December 13, 2012 RSS feed / Front Page

Tanning salon owner accused of sexually molesting two underage boys

Police asking additional victims to come forward

The co-owner of a Thousand Oaks tanning salon has been arrested on suspicion of sexually molesting underage boys who worked for him at the salon. More...

Man dressed as woman exposing himself to kids in T.O.

Caucasian male approaches young girls and lifts his skirt

Police are looking for a man accused of exposing himself to girls on three separate occasions at apartment complexes in Thousand Oaks and Newbury Park. The incidents happened Aug. 1 at 5 p.m. in the 1900 block of Avenida de Los Arboles; Nov. More...

Health & Wellness

Moorpark boy launched annual toy drive when he was 6

Casey Abrams, now 9, knows how it feels to be a kid in the hospital

Casey Abrams is a 9-yearold hero to hundreds of children at Mattel Children’s Hospital at UCLA.  The Moorpark fourth-grader is once again collecting toys for children at the hospital with the hope of bringing a little cheer to them during More...

Oaks Christian student donates video games to hospitalized kids

Los Robles’ pediatric ward recipient of gifts

Days and nights can be long and lonely for children in the hospital pediatric ward. This realization is what gave birth to a community service project recently undertaken by Worthan Kwan, a junior at Oaks Christian School in Westlake Village.  More...

Shop around for insurance

When it comes to managing money, most people only focus on a few things—paying too much for food, stashing enough away for retirement or preparing for future college bills.  More...

Calendar

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THURS., DEC. 13  Woodland Hills Republican Women  10:30 a.m. at Woodland Hills Country Club, 21150 Dumetz Road. Sounds Familiar (sextet) performs classical and pop holiday music. Boutique. $22 for luncheon. RSVP requested. Contact: Jane. More...

Schools

School district to spend $1.3 million on new language arts materials

Current books are outdated, worn

Starting next year, the Conejo Valley Unified School District will have new English language arts books and materials for its 17 elementary schools. On Dec. More...

Young entrepreneurs earn high marks

Seniors are from Thousand Oaks High’s EThOS Academy

Twenty-nine Thousand Oaks High School seniors from its EThOS Entrepreneurship Academy achieved high scores at the 14th annual California International Trade Show in Bakersfield Nov. 28 and 29.  More...

High School Hi-Lights

Newbury Park Panthers Fri., Dec. 14: Wrestling meetings/ T3/4 to 6 p.m. Cirque de Paw dance concert/ performing arts center/7 to 10 p.m.  More...

Business

Good credit takes sacrifice, advisers say

HOLIDAY SPENDING

The hooves of eight tiny reindeer will be touching down on rooftops in less than two weeks, but the full financial impact of the holiday season won’t hit home until next month.  That’s when shoppers will receive their December credit More...

City’s first hookah lounge bubbles up

Xhale, the first hookah lounge in Thousand Oaks, is set to open in January.  The 18-and-over venue where patrons can smoke shisha, or flavored tobacco, was approved by city permit process manager Marjan Behzadi at a Nov. More...

New art studio will offer variety of classes

The Arterie, a new art studio, will open its doors Sat., Dec. 22 at 80 Long Court, Ste. 1A, Thousand Oaks.  The studio offers a variety of classes for all ages, and enrollment is now open. More...

Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park  Nov. 28  A man, 66, was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol in the 400 block of N. Ventu Park Road.  Nov. More...

Police cite serial tagger

A Thousand Oaks teen has been cited for graffiti vandalism that has occurred over the past several months in the city.  Thousand Oaks police say that about 50 taggings involving the moniker “Doozer” have appeared in the city this yea More...

Family

Los Cerritos choir sings in the holidays

‘Songs of the Season’

At Los Cerritos Middle School’s annual holiday choir concert, director Janice Hague told her audience, “I’ve never been the kind of girl who colors inside the lines.”  More...

Listen to kids when planning after-school activities

Fun and learning can extend beyond the classroom. More...

Letters

Distraught pet owner responds

I’m writing in response to the letter written by Maryjane Mac- Leod regarding the article about the loss of my little Thor (“Bobcat suspected in death of T.O. pet,” Acorn, Nov. 29).  More...

Fuss over fires went too far

I received my Acorn last week and turned to the letters as I always do with anticipation of reading something that reflects what I feel as an American, a parent and a resident of Thousand Oaks.  More...

Environmentalism goes overboard

I was saddened to read the commentary by Madison Most, “Gift-giving doesn’t have to hurt the environment.”  In urging us to adopt an environmentally correct attitude toward Christmas, the article begins to drain what is left of More...

Editorials

What’s next for council

Apologies to the Mayas, but here’s a prediction you can actually take to the bank: Things are about to get interesting on the Thousand Oaks City Council.  More...

