June 14, 2007 RSS feed / Front Page

Father won't give up the search for his missing son

It has been six months since Jeffrey Scott Howard, 40, disappeared, and still no one has seen a trace of him or his car. Both went missing at around 2:30 a.m. Dec. 21. His wife, Thue Howard, said that was the last time she saw him. More...

T.O. man gets year in jail for causing fatal accident

Sean Michael Gittens of Thousand Oaks was recently sentenced to one year in jail and five years' probation in connection with an accident that killed Krystin Shank, 18. Shank, a passenger in Gittens' car, died Oct. More...

Health & Wellness

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BILL SPARKES/Acorn Newspapers HEARTFELT APPEAL- Emily Fischer, 10, and her brother Danny, 12, both of Westlake Village call for donations at the Wellness Community's 16th annual Celebration of Life. More...

Community backs Wellness fundraiser

Children whose parents have cancer face a tough road in life. Theirs is not a celebration of life, but a struggle just to cope. More...

Dad's not really mad

BILL SPARKES/Acorn Newspapers FAMILY FUN- Richard Rubino of Thousand Oaks, a 15-year cancer survivor, feigns annoyance with his son, Noah, 11, who's playfully balancing a book on dad's head. More...

Calendar

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THURS., JUNE 14 Flag Day Thousand Oaks VFW Post sponsors annual Flag Day wreath laying, flag retirement ceremony, 10 a.m., Eric Huberth Memorial in front of T.O. Civic Arts Plaza. More...

Schools

Thinking about medical school?

It's not easy to get into medical school, but making the right choices can help you reach your goal. It's important to start out with a good foundation. More...

Kids knighted in Thousand Oaks

THE DRAGON SLAYER- Weathersfield Elementary School third-grade teacher Peter Jpel pins a medal on student Elijah Dictor, 8, as he is knighted by King Dean DeBinion and Queen Karen Sue Akridge at Conejo Creek Park North last Friday. More...

Register for fall classes at Neighborhood for Learning

Conejo Valley Neighborhood for Learning is accepting registration for fall preschool classes for children ages 3 to 5. The program begins Tues., Sept. 4. Classes are Monday through Thursday. The morning session is from 8:45 to 11:45 a.m. More...

Pets

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PRECIOUS- Chittara, a 7-year-old female calico, can be adopted from the Agoura Animal Shelter at 29525 Agoura Road. To take Chittara home, ask about identification No. A3675872. More...

Faith

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" All growth is a leap in the dark, a spontaneous, unpremedi tated act without benefit of expe rience. More...

Rev. Stuart Bond joins church as senior pastor

The Rev. Stuart Bond, who has served in senior ministry assignments in the Pacific Northwest and Southern California, has joined Emmanuel Presbyterian Church in Thousand Oaks as its senior pastor. More...

Letters

School board trustee used horrible judgment

We are parents that participated as volunteers in the (Tues. May 5) mockcongressional hearings at the Reagan Library for fifth-grade students of Conejo Valley. More...

Two on the school board were an embarrassment

I recently attended a school event at the Ronald Reagan Library. (Dolores) Didio and her cohort (Dorothy) Beaubien embarrassed our community again. More...

Calls for residents to rally against Home Depot

As one of the many residents of Thousand Oaks who happens to have a Westlake Village ZIP code, we're part of Thousand Oaks, too. More...

Editorials

School board president should retire when she completes her term

This should be the last term in office for Dolores Didio, president of the Conejo Valley Unified School District Board of Education. She would be well advised to complete her term and not seek reelection. More...

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Parents shocked by school board president's questions

Mary Schroeder's fifth-grade Westlake Elementary class was observing a group of their peers being questioned on freedom of expression when a question from a school board member shocked the kids and volunteers, parents say. More...

Some will pay less in property tax due to declining home values

Ventura County homeowners who purchased a house between July 2005 and October 2006 may qualify for a temporary tax reduction because home values have declined, said County Tax Assessor Dan Goodwin. More...

