October 11, 2012 RSS feed / Front Page

Some blame smart meters for higher bills

Susan Losonci had never paid more than $125 a month for electricity since she moved into her Colodny Drive condo six years ago. But after Southern California Edison installed a new smart meter for her home on Aug. More...

Health & Wellness

Local triathlon team races to benefit Cancer Support Community of WLV

When the Conejo Valley Triathlon Club competes next month in the C3 Charity Club Challenge at Bonelli Park in San Dimas, it will not only be looking to win the team competition, but also to raise money for the Cancer Support Community of Westlake Vil More...

October brings attention to breast cancer

According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 23,280 new cases of invasive breast cancer and 4,335 deaths from breast cancer are expected to occur among women in California in 2012.  More...

Synthetic lens can restore vision

Looking into the future, it’s easy to see what many of the baby boomers have in common. The 132 million U.S. More...

Calendar

Calendar

THURS., OCT. 11  Woodland Hills Republican Women   More...

Schools

OCHS honors homecoming royalty

Oaks Christian School’s Homecoming King and Queen, Chris Fiala and Madison Ruff, were presented during the school’s homecoming celebration on Oct. More...

Youth leadership program returns in November

The Youth Congress Leadership program, sponsored by the Conejo/Las Virgenes Future Foundation, is accepting applications from students in grades nine through 12 for the program, which will start in November.  Now in its fourth year, the program More...

Top brass

HOME FIELD—Above, Thousand Oaks High School’s Lancer Marching Band performs itsfield show during thefifth annual Sounds of Conejo Marching Band Celebration at Thousand Oaks High School. More...

Business

Home improvement giant now looking to sublet former Kmart site on Hampshire

Home Depot pulls plug on effort to put store there

A vacant building that once housed a Kmart store may soon begin its next chapter. More...

The Ridge in Agoura attracting new tenants

Scheu Development Corp. More...

New concept store open at The Oaks mall

LOFT announces the opening of its new concept store at The Oaks, 350 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks.  The new store design features the LOFT “style closet” which leads into the fitting rooms. More...

Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park  Sept. 25  A 24-year-old man was arrested for possessing heroin for sale on Ramona Drive.  Property was stolen from a coin-operated laundry in the first block of Ventu Park Road.  More...

Faith

CLU to honor former president at Founders Day Convocation

T.O. pastor served in ELCA synod

California Lutheran University will hold its annual Founders Day Convocation at 10:30 a.m. Fri., Oct. More...

Study looks at Numbers

Rabbi Moshe Bryski will begin his 20th year of teaching the Bible when the study group resumes at 12:30 p.m. Wed., Oct. More...

The Art of Learning

Residents enjoy a various assortment of activities during More...

Letters

Freeway paving not finished

What happened to the 101 Freeway resurfacing job that Caltrans was to complete this year?  The only section completed is from Westlake Boulevard to the Los Angeles County line.  Is it because that is where the money is?  More...

Prop. 30 will help school budgets

Public schools have been hit hard in the last decade, and it’s only getting worse.  Schools have endured cuts of more than $20 billion in the last four years alone. More...

Jones and Bruno have baggage

When Ed Jones was Ventura County Supervisor in the late 1980s, he was charged with lewd conduct and indecent exposure by the Los Angeles City Attorney. More...

Editorials

Why breast cancer awareness month is so important

An estimated 23,300 new cases of breast cancer and 4,330 deaths from the disease are expected to occur among California women this year.  More...

Political Cartoon

Full Story

FOR THE RECORD

Last week’s page 3 story, “Pedestrian killed in T.O.,” contained a few errors. First, there is no traffic signal at Erbes Road and Monte Vista Drive. More...

Campaign spending totals $100,000 with month to go

Jacqui Irwin leads way with $50,000 raised

With more than $48,000 in contributions—$30,000 more than her nearest competitor—incumbent Jacqui Irwin has staked herself to a large fundraising lead in the race for Thousand Oaks City Council, according to campaign finance disclosures r More...

Fight over tax hike initiative looms large for schools

PROP. 30

Voters statewide are being asked to support Proposition 30—the proposal for a temporary sales and income tax increase that proponents say will save California public schools from draconian cuts. More...

