June 23, 2011 RSS feed / Front Page

Freeway interchange at Wendy Drive will be widened starting next year

Construction to widen the Wendy Drive bridge over the 101 Freeway in Newbury Park is expected to begin in January.  This month the City Council approved acceptance of a $5.7-million federal grant for the $15.7-million project that will add a veh More...

Health & Wellness

HealthBriefs

Advances in prostate surgery discussed   More...

Radio hams demonstrate emergency skills in Simi

Hams from four local amateur radio clubs demonstrate their emergency capabilities from 11 a.m. Sat., June 25 through noon Sun., June 26 at the Reagan Library, 140 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley. More...

Planting tips for June

Q: What is causing the holes in my rose leaves? A: The leaves are being attacked by rose slugs, which are the larvae of the sawfly. Spraying neem oil or horticultural oil will stop the munching. Q: Why are my citrus trees looking tired and dull? More...

Calendar

Datebook

THURS., JUNE 23  Ventura County Rose Society  Meets at Ventura County Office of Education Conference Center, 5100 Adolfo Road, Camarillo. More...

Schools

Board reviews progress toward improving effectiveness of teachers

In the face of shrinking budgets and declining enrollment, improving teacher effectiveness became one of the main goals of the Conejo Valley Unified School District board during the 2010-11 school year.  More...

Cause for celebration

Conejo Valley High School graduates Kelsey O’Brien and Johnny Negron joke around before the commencement ceremony on June 9. More...

Senior standouts: Conejo Valley High

The class valedictorian graduated a year early. Kaitlyn, 16, has volunteered at the Two Winds Ranch equestrian facility and Thousand Oaks Manna Food Bank. More...

Business

HOBY CEO selected to serve on roundtable

Javier LaFianza, president and chief executive officer of Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership, has been appointed to the Thousand Oaks Business Roundtable.  The roundtable serves as an advisory body to the Thousand Oaks City Council on all matte More...

Lexus dealer earns Elite status

One of only 49 in Western U.S.

Lexus of Thousand Oaks is one of 49 Lexus Western Area dealers honored with the auto manufacturer’s 2010 Elite of Lexus award.  More...

Police

Electronic card readers the target of thieves

Thousand Oaks police deputies arrested a North Hollywood man last week in connection with the theft of an electronic card reader from a Chase Bank in Thousand Oaks.   At about 10:40 p.m. More...

Marijuana implicated in arrests

Sheriff’s deputies arrested three Thousand Oaks residents last week on charges of child endangerment due to proximity to a marijuana garden.  After investigating a residence in the 1400 block of Avenida de Los Arboles, narcotics deputies a More...

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park  A burglary of a fast- food restaurant was attempted in the 2700 block of Camino Dos Rios on May 21.  A vandal wrote graffiti on a sidewalk in the 1800 block of Galway Lane between June 4 and 8. More...

Letters

Time to end Conejo car culture

There seems to be much confusion surrounding the Boulevard Specific Plan and related traffic conditioning, development sizing and economic stimulus.  First, let us look at the design plan, developed by RRM of San Luis Obispo. More...

Don’t worsen boulevard traffic

It’s time we start questioning the planning commission, our City Council and our city manager. What are their real plans for Thousand Oaks?  There is an existing Master Plan for Thousand Oaks. More...

Coverage of water board inaccurate

Each time I have read an article in the Acorn about the “decisions” or the “direction” of the Thousand Oaks Community Water Rate Structure Committee, I begin to wonder if I attended a different set of meetings.  More...

Editorials

Roadwork raises risk of unsafe driving

Summertime is officially here, and it’s a given that more drivers will hit the freeways for vacations and long weekends in the coming months. More...

Cartoon

Full Story

For the record

•CVUSD school board member Mike Dunn was misquoted in a story last week about the proposed Community Learning Center. More...

Mayor makes known his thoughts on plan to improve T.O. Boulevard

Calls proposal to allow 75-foot-tall buildings ‘dead on arrival’

Mayor Andy Fox didn’t mince words about the possibility of allowing 75-foot-tall buildings on Thousand Oaks Boulevard when he got the chance to speak Tuesday about the plan to revitalize the city’s namesake thoroughfare.  More...

TOPD asking kids to ‘chill’

Cool acts could bring cool treats this summer. Thousand Oaks police are giving out coupons for a free icy drink to children they “catch” making a positive choice. More...

Community

Mobile home tenants set to gather

City-sponsored meeting is invite-only; will talk about changes to rent control law

Mobile home park residents will hear the results of rent control talks between their representatives and park owners on Saturday at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza.  The invitation-only meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m. More...

Former swim instructor dives in as new director of Conejo Valley Y

Says biggest goal is to ‘increase awareness’ of programs

Erin Pierik, the new executive director of the Conejo Valley YMCA, found her passion when she was 15.  Pierik began working for the YMCA as a swim instructor and lifeguard when she was a student at Royal High School in Simi Valley.  More...

Libraries unveil new technology

Self-check machines said to improve customer service

The Grant Brimhall and Newbury Park libraries have entered a brave new world. New self- check machines launched June 15 allow patrons to check out materials and pay fines without help from a librarian. More...

Dining & Entertainment

The MOVIE Nut

“Green Lantern”

Directed by: Martin Campbell Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard MPAA rating: PG-13 (for violence) Running time: 105 minutes Best suited for: those ready f  More...

July festival will raise money for CVNFL

Tropical Daze music festival will be 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sat., and Sun., July 23 and 24 at the Thousand Oaks Community Center, 2525 N. More...

Pastel show

The Pastel Society of the Coast will present the Passion for Pastels show from July 2 through 30 at the Thousand Oaks Community Gallery, 2331 Borchard Road, Newbury Park. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. More...

Sports

Football teams will air it out at Conejo Classic

Newbury, TOHS and Westlake play host to passing tourney

The high school football summer air show is coming to the Conejo Valley.  Westlake, Thousand Oaks and Newbury Park high schools will serve as host schools for this weekend’s Conejo Classic Passing Tournament.  During Friday’s op More...

America’s got talent

Westlake, TOHS grads hit the gridiron for Team USA

Football is a uniquely American game.  For Daniel Tromello and Taylor Malm, football will take them across the world.  Tromello and Malm will play on the U.S. More...

Bulldogs fetch a pair of walk-off wins

TITLE TOWN—The Thousand Oaks Bulldogs U-11 baseball team, with players from T.O., Moorpark and Westlake, won the Simi Memorial Day Bash in dramatic fashion with game-winning home runs in the se More...

Pets

Pet of the Week

COMPANION—Greta is a 5-year-old pit bull mix. Greta is affectionate, enthusiastic, takes treats gently and loves to go on walks or runs. More...

Faith

Agency decides ‘no more handouts’

Faith-based organization changes how it serves county’s homeless

The days of free handouts to the homeless may be over. More...

New Shul marks one-year anniversary

The New Shul of the Conejo will host its annual meeting and one-year anniversary celebration at 7:30 p.m. More...

Family

Bring the kids to see Shakespeare

Experienced Shakespeare director Jan Powell will make her Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival debut with a production of “The Taming of the Shrew” to open the festival’s 15th anniversary. The show’s performances are at 8 p.m. More...

Safety tips for the summer

Summer barbecues, beach trips and fun in the sun are on everyone’s to-do lists. While getting ready to enjoy some summer fun, residents should keep safety in mind.  More...

Math carnival a real plus for kids, adults

AMAZING SCIENCE— Above, T.O. More...

Columns

Eye on Conejo

Words of a newspaperman

The Rotary Club of Thousand Oaks Sunrise gave me an opportunity to speak last Thursday. More...