November 8, 2012 RSS feed / Front Page

Incumbents hold off stiff test from challenger

Connolly, Buckles win reelection

A school board election fraught with debates about banning books and how to use limited state and federal funds ended in favor of two incumbents this week. More...

Health & Wellness

National Park Service promotes safe mountain bike riding

In response to increased complaints and collisions on local trails, the National Park Service has teamed with the Concerned Off-Road Bicyclist Association (CORBA) to promote safe and courteous riding in the Santa Monica Mountains.  More...

Hepatitis C: The silent killer

Nearly 5 million Americans are infected with hepatitis C, but 75 percent of people with the disease don’t know they have it because it is often symptomless for decades.  Hepatitis C is a serious liver disease spread through infected blood. More...

Meth use remains on rise in U.S.

Home medicine cabinet may hold lethal ingredients

Many Americans think of methamphetamine, or meth, as a subject of television dramas. More...

Calendar

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THURS., NOV. 8  Woodland Hills Republican Women  10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Woodland Hills Country Club, 21150 Dumetz Road. Special guest Ben Shapiro, editor-atlarge of Breitbart.com radio talk show. $22 luncheon. RSVP requested. Contact: Jane. More...

Schools

Student sends Halloween treats to victims of Sandy

Sixth-grader organizes candy drive

For Los Cerritos Middle School student Alexandra Arnold, Halloween is a momentous holiday.  “This year, I was a 1980s girl,” the 11-year-old said. More...

Principal gets doused for dough

SLIMY SHOWER—Principal Jennifer Boone got“slimed”by parent volunteer Matt Zielinski last week during EARTHS Magnet Elementary School’s annual Harvest Festival. More...

Community invited to Black and Gold Day

Newbury Park High School boys’ and girls’ basketball programs invite the community to the inaugural Black and Gold Day on Sat., Nov. More...

Business

New antennas at CLU should boost coverage for MetroPCS customers

Six MetroPCS antennas will be installed at Cal Lutheran University’s football stadium to improve coverage in the area.  The 5-foot antennas will be mounted on an 80-foot light pole on the west side of the stadium at 160 Overton Court, with More...

EYE ON LOCAL AREA STOCKS

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Restaurant opens next week at Lindero Country Club

The Sage Room Osteria Bar and Grill will open Mon., Nov. More...

Police

TOPD trying to determine cause of fatal motorcycle crash

Collision between bike and car leaves 19-year-old Thousand Oaks resident dead

A 19-year-old Thousand Oaks resident was killed Saturday as a result of an accident on Westlake Boulevard.  Around 2:30 p.m. Nov. 3, Christian Eitelbach was riding his motorcycle north on Westlake Boulevard. More...

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park   Oct. 23  Between Oct. 23 and 28, a pirate flag was stolen from a building in the first block of Knollwood Drive.  Oct. 26  Between Oct. 26 and 29, a business in the 800 block of Lawrence Drive was burglarized.  More...

Family

Scout flashes Silver smile

SERVICE AWARD— Genevieve Emanuel, a Juliette Girl Scout, recently earned her Silver Award, the highest award a Cadette Scout can receive. More...

Miller YMCA flag football taking sign-ups

The third season of the Miller Family YMCA’s Flag Football League will run from Dec. 1 through Feb. 2.  Sign-ups are underway.  Participants can also sign up at the skills evaluation from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sat., Nov. More...

Stuff stockings for troops

The 10th annual Project Holiday Stocking is collecting donations of stockings filled with snacks and goodies to send to American troops deployed to Afghanistan.  In the past 10 years more than 30,000 stockings have been shipped.  Residents More...

Editorials

State race recap

Struck by a perfect storm of local, state and national races— many of them coming down to the wire—Super Tuesday gave us a whirlwind ride that more than lived up to its billing.  For political junkies, the drama couldn’t have b More...

Political Cartoon

Full Story

Irwin wins soundly; Adam tops Jones for second seat

CITY COUNCIL

A hard-fought and at times tense race for two spots on the Thousand Oaks City Council ended this week with a resounding victory for incumbent Jacqui Irwin and a close finish for new Councilmember Al Adam. More...

Measure L will become law

Local term limits initiative passes with 78 percent in favor

In the end, the debate over term limits for Thousand Oaks City Council members was a one-sided argument—at least as far as voters were concerned. More...

North Ranch residents upset with proposal to build 14 luxury homes

Former ranch to be site of gated community

A 27-acre property once reserved for horses is the center of a dispute between neighbors who want to preserve the open space and developers who plan to build homes there.  More...

