May 2, 2013 RSS feed / Front Page

N.P. fire station named as possible shelter site

Nonprofit housing corporation Many Mansions is exploring an idea to convert Fire Station 35 in Newbury Park, which is looking to relocate, into the first year-round homeless shelter in the East County. More...

Health & Wellness

Young yogis stretch their experience

LIONS AND TREES—Joy Howe, top left, the instructor of CardioKidz, teaches Elli Ross, 2, of Oak Park the lion pose during a yoga class at Total Body Fitness on April 27. More...

Program addresses life’sfinal chapter

A free presentation on life’s final chapter, “Consider the Conversation,” will take place from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Sat., May 4 at Monte Vista Presbyterian Church, 3796 W. Lynn Road, Newbury Park.  More...

Workshop looks at end-of-life affairs

Senior Concerns will present a workshop titled “Getting Your Loved One’s Affairs in Order: The Talk” on Tues., May 7 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. More...

On the Town

Arts plaza opens suggestion box

Survey will help determine future shows at civic venue

In anticipation of its 20th anniversary season, beginning September 2014 and continuing through May 2015, the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza is asking local residents, “Who would you like to see perform?”  More...

For teen, the whole world’s a stage

When Alex Karukas was in first grade, he performed in a class play. Years later, he remembers nothing about the play except that he played a king and his teacher said, “This kid is going to grow up to become an actor.”  More...

All dressed up

ON THE RUNWAY—At left, Fifi Lippman of Westlake Village models clothes during the Second Chance Fashion Show at Muvico in Thousand Oaks on April 23. More...

Sports

This meet is a real treat

VENTURA COUNTY TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS

The Ventura County Track and Field Championships featured moments of jubilee and disappointment.  Some competitors broke personal and meet records. More...

Spear points Lions in right direction

Shortstop relishes biggest moments on softball diamond

Kelly Spear is living the softball dream.  Spear struck gold when she led Oaks Christian High to the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 title as a freshman.  The junior shortstop won the lotto when she verbally committed to Baylor University l More...

Oaks Christian ends streak

Boys’ volleyball team defeats Oak Park

The Lions stepped up, big time.  Oaks Christian High’s boys’ volleyball team halted Oak Park’s Tri-Valley League winning streak at 65 matches after upended the Eagles in five games (25-22, 20-25, 23-25, 25-22, 15-9) on Tuesday. More...

Pets

Pet of the Week

BLACK-AND-WHITE BEAUTY—Mittens is an altered female black-and-white domestic shorthair about 8 years old. Her front paws are declawed so she would be an indoor cat. More...

National Pet Week starts Sunday

National Pet Week is May 5 through 11, and the theme is “Love Your Pet, See Your Vet.”  Pet owners can show their love for their pets by visiting the veterinarian. More...

Family

Raising funds for suicide prevention

REMEMBERING LOVED ONES—Team Mitzvah represented by Gil Yousem (center) and Mike Matthew (far right), both of whom were top fundraisers for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Out of More...

B&G Clubs honor future leaders

The 2012 Youth of the Year winners for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley made use of the resources provided by the organization to help their peers and enrich the community.  Andrew Ceco, 16, and Evan Altschule, 13, were named More...

Preschool registration opens

The Conejo Recreation and Park District’s Dos Vientos Community Center has opened early registration for its 2013 preschool programs. More...

Editorials

Political Cartoon

Full Story

A losing battle?

There are no easy solutions when it comes to keeping young people safe from the dangers of drugs and alcohol.  Proactive parenting, educating, lecturing, fear-mongering—even the threat of imprisonment—all seem powerless against the p More...

Bike lane on Lynn a ‘death sentence’

In approving a bike lane on Lynn Road between Avenida de Los Arboles and Hillcrest Drive, the Thousand Oaks City Council and public works director Jay Spurgin have signed a death sentence for some bicyclists, pedestrians, auto passengers and drivers. More...

Springs Fire now at 80 percent containment

Full containment expected by May 7

The Camarillo Springs Fire, which burned 28,000 acres of brush and damaged 15 homes between Thursday and Sunday, is now at 80 percent containment, the Ventura County Fire Department is reporting. More...

In-air collision leaves two dead

One plane forced to crash land on WLV golf course

Two small aircraft collided in midair this week on a perfectly sunny day with visibility seemingly not a problem.  The reason behind Monday’s deadly midair crash involving a pair of Cessna 172s wasn’t immediately known, but investiga More...

