March 8, 2007 RSS feed / Front Page

School board okays trustee 'guidelines'

Conejo Valley Unified School District board members have unanimously approved a newly drafted set of board protocols. More...

Health & Wellness

Hospital offers program to negate treatment's ill effects

A hands-on program called "Look Good, Feel Better" will be presented from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Mon., March 12 at the east campus of Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center, 150 Via Merida, Westlake Village. More...

ALS support group to meet

A free support group for people with ALS, their families and friends will meet from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Sat., March 24 at the city of Westlake Village community room, 31200 Oak Crest Drive. More...

Keep health records safe for emergencies

California seismologists recently launched an earthquakereadiness campaign with the slogan "Shift happens." While the campaign centers on how to secure heavy furniture and appliances, there are other additional steps to be taken before More...

Calendar

THURS., MARCH 8 Golden Age of Mining Conejo Gem and Mineral Club meets 7:30 p.m., Hillcrest Arts Center, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. Program: Dr. More...

Schools

Two CVUSD schools are Blue Ribbon

Redwood Middle School and Newbury Park High School were named No Child Left Behind/ Blue Ribbon schools, board members announced at last Tuesday's CVUSD meeting. More...

School board to decide next week- once and for all- the meeting schedule

Staff objected to proposed changes in meeting dates

After agreeing to alter their meeting schedule to allow for occasional attendance at City Council meetings, Conejo Valley Unified School District board members are rethinking that decision. More...

District spelling bee creates e-x-c-i-t-e-m-e-n-t

Spelling experts from the 24 elementary and middle schools in the Conejo Valley Unified School District competed for the district champion title at the annual spelling bee on Feb. 21 at Acacia Elementary School. More...

Business

Curves kicks off annual food drive

Curves of Newbury Park and Thousand Oaks will be participating in the Curves Food Drive to benefit local food banks. More...

EYE ON LOCAL AREA STOCKS

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Pets

Run, rabbit, run

We humans find it hard to imagine what life would be like if we were prey. What would our resources for protection be? How would we get away from predators? What kind of senses would we develop to avoid attacks? More...

BIG BLUE EYES- Scoupe, a 7-year-old male black tabby/ Siamese mix can be adopted from the Agoura Animal Shelter at 29525 Agoura Road. To take Scoupe home, ask about identification No. A3636014. More...

Family

Gotta have heart

So I write this column at 30 years of age with a brandnew pacemaker in my chest. I'm very frightened that I had to get a pacemaker at such a young age. In my usual fashion, I worry excessively and obsessively. More...

Paying taxes is a game

TAX TIME- - Ricardo Taylor, 10, of Oxnard, left, hands money to "banker" Joey Duval, 16, of Thousand Oaks after reading a "Community Chest" card. Sam Delaney, 14, of T.O. More...

Editorials

Clear skies on the economy, with only a few clouds on the horizon

According to experts, the cities of Thousand Oaks and Westlake Village can expect the favorable economy to continue. More...

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Real Estate

A Nice Starter Home

This is a 2-bedroom, 2-bath, one-story townhome with attached two-car garage. The unit is attached on one side and has a large yard with a builtin barbecue and river rock fountain. More...

Reuben Brentwood

Local homeowners can avoid stress and have access to important information thanks to Reuben Brentwood, an experienced agent who has put together a report which reveals several ways consumers can get the most out of their home sales. More...

Seven Painting Tips for Quick and Easy Home Updates

If the look and feel of your home's décor is starting to feel drab, perhaps it is time to freshen it up. Boring-wall syndrome plagues houses with vast expanses of plain, white walls with no color or textural interest. More...

Daylight-saving time comes early this year

Daylight-saving time officially begins at 2 a.m. Sun., March 11. The time change previously occurred on the first Sunday in April, but has been moved forward. More...

Evolution versus creationism under the microscope again

The debate over evolution versus intelligent design was rekindled at a recent Ventura County Board of Education meeting when a school official and a parent expressed concerns over the content of a new seventh-grade science textbook. More...

Deputies save the life of Newbury Park woman

As her home filled with black smoke and the heat around her intensified, a 51-year-old Newbury Park resident became disoriented and stood helplessly inside her burning house. More...