Community

Local residents can apply to fill opening on transportation commission

The City of Thousand Oaks is recruiting to fill an opening on the Ventura County Transportation Commission.  VCTC is charged with the responsibility of carrying out the purposes and directives of the California Legislature in the County Transpor More...

Pavley pulls it out

Veteran lawmaker survives scare from upstart Republican Todd Zink

Despite coming in second to Todd Zink in the June primary, Democrat Fran Pavley turned the tables in Tuesday’s general election and beat her Republican opponent by five percentage points in the race for the newly configured 27th Senate District More...

Lange, Huffer finish 1-2 in park race

Familiar face, new face win CRPD election

The votes are in. More...

On the Town

Creator of horror cult classic leaves behind lasting legacy

The mastermind behind the 1976 horror film “The Omen,” longtime Conejo Valley resident Bob Munger wasn’t shy about the movie’s intent.  “He wanted to scare the hell out of people,” said Grace Munger, his wife More...

Talking with T.C.

BOOK DISCUSSION—Moderator Jim Bond, left, and author T.C. More...

‘The gig of a lifetime’

Westlake band members chosen to perform at Chicago concert

When Westlake High School student Maddie Simons sits down at the piano, her worries fade away.  “It’s extremely freeing,” she said. More...

Sports

Teams prepare for tough road ahead

Playoff outlook

High school football playoffs are here.  It’s time for teams to win or go home.  Seven schools from Acorn country advanced to the postseason this fall.  Marmonte League outfits Oaks Christian, Moorpark and Westlake qualified for More...

Westlake outlasts Laguna Hills, ready for Round 2

Julia Mannisto had broken many Westlake High girls’ volleyball records, but the junior outside hitter had yet to experience a playoff victory.  That changed Tuesday night when the Warriors defeated Laguna Hills 25-17, 25-15, 26-28 and 29-2 More...

Lancer volleyball advances in playoffs

FANCY FOOTWORK—Kendall Frisoli and the Thousand Oaks High girls’ volleyball team dispatched El Toro during thefirst round of the CIF-SS Division 1A playoffs on Tuesday. More...

Pets

Pet of the Week

‘TAKE ME HOME’—Tuffy is a male cream American shorthair mix about 3 months old. He is a playful kitten. His left eye will need some medical attention. More...

Boutique benefits homeless animals

A holiday boutique to benefit homeless animals will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat., Nov. 17 and Dec. 1 and 8 at the Agoura Hills Animal Shelter, 29525 Agoura Road.  Wood art pieces, holiday cards and pet supplies will be for sale. More...

Adopt an abandoned bunny

Rabbits available at discounted price

The County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control is rescuing rabbits that have been illegally abandoned on the island at Alondra Park in Torrance.  Animal Control and the L.A. More...

Faith

Congregation blessed by giving on Mitzvah Day

DOING GOOD—Above, Matthew Pettis of Thousand Oaks waits as Mia Sonnenberg-Ihim, 7, and her brother Evan, 10, of Agoura; Adam Felsen, 11, of Oak Park and Leah Merjan, 10, of Thousand Oaks prepar More...

Christian women connect

The Thousand Oaks Christian Women’s Connection invites all women to attend the Meet Me at the Fair luncheon from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wed., Nov. 14 at Los Robles Greens, 299 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks.  More...

Woman saved 3,000 Jews

The Conejo Jewish Academy will host a lecture by Judy Feld Carr as part of the Distinguished Speaker Series at 8 p.m. Mon., Nov. 12 in the Grand Ballroom of the Hyatt Westlake Plaza, 880 S. More...

Letters

Time to help nation’s veterans

The blind may see. The lame may walk.  I’m not a spiritual snake oil salesman hawking some magical cure. I’m a blind Vietnam vet who will spend this Veterans Day at the VA’s Long Beach Blind Rehabilitation Center.  More...

Shingles vaccine in short supply

I was very interested in Andrea Gallagher’s column “What I learned from my shingles scare” (Acorn, Oct. 11) and had to respond.  More...

Novel offers valuable lessons

The race for control of the Conejo Valley Unified School District school board involved several issues that affect local citizens; however, the most controversial issue so far seems to be the debate about the teaching of the book “The Kite Runn More...

Columns

The invincible light

On a recent evening stroll with my young pup along the Wistful Vista trail in a quiet Oak Park neighborhood, I spotted a tiny glowing light buried amid vegetation on a slope. More...

Building bones

At age 35 I found out my bones weren’t as strong and healthy as a normal 35-year-old’s.  Back then, almost 20 years ago, on my first appointment with a new doctor, one of the forms I was asked to complete was a checklist of 13 risk f More...