November 3, 2011 RSS feed / Front Page

A messy affair

  GOT MUD?—Barney Waters pauses to remove his mud-covered goggles during the second annual Halloween Mud Run at Dos Vientos Community Park in Newbury Park on Sunday. The event benefited the Thousand Oaks Teen Center. More...

Health & Wellness

Runner-up on TV’s ‘Biggest Loser’ speaks in T.O. about weight loss

Tipping the scales at nearly 300 pounds, Hannah Curlee felt like the biggest loser around.  As it turned out, she was a big loser, but in a positive way.  Curlee and her sister, Olivia Ward, appeared on season 11 of “The Biggest Loser More...

Health Briefs

Gerontologist will talk mental fitness   More...

Cities becoming ‘walker-friendly’

Municipalities take steps to encourage citizens to walk

Walking can be a simple form of exercise and transportation, unless busy streets and tight schedules stand in the way.  Not to worry, say public health experts—something helpful is afoot.  Around the country, researchers are working w More...

Calendar

Calendar

THURS., NOV. 3  Westlake Business Connections  7 to 8:30 a.m. at Mimi’s Cafe, 400 N. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. Networking for business professionals. Contact: Michael O’Connor. Phone: 805.409.0554. More...

Schools

Westlake High student, 15, registers perfect score on SAT

Junior was taking test for the first time

Vasant Iyer, a junior at Westlake High School, achieved a rare academic feat last month.  The 15-year-old scored a perfect 2400 on the SAT on his first try. He took the test Oct. 1 and his score was announced three weeks later.  More...

High School HI*LIGHTS

Newbury Park Panthers Fri., Nov. 4: Permanent program day  More...

Girls’ hoops team hopes fundraiser is a royal flush

Event is Nov. 5

A Texas Hold ’em tournament to benefit Thousand Oaks High School girls’ basketball will be held from 6 to 11:30 p.m. Sat., Nov. 5 at the Conejo Recreation and Park District Community Room, 403 W. More...

Business

Vets can get free coupon for business training

Special offer from Ventura County SCORE

Ventura County SCORE has a limited number of free coupons worth $125 for veterans to apply toward business training.  Veterans should apply immediately for the coupons, which can be used for Ventura County SCORE’s business training opportu More...

Seminar will discuss Cal/OSHA laws

State Compensation Insurance Fund will offer a free seminar to help employers gain a better understanding of the Cal/OSHA programs and labor laws that can affect their businesses from 7:30 a.m. to noon Wed., Nov. More...

Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park Gang related vandalism occurred in 200 block of Donegal Avenue between Sept. 22 and 23. A mailbox was broken in the 800 block of Verna Avenue and a table was damaged in the 2200 block of Michael drive between Oct. 20 and 21. More...

Faith

Singer-songwriter gives show in T.O.

Concert culminates mission outreach at Emmanuel Prez

Singer- songwriter Travis Taylor will perform at the culmination of an annual mission outreach event at 6:30 p.m. Sat., Nov. 12 at Emmanuel Presbyterian Church, 588 Camino Manzanas, Thousand Oaks. More...

Norwegian Holocaust survivor, author will share experiences during CLU lecture

Author Irene Levin Berman will present “Norway and the Holocaust” at 7 p.m. Tues., Nov. More...

Families have a ball at Lighthouse FallFest

IN COSTUME—Hundreds of area families attended last weekend’s Lighthouse Church FallFest in Newbury Park. More...

Letters

Don’t put funds toward new school

Do not blame me or the California economy if the school district makes more education spending cuts next spring.  Money that could be used to prevent more budget cuts and user fee increases is instead earmarked for a new high school. More...

Dos Vientos needs voice on the council

I received a phone call from Mark Watkins, Thousand Oaks assistant city manager, in response to a letter I sent inquiring about representation from Newbury Park and Dos Vientos on the Thousand Oaks City Council.  More...

Staff report on bike lanes misleading

Regarding the Lynn Road bike lanes, please review the Thousand Oaks public works department’s PowerPoint presentation on the subject. It is available online. More...

