December 8, 2011 RSS feed / Front Page

Health & Wellness

Learn about breaking the cycle of pain

Author teaches method of self-inquiry

Byron Katie, author and founder of “The Work,” will present a program titled “Who Would You Be Without Your Story?” from 7 to 9 p.m. Fri., Dec. 9 at the Center for Spiritual Living, 880 Hampshire Road, Stes. More...

Always a star in her heart

IN LOVING MEMORY—Simi Valley resident Kira Carrington, 5, hangs in star in memory of her dad, Dan, while mom, Kathy, looks on at the Hospice of the Conejo’s Speaking of the Names Ceremony More...

LR docs perform endoscopic ultrasound

Physicians can see internal organs without making an incision

Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center recently became the first hospital in Ventura County to perform the endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) procedure. More...

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THURS., DEC. 8 Horizon Hills Holiday Boutique 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Horizon Hills Preschool, 33 Greta St., Thousand Oaks. Handmade gifts, kitchen items, toys. Door prize raffle, bake sale. Proceeds benefit school enrichment programs. More...

Schools

Simulated disaster at CLU helps ready response teams

Exercise funded by federal grant

Toxic fumes forced a hasty evacuation of a Cal Lutheran University chemistry class during an emergency exercise Dec. More...

Educator’s story a real page-turner

Librarian-turnedauthor is campus celebrity

School librarians usually work with books on a secondhand basis: They order, categorize, check out, shelve and read them to students.  But EARTHS Magnet School librarian Judeanne Wiley has had a hand in a couple of books from the beginning.  More...

School celebrates sheriff’s birthday

  MAKE ROOM FOR CANDLES—Rabbi Ali Broner honors Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean with an award during the sheriff’s visit to Conejo Jewish Day School last Friday. The school, at 1080 E. More...

Business

Jack’s Deli in Westlake now closed

The Conejo Valley lost one of its oldest businesses last month with the Nov. 20 closing of Jack’s Restaurant & Deli at the Westlake Plaza and Center in Westlake Village.  More...

CLU professor to share U.S. economic forecast

The California Lutheran University Center for Economic Research and Forecasting will present its Fourth Quarter California and United States Economic Forecast from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Thurs., Dec. More...

Barbecue joint opens in N.P.

Billy D’Z Backyard Barbecue recently opened for business at 765 N. Wendy Drive in the Gateway shopping center, across from Fresh and Easy, in Newbury Park.  More...

Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park  A 34-year-old man was cited for a drug violation and possession of out-of-state fireworks in the first block of Teardrop Court Nov. 17. More...

Be alert during holidays

The awareness and vigilance of citizens during the busy holiday season is an important part of crime prevention.  Remember to remove valuable property from vehicles and to leave cars and vans locked and secure. More...

Family

Dear Santa . . .

Residents enjoy 3rd annual Thousand Oaks Elks/US Marine Toys for Tots barbecue kickoff at the Thousand Oaks Elk Lodge on Saturday

MERRY KISSMAS—Above, Kevin Cavannagh of Thousand Oaks kisses his daughter, Kimberly Jayne Cavannagh, 4, as she tells Santa Claus (Terry Gicking of Thousand Oaks) what she wants for Christmas du More...

Family-fun activities planned for Westlake Village celebration

The City of Westlake Village has been celebrating its 30th anniversary throughout the year with programs that will culminate with the Winter Wonderland event at 1 p.m. Dec. More...

Youth concert

The Conejo Valley Youth Orchestra’s advanced musicians will perform at 5:30 p.m. Sun., Dec. More...

Columns

Being there when you are far away

My parents were in their 60s when I moved to California, which is 3,000 miles away from “home.”  Caring for my aging parents long distance wasn’t even a consideration at that time.  More...

City Council wants to raise water rates

New rate structure will penalize large lot owners less

The average residential utility bill for Thousand Oaks water customers is likely to go up $10 a month next year.  More...

