September 24, 2009 RSS feed / Front Page

Eight Conejo schools show lower scores in statewide testing

The majority of Conejo Valley Unified School District schools continue to meet the state goal for standardized testing scores, but eight district schools saw a drop in their scores this year. More...

Health & Wellness

Spa, health day coming to Four Seasons

Cure in the Canyons wiltake place 11 a.m. Sun., Oct. 4 at the Four Seasons Hotel, Two Dole Drive, Westlake Village. Guests can visit 29 cabanas on six acres and take part in free products, spa and beauty treatments from various vendors.   More...

Forum to address healthcare

A forum on healthcare will take place at 7 p.m. Thurs., Oct. 1 at Calvary Chapel, 2697 Lavery Couirt, Ste. 10, Newbury Park.   The event is sponsored by Conejo Coalition for Responsible Government. More...

Comedy event will help Wellness Community

The Stand Up for Cancer Survivors Comedy FUNdraiser for The Wellness Community Valley/Ventura will begin at 7:15 p.m. Thurs., Oct. 8 at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza’s Scherr Forum, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. More...

Calendar

Datebook

THURS., SEPT. 24 Chamber Fall Business   More...

Schools

High School Hi-Lights

Newbury Park Panthers Mon., Sept. 28: No school   Thousand Oaks Lancers Mon., Sept. 28: No school   Westlake Warriors Fri., Sept. 25: Administrative staff meeting/10:15 a.m. More...

Conejo schools encourage joining PTA

As schools open in the Conejo Valley Unified SchooDistrict, parents, teachers and students will begin to feel the effects of the $26 million in cuts that have been made to the district’s budget.  More...

TOHS to host marching band celebration

The second Sounds of the Conejo Marching Band Celebration will take place Sat., Oct. 10 at the Thousand Oaks High School football stadium, 2323 N. Moorpark Road.   Gates open at 6:30 p.m. More...

Business

Bank welcomes new officer

Kim Heggen has been appointed financial services officer for Rabobank’s Westlake Village branch, according to Jeff Paul, executive vice president of community banking.   More...

Business Forum to be hosted by Chamber

The T.O.-Westlake Village Regional Chamber of Commerce invites local business owners to attend its second annual Business Forum from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thurs., Oct. More...

New pet care business gives them love in your own home

I Love Your Dog! Pet Care is the name and the motto of Thousand Oaks’ newest pet pampering enterprise. More...

Faith

Is it time to let go?

“There are things that we never want to let go of, people we never want to leave behind. More...

‘Cool Licks’ show presented at church

The award-winning men’s a cappella chorus Pacific Sound will perform a fall show, “Cool Licks and Hot Sips,” at 3 p.m. Sun., Sept. 27 at Newbury Park First Christian Church, 801 Knollwood Drive. More...

T.O. Philharmonic to auction grand piano

Benefit party will help young musicians

The Thousand Oaks Philharmonic and Keyboard Concepts Superstore in Agoura Hills will sponsor a benefit auction party at 6 p.m. Sat., Sept. 26 at the Thousand Oaks Philharmonic Recital Hall, 3479 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., in the Paseo Marketplace. More...

Letters

City could do more for low-income residents

The Vallecito Mobile Estates decision that City Council made is one of the most unpopular in recent times.   I agree with council that legally it’s a battle that can’t be won. More...

Story on the man who lost a finger lacked balance

The article about Bill Rice and the incidents surrounding the loss of his finger at a healthcare reform rally lacked any hint of journalistic skepticism. It allowed Mr. Rice to state his spin without comment.   More...

Those on the left and right need to move to the middle

It seems to me that our nation has reached a crossroads.   There are those who would like you to turn left, who believe:   You can help the poor by destroying the rich. More...

Editorials

It’s a sad time for Conejo Valley

A dark cloud visited Conejo Valley last week when a father fell off the edge and descended into that deep dark place where no person should ever go. More...

