July 19, 2007 RSS feed / Front Page

Having fun with horses

'WHAT A HAM'--Jitterbug, a 26-year-old male, sticks out his tongue as Kelly Knowd, 7, of Newbury Park brushes his mane at Ride On Therapeutic Horsemanship during "Books in the Barn." The Kiwanis Club of Conejo Valley paired up Saturday with Ride On More...

Health & Wellness

Planning safe vacation with an asthmatic child

A successful family vacation offers activities for everyone. When traveling with children who have asthma, however, visiting new places brings changes in climate and exposure to triggers that may increase the risk of asthma attacks. More...

T.O. engineer wins MDA award

Brian McGreevy of Thousand Oaks has been named the recipient of the Muscular Dystrophy Association's 2007 Robert Ross Personal Achievement Award for California and is a finalist for the national award. More...

Skin cancer a year-round concern under the sun

If it's not 90 degrees and sunny outside, using sunscreen may be the last thing on anyone's mind. More...

Calendar

Datebook

THURS., JULY 19 An Apple A Day Conejo Valley Moms host OldFashioned Apple Festival, 2:30 p.m., Mae Boyar Park, 130 N. Kanan Road, Oak Park. Crafts, games, apple treats. (805) 496-9616. More...

Schools

Enrollment data presented

The first figures that will help decide if schools will be closed in Conejo Valley Unified surprised no one: Enrollment in elementary schools is dropping. More...

Osher Institute to hold info meeting

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Cal State Channel Islands is holding its annual informational meeting for returning, new and prospective members from 2 to 4 p.m. Wed., Aug. 8 at Malibu Hall, CSUCI campus in Camarillo. More...

School resource officers are replacing DARE

School resource officers (SRO) will play an important role in keeping Conejo Valley Unified School District campuses safe and students on a healthy track beginning this fall, according to a presentation at a school board meeting late last month. More...

Business

Louanne Masry joins firm

Louanne Masry, lawyer and daughter of attorney Edward Masry of "Erin Brockovich" fame, has joined the law firm of Taylor & Ring in Los Angeles. More...

Firm publishes business directory

Direct Access International, headquartered in Westlake Village, recently published the Thousand OaksWestlake Village Regional Chamber of Commerce Business Directory for 2007-08. More...

Pets

Pet of the Week

GOOD HEART- Leo, a 12-year-old male ragdoll cat, needs a home. Leo can be adopted from the Agoura Animal Shelter at 29525 Agoura Road. To take Leo home, ask about identification No. A3677418. More...

Family

Kids can catch catfish

Conejo Recreation and Park District, in conjunction with the Thousand Oaks Kiwanis Club, will present the Kids Fishing Frenzy from 10 a.m. to noon Sat., Aug. 4 at Conejo Creek Park North, 1379 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. More...

Prepare children for summer camp

With nearly 10,000 camps in the United States (about 60 percent are sleep-away camps), a child can find a camp for everything imaginable. More...

Commentary: There is more than one kind of battlefield

This "letter home" was writ ten by Chaplain Paul C. Kauffman for a Memorial Day service at Christ United Methodist Church, Selinsgrove, Pa. I was asked to write this as a letter home from a soldier. More...

Columns

The Nature of Things

The essential skink In these days of long light and hot sun one often hears complaints about the heat, but not all inhabitants of the Santa Monica Mountains disdain the summer months. More...

Editorials

Take Your Acorn on Vacation

It doesn't matter whether you're taking a plane, train, bus, car or recreational vehicle, a vacation is a vacation. People around here, just like everywhere, enjoy traveling. More...

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Grant Brimhall/T.O. Library to tune in new radio wing

The Thousand Oaks City Council approved a proposal to build a radio archives museum as an addition to the Grant Brimhall/ Thousand Oaks Library. More...

District wants residents' input about ideal school enrollment

After hearing a second presentation designed to help them make a decision to close schools in the Conejo Valley district, the school board is asking for feedback from parents on an ideal average school size. More...

Photo printed in T.O. Acorn honored by publishers' group

Jann Hendry, photo editor for the five editions of the Acorn , received first-place honors last weekend in the California Newspaper Publishers Association's Better Newspapers Contest. More...

