September 10, 2009 RSS feed / Front Page

Gardens of the World finds ways to save plenty of water

Gardens of the World keeps 4.5 acres of flowers blooming and lawns green year-round while it partners with the city to conserve water.   More...

Local man loses a finger at protest over healthcare

A Newbury Park man whose finger was bitten off by an Obama healthcare reform supporter on Wed., Sept. 2 made headlines around the country. More...

Health & Wellness

Body Sanctuary to host spiritual intuitive

In Person . . . Presents, producer of “inspirational events facetoface with extraordinary people,” features spiritual intuitive Karen Anderson from 2 to 5 p.m. Sun., Sept. More...

Burn center moves to West Hills

Grossman Burn Center, one of the nation’s leading burn care facilities, will be relocating from Sherman Oaks Hospital to West Hills Hospital and Medical Center in the first quarter of 2010.   More...

Breast cancer support offered

The Wellness Community Valley/Ventura will host a free presentation titled “Frankly Speaking About Advanced Breast Cancer” for people affected by cancer at 6:30 p.m. Thurs., Sept. More...

Calendar

Datebook

THURS., SEPT. 10 IWOSC Ventura County   Satellite Group Writing group meets 10 a.m. to noon at Lake Sherwood Golf Club. RSVP via e-mail for details. More...

Schools

Mechanical illiteracy inhibits youths

Are today’s young people mechanically illiterate?   As some 245,000 recent high school graduates in California go off to college, it’s not an academic question. More...

High School Hi-Lights

Mon., Sept. 14: Girls’ aquatic Newbury Park Panthers booster meeting/T-2/7 to 9 p.m.   Wed., Sept. 16: Back-to-school night/6 to 9 p.m.   Thousand Oaks Lancers Wed., Sept. 16: Back-to-school night/7 to 9 p.m.   More...

Acorn poll shows little support for school district consolidations

The majority of people who responded to a recent Acorn online poll disagreed with a Ventura County grand jury suggestion that some local school districts should merge in order to save taxpayer dollars.   More...

Business

Banker promoted to executive vice president

Jeff Paul has been promoted to executive vice president of community banking for Rabobank, according to CEO Ronald Blok. More...

Chamber to host Expo

The Thousand OaksWestlake Village Regional Chamber of Commerce Fall Business Expo and Trade Show will be from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Thurs., Sept. 24 at the Hyatt Westlake Plaza in the garden patio, 880 S. Westlake Blvd., Westlake Village.   More...

Businesses hire adults with disabilities

Majority of people with disabilities report they want to work

People with autism and other disabilities are valuable members of the work force. But experts say they sometimes have difficulty securing employment because of accessibility and attitudinal barriers.   More...

Faith

Conejo Valley houses of worship

SERVICES FIT ANYONE’S SCHEDULE—Ascension Lutheran Church at 1600 E. Hillcrest Drive offers four worship services on weekends. More...

Community invited to ‘Come together’

Newbury Park First Christian Church invites the community to a Come Together Weekend on Sat. and Sun., Sept. 19 and 20 at the church, 801 Knollwood Drive, Newbury Park.   The event will support Manna, the Conejo Valley Food Bank. More...

Church invites women to Bible study

The EV Free Church will host two sessions of a women’s Bible study. The cost is $10.   The morning study will run from 9:15 to 11:30 a.m. Fridays starting Sept. 18 in the church auditorium, 999 Rancho Conejo Blvd., Newbury Park. More...

Letters

Defends the importance of traffic officers

I must respond to Bob Meisterling’s diatribe against local law enforcement activities (Sept. 3 T.O. Acorn , “Cops should have higher priorities than writing tickets”).   More...

Let’s unite and fight the proposed water rate hikes

Several weeks ago, T.O. property owners received a “Notice of Proposed Water Rate Increases” scheduled for November 2009 and again July 2010.   More...

Planners are to blame for projects that guzzle water

With so much being written about many years of low rainfall, drought conditions and water-use restrictions, I have to wonder where the planners were when all the developments were approved with strict open space and landscape requirem More...