Defense contractor closing T.O. plant

Company employs 215 people at its Willow Lane facility

Defense contractor ITT Exelis will close its manufacturing plant on Willow Lane early next year, a move that will eliminate 215 jobs in Thousand Oaks.  The company, which announced the shuttering of its T.O. More...

Solution to prescription problem requires turning awareness into action

Painting a path to heroin

Part three of a three-part series From the deck of their two-story Craftsman-style home overlooking Newbury Park, Ross and Sima Miller can see forever. Inside the house, they rarely look past the next 24 hours. More...

Community

Teen convicted of filing false police report

18-year-old said he was stabbed in an unprovoked gang attack

Thousand Oaks resident Salvador Esparza Jimenez pleaded “no contest” last week in Ventura County Superior Court to making a false report after telling police that gang members stabbed him, according to court records.  More...

2 robbed at gunpoint in N.P.

Two men in their early 20s were robbed at gunpoint in a Newbury Park housing complex early Sunday morning.  At about 4 a.m. Dec. More...

Father and son accused of running illegal pot operation

A Thousand Oaks man and his son have been arrested on suspicion of money laundering and marijuana sales.  After an eight-month investigation, Ventura County officials arrested Akio Takahashi, 69, and Yugo Takahashi, 25, on Nov. More...

Dining & Entertainment

Gallery presents folk musicians

The Four Friends Gallery will present the music of Katy Moffatt and Brad Colerick at 6 p.m. Sat., Dec. 17 at 1408 E. More...

Satirist to perform holiday show

Satirist Roy Zimmerman will present “PeaceNick,” a holiday show of songs and humorous commentary, at 8 p.m. Sat., Dec. More...

Making a Splash!

Hang it on a wall or hang ten on it across the face of wave, a surfboard with brightly colored designs created by Camarillo pop artist Chuck Trunks is an eyeful, wet or dry. More...

Sports

Tiger comes roaring back at Sherwood

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Billionaire goes to bat for stalled youth sports complex

Local billionaire David Murdock says he wants to help the YMCA and Westlake Village build their long-awaited sports complex at Thousand Oaks Boulevard and Lindero Canyon Road.  The city invested $15 million to grade the site and install landscap More...

USA water polo team hopes to net host families in the Conejo

Accommodations will help the goldmedal hopefuls train locally

Ranked ninth going into the Olympic Games in Beijing, the underdog U.S. men’s water polo team returned home with the silver medal in 2008.  More...

Pets

Rescue pet store off and running

Nearly 50 pets have been adopted since November opening

Hundreds of potential new pet owners have streamed through the Shelter Hope Pet Shop since it opened at the Janss Marketplace in Thousand Oaks last month. More...

Pet of the Week

FRIENDS TO THE END—Abbie and Rokk are 11-year-old siblings, shepherd-Labrador-terrier mixes. More...

Faith

Performance takes attendees on a journey through Christmas

As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints youth choir, 14-year-old Anna Rockwood has participated in Christmas shows for several years. More...

‘O Holy Night’

A BABY IN A MANGER—Newbury Park resident Amy Puls helps her son Luke, 3, and daughter Elly Grace, 2, dress up as Mary and Joseph in the children’s area at the 19th annual No Room at the I More...

Faith Briefs

Audience can sing along at concert   More...

Letters

Letter to Hooters was misplaced

This is the first time I have written a letter to your paper, which I read thoroughly each week and enjoy.  I was so angered by the letter sent to the Janss Marketplace by our Councilwoman Claudia Billde la Peña regarding her request for them to More...

We’ve got bigger fish to fry

Brace yourselves. Just when I thought we had heard the last of this mindless Hooters drivel, along comes Bill- de la Peña with her political appeal to the pontificating moralists.  More...

LDS needs to change stance on gay issues

Regarding the Acorn’s Dec. 1 story “Public schools to teach about gay pioneers,” the bullies noticed that 52 percent of the voters joined in the gay beat down called Prop 8.  More...

Editorials

Political Cartoon

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Crying wolf

In her nine years on the Thousand Oaks City Council, Claudia Bill-de la Peña has built a legion of supporters by doing one thing above all else—being a thorn in the side of the council majority. More...