July 9, 2009 RSS feed / Front Page

T.O. teenager will return after sailing around the world

The boy who's been sailing around the world by himself is coming home. Zac Sunderland, 17, of Thousand Oaks will arrive sometime Thurs., July 16 at Fisherman's Village in Marina del Rey. More...

Health & Wellness

Patients and survivors mark 'cancerversaries'

Every year, Suzanne Lindley's family gathers to celebrate a major milestone that increasing numbers of people are observing, even if they don't have a name for it yet. More...

New medicines for certain illnesses offer hope to African Americans

There's good news for members of the African American community who are at risk for asthma, diabetes and sickle-cell disease. More...

Cancer center to host member lunch

The annual membership luncheon for the Conejo Valley Guild Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation/UCLA will be at 11 a.m. Wed., Aug. 5 at the Westlake Inn, 31943 Agoura Road, Westlake Village. More...

Calendar

Datebook

THURS., JULY 9 IWOSC Ventura County Satellite Group Independent Writers of Southern California meets 10 a.m. to noon at Sherwood Country Club, 320 W. Stafford Road, Golf Club House, Thousand Oaks. More...

Schools

The future looks bright

HAPPY SCHOLARS— Local students received $1,000 each from the Conejo Valley Association of Realtors. The association made its scholarship awards during a ceremony recently in Westlake Village. More...

Local Boston University students excel

Boston University recently recognized the following local students for academic honors. This is the fourth largest independent university in the United States, with an enrollment of more than 29,000 students in 17 schools and colleges. More...

Westlake college kids make dean's list

•Dorothy Copeland of Westlake Village made the dean's list for spring semester 2009 at the Georgia Institute of Technology, also known as Georgia Tech. More...

Business

Global trade the topic of informational meeting

The Economic Development Collaborative-Ventura County has launched the Global Entrepreneur Training in Trade Program. An informational meeting for businesses interested in this program will be from 6 to 7 p.m. More...

Jewish business group to meet

JNET, a Jewish business networking group, will meet on Wed., July 15 at Temple Adat Elohim, 2420 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. More...

Chamber promotes networking

The Thousand Oaks-Westlake Village Regional Chamber of Commerce presents the following events. For more information or reservations, call (805) 370-0035 or visit www.towlvchamber.org. More...

Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park On suspicion of driving under the influence at 2 a.m. June 25, a male, 20, was arrested at Reino Road and Lesser Drive. More...

Cops warn of RV scam on refurbishing

The Moorpark Community Services/Crime Prevention Unit is warning vacationers about scammers targeting people at beach campground areas. More...

Family

Losers are winners

My 5-year-old son recently asked if he could be a loser. Let me back up a bit. About a month ago, my wife decided to walk in a community run. She was very excited to participate—as long as she could drag me along. More...

'Arrgghh!' Pirate fun invades Ventura Harbor

Pirates will invade Ventura Harbor Village on Sat. and Sun., July 18 and 19 from 1 to 4 p.m. More...

Enjoying a perfect summer day

HAVING TWICE AS MUCH FUN- Alanna, left, and Jordan Tilles, 3-year-old twins from Camarillo, snack on watermelon at Conejo Community Park. They were waiting for the concert to begin on July Fourth. More...

Columns

Ask The DMV

Do you have questions about general drivingrelated require ments like registration and insur ance? Are you unclear about laws and restrictions related to driv ing? More...

Rat out thy neighbor

Unlike the Redwoods and the Lakers, water is short in California. More...

Squirrel of the Month

ANOTHER LAZY, GOOD-FOR-NOTHING YOU-KNOW-WHAT- Debbie Tomasi of Westlake Village caught this guy straddling the fence rail in her backyard. More...

Real Estate

Cul-De-Sac Home In Small Community

This approximately 3,400-square-foot family home is on a cul-de-sac among a small community of newer homes. The home has five large bedrooms plus a bonus room and three bathrooms. More...

The Gourmet Kitchen Features A Farmhouse Sink, Handcrafted Custom Alder Cabinets

This professionally decorated four-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom home with nearly 2,100 square feet has been completely remodeled and upgraded and is movein ready. More...

Close To Hiking Trails

This four-bedroom house has a bonus loft and downstairs office. The property backs to open space and includes a large grassy backyard with patio area. More...

RVs and oversized vehicles are on the next City Council agenda

Residents in the market for a new motor home will need to consider the cost of storing it if the City Council passes a proposed ordinance next week. More...

