January 7, 2010 RSS feed / Front Page

Won’t bloom in snowdrifts

LOVING CALIFORNIA WINTERS–Even in winter, the sunloving carnivorous white-top pitcher plant, Sarracenia leucophylla, blooms brightly in the bog section of the Conejo Valley Botanic Garden. More...

Cops to help teens be better drivers

The Thousand Oaks Police Department will host Start Smart to educate teen drivers and their parents at 6 p.m. Mon., Jan. 18 at the Thousand Oaks Police Station, East County Community Room, 2101 E. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. More...

Health & Wellness

Social host ordinance citation overturned

A decision that found a resident guilty of violating the city’s social host ordinance was overturned by Ventura County Superior Court Judge Steven Hintz because of the lack of procedural due process.   More...

Intent of social host law is to prevent underage drinking

The Thousand Oaks social host ordinance states that underage drinking is harmful to the child and a threat to the peace, health, safety, quiet enjoyment of residential property and the general welfare of the public.   More...

Health & Longevity Institute to launch transformation contest

California Health & Longevity Institute in the Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village is launching the Project Transformation Contest. More...

Calendar

Datebook

THURS., JAN. 7   Conejo Valley Cloggers Meets 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Old Meadows Park, 1600 Marview Drive, Thousand Oaks. Learn toetapping dance style. No partner needed. Phone: 805.497.6641 Contact: Sue Time: 6:30 p.m. More...

Schools

Free training to be offered to volunteer English tutors

Laubach Literacy of Ventura County will offer a free workshop to train volunteers to serve as English as Second Language tutors of adults.   The two-day workshop will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sat., Jan. 16 and 9 a.m. to noon Sat., Feb. More...

Conejo Valley Optimists support Thousand Oaks High School

In its continuing charitable efforts, the Optimist Club of Conejo Valley recently donated $500 to Thousand Oaks High School. The funds will be used for campus beautification. More...

Thousand Oaks Lancer Band finishes first in competition

‘WE’RE NO. 1!’—The Thousand Oaks High School Lancer Band won this year’s Fiesta Bowl national championship in Phoenix on New Year’s Day. More...

Business

EYE ON LOCAL AREA STOCKS

Company Name Symbol Jan. 6 Dec. 30 Dec. 22 Dec. More...

Wellness director named

The Wellness Community Valley/Ventura recently elected Tracy Weintraub, registered nurse, to its board of directors. Weintraub is vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center.   More...

Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park   A 20-year-old male hit and shoved family members and bit his father around 6:45 a.m. Dec. 24 in the 1200 block of Ramona Drive. More...

Fraudulent car sales lead to guilty plea

B of A became suspicious about transactions

Claudio Jean Negrea, 42, has pleaded guilty on charges of two felonies and forgery of a driver’s license. He’s believed to have been involved with organized crime in Eastern Europe.   More...

Faith

Church to host film on air quality

First Friday Forums will look at climate change

Two representatives from the Ventura County Air Pollution Control District will discuss the award-winning film “Air: The Search for One Clean Breath” at a presentation from 7 to 8:45 p.m. tomorrow, Jan. More...

Prayer to support human life

A communitywide prayer gathering to commemorate National Sanctity of Human Life Day will take place from 2 to 3 p.m. Sun., Jan. 24 at Calvary Community Church, 5495 Via Rocas, Westlake Village.   More...

Seminar will look at caregiving, estate planning

Caregiver guidance, estate planning tips and memorial planning will be presented in a free seminar, “Planning Ahead 101,” from 9 to 11:45 a.m. Sat., Jan. More...

Columns

Why choose certified?

Q: There are a lot of companies that call themselves arborists, but some don’t look like they know what they’re doing. Is there a difference between a certified arborist and an arborist, and, if so, what is the difference?   More...

New Year’s resolved

My wife made a New Year’s resolution to be a neater person on my behalf. I decided to be less anal-retentive on her behalf. More...

Beatnik to neatnik

My mother was German. Achtung. More...

City-owned water tank causes a muddy mess

City officials say an overflow of a city-owned water tank occurs very rarely, but a 5-million-gallon tank managed to beat the odds and flooded Thousand Oaks homes over the holidays.   More...

