June 7, 2012 RSS feed / Front Page

Right to Vote initiative has enough signatures

Backer Mic Farris says he plans to submit to city clerk’s office any day

The Thousand Oaks Right to Vote Initiative is close to taking a place on the November ballot.  The measure requires vacancies on the Thousand Oaks City Council to be filled by a special election, allowing interim appointments only until the date More...

Health & Wellness

Happiness 101

Are you happy? More...

Wellness Community hosts picnic

JOYFUL MOVEMENT—At left, Cecilia Rios, left, and Orapin Numoto of the dance group Ka Hale Hula O Pilialohaoklani o Hilo perform for cancer survivors and their families at the Wellness Community More...

On the Town

Arts come alive in Thousand Oaks

PERFORMANCE—Above, members of the Agoura Hills Harmony-Sweet Adelines barbershop chorus sing at Conejo ArtWalk ’12, at Hillcrest Drive and Wilbur Road on June 2. More...

Red, White and Blue Ball returns to Reagan

The 27th annual Red, White and Blue Ball will take place at 5:30 p.m. Sat., June 23 at the Reagan Library, 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley. The ball will start with an open reception followed by a formal opening ceremony.  More...

Teen center hosting first health, beauty expo

The Thousand Oaks Teen Center will host its inaugural Summer Teen Health and Beauty Expo from noon to 4 p.m. Sat., June 23 at the center, 1375 E. More...

Sports

Purrfect!

Panthers’ postseason run ends in glorious fashion

The Panthers seized the moment.  Then they made history.  Newbury Park High’s baseball team won the CIF-Southern Section Division 1 championship by defeating Corona 2-1 at Dodger Stadium last Friday night.  More...

NPHS seniors go out in style

Funny how things change.  The wild celebrations, the tears of joy, adoring fans rushing the Dodger Stadium turf in jubilation, front-page headlines, trending on Twitter—it wasn’t always this way.  At least that’s how Joe C More...

Track and field talent up to the task at statefinals

What a flourish of a finish. Area athletes thrived at the CIF State Track and Field Championships last weekend at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Clovis. More...

Pets

Pet of the Week

‘HELLO THERE’—Ralphie is a 3-year-old domestic shorthair mix. Ralphie is friendly, talkative and loves attention. More...

Play benefits shelter dogs

The Fri., June 8 performance of the comic musical “Lucky Stiff” by Panic! More...

There’s a new vet in Westlake

Dr. Gregory McDonald will be joining the veterinary practice at Westlake Village Animal Hospital, along with Dr. Daniel Slaton, Dr. Steve Rosenstein, Dr. Stacy Rothman and Dr. More...

Faith

Jewish families relax and honor Shabbat at Sheraton Hotel retreat

Rabbi Ira and Cantor Beth, founders of Home- Shul, held the inaugural HomeShul Family Retreat at the Sheraton Hotel in Agoura Hills on May 11 and 12.  Families from Oak Park, Agoura and Newbury Park, among others, gathered to celebrate Shabbat b More...

Golf event tees off for charities

The St. Paschal Baylon Men’s Club will host the 31st annual Golf Classic on Thurs., July 26 at the Moorpark Country Club, 11800 Championship Drive.  This year’s event will honor Mike Scioscia, manager of the Los Angeles Angels.  More...

Banquet celebrates new facility

Dignitaries and community leaders will join friends and supporters of Chabad of the Conejo to celebrate the opening of the new Center for Jewish Life at a gala banquet at 5:30 p.m. More...

Letters

FOR THE RECORD

The California Lutheran University Community Leaders Association will host its 12th annual golf tournament from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Thurs., June 14—not June 4—as was reported in last week’s Acorn. More...

Rodney King complaint foolish

The letter unjustly lambasting Rabbi Paskow (Acorn, May 28) was a slap in the face to intelligent and informed people everywhere.  More...

Column on dentist visit was ‘harmful’

“The dentist, or how I tricked him into thinking my teeth were perfect,” by Michael Picarella (Acorn, May 28), is a sophomoric attempt to inject humor into his recent dental experience.  More...

Editorials

Something special about sticking together

In a time when the majority of CIF championship-winning programs are either at private schools or at public schools whose teams are filled with out-of-district transfers, we can’t help but see the success of the Newbury Park High School basebal More...

