July 2, 2009 RSS feed / Front Page

Parched Conejo makes home fireworks particularly dangerous

As illegal firecrackers pop and neighbors' dogs howl, the Thousand Oaks police and Ventura County Fire Department will be on the lookout for citizens breaking the law. More...

Health & Wellness

Playgrounds can be fun, dangerous

As a mother, I love to take my daughter to our local park and play on the swings and slides and dig in the sand together. But as a pediatric orthopedic surgeon, I'm also aware of the inherent danger that playgrounds can pose to young children. More...

NPHS student attends college's Neuroscience Camp

Amanda Vu of Newbury Park participated in Northwestern College's Neuroscience Camp in June. More...

Learn pool safety online

To help saves lives and prevent home drownings, the American Red Cross and the National Swimming Pool Foundation have developed a new interactive online computer course titled "Home Pool Essentials: Maintenance and Safety. More...

Calendar

Datebook

THURS., JULY 2 Democratic Club Of Camarillo Meets at Orchid Building, 816 Camarillo Spring Road, Camarillo. Social mixer 6:15 p.m. Program 7 p.m. More...

Schools

Area students make the dean's list

The following Thousand Oaks residents received aca demic honors at their respective colleges. More...

More scholars

The University of Portland, a Catholic university in Oregon, has announced students on the dean's list for the spring semester. Jane Wessel of Lake Sherwood and Thousand Oaks residents Dana DiProspero and Kelsey Davis were on the list. More...

Schools make changes in leadership

Jay Greenlinger, a Newbury Park resident, is leaving Medea Creek Middle School in Oak Park to become principal of La Mariposa Elementary School in Camarillo. Greenlinger has served as Medea's dean of students since August 2007. More...

Business

Businesses encouraged to reduce blight with money from the city

The Thousand Oaks Redevelopment Agency gave $240,000 in grants to six businesses at the June 23 City Council meeting. More...

Celebrate with red, white and blue bagels

Old New York Deli and Bakery Co. will make and bake its traditional New York-style boiled red, white and blue bagels for the Fourth of July. The bagels be available at the Newbury Park store at 2700 Teller Road on Fri. More...

New York Life Insurance welcomes agent

Tina Dickinson is a new agent with New York Life Insurance Company. Dickinson has been in the insurance industry for 20 years and is local to the Thousand Oaks-Westlake Village area. More...

Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park A robber stole cash from Citibank on Newbury Road between 1:20 and 1:24 p.m. June 20. The male allegedly entered the bank and handed a note to a teller. In his note, he demanded money and indicated he had a weapon. More...

Speed-related deaths are down

The California Highway Patrol recently concluded a study that showed deaths due to speedrelated collisions declined in 2008. More...

Suspect allegedly sabotaged mall radios

Suspect may have made threats and used profanity

According to security personnel at The Oaks mall, an unknown male voice was coming over their official radios, using profanity and threatening to jam their frequencies. More...

Family

Conejo Valley 4-H installs officers

The Conejo Valley 4-H Club installed its 200910 youth officers in June. More...

Teens to win prizes at free reading club

The Grant Brimhall/Thousand Oaks Library is offering a free summer teen reading club, "Express Yourself @ Your Library!" for youths in sixth grade and up. More...

N.P. Library to sell used books

The Friends of the Thousand Oaks Library will have a used book sale from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Fri., July 10 and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sat., July 11 at the Newbury Park Branch Library, 2331 Borchard Road, Newbury Park. More...

Columns

Ask the Arborist

Q. Several European white birch trees of mine have died. I still have others. What can you tell me about this situation? A. Birch trees are native to many areas of the world. More...

Vacation Photos

Take Your Thousand Oaks Acorn on Vacation

VACATION WINNERS—David and Pam Schneider of Thousand Oaks enjoy their grand prize, a free trip to Maui, which they won at the Hospice of the Conejo's annual Gala Casino Night. More...

Real Estate

Article

Prudential California Realty's Oxnard/Channel Islands office has presented awards for top honors in February and March. Joy Luna was named top selling agent in February. Call her at (805) 216-1358. More...

Open, Single-Story Floor Plan With Upgraded Maple And Stone Floors

This home has four bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms and is approximately 2,262 square feet. It is an open, singlestory floor plan with recently painted interior and exterior with upgraded maple and chiseled stone floors. More...

Executive director of new charter school had been fired in Camarillo

Families were so upset about principal's firing that they wanted to recall trustees and fire the district superintendent

A new Thousand Oaks charter school has hired a recently fired Pleasant Valley School District principal to serve as its executive director. More...

