November 29, 2012 RSS feed / Front Page

Don’t become a victim during holiday season

Law enforcement offers timely crime prevention tips

For most, having a happy holiday season means planning the perfect party or dinner and choosing that just-right present.  But to ensure a season that is truly merry, law enforcement officials say, holiday prep should include taking steps to ward More...

Health & Wellness

Entrepreneur designs device for amputees

Jeff Fabry lost his right arm and leg in a motorcycle accident in 1988. More...

On the Town

Master chorale to perform holiday concerts

Los Robles Master Chorale will present two holiday programs in December as well as a new holiday CD.  Under the direction of Lesley Leighton, the chorale will present “Holiday Treasures” at 2 p.m. Sun., Dec. 2 at St. More...

Manhattan Transfer sings in the holidays

The Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Foundation will present the Manhattan Transfer in a special holiday concert at 8 p.m. Tues., Dec. 4 in the Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd.  More...

Local artists on display

The Thousand Oaks Community Gallery will feature an artists holiday showcase from noon to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday from Dec. 3 through 22 with an opening reception at 2 p.m. Sun., Dec. 2 at 2331-A Borchard Road, Newbury Park.  More...

Sports

Teams gear up for fierce race to top of league standings

Marmonte League season preview

The Marmonte League high school boys’ soccer championship is up for grabs.  Royal and Thousand Oaks are defending champs, but both squads lost key contributors from last year’s teams.  Agoura was one point away from earning a sh More...

Oaks Christian, St. Bonaventure could be on way out of Marmonte

The releaguing madness that has captivated Ventura County high school sports teams and their fans has taken another twist.  Earlier this week, the CIFSouthern Section recommended removing Oaks Christian and St. More...

Newbury Park wrestling event on tap Saturday

The 31st annual Newbury Park High wrestling invitational will be Saturday at NPHS.  Twenty-eight teams from California and Nevada, including defending state champion Clovis, will compete at the tournament.  Matches begin at 9 a.m. More...

Business

Social media the focus of business seminar

The Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce Westlake Village offers Wednesday Lunch and Learn business seminars at the Janet Levett Conference Center, 600 Hampshire Road, Ste. More...

Former student fulfills her dream, buys California Art Institute

A school for artists in Ventura County and beyond, the California Art Institute was recently purchased by one of its own. On Nov. More...

Chair massages offered at Belmont Village open house

Belmont Village of Thousand Oaks will host a holiday open house from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Thurs., Dec. 6 at the facility, 3680 N. More...

Police

Police Blotter

Newbury Park  Nov. 13  Between Nov. 13 and 19, property was stolen from Midtown Veterinary Clinic in the 3000 block of Kimber Drive.  Nov. 14  A home in the 200 block of Cathy Drive was burglarized.  Nov. 15  More...

Family

Christmas season gets jumping at Janss

SNOWY SURPRISE—Mia McCabe, 6, of Newbury Park hits her dad, Rob, on the head with a snowball as they play together at the Janss Marketplace on Nov. 23. More...

Crash victim always made time for others

300 mourners attend funeral for 19-year-old killed in motorcycle accident

Westlake High School graduate Christian Eitelbach impressed hundreds of people with his kindness and generosity before he died at age 19 in a motorcycle accident earlier this month.  “He was a well-loved kid who was not a football star or More...

Marathon reading session at MATES

IT’S ALL IN BOOKS—Brenda Priske, principal of Meadows Arts and Technology Elementary School, participates in the Read Your Heart Out Principal Challenge at the school on Nov. 13. More...

Columns

Argonaut’s alphabet

On those long lists of do’s and don’ts posted at trailheads throughout the Santa Monica Mountains there is no advice on how to choose the appropriate hiking partner—specifically one who won’t drive you bonkers.  More...

Editorials

Maintain the momentum

Long lines aside, so many shoppers out on Black Friday weekend in Thousand Oaks was a welcome sight.  More...

