December 9, 2010 RSS feed / Front Page

Police arrest men suspected of crime spree

Two men were arrested in Newbury Park on Dec. 1 in connection with a series of armed robberies in eastern Ventura County, sheriff’s officials said last week. More...

Health & Wellness

Homes for the holidays

FESTIVE TOUCHES—Above, Susan Rydberg, Mary Rydberg and Helen Andeasfry look at a little village at a home with the theme the Magic of Christmas on the Wellness Community Valley/Ventura Holiday H More...

Be careful in county’s back country

VCSD issues warning to hikers

During the past few weeks, people have been getting lost in the Ventura County backcountry on a regular basis. More...

Tips to help kids stay active

The experts on fitness at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say children need at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day, and it wouldn’t hurt most adults to get that, too. More...

Schools

District wants more diversity at EARTHS magnet school

The Conejo Valley school board is considering changing the admissions policy for EARTHS magnet school to increase diversity—and some parents aren’t happy about it.   More...

Cross with care

Crossing the street may be very dangerous for young children, especially when drivers disobey traffic laws. More...

Students fill stockings for soldiers

FOR THE TROOPS—In support of Project Holiday Stocking, children in Terri Marcus’ fourth-grade class at Westlake Hills Elementary School in Thousand Oaks put together 60 stockings to send t More...

Business

Bank makes donations to nonprofits

Wells Fargo recently presented $46,000 in unsolicited cash donations to Ventura County and Santa Clarita Valley nonprofit organizations at its annual Community Support Breakfast at Residence Inn by Marriott in Oxnard as part of the company’s o More...

Store owners embrace Chinese traditions

Becoming an Asian art dealer wasn’t always the plan for Agoura resident Will Merrill. More...

Hormone therapy practice relocates

Christine Farrell, MSN, has moved her bioidentical hormone therapy practice to 32144 Agoura Road., Ste. 102, Westlake Village. The new phone number is (818) 865-8500. More...

Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park   A male, 25, was arrested for kidnapping, carjacking, five counts of robbery, being under the influence of a controlled substance, possessing a controlled substance and possessing drug paraphernalia at 6:18 p.m. Dec. More...

15-year-old charged with home invasion

While residents slept, a Thousand Oaks youth allegedly entered their homes and used their computers and televisions.   A 15-year-old boy was arrested at 2 a.m. Nov. More...

A rousing career in law enforcement

Chief deputy stepping down after 32 years

As far back as Marty Rouse can remember he wanted to be a deputy sheriff.   Throughout his childhood in Malibu up until his graduation from the police academy in 1979, Rouse set goals that kept him on the path to becoming a peace officer. More...

Family

Video games offer fun times for families

When it comes to spending time with the family, a fun way for friendly competition is playing a video game. This season’s favorites include many new games as well as innovative takes on game classics. Monopoly Streets More...

Magical Fairy visits pajama drive

PJ PARTY—Children at Neighborhood City Center dance and spin with musician Jeremy Gotwals and “Fairy Queen Flutterby,” also known as Oxnard resident and author Robin Aliece Borakove, More...

New elephant exhibit at the L.A. Zoo

The Los Angeles Zoo will open its new Elephants of Asia habitat Thurs., Dec. 16 at the zoo, 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles. More...

Columns

Ask the Arborist

Q: “I was driving down Westlake Boulevard yesterday and noticed a large patch of bright yellow halfway up the trunk of the large oak tree at Triunfo Canyon Road. More...

Happy to celebrate in the Conejo Valley

COLORFUL HOLIDAY—Little Caitlyn Watts, 2, of Newbury Park colors a stocking during “A Conejo Valley Christmas” hosted by Lighthouse Church last Saturday. More...

Strike avoided as hospital workers reach deal

Union members will vote on agreement soon

Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center in Thousand Oaks reached a tenative agreement last weekend with its 540 non-nursing union employees over issues of wages and benefits.   More...

Westlake schools do battle for football glory

SUPER REPEAT— Oaks Christian’s Ishmael Adams, left, and Westlake’s Nick Isham are two players sure to factor in tomorrow night’s CIF-Southern Section Northern Division championship game on the campus of Oaks Christian. More...

