February 15, 2007 RSS feed / Front Page

Residential real estate forecast: Expect both good news and bad

Home prices up, home prices down: It's hard to know where the housing market is headed in today's economic climate. But the experts agree on one thing: Residential real estate isn't the safe haven it used to be. More...

Health & Wellness

Using sippy cups can increase cavity risk

Most parents are well aware of the importance of taking care of their children's teeth, so it comes as a shock when they learn their toddlers have cavities during a checkup. More...

Children's protection center earns national accreditation

Ventura County Safe Harbor West is now officially accredited with the National Children's Alliance. Safe Harbor West is an interview and advocacy center for child physical assault and child and adult sexual assault victims. More...

Eating disorders to be discussed

The National Organization of Women will present a panel discussion, "The Basics of Eating Disorders: How Body Image Affects Us," at 6:30 p.m. Thurs., March 1 at the Grant Brimhall/Thousand Oaks Library, 1401 E. Janss Road. More...

Calendar

THURS., FEB. 15 Soroptimists Soroptimist service club for business, professional women meets 6:30 p.m. Mavericks Seafood and Steakhouse, 5225 Cochran St., Simi Valley. $10 includes hors d'oeuvres, drink, tax, tip. More...

Schools

Women's club scholarship applications now available

Applications are available for scholarships sponsored by the Westlake Women's Club. The awards will go to senior students in the seven Conejo Valley area high schools and continuation schools. The deadline for submission is April 23. More...

Scholarship money available for local student vocalists

The Village Voices Chorale is accepting applications for vocal scholarships. The deadline to apply is Fri., March 9. The scholarships will be awarded to serious music students who wish to pursue a career in vocal music. More...

Sending warm Valentine wishes

GOODIES FOR A GOOD CAUSE- Sycamore Canyon fifth-graders Sarah Hamilton, left, and Bella Antinoro prepare Valentine's Day goodie bags for underprivileged and foster children in Ventura County. More...

Business

Low-interest loans offered to businesses affected by freeze

Low-interest loans will be available to small businesses that have suffered financial losses due to last month's freeze damage to crops, according to Steven C. Preston, administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration. More...

EYE ON LOCAL AREA STOCKS

Prices are updated weekly from the Internet Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. PST. For accuracy check prices with your stock broker. More...

Hafner elected vice president of finance

Mark A. Hafner of Westlake Village has been elected vice president of finance for 2007 at the Commercial Finance Association, a trade organization of the assetbased financial services industry. More...

Police

Notice

No incident reports were processed by East Valley Station in the past week, so there are no items to share. More...

Faith

Church 'celebrates life' with guest lecturer

The Westlake Church of Religious Science will host Barton Goldsmith, PhD, as the guest speaker at the 10 a.m. "Celebration of Life" service Sun., Feb. 18. More...

Suicide bombing survivor speaks at academy

Tzippy Cohen will give a lecture, "We the Living- A Survivor of a Suicide Bombing Speaks" at 8 p.m. Mon., Feb. 26 at the Conejo Jewish Academy, 30345 Canwood St., Agoura Hills. More...

Musical mini-plays presented by area youth

More than 200 youth from throughout Conejo Valley will present six musical mini-plays based on parodies of classic children's books at 6 and 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 35 S. More...

Letters

Gives condolences but sees 'Vietnam all over again'

Regarding the tragic death of yet another American soldier in Iraq, my condolences go out to the Thousand Oaks family of Lance Cpl. Anthony C. Melia, who was tragically killed in Iraq. More...

A salute offered to the Melia family

I was overcome with emotion a few moments ago as I paid my respects to a hero. I watched and bowed my head as the procession carrying Lance Cpl. Anthony Melia to his final resting place passed. More...

TOHS praised for its message

I never thought I'd find myself sitting patiently at an intersection with tears welling in my eyes. I never gave much rapt attention and consideration to a high school marquee. More...

Editorials

Residents Roundtable may have outlasted its usefulness

The city of Thousand Oaks Residents Roundtable will soon fade to black (see story on page 1). More...

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Residents Roundtable may be disbanded

The Residents Roundtable is on the chopping block. More...

Police say T.O. response time averages under five minutes

Emergency calls in the highest category--those involving people in dire need of attention--average a response time of under five minutes in Thousand Oaks. According to Capt. More...

Seven adopted kids complete couple's family tree

Adding seven children to their family in two years has been a dream come true for the Rockwoods of Thousand Oaks. More...