Bad economy causing horses to be abandoned at an alarming level

Due to the downturn in the economy and an inability to pay for care and boarding, people are abandoning their horses in the hopes that others will care for them. More...

Sales of energy drinks to come with warning signs in Thousand Oaks

The city has ordered stores that sell energy drinks and alcohol or combined alcohol/energy drinks to post signs educating the public about the dangers of those products. More...

Community

Tuckers appeal their sentencing

A couple who called themselves Cheri and Terry Tucker are appealing a judge’s decision to lock them up in federal prison for 10 years. More...

New phone system will save money and serve county inmates

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Detention Services Division has changed to a new provider for inmate phone services. The new company, Global Tel-Link, has finished installing the new system. More...

TOHS grad a new CHP officer

Michael Mazza of Simi Valley has completed the California Highway Patrol Academy and has been assigned to the Ventura Area CHP office.   Mazza graduated from Thousand Oaks High School in 2000. More...

Dining & Entertainment

The Movie Nut

As historical period pieces go, it may lack the perverse tension of “The Madness of King George” or the swashbuckling panache of Cate Blanchett’s “Elizabeth,” but for the most part, More...

Art Guild has full schedule

The Westlake Village Art Guild will present programs in January at the Thousand Oaks Community Gallery, 2331-A Borchard Road, Newbury Park. More...

Wellness Community Valley/ Ventura will host comedy night

A free Comedy Night for people affected by cancer will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Mon., Jan. 11 at The Wellness Community Valley/Ventura, 530 Hampshire Road, Westlake Village. More...

Sports

Katebian sets lofty goals as a wrestler, student

Thousand Oaks senior plans on making a return trip to state meet

All student-athletes should aspire to be like Behdod Katebian.   Succeed in school, excel in sports and still find time for fun.   More...

Bulldogs bark loudest at AYSO tourney

SOCCER STARS—The AYSO Region 4 boys’ U-14 Bulldogs soccer team, with members from Agoura, Calabasas, Westlake and Oak Park, won its division at the AYSO Area Tournament in Thousand More...

Oaks Christian eighth-grader named to All-American roster

Oaks Christian Middle School student Zack Bornstein has been selected to play in the FBU Youth All-American Bowl Game for the nation’s top eighth-grade football players.   The game is held in conjunction with the U.S. More...

Pets

SANTA SQUIRREL?

SANTA SQUIRREL?—This jolly old squirrel is caught stealing cushion material from lawn furniture just in time for Christmas while wreaking havoc in the backyard of Cheri Lewin of Thousand Oaks. More...

Dogs demonstrate hearing assistance

The San Simon hearing dog program will present a demonstration of the Assistance Dogs Program, which rescues dogs from animal shelters and humane societies to train them to become hearing dogs for people who are deaf or hard of hearing, More...

SECOND CHANC

SECOND CHANCE—Shadow, a female 6-year-old gray cat, is ready for a new home. Shadow is declawed in front and needs to live indoors. More...

Family

Bringing home medals from Bakersfield soccer competition

T.O. SOCCER CHAMPS–A local American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) Under 16 team was the medal winner in the recent Bakersfield Sectional Finals. More...

Letters

Bridges gets warmer reception from county board

On Dec. 7, Bridges Charter School founders introduced our proposal to the Ventura County Board of Education (VCBE), a step in the appeal process when authorization is denied by a local school district. More...

Drivers must use great caution around pedestrians

I read with interest “Pedestrians at risk in Thousand Oaks” in the Dec. 17 Acorn and the Dec. More...

Wants change on the T.O. council

During this holiday season did you go to the library in Thousand Oaks or Newbury Park and find it closed? Or did you try to get a city permit or other city assistance and find city hall closed, too?   More...

Vacation Photos

Take Your Thousand Oaks Acorn on Vacation

MANY HAPPY RETURNS—Westlake Village residents Will and Anne Perry celebrate Will’s 80th birthday at the historic Royal Hawaiian Hotel in Waikiki. More...