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‘Suspicious’ activity draws large-scale response to N.P.

As of Acorn press time yesterday afternoon, details of what drew scores of police, fire and medical crews to Newbury Park Wednesday morning remained vague.  Yesterday, between 6:15 and 6:20 a.m., police received a call reporting suspicious behav More...

Health & Wellness

Behavioral Health sponsors free mental health training

Classes offered January and February in Simi

A free two-day course is being offered this month to help residents better understand mental health problems and to gain the skills necessary to respond to mental health emergencies.  The Mental Health First Aid USA program is sponsored by Ventu More...

Ringing in the new year?

COMMENTARY | Hearing

Tinnitus or “ringing in the ears” is a condition that many people are familiar with—either they experience it occasionally or they know someone who does. More...

Free diabetes class at Goebel

Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association will hold a free diabetes class from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Wed., Jan. 23 at the Goebel Senior Adult Center, 1385 E. More...

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THURS., JAN. 3  Mysteries To Die For Book Group  6:45 p.m. at Super Tommy’s, Hampshire Road and Thousand Oaks Boulevard, Thousand Oaks. Discussion of “The Likeness” by Tana French. Contact: Ellen. Phone: 805.495.2749. More...

Schools

Two awarded for service at Sankta Lucia fest

A California Lutheran University administrator and a student received Inspiration Awards at the university’s Dec. More...

Google grant will allow TOHS to add more AP courses

School wants greater involvement from females, minorities

DonorsChoose.org, a webbased nonprofit organization that helps public school teachers fund classroom projects, recently received $5 million from Google.com for a different sort of project.  The grant will provide funding for new Advanced Placeme More...

Going for the gold

COVER UP—Thousand Oaks High School juniors Amanda Lichtl (foreground) and Cassidy Anderson repaint red curbs at TOHS on Dec. 27 for Amanda’s Girl Scout Gold Award project. More...

Business

Cutting through the red tape

Economic development officer looks to aid existing, new biz

Haider Alawami, longtime planner for the City of Thousand Oaks, has for more than two decades helped shape the city.  One current project: a drivethru Starbucks coffee shop set to open early this year on Thousand Oaks Boulevard.  More...

At PTS Furniture store, quality remains a family affair

Once known for selling only pool tables, the PTS Furniture store has evolved during its 32 years in business into a premier retailer with several full lines of furnishings, the majority made out of solid wood.  More...

EYE ON LOCAL AREA STOCKS

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Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park   Dec. 17  Planned Parenthood in the 1000 block of W. Hillcrest Drive was vandalized with graffiti.  Dec. 19  Property was vandalized in the 3000 block of Ranchwood Street.  More...

Family

Into the fun zone

COOL CRAFTS—Above, Chelsea Mitchell of Thousand Oaks signs her kids up for the Janss Marketplace kids’ club discount card while Kauna, 6, checks out the snow globe that her brother Christ More...

Santa’s helpers spread holiday cheer

SPECIAL DELIVERY—Members of the Valley Thunder basketball program are ready to deliver Christmas gifts to the family of a Children’s Hospital Los Angeles patient with spina bifida. More...

Rose pruning demo in Newbury Park

The Ventura County Rose Society and the Gold Coast Heritage Rose Group will co-sponsor two rose-pruning demonstrations.  The 12th annual Pruning Old Garden Roses demonstration will take place at 9 a.m., and the Modern Roses Pruning demo will be More...

Columns

Holiday blues

My last column was titled “Feeling very merry.” Today’s column is different.  The post-holiday season is mildly depressing for me. It’s been that way for years.  All of the excitement is gone. More...

My favorite life-enhancing gadgets for boomers

You know that stage of life between being a young, healthy, vibrant 20-something and needing medication reminders and Lifeline pendants?  I think I, and many of my friends, are there.  More...

Sixty Christmases

In my life I’ve seen 60 Christmases.  The first ones were buried in the tundra in Duluth, Minn., under cover from the “northbeasters” assaulting our duplex.  The margaritas weren’t the only things frozen.  More...

Submit Your Valentine's Love Note

  Valentine’s Day is special, and your loved one deserves to know why they’re the No. 1 person in your life. More...

