November 22, 2012 RSS feed / Front Page

Health & Wellness

Be aware of pet cancer

November is nationally recognized as Pet Cancer Awareness Month, and Oak Park Veterinary Hospital is supporting the effort by offering reduced fees on cancer diagnostics and treatment.  Each year approximately 6 million dogs, and almost the same More...

Proper food preparation will prevent any holiday ER trips

One in six Americans get sick each year from bacteria in food

Great food is the centerpiece of any holiday celebration, and practicing safe food handling in the kitchen is an important part of holiday meal preparation.  According to the U.S. More...

Adults need their vaccinations too

Dr. Kevin Pimstone, a UCLA internal medicine physician, will give a presentation titled “Vaccinate for Good Health” from 2 to 3:30 p.m. More...

Calendar

Calendar

WED., NOV. 21  St. Jude Senior Group  12:30 p.m. in St. Jude church hall, 32032 Lindero Canyon Road, Westlake Village. Swiss steak lunch, Veterans Day celebration and swing dance performance. $10. All welcome. Contact: Peter Callari. More...

Schools

Feel the burn

Fire academy grads strut their stuff for family and friends

UP HE GOES— Trainee Jonathan Tolle climbs a ladder to rescue “victims” from a simulated structurefire. More...

School pays tribute to Marine lost in war

In a red, white and blue Veterans Day celebration, Oaks Christian School honored American veterans and paid tribute to an Oaks family whose son died in service.  U.S. Navy Capt. More...

Middle school takes stand against bullying

Student-led initiative having an effect

According to Stomp out Bullying, a national anti-bullying program for children and teenagers, one out of four children is the victim of bullying and up to 43 percent of children have been bullied online.  In response, Colina Middle School studen More...

Business

Realtors pitch in with turkey giveaway

NO ONE SHOULD GO HUNGRY—Manna of ConejoValley volunteer Kevin McDonough ofThousand Oaks, left, helps Charlie Sanchez of Thousand Oaks load a cart with food, including a turkey, that was donated More...

Career center holds free workshop

The Thousand Oaks Job and Career Center will offer a free Power of VOS (Virtual OneStop) workshop to job seekers from 9 a.m. to noon Mon., Dec. 17 at 80 E. Hillcrest Drive, Ste. More...

Gym opens for those with autism

An iFlextrain Fitness for Autism gym has opened to provide fitness training for teens and adults with autism spectrum disorder at 125 Academy Drive, Newbury Park.  Classes are taught by coach David Igliori, a fitness trainer and former boxer who More...

Police

Police searching for men suspected in string of daytime burglaries

North Ranch, Westlake areas hit

Police are looking for the people responsible for a rash of daytime residential burglaries in and around the North Ranch and Westlake areas of Thousand Oaks.  More...

Sheriff's Blotter

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CHP urges safe driving this weekend

With families and friends getting together to celebrate the holiday, and retail stores kicking off the big shopping season, the long Thanksgiving weekend can make for some very busy streets and highways.  That’s why law enforcement authori More...

Family

Memorial service to celebrate life of CLU’sfirst employee

Beyer helped mold the character of California Lutheran College

The first employee of California Lutheran University, Ethel Beyer of Camarillo, died Wed., Nov. 14 at the age of 104. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Fri., Nov. 30 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1 W. More...

Somebody’s hero

EMBRACE—Ventura County Fire Department Training Academy graduate David Unzen of Thousand Oaks kisses his daughter Lilly after a skills demonstration by graduates at the department’s Regio More...

Holiday ice rink now open

The Holiday Ice Rink is open at The Lakes at Thousand Oaks shopping center, 2200 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd.  The rink will remain open throughout the holiday season until Mon., Jan. More...

Editorials

Thanksgiving’s silver lining

Speaking economically—because this is the way happiness often is judged in our society—the past year gave us much to be thankful for compared to the hard, earlier days of the recession.  While many people in our community remain stre More...

Breaking News - 11/26/2012 4:01 PM

Alex Soteras found dead in home

Local businessman faced troubled past

Alex Soteras, former president of the Agoura/Oak Park/Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce, was found dead at his home in the exclusive Calabasas Oaks neighborhood on Sat., Nov. 24. More...

City turns up heat on state to reverse RDA ruling

Officials travel to capital in support of auto mall project

City officials traveled to Sacramento this week to lobby state auditors to reverse their decision regarding millions in funding needed to improve the Thousand Oaks Auto Mall.  More...

Local malls look forward to Black Friday boost

Sales increase predicted by retailers

’Tis the season of to be jolly and—for many—to shop.  “I like shopping during the holidays,” said Eddie Padilla, a Camarillo resident. “It’s nice to look around the mall. More...