Dads and daughters dance

IRIS SMOOT/Acorn Newspapers FATHER'S DAY IS SUNDAY- - Alex Lay, 9, left, enjoys dancing with her father, Chris, while Rebecca Yant, 10, right, also cuts a rug with her father, Jeff, at the Sycamore Canyon Elementary School Father/Daughter Prom More...

Community

Rodeo animal welfare bill goes to state Senate

The California Assembly recently approved AB 1614, a measure requiring that Mexicanstyle rodeos have a veterinarian on call, a requirement that is already law for American rodeos. More...

Siblings are top-notch dancers

WINNERS- Megan, left, and Devon Watson of Thousand Oaks earned honors at the 115th annual Scottish Highland Games in Pomona over Memorial Day weekend. Megan, 7, placed in the top three and will also compete in the national championships. More...

Organizations try to help residents keep their homes

To help area residents avoid foreclosure, the Ventura County Community Development Corp. is launching "A New Way Home," a homeownership preservation campaign. VCCD is a subsidiary of Cabrillo Economic Development Corp. More...

Dining & Entertainment

Smiling for a good cause

IRIS SMOOT/Acorn Newspapers A FUNNY MAN- Comedian Frasier Smith jokes with the audience at Comedy in the Conejo II, an event sponsored by Kiwanis Club of Thousand Oaks. It took place Sunday night at The Canyon in Agoura Hills. More...

Finalists named in Teen Video Contest

Twelve films made by local teens have been selected as finalists in the 2007 Conejo Teen Video Festival. The films will be shown at a free screening at 7 p.m. More...

Gilbert and Sullivan musical presented in Theatre on Hill

The Ventura County Gilbert and Sullivan Repertoire Company will present Gilbert and Sullivan's "Iolanthe, or the Peer and the Peri," Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. More...

Sports

East muscles up

Stout defense helps East down West, 10-7, at All-Star football game

On the second play of the Ventura County High School AllStar Football Game at Moorpark High on Saturday night, West running back Raynard Pamilton from Pacifica High ran a reverse for a 27-yard touchdown to put his team on the scoreboard More...

Area trio to play in College World Series

Three locals in UC Irvine's starting infield

Riding on a bus en route to the College World Series in Omaha, Neb., on Monday afternoon, former Westlake High standout and current UC Irvine starting second baseman Cody Cipriano prepared himself for the raucous baseball environment his More...

Senior baseball players showcase skills at county All-Star game

Friendships were renewed between coaches and among players and new ones were formed before Sunday's annual Jim Parker EastWest Baseball All-Star Game, played for the first time at George "Sparky" Anderson Field at Ullman Stadium on the Cal More...

Police

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Thieves caught Two men were recently caught in connection with the recent theft of several commercial washing machines and dryers. The appliances were stolen from apartment and condominium complexes throughout the Conejo Valley. More...

Family

Shooting a talented shooter

BILL SPARKES/Acorn Newspapers ONE-TIME SHOW- Robert and Karen Gerig admire and take pictures of the photographs of their 16-year-old daughter, Marianna, center. More...

Columns

Dad's Day agenda

This year will be my fourth Father's Day as a father. My wife says it's my day to do whatever I want. And so here's my schedule for my day to do whatever I want: 10 a.m. Wake up 12 p.m. Get out of bed 12:10 p.m. More...

Article

"Once" Directed by: John Carney Starring: Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova Rated: R (adult language) Running Time: 86 minutes Best Suited For: fans of the relevant folk/rock musical genre, musicians, More...

Real Estate

Oak Park One-Story Has Lots Of Upgrades

This Oak Park onestory, 2-bedroom, 2-bath home has lots of upgrades, including paver tile and Pergostyle flooring and textured Berber carpet. There are white plantation shutters throughout and smooth ceilings. More...

Remodeled Family Home In Oak Park

This remodeled family home in Oak Park has a large backyard, 4 bedrooms, a loft, a media/bonus room and 2.5 bathrooms. The house includes skylights, smooth ceilings and recessed lighting. More...

Deborah Fagan

Top selling agent honors for March 2007 went to Deborah Fagan at Prudential California Realty's North Ranch/Westlake Village office. More...