September 22, 2011 RSS feed / Front Page

Thousand Oaks antes up millions to keep redevelopment agency running

The Thousand Oaks City Council agreed last week to pay millions to the state to keep alive its redevelopment agency. More...

Health & Wellness

NPHS hosting forum on rising threat from heroin, prescription drug abuse

Overdoses seen increasingly throughout Ventura County

The third in a series of local forums dealing with prescription drug and heroin abuse will start at 6:30 p.m. Tues., Sept. 27 at Newbury Park High School’s performing arts center. More...

Health, fitness day puts focus on kids

Event is this Saturday

The Conejo Recreation and Park District in cooperation with the Conejo Valley Chapter of the National Charity League will host Kids Health and Fitness Day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sat., Sept. 24 at the Thousand Oaks Community Center, 2525 N. More...

Survivor to discuss careers after cancer

The Wellness Community Valley/Ventura will host a free educational seminar called “Re- Evaluating Your Career After Cancer” led by career coach and cancer survivor Clair Levy from 6 to 9 p.m. Fri., Sept. More...

Calendar

Calendar

THURS., SEPT. 22  Brandeis Conejo Valley Chapter   More...

Schools

New TOHS science class trains problemsolvers of tomorrow

Does the caffeine content in Coca-Cola match the claim on the can?  According to three Thousand Oaks High School seniors last year, Classic Coca-Cola and Cherry Coke contain slightly less caffeine than what is listed on their containers.  More...

Learn about military academies

Two military academy information nights will take place at 7 p.m. Mon., Sept. 26 at the Thousand Oaks High School cafeteria, 2323 N. Moorpark Road, and Tues., Sept. More...

Bridges to host community fair

Bridges K-8 Charter School will host its second annual Community Fair from 3 to 7 p.m. Fri., Sept. 23 at its new campus, 1335 Calle Bouganvilla, Thousand Oaks.  The community is invited. Admission is free.  More...

Business

Entrepreneur mom launches ecofriendly baby blanket business

Kathleen Raulin scoured the Internet in search of a soybean-fiber blanket for her baby boy.  In 2004, the new mom had stumbled upon an article about the eco-friendly benefits of the textile.  Unlike traditional fabrics, soybean and bamboo f More...

Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park  A 21-year-old man was cited for rear-ending a vehicle then fleeing the scene on Aug. 9 in the 800 block of N. Wendy Drive.  A woman, 26, was arrested Sept. More...

Faith

A church family without borders

Julia Stermer grew up in Camarillo and never thought twice about her freedom to practice her Christian faith.  It wasn’t until the 18-year-old took a three-week mission trip to Turkey in July that she experienced discrimination and intoler More...

Faith Briefs

Church workshop provides jump-start   More...

Chabad unveils new center

The Chabad of the Conejo opened its new Center for Jewish Life on Sun., Sept. More...

Letters

Open the book on city pensions

I read the article “Two longtime city hall department heads announce plans to retire” (Acorn, Sept. More...

Reaction to test results overblown

This is in regard to the letter “CVUSD not properly informing parents (Acorn, Sept. 8).”  It has come to my attention that someone is screaming “fire” in a crowded building.  More...

Conejo schools are in good hands

To answer your question, yes, Ms. More...

Vacation Photos

You choose this year’s top ‘Take Your Acorn on Vacation’ photo

Online voting is now open for the winners of the 2011 Take Your Acorn on Vacation Photo Contest.  From Tucson to Timbuktu, our vacationers have seen it all, and have the pictures to prove it. More...

City attorney bids adieu for Burbank

Albano is third city executive to announce exit within 2 weeks

Need a good-paying job with full benefits and a pension? City hall will be hiring soon. More...

Council must make $20-million decision

The City Council will be asked Tuesday to put up $20 million, half of the $40 million needed, to widen the 101 and 23 freeway interchange.  Also with the council’s approval, the city will apply for a $20-million federal Transportation Inve More...

