November 15, 2007 RSS feed / Front Page

Fire department review heats up the City Council meeting

With the flip of a microphone switch, a public speaker making comments during a City Council meeting was silenced by Mayor Andy Fox. "I just shut your mike off so nobody hears you," Fox said. More...

T.O. Acorn will be delivered on Wednesday

Due to Thanksgiving on Thurs., Nov. 22, the Thousand Oaks Acorn will be delivered on Wednesday next week. Our office will be closed over the four-day holiday weekend until Mon., Nov. 26. More...

Health & Wellness

Tips on preventing children's ear infections

Heeding some simple advice could help children avoid an ear infection or help identify an infection early so that parents can take action quickly. More...

Vision exams, along with protective eyewear, can keep athletes in the game

Regardless of the sport played, protecting the eyes can help athletes stay on top of the game. More...

Dining & Entertainment

Young Artists to present 'The Secret Garden'

The Young Artists Ensemble presents "The Secret Garden" through Sun., Nov. 18 at the Theatre on the Hill, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. The musical by Lucy Simon and Marsha Norman is based on the book by Frances Hodgson Burnett. More...

Arts Council bestows award

The Ventura County Arts Council distributed $2,400 in awards to the winners in the sixth annual National Arts Program at Ventura County for current county employees and their immediate families. More...

Methodists collect food for Thanksgiving

Sunday School classes at United Methodist Church of Westlake Village will assemble Thanksgiving baskets for those in need. Nonperishable food will be donated by members of the congregation. The event will take place at 9 a.m. Sun., Nov. More...

Sports

Sun Devil fans embrace Carpenter

Westlake grad quarterbacks ASU to a 9-1 start, first win at Rose Bowl since 1996

Rudy Carpenter is feeling the love. Prior to their team's 2420 victory over UCLA at the Rose Bowl last Saturday, a large contingent of Arizona State football fans partied outside of the stadium at Sparky's Touchdown Tailgate. More...

Girls' volleyball teams tripped up in quarterfinals

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers LAST STAND- Olivia White of La Reina High bumps the ball during last Saturday's CIF-Southern Section Division III-AA playoff match with Cypress. Cypress won in four games, ending the Regents' season. More...

Craft weighing his options following OCHS loss

A successful season came to an end for the Oaks Christian boys' water polo team last Saturday. Whether or not it was the final game for the team's coach remains a question. More...

Police

Blotter

Newbury Park The following subjects were arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence at the times, dates and places shown: A male, 21, at 11:06 p.m. Oct. More...

Faith

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church hires new worship music leader

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church has announced the call of Lindsey Riddle in the new position of contemporary worship music leader. More...

Event will help fill local food banks

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church will host a free Music4Meals musical event from noon to 3 p.m. Sat., Dec. 1 on the church grounds in front of the sanctuary, weather permitting, at 1 W. Avenida de Los Arboles, T.O. More...

Letters

Administrators at schools use bad judgment

What a breath of fresh air from Dan Goldberg and the following letter by Sheri Hancock. More...

In the 1960s principals had common sense

I've carried a pocket knife every day since I was a Cub Scout at age 10. And like the Goldberg boy, I had one confiscated by my elementary school principal ("There should be exceptions to every rule," T.O. Acorn , Nov. 1). More...

Has no sympathy for critics of the park district who live in Dos Vientos

The Thousand Oaks Acorn has published several letters from privileged residents of Dos Vientos who feel they've been put upon by the local parks agencies regarding their plans for making Rancho Potrero accessible to all residents o More...

Real Estate

Real Estate Leaders Look Ahead

As homeowners and homebuyers across America, especially those who live in Southern California, continue to feel the effects of a struggling real estate market, The Acorn begins a multipart series with leaders in the local real estate i More...

Scott Urquhart

Top selling agent and top producer honors for September 2007 went to Scott Urquhart at Prudential California Realty's North Ranch/Westlake Village office. More...

