September 30, 2010 RSS feed / Front Page

2010 T.O. Acorn vacation photo winner!

OUT TO SEA—The Sheets family of Westlake Village are the winners of the 2010 Take Your Thousand Oaks Acorn on Vacation contest! More...

Health & Wellness

Connecting

To women of a certain age

The first time someone called me “ma’am” instead of “miss,” I reasoned that it must be the late nights and early mornings I’d been keeping. More...

Fire danger still high, officials say

Ventura and Los Angeles counties have reached the peak of fire season as high temperatures, low humidity and Santa Ana winds combine to create hazardous conditions for wildfires. More...

Separation anxiety is normal and can be eased with some planning

Saying good-bye is hard to do, especially for parents of small children who suffer from separation anxiety. More...

Schools

Superintendent’s column

New head of schools shares outlook on public education

The Acorn generously provides the superintendent of Conejo Valley Unified School District with the opportunity to speak to the community on issues of education and children. More...

CVUSD receives national energy recognition

Going green continues to help Conejo Valley Unified School District save green. More...

High School HIGHLIGHTS

Newbury Park Panthers Fri., Oct. 1: First grade referral Thurs., Oct. 7: Parent talks/7 p.m. Thousand Oaks Lancers Fri., Oct. 1: Homecoming week Sat., Oct. 2: Homecoming dance/ gym/7 to 11 p.m. More...

Business

Amgen conducts voluntary recall

Amgen is recalling some of its Epogen and Procrit anemia drugs because they might contain glass flakes, the T.O.-based company announced last week. The drugs are used to treat anemia related to HIV therapy, chronic renal failure and chemotherapy. More...

Developer has big plans for prime commercial parcel in Westlake Village

Several previous attempts to develop site have failed

A real estate developer who recently purchased a vacant commercial lot north of the 101 Freeway hopes to build a project that will generate new jobs for the Conejo Valley. More...

New wine, spirit store opening on Wednesday

A ribbon-cutting and grand opening celebration for Vom Fass Oils, Vinegars, Wines and Spirits will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. Wed., Oct. 6 at 3815 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Westlake Village. More...

Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park A male, 25, was arrested at 8:45 a.m. Sept. 22 in the 1600 block of Calle Turquesa for having unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor. The crime occurred Sept. 11. More...

Faith

Jewish Academy announces classes

The Conejo Jewish Academy will start its fall semester with learning opportunities offered to the community. Classes will be at 30345 Canwood St., Agoura Hills. Following are some of the classes. More...

Clean comedy

Gateway Church will host a night of clean, family comedy with Los Angeles comic Robert G. Lee and a dessert buffet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sun., Oct. 10 at the church, 29646 Agoura Road, Agoura Hills. More...

Feast of Faiths

Ventura County Interfaith Community and Campus Interfaith will present the Feast of Faiths from 4 to 6 p.m. Sun., Oct. 17 at the Islamic Center of Conejo Valley, 2700 Borchard Road, Newbury Park. Halal, kosher and vegetarian meals will be served. More...

Letters

Residents deserve total transparency

Revelations of fraud and selfdealing by city officials in Bell and Vernon have shocked us. We wonder how it could happen and what can prevent this from happening in Thousand Oaks? The plain and simple answer is total compensation transparency. More...

Paper practiced poor journalism

The Sept. 23 Acorn was filled with so many incorrect statements, self-aggrandizing letters and poorly executed journalism that I can only comment on a few: The Nancy Needham article on the front page was dishonest and incomplete. More...

Gillette, Fox serve special interests

Both Gillette and Fox are up for reelection in November. If reelected, they’ll have been there for a combined 38 years. They only serve their own special interests and those of their financiers. More...

Vacation Photos

Take Your Thousand Oaks Acorn on Vacation 2010 Photo Contest

TOO MUCH MONKEY BUSINESS—Westlake Village resident Mona Simpson hangs out at the RIU Resort in Cancun, Mexico, with her sister-inlaw Charleen Cooper of Arizona and a chimp named Coc More...

Alleged daylight shooter arrested

Police have made an arrest in the shooting death of a Thousand Oaks resident. More...