Community

Beetles a threat to oak tree population

Holiday firewood a favorite means of transport for the pesky bug

As winter temperatures drop and fireplaces are stoked for the holidays, area residents are being asked to buy their firewood only from reputable dealers.  Why?  The goldspotted oak borer is on the move, and the beetle that can infest and de More...

Affordable housing still hard to come by, review finds

Fewer funds for government subsidies means fewer units will be built

The city of Thousand Oaks has enough land to meet new housing targets set by the state, according to city officials.  The finding is part of the city’s annual housing element review, which outlines how the city plans to meet its housing ne More...

Student gets shot at the big time

TOHS senior is performing on Broadway

Thousand Oaks High School senior Hogan Fulton has gone from the lunchroom to the limelight.  The 17-year-old is performing in Disney’s “Newsies,” a Broadway musical based on the New York City newsboy strike of 1899.  One o More...

On the Town

Tribute band misses the beat

CONCERT REVIEW

The Nov. 17 concert by the Fab Four, one of the leading Beatles tribute bands on the scene today, was not as much about what they played but what they didn’t play.  More...

Classic set in concentration camp is ‘mesmerizing’

PLAY REVIEW

Over the centuries, the ravages of war vary little with time. This is the main reason Euripedes’ ancient play “The Trojan Women” still resonates with audiences today. More...

Sports

Local teams gear up for season on pitch

high school girls’ soccer

Everyone’s chasing the Warriors. More...

Chen grooves to her own golf tunes

Sophia Chen didn’t make it to the CIF Girls Golf State Championships for a second straight season.  But Chen, a Thousand Oaks High senior, is doing just fine.  The Lancer’s decorated high school golf career ended Nov. More...

Youth sports teams finish fine this fall

NO LOSSES—The Ventura County Outlaws win the Camarillo Monster Classic baseball tournament last weekend, going undefeated. More...

Pets

Filled with hope

All-rescue pet store ends good first year

After years of picketing and demonstrating against pet stores that bought from puppy mills, Los Angeles resident Kim Sill decided to take a new approach.  “I wanted to open a shop of my own,” said Sill, who got tired of being tossed More...

Four-legged friend will be Thanksgiving guest of honor

CRITTER TAIL

There will be a member of the Thanksgiving gathering at my rural Santa Monica Mountains home this year who will rank as “guest of honor,” even if she lolls under the table drowsily inhaling all the great aromas then snores loudly through More...

Pet of the Week

A LOVER—Rhia is a 5½-year-old female brown-andwhite American pit bull terrier. She is a quiet dog, very sweet, that loves to give out love. If you would like to adopt Rhia, ask for ID No. More...

Faith

Westlake Methodist welcomes ‘Amahl and the Night Visitors’

Public is invited to Advent celebration, Christmas concert

The United Methodist Church of Westlake Village will present a Christmas concert and Advent celebration at 4 p.m. Sun., Dec. 2 in the church sanctuary, 1049 S. Westlake Blvd., Westlake Village.  More...

CLU presents Mexican tradition of Las Posadas

California Lutheran University’s Office of Multicultural Programs and International Student Services, the Latin American Student Organization and the Department of Languages and Cultures will present the Christmas story in the Mexican tradition More...

Ascension Lutheran School finds cover

MADE IN THE SHADE—Students, parents and staff at Ascension Lutheran Day School on Hillcrest Drive in Thousand Oaks cut the ribbon in a ceremony celebrating the installation of a shade structure More...

Letters

Environmentalist crying wolf again

The letter of Nov. 8 from Mary Wiesbrock advises dealers to listen to Thousand Oaks citizens regarding the approval of the auto mall sign.  She lives in Agoura Hills. More...

‘The new normal’ doesn’t pay well

Putting aside the recent election, it’s my belief that politicians of both stripes and most in the media are failing to discuss the slow decline of America.  If Ford announces that they’re going to build a new assembly plant in your More...

Columns

Off without Thanksgiving Hitch

It’s Thanksgiving—time for my Alfred Hitchcock movie marathon!  My wife and 9-year-old son roll their eyes.  Hey, it’s tradition.  I get that they don’t get how Hitchcock suspense movies have anything to do with More...

“Skyfall”

The best, most enduring brands reset the standards, reinvigorate their categories, ratchet up everyone’s expectations. More...

Seniors drive food-shopping growth

Visiting my parents in New Hampshire this week, I spent a lot of time in the grocery store. As a matter of fact, we shopped for groceries every single day.  More...