March 27, 2008 RSS feed / Front Page

City of T.O. has already spent $100,000 on Measure B studies

Measure B, the Land Use Traffic Initiative that will be on the June 3 ballot, has already cost Thousand Oaks taxpayers $100,000, according to City Manager Scott Mitnick. More...

Health & Wellness

Women Much More Vulnerable to Dry Eye Syndrome

If She's Batting Her Eyes at You, It Might Not Be What You Think

Everyone experiences the symptoms of burning, irritable eyes, the sensation that something is actually scratching the eye. But for some 3 million American women, the symptoms are chronic, according to Dr. More...

Get the skinny on high-protein myths

Some nutrition bars may provide too much of it

When it comes to getting protein into a diet to build more muscle and stay lean, there's a limit to show how much the body can actually absorb. "The book and supplement industry centers its marketing on 'nutritionalism. More...

Wellness Community Valley/Ventura appoints year's new board officers

Business leaders Tom Crowell, David McFadden, Stephen L. Spector and Brian Layfield were appointed the 2008 officers of The Wellness Community Valley/Ventura's board of directors. More...

Calendar

Datebook

FRI., MARCH 28 Bella Vita Westlake Bella Vita Social Club meets for dinner, 6 p.m., parish hall, St. Jude's Catholic Church, 32032 W. Lindero Canyon Road, Westlake Village. Italian pasta dinner served. More...

Schools

Elementary and middle school students to be introduced to musical instruments

The instrumental music program at Los Cerritos Middle School will sponsor a "music petting zoo" from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tues., April 1 at the school, 2100 Avenida de Las Flores, Thousand Oaks. More...

Enjoying spring break

'LASSO A PONY'- Cypress Elementary School child-care leader Amy Fitzgerald, second from right, cheers on Park Oaks Elementary School fifth-grader Skyler Van Winkle, 10, as he tries his hand with a hula hoop and a rope during a "Lasso a Pony" game More...

Stand-out Sycamore students place first in environmental challenge

An environmental science project by six students at Sycamore Canyon Middle School in Newbury Park won a first-place award in the recent Edison Challenge competition, sponsored by Edison International and the University of Southern Califor More...

Business

Retired or Soon Will Be? Consider Long-Term Care Insurance

By now, most Americans have heard about longterm care insurance, yet many have shied away. According to numerous polls, most Americans believe that longterm care will be paid by Medicare, Medicaid (MediCal) or private health insurance. More...

Furniture That Promotes Family Entertainment Now Available

As Old World and Tuscan homes tend to become outdated, a fresh, new contemporary style has proven ready to step in. Tyler Brooks Lifestyle Furniture in Thousand Oaks features modern designs for the home that speak to this new lifetyle. More...

Acorn now accepting Business Briefs

If you have business news to announce, such as an award, promotion or a new location, please send it to the Thousand Oaks Acorn , Attention: Business Briefs, 30423 Canwood St., Ste. 108, Agoura Hills, CA 91301. More...

Pets

Pet of the Week

FURRY FRIEND- Reina, a 2-year-old female border collie mix, can be adopted from the Agoura Animal Shelter at 29525 Agoura Road. To take Reina home, ask about identification No. A3795386. More...

Faith

Ascension Lutheran raises money for Africa

Ascension Lutheran Church in Thousand Oaks raised more than $100,000 last fall through its annual Gifts of Hope emphasis to fund an education project in the Central African Republic. More...

Church attendance is dropping

Americans are ditching church in record numbers, and those who do attend are "church hopping," according to the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. In every city in America there are more people at home on Sunday than in church. More...

Family

Family Day to help Neighborhood for Learning

Conejo Valley Neighborhood for Learning will host its "Annual Family Day at the Park" for families with children ages 1 to 5 from noon to 4 p.m. Sat., April 26 at the Thousand Oaks Community Park, 2525 N. Moorpark Road. More...