This Home Has A Garden Entrance

This Skyline home, built in 1975, is moveinready. The garden entrance is shaded by a large saltbush tree. The side path leads to a lemon tree. More...

School resource officers now on high school campuses

New faces can be found on the campuses of Conejo Valley Unified high schools this year. More...

School district sets guidelines on school closures

Two months after the school board voted to close two schools in 2009, parents now have a better idea of how Conejo Valley Unified staff members will go about deciding which neighborhood schools could be shutting their doors. More...

Served in style by the mayor

NOW SERVING--Thousand Oaks Mayor Andy Fox, left, serves soup to Thousand Oaks resident Judy Welch during Sunday's Many Mansions Bowls of Hope fundraiser at Calamigos Ranch in Malibu. Guests dined on various soups catered by chefs. More...

Community

Legislators act to protect fruit

Twenty-four bipartisan California members of Congress sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture requesting the government not weaken safeguards that prevent the shipment of canker-infested citrus from Florida. More...

Insurance fraud charges dismissed

Judge Rebecca Riley has dismissed two felony charges against Lorrie Dingman of Thousand Oaks. Dingman, 40, had been charged with insurance fraud by the Ventura County district attorney's office. After a full day of testimony in a Nov. More...

Plans move forward on museum in T.O. Library

The Grant Brimhall/Thousand Oaks Library is $1 million closer to adding an archives museum to hold priceless radio memorabilia. More...

Calendar

Datebook

THURS., NOV. 15 Sushi For Chamber Aris Institute and Spa hosts special reception for Agoura/Oak Park/ Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce, 5:30 to 8 p.m., second floor, 3723 Thousand Oaks Blvd. More...

Schools

Young people should know the truth about the Internet

Senior Dep. Julie Novak with the Camarillo Police Department offers tips on how parents can safeguard their children against online predators and inappropriate websites. More...

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...

Business

Michele Pettes named Southern Cal Gas Co. public affairs manager

Michele Pettes, president and CEO of the Economic Development Collaborative-Ventura County for the last four years, will become the new Ventura County Public Affairs Manager for the Southern California Gas Company. More...

WaMu adds two new top executives to its loan center

Gunnar Pydde, vice president of the Washington Mutual home loan center of Westlake, announced two new additions to the company: Brad Cottrell and Diego Germann. More...

Pets

Pet of the Week

JANN HENDRY/Acorn Newspapers GENTLE- Pili, a 10-year-old female German shepherd mix, was surrendered by her owner. Pili can be adopted from the Agoura Animal Shelter at 29525 Agoura Road. Ask for ID No. A3747721. More...

Humane Society needs donations

The Humane Society of Ventura County is seeking donations to funds earmarked for special needs and programs. All donations made to a specific fund are used only for those purposes. More...

Family

Flour power brings in 'bread' for Maple Elementary

Maple Elementary School of Newbury Park won the competition for the opportunity to bake, bag and sell bread and cookies at Great Harvest's "Baker for a Day" event on Sunday. More...

Drama continues at OCHS

JANN HENDRY/Acorn Newspapers DEAR DIARY- Oaks Christian High School senior Jennifer Garrison, as Anne Frank, writes in her diary during a performance of "The Diary of Anne Frank" at the school last week. The show runs through Saturday. More...

Something to smile about: keeping teeth, gums healthy

Much like a house or car, the body requires maintenance, including the teeth and gums. However, many people may not be aware of the best ways to take care of their teeth and gums and which foods can contribute to good oral health. More...

Editorials

No matter what the district does on school closures, some will be unhappy

The Conejo Valley Unified School District is trying to find the best solution to a perplexing problem: What's the fairest way to close two schools? More...

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Early deadlines start today

Thanksgiving on Thurs., Nov. 22 forces the Thousand Oaks Acorn into early deadlines for next week's edition. Letters to the editor, press releases and real estate ads must be received or reserved by noon today, Thurs., Nov. 15. More...