June 30, 2011 RSS feed / Front Page

IRS getting tough with nonprofits

More than 100 nonprofits in Thousand Oaks and Newbury Park lost their tax-exempt status in 2010.  Most because they simply aren’t operating anymore. But some failed to file the proper paperwork with the Internal Revenue Service.  More...

Health & Wellness

When there’s no one left to call

Foundation starts hotline for victims of bullying

When James Cosper died from AIDS in 2010, his niece, Christine Cortez, wanted to honor a man who never felt accepted.  Cosper grew up in Ventura in the 1970s and was persecuted for being gay, Cortez said. More...

Long road ahead

Endurance riding pushes T.O. man to edge of his limits

How can a body endure 67 straight hours of bicycling with barely any sleep and nutrition?  With pure determination and a good game plan, says Gregory Robinson, long-distance endurance rider who lives Thousand Oaks.  More...

Learn about Conejo Free Clinic over coffee

The Conejo Free Clinic will host two summer gatherings that are free to the community at the clinic, 80 E. Hillcrest Drive, Suite 102, Thousand Oaks.  The events are “Lunch and Learn” from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. More...

Calendar

Calendar

FRI., JULY 1  ‘The Taming of the Shrew’   More...

4th Of July Celebrations

YMCA 5K Run/Walk   More...

Schools

School lunch prices tick up for ’11-’12

A 25-cent increase in lunch prices in the fall will bring an additional $100,000 a year to the Conejo Valley Unified School District.  The school board voted 4-0 last week to raise individual meal prices to $3.50 and $4.50 at elementary and seco More...

Work-study students finally get their due

Graduation cord represents teenagers’ hard work

At high school campuses all over Ventura County this month, hundreds of graduates wore a bronze, gold and silver cord around their neck to represent a hard-earned achievement.  The students had completed at least one Regional Occupational Progra More...

Preschool open house

Notre Dame Learning Center invites preschool children and their parents to an open house from 3 to 5 p.m. More...

Business

A fresh start for Paraiso

Attendees get a taste of the future of Dos Vientos shopping center

The Dos Vientos community came to an open house on June 23 at the Paraiso Town Center, which was recently purchased by real estate investment firm Paradise Capital Group, headed by Westlake High School almnus Peter Cohen.  More...

Business leaders receive crime, fire update

Chamber hears report from law enforcement

The good news: Crime dropped by about 10 percent in Thousand Oaks in 2010.  That’s how Thousand Oaks Police Chief Jeff Matson described the city’s current crime status at the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Governme More...

Invitation store finds new spot

The Invitation Spot in Janss Marketplace in Thousand Oaks has moved to a larger storefront next to Coldstone Creamery and across from Toys R Us.  The store, which opened five years ago, will continue to carry invitations, cards and stationery. More...

Faith

Newbury Park church putting finishing touches on new center for youth

State-of-the-art facility will provide space for programs

By the end of summer, the youth of Living Oaks Community Church will have a new place to worship, socialize and learn about their faith.  The Kids & Students Center on 1077 Business Center Circle in Newbury Park will house ministries and pro More...

Vacation Bible School in T.O. a real bash

Emmanuel Presbyterian Church will present SonSurf Beach Bash Vacation Bible School from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Mon. More...

The Art of Being

The secret to going the distance is really no secret   If the fruition of your vision of a life worth living awaited you at the top of a mountain, would you have the commitment to traverse the unknown elements between here and there and go the d More...

Motoring

Residents getting their fill of cheaper gas

Gas prices in Ventura County have dropped by about 25 cents a gallon in the last month, and experts say the trend is likely to continue for a few more weeks before flattening out later this summer.  More...

Running on full: How TO native Jonny Lieberman landed his dream gig

Jonny Lieberman is closing in on five trips around the world.  And that’s just this year.  Lieberman hasn’t literally voyaged around the Earth. More...

How to avoid ‘carmageddon’

To encourage the public to use public transit as much as possible instead of driving during the planned I-405 closure Fri., July 15 through early Mon., July 18, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) and Metrolink have b More...

Editorials

Why mobile home parks matter

The cost of renting a mobile home space has been a topic of debate in Thousand Oaks for several years now, not only among park owners and tenants but among the general public as well.  More...

Political Cartoon

Full Story

For the record

A photo caption last week incorrectly labeled Eagle Scouts Ryan and Mark Hay as brothers— they’re cousins. Ryan is the son of Pamela and Kevin Hay and Mark is the son of Karen Hay.   More...

Worried tenants breathe sigh of relief

Mobile home park deal promises no evictions for failure to pay

The law which controls the cost of renting a space for a mobile home in the city of Thousand Oaks may be changing.  After months of negotiations between mobile home park owners and tenants, a tentative agreement has been reached that will likely More...

The deal

The 10-year-agreement proposed by Thousand Oaks mobile home park owners and tenants gives owners the right to raise monthly rents by $100 over the next five years, and creates a new formula to calculate rent increases for the five years following. More...

