundstone will be appearing at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza on March 5, not Feb. 5, as was reported last week. More...

‘Funny Thing’ stars find inspiration in classic comedians

A funny thing has come to the Scherr Forum in Thousand Oaks with the arrival of Stephen Sondheim’s 1962 musical “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.” The show runs now through Valentine’s Day. More...

Head down the yellow brick road

Young Artists Ensemble will present the musical “The Wizard of Oz,” with music from the 1939 movie, Feb. 5 through 21 in the Theatre on the Hill at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. More...

Sports

Even at 50, Davis remains ‘Iron Man’

Westlake resident qualifies for Ironman World Championship, 30 years afterfirst trip to Kona triathlon

Scott Davis kept pumping away during the cycling portion of the Wildflower Triathlon at Lake San Antonio on April 30, 2011. More...

Greding the grappler gets it done

Warrior wrestler is a soft-spoken leader who delivers wins and pins on the mat

Chandler Greding doesn’t have much in common with his favorite fighter, UFC trash talk king Conor McGregor. Greding, a Westlake High wrestler, doesn’t belittle his opponents. More...

Westlake girls’ soccer team is No. 1 in Division 2 poll

WARRIORS SURGE TO THE TOP—The Westlake High girls’ soccer team skyrocketed up to No. 1 in the CIF-Southern Section Division 2 poll this week. The Warriors were ranked eighth last week. More...

Pets

With skunks,first impressions stink

CRITTER TAIL Beastly mamas with the wildest lifestyles may make the most devoted mothers. In the animal world, at least. Yet for all the lessons and precautions she provides, her little ones often have minds of their own. More...

Pet of the Week

LOVES TO PLAY—Gracie is a female white-and-gray tabby domestic shorthair mix about 4 years old. She gets along well with cats, dogs and children. She has a heart condition that requires inexpensive medicine. More...

City-sponsored event to offer dog licenses

Low-fee vaccinations will be available as well Sat., Feb. 6

The City of Thousand Oaks and Los Angeles County Animal Care and Control will conduct a low-fee vaccination clinic and dog licensing event from 10 a.m. to noon Sat., Feb. 6 at City Hall, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. More...

Family

Paid Forward

Family caregivers get recognition they deserve
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Scaring up funds for Make-A-Wish

Popular haunted house going up for one night only

The Reign of Terror, a haunted house at Janss Marketplace that’s typically open only in October, will “raise the dead” for one night—Sat., Feb. 13— in an effort to raise money for Make-A-Wish Tri-Counties. More...

Surprise your loved one with a love note

PROMOTIONAL Since Valentine’s Day is the perfect time for sharing your love, why not let the community’s most-read news source help you do it? More...

Columns

Forget the hammer and nail, can you wield a keyboard?

There’s not much worse for a writer than sitting down to compose the perfect piece and the computer acts up, the system is down, a program needs updating or something equally annoying occurs. More...

Native cacti make their point

Only four members of the cactus family occur naturally in the Santa Monica Mountains, and that’s certainly enough for anyone who has ever encountered coast cholla. More...