April 12, 2012 RSS feed / Front Page

Health & Wellness

Autistic teens face troubling times

Dwindling resources leave those with condition facing uncertain futures

David Idell is not a typical teen.  The 18-year-old from Thousand Oaks has a normal IQ and is an accomplished painter who sells his work to friends and strangers online. More...

Neurologist will discuss how to spot a stroke

Neurologist Kaditam Reddy, M.D., on staff at Los Robles Hospital, will discusses how to recognize the symptoms of a stroke, what to do in case of a stroke and how to reduce the risk at a free seminar from 9 to 10 a.m. More...

Golf event proceeds benefit N.P. woman

Help- HOPELive will present its annual April Open community golf event at 11 a.m. Mon., April 30 at Sterling Hills Golf Course, 901 Sterling Hills Drive, Camarillo.  More...

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THURS., APRIL 12 Woodland Hills Republican Women 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Woodland Hills Country Club, 21150 Dumetz Road. Al Ramirez and the Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson speak on “Stop Obama’s socialist change.” Book signing. $22 luncheon. More...

Schools

Chemistry teacher has right formula

AWARD—Newbury Park High School chemistry teacher Deborah Dogancay, center, was surprised at school last week with word that she was one of nine recipients across the U.S. More...

Madrona, EARTHS earn Distinguished School titles

Both elementary schools areffnding success by bridging the achievement gap

Madrona Elementary in Thousand Oaks and EARTHS Magnet School in Newbury Park have been named 2012 California Distinguished Schools by the state Department of Education.  More...

High School Hi-Lights

Newbury Park PanthersFri., April 13: Santa Barbara Zoofield trip/7:30 a.m. More...

Business

Sushi eatery will remain open despite owners’ impending deportation, staff says

Family’s case went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court

Cho Cho San Japanese restaurant in Thousand Oaks will stay open despite a United States Supreme Court decision to deport its owners to Japan for lying on their business tax return in the 1990s, according to employees.  More...

State-of-the-Art Early Child Education Center Opens in Thousand Oaks

Parents looking for safe and nurturing, peaceful yet challenging early-childhood education should know that two local teachers, Ms. Rajani and Ms. More...

VC Credit Union Aims to Save Members $5 Million in 2012

Ventura County Credit Union, the largest credit union headquartered in Ventura County, has a goal of saving its members a total $5 million in 2012.  The credit union hopes to accomplish the task by helping their members refinance their high-inte More...

Faith

Retreat to focus on life balance

Award-winning author, Acorn and Huffington Post columnist, spiritual mentor and teacher Dennis Merritt Jones will present a full-day Mindfulness Retreat from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. More...

Music society presents concert

The Westlake Village Music Society, a community outreach program sponsored by the United Methodist Church of Westlake Village music ministry, will present a spring concert at 3 p.m. Sun., April 22 at the church, 1049 S. Westlake Blvd.  More...

Residents pack arts plaza for Easter service

MIRACLE-WORKER—In the closing scene of “The Fourth Wise Man,” the resurrected Jesus comforts one of his followers in his final moments. More...

Letters

Support citizens’ right to vote

We’ve recently started gathering signatures for the Thousand Oaks Right To Vote Initiative, and the response has been tremendous.  Everyone believes that holding elections is automatic, so I’ve had people ask me why we even need an More...

Keep cell towers away from schools

I am writing to provide additional relevant exposure data in response to Mr. Jon Sirugo’s letter (“Relevance needed in cell tower fight”) to the Acorn last week.  More...

Tea party rally will protest bailouts

The Thousand Oaks Tax Day Tea Party on April 17 is all about countering what Mitch Rheingold claims in his March 29 letter— that the “bailout saved all the wealth of all those bellyaching ‘free market’ conservatives.”&nb More...

Editorials

Diamonds in the rough

Rejoice, sports fans, baseball season is upon us.  It’s that time of year when the equipment bags are handed out, infields are groomed and youngsters across town dig in for batting practice.  More...

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Oversight board will meet soon to discuss fate of RDA assets

Millions of dollars for city, schools at stake

Thousand Oaks Mayor Jacqui Irwin and assistant city manager Mark Watkins have been appointed to the redevelopment successor agency’s oversight board, a group charged with deciding the fate of millions of dollars’ worth of RDA assets. More...

