April 21, 2011 RSS feed / Front Page

City hall report tags term limits initiative as unnecessary

Measure’s author calls study a waste of time, money

Putting term limits on Thousand Oaks City Council members would have little if any effect on local governance, according to a report released by the city last week.  The study, which was ordered by the City Council and prepared by the city manag More...

Health & Wellness

Taking steps to find a cure for MS

PROVIDING PROTECTION—Above, Ross Goldberg squints as his wife, Debbie, smears a fresh coat of sunscreen on his forehead at a refreshment booth along the route of the National Multiple Sclerosis More...

Statue sculpted in honor of ambulance service pioneer

Donald Pruner, founder of Pruner Ambulance and Health Care Services, was so charismatic and energetic that when he died of a heart attack at the age of 69, shock waves spread through his wide circle of friends and family.  More...

Riders ready to cruise the Conejo

Some motorists love to drive, but they can’t imagine having the chance to do so at NASCAR. More...

Calendar

Datebook

THURS., APRIL 21  Camarillo Newcomers  Meets at Saticoy Country Club, 4450 N. Clubhouse Drive, Somis. Lunch, fashion show. $19 members, $21 guests. RSVP requested. Phone: 805.658.7301 Time: 11:00 a.m. More...

Schools

Nonprofit teaches kids that they can make a difference

Students asked to think of others

Her idol: Oprah Winfrey; her mission: spreading kindness.  In 2009, entrepreneur Alli Seigel started a blog to record her progress in completing 365 kind acts, one each day for a year.  More...

Math expert shows there’s fun in numbers

The Discovery Center for Science and Technology will present “Mathemagical Moments” by Dr. Glen Whitney, executive director of the Museum of Mathematics in New York City, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. More...

Kids get green (and dirty) on Earth Week

During the recent Earth Week at Aspen Elementary School in Thousand Oaks, parents donated tools and offered their time to supervise groups of K-5 students as they prepared the soil and planted native wildflower seeds along the curbside fronting the s More...

Business

Farmers market has new hours

The Thousand Oaks Certified Farmers Market is changing its hours of operation from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. to 2 until 6 p.m. More...

British broker seeks to give car buyers, sellers best deal

Freshly relocated, business hopes to thrive

During the recession, Elliot Fortag seized an opportunity to expand his business.  A new-car broker in business since 1984, Fortage realized that more of his customers wanted a hassle-free and cost-effective way to sell their trade-ins. More...

Mortgage business moves to new locale

RPM Mortgage Westlake Village recently moved to a new location at 971 S. Westlake Blvd., Suite 101.  A grand opening party with drinks, appetizers and live entertainment will take place today at 5:30 p.m. More...

Family

Newlyweds again

A TIME TO PLAY—Above, Thousand Oaks resident Erik Jorgensen, center, gets a kiss from his wife, Ruth, after answering a question correctly while playing “The Newlywed Game” April 14 at University Village in Thousand Oaks. More...

Special ed advocates to meet

The Special Education Advocacy Parent Group will meet from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Fri., April 29 at 32123 Lindero Canyon Road, Suite 201, Westlake Village.  The topic will be “Identifying appropriate accommodations for your children.”  More...

Miller Family YMCA offers several summer camp options

The Miller Family YMCA will offer a summer day camp program for children in preschool through sixth grade from June 13 through Aug. 26 at the Miller Y, 320 Via Las Brisas, Newbury Park. More...

Letters

Critics have wrong idea about Hooters

Have you people lost your holier-than-thou minds in this town?  Hooters is bringing down our nation with its sexual immorality? More...

Hooters opponents ought to hush up

Ask yourself this question: What is more damaging to the morality of our Thousand Oaks community, a Hooters restaurant or liquor stores?   More...

Auto mall sign fight is all politics

It looks like the facade covering the auto mall protests is beginning to chip away. It is now clear that the protests have little to do with aesthetics and a lot to do with politics.  The evidence is as follows:  More...

Editorials

April a special month for the Acorn

This month marks a milestone for The Acorn Newspapers.  Last Saturday in Los Angeles, the weekly Acorn publications owned by publishers Jim and Lisa Rule won a company record four first-place prizes in the California Newspaper Publishers Associa More...

