September 11, 2014 RSS feed / Front Page

Westlake area hit by string of home burglaries

In the middle of a Saturday night in mid-February, as her family slept, burglars broke into Alison McLane’s garage in the Westlake portion of Thousand Oaks and into two cars then fled with $5,000 worth of items and her husband’s car. More...

Health & Wellness

Sowing the seeds of interest

Classes offered in master gardening

The University of California Cooperative Extension is seeking Ventura County residents who are interested in becoming Master Gardeners in 2015. More...

Free disposal events are for T.O. residents only

Thousand Oaks residents will be able to take advantage of two free disposal events this month: a document shredding event on Sat., Sept. 20 and the Simi Valley Landfill and Recycling Day on Sun. Sept. 21. More...

‘Call of the Wild’ fundraiser to benefit rehab center

California Wildlife Center, a nonprofit wildlife rehabilitation facility, will host “The Wild Brunch: Call of the Wild,” the organization’s 16th annual celebration benefiting native wildlife, from noon to 4:30 p.m. Sun., Sept. More...

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THURS., SEPT. 11 Independent Writers Of Southern California 10 a.m. to noon at office of Supervisor Linda Parks, 625 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. Casual, no fees. Contact: Sharon Schnell. Phone: 805.388.0260. Email: sharon_ schnell@yahoo.com. More...

Schools

Many blessings: La Reina celebrates 50th anniversary

Catholic all-girls school marks major milestone

Sr. Mary Josanne Furey, who served 13 years as principal of La Reina High School beginning in 1970, said the Catholic school for girls surpassed her dream for the future. More...

A path for learning

St. Patrick’s Day School dedicates trail from campus to nearby park

WALKWAY—At right, the Rev. David Galletly of St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church shares a blessing at the start of St. More...

DAC gets lessons in open meetings law

Members of the Conejo Unified School District Advisory Board got a lesson Tuesday about a law many members didn’t even know existed, one that they may have unknowingly violated. More...

Business

Pieology to open second Conejo Valley location

A new Pieology Pizzeria franchise will occupy the space vacated by Zpizza at the Westlake Village Marketplace shopping center, the Acorn has learned. More...

Chamber has new sales manager

Heather Macaulay of Newbury Park has been hired as the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce’s membership sales manager. More...

Eye On Local Area Stocks

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Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park Aug. 28 A 23-year-old man was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia in the 600 block of Rancho Conejo Boulevard. Aug. 29 In the 1300 block of Ramona Drive, a man, 50, was arrested for possession of marijuana for sale. More...

Faith

High holidays near

Local synagogues preparing for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur

Synagogues throughout the Conejo and Las Virgenes valleys are preparing for the High Holidays, the holiest days of the year in the Jewish calendar. Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, will be celebrated from Sept. 24 through 26. More...

Food sets the stage

Oak Park family demonstrates how to celebrate with traditional feast

Family, food and traditions make the Jewish holidays special for Bonnie and Craig Kronfeld of Oak Park. Each year, the Kronfeld clan collaborates on menus featuring recipes that have been passed down through the family for generations. More...

Torah ark to be inaugurated

A 100-year-old Torah ark will be inaugurated for ritual use by the Chabad Jewish Center of Newbury Park at a formal ceremony, followed by lunch and festivities, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sun., Sept. 14 at the center, 350 Via Las Brisas. More...

Family

Family Men

Tooth for a tooth, eye for school supplies I don’t remember my school sending home a list of supplies to buy when I was a kid. From what I recall, my parents bought what they thought I’d need. More...

Fresh from the vine

Annual Pick-Your-Own Roma Tomatoes event at Underwood Farms draws fresh-grown enthusiasts

RIPE ROMAS—At top, lan Dubrovo, left, of Newbury Park and Joe Ieraci of Agoura Hills push their wheelbarrows full of tomatoes for checkout at the annual Pick-Your-Own Roma Tomatoes event on Aug More...

Event will offer insights into Backbone Trail

Outdoor enthusiasts who want to tackle the Backbone Trail, one of the most popular treks in the Santa Monica Mountains, are invited to a drop-in question and answer session from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sun., Sept. More...

Editorials

Distracted driving laws should apply to everyone

As motorists, we’re reminded repeatedly how dangerous—not to mention illegal—it is to drive while distracted. More...

