January 31, 2008 RSS feed / Front Page

Not sure if it's fun to be hit by a snowball or not

'HOW DARE YOU!'--Mattie Cherry, 5, of Thousand Oaks can't decide whether to burst into laughter or roar in anger as she takes a snowball to the face while playing at the Let It Snow community event on Sunday at Emmanuel Presbyterian Church in More...

Health & Wellness

Medical spa services come to Westlake Village

John of Italy, a salon and spa serving Conejo Valley residents for the past 25 years, has announced the addition of medical spa services to the day spa in its Westlake Village facility. More...

Eating disorders more common among teens than believed

Teenagers confront everyday pressures to succeed academically and fit in socially. While most adolescents thrive despite these demands, some take on selfdestructive habits to cope. More...

Arthritis support group to meet

The Conejo Valley Arthritis Support Group will meet from 12:15 to 2 p.m. Sat., Feb. 9 at the Goebel Senior Adult Center, 1385 E. Janss Road in Thousand Oaks. Glen D. Cohen, MD, a hand surgeon and orthopedist, will speak at the meeting. More...

Calendar

Datebook

THURS., JAN. 31 Luncheon RSVP Reservations due for Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation Conejo Valley Guild luncheon, 10:30 a.m., Wed., Feb. 6. Westlake Village Inn. 31943 Agoura Road. Auction of mystery gifts. Guests welcome. $25. More...

Schools

Cal Grants help low-income students

The California Student Aid Commission recently announced the launch of the 2008 Cal Grant Campaign which offers mid- and low-income California students free cash for college and career training. More...

District opens schools for tours to parents

The Open Classrooms for Conejo Valley Unified School District will offer weekly tours of the campus for parents of prospective students beginning Thurs., Feb. 7 at Conejo Elementary School, 280 Conejo School Road in Thousand Oaks. More...

Conejo Schools Foundation gets a hefty donation from Power family

A nonprofit dedicated to providing a funding source for the Conejo Valley Unified School District received a $100,000 check recently in memory of a well-known teacher, mother and community volunteer. The J.D. More...

Business

Corporate leaders schooled on higher education needs

About 160 community leaders gathered on Tuesday in a meeting room in the Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center at California Lutheran University to listen to three college presidents discuss the challenges facing higher education. More...

Bank gives warm reception to guests

BANK HOSTS CHAMBER EVENT- - City National Bank in the Westlake portion of Thousand Oaks hosted a recent reception for the Agoura/Oak Park/Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce attended by more than 100. The branch is at 2655 Townsgate Road. More...

Bank to move to new headquarters in Conejo Valley

First California Bank signed a 10-year lease agreement for a 22,000-square-foot office space in the Conejo Valley's newest office development, Westlake Park Place. More...

Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park During an undercover narcotics operation, a male, 19, was arrested on charges of selling marijuana and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs at 7:20 p.m. Jan. 17 in the 800 block of Wendy Drive. More...

Newbury Park girl escapes suspected kidnapper

Police are searching for a white man in his 40s, 5 feet 10 inches tall, medium build with long wavy or curly blond hair and an unkempt appearance who's suspected of kidnapping an 11-year-old girl in Newbury Park on Sat., Jan. 26. More...

Two arrested in connection with assault

Two men were arrested and charged with conspiring to commit murder after a woman pregnant with an 11-week-old fetus was punched in the abdomen during what appeared at first to be a robbery, a police report said. More...

Family

Kids know neatness counts on passports

CURIOUS KIDS- Above, Alex Lockney, 5, of Thousand Oaks peeks at her brother's passport photo while waiting for her family's passports to be processed at the Thousand Oaks Post Office Passport Fair on Saturday. More...

You can save money on your electric bill by being a smarter consumer

Most everyone would like to lower his electricity use for basics such as heat, light, cooking and laundry. More...

Farmers' Market is well stocked with avocados and fresh fruit

Tasty fruits and ripe avocados can be found at the Thousand Oaks Certified Farmers' Market this winter season. More...

Letters

Let's keep the doors open at Maple Elementary

I'm a Conejo Valley business owner and concerned parent of Maple Elementary School- one of the schools listed for possible closure. More...

Why close a school with good grades?

I'm sending this as a concerned resident and parent of Newbury Park. My neigborhood school, Maple, was ranked No. 1 for school closure, the only one in Newbury Park. More...