Community

Decision on mobile home park rent increase won’t happen until next year

Commission continues meeting after four hours of testimony

Residents of Ranch Mobile Home Park didn’t get the answer they were seeking Monday from the city’s Rent Adjustment Commission. In fact, they didn’t get an answer at all. More...

Meeting will discuss parking lot expansion

More carpooling has led to fewer spots at transportation center

A community meeting is set for next Thurs., Dec. 16 to discuss a proposal to expand the parking lot of the Thousand Oaks Transportation Center.   The meeting will be from 7 to 9 p.m. More...

Conejo Mobile Home residents granted another six months

Park was to close this month

Residents of a Thousand Oaks mobile home park say they’ll take advantage of a reprieve that allows their park to stay open another six months.   Conejo Mobile Home Park was scheduled to close Dec. More...

Dining & Entertainment

Former host still loves to put on a show

A new event coming to the Conejo Valley will offer residents a generous helping of the Christmas spirit. A Family Christmas Spectacular will embrace both the secular and religious aspects of the holiday.   More...

WHS choirs celebrate the holidays

The Westlake High School choral music department has scored again with another delightful, varied program of holiday music, presented Dec. 2 at the school’s new Carpenter Family Theatre.   More...

T.O. theater production company earns nominations

The nonprofit Cabrillo Music Theatre, the resident musical theater production company of the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, received five nominations for the 2009-10 L.A. Stage Alliance Ovation Awards. More...

Sports

McDowell stuns Woods to win Chevron World Challenge

GREEN MACHINE— Above, Graeme McDowell celebrates his victory on the 18th hole at Sherwood Country Club in the Chevron World Challenge on Dec. 5. McDowell beat Tiger Woods in a close finish. More...

For all the marbles

CIF football championship: Westlake at Oaks Christian

Throw out the records.   Get rid of the stats. Forget winning streaks and bragging rights, the politics and the pageantry.   This football game is about one thing: winning. More...

5 Warriors in the spotlight

Nick Isham   Senior quarterback Nick Isham began his high school career at Chaminade, went to Oaks Christian for a few minutes and then transferred to Westlake. More...

Pets

Pet of the Week

ANIMAL LOVER—Duke is a 1- to 2-year-old pit bull mix. He is friendly and independent, good with older kids and likes to play in water. More...

Give a pet the gift of a home

One way to celebrate the holidays is to help a furry friend in need. For those thinking of adopting a pet, animal shelters are a fantastic option, according to animal advocates.   More...

Faith

Conejo Christmas

Families flock to Lighthouse Church event

SNOW IN THE CONEJO—Newbury Park resident Brianna Wade, 7, above, throws snow during “A Conejo Valley Christmas” hosted by Lighthouse Church in Newbury Park on Dec. 4. More...

B’nai Emet hosts New Year’s Eve party in Simi

Congregation B’nai Emet will ring in 2011 with a New Year’s Eve party from 8 pm. Fri., Dec. 31 to 1 a.m. Sat. Jan. 1 at the synagogue, 9 W. Bonita Drive, Simi Valley. More...

Another Hanukkah comes to a close

EIGHT DAYS—Rabbi Chaim Bryski of the Thousand Oaks Jewish Center and Mark Glazer rise up into the air to kindle the largest menorah in Thousand Oaks at the Hanukkah Family Festival at Janss Mark More...

Letters

Marriage editorial was ‘spot-on’

I would like to take a moment during this hurried season to thank the Acorn editor for your spot-on wise words regarding the “Assault on the heart” that defines marital infidelity here in the Thousand Oaks community and far beyond. More...

Mobile home park owner is no Santa

In response to the Dec. More...

Dealers defend proposed sign

It’s disturbing and quite heartbreaking to see the fabricated negative rhetoric that has been submitted recently about the proposed auto mall sign. More...

Editorials

Leave the Grinch in Whoville

With just 16 days until Christmas, last-minute shoppers are out in droves in pursuit of the perfect holiday gift, searching for a new high-definition television or the must-have toy of the season. More...