January 5, 2012 RSS feed / Front Page

Some parents peeved by Arboles restriping

Charter school upset over removal of stop sign

Traffic citations and accidents are down on Avenida de Los Arboles, police say, but parents at a nearby school are unhappy with an increase in congestion since lanes on the busy street were reconfigured a month ago. More...

Health & Wellness

Life skills for positive aging

Ever wonder what those 100-year-olds featured on the Smuckers’ segment of “The Today Show” may have done right? More...

Get busy this year improving your health

When considering New Year’s resolutions for 2012, remember that few things are as important as safeguarding one’s health. More...

Researchers working to shrink childhood cancer survival gap

The treatment of childhood cancer is one of the success stories of modern medicine. A few decades ago, 20 percent of children survived the disease. Today, overall survival rates approach 80 percent. More...

Calendar

Bulletin Board

THURS., JAN. 5  Camarillo Democratic Club  6:15 p.m. at Orchid Building, 816 Camarillo Springs Road, Camarillo. Kim Stephenson speaks on current state of women’s rights and Obama’s achievements in this area. More...

Schools

High School Hi*lights

Newbury Park Panthers Fri., Jan. 6: “Lend Me a Tenor” auditions/performing arts center/ 2:15 to 6 p.m. Mon., Jan.  More...

School hopes collected cans will help pay for computers

Drive lasts through Jan. 13

Cypress Elementary School at 4200 Kimber Drive in Newbury Park is hosting an aluminum can drive.  Since Jan. 3, Waste Management has donated a large recycle bin, which is located in the front of the school. More...

Students win karaoke contest, buy textbooks for schools

After winning a publisher’s online karaoke contest last week, two local teenagers are choosing books over a video game console— and donating them to their school’s Chinese program.  More...

Pets

Pet of the Week

HE WEARS THE PAWS— Ditto is a 10-year-old male Maine coon mix. Ditto is mellow, quiet and loves to snuggle or be brushed, but would like to be the only pet in the house. More...

Squirrels have their day

Because the Acorn’s mascot is the squirrel, we were tickled to discover that Sat., Jan. 21 is Squirrel Appreciation Day.  More...

Let us hear your ‘tails’

The Thousand Oaks Acorn invites you to send your favorite pet story for publication on the Critter Corner page.  We love our pets and want to give them the recognition they deserve.  More...

Faith

Statue honors church’s namesake

PROVIDING SHELTER—This statue of St. More...

Whom are you taking for granted?

“Somebody should tell us, right at the start of our lives, that we are dying. Then we might live life to the limit, every minute of every day. Do it! I say. Whatever you want to do, do it now! More...

Blessing of the Waters in Camarillo

St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church will present its annual Epiphany Celebration and Blessing of the Waters Ceremony at noon Sun., Jan. 9 at Ventura Harbor, in commemoration of Christ’s baptism in the Jordan by St. John the Baptist.  More...

Letters

City, not economy, kept lots vacant

This is in regard to your editorial of Dec. More...

Trustee proposes bond measure

I have a solution pertaining to the school district controversy about spending $20 million to construct new facilities. The solution is to put a bond on the ballot and let the community decide.  More...

Giving thanks

Thanks, all you wonderful people of Newbury Park and Thousand Oaks.  Thanks to those of you who respect the liberty and freedom of all humans from conception through natural death and those who make the last days of life comfortable and pain fre More...

Redevelopment ruling sends city reeling

Mitnick calls abolishment of RDA “the largest money grab in the state’s history”

The City of Thousand Oaks stands to lose millions of dollars in future income—much of it aimed at spurring economic growth and building affordable housing—with the California Supreme Court’s ruling last week allowing the state to ab More...

Federal Trade Commission files complaint against well-known businessman

The Federal Trade Commission has filed a complaint against Pete Turpel, alleging that his Newbury Park-based company Sonkei Communications Inc. violated FTC rules related to telemarketing phone calls. More...

Community

New year brings new state laws

With the start of 2012, hundreds of new state laws are taking effect. More...

Unemployment numbers continue to improve

County’s school districts increased ranks by more than 12 percent in 2011

California and Ventura County unemployment rates have improved in the past year but still remain a far cry from where they were before the nation’s economy imploded in late 2008.  More...

Despite budget crunch, county’s community foundation awarding more scholarships

Group plans to hand out $1.2 million to local students

The Ventura County Community Foundation will award more than $1.2 million in scholarships to local students for the 2012-13 school year, about $370,000 more than in 2011.  One of the largest distributors of scholarships in the region, VCCF manag More...

Dining & Entertainment

“The Adventures of Tintin”

When Steven Spielberg’s new action adventure extravaganza gets going, it bears much resemblance to the opening sequences of the director’s “Indiana Jones” movies: There’s a quest for something of value, there’s act More...

Actress portrays author at library

Writer, actor, director and historian Martha Abbey Miller will portray the author of “Gone With The Wind” in a presentation titled “Margaret Mitchell: The Voice Behind Scarlett O’Hara” at 2 p.m. Sat., Jan. More...

Sports

Who will rule the pool?

Marmonte League girls’ water polo overview

Every new year signals a time for change— except when it comes to who will dominate girls’ water polo in the Marmonte League.  Agoura High is expected to rule the pool again.  Ranked No. More...

Business

Bank hires new wealth management director

Will oversee trust services

Leo Hamill has joined Santa Barbara Bank & Trust as its wealth management director.  In his new role, he will oversee the trust services and investment management groups as well as the bank’s wholly owned registered investment advisers More...

New in town?

If you have business news to announce regarding your operation, such as an award, a promotion or a new location, please email us at tonewstip@theacorn.com. Certain promotional information may not be accepted.   More...

EYE ON LOCAL AREA STOCKS

Company Name Symbol Jan. 4 Dec. 28 Dec. 21 Dec. More...

Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park  A 20-year-old woman was cited for taking merchandise valued at less than $ 950 from Kohl’s department store on Newbury Road Nov. 18.  A 66-year-old woman was cited for a petty theft that occurred in the 500 block of S. More...

Family

Dial up a few rules for your child’s new cellphone

Police suggest a list of do’s and don’ts

During this year’s holiday gift exchange, many parents gave their children cellular telephones.  Most new phones fall under the smartphone category, which means they are capable of performing many tasks other than just making a telephone c More...

Docents needed at Camarillo Ranch House

Camarillo Ranch House will hold training at 1 p.m. Thurs., Jan. More...

Brownies learn generosity

READY TO GIVE—Girl Scout Troop 60134 of Westlake Hills participated in the Adopt-a-Family holiday program. More...

Editorials

We’ve been violated

The California Supreme Court’s ruling last week in regard to redevelopment agencies was a worst-case scenario for the cities.  More...

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