Editorials

Fox’s epic fail

A troubling scene involving Mayor Andy Fox played out at the end of the Oct. 25 City Council meeting. More...

Political Cartoon

Full Story

Hooters to proceed without full bar

Hooters is going forward with plans to open in Thousand Oaks—without a full bar.  After spending several months and $3,600 to apply for a change to its liquor license so it could serve spirits in addition to wine and beer at its T.O. More...

School community mourns death of TOHS senior

Member of Lancer football team is son of former NFL player

Students from across the Conejo Valley mourned the loss of a fellow student this week. More...

Community

T.O. employers troubled by frequent power outages, city manager says

Amgen and Baxter have expressed concerns to city

Could powerhouse employers like Amgen and Baxter leave Thousand Oaks because of unreliable electricity? It’s possible, City Manager Scott Mitnick said at the Oct. 25 City Council meeting. More...

Time to turn back the clocks

Daylight saving time ends at 2 a.m. Sun., Nov. More...

Pedestrian bridge spans Conejo Creek

LINK—Until this 145-foot bridge, purchased by the Conejo Open Space Conservation Agency, was installed on Oct. More...

Dining & Entertainment

Documentary explores native language

A documentary film about a Native American woman’s quest to revive the lost language of the Indians who helped English settlers survive their first winter in North America will be screened at 7 p.m. Sun., Nov. More...

Fundraiser pays tribute to soldier killed in action

Event recalls WHS grad A.J. Castro

Actor and musician Gary Sinise and his Lt. More...

A creative outlet

21-year-old artist manages gallery dedicated to local art

Danielle Rabano sees something in Ventura County that many professionals in the mainstream art world do not. More...

Sports

Youth volleyball league taking sign-ups

The United States Youth Volleyball League is taking sign-ups for its spring season. More...

Area’s premier high school golfers rumble at River Ridge

La Reina, Thousand Oaks and Westlake all have girls advance

The morning started with cool sunshine and a hint of wind.  By early afternoon everything had gone up—the temperature, the wind speed, the price of gasoline—everything except the scores.  The scores stayed low.  More...

Marmonte runners chasing titles

Marmonte League Cross Country Finals will run today at Agoura High. Early races are slated to begin after 1 p.m. There is no fee to attend.  Simi Valley is the favorite in the varsity girls division. More...

Pets

Pet of the Week

SAY CHEESE—Chester is a 4-year-old male shepherd mix. He is friendly, energetic, very athletic and needs to have a yard with at least a 9-foot fence. Chester is okay with other dogs. More...

Bark for Life

The inaugural Bark for Life event to benefit the American Cancer Society will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sun., Nov. More...

Squirrel of the Month

TREAT—Thousand Oaks resident Lance Aaron captured this photo of a squirrel chowing down on a piece of bread in Aaron’s backyard. More...

Family

Scientist will discuss satellite imagery

Technology being used to gather data

The Discovery Center for Science and Technology is continuing its Science Speaker Series with UCLA associate professor Thomas Gillespie, a specialist on biogeography and biodiversity.  The talk will be at 7:30 p.m. Thurs., Nov. More...

Student draws winning science fair artwork

Jessica Han, an eighth-grade student at Sycamore Canyon School, submitted the winning artwork that will represent the 2012 Ventura County Science Fair.  A panel of local educators and scientists selected her picture from more than 100 entries su More...

Strawberry Fest poster contest now open

The 29th annual California Strawberry Festival seeks submissions for the 2012 offi cial poster contest with $2,000 awarded to the winner. The entry deadline is Mon., Jan. More...

Columns

Lone Oak

Had anyone been sitting in a car in that lane waiting for the light to change, they would surely have been killed

I’ve changed my column format this time. Usually, an Acorn reader asks a specific question and my answer follows. More...

At The Library

The Thousand Oaks Library system will host upcoming One City One Book events at the Grant Brimhall Library, 1401 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks, except where noted.  More...