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New school standards spark debate

COMMON CORE

Common Core is coming to California, and public school students throughout the Conejo Valley and state will soon be faced with a new curriculum, a new teaching style and a new system for testing. More...

Crash in Newbury Park kills 86-year-old woman

Cause of collision under investigation

An 86-year-old Newbury Park woman was killed Monday in a two-car crash at the intersection of Lynn and E. Kelley roads.  The woman, Martha York, was attempting to make a left turn from E. More...

Health & Wellness

Not all businesses sold on new healthcare law

Debate over cost versus care

The Affordable Care Act, passed by Congress in 2010, will fix the skyrocketing insurance costs and lack of access that small businesses and self-employed individuals previously faced, proponents of the new healthcare law are saying.  But others More...

Cut-athon will fund leukemia research

Swanky Salon will present a cut-athon in support of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Man and Woman of the Year and Occupy Cancer Campaign Team.  From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. More...

On the Town

Schools unite for rousing performance

CONCERT REVIEW All District Band Festival

The Conejo Valley Unified School District’s 31st annual All District Band Festival took place recently at the Fred Kavli Theatre. More...

Director choreographs comedic show

‘Forum’ runs through June 16

When I met Joshua Finkel, director of Panic! More...

Troupe presents ‘Broadway Bound’

Ventura County Gilbert & Sullivan Repertoire Co. will present “Broadway Bound,” the first show of its 2013 summer concert series, from 3 to 5 p.m. Sun., June 9 at the Hillcrest Center for theArts, 403 W. More...

Sports

The Lion kings

CIF- SS Division 4 baseball championship Oaks Christian 4, El Rancho 0

Phillip Bickford made it easy for his Oaks Christian High baseball teammates.  Senior catcher Jack Kruger barely moved behind the dish. More...

All-stars dazzle in exhibition

Volleyball seniors go out with a bang

It’s almost unfair to have an all-star game and put the top players from the Marmonte League all on one team.  The Marmonte’s finest boys’ and girls’ volleyball players put on a clinic during the Ventura County High Schoo More...

Walin is new athletic director at TOHS

Gary Walin is the new athletic director at Thousand Oaks High.  A longtime coach, Walin will step aside from his head coaching duties with the varsity softball and girls’ basketball teams.  More...

Pets

Squirrel of the Month

WATCHFUL EYE—Debbie Van Dellen of Westlake Village provided this delightful photo of a mama squirrel and her two babies living in a hollow oak tree branch in her backyard. More...

Guarding your garden from critters

COMMENTARY Nature

They’re cute, they’re furry and they love to eat— your landscape that is. If you are battling with rabbits, deer, groundhogs or other wildlife, don’t give up. More...

Pet of the Week

GENTLE DOG—DOG Drake is a male gray and black brindle pitbull about 2 years old. This engaging pitbull takes treats gently. He is trained and knows sit and down. More...

Faith

Or Echad hosts Mitvah Day

Organization looks to unite L.A.’s Jewish community

Or Echad (One Light) is the newest alternative to the traditional Jewish community. Its goal is uniting Jewish families from all over Los Angeles. More...

Music to honor Mary

The Pacific Shores Chorale will present a concert titled “The New Eve: A Litany of Song Honoring Mary” at 8 p.m. Fri., June 14 at Ventura College Performing Arts Center, 4700 Loma Vista Road and at 2 p.m. More...

Archbishop to visit T.O.

His Eminence Archbishop Hovnan Derderian of the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church of North America will celebrate the Divine Liturgy with parishioners of the Armenian Church of Ventura County at 12:15 p.m. Sun., June 9 at St. More...

Letters

Helmet needed in skater photo

In the article in last week’s Acorn drawing attention to the upcoming competition at Borchard Road Skatepark we are, once again, treated to the sight of a young man on a skateboard flying through the air, his long hair flowing in the wind, unde More...

Take close look at Common Core

Parents have always wanted a voice in their children’s education.  But as curriculum gets more computerized and most local control will be eliminated under the untested Common Core state standards, I’m wondering if parents realize th More...

Forum will clarify new standards

Thank you, Dr. More...

Editorials

Political Cartoon

Full Story

Uncommon change

A dramatic shift in how students will be taught, and what they will be tested on, is coming to Conejo Valley Unified School District.  Some see it as a change for the better; others do not.  Parents owe it to themselves and their children t More...

