July 5, 2007 RSS feed / Front Page

Swimming pool weather comes home to Conejo

MAKING A SPLASH--In the shade of a wide-brimmed hat,10-month-old Luca Jacob of Newbury Park frolics in an inflatable pool as his mother, Susan, and brother Milo, 4, relax nearby at Conejo Creek Park North in Thousand Oaks. More...

Health & Wellness

Backpacks break backs

Every day, hikers, working adults and about 40 million teens carry backpacks. Load them up too heavily or wear ones that don't fit properly, doctors warn, and you could be risking injury. More...

Helping pets live longer, healthier lives

Sharing information with your veterinarian can be more than a purr-fectly good idea. It can help you get better care for your pets. More...

What women need to know about lung conditions

Doctors are becoming aware just how susceptible women are to lung disease, and a new report from the National Women's Health Resource Center shows how an early diagnosis can save lives. More...

Calendar

Datebook

THURS., JULY 5 African Violets Thousand Oaks African Violet Society meets 7 p.m., Redeemer Lutheran Church, 667 Camino Dos Rios, Thousand Oaks. Program: slide show of African Violet Society of America's 2006 convention in Minneapolis. More...

Schools

Poster contest winners announced

Brett Watanabe, a 10th-grader at Newbury Park High School, won first prize of $150 in First 5 Ventura County's second annual poster contest. More...

Present yourself well

We like to think that when admissions officers read applications, they approach each one with an open mind, eager to learn about that student's strengths and dreams for the future. But what are they really thinking? More...

A summer musical

CLASSIC ROCK HITS TO BE PERFORMED- Will Crammer is "Galileo" and Jessica Stoll is "Scaramouche" in "We Will Rock You." It's set in the future when artistic expression has been banned. More...

Business

EYE ON LOCAL AREA STOCKS

Company Name Symbol July 3 June 27 Jun 55.19 THOUSAND OAKS AMGEN AMGN 7.86 CALABASAS BEVERLY HILLS BANCORP BHBC 0.10 WESTLAKE VILLAGE CAMINOSOFT CORP. CMSF 24.88 CALABASAS CHEESECAKE FACTORY CAKE 37. More...

Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park When he was arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance at 9:39 p.m. More...

Faith

Conejo Valley houses of worship

CALVARY COMMUNITY CHURCH- There are several weekly worship services at this nondenominational Christian church. Services are at 5 p.m. on Saturdays, and 9 and 11 a.m. on Sundays. Middle and high school students meet at 5:30 p.m. More...

EV Free Church to host day camp

Discovery Day Camp is a new faith-based children's day camp for children in grades one through six at the EV Free Conejo Valley Church, 999 Rancho Conejo Blvd., Newbury Park. Regular camp hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Aug. 24. More...

Proof of God to be Sunday's sermon topic

The Rev. Gary Alan Dickey's message at the United Methodist Church of Westlake Village will be "Ten Proofs for the Existence of God." Worship services will be at 8, 9 and 10:30 a.m. on Sun., July 8. More...

Letters

Bad decisions are getting to be a habit in city hall

Which is it? The mayor of Thousand Oaks has been quoted as stating, "The city of Thousand Oaks is in outstanding financial condition. We're not experiencing hard times. More...

Parents the best teachers about sex and drugs

All parents need to be aware that Dolores Didio's actions, while regrettable and inappropriate, are about the same as what the Conejo Valley Unified School District does to our elementary schoolers every year. More...

Christian fundamentalists have been poorly served by the people they've embraced

"A society that has run wild with no accountability . . ." That's what Mr. Tasker fears if the secular progressives have their way ("Values, beliefs and public schools are being threatened by a new menace," T.O. More...

Real Estate

Luxury With Room To Spare

This home has nearly 7,000 square feet and includes plans to build a 2,000-square-foot guest house. There is extensive use of stone, including French limestone, onyx, various marble and granites. More...

Pat Helton

Pat Helton, broker associate at the Coldwell Banker Westlake Village Regional Office, has been ranked in the top 50 agents in the Los Angeles North West Region for the first quarter of 2007. More...

Great Location

This 4/5 bedroom home is in a great location, private and has views of trees and hills. The windows and roof have been replaced. The three-car garage has an added sink and workbench. More...