Political Cartoon

Full Story

Changes at the top

Bill-de la Peña will lead new-look council

With a smile on her face, the council member next in line to lead Thousand Oaks switched to the seat in the middle of the dais, the nameplate in front of her changed from “Mayor Jacqui Irwin” to “Mayor Claudia Bill-de la Peña” More...

Fresh & Easy stores set to expire

Nine Ventura County markets are on the chopping block

Fresh & Easy stores are bracing for a possible shutdown due to sluggish grocery sales in the U.S. and abroad.  Nine Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Markets in Ventura County are affected. More...

Difficult decisions on the horizon

STATE OF THE CITY

Thousand Oaks experienced a year of progress, but difficult decisions lie ahead, Jacqui Irwin said this week at her Thousand Oaks State of the City address, her final act before relinquishing her seat as mayor later that night. More...

Community

Dead coyotes raise questions

Tom Roberts was walking his dog near Suburbia Park in Thousand Oaks recently when he spotted a dead coyote, the second he’d seen in his neighborhood in a week. Up close, it showed no signs of trauma. More...

Term limits now the law in T.O.

The Measure L term limits initiative is now law.  The measure, which limits Thousand Oaks City Council members to no more than three consecutive four-year terms, was adopted by the council at its Dec. 11 meeting.  More...

Sheriff’s office shares some of the most popular holiday scams

Don’t fall victim to a con

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office advises citizens to be aware of a number of scams that are common during the holiday season, when people may be less suspicious.  Advance fee pay scam  More...

On the Town

Community theater groups honored at 4 Star Awards

The 2012 winners of the annual 4 Star Awards have been selected.  The awards honor excellence in Ventura County community theater.  Following are the winners of the local theaters and the plays/ roles for which they were nominated.  H More...

A taste of the holidays at Conejo Y

PARTY TIME—Above, Malia Perry, 3½, of Agoura Hills tastes her creation at the gingerbread cookie decorating table during Conejo Valley YMCA’s Holiday Cheer on Dec. 7. More...

‘Nutcracker’ promises Christmas magic

Christmas Eve is fast approaching, and inside little Clara’s colorful Nutcracker, a handsome prince is beginning to stir.  On Sat., Dec. More...

Sports

Taking a tumble

Promising gymnast trains in Newbury Park

Gymnast Jeremiah McReynolds, a 16-year-old from Oak Park, is not afraid of hard work and sacrifice.  He trains at Victory Gymnastics Academy in Newbury Park six days a week to perfect his skills.  During one recent lesson, Jeremiah worked o More...

Youth track club taking sign-ups

United Track Club offers athletes of varying abilities opportunities to be successful. More...

Curling open house in Simi

SoCal Curling will offer open curling at 5 p.m. Sat., Dec. 29 at the Simi Valley Easy Street ice arena, 131 W. Easy St.  The event is open to all skill levels. More...

Pets

Squirrel of the Month

BEATING THE HEAT— Jen Bennetzen of Newbury Park captured this adorable photo of a little rodent friend enjoying a soak in her bird feeder on a recent hot afternoon. More...

Pilot pet adoption program means new homes for many

More than 100 families have taken in animals since June

Adopting homeless animals is now easier than ever for East County residents.  The local animal shelter, headquartered in Camarillo, has been successful holding weekend adoptions on the eastern end of the county and, as a result, has expanded the More...

Pet of the Week

COCK OF THE WALK—Foghorn is a red-mix rooster whose age is undetermined. He is a typical rooster who cock-a-doodle-doos in the morning and throughout the day. More...

Faith

Bethlehem comes to life at Westminster Presbyterian

AND YOU ARE THERE—Above, left, Robin Smilie leads Caleb the camel during the Bethlehem Experience at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Westlake Village on Dec. 8. More...

Adat Elohim celebrates Hanukkah

FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS—On the second night of Hanukkah, a large menorah at The Oaks mall has two candles lit to celebrate the Festival of Lights at the Temple Adat Elohim annual Hanukkah candle lig More...

Author signs Christian children’s books

Children’s author Laurie Donahue will sign three Christian books she has written or co-written from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sat., Dec. 15 at Christian Family Supplies, 1770 Ventura Blvd., Camarillo.  More...

Columns

Back in the saddle

Holy hot flashes, Santa! I’m back, feet still firmly planted in midair, here to sully your world with a little mess from mine. Just trying to stay loose in this saddle. More...

Distaste test

There’s a problem in my marriage. My wife demands that I taste her food when we go out to eat. It’s like she’s Al Qaeda launching a war on my meal enjoyment.  Why can’t we each just eat what we chose to order? More...