September 13, 2012 RSS feed / Front Page

Friends come to defense of accused youth soccer coach

Friends and colleagues have rallied in defense of a local youth soccer coach accused of punching a teen player in the face during a post-game melee.  Westlake Village resident Bart Allan, 48, is facing charges of battery and corporal injury to a More...

Health & Wellness

Trampolines fun but fraught with danger

Trampolining can be an exciting activity but it also can create hazardous conditions.  Orthopedic surgeons and ER staff treat more than 100,000 trampoline-related injuries each year. More...

Kids’fitness focus of event

The Conejo Recreation and Park District in cooperation with the Conejo Valley Chapter of the National Charity League will host the Kids Health and Fitness Day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sat., Sept. 29 at the Thousand Oaks Community Center, 2525 N. More...

Gala promises to ‘Light the Way’ for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

When Melanie Rosenberg brought her then 1-year-old daughter Paige into Children’s Hospital Los Angeles 14 years ago, she feared for the little girl’s life.  The toddler had a fever and was shaking uncontrollably.  More...

Calendar

Calendar

THURS., SEPT. 13  Woodland Hills Republican Women  10 a.m. at Woodland Hills Country Club, 21150 Dumetz Road. Featured guests Bob Haueter, regional chair of Romney for President campaign, and Jay Stern, candidate for Assembly. More...

Schools

Colossal cat shows Panther pride

Newbury Park High School visitors look out.  There’s a big cat on campus.  At the school’s Aug. More...

Local students making grade from coast to coast

Kathleen Luft began her volleyball season with Loyola Marymount University on Aug. More...

Going to college in Canada

American students who want an international experience without having to travel far or become fluent in a foreign language are finding exciting college opportunities in Canada, which welcomed more than 10,000 U.S. students in 2011.  More...

Business

Housing trust fund ready to grant loans

Companies, nonprofits that construct low to moderate income housing encouraged to apply

The Ventura County Housing Trust Fund announced during a public information meeting on Tuesday that its revolving loan fund program is open and the application is online.  The program provides loans to private and public companies, and religious More...

Chamber mixer

The Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce will present a Networking at Night mixer at 5:30 p.m. Wed., Sept. 19 at Fitness Movement, 1145 Lindero Canyon Road, Ste. C-1, Westlake Village. The cost is $5 for Chamber members and $15 for nonmembers. More...

Village Trader Market opens

The Village Trader Market and Deli, the first grocery in Dos Vientos Ranch, celebrated its grand opening Sept. More...

Faith

Worship and healing weekend planned in Newbury Park

Conejo Valley Healing Rooms will present a two-day Worship and Healing Weekend Fri. and Sat., Oct. 5 and 6 at Lighthouse Church, 3353 Old Conejo Road in Newbury Park.  More...

High Holy Days services

The following High Holy Day services will take place in the foothills of Simi Peak just outside of Thousand Oaks.  A Rosh Hashana gathering with Faces of the Sapphire will be at 1 p.m. Mon., Sept. More...

St. John’s to honorfive alumni

St. John’s Seminary will honor five Catholic leaders at its fifth annual Distinguished Alumni Dinner on Sun., Sept. 30 at the school in Camarillo.  More...

Letters

Coverage of coach lacked balance

As a longtime local resident, local businessman, supporter of the Acorn and friend of the accused, I was extremely disappointed in your coverage of the Simi Valley soccer incident involving Westlake Village resident Bart Allan.  More...

Coaches deserve our praise

How disappointing to see the headline in this morning’s Acorn about a youth coach reportedly striking a player.  More...

Space inspires young minds

As a longtime science teacher and teacher of gifted students, I was interested in Mr. More...

State pension reform trickles down to local level

Future T.O. city employees are affected

Local governments and agencies are taking a close look at the new pension reform law from Sacramento that requires public employees to pay a greater share of their retirement benefits.  More...

Groups will have to pay more to use city theaters on weekends

City leaders continued their efforts this week to raise revenue at the struggling Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza by increasing rental fees on weekends and lowering prices on weekdays.  More...

Pilot program aims to prevent tragic endings

TEENS & DRUGS

Before his death from a drug overdose, Conejo Valley High School student Dustin Christian articulated his ambition and his struggle in a poem he turned in at school.  I see colors.  I want to have a successful life.  I am a kid that is More...

