April 25, 2013 RSS feed / Front Page

Grand jury barks about T.O. oak tree policy

Although the City of Thousand Oaks is not obligated to keep records of its own removal and replacement of oak trees, it requires individual property owners who’ve been given permission to cut down the trees to document the process, according to More...

Health & Wellness

Too busy to feel sorry

Advocate works to promote research

Joan Mendonsa was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease 21 years ago but just recently began her efforts to raise awareness about the second most common neurological disease in the United States behind Alzheimer’s. More...

Conejo YMCA puts out call for volunteers

The Conejo Valley YMCA is launching an effort to recruit volunteers to help at its main facility at 4031 N. More...

Drop off old prescriptions

The Las Virgenes-Triunfo Joint Powers Authority urges area residents to participate in National Drug Take-Back Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sat., April 27.  More...

On the Town

Former Miss Ventura County lends operatic voice to concert

CLU alumna raising cash to study music abroad

Former Miss Ventura Kayla Bailey is putting herself in the spotlight to raise money for an educational opportunity abroad.  More...

Johnny Rivers headlines Blues Fest

This year’s Ventura County Blues Festival, which takes place Saturday at Moorpark College, covers a lot of musical ground, including in its lineup such artists as Savoy Brown, Kenny Neal, Dona Oxford, Preston Smith & the Crocodiles, and Mic More...

Small but sweet show revived

PLAY REVIEW ‘A Catered Affair’

In the spring of 2008, a small gem of a musical called “A Catered Affair” made its debut on Broadway, ran for a shade over 100 performances and then vanished.  Amid the high energy of “In the Heights” and the rafter-ringi More...

Sports

Waltner packs punch at plate for Black Cat Attack

Senior catcher is a bright spot for Newbury Park baseball team

Colton Waltner is a happy baseball player.  He’s won a section championship at Dodger Stadium and toiled with a team in transition, and he’s grateful for every moment.  He could tattoo a walk-off grand slam or struggle through a More...

Soccer team savors Apricot Jam win

STARS ON PITCH—The Newbury Park Boys U-10 Extra Team won its division at the Apricot Jam Tournament in Moorpark. The soccer team defeated Balboa 5-4 in overtime for the championship. More...

Wysocki socks ball for Lancers

Versatile freshman displays toughness for TOHS softball

Kealia Wysocki is making a strong case for Marmonte League softball rookie of the year.  Thousand Oaks High’s freshman has the numbers—and bruises— to back it up.  More...

Pets

Squirrel of the Month

CHILLAXING—Janet Jenkins sent in this photo she took in September of a squirrel taking a breather on a rod-iron fence in her backyard during an “extremely” hot day. More...

Pet of the Week

SWEET GIRL—Sophie is an altered female black-and-tan Australian shepherd mix about 9 years old. She is housebroken, good in cars and walks well on a leash. More...

Family

Strength in numbers

Tight-knit family gears up for second fight against cancer

When Ashley Nelinger was 5 years old, she fought a yearlong battle against kidney cancer and won.  Despite losing one of her kidneys in the fight, she emerged in good health and good spirits.  For the next 16 years, the aspiring nurse conti More...

New board members at Boys & Girls Clubs

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley recently added two new members on its board of directors.  Richelle Blanken is owner of Alpine Adventures, a ski and adventure travel company, which she has owned for 17 years. More...

Mail carriers will pick up food donations

Stamp Out Hunger campaign takes place May 11

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Columns

Death of the alders

Many people have noticed that the alder trees planted in the medians and parkways of Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village and other cities seem to be dying, more so than other tree species in the same general locations.  More...

Editorials

Our latest chapter

For the past 16 years the Thousand Oaks Acorn has played a steady role in community life, delivering the weekly news, features and sports that residents have come to rely on.  More...

Political Cartoon

Full Story

Proposal would ban horseback riding, rafting at Yosemite National Park

April 30 is last day to comment on Merced River Plan

April 30 is the final day to submit a comment on the Merced River Plan, a controversial proposal that would drastically change the future of recreation at the state’s most popular national park, one visited often by residents of the Conejo Valley and More...

