January 15, 2009 RSS feed / Front Page

Another home burns in Thousand Oaks

The serenity of a country setting was interrupted Monday morning when a fire broke out in one of Thousand Oaks' oldest homes at 9:24 a.m. More...

Health & Wellness

Reform of healthcare to be discussed

The Community Forum presents Ellen Lubic, who will host a presentation and discussion of the prospects for healthcare reform during the Obama administration at 7:30 p.m. Fri., Jan. More...

Bunko tourney will help in the fight against cancer

The inaugural Bunko Tournament to raise money for the Breast Cancer Foundation will be held at 1 p.m. Sat., Feb. 7 in Santa Rosa Valley. The tournament is for approximately 400 people playing for a chance to win $2,500. More...

Smoking increases as economy worsens

For those who are stressed out about the economy and smoking more, they're not alone. More...

Calendar

Datebook

THURS., JAN. 15 Camarillo Newcomers Club Meets at Sterling Hills Country Club, 901 Sterling Hills Drive, Camarillo. Social time and meeting 11 a.m., lunch served at noon. More...

Schools

Standardized tests and college admission

Up until now, high school juniors have watched their older classmates suffer through SATs and college applications. But with the arrival of PSAT scores, juniors are starting to feel the pressure. More...

High School Highlights

All events (subject to change) are listed by name, location and time if provided. If calendars are modified, school sources are asked to contact us with updated information at this e-mail address: steve@theacorn.com. More...

Perfecting his shot

JANN HENDRY/Acorn Newspapers ON TARGET—St. Paschal Baylon School sixth-grader Henry Motyl, 11, practices his free throws before the start of the Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship at St. Paschal's. The event took place Jan. More...

Business

Architectural firm honored

Behr Browers Architects Inc. in Westlake Village recently received three awards from the American Institute of Architects, Ventura County Chapter. More...

For some, Monday is a holiday

Next Mon., Jan. 19 is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Schools, banks and government offices will be closed to observe the holiday. Most other businesses will be open, and trash collection won't be affected. 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...

Faith

Episcopal church holds Goth services

If there's a stereotype of a clergy person who initiates a Goth service, the Rev. Lou Divis defies it. More...

Jewish Academy classes coming soon

The Conejo Jewish Academy at 30345 Canwood St., Agoura Hills, begins its winter semester next week. Courses are open to all adults. No affiliation or membership is necessary. More...

Information Night coming to Hillcrest Christian

Hillcrest Christian School is hosting a new Family Information Night on Mon., Jan. 26 beginning at 7 p.m. for parents who want to learn more about the school. More...

Letters

Traffic will get worse with Costco

I'm sickened by the Acorn 's opinion that the proposed Costco in Newbury Park is a wonderful thing, because it is not . If you've been to the Wendy/ 101 offramps lately, you'd know the already existing congestion is horrible. More...

School district still doesn't 'get it' on campus closures

Of many flaws and inconsistencies presented at the Jan. More...

School board should look closely at Roots and Wings

Conejo Valley Unified School District (CVUSD) is being asked to approve the lease and operations of the Thousand Oaks Child Care facility at 110 S. Conejo School Road. The City Council agreed to lease the building to CVUSD on Nov. More...

Columns

These are the times that try men's souls

Superintendent's column

The headline, a well-known adage by Thomas Paine, certainly rings true today. We're in a major economic crisis, and both the private and public sectors are struggling to survive. More...

In search of slinky

Ever eat a goji berry? Berry expensive. Tastes like a cross between a raisin and beef jerky. They're a little shriveled but then, so am I, so what the heck? More...

Feeding Archie helps children

Although many people would agree that he's worth his weight in gold, plans are underway to immortalize Archie—the largerthan-life therapy dog for abused children—with a bronze statue. More...

Revenue continues to sag, city looks again at options

Budget concerns have the city looking into ways to maintain the quality of life in Thousand Oaks. A progress report on the status of the city's budget will be presented to the City Council by the end of the month. More...

Affordable housing must wait another year for new applicants, official says

The head of Ventura County's Area Housing Authority said anyone looking for help getting into affordable housing will probably have to wait until 2010. More...

Interim president selected to lead T.O./Westlake Chamber

The Thousand OaksWestlake Village Regional Chamber of Commerce has selected an interim president to lead the Chamber upon the retirement of president and CEO Janet Levett, who will leave the position at the end of January. More...

Community

Fire causes damage to theaters

Firefighters responded with five engines and two ladder trucks to a blaze at the Muvico movie theaters under construction at The Oaks mall in Thousand Oaks on Sunday. The first call went out at 4:24 p.m. More...

