February 10, 2011 RSS feed / Front Page

Health & Wellness

Sisters honor late mother’s memory with hope for cancer cure

For many, Valentine’s Day means roses and romance, but for sisters Jessica and Kristen Bardwil, Feb. 14 is about love, remembrance and a determination to find a cure for cancer.  More...

Dentist to donate all proceeds to cancer patient

‘Smiles for Tracey’ starts Feb. 25

Finesse Dental Care will host the “Smiles for Tracey” fundraiser from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fri. and Sat., Feb. 25 and 26 at the dental office, 860 Hampshire Road, Ste. More...

Help for those dealing with the psychological effects of war

Studies suggest a significant number of combatants will show symptoms resulting from stress of fighting

Citizens who know a service member who is having mental health problems can offer help.  More than 2 million men and women have been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan since Sept. 11, 2001. More...

Calendar

Datebook

THURS., FEB. 10  Calabasas Chamber Networking Breakfast   More...

Schools

Colina Middle School named state champion in ‘We the People’ contest

Colina Middle School in Thousand Oaks was named state champion this year, after a team of eighth-grade honors students won the state congressional hearings of the “We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution” contest on Jan. More...

Scholarships offered by county

The Ventura County Chapter of the American Public Works Association is offering scholarships for high school students entering college or university in an engineering/ public works-related major.  More...

High School HI*LIGHTS

Newbury Park Panthers Sat., Feb. 12: Youth in Harmony festival/faculty cafeteria/9 a.m. More...

Business

Furniture store leaves others green with envy

Islington Green Fine Furnishings brings a unique furniture shop to 31139 Via Colinas, Ste. More...

Martial arts studio offers more than kicks

School incorporates character education

Newbury Park Martial Arts Center is launching its NPMAC Premier Personal Development Program.  The award-winning school is incorporating this comprehensive character education program into its To-Shin Do Martial Arts curriculum for adults and ch More...

Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park  A vehicle was vandalized between Jan. 23 and 24 in the 200 block of Trailside Court.  A commercial burglary occurred between Jan. 27 and 28 in the 1200 block of Lawrence Drive.  An 18-year-old man was cited Jan. More...

Crosswalk sting nets 24 violators in less than 2 hours

Twenty-four drivers were ticketed for failing to yield for pedestrians on a Thousand Oaks Boulevard crosswalk during a sting last Thursday conducted by local law enforcement.  More...

Obituaries

Gwen A.. Johnson

went to be wth the Lord on February 3, 2011. Born March 2, 1934 in Des Moines, Iowa, Gwen lived a full and active life, riding her Arabian horses, enjoying tennis and ballroom dancing. More...

George Christopher Pentis

March 12, 1931 - January 28, 2011

He was a husband, a father, a grandfather, a brother-inlaw and an uncle. More...

Family

Teaching an age-old art

WOVEN TOGETHER—Above, Newbury Park father and son Ben and Andy Elms work together on their first round reed basket at the Satwiwa Native American Culture Center’s traditional Hupa basket More...

Grant pays for new plants at Conejo Botanic Garden

GARDENERS—A group of seven volunteers plant several additions to the Conejo Valley Botanic Garden in Thousand Oaks. More...

Area YMCAs begin major fundraising campaign

The Southeast Ventura County YMCA and its four branches have kicked off their annual fundraising campaign, which continues through mid-March.  The YMCA Strong Kids Campaign hopes to raise $280,000 from individuals and businesses in the community More...

Editorials

Cartoon

Full Story

The root of the problem

The story of Thousand Oaks homeowner Jerry Yeh in this week’s Acorn (see page 1) serves as an important lesson about publicly funded services: Most of us don’t think about them until something goes wrong.  More...

Voters may get chance to decide on term limits

Petition comes in just under deadline

Long debated in coffee shops and barrooms across Thousand Oaks, term limits may finally find their way onto the local ballot.  More...

Final forum on auto mall sign is tonight

The second of two public forums to discuss the Thousand Oaks Auto Mall sign is scheduled for 6 tonight, Feb. 10, in the banquet center of the Los Robles Golf Course, 299 S. More...

Golden advice

SPEED QUEEN—Amanda Beard, a four-time Olympic gold medalist in swimming, speaks about her experiences Feb. More...

Community

Decision on rent increase appealed to council

The owner of a Thousand Oaks mobile home park has appealed the rent commission’s decision regarding how much he can raise rents.  Now the City Council will have the final say on the request to increase rents at Thunderbird Oaks Mobile Home More...

