June 25, 2009 RSS feed / Front Page

Free library services for people in unincorporated areas is at risk

It's still up in the air whether non-city residents will be able to use local libraries for free. More...

Deadlines move forward because of July Fourth

Two of the deadlines for the July 9 edition of the Thousand Oaks Acorn will advance because of Independence Day. Press releases and letters to the editor for those editions must be received by 11 a.m. More...

Health & Wellness

Relaxation is good for digestion

Here's yet another item one can add to the already long list of reasons it's important to relax— digestive health. More...

Substation, power lines topic of public hearing today

Residents will get a chance to express their views on a proposal to build an electrical substation on Olsen Road with power lines going through the Tierra Rejada greenbelt. More...

Relay for Life support needed

A team captain planning meeting for the Conejo Valley Relay for Life will be from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Goebel Senior Center, 1385 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. More...

Calendar

Datebook

THURS., JUNE 25 Dance For The Wright 6 to 11 p.m. at Ventura City Hall Atrium, 501 Poli St., Ventura. Live music by Baby Sister featuring April Hendrix, Dynamo Jump. Raffle, prizes, silent auction. Food, drink. $35. More...

Schools

Conejo school district finalizes budget, anticipates keeping some teachers who had received pink slips

Deficit next year could be 'monumental'

Conejo Valley Unified School District (CVUSD) has approved next year's budget, which Dep. More...

48 retire from Conejo school district

Conejo Valley Unified School District celebrated the retirement of 48 employees earlier this month, including several longtime administrators and teachers. Thirty of the retirees were teachers. More...

Economy impacts quality

With the state budget crisis having a major impact on the University of California and California State University, more families are considering out-of-state schools. More...

Business

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 MOVE, INC. More...

Westside Remodeling wins award

Westside Remodeling Inc. won a 2009 Guildmaster Award for exceptional customer satisfaction from GuildQuality, which collects feedback from customers and reports back to building professionals. More...

T.O. networking group to meet

T.O. Network, a business networking club, meets at 7 a.m. every Tuesday at Mimi's Cafe, 400 N. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. The club is looking for members who want to improve their business. Call (805) 377-0853 for an appointment. More...

Police

Citibank on Newbury Road is targeted by robber

A man calmly robbed a bank in Newbury Park on Saturday afternoon by presenting an employee with a note demanding money. More...

Sheriff Brooks won't seek reelection

Sheriff Bob Brooks said last week he will not seek reelection next year. "I have been honored to serve with the Ventura County Sheriff 's Department for 36 years, 11 of them as your sheriff," Brooks said. More...

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park For allegedly threatening to kill someone and that person's family in the 600 block of Paseo La Perla on March 5, a male, 33, was arrested June 11. More...

Family

'Outta my way, we're running late'

THIS BUS DRIVER LOOKS STRESSED- Kyle Virissimo, 5, of Thousand Oaks does his impression of a crazy bus driver as Joan Davis of Westlake Village and her grandson, Lawson Surill, 2, look out the windows at Conejo Recreation and Park District's Touch More...

Showing their first-place trophies

A MEMORABLE WEEKEND— The Conejo Valley Rattlers is a baseball team made up of boys age 10. They won the Newbury Park Memorial Day Weekend Bash Tournament at Dos Vientos Park by going undefeated, 5-0. More...

Children's Bureau offers prospective parents adoption information

An orientation for potential adoptive parents will take place from 7 to 8:15 p.m. Tues., June 30 at the Grant Brimhall/Thousand Oaks Library, 1401 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. More...

Columns

Declaration of Independence 'conversations'

"Thomas, I'm telling you Connecticut is not signing this thing if you don't change the third paragraph, what's the big deal?" "Let them not sign. Everyone else can sign." "Twelve? You want 12 colonies to sign? It's bad luck. More...

Mystery of lizard tracks

As I was examining lizard tracks recently on a dusty fire road in Malibu Creek State Park, I noticed something different about the markings on the ground. More...

Lang Ranch Park strikes out in court

Residents opposed to plans for Lang Ranch Park were celebrating last week when Ventura County Superior Court judge Glen Reiser ruled that the 44-acre park plans violate the California Environmental Quality Act and the city's general plan. More...

Suspect may have been recording women in their bathroom

Newbury Park resident Michael Fagre, 38, was arrested by Ventura County Sheriff's Department detectives for allegedly secretly installing cameras in a home in his neighborhood. More...

See them soon, the season is peaking

LIKE LITTLE PUFFY COTTON CLOUDS- Matilija poppies ( Romneya coulteri ) are in full bloom at the Conejo Valley Botanic Garden. Many poppies are also showing buds right now, signaling that the next wave of blooms will appear in the upcoming week. More...

