March 7, 2013 RSS feed / Front Page

An Opening Day tradition

SCARFING DOWN A DOG—Eight-year-old Randy Rubin chows down on a hot dog before playing in his team’sfirst game of the Thousand Oaks Little League season on Opening Day, March 2. More...

Health & Wellness

Senior Concerns workshop offers advice for caregivers

HELP FOR THE HELPFUL

As part of its ongoing Caregiver “U” Program, Senior Concerns will present a workshop titled “Compassionate Communication” from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Tues., March 12 at 401 Hodencamp Road, Thousand Oaks.  More...

Taking steps to end hunger

ON THE ROAD FOR A CAUSE— Clockwise from left, Moorpark resident Torkil Hammer leads 350 other walkers across a foot bridge at the start of the 35th annual CROP hunger walk at the CLU campus in More...

Redwood goes pink

SOLIDARITY—Above, students at Redwood Middle School in Thousand Oaks celebrate Pink Shirt Day on Feb. More...

Calendar

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THURS., MARCH 7  Senior Luncheon  Noon at Pleasant Valley Senior Center, 1605 Burnley St., Camarillo. Corn beef and cabbage lunch. Free screening of “The Three Stooges.” $5 and reservations required for lunch. More...

Schools

A natural teacher

Retiring biology professor leaves behind 50-year legacy at Cal Lutheran

If she could be any flower, Barbara Collins says she would be the Canadian mountain lady’s-slipper. “They look like ballet slippers; they’re gorgeous. More...

Conejo schools adopt ReCyclops mascot

In a competition to select a mascot for the Conejo Valley Unified School District’s recycling program, “ReCyclops” the recycling cyclops was chosen.  The competition took place across all middle and high schools in the district More...

Strike up the band

STRUTTING THEIR STUFF—Thousand Oaks High School drum line members move in step in their performance during the 2013 Sights of the Conejo Exhibition Show at Thousand Oaks High School on March 2. More...

Business

May business expo will focus on women

Lotus Productions and Special Events will present an expo that celebrates businesses owned or run by women who empower, educate and inspire women of all ages.  The Entrepreneur Galz Expo will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. More...

Workshops for job seekers

The Thousand Oaks Job and Career Center will present the following one-day workshops at the center, 80 E. Hillcrest Drive, Ste. 200, Thousand Oaks.  •Mon., March 25 from 9 a.m. to noon: Power of VOS (Virtual OneStop). More...

Conejo Chamber to host mixer/expo

The Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce will present Mixpo: Mega-Mixer and Business Expo from 5 to 8 p.m. Wed., March 20 at the Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center, 60 W. More...

Police

Police chase down alleged carjacker in Thousand Oaks

A kidnapping suspect was arrested on Saturday in Thousand Oaks.  At 2:50 a.m. March 2, a man was wandering around the 2200 block of Dawn Court asking residents for help. The man’s face was bloodied. Residents called the police.  More...

Trio busted on suspicion of passing bad checks

Three men, one from Simi Valley, were arrested on charges of forgery last week, and police believe the alleged fraud ring is responsible for swindling thousands via a check-cashing scheme, including from Thousand Oaks businesses.  More...

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park   Feb. 22  Between Feb. 22 and 26, a home was burglarized in the 500 block of S. More...

Family

Crafts fair strikes up curiosity

FUN AND FANCY ART—Above, Madeleine Hernandez, 4, of Simi Valley tries to peek inside a handcrafted birdhouse during the 26th annual Spring Arts and Crafts Festival at Borchard Community Center More...

Nonprofits can raise funds with CV Days

Conejo Valley Days is offering school PTAs, booster clubs and nonprofit organizations an opportunity to earn money during this year’s CVD festival, May 2 to 5, at Conejo Creek Park South in Thousand Oaks.  More...

Event celebrates international women

The Greater Contribution invites the public to celebrate International Women’s Day at a reception from 2:30 to 4 p.m. More...

Columns

Lost in space

There’s so much in the single world that’s still a mystery to me. It’s almost like being thrust onto some distant planet with its own laws and rules of conduct. More...

Winning!

I’m not one of those competitive parents whose kid has to win at everything. More...

Where the wild (green) things are

As Nature rolls out the green carpet across the Las Virgenes and Conejo valleys, I am reminded of poet John Milton’s evocation of the unfurling of Eden’s glories in “Paradise Lost”: when the bare Earth, till then   More...

Curbside beggars draw ire of residents

Rise in panhandling reported

The City of Thousand Oaks is working to address an apparent rise in panhandling. More...

