March 3, 2011 RSS feed / Front Page

Bill-de la Peña won’t take no for answer on Adam

Councilwoman says she’ll nominate him once more for planning board

Outgoing planning commissioner Al Adam may have another chance to hold on to his seat. Councilmember Claudia Bill-de la Peña told the Acorn this week she plans to nominate Adam again for the commission at the March 8 City Council meeting. More...

Health & Wellness

THE OTHER Side of 50

Curiosity boosts the brain

For the most part, our own education wasn’t on our minds as we raised our families and toiled away at our jobs. More...

Depression support group meets twice a month

DBSA Ventura, the local chapter of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, hosts two regular, confidential, peerled, self-help support groups for people coping with depression and bipolar disorder or who have a family member or friend who is dia More...

Trek along 67-mile trail

Seven-day hike includes guides, support crew

Anyone interested in a guided hike of the entire 67-mile Backbone Trail across the Santa Monica Mountains should register during March for the 10th annual Backbone Trek, which begins Sat., May 7. More...

Calendar

Datebook

THURS., MARCH 3  Business & Professional Women’s Club   More...

Schools

Actor volunteers time to teach children

Working two careers and making time for family and community is no problem for Carmen Mormino, a resident of Westlake Village.  The real estate agent and actor, who has appeared on television and in feature films, said he enjoys every moment of More...

Superintendent’s column

Tax extension necessary to preserve quality of education

How much is the education of a generation of California school kids worth to you? That’s a question I hope you will get a chance to answer in a special election in June.  More...

Link Crew revs up students about recycling

EVERYTHING IN ITS PLACE—On Friday, members of the Thousand Oaks High School Link Crew visited Redwood Middle School to present an interactive presentation about the importance of caring for the More...

Business

City wants businesses to get rolling on bike rack program

$10,000 in assistance is available

A healthy lifestyle and economic prosperity are the lofty goals of a new program to place more bicycle racks throughout the city.  On Feb. More...

County career centers offer many services for job seekers

The Ventura County Job and Career Centers offer free employee recruitment and other professional services to employers in Ventura County. Services are designed to make the challenge of finding and retaining the right employees easier.  More...

Report looks at small businesses

The Small Business Development Center at the Economic Development Collaborative-Ventura County commissioned and released an independent study of small businesses in the region.  More...

Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park  A grand theft occurred in the 1600 block of Calle Zafiro between Oct. 20 and 31 but was reported Feb. 18.  A grand theft occurred in the 3000 block of San Vincente Place between Jan. 22 and Feb. 17 but was reported Feb. 19. More...

Faith

Growing Buddhist center moves to new locale in Westlake

Open house being held Saturday

The Tushita Kadampa Buddhist Center has outgrown the Thousand Oaks location it has occupied since 2008 and had moved to a larger space in Westlake Village to accommodate an expanded schedule of classes, workshops and retreats.  The public is inv More...

Pasta proceeds will help youth ministry’s outreach

Authentic Italian dinner offered

Knights of Columbus No. 8397 of St. Julie Billiart Catholic Church will host an authentic Italian pasta dinner from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. More...

Lecturer will discuss the healing power of prayer

“Where is God When You Need Him?” is the topic of a free talk at 3 p.m. Sat., March 5 at the Grant Brimhall Library, 1400 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks.  The lecture is hosted by First Church of Christ, Scientist, Thousand Oaks.  More...

Motoring

Local thoroughfares getting face-lifts

A city-hired paving company has begun work to repave the roads in three different locations across the city: Thousand Oaks Boulevard between Erbes Road and Westlake Boulevard; Lawrence Drive between Rancho Conejo Boulevard and Hillcrest Drive; and Te More...

Letters

New bike lane on Lynn a bad idea

The city is planning to add a bike lane to Lynn Road. Lynn Road is narrow and winding and should not have a bike lane or any bike traffic on the road.  More...

Thanks for telling ‘rest of the story’

I’d like to commend the Thousand Oaks Acorn and Darleen Principe on her article (Feb. 24) covering the dismissal of charges filed against Richard Ma that alleged his displaying harmful matter to a child and child annoying.  More...

It’s time to take care of our own

The governor and the state legislators all have their ideas on how to cut the budget and have said they will have to implement tough cuts if the tax extension is not granted.  The governor wants a special election which will cost us more money. 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...

