February 5, 2009 RSS feed / Front Page

Investigators reveal causes of recent Conejo Valley fires

The Ventura County Fire Department has determined the causes of several recent area fires. The blaze in the 2200 block of Indian Sky Lane at 4:50 p.m. Jan. More...

Health & Wellness

Free clinic has new executive director

The board of directors of the Conejo Free Clinic in Thousand Oaks recently appointed Teresa Seeley as the clinic's executive director, effective immediately. Seeley succeeds Sharron Baird, co-founder and former executive director. More...

Use caution with space heaters

Nearly three in four people killed in home heating fires in 2006 died in fires that involved stationary or portable space heaters, according to a new report released by the National Fire Protection Association. More...

Three-on-three champs

COOL AS CUCUMBERS—Winners in the seventh- through ninthgrade division of the Westlake National Junior Basketball league's second annual three-onthree tournament are members of the Da 'Cumber Slice team, from left, John Paul, Jason Hassanieh and More...

Calendar

Datebook

THURS., FEB. 5 Business & Professional Women's Club Meets at lounge near bar, Hyatt Westlake Plaza, 880 S. Westlake Blvd., Westlake Village. Donald Waisnen speaks on "Are online relationships healthy?" Men, women welcome. More...

Schools

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...

Westlake High Instrumental Music Department to hold dinner dance fundraiser

The Westlake High School Instrumental Music Department will host the 14th annual dinner dance fundraiser on Sun., Feb. 8 at The Canyon club, 28912 Roadside Drive, Agoura Hills. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. More...

Business

Prepare before enrolling in a university

Jason Youngblood, president of National College Planners, specializes in helping families navigate the process of college planning. More...

Orientation scheduled for potential adoptive parents

An orientation for potential adoptive parents will be held from 7 to 8:15 p.m. Tues., Feb. 10 at the Grant Brimhall/T.O. Library, 1401 E. Janss Road. All adults, English and bilingual Spanish-speaking, are welcome. More...

Maps available

A new street map is available for $2 at the Thousand Oaks-Westlake Village Regional Chamber of Commerce. It can be picked up at the Chamber office, 600 Hampshire Road, Ste. 200. The parking lot is accessible from Townsgate Road. More...

Faith

St. Olaf Band coming to Ascension Church

Ascension Lutheran Church will host the St. Olaf Band, called "one of America's preeminent bands" by The New Yorker , in concert at 7:30 p.m. Fri., Feb. 6 in the church sanctuary, 1600 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. More...

Synagogue has Green Fair

Temple Adat Elohim will host the second annual Green Fair from 10 a.m. to noon Sun., Feb. 8 at the temple, 2420 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. Families are welcome. More...

Jewish Academy hosts coffee with rabbis

The Conejo Jewish Academy will host an open forum discussion with four rabbis at "Coffee with the Rabbis," 8 p.m. Mon., Feb. 9 at the academy, 30345 Canwood St., Agoura Hills. More...

Letters

Goodbye and good riddance to Costco

Am I the only person in Newbury Park who was thrilled to see the Costco bulldozers leave? Am I the only one who misses bright stars in the sky and horses off the Wendy exit? More...

What kind of math was used to justify school closures?

This is an open invitation to Conejo Valley Unified School District board members Buckles and Phelps- who has a bachelor's degree in mathematics- to explain how school closures help students. More...

If you aren't happy here, why not move away?

My husband and I have been living in Thousand Oaks for almost 25 years, and I have always loved reading the letters to the editor. More...

Editorials

Not every government expense is an extravagance

City Councilmember Claudia Bill-de la Peña is at it again. She's back on her soapbox as the self-appointed sheriff of budget control. Last winter, she criticized her fellow council members for giving themselves a 10 percent pay raise. More...

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Real Estate

A One Story Home In Moorpark Close To Shopping And Parks

This is a one-story home in Moorpark, close to shopping, parks and schools. More...

Edna Murphy And Jeanne Archer

Recently at the annual installation of officers for Conejo Valley Board of Realtors, Edna Murphy received her 30-year service pin. More...

Zane Widdes

Zane Widdes and team have been congratulated by Rodeo Realty owner Sid Leibovitch and Westlake Village office manager Lu Duffy for record sales. Widdes has more than 18 years of experience as a top producing real estate professional. More...

