March 15, 2012 RSS feed / Front Page

Los Robles Medical Center, Anthem Blue Cross at odds

Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), the parent company of Los Robles and West Hills hospitals, and Anthem Blue Cross health insurance company terminated their patient agreement on March 3.  More...

T.O. Civic Arts Plaza: 5 million served

OFF TO SEE A SHOW—On their way to see “It’s Magic!” at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza’s Fred Kavli Theatre, the Kahn family purchased the 5 millionth ticket sold at More...

Health & Wellness

Families of dementia sufferers bond together

Social workers start up support group in Oak Park

Stacey Houghton and Mark Stelzer, two social workers from Agoura, recently reinstated a support group that provides emotional, educational and social support for people who care for a loved one who has some form of dementia.  More...

Dining & Entertainment

French eatery bids adieu to the boulevard

Cafe Provencal closes doors after 16 years

In his years as a restaurateur, Serge Bonnet has learned what he calls, “the pleasure of the suffering.” “The restaurant business is full of challenges,” said the 44-yearold Moorpark resident. More...

‘Big Lebowski’ actor to talk at CLU

Actor Jon Polito will talk to students and community members about his craft as part of the “Conversations With . . .” series from 7 to 8:30 p.m. More...

Unlimited talent in ‘Utopia Limited’

Play review

This month, Gilbert and Sullivan fans are getting an especially rare treat, as the Ventura County Gilbert & Sullivan Repertoire Company presents one of the pair’s most infrequently performed operas, “Utopia Limited,” at the Thea More...

Sports

Volunteers needed to coach youth sports teams

Spring and summer sports leagues are starting at the Dos Vientos Community Center, 4801 Borchard Road, Newbury Park.  Both are first-time recreational leagues for boys and girls ages 4½ through 10. More...

Local twins takefeld with their heroes

READY TO PLAY—The Kleinman boys, Casey, No. 6, and Cato, No. 3, 9-year-old identical twins from Westlake Village, visit the Cleveland Indians spring training camp in Goodyear, Ariz. recently. More...

High schools to fix up their tracks

Sports endowment money will go to Westlake, T.O. and Newbury Park

Thousand Oaks, Newbury Park and Westlake high schools will have refurbished stadium tracks paid for by a grant from the City of Thousand Oaks.  The city had previously approved a Sports Facilities Endowment Fund grant to pay for the refurbishmen More...

Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park   A man, 20, was cited for selling magazine subscriptions to homeowners in the 300 block of Crownhaven Court on Jan. 24.  A 30-year-old woman was cited Feb. More...

Faith

NBC sportscaster to host Oaks Christian gala

1,000 guests expected at event

Oaks Christian School will host its 2012 gala dinner auction from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Sat., March 31 at the campus, 31749 La Tienda Drive, Westlake Village.  The theme is “Destiny . . . More...

Carnival time

HAPPY PURIM—Above, Jessica Garland of Westlake Village, and her son Joey, 2, make noise during the reading of the Book of Esther at Chabad of the Conejo’s celebration of Purim at the Hyat More...

Newbury Park alum picked to lead Camarillo temple

In Hebrew, the word rabbi means teacher. For Lisa Bock, the role of rabbi suits her perfectly because teaching the Torah and Jewish traditions to congregants is her calling in life.  More...

Letters

Wants answers from park district

While the Conejo Rec and Park District has recently conducted study session meetings regarding the future of Lang Ranch, it has failed to answer the following two questions:  1. More...

Last chance to opt out of smart meters

There is an impending vital issue currently happening under the radar that will affect the residents of Thousand Oaks.  I refer to the upcoming mandatory installation of smart meters to all Southern California Edison (SCE) customers in Thousand More...

Parent boasts about Bridges

After reading your article last week about Bridges Charter School (“Charter school pledges to improve”), I feel compelled to respond, as I know many families are in the process of making school choices for next year.  More...

Editorials

Episode makes us all feel ill

Local residents got a little taste of what the national healthcare crisis is all about with word this week that Los Robles Hospital and Anthem Blue Cross had reached an impasse in contract negotiations and terminated their long-running agreement for More...

Cartoon

Full Story

NPHS teacher under investigation for sexual misconduct with student

Alleged incident occurred off campus; teacher is on administrative leave

A Newbury Park High School teacher is under investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department for alleged inappropriate sexual contact with a student from the school, CVUSD Superintendent Jeff Baarstad told the Acorn today. More...

