March 20, 2008 RSS feed / Front Page

Singing with conviction

WIND BENEATH HER WINGS- Westlake Elementary School fourth-grader Allison Adam, 9, sings a strong rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" during an open mike night and interactive fountain show at Janss Marketplace. More...

Health & Wellness

Prescription medicines in water supply worry some, not everyone

Drinking water isn't quite as pure as once was thought, but Ventura County residents still shouldn't be alarmed about recent national reports that point to the presence of pharmaceuticals in drinking water systems, say area water agency More...

New nonprofit aims to empower girls

Despite the fact that she's working on her therapy licensing exam, JoHanna Jones says she's more interested in keeping girls out of the psychologist's office than in it. More...

Alzheimer's Association offers additional hours

The Alzheimer's Association is offering additional hours the first Saturday of every month from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. More...

Calendar

Datebook

THURS., MARCH 20 Tiny Trees Conejo Valley Bonsai Society meets 7:30 p.m., Westlake Village Community Center, 31200 Oak Crest Drive. President of Golden State Bonsai Federation Ted Matson gives demonstration. Guests welcomed. More...

Schools

Testing the balance of her memory bank

UNUSUAL NAME, UNUSUAL GAME- Sequoia Middle School student Busy Rylander, 13, tries to memorize as many numbers of pi as she can at the ninth annual Sequoia Middle School Pi Night, sponsored by the math department. More...

Middle schools have youth congress

EXPLAINING HIS POSITION- Redwood Middle School seventh-grader Alex Barr, 12, standing, presents his resolution to volunteer judges, from left, Andrea Moxley, Jonathan Cung and Karen Anthony during a student congress at the Thousand Oaks T More...

Construction firm hosts career day for high school students

Bagwell Construction Services hosted a career day on March 18 for students from Thousand Oaks and Westlake high schools. More...

Business

Putting practice at expo

READY FOR 18 HOLES- Bobbi Napolitano of Thousand Oaks practices on the Los Robles Greens Golf Course putting green at the Thousand Oaks-Westlake Village Regional Chamber of Commerce spring Business Expo at Hyatt Westlake Plaza. More...

EYE ON LOCAL AREA STOCKS

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

Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Notice The blotter is longer than usual because a reporter's illness prevented an update last week. Newbury Park Several people entered a gas station at 11:50 p.m. Feb. 26. More...

Sex offender conspicuous, but he has broken no laws

Ventura County sheriff 's deputies from the East County Sexual Assault Unit are cautioning residents about a registered sex offender who has been panhandling in a Thousand Oaks shopping center. More...

Have coffee with police officers

"Coffee with Cops" is planned for 7 p.m. Wed., March 26 at 1838 Galway Lane in Newbury Park. Sgt. Joe Evans and Senior Dep. James DeSoto are expected to attend. Other high-ranking peace officers are expected. More...

Family

The Lakes to host Easter egg hunt

The Lakes shopping center will hold its third annual Easter Egg-Stravaganza from 10 a.m. to noon, Sat., March 22 at 2200 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. Registration begins at 10 a.m. More...

Develop emergency escape plan to ensure safety in case of fire

Fire safety is no accident. Some fire injuries can be prevented with an escape plan. Working smoke detectors are important, but families should also develop an emergency escape plan. More...

Three generations of Eagle Scouts

LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON, LIKE GRANDSON- Jared Andrew Erman of Westlake Village, right, is a third-generation Eagle Scout. More...

Meadows and University schools will be closed

More than a year after the process began, the Conejo Valley Unified School District Board of Education has decided to close two elementary schools in the fall of 2009. More...

Man who found homes for puppies must make improvements to store

When someone is punished for doing a good deed, things can get complicated. It seems L.A. More...

Cops-on-campus program seems to be working in T.O.

About six months into its run, the Student Resource Officer program at high schools in the Conejo Valley is being considered a success, even if it means many more student arrests. Capt. More...

