May 9, 2013 RSS feed / Front Page

Fire takes toll on local wildlife

But animals, vegetation will bounce back, ecologist says

The wild animals and 24,000 acres of vegetation caught in the path of the quick-moving Springs fire in the Santa Monica Mountains will recover from the springtime blaze despite its unusual timing, according to Marti Witter, a fire ecologist for the N More...

Health & Wellness

Cancer Support Community celebrates with annual gala

The Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara honored five area residents at a gala fundraiser last week for their support in fighting the disease.  The honorees are heroes in the ongoing battle against cancer, said Steve Spector, CS More...

On the Town

Fans don’t have to wait any longer for Cole

Fans of Paula Cole, Grammy winner and seventime nominee best known for her memorable hits “Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?” and “I Don’t Want to Wait,” used as the theme song for the WB series “Dawson’s Cree More...

Dos Vientos Farmers Market starts Friday

Golden State Certified Farmers Markets was scheduled to open its new market at The Village in Dos Vientos on May 3.  However, due to the Springs Fire last week, Debra Bianco, president of Golden State Certified, rescheduled the opening of the Vi More...

Smooth stylings

IN TUNE—Above, the brass section of Newbury Park High School Jazz Combo 1 performs during a clinic at the Moorpark High School Jazz Festival on Saturday. More...

Sports

Back in the saddle

Thousand Oaks baseball bounces back to snare second in Marmonte

Surprise, surprise—the Lancers are back in the postseason.  Thousand Oaks High’s baseball team is enjoying a turnaround season after struggling on the diamond in 2011 and 2012.  More...

Warriors show might at team divisionals

HIGH SCHOOL BOYS’ GOLF CIF-SS Northern Division Team Regional

Westlake High’s boys’ golf team is loaded with talent.  The Warriors, however, rarely field their entire starting unit, since many golfers compete in top junior tournaments around the world.  More...

Black Cat Attack seizes the day

Newbury Park’s girls’ swim team captures Marmonte League crown

The Panthers made history.  Newbury Park High’s girls’ swim team captured its first Marmonte League title in school history last week at Rancho Simi Community Park pool in Simi Valley.  More...

Pets

Prancing pup

DANCING WITH THE DOG— Arsi, a border collie, dances at the Barkley Pet Hotel and Day Spa in Westlake Village on May 5. More...

As temperatures rise, take extra precaution to protect your pet

COMMENTARY

As the weather heats up in the coming months, more families and their pets will be able to enjoy quality time outdoors. More...

Pet of the Week

SNUGGLE BUG— Alice is an altered female blue-and-white Staffordshire bull terrier mix about 2 years old. She is very sweet and loves kids. More...

Faith

Walking to end worldwide genocide

SUPPORT FOR OTHERS—Above, Thousand Oaks residents Allen and Stacy Minassian read about the Armenian genocide inside a tent exhibit at the Conejo Valley Walk to End Genocide on May 5 in T.O. More...

Open house at Temple Etz Chaim

Temple Etz Chaim will host an open house at its religious school for children entering grades K-7 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sun., May 19 at 1080 E. More...

Beat heat at indoor parking lot sale

St. Julies Helping Hands will host an Indoor Parking Lot Sale fundraiser from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sat., May 18 and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sun., May 19 at St. More...

Letters

Grateful for firefighters

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Kill Lynn Road bike lane project

As a 40-year resident of Thousand Oaks I could not agree more with the Lynn Road bicycle letters printed May 2.  I’m so happy the bicycling community—less than 10 percent of the Lynn Road users—supports this project.  I be More...

Blaming lack of signs a cop-out

I completely agree with Matt Boyd’s letter (April 25) regarding the auto mall sign and will add my own 2 cents.  More...

Editorials

Happy Mother's Day!

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Protected by the best

As giant flames from the Springs fire engulfed the hillsides around Newbury Park last Thursday and Friday, forcing many local families to evacuate, there seemed little to no chance of our city escaping the blaze without losing a home—or several More...