A real headscratcher

CVUSD takes tougher stance against head lice

The Conejo Valley Unified School District is getting nitpicky. Literally.  Though school officials insist this has been a light year for lice outbreaks, the board of education voted at their Feb. More...

City doesn’t relent in pursuit of solar power

Just as the door slams on one solar energy opportunity, another two have opened up. More...

Burglaries tick up, assaults are down, crime report says

Residential burglaries were up 27 percent in Thousand Oaks last year compared to 2009, due in part to an increase in organized theft rings that are targeting the Conejo Valley, said Capt. Bill Ayub, Thousand Oaks assistant police chief. More...

Community

Group to celebrate state suffrage centennial with a personal touch

History has recorded 1920 as the year women won the right to vote, and national figures Susan B. More...

Voter-approved Prop. 1B pays dividends for T.O.

City awarded $2.1 million in state funding

Thousand Oaks will receive nearly $2.1 million in state money this year and the next to fund five transit-related projects.  More...

Global trek inspires local artist

Woman visited 17 countries in eight months

An eight-month backpacking trip in South America, Europe and the Middle East gave Amanda Wolfe plenty of ideas for her art.  “Traveling . . . More...

Dining & Entertainment

The MOVIE Nut

This one caught me with the trailer. One reason: Liam Neeson makes some pretty decent thinkingcinephile’s thrillers. More...

Piano virtuoso debuts with New West

Piano virtuoso Jan Lisiecki will make his New West Symphony debut at 8 p.m. Fri., March 11 at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard, and again at 8 p.m. Sat., March 12 at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. More...

The Acorn Epicurean

Establishment reaches healthy balance

Like almost everyone I know, I’ve become more conscientious about the food I eat. Shopping with care, eating smaller portions and using smart recipes have become a way of life. More...

Sports

Panthers roughed up in physical semifinal

Girls’ soccer team can’t overcome early goal at Long Beach

In the cinematic masterpiece “Cocktail,” Tom Cruise said, “ Everything ends badly; otherwise it wouldn’t end.”  The Panthers may very well have muttered those words of wisdom on the interminable bus ride home.  More...

Lambo knows this chance may be his last

Newbury Park grad, who was dealt from the Dodgers to the Pirates last summer, back on the diamond following 50-game suspension

Andrew Lambo understands that his past will forever trail him.  Such is a reality of life, Lambo jokes, that everyone must deal with.  There will be scrutiny, he knows, and various attempts to dissect what’s gone by in an attempt to p More...

March madness

Oaks Christian sends three winter sports teams to section finals

Thirty might be the new 20, but such is not the case when counting CIF-Southern Section championships.  With 27 section banners hanging from the school’s rafters, Oaks Christian long ago established itself as a high school sports juggernau More...

Pets

Pet of the Week

SHY SWEETIE—Pumpkin is a roly-poly 4-year-old orange-andbrown tabby who needs a special home. More...

Squirrel of the Month

HUNGRY CRITTER—For years this squirrel has been coming to Dennis and Pat Edwalls’ sliding glass door looking for handouts. More...

Obituaries

LOIS YVONNE GORDON

Lois Yvonne Gordon (nee Sadler) was born on March 3, 1932 in LaPlata, Missouri to Glen and Clestine Sadler. She was known through her life as Yvonne.  More...

Family

Scouts plants trees at Canada Park

  PREPARED TO HELP—Scouts from the Wolf Den of Cub Scout Pack 3732 grab their shovels to help plant six large box trees at Canada Park in the Sunset Hills area of Thousand Oaks on Feb. 22.  More...

Under cover job

Under ‘covers’ job I’m having one of those days. One more problem will put me over the edge. It’s so bad I’m just looking for a reason to explode. My wife does it. She pulls the covers off me like she does every night. More...

Editorials

Let’s end lice-ism

If you’ve ever had a child in school, chances are you’ve had this conversation:  “Did you hear about the Johnsons? More...

Political Cartoon

Full Story

Getting a replacement SSA-1099 is easy

Millions of taxpayers are busy gathering the forms and documents they need to file their federal, state and local tax returns. If you receive Social Security benefits, one of those items may be your SSA-1099 from Social Security.  More...