October 13, 2011 RSS feed / Front Page

Temporary contract OK’d for interim city attorney

Assistant city attorney Chris Norman has been promoted as interim replacement to Amy Albano, whose last day is today.  Albano announced last month that she was leaving Thousand Oaks to take the city attorney position in Burbank. More...

Health & Wellness

Hairstylists rally around co-worker who is fighting a rare cancer

Woman needs costly procedure to save her leg

Meghan Alexander tries not to think about the pain in her legs when she’s working on a client’s hair. But it’s hard to ignore. More...

Local runner soars to victory in SOAR 10K

CAN’T CATCH ME—Anthony Allen of Newbury Park pulled out to an early lead and carried it all the way to victory in the SOAR 10K trail run at Underwood Family Farms in Moorpark on Sunday. More...

Jason’s Race coming up

The Jason Lutz SIDS Foundation will have its fourth annual Jason’s Race to benefit SIDS awareness starting at 9 a.m. Sun., Oct. More...

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THURS., OCT. 13  Independent Writers Of Southern California  10 a.m. to noon at Sherwood Country Club meeting room, 320 W. Stafford Road, Thousand Oaks. Networking, feedback for writers. RSVP required. Email: sharon_ schnell@yahoo.com. More...

Schools

CVUSD successful in restoring popular after-school program

Classes were ended when Park Oaks Elementary closed

Support services for students and parents have been added at Weathersfield and Ladera elementary schools as part of an effort to help families from Park Oaks Elementary settle in.  More...

Learn from home or at school

Sitting in a circle holding intertwining yarn, students at Bridges Charter School’s Independent Study Program listen as science teacher Daniela Frias explains how an ecosystem’s components are connected. More...

Cypress fall carnival is costume-friendly

Cypress Elementary School in Newbury Park is having a fall carnival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sun., Oct. 23 at 4200 Kimber Drive.  The event is being held to raise money for the school’s Teacher’s Fund and Art Masters program.  More...

Business

Bank strikes deal with Walgreens

Rabobank will offer ATMs at pharmacies throughout state

Rabobank N.A.—a California community bank with 10 branches in Ventura County, including one in Westlake Village— has expanded its local and statewide banking network through a new partnership with Walgreens stores.  More...

Businesses to be honored by WLV

The City of Westlake Village and the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce will kick off a new business recognition program that honors outstanding local businesses. Anyone can nominate a business that is within the Westlake city limits.  More...

New business sends real estate commissions to variety of charities

Big Brothers Big Sisters receive big check

A new business, Community Funding Solutions, is encouraging real estate agents to hand over a portion of their commissions to charities selected by home sellers.  The Westlake Village-based company has created what it calls “sustainable gi More...

Faith

Heard on high

LIGHT TOUCH—Violinist Moonjun Allison makes her instrument sing during the Westlake Village Music Society’s fall concert at the United Methodist Church of Westlake on Oct. 9. More...

Malibu hosts Jewish County Fair

Event is open to people of all faiths

The second annual Jewish County Fair will take place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sun., Oct. 16 on the wooded grounds of the Shalom Institute Camp and Conference Center, 34342 Mulholland Hwy., Malibu. More...

Faith Briefs

Workshop aim is to reduce stress   More...

Motoring

Wheels and Warriors Car Show motors into Westlake Village

The Bob Hope USO at LAX will host the Operation Wheels and Warriors car show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat., Oct. More...

Letters

Freeway expansion is not necessary

I just read last week’s front page story “City agrees to loan $20 million toward freeway construction” (Acorn, Oct. More...

Expecting payback from state is unwise

After reading the Acorn’s article on the City of Thousand Oaks’ loan to the state, I would love to hear Alice’s perspective on Wonderland versus Thousand Oaks.  More...

Upset over bike lanes, power lines

I read Mike Lewin’s letter in the Oct. 6 Acorn and I completely agree with him regarding the insanity required for the city to think that they should have any kind of a bike lane on Lynn Road.  More...

Editorials

Bike lanes: Too much of a good thing?

Looking at Lynn Road, the Avenida de Los Arboles restriping project and the proposed Wendy Drive bridge expansion, bike lanes seem to be all the craze in Thousand Oaks.  More...

Political Cartoon

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‘Don’t embarrass us Dad!’

  FUN WALK, SERIOUS CAUSE— Newbury Park resident Jeff Aschbrenner, at left, enjoys a moment of fame as supporters applaud him and his children Camden, 2, Kaylee, 6, and Jace, 9, as they pass the start/finish line on their second lap around Ca More...