County takes stand on X-rated filming

Prompted by an influx of adult film productions in unincorporated areas, the Ventura County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved an emergency ordinance on Tuesday that they hope will keep the industry away from the county. More...

Judge may hear doctor’s case for a new trial this month

Testimony is scheduled to begin this month on a motion for a new trial filed on behalf of Barry Lefkovitch, a former Thousand Oaks family practice doctor convicted in September of sexually abusing three female patients under his care.  The heari More...

Fickle fire puts schools to the test

Sixth-grader Sarah Leviss covered her face with a white dust mask as dense smoke and bits of ash filled the air outside Sycamore Canyon School in Newbury Park last Friday, the second day of the Springs fire.  Sarah was leaving the school with he More...

Community

Local business community puts people before profits in crisis

SPRINGS FIRE

As flames ravaged land between the Conejo Grade and the Pacific Ocean, local businesses donated food, supplies and other resources to firefighters, first responders and displaced residents.  More...

Mother Nature not kind to Conejo Valley Days

Start of annual celebration coincides with start of 24,000-acre brush fire

Up against strong winds, smoke-filled skies and a nearby fire that ravaged more than 24,000 acres in Ventura County, the 57th annual Conejo Valley Days festival drew about 10,000 attendees over four days—40 percent less than last year, accordin More...

Hillside flames displace some, captivate all

SPRINGS FIRE

At 9:55 a.m., during Thousand Oaks High School’s morning break period last Thursday, Kevin Driscoll’s girlfriend, Eileen Davies, told him his home in Dos Vientos was in jeopardy. More...

Calendar

Calendar

THURS., MAY 9  Woodland Hills Republican Women  10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Woodland Hills Country Club, 21150 Dumetz Road. $25 for lunch. RSVP requested. Contact: Jane. Phone: 818.225.0843.  Gem And Mineral Club   More...

Schools

Aspen Elementary wins environmental award

Ranger Rick makes special appearance

PROMOTING THE ENVIRONMENT—Above, Ranger Rick, left, and school officials unveil the greenflag won by Aspen Elementary during an assembly on May 3. More...

High School Hi-Lights

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Work of TOHS student journalist recognized

As the sports editor of The Lancer, Thousand Oaks High School’s monthly newspaper, Ian Doherty often Googles athletes before he interviews them. More...

Business

Latest SCORE expo for small business set for May 21 in Oxnard

SCORE Ventura County will host a free Small Business Expo from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tues., May 21 at the Oxnard Performing   Arts Center, 800 S. More...

BUSINESS BITS

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

EYE ON LOCAL AREA STOCKS

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Police

Cops credit citizen help with recent string of burglary-related arrests

Police are investigating the possibility that two men arrested last month on suspicion of burglarizing homes in Thousand Oaks and Los Angeles County are linked to additional crimes in the area.  More...

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park   April 23  Between April 23 and 24, property was vandalized in the 3000 block of San Vincente Circle.  April 24  A fight occurred at Conejo Valley High School in the 1000 block of Newbury Road.  More...

Family

Saluting Our Scouts

HONORED—Jason Chulack, 18, of Thousand Oaks received his Eagle Scout award at a Court of Honor on April 27 at Emmanuel Presbyterian Church. Chulack is from Troop 787 in T.O. More...

High Fliers

Residents enjoy four days of fun at 57th annual Conejo Valley Days

CARNIVAL HIGHLIGHTS—Above, Debra Lunog and her daughter Ashlyn, both of West Hills, ride the Casino at the Conejo Valley Days carnival on May 4. More...

Happy Mother's Day Letters

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Columns

There’s a dating site for everyone

Here’s some great news for single Trekkies, cowboys, millionaires and pet lovers: In the online world of meeting and dating, there seems to be a website for every kind of person imaginable: geeks, farmers, nudists, vampire-lovers and even the a More...

Letter to Mom

Dear Mom,  I miss you and your roadside potatoes.  Though you slipped the surly bonds of suburbia 28 years ago, your frothy memory remains front and center. More...

Brush fire reflections

Maybe you remember a year when the fire season started early in May, but I don’t.  The Springs fire was huge and took days to be brought under control. More...