September 1, 2011 RSS feed / Front Page

Accused T.O. doctor will stand trial for sexual misconduct

At preliminary hearing, prosecution plays taped phone call between doctor, alleged female victim

A Thousand Oaks family practice doctor will stand trial on charges related to sexual misconduct with at least two female patients after a Ventura County judge determined probable cause in a preliminary hearing Tuesday.   More...

T.O., Simi cops trying to stem flow of heroin

Nine people have been arrested since May for crimes related to the sale of heroin in the Conejo Valley and Simi Valley.  More...

Health & Wellness

Spinal neurosurgeon inspires kids to take up medicine as career

Firsthand learning experience a unique opportunity

Blake Bryan, 14, already has a clear vision of what he wants do with his life—he wants to help people who are in pain.  Earlier this year, the Thousand Oaks teen spent a day with local neurosurgeon Ian Armstrong visiting patients and obser More...

The definition of home may change as we age

The word “home” has personal meaning for most people. More...

Don’t let sun’s rays burn you

For some people, nothing feels as good as basking in the warm sun. More...

Calendar

Calendar

THURS., SEPT. 1  Democratic Club Of Camarillo  6 p.m. in Orchid Room, 816 Camarillo Springs Road, Camarillo. Pizza dinner, door prizes, refreshments. Michael Moore’s “Sicko” screened 7:15 p.m. Contact: Carol Bley. More...

Sports

Not just for recess anymore

Newbury Park kickball league one of many cropping up in area

There was no taunting the pitcher for being a “belly-itcher.” There was no complaining about “boo-boos” or “cuties.” There was no rush to finish before dinner time or the recess bell.  However, there was runni More...

Leagues open

Registration is underway for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Conejo & Las Virgenes Fall Sports League 2011.  Jr. NBA basketball, soccer and volleyball will be offered.  Jr. NBA basketball is for ages 3 to 14. The program runs from Sept. More...

Pigskin paradise

Marmonte League football preview

Five of 10 teams are ranked in the CIF-Southern Section Northern Division preseason poll.  Three of the squads—Oaks Christian (No. 4), St. Bonaventure ( No. 9) and Westlake (No. 15)—crack MaxPreps.com’s California top 15.  More...

Pets

Animal control officers will be going door-to-door checking dog tags

State law requires all dogs over the age of 4 months to be licensed

Animal license canvassing will begin in Thousand Oaks on Sept. More...

Pet of the Week

ALL THAT—Jazz is a 1-year-old female pit bull mix. She is a favorite of many volunteers at the shelter because she is so sweet. Jazz is petite, mellow, gentle and friendly. More...

Squirrel saved after tumble into tar pit

Two weeks ago the California Wildlife Center, the animal rescue headquarters on Piuma Road near Calabasas, received a call from a lady who worked at Los Angeles County Museum of Art about a squirrel they had just pulled out of the La Brea tar pit.&nb More...

Obituaries

Craig Espenschied

Craig Steven Espenschied of Thousand Oaks died suddenly at his home the last week of March 2011. He lived alone and was 63 years old. Mr. Espenschied had lived in the Conejo Valley since 1962. More...

Family

Kids who learn to appreciate nature will carry their passion through life

Tips to encourage young people to get out of the house

Connecting with nature offers many rewards for children.  Spending time outside gives kids a chance to exercise in the open air, engage all their senses of perception and enjoy the simple pleasure of being outdoors.  Introducing children to More...

Taking ownership

What age are your children when you let them use your computer? How about your iPhone? More...

Columns

A Dash of Youth

Tales from the not-so-great outdoors

A friend once asked me, “How many oaks are there in Thousand Oaks?”  To which I affectionately replied, “You are an idiot. More...

Equine lovers want to corral public support

Arabian horses parading with colorfully costumed riders will be among the attractions at the seventh annual Day of the Horse in Thousand Oaks.  The event was started in 2005 by Barbara Kloster, who was riding her horse around her T.O. More...

Hooters hearing set for Sept. 15

Hooters has a date with the City of Thousand Oaks.  An administrative hearing to discuss whether the restaurant chain planned for the Janss Marketplace will be allowed to sell hard alcohol is scheduled for 3 p.m., Thurs., Sept. 15. More...

Legislative maps now final

The votes are in and Thousand Oaks will remain intact.  A 14-member citizen commission finalized new legislative map boundaries on Aug. More...

Community

Man accused of aiming BB gun at police facing several felonies

A Thousand Oaks man shot by police after allegedly aiming a BB gun at them in July is expected in court today.  Carter Jolson, 50, is scheduled for an early disposition conference in Ventura County Superior Court room 12 at 1:30 p.m.  More...

