November 25, 2010 RSS feed / Front Page

Health & Wellness

Bone marrow recipient has a lot to be grateful for

Thanksgiving is one-year anniversary of transplant

This Thanksgiving, Casey Dake is grateful for many things. Most of all, he’s grateful to be alive. More...

Bear hugs benefit bone cancer research

HELPING A CLASSMATE—Richard Ng, left, Jayne Avendano and Hannah Groll of the Sequoia Middle School Torch Club display B&G club bears and donations received to benefit Andreas Knickman, who is ba More...

Law enforcement offers holiday safety tips

The holiday season is near, a time when vehicle and residential burglaries increase.   Criminals are targeting locked and unlocked vehicles in which property is in plain view.   More...

Schools

Tuition hikes in CSU system meant to bridge $64-million gap

Officials say state funding isn’t keeping pace with enrollment

Donna Seltzer and Noheli Viramontes are among thousands of university students who will be working harder for a college degree that just became more expensive. More...

High schoolers take action after witnessing the plight of Los Angeles’ homeless

Blanket drive leads students to donate their time

When Veronica Scardina visited the Los Angeles Mission last Thanksgiving she was shocked. More...

High School HIGHLIGHTS

Newbury Park Panthers Fri., Nov. 26: Board holiday-no school   Mon., Nov. 29: Girls’ volleyball banquet/cafeteria/6 p.m.   Tues., Nov. 30: Dick Van Dyke benefit show rehearsal/choir room/6 p.m.   Wed., Dec. More...

Business

Cities resolve to be business-friendly

The Camarillo and Thousand Oaks city councils agreed earlier this month to support four “businessfriendly principles” designed by a regional coalition to boost the economy.   More...

Metrolink buying more safety-enhanced railcars

Designed to better absorb impact

At a recent specially called meeting, the Metrolink board of directors voted unanimously to purchase 20 additional state-ofthe art, safety-enhanced Hyundai Rotem railcars equipped with collision absorption technology for $1 million under market valu More...

November is the start of open season for Medicare

When you think of November, you may imagine such things as Veterans Day, turkey dinners, family gatherings or the start of the holiday shopping season.   More...

Faith

CLU will reenact Christmas journey on campus

California Lutheran University students and staff will join with community members to reenact the Christmas story in the Mexican tradition of Las Posadas from 7 to 9 p.m. Sun., Dec. More...

Janss Marketplace to host menorah lighting

Ceremony takes place Dec. 8

Temple Etz Chaim will host a candlelighting ceremony for the eighth night of Hanukkah at 6:30 p.m. Wed., Dec. 8 at Janss Marketplace, by the fire pit near Mann Movie Theatres, 275 N. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. More...

Holiday boutique

Ascension Lutheran Church and School will host a holiday boutique from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thurs. and Fri., Dec. 9 and 10 at the church, 1600 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. More...

Motoring

A busy December at F&W Railway

The Fillmore & Western Railway presents these train trips in December. All trips depart and return to the station in Fillmore.   For more information or reservations, call (805) 524-2546 or (800) 773-8724, or go to www.fwry.com.   More...

Columns

The Acorn Epicurean

Horn of plenty   Turkey—braised, brined, basted or tofu? Potatoes—sweet, mashed or mashed sweet potatoes? Cranberries—jellied, whole, canned or fresh? More...

Eye on the Conejo

Empty nest holidays   This Thanksgiving for me brings a sense of melancholy.   The winds of change are blowing on the home front. Our family of four has always been together for the holidays. Separation has been foreign to us.   More...

Vacation Photos

Take Your Thousand Oaks Acorn on Vacation

How to submit: E-mail your vacation photo as a .jpg attachment only to vacation@theacorn.com. Include name, address, phone number and a brief description of the scene. More...

City will annex Rancho Potrero

Seventeen years after buying a former horse ranch to prevent it from development, the city of Thousand Oaks and the Conejo Recreation and Park District have been granted official domain over Rancho Potrero.   More...

Woman’s car struck by bullet while driving on T.O. Boulevard

Police are looking for the person who fired a bullet that struck a woman’s car on Thousand Oaks Boulevard Nov. 15.   More...

