December 20, 2012 RSS feed / Front Page

Tanning salon owner accused of molestation

The owner of a Thousand Oaks tanning salon appeared in Ventura County Superior Court on Monday to answer charges that he molested an underage boy who worked for him at the salon. Police allege the molestations occurred from 2000 to 2002.  More...

Health & Wellness

What’s new in the New Year?

Medicare changes

The Affordable Care Act has strengthened Medicare in important ways.  Signed in 2010, the federal health law already has provided free preventive health benefits to millions of people with Medicare, and saved billions of dollars for those who hi More...

Make a resolution you won’t regret

It was Stephen Covey who said, “ Begin with the end in mind.” That got me to thinking. What regrets do people express as they near the end of life, and what actions can we take now so we don’t have similar regrets? More...

On the Town

Globe-trotting saxophone player enjoys ‘chillaxing’ at Thousand Oaks home

After touring across the globe for two decades with some of the biggest rock performers and bands, saxophonist Steven Eugene Grove found his happy place in Thousand Oaks.  “Chillaxing,” as he says, in the tranquility of his home stud More...

Benefit concert features Herman’s Hermits

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County will host a benefit concert with Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone at 6:30 p.m. Sun., Jan. 13 at the Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd. More...

Panther band provides shopping tunes

SOUNDS OF THE SEASON— The Newbury Park High School band plays holiday music for shoppers at The Oaks mall on Dec. 15. More...

Sports

Taylor-made offense

Senior leads Panthers’ scoring attack

Various basketball teams use the run-and-gun offense. More...

Business

Luxury car dealership celebrates opening

IN THE BUSINESS OF LUXURY—Tom O’Gara, left, owner of O’Gara Coach, and David Archibald, president of Rolls-Royce North America, exchange gifts at the grand opening of O’Gara C More...

Thousand Oaks BID earns honor

Thousand Oaks Business Improvement District recently received the Award of Excellence in the Hard Won Victory category for passage of its Thousand Oaks Boulevard Specific Plan from the American Planning Association’s Central Coast chapter.  More...

Enjoy Good Vibe at holiday open house

The Good Vibe Studio will host a holiday open house from 4 to 7 p.m. Fri., Dec. 21 at 1489 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks.  More...

Faith

Feeding the hungry on Christmas

Temple members continue tradition started 18 years ago

Almost two decades ago Nancy and Neal Federman, members of Temple Adat Elohim in Thousand Oaks, began what has become their Christmas Day tradition:  They serve warm food to hundreds of homeless and elderly people.  More...

Ever wonder where our Christmas traditions came from?

Santa originally came from Greece

While moms and dads meet beneath the mistletoe for a kiss on Christmas Eve, their children rush off to sleep, hoping to wake up early and find presents from Santa Claus.  Decorated fir trees, stockings hanging on mantels and striped candy canes More...

Family

Feels like winter

BUDDY SYSTEM—Above, Jason Hansen and his daughter Adelaide of Simi Valley skate around the ice rink at The Lakes in Thousand Oaks on Saturday. The ice rink will be open through Jan. 21. More...

Arts center to show holiday films

The High Street Arts Center will host the second annual Holiday Movie Marathon from 1 to 9 p.m. Fri., Dec. 28 at the theater, 45 E. High St., Moorpark. Four contemporary holiday movies will be shown on a 36- foot screen in the 266-seat theater. More...

A cowboy’s last ride

Grant Gerson, owner of Calamigos Ranch, dies at age 92

Grant Gerson, founder of Calamigos Ranch in Malibu, and a cowboy, businessman and lover of life, died peacefully of natural causes at his Agoura home on Dec. 6, just one week after celebrating his 92nd birthday.  More...

Editorials

This holiday, we’re the fortunate ones

In the aftermath of last Friday’s unthinkable tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., teachers and administrators nationwide began a flurry of activity to bolster security and upgrade campus emergency plans.  Not a minut More...