LACFD warns of carbon monoxide detector scam

The Los Angeles County Fire Department advises citizens of a possible scam involving carbon monoxide detectors. More...

Assistance League hosts meeting for prospective members

Assistance League of Conejo Valley is a leading volunteer organization recognized for providing support to the community with a focus on enhancing the educational success of children and young adults.  More...

Dining & Entertainment

CRPD offering lacrosse lessons

For the first time the Conejo Recreation and Park District will offer lacrosse instruction for boys and girls ages 7 through 11 at the Thousand Oaks Community Center, 2525 N. More...

LoVEFest back at gardens

LoVEFest 2011 will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. Sat., Sept. More...

Y’s host barbecues

The Miller Family YMCA of Newbury Park will host its Youth and Government kickoff barbecue at 6:30 p.m. Wed., Sept. 7 at the Miller Y, 320 Via Las Brisas, in the Dos Vientos portion of Newbury Park.  More...

Schools

Hundreds gather to celebrate educator’s 100th birthday

Woman has been a tireless volunteer at St. Paschal’s

At 100 years old, Rosaria Contini still has the feisty personality of her younger days.  “My mother is a fireball,” said her son, Mario.  On Saturday, more than 160 family members and friends gathered to celebrate Contini’ More...

Montessori school moves to Oak Park

Peace Montessori will begin the new school year in a new city. Formerly in Thousand Oaks, the school has moved to the campus of the Church of the Epiphany in Oak Park.  More...

St. Patrick’s Day School has new leader

FRESH FACE—Nancy Whitson, right, was recently appointed Head of School at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School in Thousand Oaks. Whitson served as St. More...

Business

Create Your Ideal Outdoor Living Space

Sherman Oaks-based Design Studio is owned and operated by John Montgomery, a well- known crafter who has been designing and building home remodels and landscape projects—including swimming pools, pergolas, fountains, lighting and entry gates&md More...

Leg Discomfort Could Signify Heart Disease

You’re out walking or you’re at home, climbing the stairs. Your legs or feet ache. Maybe they start to cramp. You get relief when you stop moving because the pain goes away.  It’s just part of aging, right? More...

Start School Year Off Right at Farmers’ Market

Besides preparing your children academically now that school’s back in session, it is also time to teach them about the importance of good nutrition.  The Thousand Oaks Farmers’ Market is offering school-aged children an opportunity More...

Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park  A man, 45, was arrested Aug. 9 for intent to commit a fraudulent sales return July 25 at Kohl’s on Newbury Road. More...

Faith

Sweet story of hope lifts listeners

‘Candy Bomber’ talks about Cold War humanitarian efforts

In the military, Gail Halvorsen was addressed as “Sir,” or “Colonel,” his rank after more than three decades of service.  But a certain twinkle comes to his eyes when someone calls him “the Candy Bomber” or &l More...

Women’s group to host luncheon

Thousand Oaks Christian Women’s Connection will host a “Travel in Style” luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wed., Sept. 14 at Los Robles Greens Banquet Center, 299 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. The cost is $20. More...

Free series of seminars to teach how to prepare for emergencies

Emergency Response Team member to lead sessions

The Living Oaks Community Church will host a series of programs on emergency preparedness from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Saturdays starting Sept. 17 at the church, 1100 Business Center Circle, Newbury Park.  More...

Letters

Outraged by city staff compensation

After reading the salaries and benefits programs the city attorney and City Council pay themselves, along with benefit programs that add 50 percent to these self-serving public servants’ pocket books, it sickened me.  More...

All public benefits should be examined

Regarding the Aug. 25 Acorn story “Who’s at the top of the heap” by Michelle Knight:  I retired from the federal government after working 30 years, mostly for the various military departments.  More...

Flagpoles have no place on open space

This is in response to letters in the Acorn regarding the recent removal of American flags and flagpoles from hilltops around the Conejo Valley.  The letter writers failed to acknowledge that these flagpoles were illegally constructed on public More...

Editorials

The Hooters hullabaloo

We’d be lying if we said that reporting on the debate du jour in Thousand Oaks hasn’t been just a little bit awkward for a family publication such as ours.  More...

Political Cartoon

Full Story

Act ensures jobs are filled by legal workers

Guest opinion

Ventura County’s unemployment rate shot up from 9.5 percent in May to 10.3 percent in June. Nationally, the unemployment rate dropped slightly in July, but only because many unemployed workers stopped looking for work.  More...