City agrees to loan Many Mansions $2 million

SENIOR HOUSING

Fresh off finishing construction of its 60-unit Hillcrest Villas complex last month, nonprofit housing corporation Many Mansions is eyeing its next proposed project in Thousand Oaks: an 80-unit development for seniors, also on Hillcrest Drive.  More...

Website serves as crime-fighting tool

Rise in burglaries causing neighbors to take action

A large number of commercial and residential burglaries—108 from January through March—has prompted some Thousand Oaks residents to reach out to their neighbors through Nextdoor.com, a private social network that allows people to quickly More...

Community

It’s that time of year again—CVD starts today

Community celebration now in its 57th year

Conejo Valley Days is here again. “This year we’ve raised the bar,” said Mary Catherine McBride, the event’s chair. “There’s new decor, a bigger stage, more rides and more nonprofits than ever before.” More...

‘Come on down!’

T.O. resident wins car on ‘Price is Right’

Chelsea Balikian, a recent winner on the long-running CBS game show “The Price Is Right,” proved that acting a little kooky can pay off big time. Balikian won more than $20,000 in prizes during the show’s March 6 taping in Burbank. More...

Where gravel roads may lead

Man relates his experience of traveling the globe on a motorcycle

Rene Cormier is more than a motorcyclist. More...

Calendar

Calendar

THURS., MAY 2  Fran Pavley Program  6 p.m. at Grant Brimhall Library, 1401 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. State Sen. Fran Pavley speaks on “Women and Leadership.” Free, public invited. Sponsored by Thousand Oaks AAUW. More...

Schools

Debate over governor’s plan persists

PROP 30 FALLOUT

A movement is underway among local school officials and politicians to stop—or at the least slow down—Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to allocate up to 50 percent more funding to school districts that have lower socioeconomic standing. More...

School district puts surplus property back on the market

Conejo Valley Unified School District, unable to close a deal with a commercial developer to purchase its 10.7-acre vacant property on Conejo Center Drive in Newbury Park, is putting the parcel back on the market.  The property in the Rancho Con More...

Graduating artists exhibit their work

CLU will host reception May 11 at William Rolland Gallery

California Lutheran University will present ‘Kelletia,’ a its annual spring art sculpture by exhibit, showcasing Chelsea Fletcher. the work of graduating art majors, through Sat., May 18, with a meet-and-greet from 4 to 6 p.m.  More...

Business

Council must decide if city’s first swap meet is a good sell

A new indoor swap meet may open in Thousand Oaks if it is approved by the City Council this month. More...

Trova Home Care Lets You Recover At Home

The best place for elderly loved ones who need upgraded care or special assistance with everyday tasks is in their own homes.  So say local residents Greg and Jane Rex, who cared for both of their mothers full time at home.  More...

Elite Dentistry Boasts State-of-the Art Facility

Dr. Igal Leizerovich has been practicing dentistry for 18 years. He lives in Newbury Park with his wife, Dr. Yael Bar-Zion, and their two children. More...

Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park   March 14  A 35-year-old man was arrested for shoplifting from Target in the 2000 block of Teller Road.  March 30  During a hosted event, about $10,000 was stolen from a man’s home in the 2000 block of Indian S More...

Faith

Jews unite for special day of joy

COMMENTARY

I was privileged to have been the master of ceremonies for the Day of Jewish Unity event that took place April 28 in honor of Lag B’Omer this year. Lag B’Omer is a joyous holiday with an obscure origin. More...

United Methodists tee off for charity

The United Methodist Church of Westlake Village will sponsor its second annual Charity Golf Tournament, dinner and auction on Wed., May 8 at the Moorpark Country Club, 11800 Championship Drive.  More...

Summit addresses disability ministry

The West Coast Disability Ministry Summit will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat., May 18 at Calvary Community Church, 5495 Via Rocas, Westlake Village.  The event is hosted by Joni and Friends and co-sponsored by Calvary Community Church. More...

Columns

Prokofiev or Purple People

I was lucky.  The piano in my family’s living room attracted many inventive hands. Trained ones, jazzy ones who knew how to make it sing. More...

The overstuffed sandwich generation

Three years ago, my sister Carla became an official member of the sandwich generation. More...

Water district ideal site to sell water-wise plants

Going native in the garden is quite the happening trend, judging by the enthusiasm of the people attending a California native plant sale on April 20 at Calleguas Municipal Water District in Thousand Oaks.  The semiannual sale is put on by the C More...