March 24, 2011 RSS feed / Front Page

T.O.’s 2010 tally: 126,683

Census data show slow population growth

The population of Thousand Oaks grew by more than 9,000 in the last decade, climbing from 117,005 to 126,683 residents, according to 2010 U.S. More...

Health & Wellness

Old Westlake hospital reduced to rubble

Crews tore down the Westlake Medical Center at 4415 S. Lakeview Canyon Road in Westlake Village on Monday, bringing to an end a more than 15- year struggle to keep the hospital running in one form or another.  More...

Well-known advocate for the elderly is leaving to enjoy her golden years

Leader of Senior Concerns will retire

Carol Freeman, the president of Senior Concerns who launched several new programs and steadied funding for the nonprofit, is retiring.  Freeman’s last day on the job is April 29.  More...

Friendship Walk is this weekend

More than 2,000 people are expected to take part in the sixth annual Friendship Walk on Sun., March 27 at Yerba Buena Elementary School, 6098 Reyes Adobe Road, Agoura Hills.  Registration opens at 11 a.m.  The walk will culminate in a festi More...

Calendar

Datebook

THURS., MARCH 24  Sons of Norway   More...

Schools

Ladera Elementary wastes not

School stepping up recycling efforts

Filling bins and cases with discards galore, faculty, parents and students at Ladera Elementary School in Thousand Oaks are working together to salvage seemingly useless items to earn money and help the environment.  The Ladera Dragons, who repr More...

Student garage sale yields big results

On March 5 students from Newbury Park High School raised more than $1,400 for charity through a communitywide garage sale on the school campus.  The teens are members of the student chapter of the Greater Contribution, a local nonprofit organiza More...

NPHS sponsors bingo night

Newbury Park High School PFA will present Bingo Night at 7 p.m. Fri., March 25 in the school cafeteria, 456 N. Reino Road.  Admission is free. Bingo packs are 10 game sheets for $10 or three bingo packs for $25. More...

Business

Business, government leaders to gather for summit

Group seeks ideas to boost the economy

Business and government leaders from Ventura County and the Conejo Valley will gather for Leadership Summit 331 at 3 p.m. Thurs., March 31 at Nygren Hall, room 101, California Lutheran University, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks.  More...

Fine wine retailer pops cork in T.O.

Total Wine and More, an independent retailer of fine wine, spirits and beer, will open its fifth retail location in Southern California today, March 24, in Best Buy Plaza in Thousand Oaks.  The 20,000-square-foot-store will carry more than 8,000 More...

Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park  A man, 51, was arrested for battery against his wife March 10 in the 200 block of Poplar Crest Avenue. More...

Faith

The Art of Being

Spring ahead, fall back . . . really?

With daylight saving time just beginning, I’ve been thinking about how much of our lives are spent trying to manage and often manipulate something that doesn’t really exist.  More...

Purim carnival is Sunday

Temple Aliyah’s Purim Carnival will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. More...

All in for Purim

THE DOCTOR’S DEALIN’—Dr. More...

Letters

Cuts to education not worth it

Based on the sentiments expressed in the March 10 Acorn, the public is fine with $18 billion in cuts being made to our schools.  Less money means fewer teachers, which means bigger class sizes and less learning for the children. More...

Reduce benefits, don’t raise taxes

Last week my wife was handed a political flier at our local CVUSD elementary school. The flier advocates supporting the governor’s proposed tax extensions, synonymous with tax increases.  More...

Cutting pay will only hurt economy

Many letter writers to the Acorn have pointed out that tax increases can hurt job creation in the Conejo Valley.  More...

Editorials

Contribute to Japanese relief

The heartbreaking images coming from Japan following the massive earthquake and tsunami that struck the island country March 11 are sober reminders of how truly at risk we all are of having to deal with the devastating after-effects of natural disast More...

