February 3, 2011 RSS feed / Front Page

Battle over redevelopment agencies hits close to home

Debate over Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to do away with redevelopment agencies is raging in the Conejo Valley and across the state.  Opponents of the plan say it will cost cities millions of dollars used to improve their communities. More...

Health & Wellness

Wellness Community sponsoring workshops

Anthony Montella, DDS, will present a program on dental care and cancer treatment from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Mon., Feb. More...

Seminar will focus on Medicare, Social Security

Senior Concerns will present a free program for the public on Social Security, including enrollment and survivor benefits, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tues., Feb. 8 at Senior Concern’s Adult Day Center, 401 Hodencamp Road, Thousand Oaks.  More...

THE OTHER Side of 50

Many boomers don’t notice early signs of Alzheimer’s  The words of the physical therapist whirled in Alicia’s head.  More...

Calendar

Datebook

THURS., FEB. 3  Evening With Faye Kellerman   More...

Schools

Glenwood teacher makes the grade

EXCEPTIONAL TEACHER—Denise Gibson, second from right, a kindergarten teacher at Glenwood Elementary School, received a Teacher of the Quarter Award from the Rotary Club of Westlake Village last More...

La Reina students help families in need

La Reina High School students, faculty and staff shared the spirit of giving last Christmas by donating gifts for 25 families in need, a total of 107 individuals.  The school participated in the Adopt-A-Family program coordinated through the Cat More...

Students from Oaks Christian, NPHS among semifinalists for Spotlight Awards

Program has launced professional careers

The Music Center in Los Angeles has announced the 90 high school students selected as performing arts semifinalists for the 23rd annual Music Center Spotlight Awards.  More...

Business

Local difference-makers reap praise at Chamber gala

Those honored during the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Sail on the Moon recognition and awards gala last Friday at the Four Seasons Westlake Village are:•Business of the Year: Wilshire Home Entertainment•Outgoing Chamber More...

Pets

Pet of the Week

SWEET MILLIE—This floppy-eared 2-year-old German shepherd mix will win your heart with her playfulness. Millie makes friends easily, gets along with most other dogs and is very smart. More...

Send us your Critter Tails!

The Thousand Oaks Acorn invites you to send in your favorite pet story for publication on the Critter Corner page.  We love our pets and want to give them the recognition they deserve.  More...

Critter Tails

Life lessons from a jaywalking pigeon

The stray who came to stay in this tale is not the usual kind; it wasn’t a four-legged waif who sized up my Seminole Springs neighbor Jim Adley as a soft touch and decided to tag after him.  More...

Faith

The Art of Being

Coming home   I believe what every human being most desires is to experience true inner peace.  More...

Law professor will speak to B’nai B’rith

Woman has appeared on CNN, CBS News

Laurie Levenson, law professor at Loyola University, will address the Haverim B’nai B’rith of the Conejo Valley at 7 p.m. Mon., Feb. More...

Buddhist holy relic visits Ventura County

An exhibition of the Jade Buddha statue and Holy Relics for Universal Peace will take place from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Feb. 12 through 27 at the An Lac Mission, 901 S. Saticoy Ave., Ventura. Admission is free.  The opening ceremony will be at 1 p.m. More...

Motoring

Bike lanes considered for Lynn Road

The city of Thousand Oaks invites residents to participate in an upcoming community meeting regarding a proposed bike lane and median landscape project.  The meeting is from 6 to 8 p.m. Tues., Feb. More...

Editorials

Do youth sports cost too much?

Participating in youth sports is one of the best ways for a child to learn the benefits and rewards of team spirit, hard work and perseverance. More...

Political Cartoon

Full Story

Friday is last day to send in your love story for publication

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and the Thousand Oaks Acorn is offering a special opportunity to share your story of love.  For this Feb. More...

Acid spill snarls traffic in T.O.

