March 19, 2009 RSS feed / Front Page

Cats demand and get repainted walls

A NEW LEAF— The cat room refurbishment project at the Agoura Animal Shelter features a handpainted wall mural, thanks to volunteers Sorelle Fluke, 16, a Newbury Park High School junior, left, and Sandy Glover. More...

Health & Wellness

Jobs in caregiving are still surviving

The nation's unemployment rate hit 7.6 percent in January. With each passing day more layoffs are announced, resulting in more Americans looking for work in a time when many companies are not adding to their work forces. More...

Good advice: Stay fit during pregnancy

It reduces the risk of complications

A world of benefits to pregnant women and their growing babies is at their feet—if, doctors say, the women move those feet. More...

UCLA offers seminars on losing weight

In a series of free programs, UCLA experts will present the latest options in weightloss surgery and discuss the impact of surgery in helping reduce lifethreatening conditions associated with morbid obesity such as diabetes, high blood pr More...

Calendar

Datebook

THURS., MAR. 19 'Lysistrata' Moorpark College Theatre Arts Department presents classic Greek comedy, Aristophanes' "Lysistrata" at Main Stage, Performing Arts Center, 7075 Campus Road, Moorpark. 8 p.m. More...

Schools

Superintendent's column

Public education in California is taking a major hit due to budget cutbacks Per pupil funding is in danger of being the lowest in U.S.

From first to worst, a nightmare come true In 1978 Howard Jarvis, the champion of the Proposition 13 tax reform, was quoted as saying, "Youngster, we're not going to hurt your schools." By 1997 per pupil funding in California, when More...

Cheerleaders need old electronics

T.O. High School Cheerleaders will host an electronics recycling fundraiser from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sat., March 21 at the school, 2323 N. Moorpark Road. E-waste can be dropped off at no charge. More...

High School Hi-Lights

All events (subject to change) are listed by name, location and time if provided. Newbury Park Panthers Fri., March 20: Every 15 Minutes/ 8 a.m./gym ACDA Central Coast Festival, concert Choir/2 p.m. More...

Business

Chamber gets new president

The board of directors of the Thousand Oaks-Westlake Village Regional Chamber of Commerce has named Jill Lederer as president/CEO of the organization. Lederer replaces Janet Levett, who retired in January after 20 years with the Chamber. 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

Temple hosts Passover cooking class

A Passover cooking class with Executive Chef Peter Maher will be at 7:30 p.m. Tues., March 24 in the social hall at Temple Etz Chaim, 1080 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. Admission is free. More...

Jewish community offers support groups

The Jewish community of the Conejo Valley is offering two support groups for those in need. Professional facilitators will lead weekly meetings at local synagogues for support, guidance, compassion and community. More...

Young adults to gather for jam session

More than 100 Presbyterians involved in collegiate ministries are gathering in Austin, Texas, May 27 to 30 for the first YAMJam. YAM is an acronym for young adult ministries. More...

Letters

T.O. really doesn't need another Home Depot

Pro-Home Depot letters and editorials claim that because we're in a recession, we need a second Home Depot to generate more tax dollars for Thousand Oaks. How simplistic. More...

We need diversity in stores, not just more of the same

Another Home Depot? Give me a break. How many of you remember Massey's Conejo Hardware? How about Newbury Park Hardware, Holiday Hardware, Robbs Hardware or Oaks Hardware? More...

Opponent to Home Depot is frustrated

I was a speaker at the Jan. 26 T.O. Planning Commission meeting regarding Home Depot. I spoke in opposition to the Home Depot. I'm a strong proponent of growth for Thousand Oaks, but when properly executed. More...

Editorials

Maybe it's time for a city-operated fire department

The taxpayers of Thousand Oaks are paying too much for fire protection, and the time has come for hot shots in the Ventura County Fire Department to fix the problem. More...

Political Cartoon

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Mixed-use boulevard may include tall buildings

Multistory buildings averaging 55 feet in height would be part of the Thousand Oaks Boulevard Association's mixeduse proposal, which will be presented to the City Council in May. More...

