February 14, 2013 RSS feed / Front Page

Newbury Park station has long history of moves

POST OFFICE

The Conejo Valley’s first post office opened inside a white tent in 1875, near what today is the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza.  The valley’s first postmaster, Egbert Starr Newbury, and his wife, Frances, pitched the rectangular can More...

Health & Wellness

How clean is your favorite restaurant?

Acorn goes on surprise visit with Environmental Health

When Paige Clegg entered Bada Sushi on Moorpark Road in Thousand Oaks on Tuesday, she wasn’t there to order a sesame chicken appetizer or a spicy tuna roll. More...

LRH welcomes new chief nurse

Greg Angle, president and CEO of Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center, recently announced that Cynthia J. Johnson, a registered nurse, has joined the hospital as chief nursing officer effective Feb. More...

Help available for families coping with Alzheimer’s

The Alzheimer’s Association Ventura County Regional Office has launched an education offering for family caregivers called the Confident Caregiver.  This series of workshops provides free monthly educational opportunities for family caregi More...

Calendar

Calendar

THURS., FEB. 14  Woodland Hills Republican Women  10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Woodland Hills Country Club, 21150 Dumetz Road. Abraham Lincoln impersonator J.P. Wammack gives program. $22 for lunch. Reservations requested. Contact: Jane. More...

Schools

Take a walk on the wild side

Newbury Park author encourages students to explore

Local author David R. Smith has created a bold new world in “The Dark Eagles: First Flight,” the first in a series of books that he hopes will inspire kids to replace video games with real-life adventures of their own. More...

The family that learns together...

  SMELL TEST—Colina Middle School eighthgrader Lauren Jones and her grandmother, Joan Jones, work together Feb. 7 during the school’s annual Science Lab Week. More...

Banyan Bobcats put their heart into school

AROUND AND AROUND THEY GO—Students at Banyan Elementary School in Newbury Park hit the ground running during their school’s seventh annual jog-athon earlier this month. More...

Business

Business taxes now due to city

The City of Thousand Oaks reminds business owners to renew their business tax certificates/ licenses.  All business tax certificates expire on Dec. More...

Logix pays out $5.5-million dividend

Logix Federal Credit Union, which has locations in Thousand Oaks, Newbury Park, Westlake Village and Simi Valley, recently announced that a $5.5-million dividend will be paid to member-owners in the coming weeks.  More...

BUSINESS BITS

A new feature that will take a brief look at economic activity affecting the T.O., Newbury Park and Westlake areas.  Home foreclosures  More...

Police

Reported crime up slightly in 2012

The crime rate in Thousand Oaks rose 4 percent in 2012, in part because of more incidents of thefts, robberies and rapes than in the previous year, when the crime rate was at its secondlowest level in the city’s 49-year history. More...

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park   Jan. More...

Family

How he bagged the love of his life

Couple’s romance began in a supermarket

In the summer of 1962, 14-year-old Cynthia Skinner walked into a market in North Hollywood knowing what she wanted to buy for dinner. She left knowing the man she wanted to marry. More...

Serving In Uniform

Army Spec. John E. Nigro has returned to the U.S. after being deployed overseas at a forward operating base to combat terrorism. More...

Elementary’s jog-athon in 25th year

ON THE RUN FOR FUNDS—Above, fourth-grader James Stuver, 10, sprints around the track during the 25th annual jog-athon fundraiser at Weathersfield Elementary School in Thousand Oaks on Feb. 7. More...

Columns

Penguins

While there are a great many reasons to live in the Conejo Valley, snow is not one of them.  In search of it, I was blown by the Santa Ana winds straight into the Colorado Rockies with a little help from American Airlines.  To show me how c More...

Temperature-taking time in T.O.

Phone calls will be used to gauge public sentiment on a variety of issues

Can the opinions of 400 residents capture the sentiments of the estimated 100,000 adults who live in Thousand Oaks? More...

TOPD warns of residential robberies in Erbes Road area

An increase in burglaries in Thousand Oaks has led the police department to send out a reminder to residents to lock their doors, especially when they aren’t home.  More...

