February 21, 2013 RSS feed / Front Page

Park district seeking alternative energy source

Wants to install carports mounted with solar panels at four city parks

Fresh off its 50th birthday celebration in January, the Conejo Recreation and Park District isn’t wasting any time looking toward its next half-century. More...

Health & Wellness

County cuts ribbon on clinic

OFFICIAL OPENING—Michael Powers, county executive officer for Ventura County, speaks during the grand opening and ribbon-cutting for the new location of Ventura County Health Care Agency's Thou More...

Boot camp to benefit Nephcure Foundation

Dream to be Fit, a personal training company, will host a charity boot camp from 7 to 8:30 a.m. Sat., Feb. More...

Fresh fruits, veggies offered all winter

Raw honey, citrus and strawberries are among the winter produce offered by the Ventura County Certified Farmers’ Market Association this year.  Growers Mike and Mary Shore of Santa Paula bring an assortment of citrus to the farmers markets More...

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THURS., FEB. 21  Pleasant Valley Garden Club  9 to 11:30 a.m. at Seventh-day Adventist Church, 2975 Las Posas Road, Camarillo. Rose society president Elda Bielanski discusses the rose throughout history, art and music. Free. More...

Schools

Carnatic music school puts on a show

ANCIENT SOUND—Shyamala Ramakrishna, above, sings a piece of carnatic music with accompaniment from Shiva Ramamurthi on violin during a concert organized by Newbury Park’s Swaramanjari Sch More...

Redwood MS principal leaving for Chaminade

Has been at middle school since 2009

Steve Lepire has been appointed as the new high school principal of Chaminade College Preparatory School after a three-month nationwide search, according to the school’s president, James Adams.  Lepire will begin his tenure on July 1. More...

Future scientists learn tricks

HANDS-ON—Above, Madrona Elementary School student Maddie Cherry, 10, foreground, sprays window cleaner to reveal a design drawn in invisible ink. More...

Business

Workforce Investment Board accepting award nominations

The Workforce Investment Board of Ventura County is seeking nominations for the 2013 annual WIB Awards.  The winners are selected for showing commitment to advancing workforce development.  The nomination deadline is May 29. More...

NAWBO dinner meeting Feb. 28

The Ventura County Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners will host its next dinner meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thurs., Feb. More...

EYE ON LOCAL AREA STOCKS

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Police

Arrests made after man discovers burglar inside home

Two Oxnard residents were arrested on suspicion of burglary in Newbury Park earlier this week.  About 4:50 a.m. Feb. 18 a resident of Capitan Street near Lynn Road and Greenmeadow Avenue called police after discovering a man in the house. More...

Convicted MD still awaiting sentencing

Sentencing has been delayed again for a former Thousand Oaks family practice doctor seeking a new trial after he was convicted in September of sexually abusing three female patients under his care. More...

Inmates may now receive emails

Family and friends of inmates incarcerated in Ventura County jail facilities can now correspond with the inmates electronically.  The sheriff, in partnership with the county Information Technology Services Department, recently launched the &ldqu More...

Family

Clergyman goes ‘Forrest Gump’ to promote family

Newbury Park pastor leaves for walk across U.S. on April 1

“As goes the home, so goes the nation.” It’s a maxim that Jim Buckley, a longtime pastor at Newbury Park First Christian Church, takes to heart. “The home is so important,” he said. “Addiction, pornography, abuse. More...

Learning the steps

CLOGGERS—Above, instructor Julie Morris teaches beginning cloggers during the Conejo Valley Cloggers’ Valentine’s Day Dance on Feb. 14. More...

B&G Clubs to honor youths

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley will present “A Night at the Grammys,” a Youth of the Year and volunteer recognition celebration, from 7 to 9 p.m. Fri., March 8 at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. More...

Editorials

Take pension reform seriously

It’s been more than four years since the tsunami of toxic mortgages left millions of homes underwater and sent California’s economy into a tailspin. The poor housing and job markets left the state feeling less than golden. More...

Political Cartoon

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Making the ultimate sacrifice

Discovery helps daughter learn story of father she never knew

Thousand Oaks resident Hyla Merin never had the chance to meet her father.  On a blustery battlefield in Northern Italy in the final days of World War II, 32-year-old U.S. Army Lt. More...

Park Service files $600,000 claim against City of T.O.

The City of Thousand Oaks is facing more litigation related to the Hillcrest Center solar panel project.  The U.S. More...

