July 8, 2010 RSS feed / Front Page

Hospital expansion plans go to City Council

Thousand Oaks city staff and planning commissioners are recommending that the T.O. City Council approve an expansion of Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center on Tues., July 13. More...

Health & Wellness

Boating safety includes life jackets, water knowledge

Cold water can be disorienting

Boating accidents during the three summer holiday weekends represent between 15 to 20 percent of all accidents in a given year.   This year five fatalities occurred during the week leading up to Memorial Day weekend. More...

WAGS team finishes first in tourney

WON THE BIG ONE—The WAGS (Westlake Agoura Girls Softball) under 12 Silver team Lightning takes home gold in the recent West Valley Tournament. More...

Red Cross gets new CEO for So Cal Blood Services

Clifford Ira Numark, the director of donor recruitment at the American Red Cross Southern California Blood Services Region since 2003, has been named CEO of the region.   Numark replaces Charles E. More...

Calendar

Datebook

THURS., JULY 8   Conejo Gem &   More...

Schools

Local students make honor roll, earn degrees

•Evan Perillo of Westlake Village was named to the dean’s list for the 2010 spring semester at Northeastern University in Boston.   Perillo is majoring in mechanical engineering.   More...

Amateur radio field day at Reagan Library

EMERGENCY COMMUNICATION–T.O. resident Tom Stough, right, teaches Ventura Boy Scout Troop No. 155 about Morse code during a recent 24-hour amateur radio field day. More...

Protecting children from cyberbullying

A year ago, many people had never heard of cyberbullying. Today, parents all over the country want to know what to do to prevent it. More...

Business

Reptile Day is coming to local pet stores

PETCO will sponsor an inaugural Reptile Rally from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sat., July 17 at participating stores in Camarillo, 177 W. Ventura Blvd.; Moorpark, 742 Los Angeles Ave., Ste. A; and Westlake Village, 3835 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Ste F. More...

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Police

Newbury Park woman, 44, sent to prison for embezzling

Elizabeth Ann Jones, 44, of Newbury Park, was recently sentenced to seven years and eight months in prison after her convictions in April on 10 felony charges, including grand theft, forgery, computer fraud and tax evasion.   More...

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park   A male, 47, was arrested for drunk driving at 1:40 a.m. June 27 in the first block of Northam Avenue.   More...

Cops issue another reminder about car, home safety

With a recent increase in vehicle burglaries, local police departments remind citizens to lock their vehicles and avoid leaving valuables in the view of pedestrians.   More...

Family

A fun family game

A FINE DAY FOR CROQUET—T.O. resident Simon Bass looks over the shoulder of his wife, Veronica, as she stakes herself while Sam Bass looks on at Thousand Oaks Community Center on Monday. More...

Celebrating freedom

QUITE A VIEW–Santa Rosa Valley resident Chuck Buttitta watches the fireworks show from the back seat of his 1987 Honda Goldwing at the Janss Marketplace. More...

Sign-up time for youth volleyball

VolleyPop and the Real Volleyball League are bringing beach volleyball training and league play to the youth in Conejo Valley. More...

Editorials

Approve the plan to expand Los Robles

It’s hard to argue when a local hospital wants to expand.   Hospitals are in the business of saving people’s lives and helping them when they’re sick.   If the local hospital says it needs more beds, who can argue? More...

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Summer a season for crime and mischief

There’s a dark side to the long days of summer.   As temperatures go up, so do certain crimes.   Domestic violence increases. Schools, homes, businesses, parks and cars are more frequently targeted by vandals and burglars. More...

Los Robles gets Level II designation for its trauma center

Hospital care for trauma victims in East Ventura County has come a long way since the 1960s, when Dan Blocker fell off his horse while filming the TV show “Bonanza” and actress Jayne Mansfield’s young son was mauled by a lion at Jun More...

Sanitation district on the ballot in November

Due to a change in election laws, the Triunfo Sanitation District board of directors will have four seats on the ballot this November.   The filing period for candidates begins July 12 and ends Aug. 6. More...

