February 17, 2011 RSS feed / Front Page

N.P. woman suspected of several car burglaries

A Newbury Park woman was arrested Feb. More...

Health & Wellness

No magic cure for arthritis exists, but doctor’s tips can offer relief

Don’t make the common mistake of waiting too long to see a doctor about stiff or sore joints; the sooner a doctor has a chance of diagnosing arthritis, the better

Do you recall the scene in the movie “The Wizard of Oz” when Dorothy comes across the Tin Man, his body frozen from rust and unable to move? Between clenched teeth, he asks Dorothy to use oil to loosen his neglected joints. More...

Golf event proceeds will support Wellness Community programs

The third annual Rich Rashi Golf Classic, Mon., March 7 at Sunset Hills Country Club in Thousand Oaks, will benefit the cancer support programs of the Wellness Community Valley/Ventura.  More...

Learn about robotic surgery

Free event March 3

The Health, Happiness to You group (H2U) of Los Robles Hospital invites the community to a free meeting from 3 to 5 p.m. Thurs., March 3 at the East Campus, 150 Via Merida, Westlake Village.  The principle presenter at 4 p.m. will be Dr. More...

Calendar

Datebook

THURS., FEB. 17  Pleasant Valley Garden Club   More...

Schools

Atheists to explore beliefs

Secular students to gather at CLU

The Secular Student Alliance at California Lutheran University will host the inaugural SSA SoCal Leadership Summit Friday through Sunday, Feb. More...

Tea teaches lessons of etiquette

Eight-year-old James Sandberg was nervous. More...

High School HI*LIGHTS

Newbury Park Panthers Fri., Feb. 18: Lincoln’s Day-no school Mon., Feb. 21: Washington’s Day-no School Tues., Feb.  More...

Business

Local Business Briefs

Plumbing company buys building   An industrial building at 3580 Willow Lane in Westlake Village was recently purchased by Johnston Plumbing, a plumbing equipment company based in Ventura, for $2.38 million.  Built in 1994, the property has More...

Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park  A vehicle was vandalized between Jan. 30 and 31 in the 700 block of Wendy Drive.  A cellphone was stolen Feb. 3 in the 4600 block of Via Rio.  On Feb. More...

Faith

Story of Danish Jews will be told

Congregation Or Ami will present “The Amazing Story of Danish Jews: Influence, Rescue and Survival” at 6:30 p.m. Wed., Feb. More...

Comedy night will benefit clinics

Laff-4-Life comedy night will take place at 7:30 p.m. Fri., Feb. 25 at Discovery Church, 580 E. More...

Chamber singers perform in church

The Thousand Oaks-based Oaks Chamber Singers will perform Monteverdi’s “1610 Vespers” at 4 p.m. Sun., March 6 at St. More...

Letters

Don’t demonize the auto mall

The juxtaposition of your front-page articles in last week’s Acorn was a compelling example of the quandary we face in these difficult economic times.  More...

Supports auto dealers, not sign

Thanks to the City Council and the T.O. Auto Mall Association for the follow-up meeting Thursday night on the auto mall sign.  The discussions were more open and the citizens’ comments were much more to the point than at the Jan. More...

Council should stick to General Plan

If you didn’t attend the recent Thousand Oaks Auto Mall public forums regarding the proposed monster sign with an electronic billboard then read on. Dozens and dozens of residents spoke. Their message was loud and clear. More...

Editorials

Rent control law under fire

The stated purpose of last Saturday’s meeting between Mayor Andy Fox and the city’s mobile home owners was to discuss a plan for long-term rent stability.  But the underlying message of the mayor’s presentation to the more than More...

Political Cartoon

Full Story

For the record

The Jan. 20 edition of the Thousand Oaks Acorn featured an incorrect headline. The story about Mosab Hassan Yousef, the author of “Son of Hamas,” who will speak Mon., Feb.  More...

Mayor tries to allay concerns of mobile home owners

The city is seeking direct talks between mobile home park owners and tenants under a plan aimed at bringing some stability to rents and protecting tenants from unanticipated increases.  Mayor Andy Fox laid out the plan at an invitation-only f More...

