December 16, 2010 RSS feed / Front Page

New Lowe’s gets high marks from commission

Lowe’s may be coming to town.  The Thousand Oaks Planning Commission approved on Monday a developer’s plan to build a 20-acre shopping center on vacant property on Wendy Drive near Grande Vista Drive in Newbury Park.  Plans incl More...

Health & Wellness

T.O. car dealer fuels hospital’s blood drive

This holiday season, Howie Neftin of Neftin Westlake Car Co. continued his drive to support Childrens Hospital Los Angeles.  More...

Grant supports preventive treatments

Money given to Conejo Free Clinic in T.O.

The Conejo Free Clinic in Thousand Oaks has received a $22,000 grant from Alcoa Fastening Systems Newbury Park operations.  The grant will help provide free mammograms, imaging and lab testing to prevent breast, ovarian and cervical cancers for More...

Wellness Community announces schedule

The Wellness Community Valley/ Ventura will present the following programs in January at its offices at 530 Hampshire Road, Westlake Village, unless otherwise noted.  All programs are free and open to cancer patients, survivors, family and frien More...

Dining & Entertainment

The Acorn Epicurean

Two objects of desire

I have a confession. As I sat down to write this article, I realized that I cannot deny it any longer; I am torn between two objects of desire. Though in theory they are presumed to be the same, they are in fact, oh so scrumptiously different.  More...

Performers mix traditional with trendy

The Los Cerritos Middle School Chorus held its annual holiday concert Saturday at Westlake High School’s Carpenter Family Theatre. More...

Thousand Oaks High and Los Cerritos get jazzy for the holidays

It isn’t often that Marty Martone’s vaunted Thousand Oaks High School Jazz Ensemble gets challenged, but that’s what happened last Thursday evening when the group shared the stage of T. O. More...

Sports

Lancers, Panthers ready to pounce on pitch

Soccer, fútbol, football.  Whatever your preferred terminology, the sport is back.  Local Marmonte League high school boys’ soccer teams are slugging it out on the pitch.  Crosstown rivals Royal and Simi Valley shared the Marmont More...

Teams trying to topple Westlake

The Marmonte League is an unforgiving beast.  There are 14 league games. More...

Conejo classic

The final five minutes of the Westlake-Oaks Christian football title game produced pure drama

For a split second, both teams were celebrating CIF football championships. More...

Police

Former coach pleads guilty to rape

A former Moorpark High School baseball coach charged with committing sex crimes against a 15- year- old student pleaded guilty in a pre-trial conference last week. More...

Former school worker pleads guilty to child porn charges

Man worked at Pinecrest School

A 28-year-old Moorpark man faces up to three years in state prison after pleading guilty last week to possession of child pornography. Jason Eugene Caplan, a former employee of Pinecrest School in Thousand Oaks, will be sentenced on Jan. More...

Ojai man arrested after fight with female deputy

A Ventura County sheriff’s deputy was attacked in Ojai Valley last week after responding to a 911 hang-up call.  Dep. Traci Salmon, a veteran of the Iraq War, arrived at a home in the 4900 block of Casitas Pass Road around 10 a.m. Dec. More...

Family

Tell a tale of Christmas

STORY TIME—Agoura Hills Harmony Chorus member Kathy Berk reads a story to 4-yearold twins Francesca, left, and Juliena Co of Westlake Village during the Holiday Magic Festival at Newbury Park F More...

Local couple engaged

FALL PROPOSAL—Penny Demerath and Morgan Mullin of Newbury Park became engaged on Sept. 26 in the Los Padres National Forest near Santa Barbara. More...

Award-winning theater presents radio drama

Every Now and Then Theatre will present a new radio drama titled “’Twas the Night Before” on Christmas Eve, Fri., Dec. 24, on NewsTalk 1520 KVTA and 1400 KKZZ. Times will be announced at www.kvta.com.  More...

Editorials

Why auto mall sign didn’t fly

The rumbling of residents has once again reminded a private business who’s in charge in Thousand Oaks.  Despite the approval of an ad hoc committee and the planning commission, a car dealers’ plan to boost business by building a 35-f More...