Community

Moorpark Acorn gets a new editor

Acorn staff writer Joann Groff has been named editor of the Moorpark Acorn.   Groff, 27, replaces Kyle Jorrey, who has headed up the Moorpark paper for the past year. Jorrey continues as the Simi Valley Acorn editor.   More...

Topic will be urban carnivores

National Park Service wildlife ecologist Seth Riley will give a lecture about the new book “Urban Carnivores: Ecology, Conflict and Conservation” at 2 p.m. Sat., July 10 at the National Park Service Visitor Center, 401 W. More...

For the record

No city funds were used on the study that looked at recreational facilities for local teenagers. Last week’s article (“T.O. More...

Dining & Entertainment

Will perform tonight at The Oaks

ROCKIN’ THE MALL–Tasty Thieves will perform tonight, July 8, from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Oaks. More...

Teen apprentices write spoofs of Shakespeare

Seven teens have been selected for the Rhodes Junior Apprentice Program for the 2010 Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival at California Lutheran University.   More...

Discovery Nature Camp introduces children to natural wonders

Mountains Restoration Trust will host Discovery Nature Camp from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Headwater Corners, 3815 Old Topanga Canyon Road, Calabasas. More...

Sports

Locals lead club soccer team into national tourney

The Real So Cal boys’ U-17/18 Academy soccer team hopes to add the word “national champions” in front of its name. More...

West championship belongs to Conejo Oaks

PLAYING HARDBALL—The Conejo Oaks won the U-16 USA Baseball West championship in Peoria, Ariz. Many players on the team compete for various Marmonte League schools. More...

Will the U.S. win a FIFA World Cup in the next 50 years?

Eliav Appelbaum and Stephen Dorman debate the million dollar men’s soccer question

Dorman, you’re out of your element.   Months after taking a shellacking from yours truly, you want a little more from the Hebrew Hammer.   You were wrong on the Super Bowl prediction. More...

Pets

FRIENDLY–

FRIENDLY–Buck is a 6-year-old Labrador retriever. He can be adopted from the Agoura Animal Shelter at 29525 Agoura Road. To take Buck home, ask about ID No. A4132497. More...

Faith

Unitarian minister retires

The Rev. Dr. Betty Stapleford is retiring after 12 years as minister of the Conejo Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, a tenure during which membership doubled.   More...

Heartside Ministry visits Westminster

Under the motto “Come with Jesus into the streets,” delegates to the Women’s Pre-Council of the Uniting General Council 2010 in Grand Rapids, Mich., were invited to get to know the city from the “other side.”   More...

Letters

Opposes hospital’s expansion in T.O.

HCA recently completed an expansion of Los Robles Hospital which has resulted in a doubling of its size. The stated basis at the time was to meet earthquake standards and to alleviate overcrowding.   More...

Council critic lost all credibility

I wonder where Mr. Clint Matkovich gets his information (June 24 T.O. Acorn letters, “Won’t be voting for Fox or Gillette.”)   If one important fact was wrong, what else was incorrect in his letter?   More...

Wants reelection for Dennis Gillette

As a private citizen and a voter for the community interest, I will be voting for Mayor Dennis Gillette in the November election. He has always been my champion for public transit, and he’s been very nice to my husband and me. More...

Columns

The freeloading cowbird

Spring often conjures images of verdant hillsides covered in wildflowers, peaceful scenes of young romping animals and weather coming in like a lion yet leaving like a lamb. More...

Scooting in with real news

“There are three faithful friends,” Ben Franklin wrote, “an old dog, an old wife, and ready money.” Sadly, Ben didn’t have Starbucks back in the rollicking revolutionary times. Too bad for you, old fella.  More...

Ask the Arborist

Q: In the large oak tree in my backyard there’s a hole about 6 inches in diameter where it looks like a branch was cut off many years ago. The hole is about 15 feet up the tree, and a lot of bees go in and out of it every day. More...