Gas tax fund to be tapped for auto mall design changes

The City Council approved on Tuesday spending $42,500 from its gas tax fund to pay an engineering firm to revise plans for the Auto Mall Improvement Project. More...

New plans for Lang Ranch Park include Frisbee golf course, outdoor classroom

Conejo Recreation and Park District officials unveiled their new plan for Lang Ranch Community Park last week. More...

Community

Rock Store founder Ed Savko dead at 86

T.O. resident made Mulholland Highway country shop a motorcycle mecca

Edward J. Savko, owner of the legendary Rock Store motorcycle mecca in the local Santa Monica Mountains, died April 2 from heart disease. He was 86.  More...

Council to weigh change to boulevard plan to allow drive-thru Starbucks

A developer’s proposal to open the city’s first drive-thru Starbucks may lead to a change in the Thousand Oaks Boulevard Specific Plan. More...

Deadline extended for Senior of the Year nominations

The Thousand Oaks Council on Aging has extended the deadline for Senior of the Year nominations.  The deadline is 5 p.m. Thurs., April 25. More...

Dining & Entertainment

Annual festival celebrates the music, food and culture of Scandinavia

Siri Eliason has lived in the United States for 55 years but has never abandoned her Swedish roots.  “I’m very proud to be Scandinavian and I’m very proud to be American,” said the 80-year-old Thousand Oaks resident. More...

Women’s club wine tasting will feature samples from 30 local vintners

Event will benefit Regional Art Museum

The Westlake Village Junior Women’s Club will host its annual Sipping in Springtime event from 4 to 8 p.m. Sun., April 29 at the Stagecoach Inn Museum, 51 S. More...

Community street fest coming up

The 18th annual Community Street Festival will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sun., April 22 at 4600 Lakeview Canyon Road, Westlake Village, between Agoura Road and Watergate.  More...

Sports

Rarefied air

Oaks Christian senior pole vaulter aims for the top

Entering high school, Kim Sanchez was destined to be a star swimmer.  There was just one little hiccup. More...

Track meet at O.C.

Oaks Christian is hosting the Maurice Greene Invitational Track Meet on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. More...

Local boxer takes a crash course in the sweet science

Eighth-grader from Los Cerritos poised for amateur debut

The bell tolls for Nathan Kundert.  But unlike Ernest Hemingway’s 1940 novel “For Whom the Bell Tolls,” when the bell rings for Kundert’s first official Junior Olympics boxing match today in Chino Hills, the fighter and h More...

Pets

April's Squirrel of the Month

  April’s Squirrel of the Month was submitted by Summer March of Newbury Park, who captured this little guy going Mission Impossible-style to reach the Marchs’ bird feeder. More...

Pet of the Week

CRUNCHY—Cheetos is a 5-year-old male orange tabby, domestic mediumhair cat. He is friendly and engaging, curious and confident. More...

Police

Police recover thousands of dollars in stolen property

Law enforcement personnel have seized more than $100,000 in allegedly stolen cash and property from a Los Angeles gang member suspected in a string of residential burglaries in Thousand Oaks and other cities in Ventura, L.A. More...

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park   Someone stole merchandise from CVS pharmacy in the 400 block of S. More...

Family

Assemblyman back from Afghanistan

Jeff Gorell completes oneyear tour, returns to Sacramento

Assemblymember Jeff Gorell (R-Westlake Village) returned home to Camarillo late last month after a yearlong deployment in Afghanistan and resumed his political responsibilities in Sacramento this week.  More...

Give Mom her moment

Mother’s Day is Sun., May 13, and the Thousand Oaks Acorn wants your mom to receive the recognition she deserves.  More...

Family fun found at Janss mall’s Easter egg adventure

AN EGG-CELLENT TIME—At left, Tiffany Fredriksen of Thousand Oaks watches her daughter, Sierra, 8, color her Easter bag before going on the annual egg hunt at the Janss Marketplace on Saturday. More...

Columns

People and trees

There are many similarities between people and trees.  Small trees are called baby trees. Baby trees are grown in a nursery. More...

Putting the focus on senior hunger

Every day in our community some 5,000 seniors struggle to put the right food on their tables.  Faced with financial challenges, physical limitations or isolation, they face a dilemma—whether to skip meals or choose cheaper, less nutritious More...