Illegal fireworks endanger people, pocketbooks, authorities warn

Fines are up to $1,000 for a single offense

Bright colors will light up the night sky on July 4, but the fire department is reminding the community to keep their hands off the explosive devices that ignite the popular displays.  Fireworks are illegal in Camarillo, Ventura, Moorpark, Santa More...

Community

Resident raising stink about overgrowth

City says its hands are tied

Charles Auringer fears his property may flood because his neighbors won’t maintain their backyard shrubs. The city says it’s the responsibility of the residents, not local government, to fix the problem.  More...

Man, 66, dies in motorcycle crash on Lynn

Investigators trying to determine cause of fatal wreck

The Thousand Oaks Police Department is asking for the public’s help in the investigation of a fatal motorcycle accident at Lynn Road and Via Andrea in Newbury Park.  More...

Yacht club hosting fundraiser by the lake

The Westlake Nautical Foundation, the charity arm of the Westlake Yacht Club, will host its annual 2011 scholarship fundraising event from 4 to 7 p.m. More...

Dining & Entertainment

Musicians eager to make noise among books

Concerts at the library

Listen to old tracks by Elvis Presley or Frank Sinatra and you’ll probably hear Don Randi’s legendary fingers gliding over a keyboard. Randi will be among the blues and jazz musicians performing in Thousand Oaks next month when the T.O. More...

Folks fill library to hear from famous comedian

When Shelley Berman shuffled into the community room at the Grant Brimhall Library in Thousand Oaks on June 26, he was astonished to find a standingroom only packed house. More...

Bless my soul! Conejo Players’ ‘Rocky Horror’ is ‘astounding’

Great Scott! More...

Sports

2 days in the valley

Budding stars take center stage at Conejo Classic

At last weekend’s Conejo Classic Passing Tournament, the general consensus among area high school football coaches was that pace and repetitions far outweighed points and results.  More...

Carstensen to coach cross country at Thousand Oaks

Thousand Oaks High has hired Keena Carstensen as its head varsity coach for cross country.  Carstensen first got involved in coaching during the early 1990s with youth track clubs in Newbury Park and Thousand Oaks.  In 1998, she became an a More...

Krems lends a helping hand

Incoming Westlake senior runs VIP Tennis clinic for special needs students

Mitch Krems doesn’t care much for awards, rankings or trophies gaudier than seven-tiered wedding cakes.  Sure, they’re nice.  But Krems wanted to do more than enhance his own already distinguished tennis resume.  “I w More...

Pets

Pet of the Week

LOOKING FOR A FRIEND—Tobias is a 1-year-old domestic shorthair mix. Tobias is friendly and active and would love to be in a home where he has a playmate. More...

Police

Sharp-eyed citizens tip off authorities to car burglars

Two car burglary arrests were made last week with the help of alert citizens, according to Thousand Oaks police officers. More...

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park  A residence in the 2900 block of Theresa Drive was burglarized between June 5 and 8 and reported June 22.  The window of a vehicle was broken and a purse inside stolen on Via Rincon June 6.   More...

Family

Beat the heat at a local pool

This summer the Conejo Recreation and Park District offers swim lessons for all ages, as well as recreational and lap swimming.  All three pool locations are open. Following are the locations, times and programs. More...

Tennis camp for kids ages 5 to 7

The Conejo Recreation and Park District is offering children ages 5 to 7 an introduction to tennis through the summer Quickstart Tennis Camp. The camp will run weekly from 9 a.m. More...

Girls Scouts give to Manna

TAKING PART IN COMMUNITY SERVICE—Members of Westlake Hills Elementary’s Brownie Troop 60134 completed their first year in Brownies by participating in Brownie Quest, in which they take ac More...

Letters

We’re charitable, not ‘saps’

Ms. Windsor (June 16, letters, Acorn) obviously detests panhandlers, especially the man who sits at the Home Depot/Target Center in Newbury Park.  More...

Evaluate administrators, too

I am all for the evaluation of classroom teaches but concerned that I never hear anything about evaluations for school administrators (principals, superintendents and the large cadre of other assistants and associates).  More...

New law requires carbon monoxide alarms

Thank you for doing the great story on “Couple’s story acts as a cautionary tale regarding carbon monoxide poisoning” (June 9, Acorn). More...

Columns

A Dash of Youth

Teen Center makes summer learning possible, even fun

Located near two teenage hot spots—the library and the senior center—the Alex Fiore Thousand Oaks Teen Center is not always thought of as a “go-to place” by local teens.  More...

THE OTHER Side of 50

Senior moving simplified

Adele’s vision loss from glaucoma was forcing her, at age 78, to leave her home in Maine.  She planned to move to Simi Valley, into a retirement community close to her son Bill.  Though she had some fears, Adele knew she could enjoy l More...

FAMILY MEN Don't Wear Name Brands

Infidelity

I’m not a cheater. But I’ve had second thoughts.  I was born a Los Angeles Dodgers fan, wearing Dodger Blue not baby blue. My first baseball game was with my dad at Dodger Stadium. It was helmet night. I still have that helmet. More...