Community

Dueling freeway signs disagree on distance

ONE OR THE OTHER IS WRONG- New and old northbound 23 Freeway signs give conflicting information. The one on the left says it's 3.5 miles to Tierra Rejada Road.If you look closely, the one on the right says 2.5 miles. More...

City can't stop businesses from distributing handbills to dwellings in T.O.

T.O. residents often feel frustrated when they leave town for a few days and return to find advertising fliers adorning their door, mailbox and driveway. More...

Officials express concern about alcoholic beverages being marketed to teenagers

Community leaders and law enforcement have joined together to try to find a way to protect the city's youth from the deceptive business practices of alcohol companies. More...

Dining & Entertainment

"Horton Hears a Who"

Directed by: Jimmy Hayward, Steve Martino Starring: (voices of) Jim Carrey, Steve Carell, Carol Burnett, Seth Rogen, Isla Fisher MPAA r ating: G Running time: 88 minutes Best suited for: anyone who remembers Dr. More...

Film festival to screen British comedy

Temple Beth Torah's fifth annual Ventura County Jewish Film Festival will open at 7 p.m. Thurs., April 3. Unless noted otherwise, all films will be shown at the Regency Buenaventura 6 Theater at the 101 Freeway and Telephone Road in Ventura. More...

Group entertains Yacht Club women

SINGING WITH FEELING- Forever Young Singers director Jack Hagedorn, right, and the chorus, members of the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) from Goebel Senior Center, perform. More...

Sports

CRPD offers basketball camp

Registration is open for the Lu Dog Basketball Camp, which will run from noon to 3 p.m. Mon., March 24 through Fri., March 28 in the gym at Borchard Community Center, 190 Reino Road, Newbury Park. More...

Smalling has big plans

WHS swimmer pursuing Princeton, future Olympic Games

If everything goes according to plan, Westlake High senior Aislinn Smalling will be attending Princeton this fall, pursuing a degree in neuroscience and psychology. More...

If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball . . . or two

DUDE, GET OUT OF THE WAY- Cole Butler, 11, left, of Thousand Oaks tries to avoid being taken out by a pair of balls during Sunday's Dodgeball Tournament at The Performance Zone in Westlake Village. More...

Pets

Pet of the Week

COZY CALICO- Twinkle Toes, a 14-year-old female Calico can be adopted from the Agoura Animal Shelter at 29525 Agoura Road. To take Twinkle Toes home, ask about identification No. A3656588. More...

Before taking a pet home, be sure you know know the requirements

Society is increasingly going to the dogs. And cats. And other furry friends as well. That's because pets are turning up in all sorts of places, from pet-friendly motels to offices that encourage employees to bring their pets to work. More...

Faith

St. Jude's to host open house

St. Jude's Catholic Church in Westlake Village will host an open house from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sun., April 6 at the church, 32032 W. Lindero Canyon Road, Westlake Village. More...

Have dessert with rabbi wives

The Conejo Jewish Academy will host an open forum discussion for women with four rebbetzins- rabbi wives- of Chabad of the Conejo at 8 p.m. Mon., March 24 at the academy, 30345 Canwood St., Agoura Hills. More...

T.O. Jewish Center will become a chocolate factory for Purim

The Thousand Oaks Jewish Center will transform its facility into a chocolate factory for Purim on March 20 at 2060 Ave. de los Arboles, Thousand Oaks. Children's activities begin at 7:15 p.m. More...

Letters

Acorn's editorial accepted the school district's excuses

The opinion piece in the March 13 T.O. Acorn , "Decision on school closures comes none too early," said the drop in enrollment is a perfectly valid reason for school closures. Why, why, why is enrollment dropping? More...

Declining home values no help to enrollment woes

I was disappointed by the view put forward by Jeff Baarstad, deputy superintendent of Conejo Valley Unified School District, in the March 6 Thousand Oaks Acorn . More...

Start fighting now or all school districts will suffer

The current fiscal crisis in our state and its grave impact on our public schools is at once embarrassing and perilous. More...