Conejo school district weighing future bond measure

Local voters may soon get the chance to decide whether to support a general obligation bond measure that would help fund classroom renovations, safety improvements and technological advancements in Conejo Valley Unified School District. More...

Woman killed in Vallecito mobile home fire

Due to lack of evidence, investigators may not be able to determine what caused a mobile home fire in Newbury Park last week that killed a 74-year-old woman. More...

Driver leads CHP on high-speed chase through T.O.

A man driving a stolen vehicle led California Highway Patrol officers on a 40-minute chase last week that ended in Thousand Oaks, where a Moorpark CHP officer performed a PIT maneuver to force the driver to stop. More...

Community

Construction on Lynn Road bike lanes to begin in May

Work expected to last six months

Construction will begin next month to make room for bike lanes on a 2.5-mile stretch of Lynn Road. More...

County drafting policy to govern cellphone tower installations

Public asked to provide input

As national wireless carriers like Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T and Sprint battle to claim signal strength supremacy, the debate over where to place cellphone towers has intensified in cities and towns across the United States.  More...

C-SPAN bus makes stop in T.O.

SHOW AND TELL—C-SPAN marketing representative Jennifer Curran, right, shows Ladan Amin of Agoura Hills the different services the network provides during a tour of the C-SPAN bus at California More...

Calendar

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THURS., APRIL 25  Thousand Oaks Art Association  7 to 8 p.m. at T.O. Community Gallery, 2331-A Borchard Road, Newbury Park. Alissa Spaulding from Frame Gallery speaks on new trends in framing for paintings. Members free, guests $5. More...

Schools

Lancer band marks milestone with rare Civic Arts Plaza show

May 5 performance at Kavli Theatre will feature TOHS band members past, present

A member of Thousand Oaks High School’s wind ensemble, bassoon player Isabel Sublette said she feels at home when she’s with her bandmates. More...

Weathersfield wins with bingo

THE FAMILY THAT PLAYS TOGETHER— Above, the Khairzad family—kindergartner Zaal, 6, Farzan, Zahra and Sheela, 3½— mark their game cards at Weathersfield Elementary School’s annu More...

Highlights

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Business

Atria Hillcrest welcomes new director

Mark Stelzer has joined the staff of Atria Hillcrest as its Life Guidance director.  The Life Guidance program is for people living with Alzheimer’s or other dementia.  As director, Stelzer will manage the new Life Guidance memory-car More...

Four Seasons spa named best in U.S.

The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel in Westlake Village has earned two titles from the World Luxury Spa Awards: Best Luxury Hotel Spa in the United States and Best Luxury Destination Spa in the United States.  The awards were announced after a yearlon More...

EYE ON LOCAL AREA STOCKS

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Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park   April 8  Between Apr il 8 and 9, trespassers entered a home in the 800 block of Capitan Street without permission.  April 9  More...

Faith

Observe National Day of Prayer at CLU

Pastor Brad Cummings is the keynote speaker for the Southeast Ventura County YMCA’s 14th annual National Day of Prayer Breakfast on Thurs., May 2 at the Gilbert Sports Center at Cal Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks. More...

Celebrate at Day of Jewish Unity

A consortium of Jewish organizations and groups from Conejo Valley and Ventura County are joining together for A Day of Jewish Unity from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sun., April 28 at Thousand Oaks High School, 2323 N. More...

It’s what you see that matters

“And that aha! that you get when you see an artwork that really hits you is, ‘I am that.’ I am the very radiance of energy that is talking to me through this painting.” — Joseph Campbell   More...

Letters

Offering tax help proves rewarding

Fourteen years ago, I wrote an article regarding my experience as a tax preparer after a season working for a company in The Oaks mall. Today, I’m writing about the same experience from a different perspective. More...

Cameras helped capture suspects

To those people who are concerned with their privacy and surveillance cameras in Thousand Oaks, below is a quote from the Boston Globe.  Read it and read it again.  Are you more concerned with your privacy or capturing the assailants? More...

Signs don’t sell cars

I truly enjoy the friendly debate among Acorn readers about many of the pressing issues facing our Conejo Valley.  I originally wasn’t going to pick sides on the “Great Auto Mall Sign Debate of 2012-13,” but I cannot sit on the More...