December 1, 2011 RSS feed / Front Page

Councilwoman asks Janss to reject Hooters’ lease

Hooters remains on track to open soon at the Janss Marketplace despite a recent letter of opposition from a City Council member. In a letter to NewMark Merrill Companies dated Nov. More...

Health & Wellness

A special kind of person

Hospice trains volunteers to help in a variety of ways

No one should die alone. More...

Los Robles Hospital ranked among best in stroke-patient care

Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center recently earned national recognition. More...

School nurses on frontlines of battle against childhood obesity

Nurses forced to do more with less

On a weekday morning before Thanksgiving break, Aileen Archibald is literally running between meetings and classrooms at Simi Valley High School. She says the day is calmer than most.  More...

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THURS., DEC. 1 Camarillo Women’s Club 11 a.m. at Wedgewood Banquet Center, 901 Sterling Hills Drive, Camarillo. Barbara Reed plays Christmas songs on keyboard. Christmas boutique. $20 for luncheon. RSVP requested. Contact: Carolyn. More...

Schools

Revenue shortfall puts public schools in California at risk of further cuts

School could let out early in CVUSD

Midyear state budget cuts may result in salary reductions as well as a shorter school year in Conejo Valley Unified School District, district officials said this week.  More...

Public schools to teach about gay pioneers

Districts making changes to comply with new state law

Local school districts are beginning to take steps to address a new state law that requires certain textbooks to highlight the achievements of the gay and lesbian population in California and the United States.  How Senate Bill 48— an amen More...

Lancer band goes caroling

The Thousand Oaks High School Lancer Band will hold its annual holiday caroling fundraiser from 6 to 9 p.m. Fri., Dec. More...

Business

Local Chamber offering ‘Lunch and Learn’ business seminars

The Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce will present two Lunch and Learn business seminars in December from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Chamber office in the Janet Levett Conference Center, 600 Hampshire Road, Ste. More...

Doing business with government

SCORE Ventura County will hold the workshop “How to Do Business With the Federal, State and Local Government” for small businesses from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sat., Dec. 3 at the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce, 600 S. More...

At-home care provider opens in T.O.

BrightStar Care, a home healthcare and staffing provider, has opened its newest location at 516 Pennsfield Place, Thousand Oaks.  The company is owned and operated by Robert and Gerallie Gutierrez.  More...

Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park  A woman, 53, was cited for petty theft on Nov. 22 in the 2700 block of Teller Road. Five hours later at the same location, a 28-year-old man was cited for the same crime. More...

Obituaries

RICHARD POND

Aug. 20, 1927 - Nov. 19, 2011

Dick Pond served in the Navy for 23 years as a pilot and communications engineer. More...

Family

Warm weather makes for cool fun at Lakes ice rink

HOLIDAY FAMILY FUN—At left, Brian and Kelly Biberacher of Westlake Village hold on to their daughter Alyssa, 3, as her skates slip out from under her during a family outing at The Lakes seasona More...

Declare a ceasefire in the ‘chore wars’

Make work into child’s play

Getting kids to help at home can be like child’s play if one expert’s advice is followed. According to the CLR Chore Wars Survey by TNS, nearly half of kids polled admitted they’d do anything to get out of doing chores. More...

Scouts build bears for Casa Pacifica

Girl Scout Cadette Troop 619 will present the second annual “Build a Bear, Warm a Heart” event from 1 to 5 p.m. Sun., Dec. 11 at The Oaks mall, 550 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. More...

Columns

Eye on the Conejo

Holiday shopping

Did you do any midnightmadness holiday shopping on Black Friday?  I didn’t. More...

EarthTalk

Before buying boxed wines, check for BPA content

Dear EarthTalk: I am a retailer and have had customers ask whether the plastic bags in wine boxes are BPA free or not. What can I tell them? ­— Chris Tod, via email More...

T.O. leaders not talking pension reform yet

Past actions have prevented city from being overburdened by cost of benefits, Mitnick says

Gov. Jerry Brown has proposed major reforms to public worker pensions. Brown wants all state employees to pay at least half the annual cost of their pension contribution and new employees to work longer before qualifying for retirement benefits. More...

Availability of painkillers at all-time high

Painting a path to heroin

Part two of a three-part series  In his six years as an ER physician at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center in Thousand Oaks, Dr. Matthew Beatty has treated scores of individuals who’ve harmed themselves with drugs or alcohol. More...