Bush speaks out about 8 years in office

The air of anticipation was palpable in the Reagan Library’s Air Force One Pavilion last week as hundreds of visitors and local officials waited for former President George W. Bush to appear.   More...

Community

Park district seeks input on master plan

Document guides all CRPD actions

The Conejo Recreation and Park District is asking residents to comment on its new master plan. More...

Road between T.O.-Moorpark reopens this week

The Norwegian Grade is scheduled to reopen to vehicle traffic today, barring inclement weather earlier in the week, city officials said. More...

Cities brace for massive prisoner reentry

State may release 40,000 inmates in next two years

City leaders across Ventura County are warning residents about a problem they’ll soon have to grapple with, one that could have far-reaching impacts. More...

Dining & Entertainment

The MOVIE Nut

I guess if you can believe Russell Crowe is the kind of guy who doesn’t know which end of a gun to hold, “The Next Three Days” might work well for you.  More...

Exhibit is all about beads

A new exhibit, “Beadazzled,” has opened at the Stagecoach Inn Museum, 51 S. Ventu Park Road, Newbury Park. More...

Holidays get swinging start at Westlake Promenade

THE TIME HAS COME—Above, entertainers Julien Heron, left, of Los Angeles and Rob Crites of Hollywood perform a juggling act for families in front of the 65-foot-tall tree at Westlake Promenade&r More...

Sports

La Reina, Joerger of TOHS among qualifiers for state meet

Cross country’s finest punch tickets to Fresno

The finish line is in sight.   After a long season, high school long-distance runners can reap the fruits of their labor this Saturday at the CIF State Cross Country Championships at Woodward Park in Fresno. More...

Westlake rower picks UC San Diego

Westlake High senior Rachel Reynolds has signed a National Letter of Intent with the University of California, San Diego for the sport of rowing. More...

Heavyweight matchups on tap in Northern Division pigskin playoffs

How does a team neutralize Thousand Oaks High senior Richard Mullaney?   Can anyone dig in and slow down Westlake’s freight train rushing attack? More...

Pets

Critter Tails

Late night dog walk offers stellar experience

Lately the dog has begun staging boycotts when the direction we’re headed in does not please Her Royal Houndness. She flings herself onto a patch of grass and proceeds to ignore me as if we were a pair of warring countries.   More...

Pet of the Week

JUST ENOUGH SPICE— Pepper is a 4-year-old schnauzer mix. He is good with kids, has a sweet temperament and likes to have his belly rubbed. More...

Rescue saves 1,000th pet

Lifeline 4 Paws, the Hogan Family Foundation’s animal rescue support program, recently worked with animal rescue groups to help save its 1,000th dog.   More...

Family

Westlake Village woman turns 105

MODEL OF LONGEVITY—Ida Cohn of Westlake Village celebrated her 105th birthday on Nov. 6. She was born in Minneapolis in 1905. More...

Bills win Conejo Flag football super bowl

OVERTIME THRILLER—The Bills won the Super Bowl in the Conejo Flag Football League’s junior division by defeating the Jets 12-6 in quadruple overtime in the Nov. 13 championship game. More...

Celebrity softball game to benefit McPherson Foundation

A celebrity softball game will take place Sun., Dec. 5 from 11 to 3 p.m. at Agoura High School, 28545 Driver Ave., Agoura Hills. More...

Letters

Overlegislation no laughing matter

Not all Acorn readers may appreciate the tongue-in-cheek aspects of your Nov. More...

Apologize to generals, surgeons

The city of Thousand Oaks is proposing to put solar panels over the parking lot of the Newbury Park Library. More...

Auto mall plan is a ‘win-win-win’

Let’s support our auto mall and encourage the new sign along the 101 Freeway. After all, the Thousand Oaks Auto Mall is the largest taxpayer in the city, and much of those funds go to making this town productive, beautiful and safe.   More...

Editorials

Thankful? Let us count the ways

Financially speaking—if this is the way we judge happiness—the past year brought little to be thankful for. The news rarely seemed good, and most of us remained stressed over jobs, money and the prospects for the future. More...