Community

Groups may apply now for city grants

The City of Thousand Oaks Public Works Department will accept online applications for the 2012-13 Community Enhancement Grant Program from Oct. More...

Casa Conejo topics to be discussed

The next meeting of the Casa Conejo Municipal Advisory Council (MAC) will be at 6 p.m. Wed., Sept. More...

Jail visitation limited this month

Public visits to the Pre-Trial Detention Facility at 800 S. Victoria Ave., Ventura, will be canceled for four days this month due to renovations in the lobby.  From Sept. More...

On the Town

Hot wheels make pit stop in T.O.

CLASSICS—Clockwise from top: T.O. More...

Laker girls will make appearance at free basketball clinic in T.O.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley will host a free basketball clinic with the Lakers Youth Foundation from noon to 2 p.m. Sun., Sept. 16 at the Los Cerritos Middle School gym, 1980 E. More...

T.O. native’s pop song spoofs earning him reputation as the next Weird Al

Funnyman’s music videos have thousands of hits on YouTube

Comedian Eric Schwartz is a man of diverse talents.  “I rap, I sing, I dance, I beat box . . . I’m going to be the first gringo mariachi,” he said with a laugh. More...

Sports

Bulldogs show East Coast bias

NEW YORK STATE OF MIND—The Thousand Oaks Bulldogs U-12 baseball team took first place in their division at the National Cooperstown Tournament of Champions held in Cooperstown, N.Y., home of th More...

The Acorn’s High School Football Game of the Week

Oaks Christian Lions (3-0) at Chaminade Eagles (3-0)

Friday, 7 p.m. Chaminade High Oaks Christian High has obliterated its first three opponents this season. The Lions didn’t anticipate such a commanding start. More...

Weekend schedule

West Ranch at Thousand Oaks Friday, 7 p.m. Newbury Park at Moorpark Friday, 7 p.m. La Serna at Westlake Friday, 7 p.m. Oak Park at Calabasas Friday, 7 p.m.   More...

Pets

Pet of the Week

PRETTY LADY—Jazmin is a female black-and-white German shepherd and greyhound mix. She is around 12 years old and is good with small children, other dogs and cats. More...

A haven for the harried

Critter Tail

While my old dog battled pneumonia this summer, I remained at her side round the clock. Typically my happiest season, this summer was bleak, awash in pill bottles, vet visits, all-night worry sessions and preparing for the worst.  More...

Police

Man who posed as fence installer will have to spend time behind bars

T.O. resident, 35, pleads guilty to grand, identity theft

A Thousand Oaks man who posed as an employee of a Simi Valley contractor in order to receive thousands of dollars in payments will face up to three years and eight months in county jail when he is sentenced next month, authorities said this week.&nbs More...

Newbury Park woman allegedly took $550,000 from her employer

CONEJO CRIME

A Newbury Park woman who allegedly embezzled at least $550,000 in the past year from her former Moorpark employer is facing 20 felony counts of forgery and a special allegation of aggravated white-collar crime, according to the Ventura County distric More...

Man allegedly sold fake Facebook stock

Victims were women from T.O.

A man accused of selling fake Facebook stock shares to female victims in Thousand Oaks has been arrested, police said this week.  Michael Freedman, 53, of Los Angeles was arrested Sept. 6 in the 100 block of N. La Brea Avenue in Inglewood.  More...

Family

Singalong, ice cream social bring folks together

DESSERT AND DUET—Above from left, Camarillo resident Julie Russell and cancer survivor Donna Iverson of Ventura sing with local musician Phil Kuchinka at the Westlake Cancer Support Community i More...

Columns

Planning: the cure for life’s uncertainties

It should come as no surprise that the rate of change in our world is accelerating.  Or maybe it is a surprise?  These days, change occurs so continually and rapidly that we may not realize the impact of this change until we reflect upon it More...

Good listener

“Daddy, you’re home!” says my 9-year-old son with a hug before I can get in the house.  “Tell Daddy what kind of day you had,” says my wife with a kiss before I can shut the door.  “I had a bad day, Daddy More...