County pensions are draining the budget for other services

If left unchecked, the exorbitant cost of Ventura County's pension fund could threaten the county's ability to pay for basic programs and services, a grand jury report said. More...

Landscapers are the target as gardening equipment becomes loot

Criminals are making tough economic times even tougher for some in the landscaping business. Thousand Oaks police are asking residents to help solve an outbreak of landscape equipment thefts. More...

Community

City Calendar

The city of Thousand Oaks will be conducting the following meetings this month, according to the city manager's office. All contact phone numbers are in the 805 area code. Tues., July 14 . More...

Property tax revenue is down

Ventura County Assessor Dan Goodwin recently announced the assessment roll for 200910 decreased by 2.34 percent this year. The assessment roll provides the basis for computing most of county government's generalpurpose tax revenue. More...

Riders observe Independence Day

HORSES AND FLAGS— Foxfield Riding School equestriennes canter in Berniece Bennett Park during July Fourth festivities in the city of Westlake Village. More...

Dining & Entertainment

Getting into it

BOOGIE DOWN— Thousand Oaks resident Nancy Wofford dances to a live musical performance of '70s hits by Boogie Wonderland on the Janss Marketplace rooftop before the July Fourth fireworks. More...

Gallery/theater promotes cause with art, comedy

NBC weathercaster and longtime comedian Fritz Coleman will perform a stand-up show at 8 p.m. Sat., July 11 at the Fun Shway Comedy Theater in Thousand Oaks. Tickets are $20 and include parking and refreshments. More...

Conejo Players to have 'Cinderella' auditions

Conejo Players will have auditions for "Cinderella" from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Sun., through Tues., July 12, 13 and 14 at the theater, 351 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. More...

Sports

Little League tourneys in full swing

District 13 Little League AllStar action is under way throughout the county. Thousand Oaks Little League, at 1500 Hillcrest Drive, is hosting the 9 and 10yearold tournament. More...

Surf contest at Point Mugu

The second annual Point Mugu Surf Contest is scheduled for Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu, and everyone is invited. Registration for the event is open through July 17. The contest takes place Aug. 22-23. More...

Lightning to play for IBL title

The Los Angeles Lightning will take on the Oregon Waves for the International Basketball League championship on Sat., July 18 at 7:15 p.m. The title-game site is to be determined. More...

Pets

Pooches march

Wags for Wellness, the 12th annual Pooch Parade Dog Walk and Pet Expo, will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sun., July 19 at San Buenaventura State Beach, Ventura. More...

Pet of the Week

SOFT AS COTTON— Christie, an 18-month-old female miniature poodle mix, needs a new home. Christie can be adopted from the Agoura Animal Shelter at 29525 Agoura Road. To take Christie home, ask about identification No. A3991499. More...

Cabrillo launches animal rescue program as part of 'Cats'

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Faith

Church to host author/speaker

The Rev. Trevor Hudson, pastor of Northfield Methodist Church in Benoni near Johannesburg, South Africa, will be the featured guest speaker at the 9 and 10:45 a.m. services Sun. More...

Faith and food tour goes national

June 12 began a six-week road trip for a young couple who had loaded up their Volkswagen diesel and set out to talk with faith communities across North America about the connection between their spiritual beliefs and the food they eat. More...

Baptists promote tobacco legislation

Landmark legislation approved June 11 by the Senate gives the Food and Drug Administration authority to effectively regulate the manufacture, marketing and sale of tobacco products. More...

Letters

Park district and city were unwilling to negotiate on Lang Ranch Park

It's unfortunate your June 25 editorial ("The NIMBYs have won again") misrepresented the concerns of homeowners and disregarded the legal facts borne out in the ruling in the Lang Ranch Community Park environmental impact report lawsuit. More...

Court decision on Lang Ranch Park was fair and just

The Acorn editorial "The NIMBYs have won again" was a disservice to the people of Thousand Oaks. More...

Living next door to a park isn't always wonderful

The Acorn really needs to dismount from its high horse, quit using a "Don't damn motherhood and apple pie" approach and consider the impacts current parks and schoolbased afterhours recreational programs have on the quality of life of More...

Editorials

Pension plans for government workers are too generous

Something's got to give on pension plans for government employees. In plain language, too many pensions aren't realistic for people who work in government. They're out of line and excessive. More...

Political Cartoon

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Vacation Photos

Take Your Thousand Oaks Acorn on Vacation

G'DAY, MATES—Katie Menees and Charles Bankston of Westlake Village visit Australia. Behind them are the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House. Their tour guides were former T.O. residents who now live Down Under. More...