August 18, 2011 RSS feed / Front Page

Health & Wellness

Creepy crawlies pack painful bite

Black widows more active in summer

California Poison Control System suggests that residents should be on the lookout for spiders, which are increasingly active when the temperature rises.  Spider bites can result in small puncture wounds, pain, redness, itching and swelling that More...

Ventura County Heart Walk is Aug. 27

The American Heart Association will present the Ventura County Heart Walk on Sat., Aug. 27 at Conejo Creek Park North, 1379 E. Janss Road, behind the library in Thousand Oaks.  Registration opens at 6:30 a.m. More...

Have coffee at the Free Clinic

The Conejo Free Clinic will host the second gathering of the summer season that is open to the community at no charge, “Coffee with the Conejo Free Clinic,” from 8 to 9 a.m. Fri., Aug. 19 at the clinic, 80 E. More...

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THURS., AUG. 18  Conejo Valley Bonsai Society  7:30 p.m. at Westlake Village Community Center, 31200 Oak Crest Drive. Cesareo Perez demonstrates displaying trees for showing. Bring plants. Phone: 805.495.7480.  FRI., AUG. 19   More...

Schools

College student organizes picnic to encourage acceptance

Latino immigrants will share their stories at Saturday event

Clay Venetis believes the way to accept differences in opinion is to discuss them.  On Saturday Venetis and two friends will host a community picnic at Conejo Creek Park North in Thousand Oaks, where men and women who’ve come to California More...

Parents can apply for free lunches

Kids in the Conejo Valley Unified School District may again apply for free or reduced-price breakfast and lunch in the 2011- 12 school year if their household qualifies (see box at right).  The discounted meal plans are available through the Nat More...

TOHS yearbook is an All-American

The Thousand Oaks High School yearbook for 2011, titled “Chance,” earned All- American status from the National Scholastic Press Association on Aug. 2. The NSPA is based and incorporated in Minnesota as a nonprofit education association. More...

Business

Young musical entrepreneurs start recording studio from scratch

Jules Leon’s imagination filled an empty room.  The 22-year-old dreamed of owning his own recording studio. So the entrepreneur spent his $25,000 in savings to construct and equip one. More...

New senior living facility opens in T.O.

Belmont Village Senior Living will celebrate the opening of its 20th community at 3680 N. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks with a two-day open house from noon to 4 p.m. Sat. and Sun., Aug. 27 and 28.  More...

Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park  A thief stole more than $950 in property from the 2300 block of Teller Road between July 28 and Aug. 1.  A thief stole property worth more than $950 from the first block of Donald Avenue between Aug. 2 and 9. More...

Faith

WLV church hosting 9/11 memorial concert

The Westlake Village Music Society will present a 9/11 Memorial Concert at 3 p.m. Sun., Aug. 28 at the United Methodist Church of Westlake Village, 1049 S. More...

Does the drama of the Dow have you feeling out of control?

Reconciling what we have control over and what we don’t have control over is the first step to making peace with what is

“The future is where we tend to look for our security, seeking the assurance that everything will be all right. The illusion is that we have control over many variables in our daily life. . . . More...

County Fellowship of Christian Athletes organizes first Victory Drive and Banquet

Former pro football players, area coaches will speak

The Ventura County chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes will host its inaugural 2011 Victory Drive and Banquet on Sat., Sept. More...

Letters

Paper picked fight with wrong teacher

The last I checked Thousand Oaks was still part of the United States of America, a county founded on the principles of capitalism and individual property rights.  More...

Support healthier food options in T.O.

I’ve been following the effort by a group of Conejo Valley parents to overhaul what our children eat at school.  I love healthy food, and I’m all for kids knowing more about what they eat and how to make good choices. More...

Message to Hooters critics: ‘Just relax’

The recent fervor over Hooters coming to the Janss mall is much ado about nothing.  I do wonder if any of the people so vehemently opposed to Hooters have actually ever set foot inside of one?  More...

Columns

Emergency preparedness

After living here for 30 years, I admit that I’m not prepared. And I bet I’m not alone

Do you worry about the future? You’re not alone.  Some people carry it a step further.  Every resident should get ready for disaster, advises Barry Fisher. More...

A Dash of Youth

Hooters hysteria has gone overboard

Hooters may be coming to Thousand Oaks. More...

Plans for new school shelved

Despite halting a plan to build a new school facility, Conejo Valley Unified School District will solicit bids for two surplus properties, the sale of which would have funded the construction project. More...