Community

Moorpark College no longer at risk of losing accreditation

School has been on probation since February 2012

Moorpark, Oxnard and Ventura colleges are officially back in good standing one year after all three schools were placed on probation and risked losing their accreditation.  More...

FBI changing how it defines rape

CRIME STATS

Ventura County police departments reported a higher number of rapes in 2012 compared to 2011, though health experts warn the numbers will be much higher in next year’s report because the FBI has changed its definition of what constitutes rape.& More...

High-end restaurant, club scene a hard sell in Agoura Hills

Sunset Room follows Chapter 8 as latest to close

It hasn’t been for a lack of effort.  Local entrepreneurs have tried and failed in their attempts to bring the Hollywood club scene to Agoura Hills and surrounding communities. More...

On the Town

Vacation expert to share tips for travelers

Talk, breakfast will benefit NPR station

Rick Steves, an international travel writer and TV and public radio program host, will speak at 8 p.m. Fri., Feb. 22 in the Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. T.O. Blvd.  More...

Auditions are first round of dance competition

Auditions are underway for the fourth annual Ventura County Rising Star Dance Competition. The final round will be hosted live at 6:30 p.m. Sat., March 2 at the Thousand Oaks Teen Center, 1375 E. Janss Road. More...

Gem, mineral show to rock fairgrounds

The Ventura Gem and Mineral Society will present its 51st annual Gem, Mineral, Lapidary and Fossil Show Sat. and Sun., March 2 and 3 at the Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 Harbor Blvd., Ventura.  More...

Sports

Seniors guide Lancers through season of adversity

Girls’ basketball team beats odds, injuries for inspiring 20-win campaign

The Lancers could have used any excuse to justify a loss or a bad game.  That’s not how the Thousand Oaks High girls’ basketball team rolls.  The Lancers (20-7 overall) overcame injuries to key players before and during the seas More...

Follow the Lancers’ run

Results for Thousand Oaks High’s girls’ basketball playoff game at Camarillo were not available at press time.  Read the game story in Friday’s issue of the Camarillo Acorn or read about it online at www.theacornonline.com. More...

Hassan seals wrestling title

Westlake High wrestler Amir Hassan won a CIFSouthern Section Northern Division championship in the 152-pound final this weekend at Moorpark.  Teammate Glenn Castro was third at 182 pounds.  The Warrior grapplers advance to Masters on Friday More...

Pets

Pet of the Week

COOL CAT—Star is a female white and gray domestic shorthair mix, about 9 years old. She loves to play with feather toys. If you would like to adopt Star ask for aminal ID No. More...

Dine with the dogs

The third annual Dining with the Dogs fundraiser will be from 2 to 7 p.m. More...

Faith

Catholic community responds to pope’s exodus

A momentous occurrence in the Catholic Church, one that hasn’t happened in nearly 600 years, will have long-lasting effects on the religious community, according to local priests. On Feb. 28 at 8 p.m. More...

Purim festival this weekend

Temple Aliyah will present a Purim Carnival for all ages this weekend at 6025 Valley Circle Blvd., Woodland Hills.  Hours will be from 8 to 11 p.m. Sat., Feb. 23 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sun., Feb. More...

Jewish youths explore their heritage

ON DISPLAY—Conejo Jewish Day School seventhgrader Rivka Bryski, above, is congratulated on her research project on Bruria by Sheilah Zweier of Sherman Oaks during the school’s annual Tora More...

Letters

Doctors deserve Dunn’s praise

It shouldn’t surprise anyone that the superb emergency room doctors and staff at Los Robles Hospital and Kaiser Permanente were able to save Conejo Valley Unified School District trustee Mike Dunn’s fingers after a table saw accident (Let More...

Solar panels at parks destructive

I’m not able to sleep thinking about the malicious destruction of our natural areas.  Dos Vientos park, Thousand Oaks Community Park, Conejo Creek South and Borchard parks are targets of a Conejo Recreation and Park District plan to instal More...

Fox not best choice to mediate

Councilman Andy Fox serving as the mediator between the financial interests of a real estate developer and local residents seeking to protect neighborhood tranquility sounds familiar. More...

Columns

The potential of aging

My best friend’s 16-yearold daughter is facing one of the toughest decisions of her young life.  Jennifer is a scholar and a talented soccer player, ranked sixth in her state, destined for a scholarship to a Division I school.  More...

Life in the Single Lane

Calling all single men over 40: Where the heck are you anyway? Has there been some sort of secret alien invasion in Ventura County that’s been abducting male specimens in this age group? More...