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Auto dealers pull sign proposal

A plan to build a 35-foot-tall electronic monument sign next to the 101 Freeway has been put on hold. More...

Fox is next mayor of T.O.

Andy Fox will lead the city of Thousand Oaks for the fourth time since being elected to the City Council in 1994. Fox, who reelected in November, was voted into the position of mayor by his fellow council members Dec. More...

Heal the Bay asking residents not to use plastic bags today

While elected officials still grapple with the legalities surrounding the ban on plastic shopping bags, some local communities are taking matters into their own hands.  More...

Community

Church effort brightens the season for needy families

Jackie Treuting had tears in her eyes as she watched a steady stream of drivers pull up to drop off gifts for those in need. “For me, it’s very emotional,” said Treuting, a volunteer at St. More...

Miniature city a project of love for T.O. couple

Village inspired by Dickens

Christmas motivates and inspires people in many ways. For Chuck and Jean Castaing of Thousand Oaks, every holiday season brings out their passion to build a miniature city popularized in the books of Charles Dickens. More...

New Assemblyman off and running

MEETING THE PUBLIC—Assemblymember Jeff Gorell, right, chats with Thousand Oaks resident Ron McElroy on Dec. 10 during a meet-and-greet outside Grinders restaurant in Moorpark. More...

Schools

Kindergartners put on a show

CATCH ME IF YOU CAN— Above, Gabriella Parsinia, left, portrays the Gingerbread Man who has been caught by the Wolf, played by Jeremy Larson, during the Walnut Elementary School kindergarten cla More...

School days reinstated with funds from federal jobs bill

Kids will get two more days in the classroom

Students in the Conejo Valley Unified School District will be in school for two extra days this spring; the school board unanimously approved an agreement last week to reinstate furlough days for district staff.  According to a CVUSD staff repor More...

Grant is students’ ticket to free performances

Performances To Grow On has been awarded a grant to enable students from Title I schools to attend performances at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza for free. More...

Business

City to crack down on tax dodgers

Business license compliance program started Dec. 15

Thousand Oaks businesses that don’t have a license will be asked to register with the city sometime in the coming year.  More...

New hope for stalled housing development

An investment and development company based in Southern California has acquired a stalled community of 36 townhomes at 2727 E. More...

Waste hauler offers special holiday deal

Newbury Disposal announces special customer services for the holidays.  Since Christmas and New Year’s Day fall on Saturday this year, only Thousand Oaks and Newbury Park customers of Newbury Disposal who normally have their trash and recy More...

Pets

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Joining the Joy Koi Club

A long time ago in a distant city, a regular amusement of mine was visiting airless, artificially lit museums to admire amazing arrays of art on exhibit— till I moved west and discovered open space and natural beauty.  More...

Faith

St. Max’s music ministry infuses new energy into liturgies

New music director Merrick McMahon and choir director Paul Fagundes are infusing energy into the liturgies at St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church.  McMahon, 30, and Fagundes, 44, joined the St. Max community in July after working at St. More...

Temple Adat planning Christmas feast

Temple Adat Elohim will host the 16th annual Christmas dinner and holiday themed entertainment from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Sat., Dec. 25 at Thousand Oaks High School, 2323 N. More...

Christmas Eve at Unity of Oaks

Unity of the Oaks Church will host a Christmas Eve service titled “Twelve Points of Light” at 7 p.m. Fri., Dec. 24 at the church, 1414 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks.  More...

Letters

Park owner got break from city

Regarding Ranch Mobile Home Park: When the city gave Mr. Hohn the permit to build the park they waived building fees in exchange for the owner agreeing to a park for low-income seniors.  More...

EARTHS story gave wrong impression

I am mentioned in Darleen Principe’s Dec. 9 article about EARTHS (“District wants more diversity at EARTHS magnet school”).  I was present at the Dec. More...

Board must affirm school as magnet

As a parent of two English learners at EARTHS—and as an English learner myself— I can only applaud the goal of diversity at EARTHS.  Yet this issue is a red herring. 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...