Community

Business outlook brighter, local leaders say

Economist views ‘jobless recovery’

Financial experts and mayors from three Conejo Valley cities delivered a “cautiously optimistic” forecast for the economy at a business leaders gathering last week in Thousand Oaks.  The Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce and More...

Ventura plucks city manager from T.O.

Mark Watkins is second-in-command at city hall; calls job ‘too big to pass up’

Deputy City Manager Mark Watkins is preparing to leave his post at Thousand Oaks City Hall after being named Ventura’s next city manager this week. More...

Retrospective looks at area’s past

The Thousand Oaks Library Foundation will present a photographic retrospective with Ed Lawrence from 2 to 4 p.m. Sun., Feb. 24 at the Grant Brimhall Library, 1401 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. More...

On the Town

‘The Lovemaster’ weaves his comic wisdom

Local comedian to perform at The Canyon in Agoura Hills on Feb. 23

“Mastering love . . . is so much more important and life-enhancing than anything,” said Westlake Village resident Craig Shoemaker, a professional comedian known for his baritone-voiced character “The Lovemaster.”  More...

Comedian to go mad at Kavli Theatre

The Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Foundation will present comedian Kathleen Madigan in “Gone Madigan” at 8 p.m. Sat., March 9 at the Fred Kavli Theatre, 2100 E. More...

‘Peanuts’ team a tight ensemble

Play review ‘You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown’

When composer Clark Gesner decided to bring Charles Schulz’s “Peanuts” to the stage, it wasn’t the first time a comic strip made that transformation. More...

Sports

Warriors run ‘n’ gun to first Marmonte title since 1996

Red-hot Westlake boys’ basketball team opens playoffs Friday at home

The Warriors don’t fit into any idyllic category. The Westlake High boys’ basketball team has a little attitude. A little swagger. A little chutzpah. More...

Ready for tip-off

HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS’ BASKETBALL CIF-Southern Section playoffs

High school girls’ basketball playoffs have arrived, even as teams continue fighting the injury bug.  “We were hanging on by a thread down the stretch,” said Newbury Park head coach Darren Burge. More...

Westlake hires baseball coach

Bill Ashley, a former baseball player for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston Red Sox, was hired as the new head baseball coach at Westlake High on Monday.  Ashley replaces Zach Miller, who was relieved of his duties last week after leading the v More...

Pets

Pet of the Week

FURBALL—Lenny is a brown cairn terrier-Chihuahua mix about 4 years old. He has been neutered, is energetic and loves to run and play. If you would like to adopt Lenny ask for ID No. More...

Law dog

POOCH PATROL—”Sargent Bono”is ready for action at the So Cal Pumas Car Show at Borchard Community Park in Newbury Park on Sunday. More...

Faith

How will you measure your year?

“Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes . . . More...

Christian historian will speak at CLU Senior Fest

Paul L. Maier, a novelist and expert on ancient history, will be the keynote speaker at Senior Fest on Tues., Feb. 26, at California Lutheran University, 60 E. More...

St. Paschal’s serves St. Joseph’s dinner

The Italian Catholic Federation of Thousand Oaks will host its 27th annual St. Joseph’s Table Italian Dinner from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Sun., March 17 at St. Paschal Baylon Catholic Church, 155 E. More...

Letters

Fox should resist being ‘too helpful’

I read with interest about the Thousand Oaks mediation undertaking (“Fox called upon to strike deal . . .” Acorn, Feb. 7).  More...

Dunn grateful his digits were saved

Today I have 10 fingers.  If it were not for the outstanding medical care that I received at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center and Kaiser Permanente, I would have 8½ fingers.  On Jan. More...

Let’s keep fighting for post office

Thank you for keeping your readers informed on the Newbury Park post office situation.  I agree with your letter writers that the proposed site on Grande Vista Drive is isolated from the community. More...

Editorials

Focus on victims, not killer

From all indications, the massive weeklong manhunt for an ex- LAPD officer bent on revenge is over.  More...

Political Cartoon

Full Story

FOR THE RECORD

Last week’s story about civil rights activist Inman Moore insinuated that some of the ministers who signed a statement denouncing segregation in 1963 were later murdered.  That is not true. More...