April 11, 2013 RSS feed / Front Page

Missing teens captivate community for two days

An extensive search for two Thousand Oaks teens believed to be suicidal who ran away from home last week kept the community on alert for nearly two days as well-wishers prayed for their safe return. More...

Health & Wellness

S-Anon offers 12-step program

A support group is available for individuals who have been adversely affected by the sexual behavior of a family member or friend.  S-Anon International Family Groups is a fellowship of the relatives and friends of sexually addicted people who s More...

New director chosen to lead Ventura County Health Care Agency

Vargas has worked in county health for 15 years

Rigoberto Vargas, 44, has been promoted to public health director for the Ventura County Health Care Agency.  More...

Arthritis support group

The Conejo Valley Arthritis Support Group will meet from 12:15 to 2 p.m. Sat., April 13 at the Goebel Adult Community Center, 1385 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks.  The guest speaker is Dr. Joseph P. Turk of Ventura Orthopedics. More...

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THURS., APRIL 11  Woodland Hills Republican Women  10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Woodland Hills Country Club, 21150 Dumetz Road. Guest speakers Linda Paine, president of Election Integrity Project, and Bob Hamer, retired FBI agent. $22 for lunch. More...

Schools

Elementary school no longer an option for local sixth-graders

District’s last K-6 school announces it’s making a change

The days of K-6 schools are coming to end in Thousand Oaks.  Due to a dramatic drop in enrollment, Open Classroom Leadership Magnet at Conejo Elementary School will no longer offer sixth-grade instruction beginning in the fall. More...

Students bring butterfly garden to life

WHS teacher spearheads idea after summer in Costa Rica

A new ecosystem has come to life at Westlake High School.  Over spring break, March 27 to 29, around 45 AP science students pitched in to plant a butterfly garden on one of the campus hillsides.  More...

La Reina continues mock trial dominance

Team wins third straight California state title, heading to nationals in May

Sister Lisa Megaffin, La Reina High School’s director of advancement, said the mock trial team’s reputation precedes it. More...

Business

Hair-coloring salon opens in Dos Vientos

The Dye Bar, a new concept hair coloring salon for both men and women, has opened its flagship store in Ventura County at The Village at Dos Vientos Ranch in Newbury Park.  More...

Hyatt Westlake hosts home remodeling show

Home improvement, design and landscape products will be on display at the 36th Conejo Valley Home Remodeling Show and Gourmet Food Truck Event, Sat. and Sun., April 20 and 21 at the Hyatt Westlake Plaza, 880 S. More...

BUSINESS BITS

This new feature takes a brief look at economic activity affecting the Thousand Oaks, Newbury Park and Westlake Village areas.  Manufacturing  More...

Police

Cops on the prowl for distracted drivers

As part of the Distracted Driving Awareness Month campaign, the Thousand Oaks Police Department will be actively ticketing those texting or operating hand-held cellphones throughout April. More...

TO, Simi PD join forces to make narcotics arrests

Men suspected of supplying ecstasy, meth

Working together to stop the sale of drugs in Ventura County, the Simi Valley Police Department and the local sheriff’s office made two narcotics-related arrests last week.  Both apprehended men live outside the area but are suspected of s More...

Bikers ride to support cops

Local bikers, start your engines: The Simi Valley Police Foundation is hosting a “Ride Through History” Motorcycle Poker Run on Sun., April 28.  More...

Letters

Movie makers far from ‘discreet’

Regarding the porn filming in Newbury Park (Acorn, April 4), we as neighbors of the house on Kathleen Drive would like to inform everyone of our experience.  Filming occurs at the Kathleen Drive house every other day in April.  The article More...

Filming porn an issue of rights

I am not associated with the film industry, but it concerns me that new laws or regulations could be created based on opinions like those in the Acorn.  More...

Victims deserve quicker response

In regard to the police response to the women attacked at the Janss and The Oaks malls, I am appalled that it took the police 45 and 50 minutes to respond.  Is this how long we should have to wait when a citizen has been attacked in our communit More...

Columns

Let’s work together to protect local watersheds

COMMENTARY Eye on the Environment

As Ventura County residents, we live in a beautiful place. We’re surrounded by mountains, orchards, creeks and the Pacific Ocean with all its majesty. More...

Going digital

City to cease mailing printed copies of newsletter

Joining hundreds of printed publications across the nation, CityScene, the quarterly newsletter from the City of Thousand Oaks, is going strictly digital.  More...

