November 18, 2010 RSS feed / Front Page

Sheriff-elect Dean begins department reorganization

Incoming Sheriff Geoff Dean announced last week his plans to restructure and streamline the administrative staff of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department.   Dean named former Oxnard Police Chief John Crombach and Chief Dep. More...

Health & Wellness

Several rec programs offered this winter

•The Conejo Recreation and Park District Sports Office is accepting registration for the 2011 Adult Winter Basketball League. Preseason games begin Dec. 6. League games start Jan. 11, 2011. More...

Thanksgiving Day run expected to draw 1,600 participants

The Conejo Valley YMCA will host the sixth annual Turkey Day Dash on Thanksgiving, Thurs., Nov. 25, at The Oaks mall parking lot, 350 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks.   Race day registration opens at 7 a.m. More...

Fitness program designed for special needs kids

In response to the demand from parents of teenagers with special needs who have outgrown the Miracle Sports League, the Conejo Valley Friendship Circle is inaugurating a new fitness program for boys and girls with special needs between the ages of 1 More...

Calendar

Datebook

THURS., NOV. 18 Pleasant Valley   More...

Schools

School celebrates leaders

GROWING LEADERS—Above, first-graders Serene Liu and Sofia Olin share the cartoon drawing that they learned to draw during Conejo Open Classroom Leadership Magnet School’s Fall Festival cel More...

Wrestlers wash cars for cash

SUPPORTING THEIR SQUAD—Above, Westlake High School wrestler Sterling Jackson, 17, wipes the last few drops of water off of an SUV at the team’s fundraiser car wash along Westlake Boulevard More...

Private school hosts Christmas tradition

St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School will present Lights Out With Santa from 4:30 to 6:30 p. m. Sun. Dec. 5 in the parish hall, One Church Road (off El Monte), Thousand Oaks.   Children can come in their pajamas. More...

Business

Farmers taking donations for FOOD Share

During November and December, Farmers Insurance, based in Agoura Hills, will have food collection barrels at 72 agent and claims officesthroughout Ventura County for donations of nonperishable food items for FOOD Share.   More...

Martial arts academy opens in WLV

The new Israeli Martial Arts Academy is open at 30961 W. Agoura Road, Ste. 107, Westlake Village.   All classes are taught by Israeli instructor, third-degree black belt Hezi Sheli, as seen on Bravo TV.   More...

Pets

Pet of the Week

READY TO PLAY— Scruffy is a 1-year-old terrier mix. Scruffy is happy, energetic, friendly and takes treats nicely. Like any puppy, Scruffy will need some training. More...

Squirrel of the Month

TIKI-TOP VIEW—Richard and Caroline Semer snapped this photo of a friend they call “Mr. Squirrel” in the backyard of their Newbury Park home. More...

Faith

St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church facing budget crunch

The construction debt at St. More...

Churches celebrate Thanksgiving

The community is invited to an ecumenical Thanksgiving service at 7 p.m. Wed., Nov. 24 at St. Julie Billiart Catholic Church, 2475 Borchard Road, Newbury Park.   The St. Julie Choir, as well as choir members from St. More...

Faith Briefs

Lighthouse hosts Conejo Christmas Lighthouse Church will host “A Conejo Valley Christmas” for the whole family from 5 to 9 p.m. Sat., Dec. 4 on the church grounds, 3353 Old Conejo Road, Newbury Park.   More...

Motoring

Local man blazed a path for off-road enthusiasts

T.O. resident is fountain of 4x4 knowledge

Four-wheeling is more than a weekend hobby for Thousand Oaks resident Rick Péwé. It’s been a lifelong adventure.   The 54-year-old was inducted into the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame last month at an offroad expo in Pomona. More...

Columns

THE OTHER Side of 50

Expect penalties if not enrolled in Medicare at 65   Many people consider April 15th the date to remember. We have to be on our toes at tax time because a late return could result in a penalty.   More...

Connecting

When bad things happen

The word “dynamic” is defined by Webster’s dictionary as “of energy or physical force in motion.” Whenever something is dynamic, there’s a process of change that can be observed. More...

Solar power project moving forward

A plan to install carports mounted with solar panels in the parking lot of the Newbury Park Library has the city feeling the heat.   More...

