June 14, 2012 RSS feed / Front Page

City toughens up massage parlor laws

Massage technicians in Thousand Oaks will now be required to obtain state certification from the California Massage Therapist Council, a nonprofit created to ensure people who give massages receive sufficient training from CAMTC-approved schools.&nbs More...

Health & Wellness

Give gift of health for Father’s Day

Fishing, golfing, barbecuing can benefit dads

Though many children consider their dad a superhero, he is not immune to common health problems that affect men. More...

Joint pain is topic of latest Health Chats

Two joint rehabilitation experts— occupational therapist Britt Fuller and physical therapist Paul Richert—will speak at a free Health Chats seminar from 9 to 10 a.m. More...

Golfers hit greens to raise green

KEEP IT STRAIGHT—Above, Camarillo resident Jeff Flitt rips a drive down the fourth hole fairway at the third annual Boys & Girls Clubs Golf Tournament at North Ranch Country Club on June 11 More...

On the Town

Shakespeare comedy opens CLU festival

The 16th annual Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival will open the 2012 season with “Much Ado About Nothing” in Kingsmen Park at California Lutheran University.  Directed by CLU alumnus Kevin P. Kern, performances will be at 8 p.m. More...

Community concert coming

The Coveralls will present a community concert fundraiser from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. More...

Barbecue joint offers ‘fast casual’

Over nearly three decades Bill Dobner had tried his hand at just about every aspect of the restaurant business.  The one thing he hadn’t done? Put his own name on the door.  More...

Sports

Conejo crush

Former Warrior takes aim at long-drive championship

“Grip it and rip it.”  It’s a common phrase used by the average golfer who might enjoy a casual day on the links.  But for recent Westlake High graduate Brian Cook, “grip it and rip it” has meaning and power be More...

101 lacrosse players honored

The 101 Coast League announced its all-league studentathletes for the spring high school lacrosse season. More...

Thousand Oaks Knights stick to the game plan

NOTHING BUT NETS—The Thousand Oaks Knights won the fifth- and sixth-grade Gold Division crown while competing in the Southern California Lacrosse Association. T.O. More...

Pets

Pet of the Week

READY TO PLAY—Moto is a 2-year-old Queensland heeler. Moto is energetic and likes to play fetch with a ball or frisbee. More...

Mickey Mouse original script will be part of new exhibit at Reagan Library in Simi

Disney’s official fan club, D23, will present “Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives” from Fri., July 6 through April 2013 at the Reagan Library, 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley.  At 12,000 square feet, the exhibit of more t More...

Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park  May 30  A woman, 23, was arrested for stealing in the 1000 block of Newbury Road.  June 1  Mail was stolen from a mailbox in the 200 block of Giant Oak Avenue.  More...

Family

This year we invited kids to draw their dads for the Thousand Oaks Acorn

Some of the dads look like movie stars or professionals athletes . . .
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Father and son are off the hook

CHAMPS OF THE LAKE— T.O. residents Chad Sahley and his 14-year-old son, Jakob, celebrate winning the Junior/Senior division of the recent Westlake bass tournament. More...

Open house at Miller Family Y commemorates 5-year anniversary

The Miller Family YMCA of Newbury Park will celebrate its five-year anniversary by offering residents the opportunity to use its facility for free from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. More...

Editorials

Students at the crossroads

The high school graduation season winds down this week, and from the small, alternative high schools where challenged teens have been molded into respectable young adults to the large, blue-ribbon campuses where dozens will graduate with glowing hono More...

Political Cartoon

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Don’t censor ‘The Kite Runner’

“The Kite Runner” has been added to the recommended reading list for CVUSD 12th-graders rather than elementary school reading lists, as Mr. Tony Dolz’s letter to the editor on June 7 unfortunately implies. More...

REPORTER OPENING

The Acorn Newspapers are looking for a full-time news/features reporter. Candidate must have prior daily or weekly newspaper reporting experience and a solid background in journalism. College journalism degree preferred. Published clips a must. More...