Citizen tip aids police in capture of alleged burglars

L.A. pair suspected of taking thousands from local businesses

Two men allegedly responsible for helping to steal more than $30,000 from Thousand Oaks area businesses—primarily restaurants—in the past month were arrested this week after a brief early morning car chase followed by a several-hour-long manhunt thro More...

Community

City Council approves plan to widen portion of Erbes Road

Work much costlier than expected

The city is moving forward with a $10.9-million plan to widen Erbes Road and make other major improvements to the heavily traveled thoroughfare despite significantly higher-thananticipated costs. More...

Silver Star appeals sign proposal to City Council

Sign is twice the height allowed by code

The City Council will be asked to decide next month whether or not to allow a 15-foot-tall Chevrolet sign—more than twice the height allowed under the municipal code—to be installed on Thousand Oaks Boulevard. More...

CLU’s Hats and High Tea is April 28

Community event will raise funds for CLU scholarships

The California Lutheran University Community Leaders Association will host its third annual Hats and High Tea from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sun., April 28 at Wood Ranch Golf Club, 301 Wood Ranch Parkway, Simi Valley. More...

On the Town

‘Grease’ lightning

Local actors help Cabrillo bring Broadway version of musical to stage

In perfecting her stage role as an affably ditzy, temporarily pink-haired high school student named Frenchy, Thousand Oaks resident Tessa Grady has become a bubble-gum aficionado.  More...

Scandinavian Fest returns

California Lutheran University will host the Scandinavian Festival from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sat., April 20 and from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. More...

GOP women to view ‘Atlas Shrugged’

A documentary about Ayn Rand’s controversial novel “Atlas Shrugged” will be shown at the luncheon meeting of the Conejo Valley Republican Women Federated on Sat., April 20 at Los Robles Greens, 299 S. More...

Sports

No sophomore slump

Blaauw thrives in water for Lancer girls’ swim team

Hayley Blaauw was born to be a swimmer—it just took her a while to realize it.  Blaauw’s parents, Chuck and Roxanne, met as teammates on the Santa Monica College swim squad. More...

Newbury Park continues surging in pool

Strong senior class leads Panther boys’ swim squad

Multiple Newbury Park High swimmers are enjoying solid seasons in the pool.  Mike Giles, who shares head coaching responsibilities with Dave Gleisberg, said the senior boys are vital to the Panthers’ success.  “These seniors are More...

Sara, without an ‘h’

Christiansen is a superstar for NPHS swimming—please spell her name right

Sara Christiansen owns multiple records for the Newbury Park High girls’ swim team.  Her name adorns the record board at the school’s pool.  There’s just one little problem— her name is misspelled on the big board.&n More...

Pets

Pet of the Week

READY TO SNUGGLE— Silky is a female yellow Siamese mix about 15 years old. Her front paws are declawed so she would be an indoor cat. She is a little shy but warms up quickly. More...

Use common sense to avoid rattlesnakes

COMMENTARY

Every year between April and October veterinarians see an influx of rattlesnake bites in Southern California.  More...

Faith

Temple serves up speaker, Sunday brunch

Temple Etz Chaim Men’s Club will host a Sunday brunch at 9:30 a.m. Sun., April 14 at the temple, 1080 E. More...

Chamber accepting award nominations

The Greater Conejo Valley Community Foundation, the charitable arm of the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce, has opened nominations for the upcoming 11th annual Spirit of Community Awards slated for Thurs., May 16.  More...

Ride On event offers family fun

Ride On Therapeutic Horsemanship will hold an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sat., April 27 at 401 Ronel Court, Newbury Park.  The community can learn about the services that Ride On offers to children and adults with special needs.  More...

Family

Give Mom some props!

PROMOTIONAL

Mother’s Day is Sun., May 12, and the Thousand Oaks Acorn wants your mom to receive the recognition she deserves.  More...

Group is music to their ears

Seniors join ensemble for friendship, love of the classics

The group of musicians sat in a circle and played Vivaldi’s “Spring” on string instruments. More...

MOPS hosts spring boutique

MOPS (Mothers Of Preschoolers) groups from Calvary Community Church, a support group for mothers of young children, will host a spring boutique with luncheon, fashion show, music and guest speaker from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. More...

Editorials

Put down the phone and drive

Face it, you multitask.  Because you feel you must.  From home to work and back—and with all the errands and commitments in between—life often feels like it’s spinning a million miles a minute. More...

Political Cartoon

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FOR THE RECORD

Last week’s front page story about California Water Service Co. requesting to raise its rates stated that the rate hike would bring the average monthly residential bill to $150 for 748 gallons of water. That was a misprint.  More...