August 11, 2011 RSS feed / Front Page

Keeping out of the criminal spotlight

Police explain how alleged gang went undetected for 10 years

The members of a Mexican gang recently discovered operating in Thousand Oaks did not dress or act the part in public, allowing their criminal affiliation to go undetected for years by those who knew them, including their employers, police say. More...

Health & Wellness

Local mother, daughter fight autoimmune disease

College student is dedicated to lupus research

Jessica Cortez’s goal in life is to heal a disease she and her mother, Annette, are both battling.  The mother and daughter from Newbury Park have systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), the most common and serious form of lupus.  More...

Fruit company doles out donation

FOOD Share receives 10,000 fruit bowls

Dole Food Company’s traveling Fruit Stand Truck rolled into Dole’s corporate headquarters in Westlake Village on Aug. 1 to deliver a donation of 10,000 Dole Fruit Bowls to FOOD Share, the Ventura County food bank.  More...

Dining & Entertainment

Calendar

FRI., AUG. 12 Moorpark MOPS Open House 10 a.m. to noon at Moorpark Presbyterian Church fellowship hall, 13950 Peach Hill Road, Moorpark. For mothers of children entering kindergarten or younger. Meet members and leaders. Refreshments. More...

Westlake Village shop marks anniversary with week of ‘Summer Indulgence’

Vom Fass, a Westlake Village purveyor of fine artisan oils, vinegars and spirits, will kick off a weeklong celebration called “Summer Indulgence” on Aug. More...

OpenBorders ends entertaining run

SIGNING OFF—Musician Dave Morrison, left, performs with others during the last show at OpenBorders in Thousand Oaks on July 31. More...

Business

Italian eatery first tenant inked by new Paraiso ownership

Restaurant one of several upcoming openings in T.O.

The first tenant under the new ownership of Paraiso Town Center in Newbury Park’s Dos Vientos Ranch is expected to open in November. More...

Business Briefs

Real estate group names new officers   More...

Faith

Miles of smiles at Bible school

A LITTLE CHILD SHALL LEAD THEM—More than 80 children from the community learn about God at the “Hee-Haw Ranch” Vacation Bible School at Oakbrook Bible Church in Thousand Oaks Aug. More...

Discussion to follow bullying film

Documentary traces abuses gay student suffered

A documentary film about a gay student who endured beatings from schoolmates and later won a federal court ruling to protect others from such bullying will be screened at a community forum at 7:30 p.m. Fri., Aug. More...

Networking group hosting island-themed mixer

JNET’s Summer Splash Island Mixer will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Wed., Aug. 17 at Temple Adat Elohim, 2420 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. Admission is free.  More...

Letters

Tiered water rates aren’t fair

Nearly 30 years ago we bought a half-acre horse-zoned parcel in Thousand Oaks. More...

Medical pot law being abused

The Acorn’s Aug. 4 editorial “Prop. 36: doomed to fail” was spot on, providing insight on the true consequences of the 2000 approval of the “treatment before jail” referendum.  More...

Hooters’ critics have the wrong idea

While I disagree with Susan MacLean’s position on Hooter’s coming to T.O. (Acorn, Aug. More...

Editorials

End auto mall holdup

What’s the sticker price on 1.5 acres of land sandwiched between an auto mall and a freeway?  That’s the debate that’s been going on for months between the city of Thousand Oaks, the Thousand Oaks Auto Mall Association and Rita More...

Political Cartoon

Full Story

For the record

Last week’s Acorn included photos showing an American flag post that had been destroyed. The caption included a request for people to participate in rebuilding it.  More...

City employee group agrees to reject pay raise

Pension talks put off for at least 18 months

City employees overwhelmingly agreed last week to forgo a 3 percent raise this year in exchange for retaining their jobs and benefits for another 18 months. More...

Pet rescue

Ventura County firefighters Mike Hansen, left, and Brad Paige administer oxygen to a dog rescued from a house fire Monday in the 500 block of Harwood Lane in Thousand Oaks. More...

Community

Tye’s triumph

T.O. man the latest success story from Villa Esperanza

Tye Horn sets goals and achieves them. Horn, who has mild Down syndrome, was hired as a parking lot attendant at Home Depot in Newbury Park when he was 19. More...

Thousand Oaks filmmaker focusing on different kind of star

For Thousand Oaks resident Joe Napolitano, gazing at the cosmos through the view finder of a telescope is like stepping into another time and dimension. More...

Berlin Candy Bomber will share sweet tale

Gail Halvorsen, also known as the “Berlin Candy Bomber,” will give a presentation on “The Miracle of Two Sticks of Gum” at 7 p.m. Sun., Aug. 28 at 1600 Erbes Road, Thousand Oaks. More...

Schools

WHS alum is awarded Fulbright scholarship

Will study language in France

Coleman Donaldson of Thousand Oaks has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarship to study linguistics in France.  Donaldson is a graduate of Westlake High School. More...

Bridges Charter eyes fresh start, Park Oaks parent still smarting

School moved onto new campus Aug. 1

Officials from Bridges Charter School are looking forward to the upcoming school year on their new campus after a year of frustration with cramped facilities. More...

Sports

Shea hey: Newbury Park senior is locked in

Craig aims to be top goal-scorer for Panther water polo squad

Shea Craig is the sniper.  When he shoots, he’s on target almost every time. Goalkeepers better watch out.  “The kid has a great shot,” said friend Dillon Galvin.  “I’m jealous of it. More...

Lions have the horses to make a run

Gridiron impact report: Oaks Christian running backs

This may be the most impressive stable of horses north of Del Mar.  Traditionally a single-back offense with star power—a la Marc Tyler and Malcolm Jones in the 2000s—Oaks Christian’s football team now goes five deep at running More...

Baseballers go unblemished in S.B.

SO GOOD—The Newbury Park Bronco Pony League All-Stars went undefeated and won the U-12 2011 Santa Barbara Goodland Tournament beating Bakersfield in the championship game. More...

Police

Replica gun pointed at cops

Two Thousand Oaks residents were arrested last month after police responded to a disturbance on Siesta Avenue. Police say that when officers arrived in the 200 block of Siesta Avenue at about 5:45 p.m. More...

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park  A wedding ring was stolen from a motel room sometime between July 25 and 27 in the 1300 block of Newbury Road. More...

Family

Making summer memories

SOARING MELODY—Above, Scott Kolwitz plays with his son Micah, 2, while Kolwitz’s wife, Okhee, watches the Phil Norman Tentet perform in the first installment of the ninth annual Gardens o More...

Reading events prepare kids for class

Off to a Great Start, a 30-minute story time program for children entering kindergarten, will take place at 1:30 p.m. Wed., Aug. 17 in the program room of the Grant Brimhall Library Children’s Library, 1401 E. More...

Learning can pay off at Discovery Center

Tomorrow, Aug. More...

Columns

What’s your life story telling you?

After 50-plus years, many of us have stories to tell—of achievements, losses, relationships and careers.  Think of those experiences like ingredients in a recipe: They can each stand on their own, but when combined, they produce something More...

Make sure benefits continue

Social Security website has information, forms

If your son or daughter is a high school student turning 18, you’ve probably spent some time shopping for school supplies and the latest fashions, working out the schedule for the academic year, maybe even looking into colleges.  If your y More...