January 1, 2009 RSS feed / Front Page

New traffic laws to be enforced as wheels roll into a new year

The Department of Motor Vehicles reminds motorists of new laws that take effect in January. •A new law prohibits text messaging with a cellphone or other text-based communications while driving a vehicle. More...

Health & Wellness

Treat colds, flu in early stages

Doctors agree that cold and flu symptoms are nothing to sneeze at and the sooner they're treated, the better chance there is for a quick recovery and minimum disruption of lifestyle. More...

Addressing a 'painful' gap in communications

A nationwide survey found that a sizable gap exists between patients and healthcare professionals when it comes to understanding and discussing pain. More...

Nurse's assistants finish training

Professional Medical Careers Institute School of Nursing in Thousand Oaks awarded pins and certificates of completion to students who recently completed a 185-hour nursing assistant course. More...

Calendar

Datebook

SUN., JAN. 4 Jewish Genealogical Society Meets 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Temple Adat Elohim, 2420 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. More...

Sports

'Without a doubt, we're No. 1'

NEVER LOST- The Real So Cal Girls U11 Black Team won first place in the Coast Soccer League Silver North Division. Front row, from left: Rachel Finegold, Megan Demijohn and Nicki Volante. More...

Straight to the top

Surf team from Los Cerritos a force in its first competitive season

Give them cheese and pepperoni, and they will come. More...

Soccer squad claims pair of crowns

TWICE AS NICE—The Region 4 BU-14 All Star soccer team won a doubleheader, taking first place at the Panther Shootout tournament in Newbury Park and also finishing first in the Shootout competition. More...

Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park A male, 49, was arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance at 3:15 p.m. Dec. 18 in the 600 block of Avenida Del Platino. More...

Family

Doing a good deed for lots of kids

GATHERING THE GOODS- From left, Patrick Feely, toy industry foundation board member; Ritchie Geisel, president and CEO of Bienvenidos; and president and CEO of My Stuff Bags Foundation Janeen Holmes load a van with more than 2,000 duffels in Westlake More...

With community service CLU basketball helps others

For winter break, California Lutheran University women's basketball coach Roy Dow has set up a schedule of games, practices and community service. The team participated in the Posada Royale Tournament CLU hosted on Dec. 28 and 29. More...

Encouraging a child's creativity in the arts

Everyone has the ability to be creative in some capacity. By fostering a child's creative muscles, he or she might develop more than just a hobby. More...

Columns

Ask The DMV

Do you have questions about general drivingrelated require ments, such as registration or insurance? Are you unclear about the laws and restrictions related to driving? More...

Family Men Don't Wear Name Brands

We're getting a new year Everyone's talking about the brand-new year that just came out. And most everyone I know lined up for weeks to get it on Jan. 1. More...

Hot Flashes

The light fantastic Good golly, Miss Molly, I'm flying out of last year like Lois Lane under Superman's cape. More...

Real Estate

At The End Of A Cul De Sac

This home is at the end of a cul de sac in Thousand Oaks and backs to open space. More...

This Home Is Located Near Schools And Parks And Move-In Ready

This single-story 4 bedroom and 2 bathroom home is near schools and parks, and is move-in ready. More...

Cindi Cockrill and Carie Hoglund

Cindi Cockrill and Carie Hoglund of Aviara Real Estate would like to think all who contributed to their 2008 Harvest Food Drive. More...

City will spend more to repair the Civic Arts Plaza

The Civic Arts Plaza rehabilitation will continue since the City Council unanimously approved a contract for $245,000 for more structural repairs on the facility. More...

City of T.O. launches a new emergency alert system

Residents who would like to get notification—in the form of a phone call, fax, text message, page or email—from City Manager Scott Mitnick when there's an emergency can sign up now at the city's website. The T.O. More...

Represents his school, even on holiday break

JANN HENDRY/Acorn Newspapers LANCER CHEER SQUAD DOES ITS THING—Senior Michael Valentino of the Thousand Oaks High School Coed Cheer Team tumbles in competition during winter break in Carson. More...

Community

Crooks strike again, using bogus ATM devices

Thieves are going high-tech to steal money at local banks

Anyone who used Bank of America automated teller machines in Newbury Park or Thousand Oaks in December should double-check their bank statements for possible fraudulent charges, Detective Eric Buschow said. More...

Single vehicle crash kills North Hills man, 29

Rolando Gutierrez, 29, was found dead at the scene on Christmas Eve after his 2006 Chevrolet Avalanche crashed in a single vehicle accident, authorities said. More...

Filmmakers want new ordinance so they can focus on Thousand Oaks

The motion picture and TV industries have a poor reputation for taking care of financial burdens left in the wake of shooting here, according to City Councilmember Dennis Gillette

Councilmember Dennis Gillette stands by his December 1997 decision to require 100 percent consent from the people who live or have businesses within 500 feet of a proposed filming project. More...

Dining & Entertainment

The Movie Nut

Not a dog lover? Go away. More...

Cabrillo Music Theatre presents 'Breaking Up Is Hard to Do'

The Cabrillo Music Theatre presents the West Coast premiere of the new musical celebrating the music and the legend of Neil Sedaka, "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do," at the Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. More...

Four for the Month

Still trying to figure out how to spend those holiday gift cards from Uncle Edward and Aunt Irene? The Acorn sports department suggests picking up one of these fine books. More...

Business

Dream office comes to town

For business owners who are looking for low-cost alternatives for office space, "virtual offices" are becoming the new trend. Flexible packages include use of a conference room, full-time receptionist, digital photocopier, scanner and kitchen. More...

New year legal issues will be discussed

Employers can learn about new 2009 legal issues that may alter the way they do business in the coming year at the Thousand Oaks-Westlake Village Regional Chamber of Commerce Networking Breakfast of Champions from 7 to 9 a.m. Fri., Jan. More...

EYE ON LOCAL AREA STOCKS

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

Pets

Pet of the Week

WENDY PIERRO/Acorn Newspapers EXCELLENT PET—Priscilla is a 30-month-old Rottweiler. She's sweet, engaging, playful and walks well on a leash. Priscilla can be adopted at the Agoura Animal Shelter on Agoura Road, just west of Kanan. More...

Faith

Tours of open classrooms

The Open Classrooms for the Conejo Valley Unified School District will offer weekly tours of the campus and classrooms for prospective parents on Jan. 7, 14, 20 and 28; Feb. More...

James Bond, water and the churches

World cinema's most famous spy is back, and this time he fights a villain trying to control strategic water resources in a developing country. Is the script of the latest James Bond movie too far-fetched a fictional plot? More...

Concert for peace set for Jan. 14

Composer, jazz pianist and recording artist Louis Landon will present a free concert for peace at 7 p.m. Wed., Jan. 14 at the Center for Spiritual Living, 880 Hampshire Road, Ste. V, Westlake Village. More...

Letters

Blame lawyers for Prop. 8 brouhaha

There most likely is a reasonable aspect to the current emotional hullabaloo regarding Prop. 8: Where there are marriages, divorces inevitably follow. And guess who is going to profit from the divorces? More...

The Bible should have had no bearing on Prop. 8

I'm disturbed by letters regarding the passage of Proposition 8 and would like to respond to those in the Dec. 4 issue by Kelly Taggart and Lisa Caestaecker. The headline of Ms. More...

Editorials

You, your newspaper and the police can work together in crime prevention

Let's reduce crime in the coming year. Here's how, with your assistance, the Thousand Oaks Acorn can help make our city safer: For the most part, Thousand Oaks is still a bedroom community. More...

Political Cartoon

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