December 27, 2007 RSS feed / Front Page

School board amends protocols to reduce rancor at its meetings

As promised, Conejo Valley Unified School District board members used their annual reorganization meeting as an opportunity to look over their protocols, and this time, board member Mike Dunn decided to ab stain from voting. More...

Year in review-

2007 a year of ups and downs for city of T.O.

Amgen restructuring In August, Amgen announced it would restructure by reducing staff 12 to 14 percent- 2,200 to 2,600 workers- and making other cutbacks. More...

Health & Wellness

Noisy toys may cause hearing loss

Beware of buzz, beep and vroom! Toys that make noise may not be safe, according to Rebecca Younk, product training and education program manager for Amplifon USA. More...

New technology offers patients an alternative to hip replacement

People who feel like they're much too young and too physically active to be suffering from arthritis pain probably also feel they're too young for a hip replacement. Thanks to a new technology, they may have other options. More...

Program to help smokers kick the habit offered at T.O. hospital

Smokers wishing to kick the habit are invited to attend the "Freedom from Smoking" program beginning 6:30 p.m. Tues., Jan. 8, 2008, and meeting for eight consecutive weeks through Feb. More...

Calendar

Datebook

MON., DEC. 31 Teens Celebrate Thousand Oaks Teen Center hosts annual New Year's Eve Celebration, 8 p.m. to 12:15 a.m., 1375 E. Janss Road. More...

Schools

Year in review

Superintendent retires, trustee is censured and 2 schools will close in 2009

Superintendent retires After nearly 30 years serving the Conejo Valley Unified School District, Deputy Superintendent Richard Simpson retired in July. More...

Horizon Hills offers new class for preschoolers

Conejo Valley Neighborhood for Learning and the Conejo Valley Unified School District will offer a new inclusion preschool class beginning in January on the Horizon Hills campus in Thousand Oaks. More...

Alumni explain what's ahead

SHARING THE FRESHMAN EXPERIENCE- - La Reina High School's Class of 2007 graduates, from left, Aubrey Daumann of Moorpark College, Cristina Agazotti of the University of Southern California and Julianne Humason of the University of San Francisco, r More...

Business

EYE ON LOCAL AREA STOCKS

Company Name AMGEN BAXTER BEVERLY HILLS BANCORP CAMINOSOFT CORP. CHEESECAKE FACTORY COUNTRYWIDE FINANCIAL CORP. DIODES, INC DTS, INC. More...

Pets

Pet of the Week

HOLIDAY PET- Heidi, a 2-year-old female shepherd mix, can be adopted from the Agoura Animal Shelter at 29525 Agoura Road. To take Heidi home, ask about identification No. A3717028. More...

Family

Having fun with Mom

SLIPPING AND SLIDING- - Debra Herishberg of Newbury Park steadies her daughter, Sophia Lily, 3, while the pair skate at The Lakes shopping center in Thousand Oaks. More...

Parents graduate from violence prevention class

A group of 42 parents accepted diplomas last week after completing a program that helps them raise nonviolent children in the face of troublesome video games, television and other outside influences. More...

Cabrillo Music Theatre to present 'Ain't Misbehavin'

Cabrillo Music Theatre will present the Fats Waller musical show "Ain't Misbehavin'" from Fri. to Sun., Jan. 4 through 13 at the Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. More...

Editorials

One resolution worth keeping

As we come to the end of another year, some of us are thinking about making New Year's resolutions. But think back: How did those vows for 2007 turn out? Maybe a few people stopped smoking or drinking last Jan. More...

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For the record

Contrary to what was written in a letter to the editor last week, the facility at Rancho Potrero will have permanent public restrooms. More...

Real Estate

On A Large Private Lot At The End Of A Cul-De-Sac

This North Ranch home is on a large private lot at the end of a cul-de-sac that backs to mountains and open space. The home has an open entryway with high ceilings. More...

Ruth Rose

Ruth Rose of White House Properties Westlake Village has been awarded No. 1 top sales and listing agent for the month of November by owner/broker Marty Williams. Rose has just sold three of her listings in less than two weeks each. More...

This Home Features An Open Floor Plan, Plantation Shutters, And Hardwood Floors

This 4-bedroom model now has 3 bedrooms plus a bonus room and 2.5 bathrooms. The home is approximately 2,126 square feet and was built in 1999. More...

Wrapping it up for donations

SHOPPERS SUPPORT A GOOD CAUSE- - Thousand Oaks High School Key Club member Tanja Dannas, left, hands back a newly wrapped book purchased by Newbury Park resident Abby Hairabedian, right, at a Key Club fundraiser in Thousand Oaks last week. More...

