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Health & Wellness

Blood donations continue to save lives

Some acts of heroism take place on a hospital cot.  Just ask Dave Keys, program coordinator for Cedars- Sinai’s community mobile blood drive program.  “(Donating blood) is one of the most profound causes on the planet,” Ke More...

Walking for a cure

The American Cancer Society’s inaugural Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Thousand Oaks event is scheduled for Sat., July 28 at Gardens of the World, 2001 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. More...

Three leaders join Conejo Clinic board

Three Conejo Valley business leaders have joined the Conejo Free Clinic’s board of directors.  Jonathan Berke, a 23-year resident of Agoura Hills, is the labor relations director at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center, where he has been More...

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Schools

University’s theater company puts new spin on ‘Romeo and Juliet’

The doomed lovers from Shakespeare’s classic tragedy “Romeo and Juliet” will play out their tale at California Lutheran University from July 20 to Aug. More...

Summer college application update

Now that the school year is over, incoming seniors are turning their attention to college applications.  This year’s Common Application will close on July 13, and the 2012-13 version will open on Aug. 1.  More...

YMCA campers hit the water at Sequoia Lake

The Conejo Valley YMCA will host a weeklong camp from Aug. 4 through 11 at Sequoia Lake for children entering grades four through 12.  An information night for interested campers will be at 6:30 p.m. More...

Business

Union Bank vice president to chair 2012 Ventura County Heart Walk

The American Heart Association has named Union Bank vice president Adam Weisner as the chair of the 2012 Ventura County Heart Walk scheduled for Oct. More...

JNET meets July 18

Nosh, schmooze and make business connections within the nine-chapter community of Jewish business people, professionals, trades people and corporate executives at JNET, a nonprofit, from 6:45 to 9 p.m. Wed., July 18 at Temple Adat Elohim, 2420 E. More...

Eye On Local Area Stocks

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Police

Blotter

Editor’s Note: Sheriff’s Blotter is longer than usual this week because reports had to be held over from the July 5 edition.   Newbury Park  June 16  A person was battered in the 100 block of Sandra Court.  More...

Letters

Massage parlors pose no threat

Now that the family values types have eaten their collective crow of how Hooters would sink our fair city into depravity and decay, Russ Goodenough has found a new cause to rally the faithful (“Time to close massage parlors,” Acorn, July More...

Suggestions to improve city

I want to thank Russ Goodenough for his brilliant argument for closing all massage parlors in T.O.  Given that he has apparently never set foot in any of these establishments—many legitimate businesses run by hardworking Chinese immigrants More...

Layoff of VIP leader a disservice

The City Council under control of Jacqui Irwin and Andy Fox and city matters under Scott Mitnick have done a real disservice to the taxpayers of Thousand Oaks.  They have eliminated a position costing the city some $160,000 with benefits by the More...

Columns

Proud to be Americans

Patriotism is alive and well in the Conejo Valley.  I witnessed it a week ago when I enjoyed my first Fourth of July Summer Concert in the Park in Thousand Oaks.  A crowd of maybe 1,000 gathered at Conejo Community Park to hear the Conejo P More...

Right to Vote made into law

City mustfill future council vacancies with special elections

Unexpected vacancies on the Thousand Oaks City Council must be filled in the future by a special election, the council decided this week. More...

Coach won’t be charged in postgame punchout

A youth baseball coach who punched out the father of an opposing player following a June game in Westlake Village won’t face criminal charges.  More...

Plans in place to finish Banyan Park

Residents agree on future of CRPD’s first property

At Newbury Park’s Banyan Park, the grass is greener on the other side—literally. More...

Community

City’s 2 biggest hospitals look to forge partnership

Los Robles medical center and T.O. Surgical Hospital in discussions

In an effort to stand out in a crowd of healthcare services and offer more options to patients, Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center and Thousand Oaks Surgical Hospital are developing a partnership set to be in place by fall.  Details of the c More...

Crisis intervention team at work

Program helps reduce shootings involving officers

A countywide program that aims to help law enforcement authorities in the field better identify individuals with mental illnesses is proving to be beneficial to the community, according to a Ventura County grand jury report released to the public Jun More...

Firefighters staying sharp as likelihood of blaze grows

Training put to the test

Next to an already scorched hill in Moorpark’s Happy Camp Canyon, about 50 firefighters moved into position Tuesday morning with their hoses and helmets, getting ready to fight the next controlled blaze.  It was day two of a “live fi More...

On the Town

Tropical Daze showcases exotic birds, island music

The fourth annual Tropical Daze Summer Music Festival will take place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sat. More...

Doo Wah Riders will perform country in free concert series

The Doo Wah Riders will perform country music with a Cajun twist at the Conejo Recreation and Park District’s free 2012 Summer Concerts in the Park Series at 5 p.m. More...

Benefit celebrates food and wine

The second annual Conejo Valley Food and Wine Fest will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Sun., Aug. 5 on the grounds of St. Paschal Baylon Catholic School, 155 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks.  More...

Sports

Queen of water world

Newbury Park’s Van Brande is an aquatics superstar

Helena Van Brande rules the pool—and the ocean.  An incoming junior at Newbury Park High, Van Brande excels at water polo, swimming and being a junior lifeguard. More...

California Heat cooks the competition

The California Heat girls’ volleyball club team captured its first Volleyball Festival Championship with a 25-22 and 25-23 victory over Mizuno West Volleyball Club.  More...

Holliday crashes jet ski

Ex-Oaks Christian star critically injured

Former Oaks Christian multisport standout Blair Holliday was critically injured in a Fourth of July personal watercraft accident on Lake Tillery in North Carolina.  More...

Pets

Pets of the Week

BEST BUDS—Gunther and Maggie are beagle-dachshund mixes and are 7 years old. Both dogs are happy, friendly, energetic and wiggly. More...

Mr. Schnitzel looks to kick buns at this weekend’s Wiener Nationals

CRITTER TALES

We are longtime Newbury Park residents, and our little wiener dog, Mr. Schnitzel (at right), is running in the 17th annual Wiener Nationals at Los Alamitos Race Course on Sat., July 14.  More...

Faith

Children learn about God at Bible camp

ONWARD, CHRISTIAN SOLDIERS—Above, tribe leader Debbie Filgueras, right, teaches 9-yearold Hannah Crawford and 10-year-old Erik Lyon about how Christ can remove sin during Redeemer Lutheran Chur More...

Volunteers sew dresses for African girls

The Relief Society of the Thousand Oaks Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints will host a community service project called “Sew Happy to Serve” from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tues., July 17 at the T.O. More...

Family

Church puts on show to help parishioners

Family faces bills for injuries, cancer

The music that drummer and bass player Mike Kelly once played in the praise band at the United Methodist Church of Thousand Oaks will be sung in his honor this weekend when the church hosts a fundraiser to help the parishioner and his teenage daughte More...

Hike, kids’ day coming up at Chumash Museum

The Chumash Indian Museum at 3290 Lang Ranch Parkway, Thousand Oaks, will present the following summer events.  Reservations are required by calling Lisa Linn at (805) 795-3558 or emailing lisa@ecoearthenrichment.org.  Kids Chumash S.H.A.R. More...

Feeling like royalty

PRECIOUS MOMENTS—Little princesses, above, look at the illustrations as recreation leader Jenna Long, right, reads the book “Pinkalicious” to them as part of story time at the Dos V More...

Editorials

Council makes right call

The appointment-versus-special-election debate in Thousand Oaks came to a resounding end Tuesday when the City Council unexpectedly adopted the Right to Vote initiative into law.  More...

RIGHT TO VOTE INITIATIVE BECOMES LAW

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