Editorials

Nobody wants to pay more for water, but it’s unavoidable

If we took a poll and asked residents, “Are you happy that the cost of water is going up in Thousand Oaks?” we’re sure that nobody would say yes.   Nobody wants to pay more for a necessity.   More...

Cartoon

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Energy savings significant in Conejo schools

Conejo Valley Unified School District employees studied the Energy Education Program for more than a year, concerned that it was too expensive. More...

Murder suspect uses several different names

A man who allegedly has given police several names has been arrested and charged with attempted murder.   Police have identified him as an undocumented immigrant who’s been working in Thousand Oaks as a day laborer. More...

He’s definitely not afraid of coyotes

STEERING INTO SUNSET—A smoky sky provides a picturesque backdrop at sundown for a small herd of cattle in a Hidden Valley pasture. More...

Community

Water-saving measures are now in effect

What are the city’s new permanent water conservation measures?   •Watering is prohibited between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. More...

Woman pleads guilty to embezzling

Daphne Ann Brenon, 53, of Westlake Village recently pleaded guilty to two counts of grand theft, one count of filing a false tax return and admitted to taking more than $150,000, according to the district attorney’s office. More...

Replica of Vietnam War Memorial visits Westlake Village

An ongoing stream of visitors came to Westlake Village over Labor Day weekend to pay tribute to those who lost their lives in the Vietnam War. More...

Dining & Entertainment

The Movie Nut

If one can overcome the notion of a strikingly blonde, miniskirted Sandra Bullock being a More...

Street fair needs vendors

The 18th annual Thousand Oaks Rotary Street Fair will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sun., Oct. 18 on Moorpark Road between Hillcrest Drive and Wilbur Road, Thousand Oaks. More...

Toastmasters meet to improve public speaking

The Conejo Valley Toastmasters Club No. 1864 meets every Monday from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at 1 Baxter Way, Thousand Oaks.   Members improve their leadership and public speaking skills. More...

Sports

The Acorn’s High School Football Game of the Week

Camarillo (0-0) at Newbury Park (0-0) Friday, 7 p.m.

There’s no place like home for the Newbury Park High varsity football team.   On Friday night, the Panthers open their highly anticipated season by playing host to Camarillo in a nonleague rivalry game.   More...

Weekend schedule

Valencia at Thousand Oaks Friday, 7 p.m. Golden Valley at Royal Friday, 7 p.m. Ventura at Agoura Friday, 7 p.m. Muir at Oaks Christian Friday, 7:30 p.m. Granada Hills at Calabasas Friday, 7:30 p.m. More...

Marmonte standings

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Pets

Pet of the Week

SWEET AND SOFT—Moon Doggie is a 12-year-old yellow Labrador. The dog has arthritis and needs a gentle owner. Moon Doggie can be adopted from the Agoura Animal Shelter at 29525 Agoura Road. More...

Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park   An attempted assault and battery occurred around 6:30 p.m. Aug. 30 in the 2700 block of Teller Road. Assailants allegedly tormented and attempted to injure someone by throwing rocks. More...

Family

Day of the Horse offers education, entertainment and hands-on fun

The fifth annual Day of the Horse will start at 10 a.m. Sat., Sept. 12 at the Conejo Creek Equestrian Park, 1300 Avenida de Las Flores, Thousand Oaks. More...

Music inspires dancing

GETTING INTO IT–Westlake Village resident Vicky Montenegro, right, and Kim Barry of Thousand Oaks, with her back to the camera, dance to the blues sounds of Dennis Jones. More...

Reduce, reuse, recycle as part of ‘back-to-school routine’

Students have returned to school, which is one of the most potentially productive, yet often overlooked, sources of recycling and conservation in any community.    Now is an ideal time for educators, teachers, parents and students t More...

Columns

At The Library

The Grant Brimhall/Thousand Oaks Library presents the following activities at the Thousand Oaks branch, 1401 E. Janss Road.   Story times will run from September through November. Families do not need to register in advance. More...

Dumplings at the duck park

They call me Yaya. For people, they’re on the short side. For humans, they are the bright side. These little gnomes known as grandchildren are my dears and my delight and my delovely. More...

Music speaks louder than words

“Music is the universal lan guage, and love is the key “To peace, hope and under standing, and living in harmony” —Mac Davis   More...