District considering new approach to relocate CVHS

Faced with a series of financial and logistical roadblocks, Conejo Valley Unified School District has no set timeline for moving Conejo Valley High School. Constructed in 1924, the continuation school’s building at Newbury and E. More...

Teachers ask judge to dismiss Little Oaks lawsuit

Two ex-preschool teachers sued by their former employer for threatening a wrongful termination lawsuit have asked a federal judge to dismiss the case against them.  More...

Community

Freeway expansion still on track

Funding plan will go before City Council later this month

Plans for the expansion of the 101/23 freeway interchange in Thousand Oaks, a regional transportation project meant to relieve traffic congestion, have entered the fast lane.  More...

Hooters reapplies for full bar

Opponents already lining up

The city will hold an administrative hearing at a yet-to-be-determined date to decide if Hooters will succeed in its second attempt to obtain a full liquor license that would allow the restaurant to serve hard alcohol.  Hooters franchisee Hootwi More...

Ranch residents granted new trial

Group alleges city illegally raised rents

The residents of Ranch Mobile Home Community in Thousand Oaks may get their day in court after all.  At a March 1 hearing, Ventura County Superior Court Judge Mark Burrell reversed his November dismissal of the Ranch case and granted a motion fo More...

On the Town

Gregg grabs a Grammy

T.O. resident wins music industry award

Urban contemporary jazz keyboardist-composer Gregg Karukas of Thousand Oaks won a Grammy along with Afghan American pianist Omar Akram for Best New Age Album at the 55th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Feb. More...

Bazaar celebrates Persian new year

TRADITIONAL RHYTHM— Above, Pari Daneshina, left, and Fay Haghighi dance at the Daneshina Foundation’s Norooz Persian Bazaar fundraiser at the Oak Creek Villas in Thousand Oaks March 2. More...

Students offer jazz festival

The Newbury Park High School Panther Band will host its fifth annual Newbury Park Jazz Festival at 8 a.m. More...

Sports

The boys of summer are back

OPENING DAY—Clockwise from top, Thousand Oaks Little League Orioles player Will Metz steals home as Yankees pitcher Payton Casillas attempts to tag him out and catcher Giovanni Silva provides b More...

Warriors feel agony of defeat on big stage

Westlake boys’ basketball falls to Redondo Union in section title game

The heartbroken Warriors sat on the bench while the Redondo Union High boys’ basketball team celebrated its CIF-Southern Section Division 2A championship.  Westlake didn’t move during the championship ceremony.  Some players wat More...

This spring, local teams have eyes on the ball

high school baseball report

Baseball season has arrived.  Newbury Park High generated a whole new level of excitement last season with a memorable run to a CIF-Southern Section Division 1 championship at Dodger Stadium.  The Panthers, ranked No. More...

Pets

VCFD unveils oxygen masks for pets

An estimated 40,000 U.S. pets die in fires each year, many from asphyxiation.  But a donation of pet oxygen masks to Ventura County fire departments will improve the chances of survival for dogs and cats that are caught in fires. More...

Pet of the Week

CHRISTMAS BUNNY—This white male rabbit was born Christmas Eve along with several brothers and sisters. More...

Prevent pet stress

Furry friends need a sense of well-being

Just as people can become tense and stressed out by daily life, so too can a dog or cat. More...

Faith

You are a thought sculptor

“Our life is shaped by our mind; we become what we think. Suffering follows an evil thought as the wheels of a cart follow the oxen that draw it. . . . More...

Rabbi’s book embraced by different faiths

UNIVERSAL MESSAGE

Rabbi Michael Barclay of the New Shul of the Conejo Valley in Agoura Hills has written a book that explores universal messages of truth in the Bible for people of all faiths.  More...

Etz Chaim welcomes scholar

Temple Etz Chaim will host its 2013 Scholar-In-Residence Weekend Fri. to Sun., March 15 to 17 at 1080 E. More...

Letters

Remodel should include gift shop

In the Feb. 28 edition of your newspaper there was an article about the remodel of the Civic Arts Plaza’s Kavli Theatre.  The picture was not accurate. More...

Ask Caltrans to fix potholes

As a 25-year resident of Westlake Village, I am saddened to see the ever-growing number and size of potholes along Westlake Boulevard from the bridge at the Ventura Freeway south to the Westlake Boulevard-Agoura/Hampshire road intersection.  The More...

City wrong to cite memorial site

I recently found out that the City of Thousand Oaks wants a grieving Westlake Village family to take down a small, very wellmaintained memorial site for their son, Christian, who passed away at that location due to a traffic accident on Nov. More...