October 11, 2007 RSS feed / Front Page

City hopes to turn site of 1924 school into fun venue

Thousand Oaks families may have a new destination for fun in the future. More...

Health & Wellness

Connecting

It's a balancing act

The audience collectively held its breath as the trapeze artist inched slowly up the inclined wire, 20 feet overhead. She balanced delicately on pointed toes; it seemed impossible and then, she was on the platform! More...

Beware of costume contact lenses

Novelty or cosmetic contact lenses may be a favorite way for California teens to spice up their Halloween costume, but by using them without first visiting their optometrist, they are risking permanent damage to their eyes. More...

Feeling of 'breakfast envy' is common among diabetics

According to a new online survey, people with diabetes may experience "breakfast envy," feeling left out and envious, when they see friends and family eating traditional breakfast foods like sweetened cereals and pastries. More...

Calendar

Datebook

THURS., OCT. 11 Gallegly Reception Ventura County Federation of Republican Women host reception for Rep. Elton Gallegly, Sen. Tom McClintock, Assemblymember Audra Strickland and other guests, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., 5182 Kingsgrove, Somis. More...

Schools

High School Highlights

All events (subject to change) are listed by name, location and time if provided. If calendars are modified, school sources are asked to contact us with updated information at this e-mail address: steve@theacorn.com. More...

High schools host science showcase nights this month

In an effort to better prepare students in science and technology, the Conejo Schools Foundation and the Conejo Valley Unified School District are hosting a science showcase night at each high school beginning next week. More...

CVUSD National Merit semifinalists announced

Twenty-three Conejo Valley Unified School District high school students have been named National Merit semifinalists. The group is among 1,800 state honorees and 16,000 semifinalists in the nation. More...

Business

Mid-State Bank gets a name change

Mid-State Bank & Trust has officially changed its name to Rabobank, N.A. MidState has been operating as a division of Rabobank, N.A. More...

Honda accepting Helpful awards nominations

The Southern California Honda Dealers Association, the Honda Helpful Guys and Girls in Blue, announced the 2008 Honda Helpful Awards, a celebration that honors helpfulness among residents in Southern California. More...

Networking breakfast to be held tomorrow

The Thousand OaksWestlake Village Regional Chamber of Commerce will host a Networking Breakfast of Champions from 7 to 9 a.m. Fri., Oct. 12 at the Los Robles Greens Banquet Center, 299 S. Moorpark Road. More...

Police

Blotter

Newbury Park The following were arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence at the times, dates and places indicated: A male, 32, at 2:45 p.m. Sept. 23 in the 200 block of W. More...

Girl arrested in bomb threat

Ventura County Sheriff's Department investigators arrested a 14-year-old La Reina High School student on Wed., Oct. 3 in connection with a bomb threat that was made at the school on Oct. 2. More...

Family

Healthy beverage choices are good for families

Eating dinner together as a family can have beneficial effects on the health and wellbeing of the whole family. But when sitting down to the table, don't just focus on what's on the plate- what is in the glass matters, too. More...

Reduce Halloween sugar fix with simple steps

Halloween is the time of year when sweet children can turn into sweet-toothed monsters- that is, when they have too much sugar. That's why it's important to implement strategies to keep them out of the candy jar. More...

Students get a taste of what to expect at Newbury Park College Faire

GETTING THE STRAIGHT SCOOP- Newbury Park resident, Dylan Ruby, 16, left, a junior at Newbury Park High School, and her mother, Barrie Ruby, speak to Stanford representative Kathy Logan during the College Faire held last month at Newbury Park High More...

Editorials

Readers rise to the challenge

We have the greatest readers in the world and here's the proof: In the Sept. 27 Thousand Oaks Acorn we alerted our read ers that the shelves of the nonprofit food bank Manna were empty. More...

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For the Record

We apologize that our Movie Listings weren't included in last week's edition, due to an oversight. Regarding the photo caption for the Thousand Oaks Kiwanis Club Texas Hold 'Em Poker Tournament, it will be held Sun., Nov. More...

Real Estate

Upgraded Throughout, This Spacious Home Includes A Bonus Room, Loft, Recessed Lighting And A Security System

There's almost 2,400 square feet in this former model Plan 2 of the Traditions Development. More...

This Home Was Built In 2001 And Has Been Highly Upgraded

This home in Woodridge Estates has 5 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms and a custom spa in more than 4,100 square feet. The home, built in 2001, has been highly upgraded. More...

The Large Family Room In This Home Has A Fireplace And A Wet Bar

This Morrison Sutton home in Oak Park is a 705 plan that has 4 bedrooms plus a loft that could be used as a fifth bedroom. There are 3.5 bathrooms. The downstairs bedroom and bathroom can be accessed from the backyard. More...