What's in a name? Cash--lots of it--for Alliance for the Arts

Someone with $5 million to spare can get publicity through Alliance for the Arts by naming the performing arts center. A list of naming opportunities was included in last week's City Council agenda packet. More...

Web rumors persist about traffic laws

Hundreds, maybe thousands of people have received the e-mail, and, trying to be helpful, they've forwarded it on to their family and friends. More...

Man killed in Thousand Oaks

Victim fell from cliff

The body of a man who plunged more than 50 feet from a cliff was found Friday by hikers who were walking in the Arroyo Conejo, about a mile north of Rancho Conejo Playfields in Thousand Oaks. More...

Community

Practice makes perfect for disaster response

The Camarillo Disaster Assistance Response Team hosted an Amtrak/Metrolink train disaster drill recently. Other local DART groups, including the Thousand Oaks DART and the Sheriff's Explorers, participated in the drill. More...

Grand jury panel selected

Thirty Ventura County residents have been nominated to the grand jury panel. Nineteen will be selected to be members of the 200708 grand jury. The final selection of grand jurors was to have been made on Monday. More...

For the record

A free fitness program for kids and adults at The Lakes will be Tues., July 10, not the next day. The 11 a.m. event will be hosted by a clown from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey. More...

Dining & Entertainment

Lifehouse performs at Best Buy

Shoppers heading into Thousand Oaks' Best Buy store to pick up a movie or browse for appliances were surprised to see a line curving around the building last month. More...

"1408"

Directed by: Mikael Hafstrom Starring: John Cusack, Samuel L. Jackson, Mary McCormick Rating: PG13 (for adult lan guage, minor violence, scary im ages) Running time: 94 minutes Best suited for: More...

What's new on DVD

Film and television author Randy Williams reviews the latest movies, television shows, documen taries and music programs now available for purchase online or at retail stores. More...

Sports

Frisbee celebrates 50th anniversary

Sport's popularity increasing with age

Oh, how the years seem to fly by. Frisbee, the round, plastic disc that found its way into the American culture like Joseph McCarthy and rock 'n' roll in the 1950s, turned 50 years old this summer. More...

Ventura County Fusion feeling right at home in inaugural season

Pro soccer team's roster filled with TOHS graduates

They may be a first-year team in the United Soccer League's Premier Development League, but the Ventura County Fusion franchise is playing like it's been around for years. More...

Local talent

No. 6 - Dylan Riley (TOHS) No. 15 - Chance Myers (TOHS) No. 19 - Jason Leopoldo (TOHS) No. 21 - Diego Barrera (TOHS) No. 27 - Daniel Barrera (TOHS) More...

Pets

Pet of the Week

LONELY FOR LOVE- Oliver, a 1-year-old male tricolor guinea pig, needs a home. Oliver can be adopted from the Agoura Animal Shelter at 29525 Agoura Road. To take Oliver home, ask about identification No. A3689861. More...

Pooches parade to raise funds

Canine Adoption and Rescue League will present the 10th annual Pooch Parade fundraising dog walk and pet expo from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sun., July 22 at San Buenaventura State Park, Ventura. The parade will start at 10 a.m. More...

Family

Hoping for a big one

BIDING HIS TIME- Carson Huncke, 8, of Westlake tries his luck fishing at the lake in Westlake Village last Thursday evening. More...

CWOTO Orchestra presents final concert

The CWOTO Orchestra will present Opus 19, its final set of concerts this season, in Camarillo at 7:30 p.m. Fri., July 6 and in Thousand Oaks at 2:30 p.m. Sun., July 8. More...

A toe-tapping good time

LEARNING FROM A PRO- Kathy Bailey of Thousand Oaks, right, teaches line dancing to a group of enthusiasts during a recent Western Hoedown at Foxfield Park in the city of Westlake Village. More...

Editorials

Saving water makes sense

In a summer following the driest Southern California winter on record, the only thing louder than the crackling of dry twigs is the deafening silence surrounding water conservation. (See story on page 8. More...

Political Cartoon

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Guest opinion

Land-use decisions should be made at home

Like many of you, I was startled about the June 21 article "Thousand Oaks Boulevard business owners hear about trade-offs for 'smart growth.'" It was alarming, to say the least. More...