City rejects bid to build auto mall parking

Several factors lead staff to recommend delaying construction

A plan to add hundreds of parking spaces at the Thousand Oaks Auto Mall is on hold until 2012 at the earliest. More...

Council approves reconfiguration of lanes on Avenida de Los Arboles

Members say safety improvements outweigh risk of traffic congestion

The safety benefits of reducing a portion of Avenida de Los Arboles from four travel lanes down to two outweigh the increased traffic congestion that the change could cause, City Council members decided this week. More...

Community

Reward offered in death of mountain lion

A $ 5,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of poachers who killed a mountain lion in the Santa Monica Mountains last month.  The Department of Fish and Game’s Cal-Tip line is offering a $2,500 re More...

‘Screaming Eagles’ sign will fly again

Freeway sign dedicated to 101st Airborne destroyed in July

A sign along the 101 Freeway that was destroyed by an out-ofcontrol vehicle in July will be replaced next month, according to a Caltrans official. The sign was dedicated to the Army’s 101st Airborne Division.  More...

By the book

City attorney leaving behind legal legacy

Thousand Oaks’ second-incommand is off to her next assignment. Today is the last day on the job for City Attorney Amy Albano. More...

Dining & Entertainment

Harvest Fest hits fairgrounds Friday

The 22nd annual Harvest Festival Original Art and Craft Show is set for this weekend at the Ventura County Fairgrounds, Seaside Park, 10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura.  Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fri. and Sat., Oct. 14 and 15; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. More...

Ghostwalk to haunt Santa Paula

The 17th annual Ghostwalk will run weekends Oct. 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 29 and 30, starting at Santa Paula Union High School, 500 E. Santa Barbara St., Santa Paula.  The first tour leaves at 6:30 p.m. and the last at 9 p.m. More...

Library music series to feature blues guitarist

Next concert is Saturday night

The Blues, Bop & Books nonprofit music series continues at 8 p.m. Sat., Oct. 15 with bluesman Kal David and his band at the Grant Brimhall Library, 1401 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks.  More...

Sports

The Acorn’s High School Football Game of the Week

Simi Valley Pioneers (4-1) at Westlake Warriors (5-0) Friday, 7 p.m.

The Marmonte League’s most dynamic defense will be on the field Friday night for homecoming at Warrior Stadium. We must be talking about Westlake, right? Not so fast, my friend. More...

Players to Watch

Simi Valley Westlake QB Jake Maranto QB Justin Moore WR/DB Erik Pinkston WR/DB Brad Wellman More...

Weekend schedule

Royal at  Oaks Christian  Friday, 7 p.m. St. Bonaventure at  Newbury Park  Friday, 7 p.m.  Agoura at  Thousand Oaks  Friday, 7 p.m.  Concordia vs. Hillcrest Christian  More...

Pets

SAY CHEESE—

Chester is a 5-year-old gray tabby domestic shorthair. He is friendly, talkative and affectionate. More...

Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park  A man, 55, was cited for vandalism, damaging a camera and battery on Lawrence Drive Sept. 27.  A 69-year-old man was cited for aggressive begging in the 1600 block of Newbury Road Sept. 28.   More...

Family

My kid the salesman

My wife thought I was being a little harsh. But this time I actually got to lay down the law. The kid had gone too far.

My 8-year-old son is deep.  He said to his mother, who’s a middle school teacher, “Your students think eighth grade is next to ninth grade. I think third grade is next to college.”  He’s got something there. More...

Students may apply now for Youth Congress

Program teaches leadership

The Conejo/ Las Virgenes Future Foundation is accepting applications from students for the Youth Congress Leadership Program, which begins in November.  In this program, students in grades nine through 12 develop effective leadership skills whil More...

Safety first

BE VISIBLE—Thousand Oaks Police Department Senior Dep. More...

Columns

Romeo, oh, Romeo

Social contact is important for everyone, but it’s vital for older men, Harry Reed says.  To satisfy his desire for good old- fashioned conversation, the 85-year-old Newbury Park resident helped organize a group for guys about 10 years ago More...

Retirement community of the future

Most of us didn’t spend our formative years listening to Lawrence Welk or playing bingo . . . so give us activities that play to our interests

Recently, a Seattle-based hospitality company, One Eighty, announced plans to convert the former hospital site at 4415 S. More...