February 24, 2011 RSS feed / Front Page

Council says it won’t support large LED sign

The Thousand Oaks Auto Mall is unlikely to get the electronic advertising sign it wants.  More...

Health & Wellness

Tennis anyone?

The Thousand Oaks Wildwood Senior Tennis group meets every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Wildflower Park, Avenida de Los Arboles and Velarde Drive, Thousand Oaks.  Anyone is welcome to join. More...

‘InfoDine’ with Red Cross officials

March 1 wine, dine event to benefit county’s Disaster Preparedness Agency or hospital foundation

The American Red Cross Ventura County will host an InfoDine event from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. More...

New free clinic post to coordinate medical care

An $80,000 two-year grant from the Baxter International Foundation will fund the medical operations manager, a senior-level registered nurse patient care management position, at the nonprofit Conejo Free Clinic, 80 E. Hillcrest Drive, Ste. More...

Calendar

Datebook

THURS., FEB. 24  Tootles And Noodles   More...

Schools

TOHS gym boasts brand new mural

LANCER PRIDE— Passers-by may have noticed the new mural on the front of the gym at Thousand Oaks High School. More...

Banyan Elementary to host its first online fundraiser

Banyan Elementary School PTA in Newbury Park will host its inaugural online auction from Fri., March 4 to 8 p.m. Fri., March 18.  Residents can register to bid at www.biddingforgood.com/ Banyan2011Auction.  More...

All Call system is calling for sponsors

Telephone notification system is supported with private funds

“Where is your report card and why didn’t I get it?” Sue Wells said rhetorically when asked to explain the benefits of Conejo Valley Unified School District’s All Call System.  More...

Business

T.O.-based radio station sheds old format for new

Jill-FM is now Playlist 92.7

Give the audience what they want: Playlist 92.7 FM is banking on that maxim.  On Valentine’s Day, Feb. More...

Police

TOPD aid in arrest of murder suspect

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department arrested Rogelio Reyes, 21, in Oxnard on Feb. More...

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park  Two people were arrested or cited for various drug violations between Feb. 5 and 15.  A man, 48, was arrested Feb. 13 for battery in the first block of Via Mariposa.  A man, 34, was arrested Feb. More...

Obituaries

Stefanie Lynn Gold

Stefanie Lynn Gold, a longtime resident of Vallejo, passed away at home February 1, 2011 in the company of family and friends after a long illness.   More...

Family

Support group nurtures working, stay-at-home moms

A group of local women meets regularly in Westlake Village to share their experiences and opinions on motherhood as part of the Conejo Valley chapter of Mothers & More.  The national nonprofit organization comprises 180 chapters dedicated to More...

Sign up for summer camp

Learn about Boys & Girls Clubs during March 12 open house

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Conejo & Las Virgenes will offer several summer camps for youth ages 3 to 14. The various camp options will be presented during an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. More...

Winning artists beam with pride

BEST IN SHOW—The winners of the second annual National Art Exhibit hosted by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Conejo & Las Virgenes were recently announced. More...

Columns

At The Library

The following events will be offered in March at the Grant Brimhall Library, 1401 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks, or the Newbury Park Branch Library, 2331 Borchard Road, as noted.  For more information, call (805) 449-2660, ext. More...

Eye on the Conejo

Mall walkers

They meet at The Oaks mall.  Many of them prefer to “do their thing” in the morning, some in the early morning. More...

Ask the Arborist

Rake or mulch?

Q: Every year I rake up all the leaves that fall from the large oak tree in my backyard and maple tree on my side yard. More...

It’s lights out for N.P. Library solar panel project

City decides price tag is too high

Thousand Oaks will not place solar panels outside the Newbury Park Library.  The City Council’s capital facilities committee—comprising Mayor Pro Tem Jacqui Irwin and Councilmember Dennis Gillette—decided Jan. More...

Charges against T.O. nail salon owner dropped

A Thousand Oaks nail salon owner who was arrested last year for allegedly displaying adult material to a female minor was exonerated last week, after a Ventura County district attorney dismissed charges “in the interest of justice.”   More...

Janss Mall P.O. could be K.O.’d

The post office at Janss Marketplace might be forced to pack it up soon.  Don Smeraldi, communications manager for the U.S. Postal Service in California and Hawaii, said last week it’s possible that the retail post office at 235 N. More...