Latter-day Saints provide support for moms, babies at women's shelter

Women of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from Agoura Hills, Westlake Village, Thousand Oaks and Newbury Park joined together to provide relief and support for the Lighthouse Women's and Children's Shelter in Oxnard. More...

Chaplain helps troops readjust to home life

After two years away from his family for training and a tour of duty in Iraq, Capt. Colin Fleming of the Minnesota Army National Guard was in no mood for a homecoming party. More...

City Council ponders a 'doomsday scenario'

Five scenarios, including one he referred to as the "doomsday scenario," were recently presented to the City Council by economist Bill Watkins during the third part of the city's financial strategic plan series. More...

Dunn may have violated labor laws, employment board says

Nearly two years after tension between the teachers union and Conejo Valley Unified School District board member Michael Dunn led to a lawsuit, the state employment board has found merit in allegations made by the United Associati More...

Community

Auto dealers will tax themselves to get more parking spaces

Auto dealers at the Thousand Oaks Auto Mall need more places to park cars, so much so that they presented a petition to the T.O. City Council agreeing to tax themselves to help the city improve public streets. More...

Tony Strickland off and running for seat in the state Senate

Tony Strickland kicked off his campaign for the state Senate with a series of meetings throughout the 19th district. More...

Ventura County milks money from city of T.O. and gives nothing back, officials say

Concerned parents packed Thousand Oaks City Council chambers last week to hear what ideas city leaders might offer to ease the budget woes that led the school district to decide to close two award-winning elementary schools. More...

Dining & Entertainment

'Jekyll & Hyde': the allegorical musical hit

Play review

Cabrillo Music Theatre's production of "Jekyll & Hyde: the Musical" at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, proved to be a disturbingly beautiful musical version of the classic novella, "Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. More...

Malibu wine festival will generate money for Childhelp's programs

The fifth annual Malibu Wine Classic will take place from noon to 5 p.m. Sat., April 5 at the Malibu Civic Center, 23525 Civic Center Way, Malibu. More...

"The Bank Job"

Directed by: Roger Donaldson Starring: Jason Statham, Saffron Burrows, Daniel Mays, Richard Lintern MPAA r ating: R Running time: 110 minutes Best suited for: "British invasion" heist fans Least suited for: More...

Sports

Cartoonist always tackled controversy

Westlake resident worked at Daily News for 25 years

Jim Thompson always enjoyed receiving hate mail from readers. He still takes pleasure in people who oppose his expressive opinions. More...

McBride makes college choice

Stephanie McBride, a senior on the Newbury Park High girls' volleyball team this past season, has signed a National Letter of Intent with The Master's College in Santa Clarita. More...

Outstanding effort from Newbury Park Chivas

CUP CRAZY KIDS- The Newbury Park Chivas U-10 girls' soccer team finished in second place in its division at the Santa Barbara Spring Cup. Pictured, from left, are Leeza, Mariana, Emily, Hannah, Kallie, Samantha, Sarah, Gemma, Katie and Carly. More...

Police

Newbury Park man, 38, apparent victim of homicide

Police were suspicious when they found Jorge Zavala, 38, dead in his home in the 1600 block of Calle Diamonte in Newbury Park. More...

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park A male, 44, was arrested and charged with battering a deputy at 5:24 p.m. March 6 in the 1100 block of Amberton Lane. More...

Residents are robbed after letting strangers into their homes

Two identical crimes in Newbury Park and Thousand Oaks also occurred several times recently in Simi Valley, possibly involving the same suspects, but certainly the same technique. In the Newbury Park and T.O. More...

Letters

Traffic initiative deserves to go down in flames

We've come together as present and former leaders in Thousand Oaks to ask you to oppose Measure B when it comes to the ballot in June. More...

Measure B backer actually listed reasons to vote no

I urge everyone to read Mojtaba Sedighi's March 13 letter, "Traffic initiative lets voters decide on development". (See the Thousand Oaks Acorn archives online at www.toacorn.com. More...

Schools are like businesses: Only the strong survive

It is indeed sad that parents are faced with the closure of their favorite schools. More...