Petitioners seek a public vote on development, traffic issues

The city is one step closer to having a law requiring a public vote before a large development that would increase traffic congestion is allowed. More...

Photo of the Year

ETCHED IN TIME- - The war in Iraq came home and touched the community of Thousand Oaks earlier this year when Lance Cpl. Anthony Melia of T.O. was killed while serving in the U.S. Marine Corps. In a front page photo from the Feb. More...

Community

Early deadlines in effect

The Jan. 3 edition of the Acorn has early deadlines because of New Year's Day. Space for display ads in the Jan. 3 paper must be reserved by 11 a.m. tomorrow, Fri., Dec. More...

Manna delivers more than food

SELECTION BOX- Manna Food Bank director John Gorham helps Thousand Oaks resident Corey Williams choose gifts for her teenage daughters at Manna on Monday. Manna distributed gifts from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve to families in need. More...

County debuts new website

The county of Ventura has launched a new "Donate, Reuse, Recycle" waste reduction website at www.VCMAX.org. More...

Dining & Entertainment

"Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story"

Directed by: Jake Kasdan Starring: John C. Reilly, Jenna Fischer, Raymond J. Barry, Margo Martindale MPAA rating: R (for adult language, drug use, sexual content, graphic nudity) Running time: 97 min. More...

Orchestra changes name, announces schedule of performances

The Concertos With OrchestraThousand Oaks orchestra has changed its name to the Thousand Oaks Philharmonic. The name change and a new logo will be unveiled at a reception at 3 p.m. Thurs., Jan. More...

Livery Theatre offers improv show for New Year's Eve celebration

The Livery Theatre's annual New Year's Improv Show will be Mon., Dec. 31 from 7 to 10:30 p.m. at the Livery Theatre, 34 N. Palm St. in Ventura. More...

Sports

Marmonte League strong from top to bottom

Agoura, Thousand Oaks considered frontrunners in race for girls' soccer championship

With the winter season now upon us, temperatures in the area have been dropping. On the other hand, the Marmonte League girls' soccer race is just heating up. More...

A holiday sports gift for our readers: Golfing tips

There is a lot of free advice in the golf community, but much of it is misleading and conflicting. Some tips are considered "must-dos" that will guarantee results for all golfers. More...

Marmonte girls' basketball update

The girls' basketball teams at Royal, Westlake and Newbury Park high schools are all off to fast starts in Marmonte League play. All three squads carried 2-0 league records into winter break. The Marmonte schedule is set to resume on Jan. 3. More...

Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park On a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol, the following subjects were arrested: A male, 72, at 10:26 a.m. Dec. 13 at Ventu Park and Newbury roads; and a male, 34, at 8:25 a.m. Dec. More...

Faith

A manger scene slows traffic on Erbes Road

ANGEL ON HIGH- Vehicles driving north on Erbes Road have slowed at the sight of an angel. In front of Conejo Valley Community Church, a life-size vinyl photo of Angel Annabell Englund, 15, of Thousand Oaks smiles from above a manger. More...

Youths called to the Torah

Hannah Carolyn Hurley was called to the Torah on Dec. 1 as a bat mitzvah of the Center for Early Jewish Education of Thousand Oaks. More...

Dennis Jones plans seminar at OneSpirit

Acorn columnist Dennis Merritt Jones will present "The Journey of Your Soul," an eightweek class inspired by the book "Soul to Soul" by Gary Zukav, beginning Wed., Jan. 9 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. More...

Letters

Fundraisers at school deserve a sense of humor

The most recent comments regarding principal Jeff Rickert's fundraising event has forced me to write something on his behalf. I wasn't able to see the event in person. I saw the picture in the Thousand Oaks Acorn after it happened. More...

Transportation needs attention in Thousand Oaks

My husband and I are asking the Thousand Oaks City Council to make public transit a bigger priority in Thousand Oaks for 2008 and to be more understanding toward people with disabilities. More...

Thanks to compassion, lonely seniors were remembered

It's because of Friends of the Ombudsman Program in Ventura County and their generous giving to Operation Senior Santa this year that we've been able to deliver gifts to more than 2,000 frail elderly residents in long-term care facilities in V More...

Vacation Photos

Take Your Thousand Oaks Acorn on Vacation

WELCOME MAT- Rob and Shell Oswalt feel right at home in Nashville, Tenn., at the Hermitage where President Andrew Jackson lived. More...