Council again says the city pays too much for fire protection

A discussion with the fire department about fire station locations last week became heated when City Council members demanded equity for county taxes paid versus services rendered. More...

School board hears options remaining in the wake of budget cutbacks

Conejo Valley Unified School District board members heard from several district groups Monday in the aftermath of issuing 160 pink slips last week. More...

Community

Hours increased at Manna food bank to accommodate increased demands

Manna is expanding its hours on Tuesdays to help serve more people who come to the local food bank for assistance. More...

New sculptures to be unveiled in T.O.

Unusual shapes called "Curved Air," "Uranus" and "Oracle in Stone" will be on display in Thousand Oaks. At 3 p.m. More...

Two pedestrians struck by car in Westlake portion of Thousand Oaks

A woman holding a child in her arms was struck by a car while crossing Westlake Boulevard at Devonshire Avenue in Thousand Oaks last week. More...

Dining & Entertainment

Late filmmaker's movie ends run tonight in Westlake

It was a dream come true. After years of working on a screenplay, Tom Nance's movie, "Sherman's Way," made it to the big screen. It premiered in Hollywood last June, and Nance was surrounded by family and friends. More...

Play review

Middle school's production of 'The Music Man' takes the stage at Civic Arts Plaza

Those who think middle school productions of Broadway shows are just for fawning parents and loyal family friends are missing out on some great entertainment. More...

Grand Derangement to play in Thousand Oaks

Fresh Roasted concerts will present Grand Derangement, a music group from Acadia in the Baie SainteMarie area of southwestern Nova Scotia, at 7:30 p.m. Fri., March 20 at the Scherr Forum Theatre, 2100 E. More...

Sports

Lancers looking strong

Marmonte League spring preview: Boys' tennis

There isn't much doubt that the Thousand Oaks High boys' tennis team is the favorite to win the Marmonte League title. How TOHS goes about accomplishing that feat, however, remains a bit of a mystery. More...

FOR THE RECORD

In reference to last week's Marmonte League baseball preview, the Acorn was provided with inaccurate information regarding Thousand Oaks High shortstop Tyler Smith and third baseman Danny Leon. More...

Pets

Pet of the Week

A WEE LASS— Bonnie, a 4-year-old female gray and tri-colored cat is declawed in her forepaws and likes an indoor lifestyle. Bonnie would like to spend the first day of spring (that's tomorrow) and the rest of her life in your home. More...

Police

Sheriffs' Blotter

Newbury Park A male, 22, was arrested and charged with being under the influence of a controlled substance, possessing stolen property, lying to police about his name and possessing two glass smoking pipes at 2:40 p.m. More...

Obituaries

COLTON, Nancy Ann

March 4, 1959 - March 9, 2009

Nancy passed away peacefully Monday evening March 9, at her home in Newbury Park in the arms of her loving husband, "her Rick". More...

Family

Players and cheerleaders can register Saturday

The Thousand Oaks Titans will have final registration for football players and cheerleaders from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. More...

Club awards children's outstanding behavior

The Los Robles Golf Course Banquet Room was transformed into a Polynesian paradise last Friday evening, with decorations and sandfilled "island" table centerpieces created by members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Conejo & Las Virgenes. More...

Marine life series coming to library

The Channel Islands Marine Sanctuary Series will present a special program on the 28 species of whales and dolphins found in the area surrounding the Channel Islands at 2 p.m. Sun., March 29 at the Grant R. More...

Columns

Ask the Arborist

Q. When is the best time to prune a young tree, and how many branches should I remove? Is there anything I should do to protect the tree where branches were removed? A. More...

Real Estate

Located In A Popular Agoura Hills Neighborhood

Located in a popular Agoura Hills neighborhood, this open floorplan offers 2,800 square feet with 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, pool, spa and view. Living space abounds with a high vaulted ceiling living room and large formal dining room. More...

The Tattersall Team of Active Real Estate

The Tattersall Team of Active Real Estate continues to lead families to this wonderful community by providing clients with exceptional service. More...

Steve Young

Steve Young was recently acknowledged for consistent high production. He has been a Realtor with Century 21 for 30 years. More...