August 4, 2011 RSS feed / Front Page

Healthy-school advocates target sports drinks

“Is it in you?” The answer to the Gatorade slogan may be yes right now, but the popular beverage may soon be out of Conejo Valley schools.  A group of Conejo Valley Unified School District parents are pushing for Gatorade and other s More...

Health & Wellness

Getting to the bottom of T.O.’s booming foot massage business

Most of the employees don’t know English, but they speak to their customers.  The masseuses and masseurs at Crystal Palace, a Chinese foot massage business on Newbury Road, converse with their fingers, hands, wrists and arms.  Alan Co More...

Comedy show open to people affected by cancer

Patients, surivors and family invited

The Wellness Community Valley/ Ventura invites people affected by cancer to a free Comedy Night from 7 to 8 p.m. Mon., Aug. 8 at the Wellness Community’s offices at 530 Hampshire Road, Westlake Village.  More...

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THURS., AUG. 4  Business & Professional Women Of Conejo Valley   More...

Schools

Retired teachers help future educator

GRATEFUL—Thousand Oaks resident Kevin Wengler speaks July 20 at the CalRTA Division 28 Scholarship Foundation awards luncheon at the Ventura County Office of Education in Camarillo. More...

High school students can follow surgeons as they do their work

Blake Barr tried to prepare himself for a series of operations he’d be observing in the morning. The 17-year-old was dreading the trip to Thousand Oaks Surgical Hospital.  “I was so scared about (watching). More...

Getting a head start on college applications

School will start soon, and for seniors who will be applying to college, the more they get done now, the less stress they will have throughout the fall.  If you still need to visit colleges, late August could be a good time if the colleges are b More...

Pets

Pet of the Week

LOVES TO WALK—Nina is a 2-year-old pit bull mix. She is engaging, playful, sweet and quiet. She walks great on a leash and gets along with other dogs. More...

Ventura County Animal Services competing for a chance at $100,000

Kickoff event is Saturday at shelter in Camarillo

Ventura County Animal Services won a spot in this year’s ASPCA $100K Challenge and is competing for grants from ASPCA totaling $300,000, with a top prize of $100,000.  More than 6,400 local animal lovers voted online to place VCAS in the c More...

Pets need extra care in hot weather

Camp Bow Wow Agoura Hills has suggestions for how to keep canine friends comfortable during the dog days of summer.  •When a dog is outside, make sure it has access to shade. More...

Family

Safety-obsessed parents are hurting their kids

Back in the day, I was one crazy kid. I was an outlaw, a loose cannon, braving the cruel streets of Thousand Oaks at the age of 10.  I dared to walk home from school alone.  More...

Hiking club conquers SoCal’s highest peak

Fourteen members of the Thousand Oaks Hikers accomplished a challenging one-day, 25-mile, round-trip trek to the top of San Gorgonio Peak via the South Fork Trail on July 9. More...

Father, son enjoy final shuttle launch

Neil Ticktin of Westlake Village and his son Jordan went on an adventure of a lifetime and blogged about the historic event.  Ticktin wrote an online journal on Facebook about his trip to Florida to witness the final launch of the Space Shuttle. More...

Columns

Trees around pools

Q: I’m having a pool built in my backyard, and I’m concerned about the trees in my landscaping creating a mess. More...

Land deals lead to a slow-down on auto mall construction

Rita Brendon has the power to do what hundreds of critics couldn’t—derail construction of the Thousand Oaks Auto Mall sign. More...

Recently discovered gang now out of business, police say

Part one of a two-part series

In the predawn hours of June 6, an argument inside a local nightclub turns into a dangerous car chase on the streets of Thousand Oaks. More...

Community

Drug court disbanded for lack of funding

State-mandated program focuses on treatment over jail

Certain nonviolent drug offenders in Ventura County will still have the opportunity to seek treatment in lieu of incarceration despite the recent disbanding of the county’s collaborative drug court program.  More...

Boys, 7, injured in fall from UPS truck

Two 7-year-old Thousand Oaks boys were injured last week when they fell off the back of a UPS truck.  At about 3:15 p.m. More...

Routine probation search in T.O. leads to 6 arrests

Methamphetamine found inside home

A probation search in Thousand Oaks last month led to the arrests of six people on various charges.  On July 23, Thousand Oaks deputies and a K-9 unit searched a home in the 3000 block of Camino Calandria, near Weathersfield Elementary School.&n More...

Dining & Entertainment

Jazz singer-songwriter in Ventura County for first time

Eleni Mandell and Friends will perform at 8 p.m. Sat., Aug. 6 at the Grant Brimhall Library, 1401 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks.  More...

Kiwanis hosts night of comedy

Get your fill of laughter and do it for a good cause at Comedy Night V on Sun., Aug. 14 at The Canyon in Whizin’s Shopping Center, 28912 Roadside Drive, Agoura Hills.  More...

Fostering a passion for music

To those who think the New West Symphony is the only professional orchestra in Ventura County, think again.  More...

Sports

Familiar faces in Pac-12 football

College football is bigger than ever on the West Coast.  From the snow- capped mountains of Colorado to the redwoods in Washington, there’s a ton of local football talent trying to get on the gridiron in the newly formed Pacific-12 Confere More...

No Mullaney, no problem

Gridiron impact report: Thousand Oaks pass-catchers

The Great White Buffalo has graduated to greener pastures.  The rest of the herd is ready to stampede through the Marmonte League.  Richard Mullaney, the former Thousand Oaks High wide receiver with the glorious nickname, is at Oregon State More...

LAX team shows why they’re Elite

POWER PLAY—The VC Elite U-13 lacrosse team won its division at the California Lax Classic in Orange County. More...

Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park  A petty theft occurred in the 1800 block of W. Hillcrest Drive between July 20 and 21.  A petty theft occurred in the 2000 block of W. Hillcrest Drive between July 22 and 23. More...

Faith

Catching a wave of faith

SURF’S UP FOR CHURCH CAMP—More than 160 students took part in the recent youth surf camp put on by Monte Vista and First Christian Churches of Newbury Park. More...

B’nai B’rith hosts ice cream social

Haverim B’nai B’rith of the Conejo Valley invites the community to a free ice cream social at 8 p.m. Mon., Aug. 15 at Temple Adat Elohim, 2420 E. More...

Wild West-themed VBS held in Calabasas

Church in the Canyon will host a free Wild West Vacation Bible School for children from kindergarten through junior high from 9:30 a.m. to noon daily, Mon. through Fri., Aug. More...

Letters

Art center’s struggle was predicted

I wonder if any of the people who called us “stupid” when we said the problems with the Civic Arts Plaza would never end will be writing your newspaper to apologize. More...

Flat water rate is right way to go

Although the state tells us there is currently no shortage of the precious element we call water, the water companies and suppliers appear to be taking advantage of those who conserve the most.  More...

Drivers don’t respect crosswalks

After reading last week’s article about the loss of some of the crossing guards in our area (“Crossing guards relocated for upcoming school year,” Acorn, July 28), I felt impelled to share this story.  More...

Editorials

Prop. 36: doomed to fail

The failure of Proposition 36, the Substance Abuse and Crime Prevention Act of 2000, is the latest bit of proof that voters share the blame for the state’s current fiscal crisis (see story on page 3).  California’s referendum process More...

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For the record

•Last week’s front page story about redevelopment agencies insinuated that Councilmember Claudia Bill-de La Peña used The Lakes $ 1- a- year rental agreement as an example of redevelopment abuse. More...