Fatal crash victim, 24, was training to become a firefighter

Conejo Valley High grad died in Oct. 2 motorcycle accident

Returning home from battling the 90-acre Getty Fire last month, Ryan Kirby was exhausted and covered in ash—but beaming at the same time. “He was so excited that he got to fight his first fire,” said his mother, Debbie Kirby. More...

Community

TOHS turns 50

Celebration centered around Friday’s homecoming game

When it opened in 1962, Thousand Oaks High School was a small-town school with small-town feel. “ There was nothing but tumbleweeds rolling with the winds,” said Bill Ponticelli, who has lived in the area since 1964. More...

Candidates talk issues

Council hopefuls square off in final forum before Nov. 6 election

With just a month until the election, the nine candidates running for Thousand Oaks City Council looked to set themselves apart at an Oct. 4 candidates forum—the last in the race for T.O.’s highest office.  More...

Fifty-five townhomes approved for former site of mobile home park

Approval marks end of 7-year saga

A development of 55 townhouse units that displaced mobile home park residents in Newbury Park is set to break ground next summer after a seven-year delay.  More...

On the Town

Author, illustrator pair up to raise awareness about tolerance

Duo to host book signing for children at Agoura Library

Harold the dragon is different from other human-hating, fireloving dragons. More...

Music, books collide at special event

FANCY FINGERS—Singer-songwriter John Batdorf performs at the Grant Brimhall Library to start the One City One Book fall program of events on Oct. 6. More...

Haunted house is terror-bly fun

Reign of Terror open weekends at Janss Marketplace

The 13th annual Reign of Terror Haunted House, ranked as one of the top 10 haunted houses in the U.S., has opened above Gold’s Gym near Sears at Janss Marketplace, Hillcrest Drive at Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks.  This year the expanded 55 More...

Sports

Warriors make racket on court

Winning never gets boring.  For the Westlake High girls’ tennis team, the sweet smell of victory has become routine like the seasons.  Westlake has only missed the playoffs once since the school opened its doors 35 years ago.  Th More...

Lancers continue domination of Marmonte

Girls’ volleyball is on 36-match league win streak

The Marmonte League girls’ volleyball title was expected to be up for grabs after two-time defending champion Thousand Oaks High lost eight seniors.  Oops.  The Lancers have surged to the top of the standings, fueled by their doubters More...

The Acorn’s High School Football Game of the Week

Newbury Park Panthers (4-2) at Westlake Warriors (4-3)

Friday, 7 p.m. Westlake High   The Panthers are clawing their way back to the top.  Newbury Park High football has enjoyed a renaissance on the gridiron.  More...

Pets

More room to run

Barkley Pet Spa celebrates grand reopening following expansion

LOOKING FOR LOVE— Clockwise from left, Thousand Oaks residents Marco, 5, and Wendy Fris pet Zachary, a foster dog from Moorpark-based Forever Friends golden retriever rescue, at Barkley Pet Spa More...

Humane Society offering free spay, neuter for Chihuahuas

In an effort to quell overpopulation of the breed, the Humane Society of Ventura County is offering free spaying or neutering for Chihuahuas and Chihuahua mixes.  The offer is for residents of Ventura County who own Chihuahuas and Chihuahua mixe More...

Pet of the week

LOVABLE—Ricky is a black-andwhite male terrier mix about 2 years old. He is engaging, good on a leash and likes to be held. If you would like to adopt Ricky, ask for ID No. More...

Family

Family gathers to honor centenarian

CELEBRATION—Ernest“Ernie”Cipriano of Thousand Oaks celebrated his 100th birthday Sept. More...

Girl Scouts share their fascination withfinned friends infilm

Exhibiting the verve of French author Jules Verne, whose novel “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” revealed to his readers a window to the world of mysterious marine life, local Girl Scout Troop 63021 recently dove into a project of discovery More...

Eagle Scout hopes to be surgeon

Jake deRonde, 14, from Boy Scout Troop 7878 in Thousand Oaks, was recently awarded the rank of Eagle Scout. More...

Columns

Parades and pooches

The music died, and so did the parade

Do you remember the Conejo Valley Days parade?  I do.  I was reminded of the CVD parade last Saturday during Moorpark’s annual Country Days.  More...

What I learned from my shingles scare

Have you met anyone who’s had shingles? More...