Proposal would reduce T.O. council health benefits

Committee suggests capping monthly contributions at $108

If a city subcommittee has its way, taxpayer contributions to the health insurance benefits of future Thousand Oaks council members will be capped at $108 a month— the lowest contribution allowed under state public employee law. More...

Auto dealers scrap original sign design

The hotly debated sign proposed for the Thousand Oaks Auto Mall is out and a new one is under development. More...

Community

Reagan stamp released

The United States Postal Service released the Ronald Reagan Centennial Postage Stamp four days after the 40th president’s 100th birthday (see related story on page 14).  More...

Sales tax revenue dipped to 2000 levels in 2009-10

The final budget numbers for Thousand Oaks’ fiscal year 2009- 10 don’t paint a pretty picture. More...

City earns special recognition

The city of Thousand Oaks will receive recognition from the American Public Works Association for the recent accreditation of the city’s Public Works Department at the Feb. 22 City Council meeting  More...

Dining & Entertainment

Calling artists, musicians

ArtWalk ’11, the 24th annual fine arts and designer crafts outdoor exhibition, will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat. and Sun., June 4 and 5 on the Bank of America grounds, 225 W. More...

WHS vocalists put on the glitz

Concert review

Westlake High School’s premier vocal group, “A Class Act,” under the direction of Alan Rose, presented another entertaining revue of show choir numbers in a performance titled “Viva Las Vegas.” The show was presented lat More...

Writing workshop offered

Westlake Village Library will offer a writing workshop for children in grades four through eight from 3 to 4 p.m. Sat., Feb. 26 at the library,  The workshop is part of the “ One City, One Book” program.   More...

Sports

Olympian to throw first pitch

Newbury Park Girls Softball Opening Day will be from 8 to 11 a.m. Sat., Feb. 19 at Borchard Park, 190 Reino Road, Newbury Park.  Olympic bronze medalist Danielle Stewart will throw the first pitch. More...

Curl up with a new sport in Simi

The SoCal Curling Club will host a curling open house from 8:15 to 10:30 p.m. Sat., Feb. 19 at the Easy Street ice arena, 131 W. Easy St., Simi Valley. More...

Title banner banter

Girls’ basketball squads vying for CIF rings

The playoffs have arrived.  Area high school girls’ basketball teams must win to advance. With a loss, it’s time to start the Nick Van Exel “Cancun” chant.  Oaks Christian has no early vacation plans.  The No. More...

Pets

Veterinarian will share experiences of working with California condor

The Friends of California Condors Wild and Free, a nonprofit organization, will sponsor a free lecture titled “Veterinary Involvement with the California Condor Recovery Program” from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Sat., Feb. More...

Critter Tails

A tug of war

You think you adopt a cat, but he knows it’s the other way around.  He arrived with the new neighbors, an orange tabby with matted fur and flattened ears that spoke of fleas or mites. He considered his new environs and formulated a plan. More...

Pet of the Week

EXCITED TO MEET YOU—Jack, a 2-year-old collie-shepherd mix, would love an active owner. He has excellent manners and loves to run and play tug of war. More...

Family

T.O. resident marks a remarkable milestone

BIRTHDAY—Thousand Oaks resident Eunice Achison West turned 103 last month. West was born Jan. 21, 1908, to missionary parents in Japan. She was one of several children. More...

Dream of 67-mile trail nears reality

The dream of a 67-mile Backbone Trail in the Santa Monica Mountains is still being brought into reality by state and federal agencies and volunteers.  More...

League welcomes all ages

Sign-ups for the Miller Family YMCA Junior Lakers Basketball League will begin Fri., Feb. 25 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Y, 320 Via Las Brisas in the Dos Vientos area of Newbury Park. More...

Columns

The Acorn Epicurean

Foodies unite

Wine and food enthusiasts gathered on the afternoon of Feb. More...

THE OTHER Side of 50

Reagan and the boomers

It’s hard to generalize about 78 million people, but boomers do share some distinctive traits.  As Ronald Reagan again made the news on the days leading up to his centennial celebration, it was a surprise to learn just how much this icon o More...

Ask The DMV

Do you have questions about general driving-related requirements like registration and insurance? Are you unclear about laws and restrictions related to driving? The California Department of Motor Vehicles has answers. 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...