Late movie star’s pristine ranch preserved for future generations

Driving the back roads between Camarillo, Moorpark and Thousand Oaks, one can easily imagine the simple life people led some 80 years ago—before the crowds came. Land unspoiled for generations can be seen along a half-mile stretch of N. More...

Community

Cities take up charge to dim driving range’s night lights

Driving range owner says he’s ‘bent over backwards’ to appease critics

A driving range in the Tierra Rejada Valley has long drawn the ire of elected officials and residents who dislike the facility’s late-night illumination.  More...

Final word on fate of Janss mall post office expected next month

Despite the pleas of residents, facility is slated for closure

The fate of the Janss Marketplace post office may soon be revealed. Richard Maher, U.S. More...

State Supreme Court agrees to hear case against abolishing redevelopment agencies

Says it will make ruling before cities are required to send first payments to Sacramento

California’s highest court announced last week that it would take on a lawsuit that challenges the state’s decision to eliminate redevelopment agencies.  The state Supreme Court promised to deliver a ruling before local governments a More...

Dining & Entertainment

‘Dancing with the Stars’ singer hopes to emerge from shadow of popular show

Her voice is heard by millions of people on one of the most popular shows on television, but few viewers know her name or what she looks like.  Yet Beverley Staunton of Newbury Park hopes her singing role on ABC’s “Dancing with the S More...

Jazz quartet latest in Gardens of the World series

The Open Hands jazz quartet will perform a free concert from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Sun., Aug. 21 at the Gardens of the World, 2001 E. More...

Special TGIF concert will celebrate Westlake’s 30-year anniversary

The city of Westlake Village continues to celebrate its 30th anniversary with a special TGIF concert from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Sat., Aug. 20 at Berniece Bennett Park, 31800 Village Center Road, Westlake Village.  More...

Sports

Area netters turn focus toward fall season

Marmonte League preview: Girls’ volleyball

Girls’ volleyball in the Marmonte League was so balanced last fall, four schools tied for fourth place. More...

Volleyball club is magic in Minnesota

WHAT A WIN—The Thousand Oaks-based Spectrum Volleyball Club’s Spectrum 18’s squad won a gold medal in the 18-and-under Club Division at the USA Volleyball Boys’ Jr. More...

Baseball team riding a wave of success

THEY’RE A HIT—The Junior Waves Baseball Club won the Goodland Baseball Tournament in Goleta with a 4-0 record. More...

Pets

Born to run

Benu Malenfant misunderstood her dog when he was born.  “I thought malamutes were couch potatoes,” she said.  But after researching the wolflike animals online, the Thousand Oaks resident discovered they were originally bred to More...

Pet of the Week

OLDIE BUT GOODIE— Rockie is a 16- yearold orange- and- white domestic shorthair. Rockie is mellow and friendly, gets along with other cats and likes to be petted. More...

Camarillo shelter hosting one-day ‘adopt-athon’

Event is Sunday, Aug. 28

The Ventura County Camarillo Animal Shelter, in partnership with Rescue Me Inc., will host the seventh annual Dog-Gone Cat-a-Strophic Hugs, Slurps and Slobbers Adopt-athon from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sun., Aug. More...

Obituaries

Suzanne Louise Freeman

Suzanne Louise Freeman of Westlake Village, California, died suddenly on August 11, 2011 while riding her motorcycle on the Pacific Coast Highway near San Simeon, California. She was with her husband and friends at the time of her death. She was 64. More...

Family

Kids reel in a good time at annual fishing derby

The catch isn’t real, but the fun is
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N.P. racers place in top 10 at nationals

Tyler Weyman and Sean Cantrell, both 11, of Newbury Park placed in the top 10 in their respective classes at the Red Bull AMA Motocross Championships at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn., this month.  More...

Garden of Hope planted in Westlake

OUTDOOR RETREAT—Visitors explore the Garden of Hope at the Wellness Community Valley/ Ventura in Westlake on Sunday. More...

Editorials

Amazon looks for local support

The right to free speech and its corollary, the right to petition in public, carry huge weight in our society. Petitioning, in particular, allows individuals and groups to garner support for causes they want the larger public to vote on. More...

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FOR THE RECORD

•It was incorrectly noted in the Aug. 11 Thousand Oaks Acorn that a person who is a bitten in the arm by a rattlesnake should keep the infected arm above their heart. More...