Community

Cisco's to open another restaurant in Oak Park

After a two-year search Bob Wilson has finally found a new home for another Cisco's. The first Mexican eatery, which burned down in Westlake Village in March 2005, will reopen at 686 Lindero Canyon Road in Oak Park. More...

T.O. mayor puts on a different hat for Los Angeles Fire Department

Thousand Oaks Mayor Andy Fox, who has served for 26 years at the Los Angeles Fire Department, has been named its new head of the Bureau of Training and Risk Management. Dep. More...

CLU pool ready for competition

Many years ago, California Lutheran College built a small pool around which officials would gather to barbecue and talk about how they were going to build a great university. More...

Dining & Entertainment

Enjoying a hearty breakfast

GREAT PANCAKES- - Spencer Wood, 8, of Thousand Oaks chows down on a free breakfast with his father, Brett Wood, at the Little League Opening Day Pancake Breakfast. More...

"Wild Hogs"

Critics are already dismissing this one as unwatchable, a film without any redeeming value- but, c'mon, nobody's mistaking it for "The Motorcycle Diaries." From the trailers you know you're not about to witness Oscar performances an More...

UCLA Extension offers creative writing courses

UCLA Extension Writers' Program presents several creative writing courses for spring quarter, which begins March 31; enrollment is underway now. All classes meet on the UCLA campus. More...

Sports

LITTLE LEAGUERS

Josh Begun, left, and Nicholas Poley, both 4, of Thousand Oaks toss a ball around after enjoying the Little League Opening Day Pancake Breakfast. The T.O. Kiwanis hosted the annual breakfast. See related photo on page 29. More...

In a league of its own

From Thousand Oaks' bevy of talented pitchers to Westlake's speed on the base paths and Newbury Park's vaunted lineup, Marmonte League baseball has never been better. On the following two pages, Thomas Gase and Stephen Dorman preview all eight Marmonte te

PLAY BALL!- Clockwise from above, Newbury Park's 5-foot-4, 107-pound freshman pitcher Jimmy Sherfy delivers a strike. Sherfy is one to watch. Westlake right-hander Alex Gillingham warms up in the bullpen. More...

CLU to dedicate new stadium

California Lutheran University will dedicate its newly completed 308-seat Ullman Baseball Stadium on Saturday at 11 a.m. More...

Police

Thousand Oaks An Agoura man, 52, was arrested on charges of performing lewd acts with a child, 15. The alleged crime occurred inside a T.O. business on Feb. 18. According to a press release, on Feb. More...

Faith

Films awarded for uplifting messages

Movieguide, in partnership with the John Templeton Foundation, hosted the 15th annual Faith and Values Awards Gala and Report at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills on Feb. 20. More...

Synagogue to host social event for seniors

Temple Adat Elohim will host "Tuesday Social" at 2 p.m. Tues., March 13 at the social hall, 24020 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. More...

Journalist to trace her Jewish roots

Molly Resnick, a journalist and former NBC-TV producer, will speak at 8 p.m. Mon., March 12 at Conejo Jewish Academy, 30345 Canwood St., Agoura Hills. More...

Letters

Civility matters, even in letters to the Acorn

In response to both letters from Douglas Crocket and Scott McGregor, I am mortified at the hateful letters that the Acorn is printing these days. More...

Letter said more about its author than its target

In defense of rational thinking, I feel obligated to write a response to the irrational and ignorant letter you published from Mr. Scott McGregor. Mr. McGregor was responding to a well thought out condolence letter written by Douglas Crocket. More...

Some people should read more and write less

When I read a letter from the likes of Scott McGregor in the March 1 Thousand Oaks Acorn ("Takes sharp aim at 'bleeding heart liberal'"), it gives me one more good reason to continue living in West Hills, where name calling (except for th More...

Vacation Photos

Take Your Thousand Oaks Acorn on Vacation

YOUNG AMIGOS- Dan and Andrea Sidman of Thousand Oaks take the kids with them to Cancun, Mexico. From left are Joshua Berns, 3; Ari Sidman, 7, and Ian Sidman, 2. They're never too young for the Thousand Oaks Acorn. More...