Political Cartoon

Full Story

Brownley bests Parks, will face Strickland in November

Assemblywoman edges former T.O. mayor in 26th District primary

After several months of a campaign free-for-all, the crowded field running in the 26th Congressional District was cut down in Tuesday’s primary to leave only Tony Strickland and Julia Brownley standing to battle for the U.S. More...

GED finds district was misusing test

Conejo Valley Unified School District has been ordered to stop using a practice GED test to award seniors at the district’s continuation school up to 40 elective credits toward graduation. More...

Community

Westlake’s Todd Zink edges Fran Pavley in primary, will face off again in November

27TH STATE SENATE RACE

Political newcomer Todd Zink scored a narrow 1 percent victory over local Democratic stalwart Fran Pavley in Tuesday’s primary election for the 27th State Senate District.  Only 105,300 voters cast ballots. More...

Report: Taxpayers paying twice

Training facility at heart of grand jury investigation

Local taxpayers are paying twice to run the county sheriff’s academy and training center in Camarillo, according to a Ventura County grand jury report released to the public on May 25.  More...

City at odds with state auditors over denial of four RDA projects

Official says T.O. is exploring options, litigation among them

Thousand Oaks will challenge the state’s second rejection of four local projects it hoped to complete with funds from the defunct Thousand Oaks Redevelopment Agency, the city manager said this week.  The city is now looking at its options, More...

Calendar

Calendar

THURS., JUNE 7  Happy Little Ukulele Club  6 to 8:30 p.m. at Denny’s restaurant, 50 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., T.O. All levels of players, singers. Bring own uke. Email: tohappyuke@yahoo.com.  Democratic Club Of Camarillo   More...

Schools

Bridges Charter celebrates its first graduating class

  HISTORIC OCCASION—At left, Bridges Charter School eighthgrader Steven Brondyke speaks during the Thousand Oaks school’s graduation ceremony on May 31. Bridges had 15 students in itsfirst graduating class. More...

Oaks Christian High School, Westlake Village

GRADUATION 2012

Oaks Christian High School  Number of graduates 194 Valedictorian Brian Ashton Pugh Salutatorian Alexander Corey Vega   More...

Grad’s journey began in Russian orphanage

Born in Karaganda, Kazakhstan, Galina Carson faced many adversities during the first 10 years of her life.  More...

Business

Investment firm launches new website

ETF Portfolio Management, a financial advisory firm in Dos Vientos Ranch, has launched a new website to help investors save money—InvestableBenchmarks.com. The firm offers strategic core portfolios with no advisory fee. More...

Smashburger sizzles into T.O.

Smashburger will open its first Los Angeles location on Wed., July 11 at 650 N. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks.  Smashburger’s signature recipes, including the L.A. Fusion, use fresh certified Angus beef on a butter-toasted artisan bun. More...

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Police

Cops return to site of accident for two-hour traffic sting

40 cited at crosswalk where mother and 3 young girls were hit by van two weeks ago

More than 40 drivers were cited for traffic violations last Wednesday at the same Thousand Oaks Boulevard intersection where a mother and three young girls were hit by a van the week before.   More...

Men assaulted in Newbury Park

Two men were taken to Los Robles Hospital on Sunday night after police found them injured in the 600 block of Paseo Esmeralda in Newbury Park.  More...

Man who killed teacher died of heart attack while fleeing, police say

Janice Somple was longtime English instructor at Westlake High

The man who killed Janice Somple in her Simi Valley home last week died from a heart attack while fleeing the scene of his last brutal act, police said Wednesday.  More...

Family

Miller YMCA celebrates July 4 with run/walk and car show

The Miller Family YMCA of Newbury Park will present its second annual July Fourth Festival, 5K/10K Run/Walk and Car Show on Wed., July 4 at The Village at Dos Vientos, 320 Via Las Brisas, Newbury Park.  The event will kick off with an all- you- More...

Dream big at the Thousand Oaks Library

Thousand Oaks Library will present its summer reading program “Dream Big—READ!” from June 11 through Aug. More...

Sequoia Boys & Girls Club wins $3,000

Members take grand prize in local recycling contest

The Sequoia Boys & Girls Club was named the winner of the grand prize of $3,000 in the Chapter Challenge recycling competition sponsored by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Conejo & Las Virgenes and the plastics industries of the American Chemis More...

Columns

Hepatitis C testing recommended for boomers

A few weeks ago the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a draft recommendation that all baby boomers (those born between 1945 and 1965) take a one-time blood test to detect hepatitis C, a disease that, if left untreated, can ultimately More...