Proposal for new power lines sparks some concerns

Ventura County Supervisor Linda Parks and about two dozen residents challenged a public utility project that would bisect a rural neighborhood west of Moorpark and the Santa Rosa Valley. More...

Complaints heard at first meeting of Casa Conejo Municipal Advisory Council

The seven men and women who comprise the Casa Conejo Municipal Advisory Council (MAC) met for the first time when they were sworn in on Wed., Sept. 16 at Walnut Elementary School. More...

3 dead after murder and suicide in T.O.

Two children found dead by their mother in a Thousand Oaks apartment were murdered by their father, who later committed suicide, according to authorities. More...

Community

Have you seen this buck?

Buck, an 80-pound deer, has never run away before, but on the night of Sept. 12 the statue went missing from its Newbury Park home in Deer Ridge. “He was too well loved and taken care of,” said deer owner Theresa King. More...

Dole Foods seeks to go back into the stock market

Westlake Village-based Dole Food Company has filed paperwork with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in a move that would take the company public for the second time in its history. More...

Sales of homes still slow

August sales of Conejo Valley single-family homes totaled 135.   This compares to 145 sold in July and 150 a year ago, according to Connie Reed, president of the Conejo Valley Association of Realtors.   More...

Dining & Entertainment

The Movie Nut

Steven Soderbergh’s mind must be a strange and wondrous place. The guy’s obviously a talented director.  More...

‘Stop the World’ is on the mark

Play review

When “Stop the World—I Want to Get Off” made its debut at the Queen’s Theatre in London in 1961 it was an instant hit. More...

Scandinavian style

NOT A SQUARE DANCE—Thousand Oaks resident Gene Olson, right, dances the Fjaskern with Maidie Karling of Sherman Oaks during the Swedish Meatball Festival at Vasa Park in Agoura Hills. More...

Sports

The Acorn’s High School Football Game of the Week

Thousand Oaks Lancers (0-2) at Canyon Cowboys (0-2) Friday, 7 p.m.

Instead of huffing and wheezing through sprints at the end of practice, the Thousand Oaks High football team had a little fun. More...

Weekend schedule

Saugus at Newbury Park Friday, 7 p.m. Royal at Ventura Friday, 7 p.m. Agoura at Rio Mesa Friday, 7 p.m. Calabasas at Channel Islands Friday, 7 p.m. Westlake vs. Hart Friday, 7 p.m. (at College of the Canyons) More...

Marmonte standings

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Pets

Squirrel of the Month

TAKING A BREAK FROM THE SUMMER SUN–Roz Schackman of Calabasas says this photograph was taken around 12:45 p.m. Sept. 4 when the temperature was 104. More...

Pet of the Week

READY FOR ACTION—Roddy, a 2-year-old male Pomeranian mix, is a stray. He’s very loving but not with other dogs. Roddy can be adopted from the Agoura Animal Shelter, 29525 Agoura Road. More...

Family

Editorial cartoonist speaks to GOP women

DRAWING THEM IN— Twotime Pulitzer Prizewinning editorial cartoonist Michael Ramirez speaks at the Thousand Oaks Inn during last Friday’s Conejo Valley Republican Women Federated luncheonHe More...

Senior singles meet weekly

The Conejo Senior Singles for ages 55 and up meets at 7:30 p.m. every Thursday at the United Methodist Church of Westlake Village, back of church rear parking lot, 1049 Westlake Blvd. More...

Balance of nature

RAPT RAPTOR–This red-tailed hawk often visits the North Ranch backyard of DeAna DiGioia. The bird was devouring a gray dove that it had captured. More...

Columns

It’s Now or Never

“Inspiration comes with a deadline,” quipped Art Buchwald when asked how he responds to his publisher’s demands.   More...

My 6-year-old son wants E.T. to come home

MY SON: Hey, Daddy, why doesn’t E.T. come back to Earth?   ME: Because E.T. is from a movie.   MY SON: But Santa Claus is from a movie, and he comes back to our house every Christmas.   ME: Well, E.T. More...