Expenses for travel remain high in city of T.O.

Staff member says trips are justified

As the Thousand Oaks City Council prepares to take an ax to the city's budget, some are wondering why four council members continue to spend taxpayers' money to travel. "We're now in a different economic time. More...

14 violent gang members deported from T.O. last year

Fourteen fewer violent gang members are roaming the streets of Thousand Oaks, a result of the partnering last year of the police department's special enforcement gang unit with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). More...

In wake of poor economy, open space preservation gets renewed call for help

The first in a series of meetings to educate the public about the expiration of deed restrictions that currently protect 400,000 acres of open space in Ventura County was held Jan. 31 in Oak Park. More...

Community

City not quite ready for drive-thru hair salon

The booming sound of a large impact was followed by the shocking realization that a car was crashing through the front of Geneen Austin's busy hair salon, the owner said. It happened at 12:30 p.m. Sat., Jan. More...

Two hurt on Monday in separate accidents

A pedestrian and a motorcyclist were each seriously injured after two separate traffic accidents on Hillcrest Drive in Thousand Oaks on Monday. More...

Grand opening of new cinema center at The Oaks is delayed again

Moviegoers will have to wait a little bit longer for stadium movie seating in Thousand Oaks as the opening date of the Muvico theaters at The Oaks mall has been postponed again. More...

Dining & Entertainment

Bill Medley: still Righteous

Concert review

When the Righteous Brothers' Bobby Hatfield passed away in 2003, many thought his longtime singing partner, Bill Medley, would retire from the stage. More...

This is when the music takes them

ENCORE—Singer-songwriter Neil Sedaka, center, joins Leslie Spencer Smith, Carole W. More...

New West Symphony performs film scores

Concert review

"Movie Medley" was the name of a recent concert by the New West Symphony at the Thousand Oaks Civics Arts Center's Fred Kavli Theatre, but a more appropriate title might have been "Theatrical Thrillers." Musical director Boris Brott led t More...

Sports

Lambo now the top-rated prospect in Dodgers' system

Newbury Park High graduate Andrew Lambo has been named the Los Angeles Dodgers' No. 1 minor league prospect by Baseball America. The announcement was made on the publication's website Jan. 30. More...

Four for the Month

Well, professional football is all but wrapped up for another year. The Pro Bowl doesn't really count, does it? There are many options to help fill the pigskin void. More...

V.C. Fusion hosting MLS, international teams

Local fans will get a chance to see international soccer stars play when the Ventura County Fusion hosts Real Salt Lake and Seattle Sounders of Major League Soccer, and GAIS of the Swedish First Division in a series of public exhibit More...

Police

Newbury Park

On suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance, a male, 22, and a female, 21, were arrested around 7:30 p.m. Jan. 24 in the 400 block of Dena Drive. 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, 44, at 11:20 p.m. Jan. 20 in the first block of E. More...

Westlake/T.O

Thieves broke into and stole money from a vending machine at Hyatt Westlake Plaza on Jan. 25. More...

Family

Promoting life without plastic bags

IRIS SMOOT/Acorn Newspapers CALLING FOR A GREENER WORLD—Genna Nolan, 9, left, Lars Haavaldsen, 7, campaign organizer Lisa Sloan Strom and Everett Strom, 8, talk with Eddie Burzinski of Newbury Park about the importance of using reusable shoppin More...

New private school opens in Ventura County

Beacon Hill Classical Academy, a Christian classical school in Ventura County, will open its doors in the fall of 2009 for kindergarten, first and second grades in Camarillo. The intention is to add one grade every year through grade 12. More...

Fireside concert comes to Newbury Park

A fireside concert will be held at 8 p.m. Fri., Feb. 13 at Borchard Community Center, 190 Borchard Road, Newbury Park. The concert will feature performances by Richard Berman, Gemini, The Cowboy Balladeers and Chris Cairns Bluegrass Band. More...

Columns

Slow burn to slinky

It's sunrise at Total Woman in Westlake Village. Picture a bucketful of totally crazy women, united in pursuit of slenderosity and wonderfulness. Yup, turns out I'm not alone in my quest. More...

Vacation Photos

Take Your Thousand Oaks Acorn on Vacation

MOUSE HOUSE—Owen, Karen and Taylor Thomas greet Mickey at Walt Disney World in Florida. More...