December 13, 2007 RSS feed / Front Page

PTA backs diversity document

The Conejo Council ParentTeacher Association has come forward to urge Conejo Valley Unified School District and the board of education to consider a diversity resolution approved by the state PTA. More...

Things look just great for 2008, mayor says

Andy Fox presents the State of the City

Lower expectations got great applause Tuesday during Mayor Andy Fox's State of the City address. More...

Health & Wellness

Blood drive honors Westlake Village mom

Sharon Agase's family has organized a blood drive to honor the mother of three who's suffering from acute lymphoblast leukemia. More...

Older adults must manage their meds

Growing older means taking on new responsibilities and confronting new challenges to building a healthy lifestyle. For Americans age 65 and above, it may also include taking multiple medications to manage a variety of health conditions. More...

HIV/AIDS exhibit coming to CLU

An HIV/AIDS exhibit at California Lutheran University will feature a 24foot mural and a collection of activism memorabilia. The exhibit will run through Sat., Dec. 15 in Kwan Fong Gallery of Art and Culture on the campus, 60 W. More...

Calendar

Datebook

THURS., DEC. 13 Malibu Chamber Malibu Chamber of Commerce hosts "Holidays Around The World" mixer, 5:30 to 8 p.m., Duke's Malibu Restaurant, 21150 Pacific Coast Hwy. $15 members, $25 nonmembers. RSVP (310) 456-9025. More...

Schools

High School Hi-Lights

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 steve@theacorn.com. More...

Holiday songs reflect the season

BRIGHTENING THE DAY- Seniors Becky Richardson and Robert Galletly, members of A Class Act, part of Westlake High School's choral music department, sing at last week's UCLA Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation Conejo Valley Guild's holiday lunche More...

Community college financial practices vary

California's community college system offers a chance at equal opportunity for low-income and first-generation students, but a new report finds that not all of the state's community colleges provide easy access to muchneeded financial More...

Business

Acorn offices will close early

All Acorn offices- Agoura Hills, Thousand Oaks and Camarillo- will be closed at 1 p.m. Fri., Dec. 14 for a holiday celebration. They will reopen at the regular time, 9 a.m. Mon., Dec. 17. More...

New automotive repair shop opens

Mark McKinstry has announced the opening of his new business, Rite-Way Automotive and Transmission, at the rear of Westlake Mobil, 942 S. Westlake Blvd. Rite-Way is a full-service shop. More...

Perfect time to open a jewelry store

READY FOR HOLIDAY SHOPPERS- - Members of the Thousand Oaks Westlake Village Regional Chamber of Commerce welcome Newbury Park Jewelers and owner Angelica Lozano, with scissors, duringan official grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony at the sto More...

Police

Police name jewel robbery suspect

The release early this month of surveillance video photos of a smiling man implicated in a jewelry store holdup has resulted in numerous tips and what police are calling a positive identification of the armed robbery suspect. More...

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park A male, 30, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence at 1:25 a.m. Dec. 1 at the intersection of Hillcrest and Lawrence drives. More...

Five arrests made in shooting death of Newbury Park man

Five residents of Thousand Oaks have been arrested in connection with the Nov. 4 killing of Newbury Park resident Juan Nabte, 20. Luis Lima, 23, and a 17yearold male juvenile were charged with homicide. More...

Family

New place to play

STEADY ON HER FEET- Jayden Rollins, 3, is enjoying herself while climbing in the all-new Jungleland-themed play area at The Oaks shopping center in Thousand Oaks. The regional mall is a popular destination for holiday shoppers. More...

Adoption orientation planned

Children's Bureau will present an orientation for adults, single or married, who are interested in adoption from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wed., Dec. 19 at the Grant Brimhall/Thousand Oaks Library, 1401 E. Janss Road. More...

Beware of danger during the holidays

The holiday season brings with it an increase in vehicle burglaries, identity theft and other crimes, according to the Ventura County Sheriff's Department, which offers tips to lessen the chances of becoming a victim by removi More...

Columns

The art of awareness

" Kyk mooi ," I am told by a San tracker. More...

Take care of your holiday plants and enjoy them the entire year

Holiday plants From coastal to desert zones, we live in one of the most diverse areas in the United States when it comes to temperatures, soil types, plant varieties and insect populations. More...

Vacation Photos

Take Your Thousand Oaks Acorn on Vacation

ROCK SOLID- The Terrio family of Thousand Oaks at the megalithic ruin of Stonehenge on England's Salisbury Plain. They are Greipen, Landen, Cleo and Jennifer. More...

Real Estate

In A Quiet 55+ Community

This 1-bedroom, 1-bath second-story condo is in a private and quiet 55-and-up community in the Oaknoll Villas in Thousand Oaks. More...

Article

Each year in February, Prudential California Realty holds a companywide breakfast banquet to honor its award winners from the previous year. More...

Updated Throughout

This singlestory, 3bedroom, 2-bath home has nearly 1,600 square feet and has been remodeled and upgraded throughout. More...