Community

Residents needed to serve on city committees

The city of Thousand Oaks is recruiting for nine vacancies on the Social Services Ad Hoc Committee and two vacancies (one regular and one alternate) on the Ventura County Citizens Transportation Advisory Committee. More...

D.A. warns residents about foreclosure fraud

The Ventura County district attorney's office has issued a consumer protection advisory to county residents who may be facing foreclosure due to their inability to make timely payments on their home loans. More...

Collection of rubbish will not be affected by July Fourth

Since the Fourth of July holiday falls on a Saturday this year, Newbury Disposal will maintain regular trash collection schedule for Newbury Park and Thousand Oaks customers during the week of June 29 through July 3. More...

Dining & Entertainment

Singing skills on display

GROUP OBSERVES ITS 40TH ANNIVERSARY- Jill Van Velzer of Cabrillo Music Theatre sings for the Arts Council of the Conejo Valley during the organization's 40th anniversary celebration. More...

Former eatery is getting makeover

The old Hungry Hunter restaurant at 487 N. Moorpark Road has deteriorated since it closed two years ago. It looks like it could be haunted by the animals whose heads once occupied the walls and overlooked diners. More...

CLU says 'Macbeth' is cursed

Since 13 is the unluckiest of numbers, the Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival will kick off its 13th season with what is considered the Bard's most superstitious play, "Macbeth." The play has a long history of disastrous events associated with its More...

Sports

Sweet summer start for soccer girls

KICKING THEIR WAY TO THE TOP— The Real So Cal Girls GU15 White Soccer team was crowned U.S. finals champion at the Manchester United Premier Cup at Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Ore. More...

Perrault pumps life into the Panthers

New boys' basketball coach sets a furious pace

Jeff Perrault looks like he's been working nonstop since he became the varsity boys' basketball coach at Newbury Park High in the second week of May. The coach has a Pau Gasol 5 o'clock shadow going. More...

Eagles soar in upper-level division

TALENT— The Eagles, a U-10 girls' soccer squad, won the U-11 title at the SAS Kickers Simi Valley Spring Cup. Pictured in the front row, from left, are Kayla Manion, Kristen Enriquez, Sami Fairweather, Lulu Gilbert and Jackie Banning. More...

Pets

Pet of the Week

WON'T WAIT FOR LONG- Ma Ma is a 4-year-old female Staffordshire terrier. She's friendly, sweet and gentle. Ma Ma is good with kids of all ages but needs to be the only pet in her new home. She's at the Agoura Animal Shelter, 29525 Agoura Road. More...

Faith

Author is living his faith at home and at work

Church on Sunday, back to business on Monday. Integrating faith into the workplace may seem unrealistic in the cutthroat world of corporate America, but for Bill Heatley, author of "The Gift of Work," it's essential. More...

Chabad marks 30 years

Chabad of the Conejo marked its 30th anniversary on June 10 with a gala banquet at the Warner Center Marriott Hotel. "Celebration 30: Gateway to the Future" was highlighted by tributes, comedy and music. More...

Westminster Presbyterian will host a rummage sale on Saturday

Westminster Presbyterian Church will have a rummage sale from 7 to 11 a.m. Sat., June 27 at 32111 Watergate Road, Westlake Village. The money that's raised will benefit the church's mission trip. For more information, call (818) 889-1491. More...

Letters

Some parents have lost track of accountability

Accountability. The word should be etched in the forehead of every parent who questioned the alcohol/ drug testing suspensions at the Newbury Park prom. The parents missed a golden "teachable moment. More...

One letter with two questions

Regarding Dorthy Campagna's "shoot the coyotes" letter, doesn't our history tell us that our forefathers did the same thing to buffalo and native Americans? More...

Coyotes have a role to play in the balance of nature

This is in response to Dorothy Campagna's June 18 letter ("If coyotes put human beings in peril, shoot them.") Mrs. More...

Editorials

The NIMBYs have won again

The court ruling that delays development of Lang Ranch Park is a victory for NIMBYs (Not In My Back Yard), but it's a setback for the people of Thousand Oaks. We need places for kids to play baseball. More...

Political Cartoon

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Real Estate

Conejo Valley home sales still lagging

May sales of Conejo Valley single-family homes totaled 114. This compares to 111 sold in April and 110 a year ago in May, according to Connie Reed, president of the Conejo Valley Association of Realtors. More...

Spacious Home In Mission Oaks

This San Simeon model in Mission Oaks is more than 3,000 square feet and features 4 bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms, plus bonus and hobby rooms. More...

Pat Helton

Pat Helton, a broker associate at the Coldwell Banker Westlake Village Regional office, was recognized as one of the top 10 Coldwell Banker agents at a Coldwell Banker Regional networking event on June 8 at Maggiano's restaurant in Woodlan More...