August 27, 2009 RSS feed / Front Page

Grateful it was a false alarm

FIREFIGHTERS QUICK TO RESPOND–Three fire engines, a rescue squadron, a ladder truck, a battalion chief and 14 firefighters rushed to the 1500 block of Valley High Avenue on Monday. More...

Health & Wellness

Early Alzheimer’s diagnosis is beneficial

As the nation debates how to control costs as part of healthcare reform, an Alzheimer's disease researcher says early diagnosis and treatment of the disease could save America billions of dollars in costs down the road. More...

Nursing students honored for achievement

Professional Medical Careers Institute School of Nursing recently awarded 30 pins and certificates of completion to students who completed a 185-hour nursing assistant course. More...

New Alzheimer’s Association program focuses on kids

Children are traumatized when they’re no longer recogized by a grandparent

The Alzheimer’s Association is focusing on often overlooked victims of the progressive brain disease—children. More...

Calendar

Datebook

THURS., AUG. 27   American Sewing Guild 7 to 9 p.m. at Kingdom Sewing Center, 1790 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. Learn new techniques, show and tell, go on field trips. More...

Schools

Challenging year expected for CVUSD

Superintendent’s column

Conejo Valley Unified School District (CVUSD) opened its doors this week to 22,000 energized students and a highly talented staff. In spite of two years of catastrophic budget cuts, the quality of education in our district remains high. More...

Be smart: Stretch your back-to-school dollars

Money-wise shopping is “in” this year for parents who want to stretch their backtoschool budget as far as possible. More...

CLU high in national ranking

California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks is ranked 18th on the 2010 U.S. News & World Report list of top schools in the West offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees. More...

Business

Learn to start a business

Women’s Economic Ventures will offer its core, 14week selfemployment training classes in September in Oxnard, Thousand Oaks and Ventura. More...

EYE ON LOCAL AREA STOCKS

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Faith

Lutheran teens still helping with Katrina recovery

Much of the latest work will help prevent a future hurricane disaster

A bus carrying dozens of Lutheran teens from Nebraska and Wisconsin pulled into the Falgout Canal marina, a 70-mile drive from New Orleans. They strapped on life jackets and stepped into several boats. More...

Chabad to host High Holiday Services at Hyatt

Chabad of the Conejo will host its annual High Holiday Services at the Hyatt Westlake Plaza, 880 S. Westlake Blvd., Westlake Village.   Rosh Hashanah will be celebrated starting Friday evening, Sept. More...

Catholic store moves to a new location

GodSpace Catholic Books, Gifts and Music has moved to a new location in the Janss Marketplace at Hillcrest Drive and Moorpark Road in Thousand Oaks. The store is across from Gold’s Gym. The store’s hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. More...

Letters

Servants in public safety deserve generous pensions

Wow. Kathryn Levesque’s jealousy of public employee pensions comes across loud and clear (Acorn Aug. 20 letters, “It’s affordability that matters on public pensions”). More...

Obama’s plan for healthcare deserves to die

Tina Aschennbrenner misjudges, mischaracterizes and underestimates just how informed the public is regarding healthcare reform with her letter last week (“Sees a dark side in Republicans over healthcare debate”).   More...

The White House only wants to hear its proponents

In a recent post on the White House blog, readers were asked to report any e-mail or web article arguing against “Obamacare” that they believed to be “fishy” to an indicated e-mail address. More...

Supervisors say pension plans to remain intact

While the Ventura County Board of Supervisors is willing to admit that the exorbitant cost of employee entitlements is draining the county budget, the board isn’t ready to reduce pension plans for county workers.   More...

Gardeners victimized by vandals

Imagine Peanuts’ comic strip characters Linus and Lucy going to their pumpkin patch to find vandals had destroyed their pumpkins before they even had a chance to grow big and orange. More...

Early deadlines set for Sept. 10 edition of Acorn

Deadlines for the Sept. 10 edition will be moved forward because of Labor Day on Mon., Sept. 7.   Press releases and letters to the editor must be received by 11 a.m. Thurs., Sept. 3Real estate ads must also be reserved by that time. More...

Community

Meetings at library are open to the public, but exactly who is the ‘public’?

Complaints came into the Grant Brimall/Thousand Oaks Library after hundreds of people were shut out of a public meeting there earlier this month.   More...

Man arrested for alleged possession of pornography

Thousand Oaks police made an arrest seven months after executing a search warrant and seizing computers and digital storage devices at a home in Newbury Park in connection with a child pornography investigation.   More...

Valuables left inside vehicles continue to be stolen by burglars in Conejo Valley

Many thieves are opportunists who only strike when it’s easy

As residents continue to leave valuables inside vehicles, thieves continue to steal them.   On Aug. 13 someone called the police about a suspicious vehicle parked on the 300 block of Wynn Court in Thousand Oaks. More...

Dining & Entertainment

The Movie Nut

A film by Quentin Tarantino is usually both predictably unpredictable and predictably bloody.   More...

A local restaurant stays in the family

PASSING THE TORCH– Valerie Vollmer, left, has assumed ownership of The Plug Nickel in Thousand Oaks, previously owned by her mother, Dixie Vollmer, right. More...

Local authors to promote their work

A launch party for the new book “The Inner Game of Stress” and a book signing by all three authors will take place at 6 p.m. tonight, Aug. 27, at Westlake Village Professional Center, 1240 S. Westlake Blvd., Westlake Village.   More...

Sports

La Reina sophomore already a producer for the cross country team

Rachel Brajkovich is the accidental long-distance runner.   For years, the La Reina High sophomoretobe focused on soccer. Then a longtime friend urged her to give cross country a try.   “She was always really, really athletic. More...

Travel team is peaking

TOP TEAM MOVES ONWARD AND UPWARD–The Ravens, an age 10-and-under travel baseball team based in Thousand Oaks, won the recent Mid-Valley Summer Sizzler baseball tournament in Encino. More...

Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park   A male, 24, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs at 2:11 a.m. Aug. 19 at Lynn Road and Greenmeadow Drive.   More...

Family

Kid talks a lot

PICARELLA HOUSEHOLD —My son started talking when he was about 2 years old, and now, at age 6, he continues to talk and talk and talk—even in his sleep— because, he said, God made him that way. More...

Four Seasons Hotel will host a ‘Salute to Women in Business’ charity

Health Underwriters event set for Sept.11

The Los Angeles Association of Health Underwriters will host the inaugural Salute to Women in Business charity and fashion show from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fri., Sept. 11 at the Four Seasons Hotel, Two Dole Drive, Westlake Village.   More...

Lemonade stand to help cancer research

Emily Enright of Thousand Oaks will host a fundraiser through Alex’s Lemonade Stand from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat., Sept. 12 at the AYSO (American Youth Soccer Organization) soccer fields, 23 Freeway and Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. More...

Editorials

If cops wrote more tickets, maybe we would drive better

Nobody likes getting a ticket. They’re costly and time consuming. They’re embarrassing. They remind us that we’re not perfect (just in case we needed a gentle reminder about that .)   More...

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