Political Cartoon

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School board votes Monday on closure

Park Oaks is on the chopping block

On Monday, the Conejo Valley school board will decide whether to close Park Oaks Elementary. More...

Gang member gets life for ’07 murder

A Newbury Park gang member has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the fatal shooting of a 21-year-old man in 2007, Ventura County prosecutors said.  Luis Ortega, 20, a member of the notorious MS-13 gang, was s More...

Community

City officials make trip to D.C. in pursuit of funds for 101/23 Freeway interchange

Federal money not coming easy in the anti-earmark age

The 101 and 23 freeway interchange will be widened, said City Manager Scott Mitnick after a recent trip to lobby federal officials in the nation’s capital. The question is, when? “We will get the funding. More...

For the record

The story in last week’s Thousand Oaks Acorn about the search for a man suspected of sexual assault stated that the alleged attack occurred on March 15. It was actually Feb. 15. More...

Arrests made in strong-arm robbery case

Three juvenile suspects have been arrested in connection with a robbery that took place at Borchard Park earlier this month.  Police say that on March 4 at the Newbury Park community center on Reino Road, an unidentified victim was playing baske More...

Dining & Entertainment

Art guild announces winners

Westlake Village Art Guild announced the winners of the guild’s open juried show during the artists reception at the Thousand Oaks Community Gallery on March 13.  Show chair Ron Souza awarded cash prizes and ribbons to 37 artists who enter More...

The MOVIE Nut

Mick Haller (Matthew Mc- Conaughey) is a divorced, hard-living, hard-drinking L.A. defense attorney notoriously capable of getting the wrong kind of people out of prison. More...

Storm doesn’t dampen singers’ spirits

The Los Robles Master Chorale joined the Los Robles Children’s Choir Sunday at Ascension Lutheran Church in Thousand Oaks to entertain a full house that braved a raging rainstorm.  More...

Sports

Lance the Lancer

Thousand Oaks senior was born to run

There are many magnificent stories to tell in the world of high school athletics.  Lance Goetsch’s tale certainly fits the mold.  A 17-year-old senior at Thousand Oaks High, Goetsch has spent the past three years running junior varsit More...

Local basketball team refuses to lose

FOUR-PEAT FOR WESTLAKE—The Westlake NJB U-14 eighth-grade boys’ basketball team won its fourth championship in as many months by going undefeated at the Swoosh March Madness tournament at More...

Derby day coming to Conejo Valley

Soap box racers still have time to gear up for main event

The world is a scary place.  Earthquakes. Tsunamis. Wars. Charlie Sheen.  That’s why the fifth annual Triunfo YMCA Soap Box Derby in Westlake Village is a welcome respite from the planet’s trials and tribulations.  More...

Pets

Animal rescue gets grants for vaccines

Protect dogs from canine influenza

S. A. F. E. More...

Let us hear your ‘tails’

The Thousand Oaks Acorn invites you to send 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...

Pet of the Week

BRIGHT EYES—Bart is a 2-year-old papillon mix. Bart is curious, playful and very cuddly once he gets to know you. More...

Family

Creepy crawley

FOR THE KIDS—Above, Jessica Lamb and daughter Isabella, 4, react to a millipede crawling on the hands of Robb Ottenhoff, treasurer of Ventura-based wildlife education camp Zootopia, one of many More...

And the Oscar goes to . . .

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Conejo & Las Virgenes celebrates “A Night at the Oscars” Annual Youth Dinner and Awards Presentation, recognizing youths who have made a significant difference in the community
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Child care center hosts open house

Conejo Valley Neighborhood for Learning will host its annual child care open house and registration event from 10 a.m. to noon Sat., April 2 at the Neighborhood for Learning City Center for Young Learning, 110 S. More...

Columns

THE OTHER Side of 50

Women rewrite the aging experience

March is Women’s History Month.  While not in the history books quite yet, scores of women today are changing the aging experience for the better by providing us with new models for positive aging.  Here are a few of the trailblazers: 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...