School closures another reason to make changes

Conejo Valley Unified School District (CVUSD) administrators have decided to place the cost burden of declining enrollment squarely on the backs of the taxpayer by closing schools and lowering our property values. More...

Home Depot environmental document says problems can be resolved

An Environmental Impact Report draft, required by the state and paid for by the developer on the proposed Home Depot site at 325 Hampshire Road, was released on Jan. 25. The site was formerly occupied by a Kmart store. More...

School board postpones Internet improvement system

With the names of the two schools to be closed just weeks away from being announced, parents made it clear at a special meeting Monday that it's not an appropriate time to improve Conejo Valley Unified School District's Internet More...

Tell us how you met the most special person in your life

Anyone can catch your eye, but it takes someone special to win your heart. Do you recall the moment your spouse or loved one walked into your life? Was it love at first sight? Did fireworks go off and Cupid's arrow find its mark? More...

Community

Accident at Westlake High School wasn't what it seemed to be

A young man lying on the pavement near a car that had crashed next to Westlake High School led many people to the conclusion that a student had been struck by a car. More...

State tax form has incorrect info

An error on a printed California tax form may lead some California taxpayers to understate their home mortgage interest deductions, the Franchise Tax Board announced recently. More...

Kavli sound system gets regular tuneups

Anyone who's ever owned a TV and stereo system knows what it means to try to keep up with technology and stay within budget. More...

Dining & Entertainment

Songs from Gilbert and Sullivan operettas to be performed

The Arts at St. Patrick's program, sponsored by St. Patrick's Episcopal Church, will host the Ventura County Gilbert and Sullivan Repertoire Company in a concert at 7 p.m. Sun., Feb. 17 at the church, One Church Road, Thousand Oaks. More...

Umbrellas are practical

LEADING LADY- Newbury Park residents Loretta and George Westbrook find their way into The Oaks mall during a downpour last Sunday. The city's total rainfall already exceeds all of last year's. More...

Art Night coming to Park Oaks

First 5 Conejo Valley Neighborhood for Learning is hosting a free community Family Art Night from 6 to 8 p.m. Tues., Feb. 12 at Park Oaks Elementary School, 1335 Calle Bouganvilla in Thousand Oaks. More...

Sports

Ten questions with Jenna Bandy

Only a sophomore, Thousand Oaks High girls' basketball player Jenna Bandy has already established herself as a premier athlete in the Marmonte League. More...

Lions regroup after loss to St. Bonaventure

TVL showdown against Fillmore looms tonight

The race for a girls' basketball championship in the Tri-Valley League just got a little more interesting. Behind a stellar defensive effort by St. Bonaventure, Oaks Christian lost to the Seraphs 49-40 at home Tuesday night. More...

SPARQ testing offered locally

NIKE SPARQ, in conjunction with Baseball America and Atomix Sports, is conducting an area tour through Feb. 20 where they'll test high school baseball and softball teams. More...

Pets

Pet of the Week

REGAL BEAGLE- Buddy, an 8-year-old male beagle, can be adopted from the Agoura Animal Shelter at 29525 Agoura Road. To take Buddy home, ask about identification No. A3478673. More...

Company picks up where Fido drops off

When nature calls, this franchise answers. Local entrepreneurs Bren and Reggie Mercado recently opened DoodyCalls in Simi Valley, becoming part of the first fullservice pet waste removal franchise. More...

Petsaver class coming to T.O.

Conejo Recreation and Park District invites dog and cat lovers to learn more about their pets' health by taking a Petsaver class 1 to 5 p.m. Sat., Feb. 23 at Hillcrest Center, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive in Thousand Oaks. More...

Faith

Group asks churches to send care packages to servicemen and women

The small care package on display in the Christian Reformed Church's Grand Rapids office contains snacks, breakfast foods, toiletries, a book of Bible-based reflections and a prayer card. More...

Arm of the Lutheran church to sponsor an online auction fundraiser to help worthy causes

Trading Graces, an online auction on eBay hosted by Lutheran Services in America, will open Feb. 5 and continue through June 10. More...

Catholic churches participate in The University

Entering its seventh season, The University returns to 10 participating parishes for its adult education program beginning Feb. 7. The University offers 12 subjects with 100 sessions presented by 70 speakers. More...

Motoring

No slipsliding away: How to stay on road

Unpredictable weather can cause reduced visibility and hazardous driving conditions that make it challenging for even the most experienced drivers. Fortunately, there are ways drivers can protect themselves, their passengers and their cars. More...