Travel soccer team coach arrested on suspicion of sexual assault

Coach, 25, allegedly had sex with 16-year-old player

The coach of a Conejo Valley travel soccer team was arrested Thursday on suspicion of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old player, according to authorities. More...

CLU student, a TOHS grad, dies during research outing

Cause of biology major’s death is unknown

A 20-year-old Cal Lutheran University biology major who died last week while researching lizards in the hills above the Thousand Oaks campus was a bright student who loved science and photography. More...

City, NPS still discussing water damage

The National Park Service may drop its $600,000 claim against the City of Thousand Oaks for alleged rain damage to its Hillcrest Center office, incurred while solar panels were being installed on the city-owned building’s roof in 2011. More...

Community

Chevy dealer drops sign appeal

Silver Star had requested date with City Council

Silver Star Automotive Group has decided to put the brakes on a plan to install a Chevrolet sign on Thousand Oaks Boulevard more than twice the height allowed under the municipal code.  A 6-foot-tall sign, the maximum height permitted by the cit More...

East County cities pledge to work together to improve public transit

Goal is to boost ‘interconnectivity’ by coordinating bus systems

Bus riders may one day soon find it easier to travel between East Ventura County’s four cities. More...

Rand Paul calls for spiritual revival

Kentucky senator visits T.O. church

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) told congregants of Newbury Park’s Godspeak Calvary Chapel this week that America needs a spiritual revival, led not by a politician but by community-level religious groups and leaders.  More...

Calendar

Calendar

THURS., JUNE 6  ‘Ah, Yes, I Remember It Well’   More...

Schools

Board of Education may alter sixth-grade rite of passage

Outdoor School, a beloved and long-standing tradition in Conejo Valley Unified School District, may lose its science focus in the future if the school board decides to adopt a new curriculum for the program. More...

Silent messages

Newbury Park High School students tell stories with still-life tableaus

Nicole Chernabsky lay facedown in the grass, her limbs contorted as though she had died in a tragic accident. More...

Westlake High senior wins congressional art contest

Westlake High School senior Lily Wang is the winner of this year’s 26th Congressional District art competition.  She will have her piece titled “Strawberry Summer” displayed in the U.S. More...

Business

Vegas songstress joins entertainment lineup at Mastro’s Steakhouse

Mastro’s Steakhouse in Thousand Oaks has added a new performer, Katie Dix, to its nightly entertainment lineup. More...

Chamber earns honor

The Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce has been awarded the President’s Circle Award by the California Chamber of Commerce for the fifth consecutive year. Only 10 chambers have received the award five times.  More...

BUSINESS BITS

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

Police

5 arrested on suspicion of gang activity

Five Thousand Oaks residents were arrested last week in connection with two separate gang-related confrontations that occurred in the city in April, one of which resulted in a boy being beaten.  More...

T.O. man convicted of fraud must pay $3 million to victims

A Thousand Oaks man sentenced in May to serve 10 years in state prison for his role in a real estate investment fraud scheme that targeted mostly retired and elderly investors from Ventura, Los Angeles and Santa Barbara counties was ordered to pay mo More...

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park   May 4  A man, 29, was arrested for possession of stolen property in the 1500 block of Newbury Road.  May 17  A 49-year-old man was arrested in the 1500 block of Newbury Road for indecent exposure.  More...

Family

For the love of it

  RARING TO GO— Above, participants in the one-mile fun run portion of Senior Concerns’ 20th annual Love Run ham it up as they set out down Townsgate Road on Sunday. More...

Celebrating life

Cancer survivors bond at family picnic

WELLNESS—At right, Andrew Hall, left, and Maria Durant, representing Dance for Wellness, do the Lindy Hop at the National Cancer Survivors Day Picnic June 1 in Westlake Village. More...

Track event open to all interested children

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley invite children ages 3 through 10 to participate in the second annual track meet from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sun., June 30 at Chargers Stadium, Agoura High School, 28545 W. More...

Columns

Membership has its privileges

Now that we’ve established our membership in SOS—Secret Order of Singles—it’s time to take our organization out of the closet (so to speak) and shout from the rooftops, “Yes, we’re single . . . More...

Trees need water

You water your lawn and you water your flowers. But when was the last time you thought about watering your trees?  The fact is, we didn’t get much rain this winter. More...