Community

Rain creates hazardous conditions

BAD SCENE—The Ventura County Fire Department responds to a two-car collision on the northbound 23 Freeway near Janss Road in Thousand Oaks last Friday. More...

Tour of California route into T.O. revealed

The eighth and final stage of the 2011 Amgen Tour of California professional cycling race will begin in Santa Clarita at the Town Center mall and end at Thousand Oaks City Hall on Sun., May 22.  This route and others were revealed earlier this m More...

‘Son of Hamas’ speaks in T.O.

Hundreds pass through tight security to attend

The line to enter the Hyatt Westlake Plaza’s Grand Ballroom was out the door Monday night, and not just because the event was sold out.  More...

Dining & Entertainment

Oscar nominee to appear in WLV

Hailee Steinfeld will attend CeLEB Reads

Thousand Oaks resident Hailee Steinfeld, 15, nominated for an Academy Award for her role in “True Grit,” is expected to attend CeLEB Reads, a show featuring excerpts of autobiographies by various celebrities performed from 3 to 4:30 p.m. More...

Movie viewing will help raise funds for TOPD

The Thousand Oaks Police Charitable Foundation will present Movie Night at 5:30 p.m. Thurs., March 10 at Muvico Theaters, 166 W. More...

The Movie Nut

The 83rd Annual Academy Awards: a pontification

I guess, if you come right down to it, the best picture of the year is Pixar’s “Toy Story 3.”  The best trilogy of possibly forever is the “Toy Story” trilogy, and there’s no doubt the winner of the Best Anima More...

Sports

Locals net face time with pro soccer player

A REAL PRO—Newbury Park High soccer players Lauryn De La Torre and Lauren Shane pose with Chris Pontius, a forward with the Major League Soccer team DC United. More...

McCann building a strong reputation for training local student-athletes

Current, former players rave about coach’s motivational methods

Jeff McCann isn’t just a football tight ends coach, world history teacher and strength and conditioning guru.  McCann inspires, motivates and cares about student-athletes. More...

Conejo Valley girls crush the competition

WINNER, WINNER, CHICKEN DINNER—The Conejo Valley United Crush girls’ U-11 soccer team won the Celtic Cup in Redlands. More...

Pets

Critter Tails

A parrot’s catcall lands boy in trouble

Living near New Orleans as a child meant that every year we made the trek to the Crescent City for the Mardi Gras parade.  We always stayed with my aunt, a New Orleans native. More...

Pet of the Week

BALL OF FUN —Bosco is a handsome, stocky fellow with one blue eye and a lot of energy. This 2-year-old pitbull mix needs an active companion to play outdoors with him. More...

Faith

Annual walk helps feed hungry families

Conejo Valley CROP walk is March 6 at CLU

The 33rd annual Conejo Valley CROP (Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty) Hunger Walk will take place on Sun., March 6 starting at the California Lutheran University Sports Complex in Thousand Oaks.  No-cost registration begins at noon and More...

Bar, bat mitzvah expo benefits Heschel West

Friends of Heschel West, an organization that raises funds for the private school in Agoura Hills, will sponsor a Bar and Bat Mitzvah Expo from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. More...

Methodists go Broadway for church fundraiser

The music ministry at the United Methodist Church of Westlake Village will present a musical fundraiser titled “Methodist Madness Goes Broadway!” at 7 p.m. Sat., March 5 in the church sanctuary, 1049 S. More...

Letters

Promises are made to be broken

Promises, promises. City Council members need to learn, like everyone else, to budget for change.  More...

Council should cut its pay, benefits

Compensation for City Council members has been a topic for several months, apparently with little understanding from the council members of the public’s concern.  More...

Warns of immobile homeownership

Let’s work to phase out immobile homeownership.  This is the kind of ownership where people, usually retirees, buy a mobile home and rent the land it sits on.  This kind of ownership gives the mobile homeowner a feeling of security, f More...

Editorials

Your turn to sound off on taxes

The recent battle between Democratic and Republican lawmakers in Sacramento over the proposed tax extension is borne of a long and downright ugly past. More...

Political Cartoon

Full Story

For the record

The gentleman identified in the photo on page 24 of last week’s Thousand Oaks Acorn was not Abel Magaña. It was Charles Seabury, a volunteer and fiber optics engineer who’s working with the robotics teams at Newbury Park and T.O. 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...