County’s economic outlook slowly improving

T.O. foreclosures fell 50 percent in past six months

While the local economy will continue to build on the improvements that began last year, any chance of bringing the recession to a full stop depends on the creation of more jobs, forecasters said at the 2011 Ventura County Real Estate and Economic ou More...

Gas station paraphernalia sales threaten addicts in recovery, local family argues

Judi Burnes and her daughter were stunned by what they saw a few weeks ago when they went into a Thousand Oaks gas station.  In a plastic display case in the snack shop of the Union 76 station on Moorpark Road sat an array of paraphernalia, glas More...

Dining & Entertainment

Performance celebrates 50 years for Conejo Valley Youth Orchestra

Concert review

In 1961, two dozen string music students began rehearsing together in a farmhouse near California Lutheran College.  The ensemble was formed by a CLC professor named Betty Bowen, who saw the need for music students to have an outlet for communit More...

Hands-on workshops at gallery

Pencil, watercolor lessons offered

The Thousand Oaks Community Gallery, next to the Newbury Park Library at 2331 Borchard Road, offers these classes.  Barbara Shannon, author of “ Exploring Art Media,” will present a basic drawing workshop from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. More...

Museum to host docent orientation

Day includes tour, lunch

The Stagecoach Inn Museum will host an orientation day for prospective volunteers and docents from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sat., Feb. 26 at the museum, 51 S. Ventu Park Road, Newbury Park.  More...

Sports

Only the strong survive at Marmonte wrestling finals

Grapplers from Westlake, T.O. and Newbury claim crowns

There was little drama during the Marmonte League wrestling finals last weekend at Simi Valley High.  Nine of 14 champions won by pin, and several other matches were decisively secured.  The day, however, marked a changing of the guard with More...

Principals vote to split Marmonte football teams into 2 divisions

The Marmonte League football upheaval continues.  Principals from the 10 Marmonte high schools voted 6-4 in favor of splitting the league into two football-only divisions for the 2012 season.  According to the Tuesday morning vote, the West More...

Tremendous turnaround

Second-half surge nets Panthers a playoff spot

It’s been a tale of two seasons for the Newbury Park High girls’ basketball team.  After losing a pair of standout players to injuries during the preseason, the Panthers started slow, dropping their first five games and compiling a 5 More...

Pets

Pet of the Week

GORGEOUS GIRL—Friendly, vocal little Millie is a 5-yearold gray shorthair tabby with big green eyes. Her owner got divorced and left her at the shelter. Now Millie needs a new home. More...

Critter Tails

Mischievous tabby cat gives thanks

Here is a story about my 5- year-old orange tabby cat named Sullivan. More...

Faith

Church fundraisers decide to ‘Cowboy up’

MOMENT OF TRUTH—Kay Mallaley, center, carefully serves up bowls of her SMK’N Hot Chili to judges Dann Kleiser, left, and Claire Battaglia as partner-in-cooking Jamie Taylor, far right, wa More...

Church relocating services to Agoura Hills

Life Change Community Church, under the leadership of pastor Dr. Brad Johnson, will move its 10:30 a.m. Sunday services to the Grand Ballroom of the Renaissance Agoura Hills Hotel, 30100 Agoura Road, starting Feb. 13. More...

Faith-based company makes acquisition

Salem Consumer Products, a division of Camarillo-based Salem Communications Corporation, a Christian radio broadcaster, Internet content provider and publisher, has acquired the Evangelical Bible Book Store, ebiblebookstore.com.  More...

Letters

Alcohol, drugs can ruin lives

What can drug and alcohol abuse do to a person?  I know the answer to this question because my father is in the hospital fighting for his life because of drugs and alcohol.  Although he is 27 years clean and sober, the years he spent abusin More...

Use of redevelop dollars ‘a scam’

Someday the people of this city will realize what a scam the redevelopment agency on Thousand Oaks Boulevard is.  The city fought the owner of the Jungleland property for five years, finally getting it away from him at $1 million an acre per the More...

Knock on teachers was uncalled for

I appreciated Michelle Knight’s article (“Battle over redevelopment agencies hits close to home,” Acorn, Feb. More...

Columns

FAMILY MEN Don't Wear Name Brands

Valen-mine Day  Valentine’s Day is never about the guy in the relationship. It’s always about the girl.  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...