September 25, 2008 RSS feed / Front Page

Elected officials react in wake of Metrolink train wreck

In the two weeks since the Metrolink crash that killed 25— the majority of whom were Simi Valley and Moorpark residents— local and state politicians have taken action to make train travel safer. More...

'We like playing rock 'n' roll'

JANN HENDRY/Acorn Newspapers GUITAR GIRLS GOT GAME—"Guitar Hero" game players Jaime Small, 12, right, and Siena Heintz, 11, both seventh-graders at La Reina, challenge each other while playing the song "Cherry Pie" on a PlayStation vi More...

Health & Wellness

Golf benefit to help developmentally delayed kids

The Child Development Institute will host the seventh annual CDI Charity Golf Classic on Fri., Oct. 3 at the Lost Canyons Golf Club, 3301 Lost Canyons Drive, Simi Valley. More...

New staff members added to health center

OakView, the new health center at University Village Thousand Oaks, has announced the appointment of two key staff members. OakView is open to the general public as well as the residents of University Village. More...

Plastic surgeon to host seminar

Dr. Yuly Gorodisky is a cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgeon in Westlake Village. More...

Calendar

Datebook

THURS., SEPT. 25 English Roses Ventura County Rose Society meets at Ventura County Office oEducation Conference Center5100 Adolfo Road, CamarilloDoors open 6:30 p.m. Celebration of members' roses 7 p.m. Program 7:30 p.m. More...

Schools

School board challenger has a long career in education

With each of his three children in a different school in Conejo Valley Unified School District, Dennis Hatland says he has a vested interest the district's future—and that's just one of the reasons he thinks he's the best choice fo More...

County board of education may decide on Meadows as a charter school on Oct. 27

The Ventura County Board of Education on Monday heard a group of Conejo Valley parents call for a charter school in Thousand Oaks. The board may make a decision on whether to approve the charter in late October. More...

Private school expands its campus

JANN HENDRY/Acorn Newspapers LOOKING AHEAD- Oaks Christian seventh-graders Madison Lauritzen, left, Shelby Livingstone and Christina Glover, all 12, look at a rendering of the future middle school during a groundbreaking last Friday in Westlake Villa More...

Business

Experts offer advice in bear market

Investors told to hold on for the ride as stocks go up and down

Following the stock market's roller coaster ride the past two weeks, local investors are assess ing the damage to their portfolios and trying to come up with a financial game plan that will provide more stability in the days ah More...

EYE ON LOCAL AREA STOCKS

Company Name AMGEN BAXTER BEVERLY HILLS BANCORP CAMINOSOFT CORP. CHEESECAKE FACTORY DIODES, INC DTS, INC. ELECTRONIC TECHNOLOGY SENSOR INC. ESNR HOMESTORE. More...

Faith

Center for Spiritual Living hosts public speaking seminar

The Center for Spiritual Living will host a public speaking seminar titled "A Word Is Worth A Thousand Pictures" from 1 to 4 p.m., Sun., Sept. 28 at the center, 880 Hampshire Road, Ste. V and W, Westlake Village. More...

YMCA starts new session of Model United Nations

The Triunfo YMCA is starting a new session of its Model United Nations designed for children in grades six through eight. The next meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Thurs., Oct. 2 at Sumac Elementary School, 6050 N. More...

Rosh Hashanah service for special needs kids offered

The Friendship Circle has teamed up with the Chabad of the Conejo to provide a Jewish New Year Rosh Hashanah service for children with special needs from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tues., Sept. 30 at Hyatt Westlake Plaza, 880 S. More...

Letters

Disagrees that school closures were a necessity

I'm responding to the Sept. 18 Acorn editorial that said the school board's 3-2 decision to close Meadows and University elementary schools, while mishandled, was necessary. More...

Solutions exist for problems facing our public schools

I'm opposed to increasing class sizes since we already have the largest class sizes in the nation. Our high schools have 38 to 42 students per teacher. More...

Dunn's critic actually proves that he was right

Tina Aschenbrenner Sandoval proved Mike Dunn was right. He was right about the CTA agenda. More...