School district will ask city to compromise on Kelley Road site

CVUSD running out of options to move Conejo Valley High School

Conejo Valley Unified School District’s plan to build a learning center housing Conejo Valley High School, in limbo since the abolishment of the Thousand Oaks Redevelopment Agency last month, has changed course.  More...

Planning commissioner proposes ‘Right to Vote’ law for Thousand Oaks

Just two days after Joel Price was appointed to serve the remaining 33 months on Dennis Gillette’s term on the City Council, an initiative was filed at city hall that would make such an action illegal. More...

FOR THE RECORD

Despite what was reported in last week’s Thousand Oaks Acorn, Alice Cooper will not be performing at this year’s Conejo Valley Days festival. The Acorn regrets the error. More...

Community

Wendy Drive freeway ramps will be closed periodically during construction

Members of public can sign up to receive email updates from city hall on closures

Construction is underway on the Wendy Drive freeway overpass.  The interchange improvement project began March 1 with a groundbreaking on the southwest corner of Wendy and Grande Vista drives in Newbury Park. More...

Final tally for 26th District race: 4 Dems, 1 GOP and Parks

Six candidates make up the final field for the newly drawn 26th Congressional District, following last Friday’s filing deadline.  According to a candidate list from the Ventura County Elections Division updated March 10, the day after the More...

Local Republican steps up to challenge Fran Pavley

Westlake Village resident Todd Zink, a district attorney in Los Angeles County and a lieutenant colonel in the Marine Reserves, announced on March 7 that he will challenge state Sen. More...

Calendar

Calendar

THURS., MARCH 15  Movie Night Fundraiser   More...

Schools

Professor will discuss Chumash woman

In honor of Women’s History Month, the National Park Service will sponsor a free lecture by Moorpark College professor Susan Kinkella on the life of a 19th century Native American woman who lived near present-day Calabasas. More...

Online school hosts open house

Oaks Christian Online School will host an open house from 1 to 3 p.m. More...

SELPA hosts ‘Carpe Diem’

The Ventura County Special Education Local Plan Area will host its free “Youth Carpe Diem” event from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. More...

Business

Business financing to be discussed

SCORE Ventura County Chapter will present a small business event from 6 to 9 p.m. Thurs., March 29 at the Grant Brimhall Library, 1401 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks.  More...

Company installs home power plants

Gen110, an electricity distribution company, announces the opening of its new Westlake   Village office serving the greater Ventura County area at 2945 Townsgate Road, Westlake Village.  More...

EYE ON LOCAL AREA STOCKS

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Pets

SWEETIE

  Morgan is a female gray-and-black longhair about 3 years old. She is good with small children and other cats but not good with other animals. She is litterbox trained. More...

Encourage wildlife to visit your garden

Whether the garden is a source of food for the family, a way to beautify the home’s outdoor spaces, or a gathering place for parties, gardeners already know how beneficial their outdoor hobby can be.  But a garden needn’t only be a h More...

Family

Host of spring activities planned at Moorpark’s Teaching Zoo

Five-day event kicks off on March 24

The 22nd annual Spring Spectacular will take place three weekends at the 5-acre America’s Teaching Zoo at Moorpark College, 7075 Campus Road.  The event runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 24, 25 and 31, and April 1, 7 and 8.  More...

Sleep over at the Miller Y

Children in kindergarten through eighth grade are invited to wear something green and come to the St. Patrick’s Day Sleepover from 6 p.m. Sat., March 17 through 8 a.m. More...

So many stories to share

READERS AND WRITERS—Open Classroom Leadership Magnet student Wesley Miller reads “Green Eggs and Ham” at a read-aloud event March 9 at Barnes & Noble in Westlake Village. More...

Columns

Appointment shows disrespect to voters

Guest opinion

In 2005 and again in 2012, the Thousand Oaks City Council made appointments to fill vacancies on the council. More...

Treelight saving

When I was asked the question I had to pause a moment and digest what I just heard.  I almost laughed out loud but then controlled myself. More...

Single? Be prepared for the unexpected

I learned last week that almost half of the people over age 65 in America are single.  Simply put, wow!  While getting older has its benefits (if you don’t think so, you need to read this column more often), traveling the journey with More...