Woman commits suicide by lying down on Hillcrest Drive

A 55-year-old woman with a suicide note in her pocket was killed when a car drove over her as she lay in the road in the 200 block of Hillcrest Drive, authorities said. More...

Community

T.O. man, an Oaks Christian assistant football coach, killed in plane crash

John Mitchell McKittrick, a 42yearold Thousand Oaks resident, was killed at around 8 a.m. Sun., July 15 when his WWII-era plane, a P-51D Mustang, crashed at the Camarillo Airport. An autopsy is pending. More...

Victim identified, witnesses needed

The man who died July 11 at the scene of a collision between the car he was driving and a tractor-trailer rig in the No. 4 lane of the 101 Freeway in Thousand Oaks just north of Westlake Boulevard has been identified as Kunhi Ahn. More...

Residents face a power outage

About 19,000 Southern California Edison customers in Newbury Park and Thousand Oaks experienced a blackout on Monday between 12:56 and 1:51 p.m. More...

Dining & Entertainment

The Movie Nut

"Sicko"

Directed by: Michael Moore Rated: PG-13 (for brief adult language) Running time: 112 minutes Best suited for: those who suspect insurance companies, HMOs and medical healthcare in general is broken. More...

Jazz coming to Hyatt Westlake Plaza

Hyatt Westlake Plaza will feature Euge Groove in concert at the 2007 Westlake Jazz Series on Sat., July 21, followed by Hiroshima on Aug. 18 and Peter White on Sept. 29. More...

'Beauty and the Beast' features local performers

Cabrillo Music Theatre will present the theatrical version of Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" Fri. through Sun., July 27 to 29 and Thurs. through Sun., Aug. More...

Sports

On a winning streak

TRIUMPHANT- The Westlake Assault boys fourth grade/10U traveling basketball team went undefeated at the June Jumps Tournament, going all the way to win the championship. More...

Thousand Oaks Big League team well-equipped to defend world title

Western Regional Tournament begins today in Washington

Conejo Valley's dream team is fully stocked and ready to go. More...

Conejo Valley Juniors tripped up by Saticoy

NOT IN TIME- Saticoy baserunner Ricky Barrios slides safely into first base before Conejo Valley Juniors All-Star Peter McAfee, left, can apply the tag Sunday at Moorpark Little League. More...

Faith

The Art of Being

"Part of a commitment to liv ing in the mystery more of the time means learning to become more comfortable swimming in a sea of questions rather than standing rigidly on islands of concrete be liefs, More...

Church seeks donations for U.S. disaster relief

The United Methodist Committee on Relief is asking for financial donations to replenish its U.S. disaster relief fund after record-breaking rains, fires and winds have drained the account during the spring and summer. More...

OneSpirit to host drum circle at Underwood Farms

Native American Dr. Mike Willis and OneSpirit Center director Dr. Dennis Merritt Jones will present a Moonlight Meditation and Drumming circle from 7 to 10 p.m. More...

Letters

City should approve what's needed, not a Home Depot

This letter is in response to the opinion "Home Depot won't go away just because an EIR is required" that appeared in the July 12 issue regarding the empty Kmart lot. More...

Commissioner needs more information before taking a position

First, for a sitting planning commissioner to state a position when a hearing is likely is unprofessional ("Decisions must be based on more than just the city's cash flow," T.O. Acorn letters to the editor, July 12. More...

The council should circle its wagons

I am writing to thank Amy Walker-Davis for her wonderful letter to the Thousand Oaks Acorn on July 5 ("Bad decisions are getting to be a habit in city hall"). Thank you, Amy; you are right on the money. More...

Real Estate

The Granite Kitchen In This Home Has Viking Appliances, Custom Cabinetry And Large Walk-In Pantry

This two-story home on more than 0.5 acre has a refurbished front deck and railing, providing views of the valley, mountains and city lights. More...

Kathy Fontana and Marlene Mortimer

Kathy Fontana and Marlene Mortimer of Century 21 Adobe Realty in Newbury Park earned recognition for top production for the first half of 2007. Fontana and Mortimer bring diverse experience to residential real estate. More...

This Townhome Is In A Gated Community In Westlake Village

This 3bedroom, 2.5bath townhome is in a gated community in Westlake Village with easy access to freeways, restaurants, shopping and theaters. The home has almost 2,000 square feet and is at the end of a cul-de-sac. More...