Incumbents reveal sources of their campaign cash

Did you ever wonder where all the money City Council candidates spend on their campaigns comes from? With computer skills and patience, anyone who's interested can find out on the city's website, www.toaks.org. More...

Settlement reached in labor charge against trustee

A settlement has been reached in an unfair labor charge filed by the teachers union against Conejo Valley Unified School District. More...

Sound and privacy walls are growing taller in Thousand Oak

All over town examples of nonconforming increases in wall height can be seen—but without a complaint or danger to public safety there's nothing the city can do about it. More...

Community

Council member challenges expenditure of $375,000 for city furniture

An open contract for $375,000 worth of office furniture over the next three years proposed by city staff took fire as Councilmember Claudia Billde la Peña questioned the consent calendar expenditure. More...

MICHAEL REAGAN COMES TO SHERWOOD

Michael Reagan, son of President Ronald Reagan atteded a reception at Sherwood Country Club and spoke about his Father's legacy and his Charity, My Stuff Bags Foundation in Westlake Village which helps neglected and abused children. From left; L.A. More...

Ventura County explains how to vote by mail

Ventura County residents who have registered to vote by mail can pick up their ballots starting Mon., Oct. 6 at Ventura County Elections Division, Hall of Administration, lower plaza, 800 S. Victoria Ave., Ventura. More...

Dining & Entertainment

The Bodie House presents The Refugees

Concerts at the Bodie House presents The Refugees at 8 p.m. Sat., Sept. 27. The Refugees are Cindy Bullens, Deborah Holland and Wendy Waldman. They began playing music together last year and are working on their first album. More...

Harvest Festival in Ventura will benefit the Humane Society

The Ventura Harvest Festival is scheduled for Fri. to Sun., Oct. 3 through 5 at the Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura. The event will benefit the Ventura County Humane Society. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. More...

Gala to help Rotary of Westlake Village

The Rotary Club of Westlake Village will host its fourth annual Spirit of the Season wine pairing dinner and auction at 5:30 p.m. Sat., Oct. 4 at the Lundring Event Center at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks. More...

Sports

The Acorn's High School Football Game of the Week

Canyon Cowboys (2-1) at Thousand Oaks Lancers (2-0) Friday, 7 p.m.

Like Wall Street, the Buena High defense needed a bailout plan. This time, however, there was no relief in sight. More...

Oak Park (1-1) at Newbury Park (2-0)

Outlook: Get ready for threeto-seven yards and a cloud of FieldTurf. This matchup features two teams that want to pound the football on the ground. More...

Hart (1-1) at Westlake (1-1)

Outlook: Through the first two games of the season, one thing is abundantly clear: Westlake can put points on the scoreboard. More...

Police

Motorist pleads not gulity to manslaughter

Nicholas LaGrotta, 23, pleaded not guilty to charges of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, DUI causing injury, driving with 0.08 percent blood alcohol level and causing injury in connection with the death of a woman jog More...

Two charged with dealing heroin

Two alleged heroin drug dealers have pleaded not guilty after arrests following a three-month investigation by the East Ventura County Narcotics Street Team and the Simi Valley Police Department's Narcotic Unit. More...

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park Using a knife, somebody attempted to steal property belonging to a male, 25, at 7:10 p.m. Sept. 15 on Newbury Road, east of Ventu Park. More...

Family

Mom creates school database system

Tracie Oken, mother of twin boys who attend Westlake Elementary School and a former software engineer, has created MyDirectoryMaker, an easytouse, complete software solution that delivers printready directory reports for schools and PT More...

WHS to host casino night for music program

The Westlake High School Instrumental Music Boosters will host a casino night at 5:30 p.m. Sat., Oct. 4 at St. Maximilian Kolbe Church, 5801 N. Kanan Road, Westlake Village. More...

Church's jazz concert coming to Newbury Park

The EV Free Church will host a jazz fundraising concert on Fri., Oct. 3 at the church, 999 Rancho Conejo Blvd., Newbury Park. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. The concert will feature Los Angeles jazz musician Jonathan Dane. More...