Circus folks tame council's fee plan

After Ringling Bros. refused to jump through Thousand Oaks' hoops when it came to paying the city higher concession rates, the City Council voted unanimously, 5-0, not to crack the whip. More...

He's got his eye on you

BEAN BAG TOSS- Thousand Oaks High School freshman practices behind the booth he ran at Sunday's Acacia Elementary School carnival. Event raised funds for the Thousand Oaks school's music program. See related photos on page 19. More...

Thousand Oaks wins award for resolving potential staffing crisis

After city officials found solutions for what they described as a crisis within their workforce, Thousand Oaks was honored with an excellence award for internal administration. More...

Community

Tiny tree is no young sprout

JANN HENDRY/Acorn Newspapers MINI MAPLE- Conejo Valley Bonsai Society member Paul Centeno, right, shows a 20-year-old bonsai maple tree to Newbury Park's DePalo family, father David, left, Chloe, second from left, 7, a Viewpoint School second-grade s More...

Service to celebrate heroic little boy's life

A public memorial service for 6-year-old Sev'n Molina, who was slain Aug. 12 while trying to protect his mother from an attacker will be held at 5:30 p.m. Fri., Oct. 12 at Calvary Community Church in Westlake Village. More...

ZIP code grief counselors may soon be needed

Everyone in Thousand Oaks may get a new address next year if postal officials get their way and the city's ZIP codes are changed. More...

Dining & Entertainment

Winning toss of the dice

BABY NEEDS A NEW PAIR OF SHOES- Thousand Oaks residents, from left, Harold and Madeline Hess, along with Sharon and Walter Simpson cheer their good luck at the craps table last Sunday evening at the Moorpark Country Club. More...

Santa Barbara courthouse serves as backdrop for art

The ninth annual Santa Barbara Festival of Art will take place Fri. through Sun., Oct. 12 to 14 at the sunken gardens of the Santa Barbara County Courthouse at Anapamu and Anacapa streets. The festival starts at 5 p.m. Friday and at 11 a.m. More...

New West Symphony planning November blend of music, design

Glabman Furniture will host "A Symphony of Art, Music and Design" from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Thurs., Nov. 8 at 982 S. Westlake Blvd., Ste. 10, Westlake Village. More...

Sports

Learning experience

Pacific Youth Football League teaches kids the basics

The Pacific Youth Football League continues to prosper after 15 years. With almost 4,000 players on 140 teams throughout much of the southland, the PYFL is an independent, nonprofit football league for players ages 7 to 14. More...

McBride delivers

Senior leads Newbury Park girls' volleyball team to a hard-fought victory over Moorpark

Fans and experts often say good players play big in the biggest games. On Tuesday night, in Newbury Park High's important Marmonte League matchup with Moorpark, senior Stephanie McBride established herself as a big-time player. More...

CLU adding softball field

California Lutheran University has begun construction on its new softball field- the latest venue in the athletics complex on the north side of Olsen Road in Thousand Oaks. More...

Pets

Pet of the Week

SOPHISTICAT- Cheyenn, a 13-year-old female Siamese mix calico point cat, was surrendered by her owner. Cheyenn can be adopted from the Agoura Animal Shelter at 29525 Agoura Road. To take Cheyenn home, ask for ID No. A3727831. More...

Faith

The Art of Being

"Service is the rent we pay for the privilege of living on this earth. It is the very purpose of life, and not something you do in your spare time. More...

Church to hold emergency and family preparedness fair

An emergency and family preparedness fairbe held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sat., Oct. 27 at thChurch of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2645 Moorpark Road in Thousand Oaks. More...

Parents of murdered children gather to remember

The parents of Ventura County's youngest murder victims approached the podium one by one at Oxnard Plaza Park to repeat aloud the names of their loved ones and to light candles in their memory. More...

Letters

Rancho Potrero plan makes sense

The Save Open Space (SOS) ads in the Thousand Oaks Acorn regarding the Rancho Potrero plan hit well below the belt when they insinuate that the Conejo Recreation and Park District (CRPD) board isn't listening to residents. More...

Park district wants the best for residents

I wonder if I'm one of a silent majority who share a high desire to have the former Olympic Farms area become a wellplanned park? More...

Rancho Potrero plan a disaster

Why is the public angry with Conejo Recreation and Park District (CRPD) and the city about the Rancho Potrero conceptual plan? Let's count the reasons. First, no public input was obtained before the conceptual plan was created in 2005. More...

Vacation Photos

Take Your Thousand Oaks Acorn on Vacation

TALL SHIPS- Brothers Gavin and Landon Nealon stand beside a tall ship that is a replica of one of the ships that carried settlers to Jamestown, Va., where the Nealon family vacationed this summer. More...