Community

Ventura County Fire Department opens new dispatch center

Rows of computer servers hum and whir in the airconditioned room on the first floor of the Ventura County Fire Communication Center. More...

For the record

A caption on a photo last week incorrectly stated that a bagpiper led closing ceremonies at the funeral of Lance Cpl. Anthony Melia. The piper accompanied the casket as it was brought into the memorial park. More...

Remember Presidents Day

Don't forget that all government offices, banks and schools will be closed on Mon., Feb.19 in observation of Presidents Day. More...

On the Town

Sandoval performance opens 13th Ventura Music Festival

The Ventura Music Festival will open its 13th season with a Latin jazz performance by Arturo Sandoval at 8 p.m. Sat., Feb. 17 at the Ventura High School auditorium, 2 N. Catalina St., Ventura. More...

Concordia Choir to perform

The Concordia College Choir will present a concert at 7 p.m. Thurs., March 1 at Ascension Lutheran Church, 1600 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. The choir is under the direction of Rene Clauson. General admission is $15, students $10. More...

Saving a parade

HAPPY OCCASION- Judy Bird and Joel Sanders, left, shareholders of Aviara Real Estate, give Jean Duffy, Conejo Valley Days general chair, and Diana Javurek, Conejo Valley Days offsite chair, a check for $15,000 to help underwrite the 51st annual Con More...

Sports

Top wrestling talent congregates at TOHS

This past week Thousand Oaks High seemed to be the best place to start a fight. Of course, if you weren't one of the best high school wrestlers in the area, it may have been the worst. More...

Chili Peppers take third at soccer tourney

BEST OF THE BUNCH- The Red Hot Chili Peppers girls' soccer team finished in third place at last weekend's Coyote Classic in Victorville. Twelve teams from throughout the state competed in the tournament. More...

Postseason arrives for local high schools

Basketball, soccer and girls' water polo on tap this weekend

With the winter high school sports regular season ending, it's time to separate the contenders from the pretenders and begin exNFL coach Jim Mora's favorite time of the year. (Playoffs! You kidding me? More...

Pets

Smart puppy delivers the Acorn

EARNING HIS KEEP- Wojo, a 14-week-old golden retriever, is learning how to fetch the Thousand Oaks Acorn . He's being taught by George Burditt, whose wife, Jennifer Bispo, sent us the picture. They live in Thousand Oaks. More...

Plan how to evacuate pets

Pet owners should plan how to evacuate their animals in case of a disaster, such as fire, flood, earthquake or terrorist attack. Here are some suggestions: +Keep vehicles well maintained with never less than a half tank of gas. More...

Horse conformation clinic offered at Santa Anita track

Thoroughbred Owners of California will host a free "Horse Conformation Clinic" from 10 a.m. to noon Sat., Feb. 24 at the Top o' the Stretch, Clockers' Corner at the Santa Anita Racetrack, 285 W. Huntington Drive, Arcadia, Calif. More...

Family

County has shortage of foster parents

People willing to parent children in need temporarily or permanently are being sought by the Ventura County Child and Family Service Department. More...

Shopping for the benefit of others

JEWELED HEARTS- Kim Krug, left, shows bracelets to Castle Hill Retirement Village residents Pat Atkins, center, and Jennie Croeni. The Loving Heart Hospice Foundation hosted a boutique on Saturday at Castle Hill in T.O. More...

Register for youth volleyball league

The United States Youth Volleyball League is accepting online registrations for the spring 2007 season. The league is coed, for ages 8 to 14. Players are grouped into three age divisions. More...

Vacation Photos

Take Your Thousand Oaks Acorn on Vacation

FREQUENT FLIER- Amelia-Grace Ferranti, 5, of Newbury Park, rides atop a little plane while waiting for a much larger one to take her to Raleigh, N.C. with her parents, Dan and Jennifer Ferranti. More...

Real Estate

Daniel Raaf

Raised in the Conejo Valley, Daniel Raaf loves the people, the lifestyle and, of course, the homes in the area. Hard work and dedication are essential to providing his clients with the best service possible. More...

Rick Cobos

Rick Cobos has been recognized by Prudential California Realty's Camarillo office as its top listing agent for November 2006. More...

The Ovdat "Action" Team

The Ovdat "Action" Team, comprised of Bev, Saul and Tami, has been consistently top ranked for residential real estate sales. They have been top producers since 1987, specializing in the Agoura/ Oak Park area. More...