Political Cartoon

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T.O. cobra attention is striking

Fear of a flash of white and a lethal bite put Thousand Oaks in the limelight from the sunny shores of the Southland to those of jolly old England last week when a white monocled cobra was on the loose in the city for four days. More...

Still no end in sight on Erbes Road

Difficulty obtaining easements delays construction

The slated completion date of an $11.7-million project to widen Erbes Road and make other major improvements on the Thousand Oaks street has been pushed back again, this time to early spring. More...

Community

Longshot Kashkari undeterred

Gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari rallied Republican voters in Simi Valley last week, declaring his belief that, despite trailing by 16 percentage points in the polls, he can defeat Gov. Jerry Brown in his bid for a fourth term in November. More...

Newbury Park exterminator bugged by the pace of city problem-solving

Editor’s note: The order in which candidate spotlights appear was chosen by a random draw. When he was 28, Raymond Sobrino Jr. underwent a major brain operation to stop the seizures he had suffered since he was a child. More...

Council candidates will square off in forum hosted by League of Women Voters

The League of Women Voters of Ventura County, a nonpartisan political organization, will host a forum for candidates running in the Nov. 4 Thousand Oaks City Council election from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mon., Sept. More...

On the Town

Rising Seattle star sets sights on T.O.

Mary Lambert, the featured vocalist and songwriter on Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ award-winning song “Same Love,” makes her only Southern California appearance at 8:30 p.m. Fri., Sept. More...

#Comedy presents latest offering

Returning for the fifth time, HashtagComedy brings Hollywood’s headlining comics to Thousand Oaks for an evening of entertainment under the stars from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Sat., Sept. 13 in the courtyard at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. More...

Concert marks brightest moon

California Lutheran University’s Department of Languages and Cultures, as well as the Pacific Pearl Music Association and the Center for Asian Performing Arts, will present a free Chinese Moon Festival concert at 7 p.m. Sat., Sept. More...

Sports

The Acorn’s High School Football Game of the Week

Agoura Chargers (1-1) vs. Newbury Park Panthers (2-0)

Friday, 7 p.m. Newbury Park High By Eliav Appelbaum eliav@theacorn.com The Panthers’ homecoming game features a very familiar foe. More...

Other local football matchups

Thousand Oaks (2-0) at Highland (1-0) More...

Weekend schedule

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Pets

Meet photographer who captured ‘Hollywood Lion’

The Santa Monica Mountains Fund invites the public to an evening campfire event to meet award-winning National Geographic photographer Steve Winter from 5:30 to 9:30 Tues., Sept. 30 at Calamigos Ranch, 327 Latigo Canyon Road, Malibu. More...

Pet of the week

A HOME FOR PEGGY—Peggy is a female, blond terrier mix about 2 years old. She is a lovable pet that needs some one-on-one time. If you would like to adopt Peggy ask for ID No. More...

Book looks at cures for pets

Author Sheli Ellsworth will sign her new book, “Confessions of a Pet Au Pair: the ABCs of pet ailments including traditional and homeopathic care” for Books and Brews Night from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Mon., Sept. More...

Obituaries

TUCKER HEINTZ

Tucker Heintz will be remembered by the countless lives he impacted before passing away on August 25, 2014. More...

Carl Carter

1948-2014

Carl Carter passed away Friday the 29th of August at approximately 4:30 in the afternoon. His passing was peaceful and occurred at a Kaiser Permanente Hospital with medical staff attending to his needs. More...

Letters

Patrols needed at peak hours

By most accounts, our beautiful city of Thousand Oaks consistently ranks among the safest in the United States. Our police force does an excellent job of keeping us safe and of responding to emergencies. More...

Give voters info on bond

Regarding the Thousand Oaks Acorn’s Sept. 4 editorial on the Conejo Valley school board and transparency: First of all, well done. I hope the CVUSD board and the superintendent will consider the Acorn’s call to action. More...

D.A.’s office got it wrong

I’m not a cyclist and I did not know Mr. Olin, but I do extend my deepest sympathies to his family. I read the Sept. 4 Acorn article regarding the case of Dep. More...

Columns

Life in the Single Lane

O, solo me, oh As much as I enjoy my single life, there are just some things about it that frustrate the heck out of me. For instance, there’s a little black dress in my closet that I can’t wear because it zips up in the back. More...

The OTHER Side of 50

My whine moment For those who know me, I am more apt to have a “wine” moment than a “whine” moment, but every so often you just gotta give in to complaining. More...