Prep football fans get game they’ve been waiting for

Less than a week before one of the most talked-about high school football games in the history of the Conejo Valley, the game’s opposing coaches sat face to face, separated by a table, butter knives and some high-end coffee. More...

Community

Candidate promises voters a return on their investment

For several of the challengers for City Council, 10 angled parking spaces costing $400,000 in front of The Lakes shopping center have become symbolic of what is wrong with current city leadership. More...

Board hopeful brings plenty of experience

When it comes to academics, Pete Peterson is willing to put Conejo Valley Unified School District up against anyone. More...

CV Days organizer wants to maintain hometown flavor

Millionaire Frank Akrey said he is going to limit his spending as he runs for City Council, but he won’t hold back on expressing his love for his hometown. More...

Dining & Entertainment

Beloved actor entertains retired seniors with life stories, encouragement, songs and laughs

Much like the magical tea party on the ceiling that floated back to earth in the classic film “Mary Poppins,” actor Dick Van Dyke’s life has had its share of ups and downs. More...

At The Library

The Thousand Oaks Library will kick off Thousand Oaks Reads, the four-week celebration of Carolyn Wall’s novel “Sweeping Up Glass,” set in the bluegrass hills of the American South during the 1930s, with “Appalachian Mountain More...

‘Extreme Quilters’ exhibit on display at Community Gallery

“Extreme Quilters”, an exhibition of works by 24 local art quilters, will be on display Oct. 7 to 29 at the Thousand Oaks Community Gallery, 2331 Borchard Road, Newbury Park. More...

Sports

The Acorn’s High School Football Game of the Week

Westlake Warriors (3-0) at Oaks Christian Lions (2-1) Friday, 8:30 p.m.

This game is big. No, it’s huge. It’s monumental. It’s epic. It’s, it’s . . . somebody grab a thesaurus. High school football games rarely get this hyped. More...

Other local football matchups

Moorpark (2-1) vs. St. Bonaventure (2-1) Outlook: These two talented teams are coming off dominating performances in Week 3. Moorpark’s defense rose to the occasion during a 37-7 beat down of Agoura, while St. More...

Weekend schedule

Agoura at Newbury Park Friday, 7 p.m. Royal at Thousand Oaks Friday, 7 p.m. Simi Valley at Calabasas Friday, 7 p.m. Moorpark vs. St. Bonaventure Friday, 7 p.m. (at Buena High) Camarillo at Ventura Friday, 7 p.m. More...

Pets

Pet of the Week

A READY SMILE—Lucky is a 9-month-old shepherd-Labrador mix. Lucky is playful, energetic, happy and loves a good full body scratch with a belly rub. More...

ASPCA adopts October as Shelter Dog Month

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals sponsors October as Adopt-a- Shelter-Dog Month to encourage Americans to turn their houses into homes by adopting a shelter dog. More...

Family

Moms meet

Conejo Valley Moms, a local group of mothers and their children in the Conejo Valley, hosts a monthly party in the park with crafts, games and story time as well as weekly playdates, afternoon excursions and occasional family parties and mom’s More...

Hot weather helps lemonade sales

‘COME AND GET IT!’—Newbury Park resident Kennedy Copeland, 11, right, donates money for a cup of lemonade as Drew Harper, 4, left, Nathaniel Bulder, 6, and Logan Frost, 5, call out, More...

Plenty to bid on at Best Stuff auction

DECISIONS, DECISIONS—Camarillo resident Kristin McCoy looks at silent auction ideas at the My Stuff Bags Foundation’s second annual Best Stuff of Westlake Village event at the organization More...

Editorials

Join us on Facebook!

Dedicated readers often tell us they wish we came out every day. (We’re flattered!) Unfortunately, while the Thousand Oaks Acorn won’t become a daily paper anytime soon, there’s a new way you can keep up with us 24/7. More...

Acorn plays musical chairs

Three papers welcome new editors this week

Thousand Oaks Acorn editor Steve Holt retired Sept. 24 after a more than 20-year career with the weekly newspaper chain. More...