August 12, 2010 RSS feed / Front Page

Former T.O. police chief, candidate for Ventura County sheriff, retires

Chief Dep. Dennis Carpenter has retired from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department effective Aug. 7.   “My wife and I are very excited about the next chapter in our lives,” Carpenter said. More...

Health & Wellness

Follow these tips fo a safer campfire

While a campfire can be one of the more enjoyable aspects of camping, it can also be one of the more dangerous elements. Any campfire not tended to properly can turn into a wildfire. More than 600 homes are burned by wildfires each year in the U.S. More...

Girlfriends good for your health

There’s something to be said for the power of girlfriends and the bonds between women that only women understand. On a bad day, girlfriends always have each other’s back.   More...

Vacation no reason to forget staying fit

Vacationers don’t have to take time off from feeling fit. An enjoyable vacation can easily be an active one. More...

Dining & Entertainment

Travelers return Nelson the Napkin back to the fold

Halibut, salmon, Alaskan crab legs, tiger prawns, salad, soup and homemade bread made up a delicious dinner, served familystyle. More...

Residents help others in Conejo Valley

COWBOY POET—Thousand Oaks resident J.P. More...

30th Wings over Camarillo Airshow includes War Bird parade

The 2010 Wings over Camarillo Airshow, open to all aviation enthusiasts and their families, will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat. and Sun., Aug. 21 and 22 at the Camarillo Airport, Las Posas and Pleasant Valley roads.   More...

Sports

Not just another softball team

CHAMPIONS–The Newbury Park 10U team is the gold champion of the WAGS (Westlake Agoura Girls Softball) Summer Slam Tournament. More...

Championship team brings it home

WINNERS AGAIN–The 2010 Softball All-Star season has proved to be a successful one for the girls representing the Thousand Oaks Girls Softball Association (TOGSA).The 8U team posted an impressive More...

New-look Panthers are some cool cats

The high-profile running back, the playmaking wide receiver, the lock-you-down cornerback—all have taken their talents to the next level. More...

Faith

The Shepherd’s House celebrates 50 years

Thousand Oaks Foursquare Church, The Shepherd’s House, celebrated its 50th anniversary as a chartered Foursquare Church on July 25. More...

New Shul unveils August calendar

The New Shul in Agoura Hills has announced upcoming events.   A family Shabbat dinner and mini-service with the rabbi will be at 6 p.m. Fri., Aug. 13 at Yerba Buena Elementary School, 6098 Reyes Adobe Road, Agoura Hills. More...

Newbury Park couple back from Africa

Frank and Karma Turner of Newbury Park have recently returned home after serving an 18- month mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. More...

Letters

T.O. Acorn isn’t serving the public

My congratulations on your self-serving editorial of July 29 (“A community newspaper would have made a difference in Bell”). It’s sad that the citizens of Thousand Oaks don’t have a “good” local paper either. More...

No sympathy for residents who clutter our streets

I’m very pleased to hear that the city is finally taking some action to clean up the blight caused by every inconsiderate boob who seems to think that the public right of way is their own private billboard (July 29 Acorn letters, “Gar More...

If you don’t like it in T.O., move somewhere else

This letter is in response to the person who’s in constant criticism of the way the City Council has run the city of Thousand Oaks. I’ve lived here for 37 years and have seen many changes, some I liked and some I didn’t.   More...

Editorials

For the record

In a recent photo caption regarding the kickoff party for the 2010 Thousand Oaks Memory Walk, the date of the walk was incorrect. The correct date is Oct. 23.   More...

Food donations needed by Manna

Manna, the Conejo Valley food bank, needs your help.   It needs food for hungry clients.   Please go through your kitchen cabinets and find items that you’re willing to share with hungry people. More...

Cartoon

THOUSAND OAKS COPS ISSUE 196 TICKETS TO DRIVERS USING CELLPHONES. More...

Sailor Sunderland detained after altercation

Thousand Oaks resident Zachary Sunderland, 18, who made worldwide headlines in 2009 for sailing solo around the world, was arrested in Thousand Oaks on Thursday. More...

13 will run for council

With 13 candidates running for three seats, Thousand Oaks voters will have plenty of choices for City Council in November. More...

