April 23, 2015 RSS feed / Front Page

Health & Wellness

Opportunities abound to become stewards of the environment

Mattress recycling

Even after a law passes requiring a new program to boost recycling, program proponents depend on a large network of government, nonprofits, businesses and the public to turn an idealized vision into an implemented reality. More...

Having words with cancer

Essay contest challenges teens to pen letter to their disease

Students in grades 9 through 12 shared personal, heartfelt stories about their experiences with cancer during the third annual “Dear Cancer, It’s Me” essay contest April 18 at the Cancer Support Community in Westlake Village. More...

On the Town

Multimedia majors offer glimpse into future at CLUFest

Students create exhibits that interact with audience

Interactive virtual displays will highlight the 13th annual CLUFest at California Lutheran University, an event designed to celebrate the unique talents of seniors in the multimedia class. More...

Westlake High gets jazzy in May

Hundreds of young musicians in 60 bands and combos will join together to entertain the community at the ninth annual Jazz Festival at Westlake High School on Sat., May 2. The festival begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 7:30 p.m. More...

Tickets on sale for Ron White’s next T.O. performance

Comedian Ron “ Tater Salad” White, best known as the cigar smoking, scotch drinking funnyman from the Blue Collar Comedy phenomenon, returns to the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza with his new stand-up show, “Nutcracker” at 8 p More...

Sports

No reLAXin’

Local schools battle for playoff spots

Lacrosse season is heating up in Acorn Country. More...

Youngsters are key for Panther softball

Newbury Park freshmen off to a hot start

The Panthers continue to glow on the diamond. Newbury Park High’s softball team (9-3 overall, 0-2 in the Marmonte League) graduated five seniors from the 2014 squad. Two seniors and a cadre of quality freshmen boost the solid core. More...

Pets

Birds hang ‘No Vacancy’ sign at this inn

This spring it seems that numerous bird species have found my humble—but heavily wooded—mobile home lot in rural Agoura listed in some type of avian “Fodor’s Guide to Best Places to Nest.” More...

Pet of the week

READY TO PLAY— Crunchy is a male black terrier mix about 8 years old. He is a sweet dog who likes to play. If you would like to adopt Crunchy, ask for ID No. More...

Dine with dogs and support search and rescue K-9s

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Foundation along with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit and Search and Rescue K-9 Team will host Dining with the Dogs from 2 to 6 p.m. More...

Faith

Service with a heart

Sisters of Notre Dame convey God’s message of hope through action

Nuns are the hands, the eyes and the heart of God. Founded in Germany in 1850, the Sisters of Notre Dame is an international congregation of nuns doing work in 18 countries on five continents. More...

Church fair a chance to meet local nonprofits

The United Methodist Church of Westlake Village’s Outreach and Social Concerns Committee will host a spring fair from 10 a.m. to noon Sun., April 26 at the church, 1049 S. Westlake Blvd. Refreshments will be provided. More...

Briefs

Spiritual concepts the subject of talk Swami Nirviseshananda Tirtha, who hails from the Narayanashrama Tapovanam monastery in Kerala, India, will give a talk on “Qualities of a Spiritual Seeker” at 4 p.m. More...

Columns

Hot Flashes

Hello?

In the ’60s, it was the toothygrinned, Brill-creamed, cheapsuited, clunker-driving Fuller Brush man who appeared without warning. We just slammed the door and sent him packing with his toilet bowl brush dragging behind his broken muffler. More...

Editorials

City Council shouldn’t pass the buck on oak tree debate

It took a single February meeting for the Thousand Oaks City Council to decide to pledge $3 million in taxpayer money toward improving streets at the auto mall, yet it’s been a year and we still haven’t fixed the oak tree ordinance. More...

Political Cartoon

Full Story

CVUSD granted $500,000 to fix PACs

Endowment fund started by city to benefit district's three performing arts centers

For a while now, the upkeep at the Conejo Valley Unified School District’s three performing art centers has been as cosmetic as the stage makeup used by the actors on their stages. More...

Grand Theft Auto: T.O.

Stolen cars not uncommon in the city

A vehicle was reported stolen every two days in Thousand Oaks in the past year, according to police statistics, many of them rented by the perpetrators and never returned to the car agencies. More...

Men admit to ill-fated bank heist

Two local men have pleaded guilty to robbing a Thousand Oaks bank last summer. More...

Community

Council debates next step for Thousand Oaks Boulevard plan

Issue comes up during discussion of goals, priorities

Is the vision for mixed-use development on Thousand Oaks Boulevard unrealistic? More...

No longer alone

Forever Found offers hope, support to victims of human trafficking

Dianne Amato was 16 when she met a pimp in a San Francisco park and he tricked her into going to a hotel room with two other girls. He told her she was going to work for him. He took her shoes and purse so she wouldn’t leave. More...

Major tree planting planned for this weekend

Volunteers will plant nearly 100 trees at three locations in Thousand Oaks this Saturday, including 50 valley oak tree saplings that were donated to the city. Trees are planted every year in the city to mark Earth Day, which was April 22. More...

Calendar

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THURS., APRIL 23 Independent Writers Of Southern California 10 a.m. to noon at County Supervisor office, 625 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. Kenneth Wade discusses how publishers make decisions. No fees. Contact: Sharon Schnell. Phone; 805. More...

Schools

Panthers perform well at Heritage Fest

Newbury Park High School made a strong showing at recent Heritage Festival music competitions. The string orchestra won its first-ever gold rating at the Heritage Festival in San Diego in March. More...

Troop delivers little libraries to local elementaries

Cadettes achieve two Silver projects

BOOK EXCHANGE—Girl Scout Cadette Troop 60614 has been fostering a love of books by installing Little Free Library structures in two elementary schools. More...

High School Hi Lights

Newbury Park Panthers Fri., April 24: Senior picnic tickets for sale through Fri., May 1/student store/8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. School supplies drive through Wed., April 29 Klondike bar challenge/ quad/11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. More...

Business

Father-daughter team has idea for sssssuccess

Simi Valley business turns old bigscreen TVs into habitats for pet snakes

Micaela Kastor is just like any other 11-year-old girl when it comes to hanging out with her friends or playing softball. But unlike many kids her age, she’s also a working entrepreneur with a spine-tingling business. More...

Eye On Local Area Stocks

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T.O. firm launches service for small, medium businesses

HealthTech Advisors Inc. of Thousand Oaks has launched Optivity Group, a new firm that serves small- and medium-sized businesses. More...

Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park April 7 A 56-year-old man was cited for being under the influence of a controlled substance in the 2500 block of Hillcrest Drive. April 8 More...

Family

Family Men

Fitbit sweatshop

Being competitive is work, which is why I don’t like competition. However, that doesn’t mean I don’t compete. Cheaters bring out the competitive spirit in me. More...

Letters

‘Cut three of any three’ proposal defies defense

It’s incredible to me that the planning commission and political leadership in a city named Thousand Oaks would even consider a law that will lead to the wholesale destruction of the incredible historical and ecological legacy from which the ci More...

Westlake Blvd. no place for wall

On April 27, the Thousand Oaks Planning Commission will decide whether the wishes of one relative newcomer to our community will be allowed to outweigh the long-held expectation shared by all Thousand Oaks residents of being able to enjoy open vistas More...

Masseur, not masseuse, named

I realize this is the 350th letter you will have received from members of the grammar police on this topic, but I felt obligated to send it anyway. More...