23 Freeway closed down for two hours

Morning traffic on the 23 Freeway in Thousand Oaks came to a halt Tuesday after the spill of a gallon of a swimming pool chemical shut down the roadway for two hours and caused traffic tie-ups on surrounding streets for hours.  More...

Accused family doctor not allowed to reopen practice

More victims have been discovered, police say

A Thousand Oaks doctor was suspended from practicing medicine this week after police say they uncovered at least four additional victims in a sexual assault case that began in December. Barry Lefkovitch, 56, was arrested Dec. More...

Community

Citizens seek out city’s homeless for count

Every day M.T. More...

Construction aimed at improving drainage

Work will begin soon near Janss and Moorpark roads to improve the city’s storm drain system.  Late last year, the Thousand Oaks City Council awarded a $165,564 contract to J&H Engineering of Camarillo for a project along Colgate and Wa More...

Oak Park man accused of murder may have acted in self defense

23-year-old set free after no charges are filed

A 23-year-old Oak Park man is out of jail and back at home after spending the weekend in custody on suspicion of murder. More...

Dining & Entertainment

OFF-COLORFUL—

Individual World Poetry Slam champion Buddy Wakefield recites his poetry at the Theatre on the Hill on Sunday in Thousand Oaks. More...

Art show

The public is invited to a free reception at the Thousand Oaks Art Association’s annual Open Juried Art Exhibit from 2 to 5 p.m. Sun., Feb. More...

Assistance League makes sweet music for area seniors

Dedicated volunteers from Assistance League of the Conejo Valley are giving local seniors a taste of homemade jam.  It’s not in a bottle, but rather a musical mix with equal parts nostalgia and toe-tappin,’ handclappin’ good ch More...

Sports

Bad momma

ON A ROLL—T.O. More...

Lancers in the thick of the hunt

Boys’ soccer squad battling Agoura in league standings

With three matches remaining in the regular season, the Thousand Oaks High boys’ soccer team is within striking distance of a Marmonte League crown.  The Lancers enter tonight’s 6 p. m. More...

Football players honored by CIF-Southern Section

The All-CIF Southern Section football teams have been announced, and many local student-athletes were recognized for their hard work on the gridiron.  In the Northern Division, Westlake High senior quarterback Nick Isham is the Offensive Player More...

Police

Police Blotter

Newbury Park  A petty theft occurred between Jan. 11 and 12 in the 1000 block of Lawrence Drive.  A petty theft occurred between Jan. 12 and 20, and was reported Jan. 22, at a residence in the 800 block of Cayo Grande Court. More...

Family

Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Month

Zoie Wong, 11, a sixthgrader at Sequoia Middle School, was named Youth of the Month at Sequoia Boys & Girls Club in Newbury Park.  Zoie plays tennis and participates in the club’s National Art Contest. More...

FAMILY MEN Don't Wear Name Brands

The shoes are on other feet

How do kids go through shoes so quickly? My 7-year-old son went through two pairs in two months.  “More shoes?” my wife and I asked each other when we saw the shredded rubber our boy was wearing on his feet.  More...

Young people pitch in on MLK Service Day

RAISING AWARENESS—Members of the Colina Boys & Girls Club work to improve the community on Martin Luther King Day of Service. Above, Dagmar Potter plants flowers at Colina Middle School. More...

Letters

‘Good Ol’ Boys’ are at it again

The first civil word that came to mind when I learned of the City Council’s decision to oust Al Adam from the planning commission was “outrageous” (“Adam won’t return to planning board, Jan. More...

Council majority has lost confidence

Here is what Mayor Fox had to say about Al Adam (excerpt from Jan. 27 Acorn): “I have personally lost confidence in his ability to serve on the commission; because of that I am asking the council for a no vote on Mr. More...

Being in office has gone to their heads

The action of the three council members not voting to reappoint Al Adam to the planning board exemplifies: 1. Why the City Council, as well as the U.S. Congress, needs term limits; and 2.  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...