Community

D.A. may not pursue charges against Van Dyke

A charge of child endangerment made by police against Carey Van Dyke, grandson of iconic actor Dick Van Dyke, could be dropped.  Tony Wold, an attorney with the Ventura County district attorney’s office, said Monday that Van Dyke’s a More...

7 arrested for driving taxis illegally

Undercover sting reveals 4 cab drivers operating in T.O. without license

Thousand Oaks police have arrested seven men in the past week on suspicion of operating unlicensed taxicabs within the city.  More...

Latest scam trends shared

As the holidays approach, criminals are looking for creative new ways to steal from citizens.  Recently, victims are being called by people claiming to be members of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department. More...

Dining & Entertainment

Teen center to host Battle of the Bands this Saturday

The Thousand Oaks Teen Center will host a Battle of the Bands from 6:30 to 11 p.m. Sat., Dec. 3, at the center, 1375 E. More...

American Indian artists will share, demonstrate their work

Newbury Park event is Dec. 4

A meaningful way to appreciate the culture of American Indians is to experience stories, performances and artwork by the descendants of tribes throughout North America.  More...

Dinner to feature CV photographers

Reservations due by Dec. 3

Ventura County Supervisor Linda Parks will host a quarterly dinner series featuring photographers Larry Janss, Jeffrey Maulhardt and Ed Lawrence on Wed., Dec. 7 at Cafe Provencal, 2310 E. More...

Sports

Tiger’s back in town

Some of world’s top golfers tee off today at Lake Sherwood Country Club

The Chevron World Challenge takes place today through Sunday at Sherwood Country Club.  Eighteen of the world’s top sharpshooters will be gunning for a $1.2-million winner’s check.  More...

Crossing blades to benefit Toys for Tots

  EN GARDE—Above, Camarillo resident Kyle Fischler with the University of California Santa Barbara fencing team scores a point during a Toys for Tots Charity Tournament hosted by the Conejo Fencing Club Southern California Division at Dos Vient More...

Dimes & Dunks

Marmonte League boys’ basketball preview

It’s a sea of mystery in the Marmonte League for high school boys’ basketball.  Attempting to prognosticate the final standings would be like Captain Ahab trying to vanquish a white whale with a spork.  Calabasas and Royal are e More...

Pets

Pet of the Week

NICE GUY—Neil is a 4-year-old domestic shorthair. Neil is friendly and loves to cuddle. More...

A holiday for hounds

Riley’s Rescue will present Holiday For Hounds from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sun., Dec. 4 at the Rancho Santa Rosa Clubhouse, 11701 E. Las Posas Road, Santa Rosa Valley.  A hot dog lunch will be available. More...

Faith

Church teens sponsor holiday sale

Unity of the Oaks Church, Unity Uniteens and Youth of Unity invite the public to a holiday sale featuring mulling spices and handmade jewelry and baskets that are the trademark of the Made in Musoma Tanzanian cooperative on Sun., Dec. More...

LDS church offers journey into Christmas

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will present five performances of “Finding Christmas: An Unforgettable Journey,” an original Christmas production of singing and dancing, at 1600 Erbes Road, Thousand Oaks. More...

Jazz vespers service to be held in Simi

The annual jazz vespers service will be at 5 p.m. Sun., Dec. 4 at St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church, 280 Royal Ave., Simi Valley.  Vespers, a one-hour service of evening prayer, will feature live music by the Rev. More...

Letters

Tree removal not result of bike lanes

I would like to clarify information regarding tree removals associated with the Lynn Road bicycle lanes improvement project.  More...

Word is out on danger of Rx drugs

Unfortunately, the reality of prescription drug abuse is here. In fact, the No. 1 cause of accidental death in the U.S. is now prescription drugs.  This, combined with street drugs, leads to unexpectedly deadly consequences. More...

Thanks for turning in lost checks

I had a wonderful experience just before Thanksgiving due to an honest person. It is my hope that I can somehow thank this person, whose identity I do not have, through a notice in the Acorn.  More...

Editorials

Heads up: distracted drivers on the road

Until the California Legislature decides to impose greater penalties on drivers who use cellphones, those of us who pay attention to the law must continue to be on the lookout for those who don’t. More...

Political Cartoon

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FOR THE RECORD

• The Nov. 10 article “County jail system being readied for influx of state prison transfers” incorrectly stated that low-level offenders will be “ transferred” to county jails from state prison as a result of the law. More...