Auto mall to welcome Rolls-Royce, Bentley dealerships

The 90210 lifestyle is headed to the Conejo Valley.  This week, the O’Gara Coach Company, which operates a luxury car dealership on Olympic Boulevard in Beverly Hills, announced it was going to open Rolls-Royce and Bentley dealerships in t More...

District cuts deal with teachers union to preserve jobs

Some class sizes will be increased

Conejo Valley Unified School District rescinded layoff notices sent to 41 teachers last month but will increase some class sizes in the 2012-13 school year as part of a tentative agreement with the Unified Association of Conejo Teachers.  More...

Community

Challengers Cup a hit with special needs kids

Two challenger and VIP teams—baseball squads made up of players with special needs— from Newbury Park PONY Baseball and Conejo Valley Little League held the inaugural Challengers Cup on June 2.  More...

Former NFL player’s disappearance no hoax, spokesperson says

Erik Affholter, the former high school, college and pro football star, has a knack for making headlines.  His disappearance while on a May 13 hike in Simi Valley turned out to be a false alarm, a so-called misunderstanding that left police, fami More...

Gateway to mountains now open

NPS visitor center at King Gillette Ranch unveiled

Local residents, along with the millions of other people who visit the Santa Monica Mountains Recreation Area each year, now have access to a state-of-theart visitor center that will give them a front row seat to the public parkland running majestica More...

Calendar

Calendar

THURS., JUNE 14  Independent Writers Of SoCal, Ventura Satellite  10 a.m. to noon in golf club meeting room, Sherwood Country Club, 320 W. Stafford Road, Thousand Oaks. Provides feedback for writers. RSVP. Email: sharon_ schnell@yahoo.com. More...

Schools

Music director in tune with students

At one of the last rehearsals for their spring performance, Frank LaGuardia’s pupils are full of energy, giggling and chatting in anticipation of opening night.  More...

Student singers wow audience

Los Cerritos Middle School Choir

In a school district where excellence is not an uncommon trait among teachers, Janice Hague stands out as one of the most dedicated and passionate about her craft.  As director of the Los Cerritos Middle School choir program, Hague led her stude More...

GRADUATION 2012

Thousand Oaks High School

Thousand Oaks High School   More...

Business

Business networking group hosts open house at Chamber

A local group, 101 Business Partners, has the purpose of expanding contacts and serving the Conejo Valley community.  The organization will host an open house from 8 to 9 a.m. More...

Rick Caruso honored for entrepreneurship

Developer and businessman Rick Caruso of Caruso Affiliated will receive the 2012 Master Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Greater Los Angeles.  Caruso was one of 52 semifinalists selected by an independent judging panel for the award given by a More...

County’s first year-round wedding showroom to open in Thousand Oaks

Ventura County’s first year-round wedding resource showroom, Wedding Tulle Box, will open Fri., June 15 at 820 E. More...

Faith

Honk if you love harmony on the highway

“Have you ever noticed that anybody driving slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac?” — George Carlin   George Carlin makes a good point when he implies that anyone who’s not driving just More...

Unity of Oaks presents check to Manna

SPECIAL DELIVERY—Representatives from Unity of the Oaks Church of Thousand Oaks present a check for $3,407 to Mike Mathews, executive director of Manna, the Conejo Valley food bank. More...

Embedded reporter learns importance of water in Afghanistan

As a public television producer, Luke Heikkila recently had the chance to work as an embedded reporter with National Guard troops in Afghanistan.  More...

Columns

An election in retrospect

Turnout in last week’s primary election was dismal.  In my opinion, it can be mostly blamed on gridlock in Washington, D.C., and mudslinging. More...

At The Library

The Thousand Oaks Library will present the “Dream Big— Read” Summer Reading Club for children through grade five through Aug. More...