Photo

Full Story

Bobcat suspected in death of T.O. family pet

It was pitch dark outside when Barbara Walsh let her dog out in the backyard of her Thousand Oaks home last Sunday, the last time she would see her beloved pet.  More...

Holiday shopping kicks off in high gear

GETTING STARTED—Yoli Arenas, left, her cousin Ana and sister-in-law, Adriana, shop at The Oaks mall in Thousand Oaks on Saturday. More...

Soccer coach cleared in court

The Ventura County district attorney has dropped charges against a local youth soccer coach accused of punching a teen player in the face during a postgame brawl. More...

Community

Investigation into Mexican Mafia activities nets 21 arrests

‘Shot-caller’ ran entire operation from inside prison

In what authorities are calling the largest criminal grand jury indictment in Ventura County history, 27 people, including members of the Mexican Mafia, will soon face charges that include conspiracy to commit crimes, narcotics trafficking, home inva More...

City spends $38,000 to buy land

Will be preserved as open space

In a move city leaders say will protect additional open space in Thousand Oaks, the city has agreed to purchase less than an acre of land identified as a priority for preservation by the Conejo Open Space Conservation Agency.  More...

Well-known Conejo Valley businessman found dead in home

Cause of death not yet determined

No cause of death has been determined yet for Alex Soteras, the former president of the Agoura/ Oak Park/Conejo Valley/Calabasas Chamber of Commerce who was found dead at his home in the exclusive Calabasas Oaks neighborhood last Saturday. More...

Calendar

Calendar

THURS., NOV. 29  School Holiday Boutique   More...

Schools

School board to vote on proposal to purchase new textbooks

CVUSD has been without new materials for 5 years due to budget cuts

After a five-year budgetinduced hiatus, Conejo Valley Unified School District may soon purchase language arts textbooks and materials for its 17 elementary schools.  On Tues., Nov. More...

University to host robotics tournament

28 teams from local schools will compete

Fourth- through eighth-graders will compete at the FIRST Lego League Robotics Qualifying Tournament from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sun., Dec. More...

High School Hi-Lights

Newbury Park Panthers Sat., Dec. 1: TEDx/college and career center/8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon., Dec. 3: Mock trial/3:30 to 5 p.m.  More...

Pets

Holiday boutique for homeless animals

A holiday boutique benefi ting homeless pets in need of medical care will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat., Dec. More...

Ventura County Animal Services welcomes new chief veterinarian

Heather Skogerson, DMV, joined the staff of Ventura County Animal Services on Nov. 26 as the agency’s new managing veterinarian of animal services.  More...

Pet of the Week

PETITE PANTHER—Tinkerbell is a female domestic shorthair mix about 6 years old. She is an indoor cat that is litterbox trained. She is shy, light on her feet and very sweet. More...

Faith

Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Month

Charles Oliner, an eighthgrader at Sequoia Middle School, was selected as Youth of the Month at the Sequoia Boys & Girls Club in Newbury Park.  Charles was selected for the honor due to the leadership, maturity and responsibility he demonstr More...

Faiths join hands to give thanks

COMING TOGETHER—At left, Cantor David Shukiar with Temple Adat Elohim reads from the Torah during an interfaith Thanksgiving service at St. More...

Redeemer Lutheran celebrates 50 years

Redeemer Lutheran Church will celebrate its 50th anniversary during a special worship service at 10 a. m. Sun., Dec. More...

Letters

Smart meter optout fees going up

Our most recent utility bills gave notice that Edison and SoCalGas have applied to the Public Utilities Commission for a draconian increase in smart meter opt-out fees.  The increase would take fees from $75 initial fee plus $10 per month (for S More...

Anti-Prop 30 letter inaccurate

Mr. Kaplan’s letter (“Prop. 30 padded union pensions,” Acorn, Nov. More...

Wants to picket against TOT

If you are disgusted with the current schedule, stops, inconsiderate treatment of, indifference to and downright inefficiency of Thousand Oaks Transit (TOT) to passengers and drivers, may I suggest we do something?  Would you consider a picket l More...