Council wants staff to 'reshoot' the city's filming ordinance

Changes to one of the most restrictive film permit laws in California have been scrutinized by the Thousand Oaks City Council and sent back to city staff for more revisions. More...

T.O. planning commissioners side with owners of mobile homes

The owner of Vallecito Mobile Home Estates park has been denied approval to convert the senior park from rental to individual resident ownership. The planning commission vote was unanimous, 5-0. More...

Community

Firefighting resources could be in danger from statewide budget cuts

The greatest risk, officials say, would be during the brushfire season when fire departments pool their resources

Although demand for services is growing, the Ventura County Fire Department will lose money if the state budget slashes cash from local coffers. More...

Rice coming to Reagan Library in Simi Valley

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation will host former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice at 6 p.m. Tues., July 14 at the Reagan Library, 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley. More...

Sherwood Lake Club will host a golf tournament

The HomeAid Los Angeles/ Ventura Golf Classic 2009 will be at the Sherwood Lake Club Wed., July 22. The event is open to 18 foursomes. Reservations are requested by Fri., July 17. The cost is $175 per person, $700 per foursome. More...

Dining & Entertainment

Conejo Youth Theater presents Aida

Play review

Elton John and Tim Rice's Tony-winning production of "Aida" is the first of the classic Broadway shows to be staged by the high school and college age youngsters who make up the Conejo Players' new Conejo Youth Theater company. More...

'An Evening with Fritz Coleman' to help teens

Emmy Award-winning NBC weatherman and comedian Fritz Coleman will perform his one-man comedy show, "An Evening with Fritz Coleman," at 8 p.m. Sat., July 11 at The Four Friends Hall, 1408 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. More...

T.O. Library presents free concerts

The Grant Brimhall/Thousand Oaks Library will present musical guests Thursdays from 7 to 8 p.m. in the library's outdoor courtyard at 1401 E. Janss Road. More...

Sports

Releaguing drama an albatross for area schools

Some administrators fed up with lack of solutions

The releaguing situation continues to linger over the local high school sports scene like coastal fog in the summertime. More...

Cheating in baseball

Commentary

There are players who didn't cheat Major League Baseball during its lie-to-our-faces performance-enhancing drug era, and on this Fourth of July weekend we should take a minute to honor those brave ballplayers instead of hailing the retur More...

Lacrosse decision a big hit

After nearly a year of convincing the district that their sport deserves CIF status, area lacrosse clubs are celebrating the Conejo Valley Unified School District school board's decision to approve teams at Newbury Park, Thousand Oaks and W More...

Pets

'Take me home and I'll be loyal

PRETTY AND PETITE— Little Star, a 7-month-old Chihuahua mix, is all of 6 pounds of love. She was looking for a new home at the recent Animal Advocates Alliance Ventura County adoption event at YogaWorks in Westlake Village. More...

Keeping track of a cat was never easier

SIMPLE PROCEDURE— Dr. Pauline Perry, left, and Polly Braiwick insert a microchip into Shadow, a 3-year-old cat owned by Stasia Simrall of Thousand Oaks at the Arboles Animal Clinic during last Thursday's Microchip Clinic Day. More...

Foundation offers free spaying, neutering

The Herman Bennett Foundation is offering vouchers to pet owners who need financial assistance to have their pets spayed or neutered. The foundation is a private nonprofit organization. More...

Faith

Bahais urge action on behalf of prisoners

The imprisonment of seven members of the Bahai Faith in Iran has not been forgotten by local Bahais. More...

Unitarians to present program on poverty

The Community Forum will host Karon Wright of the Greater Contribution as she presents "Helping Families Work Their Way Out of Poverty" at 7:30 p.m. More...

Letters

Attacked unfairly by a city appointee

On June 11 the Acorn printed a vicious personal attack on a private citizen (me) by Thousand Oaks traffic commissioner Rick Lemmo. More...

Tear down some houses to protect endangered plant?

So a few NIMBYs (Not In My Back Yard) have again slowed plans for Lang Ranch Park that would serve a large, underserved section of T.O, thus causing yet more legal fees, planning costs and untold inflationary costs to the rest of More...

Acorn praised for June 18 editorial

Kudos to the T.O. Acorn for its measured assessment in the June 18 editorial ("Zero tolerance is what it says") regarding the Newbury Park prom dispute. More...

Editorials

A time to celebrate American independence

The Fourth of July is a time to celebrate our American heritage. No matter who you are and regardless of your politics (or whether you couldn't care less about politics), if you're an American, Independence Day is a time to celebrate. More...

Political Cartoon

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