Freeway sign moving forward

‘We’re going to put the sign up,’ AMA prez says

A new LED sign at the Thousand Oaks Auto Mall will light up the freeway this year despite the derailment of a separate $8-million plan to make additional improvements that include more parking near the 25 dealerships.  The cost of the sign, esti More...

Del Prado Playfield is done

The community is invited to celebrate the opening of the city’s newest park—Del Prado Playfied—at a ribboncutting slated for 1 p.m., Sat., Jan. 12. More...

Community

New assisted living facility has date with City Council

Project proposed for Grande Vista Drive

An environmentally friendly assisted living and memory care facility may serve elderly residents in Newbury Park if the plan is approved by the City Council.  More...

City receives $4.1 million for transportation

The City of Thousand Oaks will claim $4.1 million in Transportation Development Act funds for the coming year, money it plans to use for roadwork and to improve transit services for local residents. More...

Wendy Drive overpass expansion on schedule in spite of rainfall

Construction in Newbury Park expected to last another 8 months

The new-look Wendy Drive/101 Freeway interchange is on track to reopen in mid-August despite schedule interruptions caused by recent rains.  Construction workers resumed work Jan. More...

On the Town

Herman’s Hermits headlining benefit

T.O. concert will raise funds for Big Brothers Big Sisters

As a child growing up in England, singer-songwriter Peter Noone understood the value of a mentor.  The 65-year-old frontman of Herman’s Hermits said his father wasn’t much interested in teaching him the ways of the world. More...

Hyatt’s bridal bonanza back for 30th year

The Hyatt Bridal Premiere bridal show will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sun., Jan. 13 at the Hyatt Westlake Plaza, 880 S. More...

NPS exhibit features maker of dream catchers

The National Park Service will open an exhibit for Native American artist Michael Chas Williams from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Sun., Jan. More...

Sports

Local teams continue rabid pursuit of Agoura

High school girls’ water polo report: Newbury Park, Thousand Oaks and Westlake grapple for second place

There’s plenty of mystery in Marmonte League girls’ water polo, except for one thing: Agoura High is favored to win a ninth straight league title. Second place is up for grabs. More...

Westlake Braves QB will play in national bowl

Dax Blinn isn’t going to Hollywood.  He’s going to the Alamodome.  Dax, an eighth-grader at A.E. More...

Extra! Extra! Read all about ‘em!

SOCCER RULES—The Thousand Oaks Extra U-14 girls’ soccer team won the Panther Shootout tournament in Newbury Park. More...

Pets

Chilly hawkflies again with warmth of Newbury Park couple

BIRD OF PREY—Emily Luna of Newbury Park sent in these photos of her father helping a hawk he discovered near the southern portion of Ventu Park Road. More...

Pets of the Week

A MISMATCHED SET—Shadow is an altered female black-and-tan Bernese mountain dog mix about 4 years old. Snoopy is an altered male brown Dachshund mix about 11 years old. More...

Faith

Community to celebrate the life of Rabbi Mordechai Bryski

A “Sefer,” or Torah scroll, has been written to honor the late Rabbi Mordechai Meir Bryski, father of Rabbi Moshe Bryski, executive director of Chabad of the Conejo.  More...

Camarillo church sponsors faith-based health expo

At a time when fitness resolutions are made and gym memberships spike, a local church is jumping on the New Year’s promises bandwagon and will focus on promoting health in 2013.  Camarillo Seventh-day Adventist Church will host several pro More...

Practical guide to Christianity at Emmanuel Presbyterian

Emmanuel Presbyterian Church will begin its presentation of the Alpha Course at 6 p.m. Wed., Jan. More...

Letters

One random act leads to others

On Dec. 23 I was shopping at Trader Joe’s in Westlake Village. More...

Free will goes both ways

In reference to the Dec. 27 letter, “Why didn’t God intercede?” regarding the tragic shooting in Connecticut, Mr. More...

Culture to blame for violence

I’ve been literally doubled over in grief and mourning for the precious lives of those 20 6- and 7-year-olds who were slaughtered in Newtown, Conn.  I’ve poured out my heart to God wanting to make sense of this senseless massacre.&nb More...

Editorials

Fast flight through 2013

In the blink of an eye, 2012 has come and gone.  The pages of the calendar have drifted to the ground like leaves from a tree until nothing is left but memories of what was and hope for what will be.  If you haven’t removed your home More...

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