Community

A rare sight in T.O.: new construction

GROUP EFFORT—Thousand Oaks City Council members and Many Mansions board members, above, break ground Sept. 14 on a 60-unit apartment complex on Hillcrest Road. More...

Filters installed near Medea Creek successful in reducing urban runoff

But more help from public needed to prevent ocean pollution

The pollution control systems installed last year to reduce bacteria in Medea Creek appear to be doing their job, the Ventura County Watershed Protection District says.  More...

Fall programs planned in Dos Vientos

The Dos Vientos Community Center at 4801 Borchard Road, Newbury Park, will present the following children’s programs:  •Holiday Magic is for ages 4 to 9. More...

Dining & Entertainment

Singer to compete for record deal

NPHS student picked out of 40,000 to be on TV show

Emily Kocontes, 16, writes songs that move listeners to tears. For her talents, the Newbury Park High School junior was among 12 singers chosen for Hub TV’s new reality series “Majors and Minors,” premiering Sept. More...

Native culture comes alive in T.O.

IN RHYTHM­— Native American elders and students from Sherman Indian High School in Riverside chant and dance during the fourth annual Tribal Gathering “Kiyus’ismon hil kuhku” More...

Experts talk opera

Members of the L.A. Opera Speaker’s Bureau will present Opera Talks at 2 p.m. Sun., Sept. 25 at the Grant Brimhall Library, 1401 E. More...

Sports

Charity golf tournament benefits police department

The Thousand Oaks Police Foundation will host the 15th annual Charity Golf Tournament on Mon., Oct. 24 at the North Ranch Country Club, 4761 Valley Spring Road, Thousand Oaks. The day will begin at 8:30 a.m. More...

WLV tennis director wins at nationals

Calle Hansen, co- director of tennis at Westlake Tennis and Swim Club, won the USTA National Men’s 30 Grass Court Tennis Championships in Philadelphia, Pa., which ran from Sept. More...

The Acorn’s High School Football Game of the Week

Westlake (2-0) at Thousand Oaks (2-0)

Friday, 7 p.m. This weekend’s brouhaha between the undefeated Westlake and Thousand Oaks high school football teams may be the final regular-season contest featuring the crosstown rivals for at least the next few years. More...

Pets

Enforcing dog license laws not always a treat

Animal control going door to door

Sgt. Jose Cortes with Los Angeles County Animal Control concedes it’s intimidating to have one of his officers appear at the front door asking for a pet’s license and proof of rabies shots.  More...

Pet of the Week

SIDE BY SIDE—Frankie, left, and Koko came from the same home and would love to be adopted together. More...

Are your pets disaster ready?

Catastrophes usually don’t provided warning, and few families have thought about including the furry or feathered member of the household in making preparedness plans.  Here are tips to keep pets safe during emergencies:  •Post t More...

Family

I Want a Reason

It was just a routine checkup.  I’d had a pacemaker in my chest for a little more than a year due to a slow heart rate and frequent blackouts.  While the technician assessed me and my pacemaker, I noticed her eyes growing diameters bi More...

For the love of art

MUSICAL EFFORT—Thousand Oaks resident Ethan Camelo, 4, tries blowing the French horn at the New West Symphony booth during the Thousand Oaks Arts Festival on Saturday at the Thousand Oaks Civic More...

A day of dance for foster youths

About 30 foster children took a break from their everyday lives and expressed themselves through dance last month during the second annual Day at the Ballet, hosted by the Ventura County Ballet Company.  More...

Editorials

Changes coming at city hall might not be a bad thing

With the departure of several key city executives coming in the next few months, it’d be easy to make the leap that some folks aren’t happy with their jobs at the civic center.  More...

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FOR THE RECORD

Last week a watercolor painting by Phyllis Doyon was inadvertently published with a story about the reopening of the Conejo Valley Art Museum. The painting will actually be featured at a show put on by the Regional Art Museum on Wed., Sept. More...