Cheaper alternatives sought for Auto Mall parking

A plan to increase parking at the Thousand Oaks Auto Mall may be modified due to the sluggish economy. The Auto Mall in Thousand Oaks has about 600 existing street parking spaces and 1,000 employees who need a place to park. More...

Volunteers needed to count the homeless in Thousand Oaks

Many Mansions is seeking volunteers to help with the 2009 Homeless Count. A volunteer training session will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Mon., Jan. 19 at Many Mansions Villa Garcia property, 1419 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. More...

Dining & Entertainment

Sedaka songs featured in 'Breaking Up'

Play review

Making a musical is hard to do. After the success of "Mamma Mia!" in 2000, an increasing number of writers and producers are creating shows around the repertoire of a particular writer or performer. More...

Pageant orientation coming to Thousand Oaks

Orientation for the Ventura County International Pageants will be from 10 a.m. to noon Sat., Jan. 24 at the Courtyard Marriott, 1710 Newbury Road, Thousand Oaks. More...

Chamber of Commerce to host Recognition Dinner

The Thousand Oaks-Westlake Village Regional Chamber of Commerce will hold its 2009 Recognition Dinner and Gala, "Dancing with the Stars," at 6:30 p.m. Sat., Jan. 31 at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley. More...

Sports

A work ethic that's second to none

Thousand Oaks' Jasperse gives 110 percent on the pitch

Through its first four games in the Marmonte League, the Thousand Oaks High boys' soccer team has struggled. Entering Wednesday night's matchup at home against Royal, the Lancers were 0-3-1 in league play. More...

Send it down, big fella

JANN HENDRY/Acorn Newspapers THUNDER DUNK—Thousand Oaks High's Antonio Lopez throws down on Simi Valley during last week's TOHS victory. More...

Ignoto on the mark for Westlake

Junior guard seeing her share of double-teams

Since Westlake High junior Taylor Ignoto previously lived in Massachusetts, it's easy to forgive her for rooting for the Boston Celtics. More...

Pets

Pet of the Week

'I WON'T HURT YOUR FURNITURE'— Molly, a 7-year-old female black-and-white cat, is declawed and needs to live indoors. That's a natural beauty mark on her nose, by the way, not makeup. To take Molly home, ask about identification No. 3899213. More...

Police

Newbury Park

A female, 24, allegedly attempted to stab her boyfriend with a pair of scissors while under the influence of a controlled substance. When the subject was arrested at 3:45 p.m. Jan. More...

Thousand Oaks

The following subjects were arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the times, dates and places indicated: A female, 27, at Townsgate Road and Westlake Boulevard (subject was allegedly involv More...

Westlake/T.O.

Shrubs were pulled from the ground between Dec. 31 and Jan. 2 in the 4100 block of Valley Spring Drive. A female, 43, was arrested and charged with being drunk in public at 1 a.m. Jan. 8 in the 2700 block of E. Sierra Drive. More...

Family

Men don't cry

"What's the matter with you?" the Godfather yelled at his godson Johnny Fontane, who whimpered about his inability to get a part in a movie. "Is this how you turned out? A Hollywood finocchio that cries like a woman? More...

Hot players on a cold field

'WE'RE NO. 1'—The Thousand Oaks American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) Boys Under 12 All Star team survived cold winds to bring home the gold from the Simi Valley New Year's Tournament. More...

Winter enrichment program starts at Boys & Girls Clubs of Conejo Las Virgenes

Boys & Girls Clubs of Conejo/Las Virgenes is providing fifth through eighthgraders with a way to beat the winter doldrums. More...

Editorials

Costco now off the table, city, parks and schools to poll residents

Sometime before Tuesday night, Costco pulled its application to open a new store in Newbury Park. There's apparently some kind of disagreement with the property owner. More...

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Vacation Photos

Take Your Thousand Oaks Acorn on Vacation

GOOD DEEDS—Twenty-three people from Bethany Church on the Hill in Thousand Oaks spend a week in Autlan, Jalisco, Mexico, to participate in a variety of construction and humanitarian projects. Kristen Wise of T.O. More...

Real Estate

Mark Brown

Mark Brown was welcomed to Prudential California Realty's Camarillo office by broker/owner Bob Majorino and senior branch manager Jim Chutuk. Brown has more than 20 years of Ventura County real estate experience. More...

Jacquelyn Farkas

Real estate professional Jacquelyn Farkas was welcomed to Prudential California Realty's Thousand Oaks Regional office by broker/owner Bob Majorino and branch manager Nancy Eke. More...

This Home Has An Open Floor Plan

This 3 bedroom, 2 bath home is approximately 1,770 square feet and has an open floor plan, beveled glass front door, recently painted interior and exterior, upgraded neutral carpet and light fixtures, and smooth ceilings. More...