Compromise reached on Rancho Potrero

The 200person pavilion proposed for the Rancho Potrero park area in Newbury Park bit the dust when members of the general public, a focus group and an intergovernmental committee came together last week. More...

School district sets 4 criteria to determine which schools to close

The Conejo Valley Unified School District board has officially approved four criteria that will be used in choosing which two elementary schools will shut their doors after the 2008-09 school year. More...

It's peak season for holiday crafters

CRAFTY LADY- Laura Cooley of Thousand Oaks puts the finishing touches on a handcrafted holiday arrangement during the recent Santa's Village Carnival and Arts and Crafts Show at the Camarillo Community Center. More...

Community

Pedestrian hit by vehicle on Moorpark Road

Guadalupe Ceja, a pedestrian who suffered head injuries Monday when he was struck by a car, is in serious but stable condition at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center, according to hospital spokesperson Kris Carraway-Bowman. More...

County board has a vacancy

The Ventura County Air Pollution Control District Advisory Committee has a seat open for a qualified citizen. The 20 member citizens' advisory board is appointed by the Air Pollution Control Board. More...

It's a good time to save water- even when it rains

The California Department of Water Resources reported on Sept. More...

On the Town

Theater League's 'Love Sweet Love' takes to the stage

The singing was extraordinary but the production was disappointing

Theater League's "Love Sweet Love," a new musical based on the songs of Burt Bacharach and Hal David, hit the local stage last week. The show, another so-called "pop-sical," had its premiere in Arizona only a few weeks ago. More...

'Tuna Christmas' rings in the holidays in Southern style

Put some "Ho ho ho" in your holiday with the hilarious "Tuna Christmas" at Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center. More...

Ventura Harbor hosts parade of lights, fireworks show

The Ventura Harbor will present the 31st annual Parade of Lights and Fireworks display Fri., Dec. 14 and Sat., Dec. 15. The carnival will begin at 5 p.m., boat light parade at 7 p.m. and fireworks at 9 p.m. More...

Sports

Tiger takes on field at Target World Challenge

ON THE PROWL- Tiger Woods, above, is one of 16 players scheduled to compete in the Target World Challenge, which runs today through Sunday at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks. More...

Gang green

Thousand Oak High's 'Green Hole' has established itself as the area's most electric fan base

T.O.! (clap, clap), T.O.! (clap, clap) . . . Waves of sound slowly begin to reverberate through the Thousand Oaks High gymnasium, getting louder with each interval. T.O.! (clap, clap), T.O.! (clap, clap) . . . More...

Winning Marmonte won't be easy

Three girls' water polo teams ranked in top 10

It's always tough to win a championship. Repeating is even more difficult. After winning the CIFSouthern Section Division II title last season, the Agoura High girls' water polo team will now try to repeat. More...

Pets

Lucky dog's best friends

UNIFORMED HEROES- Rangers Kevin Smith and Sheila Fernandez of the Conejo Open Space Conservation Agency, above, greet Jackie, a 3-year-old border collie-retriever mix at the Hogan Foundation in Newbury Park. More...

Pet of the Week

PERFECT PET- Slippy, an 11-year-old female Labrador mix, was surrendered by her owner, who could no longer care for her. Slippy can be adopted from the Agoura Animal Shelter at 29525 Agoura Road. To take Slippy home, ask for ID No. A3750526. More...

Faith

Church's tree planting project is thriving

People of faith are becoming more environmentally conscious

Tom Sisulak smiles when locals refer to him as their own "Johnny Appleseed." He considers it a compliment and a calling. More...

Church hosts special program for kids

The children's program will be held during the 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. worship services Sun., Dec. 16 at the Westlake Lutheran Church, 2630A Townsgate Road, Westlake Village. The public is invited. More...

The Art of Being

"When I pray I feel my heart go deeper into my God. Right here, right now, right where I am, I pray." - Daniel Nahmod "He told them a parable on the necessity of praying always and not losing heart. More...

Letters

The petition drive makes sense

How amusing it is to see Jere Robings in support of more government regulations ("Petition a scam on T.O. citizens," Nov. 29 Thousand Oaks Acorn ). More...

Takes aim at critic of the petition drive

My name is Nino DeFranco, and I'm fighting for our quality of life. I want to protect what we already have. I've lived here for 15 years and have been very involved. More...

Home loan crisis was preventable

I read your paper every week; it is my favorite paper. I have been waiting to read something about whom to blame for our horrendous real estate market problems. More...

Editorials

Thousand Oaks is great, but it isn't Camelot

Maybe we're living in Camelot. Despite plenty of depressing news both local and national, Thousand Oaks Mayor Andy Fox gave an upbeat and positive summary during his State of the City speech Tuesday. More...

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Acorn Soundoff

Should the city do more to help the homeless?

Julie Rohde Receptionist "I believe we should be kind to people. Churches and compassionate people should help the homeless find jobs and help with food and shelter, but I don't think the city should. More...