Political Cartoon

Full Story

State denies city millions in RDA funds

Ruling leaves auto mall construction in limbo, ends hope for science center

The city’s bid to keep about $13 million set aside by its defunct redevelopment agency for improvements at the Thousand Oaks Auto Mall and other local projects was denied for the second time by the state Department of Finance this week.   More...

School community responds in wake of Connecticut shooting

District taking a look at safety precautions with fresh set of eyes

Following Friday’s elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn., which left 20 first-graders and six educators dead, Conejo Valley Unified School District is offering support to students, teachers and staff, and reexamining its on-campus safety More...

City commits $2 million to build banquet facility at Los Robles Greens

Construction will begin in February at municipal golf course

An estimated $1.9-million outdoor event facility for weddings, corporate functions, golf tournaments and other events is scheduled to open at the Los Robles Greens Golf Course by next December.  More...

Community

Council gives North Ranch luxury home proposal a second chance

Developer asked to work with neighbors tofind common ground

North Ranch residents opposed to construction of 14 luxury homes in their neighborhood and developers who want to push the project forward will try to work out a resolution at the request of the City Council.  More...

Woman finds outlet for her desire to honor victims of the Holocaust

Ruth Drobman’s memories of escaping the Holocaust fueled her to play a part in making sure the world never forgets Hitler’s persecution of the Jewish people. On Dec. More...

Giant mural depicts Conejo’s past

When professional muralist Traci Adams picked up her paintbrush last month, it was hard for her to put it down. “I would have painted 70 hours straight if I could have,” she said. More...

Calendar

Calendar

THURS., DEC. 20  Channel Islands Gulls  11 a.m. at Spanish Hills Country Club, 999 Crestview Ave., Camarillo. Annual toy drive. Bring unwrapped toy for up to age 18 to donate. Installation of officers. $25 prepaid for luncheon. More...

Schools

Puppy love brightens finals week at CLU

  STRESS RELIEF—CLU students, clockwise from top, Megan Najera, Kelsey Kuroda and Jacob Petersen relax inside a penfilled with puppies on Dec. 11 during Release the Stress before the Test week at the school. More...

Student artists can have works judged

Winners will hang at Hillcrest Center throughout January

Students from the Conejo Valley and surrounding areas are invited to submit original art to the “Hang With the Best” juried student art show.  Sponsored by the Arts Council of the Conejo Valley, the show will take place from 9 a.m. More...

Firefighters give youngsters a tour

AT THE STATION—Last week students from Montessori Children’s Place preschool in Thousand Oaks visited Fire Station 34 at Moorpark Road and Avenida de Los Arboles to drop off toys from the More...

Pets

Pet of the week

BALL OF ENERGY—Izzy is an altered male tan and white short hair Chihuahua mix about 1 year old. He seems good with small children and other dogs. More...

Police

Thefts of catalytic converters on rise

Public urged to park in garage whenever possible

On a Sunday morning in November, Thousand Oaks resident Mike Fox got into his Toyota pickup truck and turned the ignition.  The sound he heard caused him to jump.  “ It was really loud and noisy,” Fox said. More...

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park   Dec. 7  Two men, 52 and 45, were arrested for illegally camping at Gateway Park at Borchard Road and Michael Drive.  Dec. 8  More...

Letters

Change the world one life at a time

The other day I heard a story that warms the heart and reminds me that we live in a wonderful place with caring people.  It can be so easy to dwell on the negative aspects of life and rush through the holiday season, but sometimes we need to sto More...

City Council the same as ever

It had been a long time since I went to a Thousand Oaks City Council meeting. What I found out last week is that not much has changed since I left the council 10 years ago. More...

Put God back in public schools

Rather than ask the question “Where is God?” we should be asking the compelling question “When are we going to learn?”  I listened to the live CNN Sunday program in Newtown, Conn., where President Obama and many Cabinet m More...

Columns

Stumped

When a tree is cut down, the stump is often left behind.  Maybe the aesthetics of the location are not important and therefore do not dictate the removal of the stump.  Other times, the stump is in a place that inhibits easy access for a st More...