December 27, 2012 RSS feed / Front Page

Council may restore builder fees to promote affordable housing

With the real estate market on the mend, the City of Thousand Oaks may reinstate special developer fees meant to encourage the creation of affordable housing.  More...

Health & Wellness

PRP treatment offers rich results

A local doctor is at the forefront of treating injured muscles, tendons and ligaments with a procedure that has been shown to speed up and improve the healing process.  Dr. More...

On the Town

New documentary gives the scoop on '60s music

    In many of the classic hits by ’60s  icons such as the Beach Boys, the Mamas and the Papas, Sonny and Cher, Nancy Sinatra, the Monkees, Simon and Garfunkel, the Carpenters, the Byrds and others, the backing track music was pla More...

Purple and gold performance

T.O. vocalist will sing at halftime of Lakers’ New Year’s Day game

A Los Angeles Lakers fan through and through, professional vocalist Brandon Hynum often touts the team’s victories on his Facebook page.  “I love them,” he said. More...

Improving at-home experience may pose threat to theaters

More and more consumers choosing to enjoy films from comforts of home

Home theater systems and home 3-D; movies delivered to your home by mail; movies that can be streamed to your electronic devices in a matter of seconds— these new trends may pose a threat to a movie theater near you.  As home entertainment More...

Sports

Top 10 Acorn sports stories for 2012

With 2012 coming to a close, it’s time to look back on a great year of sports in the Conejo Valley.  More...

Thousand Oaks Teen Center’s fall league winners

Champions emerge from local middle schools

ALL GOOD—Winners of the Thursday night seventh-grade boys’ basketball league from Los Cerritos Middle School are, top row: Aaron Schwartz, second from left, Devon Johnson, Bryce Levenson, More...

Wrestlers host food truck fundraiser

GOOD EATS—Newbury Pa rk High S chool sophomore Tyler Rosen noshes during the NPHS wrestling team’s gourmet food truck fundraiser on Dec. 19. More...

Pets

Pet store owner hopes to get his paws on new volunteers

Manager says he needs help to keep shop’s rescue efforts alive

Ron Robbins is willing to go the extra mile to find homes for abandoned pets—an extra 130 miles to be exact.  The new owner of Newbury Park Pet Supply, Robbins commutes to work from his home in California City—a 2½-hour drive—o More...

Pets of the Week

  FINE PAIR—Nero is an altered male gray and white domestic shorthair mix. Arwen is a female brown tabby domestic shorthair mix. Both are about 4 years old and are litter-box trained. More...

Family

Peppermint Street goes a-caroling

NOT-SO-SILENT NIGHT— Above, Newbury Park residents Anna Bolen, 9, left, and Caitlan McHugh, 9, follow along in their songbook with friends and family during the neighborhood’s annual caro More...

Once-in-acentury birthday

QUADRUPLE-DOZEN—Natalie Mattera, a sixth-grader at Redwood Middle School in T.O., celebrated her 12th birthday on Dec. 12, or 12-12-12, the century’s last repeating date. More...

Soroptimists get in the spirit of giving

Soroptimist International of the Conejo, a service club for professional women, has been busy doing community volunteer work over the holiday season.  Club members assisted at the Manna food bank by stocking shelves, serving the people in need a More...

Leaping into the new year

TAKING THE HIGH ROAD—Acorn photo editor Richard Gillard of Newbury Park snapped this shot of an extreme motocross rider soaring in front of carnival rides during an exhibition on the third day More...

New year brings new laws

Gov. Jerry Brown signed 876 state Senate and Assembly bills into law during 2012, most of which go into effect Jan. More...

2012 story awards

Most uplifting  The grand opening of Our Community House of Hope, the city’s first free hospice care facility. More...

Community

EPA completes study of former rocket engine and nuclear test site

Hills above Simi, San Fernando valleys remain polluted

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Police urge New Year’s revelers to find a sober ride home

DRINKING & DRIVING

When holiday parties are in full swing, some revelers may risk getting behind the wheel after having too much to drink. Law enforcement encourages partygoers to make other arrangements. More...

More than a spokesperson

Retired public information analyst led with her heart

Mary Lech, public information analyst for the City of Thousand Oaks, found her passion in connecting the city’s residents and staff.  Lech retired from the city this month after more than two decades of service.  More...

Calendar

Calendar

FRI., DEC. 28  Holiday Movie Marathon   More...

Schools

Singing songs of long ago

Instructor teaches students ancient Hindu music style

Evolved from ancient Hindu traditions, Carnatic music is characterized by soulful vocals and rhythmic intricacy.  “It has such a beautiful pattern,” said Indu Ramasubramaniyan, who began studying the discipline at age 6. More...

Business

THQ faces end game, files for bankruptcy

Agoura Hills-based video game company selling assets

There could be life after death for gaming company THQ, a maker of interactive entertainment software that deals regularly with the end-game scenario.  More...

Drop off goodies for the troops

The Best Western Thousand Oaks Inn has been designated as a drop-off location for donations to For The Troops, an organization headquartered in Simi Valley that sends care packages to men and women serving abroad.  More...

Assisted Healthcare gains honor

Assisted Healthcare Services of Thousand Oaks has been named to the Top of the 2012 HomeCare Elite, a compilation of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States.  More...

Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park   Dec. 12  A home in the 4000 block of Via Don Luis was burglarized.  Dec. 14  An animal was maliciously killed at Potrero Road and Briar Avenue.  Dec. 15  More...

Faith

Local author says he can prove Christ was born on Christmas

Calling the modern Christian church “functionally illiterate,” Nathaniel Sherrill spent five years researching the Gospels as historic records.  More...

Letters

Sandy Hook was signal to parents

In light of the tragic events in Connecticut, I felt the need, as the father of a 6-year-old boy, to reach out to our community.  No sooner were 26 people violently murdered Dec. More...

GOP on wrong side of gun debate

The Aurora, Colo., movie theater massacres took place on July 20.  Following this the 57-page 2012 Republican National Committee Platform document titled “We Believe in America” had a section called “Second Amendment: Our Right More...

Schools need armed guards

Every time there is a gun tragedy in this country, the debate of whether to have more gun laws or to ban guns comes up. More...

Editorials

A losing battle

As we prepare to begin a new year, it’s time for Scott Mitnick to end his crusade to preserve former redevelopment agency funds to pay for wider streets and more parking at the Thousand Oaks Auto Mall.  More...

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