November 5, 2009 RSS feed / Front Page

Seventh-graders feast as they learn at Sycamore Canyon School

FIT FOR A KING—Sycamore Canyon School seventh-graders Chucky Smith, 13, left, and Daniel Human, 12, are dressed as kings during a medieval-style luncheon in the school multipurpose room. More...

Health & Wellness

Bone marrow drive to help 16-year-old

A bone marrow registration drive will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sat., Nov. 7 at Gallardo Automotive Services, 881 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. More...

Memory screening to be offered by Senior Concerns

Senior Concerns will present Memory Screening Day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sat., Nov. 14 at 401 Hodencamp Road, Thousand Oaks. More...

Local chefs present gingerbread houses

The Wellness Community Valley/Ventura will present the second annual Gingerbread House Event from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Sun., Nov. 15 at the Wellness Community, 530 Hampshire Road, Westlake Village. More...

Calendar

Datebook

THURS., NOV. 5 Evening Of Films   More...

Schools

Baarstad, set to take helm of CVUSD next summer, discusses the future

When Jeff Baarstad, deputy superintendent of business services at Conejo Valley Unified School District, talks about his plans for the school district over the next five years, his main goal is simple: Nurturing excellence with focuse More...

Unearthing treasures at Ladera

PUPPETEERS—Annette Snow, right, her daughter Kendell, 12, a seventh-grader at Los Cerritos Middle School, center, and Kendell’s friend, Karly Saurman, 12, a seventh-grader at Oaks Christia More...

Bridges School holds fundraisers

Bridges Charter School will host two fundraisers this month. Money raised will go to the new charter school for grades K-8 proposed at the University Elementary School campus. More...

Business

EYE ON LOCAL AREA STOCKS

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Pierce names new manager

Tamara Eacker has been named the new general manager of Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks-Griffin Memorial Park, Mortuary and Crematory in Westlake Village.   Eacker has 20 years of experience with Dignity Memorial. More...

Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park   A male, 51, was arrested on charges of stealing a vehicle, driving under the influence of alcohol and being involved in a hit-and-run collision at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 23 at Lynn Road and Fowler Avenue.   More...

Faith

Church presents ‘The Laramie Project’

The Conejo Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will present a production of the play “The Laramie Project” at 8 p.m. Fri. and Sat., Nov. 6 and 7 in the fellowship’s sanctuary, 3327 Old Conejo Road, Newbury Park.   More...

Letters

Bridges Charter School is loaded with an agenda

“Progressive education”. . . “steeped in lefty politics”. . . “lessons in radical politics.”   They use these words like they’re a good thing in a taxpayer- supported public school! More...

Charter school would be an asset

I think most people would agree that the California school system is broken. This year alone we’ve undergone massive budget cuts, school closures and teacher layoffs. Our children are not getting the education they need. More...

The timing for Bridges Charter School is perfect

At my son’s middle school parent information night, in his speech to parents, the student dean said, “I’m sure that being back here reminds you of your own time in middle school, and many of you probably don’t hav More...

Government agencies brace for early release of prisoners

Members of law enforcement, social services and the justice system recently called for a regional plan to handle as many as 1,000 state inmates who are expected to make Ventura County their home after they’re released from prison earlier than More...

Conejo Valley food bank barely keeping up with the demand

The shelves of Thousand Oaks’ food bank were emptied on Fri, Oct. 23 when a record number of families came to the charity for help. More...

Both flu vaccines slowly arrive in Ventura County

The availability of seasonal flu and H1N1 vaccines continues to be limited in Ventura County.   More...

Community

Price convicted of murder

Kenneth Price, 40, has been convicted by a jury for the July 26, 2008, first-degree murder of his mother, Newbury Park resident Linda Price.   Price was also found guilty of committing the murder during a robbery. More...

Veterans Day will not affect trash collection next week

Newbury Disposal will maintain its regular trash and recycling or green waste collection schedules in Thousand Oaks and Newbury Park during the week of Veterans Day, Nov. 9 through 15. More...

Seniors get the spotlight in Thousand Oaks

The Council on Aging (COA), an advisory body of the T.O. City Council, presented a Senior Adult Master Plan that was unanimously received by the council. During their Oct. More...

Dining & Entertainment

The sound of harmony is sweet

MIXING VOICES TO PERFECTION–Members of the Conejo Valley Harmony Oaks Chorus perform during their Barbership Sundaes “Wishing on a Star” concert at the Borchard Community Center. More...

Preventing DUI is goal of summit

The first Ventura County DUI Prevention Summit will be from 8 a.m. to noon today, Nov. 5, at Ventura Beach Marriott Hotel, 2055 Harbor Blvd., Ventura.   More...

Duo will bring their own brand of magic to the Civic Arts Plaza

It sounds like an odd recipe for success, but the shocking yet cerebral duo Penn and Teller have built a career performing magic for people who hate magic shows. More...

Sports

Westlake’s Kang finishes the job

Senior shoots 68 before winning in a playoff at CIF individual regional

Danielle Kang’s amazing season on the links just got a little better. More...

Warrior boys, Oak Park girls run away with V.C. cross country crowns

Westlake and Oak Park high schools were big winners at last weekend’s Ventura County Cross Country Championships at Lake Casitas in Ojai. More...

‘Hey, Montana, did I ever tell you about when I used to play?’

THEY’RE ALL EARS—Oaks Christian head football coach Bill Redell, back, has a few words of advice for senior quarterback Nick Montana, center, and his parents, Joe and Jennifer, during a pr More...

Pets

Pet of the Week

‘I’M WAITING 4 U”––Mel B is a 1-year-old brindle terrier mix. She’s happy, energetic, sweet and vey loving. More...

Family

Humming for Habitat for Humanity

GROUNDED FOR A CAUSE—The official groundbreaking ceremony for construction of a Habitat for Humanity house on Hillcrest Drive in Thousand Oaks inspired dignitaries to hum together for the occasi More...

Westlake women to host tea tomorrow

The Westlake Women’s Club 29th annual Holiday Fantasy Tea will be tomorrow, Nov. 6, at North Ranch Country Club, 4761 Valley Spring Road in Westlake.    Champagne will be served during the silent auction and boutiques. More...

Columns

A primary goal: Setting the stage for great teaching and learning

By Mario V. Contini Special to the Acorn The best doing their best Part II

In this column last month, I spoke about the amazing teachers we have in Conejo Unified School District. In today’s column I’m focusing on the support staff.   More...

Witch way thou goeth . . .

I was a witch for seven years. For Halloween, that is. Which I loved. And no, my ex-husband did not ghostwrite this column. Though he would love to. More...