Fox will oversee mobile home committee

Goal is to get owners, residents talking

The City Council agreed Tuesday to form a liaison committee headed up by Mayor Pro Tem Andy Fox to address ongoing mobile home park conflicts in the city of Thousand Oaks. More...

Gillette reelected to council

Barring a significant turn of events, Dennis Gillette will return to his seat on the Thousand Oaks City Council. More...

Community

Come for a ride with the Kranks

Herb Berger and Jules Meisler began meeting for coffee and riding their bikes around Thousand Oaks in the ’80s. They’d spend half their time riding, the other half discussing the pressing issues of the day.   More...

Young conservationist making an impact

College student puts his love for the outdoors into action

Tarantula Hill is one of David Ross’ favorite places in Thousand Oaks.   Its grassy slopes and panoramic view of the city has offered the 21-year-old a place of refuge for most of his life.   More...

T.O. designates zone for potential emergency shelter

In response to a 2007 state law, the City Council is changing the municipal code to make it easier for homeless shelters and transitional housing to open in the city.   Still, there are no plans to build either in the immediate future. More...

Dining & Entertainment

TOHS performers bring children’s classic to life

The brief scenes that fly by during “Mr. More...

Vicki Lawrence brings comedy show to Civic Arts Plaza

The Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Foundation presents “Vicki Lawrence & Mama: A Two Woman Show” at 8 p.m. Sat., Dec. 4 in the Fred Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd.   More...

Three area artists win prizes at regional art museum show

Gallery will be on display through Nov. 28

More than 150 artists and patrons attended a juried art show and reception at the Thousand Oaks Community Gallery in Newbury Park on Nov. 7. The inaugural event was hosted by the Regional Art Museum Task Force and the Thousand Oaks Art Association. More...

Sports

Fall’s finest

Thousand Oaks captured league titles in girls’ golf, volleyball and tennis, as well as boys’ cross country

Break up the Lancers.   Thousand Oaks High dominated nearly every varsity sport this fall season.   And it’s not like the Marmonte League is for cupcakes. More...

Cross country’s elite gunning for top times at section finals

Jerry Reed once crooned, “When you’re hot, you’re hot.”   Local high school cross country teams are scorching. More...

Down to the nitty-gritty

Football playoffs begin Friday

They are battle-tested and brimming with bravado.   Five Marmonte League football programs open the CIFSouthern Section Northern Division playoffs Friday night. More...

Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park   More...

Law enforcement reminds drivers to buckle up this holiday season

‘Click It or Ticket’ campaign revving up again

With the holidays coming and millions of Americans hitting the roads, the local police departments wants everyone to arrive safely at their destinations. Officers will be out in force, sending the message to “Click It or Ticket.”   More...

Family

Ice rink opens at The Lakes

Arena will operate through Jan. 17

The Lakes Holiday Ice Rink, the only outdoor ice rink in Ventura County, will be open through Jan. 17, 2011, at The Lakes shopping center on Thousand Oaks Boulevard, next to the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. More...

Diaper donations

DiaperDonation.org and Conejo Valley Florist are working together to provide diapers to families in need while providing flowers for donors.   More...

What’s inside a gingerbread house?

HOLIDAY HOME—Westlake Village residents Ben, 4, and Anette Power get a close look at some of the elaborate gingerbread houses on display Nov. More...

Letters

Council behavior disappointing

After attending the Nov. 9 City Council meeting, I returned home disappointed.   I wasn’t disappointed because I had a case before the council that didn’t get approved but because of the behavior of council members.   More...

Speak out about auto mall sign

If you share my outrage concerning the massive T.O. Auto Mall sign proposal, please take the time to contact the members of the City Council and planning commission and let your voice be heard. More...

Find alternatives for gateway sign

Congratulations Westlake, North Ranch and Lang Ranch residents on your new three-story digital billboard gateway sign.   More...

Editorials

Let’s make no laws the new law

It’s become patently clear that with the recent revision of the budget deficit—the state is now facing a more than $24-billion hole according to last week’s nonpartisan analysis—our legislators can no longer afford to propose More...

Political Cartoon

Full Story

For the record

The late-model B-17G that Les Reekers navigated was protected by five machine gunners, most of whom operated twin-turret weapons: in the nose, in the tail, on the bottom (the ball gunner) and two waist gunners on the sides. More...