Local food bank needs help again

Attention: Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, houses of worship, families, neighborhoods, businesses and anyone else who would like to help feed the needy in Thousand Oaks.   Manna’s shelves are empty. More...

Catholic Charities closes its Conejo Valley operation

Catholic Charities no longer provides food, shelter, clothing and eviction-prevention assistance to the needy from a rent-free office at Under One Roof in Thousand Oaks.   More...

Community

Let your imagination go wild in 100 words

Fiction in a Nutshell returns again

The dog days of August shouldn’t zap your creativity.   If you think you have a knack for writing, put your creative juices to work and take part in our “Fiction in a Nutshell” contest. More...

Burned out house where ammunition went off is leveled in Thousand Oaks

AFTERMATH—What’s left of a burned-out house is knocked down four months after exploding shrapnel from a fire put out the eye of Paul Torres, 36, an 8-year veteran of the Ventura County Fir More...

Environmental architect says state is having a ‘regulatory drought’

An architect who designs and builds green cities is questioning the wisdom of restricting fresh water in Northern California from being pumped to Southern California.   “I don’t think they’ve figured this out fully. More...

On the Town

Food, fun, desperadoes to raise funds

The Great Train Robbery fundraising event, benefiting the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clara Valley, will depart at 6 p.m. Sat., Sept. 11 from the Fillmore & Western Railway station in Fillmore for a trip to Piru and back.   More...

Calendar

Datebook

THURS., AUG. 12 IWOSC Ventura   More...

Schools

Low-income kids learn music from WHS Scout

Erica Williams sees two undeniable truths when it comes to music.   The senior-to-be at Westlake High knows she wouldn’t be the person she is if she hadn’t participated in music programs since elementary school.   More...

Lamm joins Phi Sigma Theta

Bob Lamm, the son of Maggie and Richard Lamm of Thousand Oaks, has recently become a member of Phi Sigma Theta National Honor Society at UCLA. More...

CLU announces local grads

The following residents graduated from California Lutheran University during the undergraduate commencement ceremony on May 15 in Mount Clef Stadium on the Thousand Oaks campus.   More...

Business

Beekeepers trying to figure out what’s happening to honeybees

Colony collapse disorder is a mysterious condition

Glen Fischer has spent much of his 61 years surrounded by bees. He grew up helping out with his father’s beekeeping business in Fullerton then started his own when he moved to Camarillo in 1978.   More...

New shops open at The Lakes

Blizz Frozen Yogurt is now open at The Lakes at Thousand Oaks.   Sabor Cocina Mexicana, featuring dishes derived from family recipes, has also opened its doors at The Lakes.   More...

Pets

Humane Society breaks ground for expansion

The Humane Society of Ventura County will host a groundbreaking for its Harry Valentine Visitor Center at 10 a.m. Wed., Aug. 18 at 402 Bryant St., Ojai. More...

Pet of the Week

WANTS TO GO HOME— Last week, 4-year-old Hope was an indoor only, lap cat for an elderly widow, the only home she’d ever known. More...

Family

It’s never too soon to shop for school supplies

While every school year is different, one thing that remains the same is the desire to save on school supplies. Parents are looking to save on more than just dollars and cents. They want to save on time and stress, too. More...

Crowds go fishing at the creek in Thousand Oaks

HAVING A BALL WITH BAIT—T.O. More...

Creating belly laughs

JOKES HELP KIDS—Comic Rudy Moreno performs at the fourth annual Comedy in the Conejo, a fundraiser for Kiwanis Club of Thousand Oaks Charitable Foundation, at The Canyon in Agoura Hills. More...

Columns

THE OTHER Side of 50

Leave it to the boomer generation to reinvent one more thing.   More...

The Nature of Things

The handy, dandy cattail   Two mornings ago I lay on the bank of Triunfo Creek as the sun was just rising and long, green, slender leaves grew tall above me. More...

Vacation Photos

Amateur contest seeks coastal shots

The California Coastal Commission has announced the 12th annual Amateur Coastal Photography Competition.   All entries must be postmarked by Tues., Aug. 31. More...