Cartoon

Full Story

School district spells out budget scenarios

Reserve fund provides cushion, but cuts still likely

With Gov. More...

Council votes to keep their health benefits

But reduce contributions to future members

Following a recommendation by the finance audit committee, the City Council voted 4-1 last week to reduce medical benefits for all future council members but stopped short of reducing their own. More...

Tell us your favorite Mom Moment

Mother’s Day is Sun., May 8 and the Thousand Oaks Acorn is putting the spotlight on Mom.  More...

Community

City, county to widen road to wastewater plant

Thousand Oaks’ portion of the cost: $405,500

Thousand Oaks will pay $405,500 for better access to its wastewater treatment plant in the Santa Rosa Valley.  The City Council last week unanimously agreed to split the cost with Ventura County for road improvements to Hill Canyon Road, the onl More...

Drug abuse forum scheduled

Ventura County has seen three more deaths within the past month related to the overdose of heroin or prescription drugs, according to the sheriff’s department.  More...

‘Heroin King’ sentenced to 22 years in state prison

Three-year investigation concludes with conviction of Don Pepe

Jose Antonio Medina Arreguin, aka Don Pepe, was sentenced to serve 22 years in state prison this week after he pleaded guilty in Ventura County court to charges that he helped distribute more than 40 kilograms of heroin.  Arreguin was extradited More...

Dining & Entertainment

Westlake High jazz fest coming up

The Westlake High School instrumental music department will host its annual Jazz Festival from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sat., April 30 at the school, 100 N. More...

Latin legend will perform in T.O.

Charo studied guitar with Segovia

The Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Foundation will present Charo in a performance at 8 p.m. Fri., May 6 in the Fred Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. More...

See ‘Tenor’ for a song

Camarillo Community Theatre announces special pricing for upcoming performances of Ken Ludwig’s award-winning farce “Lend Me a Tenor,” playing through May 1 at the theater, 330 Skyway Drive, inside the Camarillo Airport.  On Go More...

Sports

Lost in translation

Baseball lingo of yesteryear isn’t so hip for today’s high school players

What we have here is a failure to communicate.  According to an unscientific Acorn study conducted during a two-week span this spring, many of today’s area high school baseball players don’t know the difference between a “can o More...

Oldies but goodies

From Hippo Vaughn to Catfish Hunter to Goose Gossage to Oil Can Boyd, baseball has always been a game of colorful characters and crazy nicknames.  Baseball is also a sport with a language all its own. More...

Simi, Westlake lead Marmonte with 4 league games remaining

The Marmonte League baseball championship chase won’t be settled until May, like there was really any other way.  With league competition on hiatus until May 4, Simi Valley and Westlake high schools sit atop the Marmonte standings with 8-2 More...

Pets

Pet of the Week

SNUGGLY—Sweetie is a 3½-year-old domestic shorthair. Sweetie was found as a stray caught in the last big local rainstorm. More...

Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park  A purse was stolen April 4 in the 2400 block of Turquoise Circle.  A graffiti vandal caused less than $400 in damage between April 5 and 6 in the 700 block of Wendy Drive. More...

Faith

Newbury Park church hosts bone marrow drive

A bone marrow registry drive will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. Sat., April 30 at The Bridge Evangelical Free Church, 999 Rancho Conejo Road, Newbury Park.  More...

Easter celebration hopes to draw attendees from outside the church

On Easter Sunday, billions of Christians around the world will celebrate the foundation of their religious faith and a miraculous symbol of hope.  More...

Faith Briefs

Benefit concert at United Methodist   More...

Motoring

Major intersection is being upgraded

The city of Westlake Village has begun work on the intersection of Lindero Canyon and Agoura roads.  A long-range program to improve traffic flow along the Lindero Canyon Road corridor from Agoura Road to Thousand Oaks Boulevard began several ye More...

Ask The DMV

Any time you move you must notify the DMV within 10 days that your address has changed.

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...

Columns

THE OTHER Side of 50

Eat well and live longer

Imagine popping a pill that is scientifically proven to increase longevity, reduce your chance of developing Type 2 diabetes, reduce your chance of becoming obese and lower your risk for heart disease, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.  More...

On the Trail

Exotic encounters

Remember that movie “The Sixth Sense” where the kid says he sees dead people?  Well, yours truly sees zebras in parking lots.  More...