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Local father dedicates event to dads

FATHER’S DAY

Bill Williams cherishes being the father of two daughters, a role he will celebrate at the city’s first Father’s Day Festival this weekend.  Williams will host the free event this Sun., June 16, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. More...

Health & Wellness

Coloring indicates poor blood flow

COMMENTARY Podiatry

“The two colors we do not like to see are white and black” I sometimes say to my surgery patients when they ask what to look for after surgery. “Pink is good,” I say, meaning good blood flow to the feet. More...

Hepatitis case in county linked to frozen berries

Product was sold from Costco

The California Department of Public Health has warned consumers not to eat Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend of frozen berries sold through Costco stores, and possibly other retail outlets, as they have been linked to a multistate outbreak of More...

Phones offered for disabilities

For those who have problems when using the telephone, such as not being able to hear clearly or read the numbers, the Thousand Oaks Council on Aging has partnered with the California Telephone Assistance Program and California Caption Telephone Progr More...

On the Town

Library to screen film on folk music mecca

“For the Love of the Music: The Club 47 Folk Revival” is a documentary exploring the history of Club 47, an iconic Cambridge, Mass., folk music mecca from 1958 to 1968. A free screening of the film will take place at 2 p.m. More...

Festival offers gourd art demos

The versatility of the gourd as an art medium will be showcased at the 11th annual Ventura County Gourd Artists Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat., June 22 at the Santa Rosa Valley Clubhouse, 11701 E. Las Posas Road, Santa Rosa Valley, Camarillo. More...

Country music fest will benefit Wounded Warriors

All-day event has activities for kids, adults

The second annual OakHeart Country Music Festival will run from 1 to 10 p.m. Sat., June 15 at Conejo Creek Park South, 1300 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. More...

Sports

Pole vault runs in family

Luigi Colella of Thousand Oaks track captures state title, with help from dad

It’s not easy being coached by dad.  Disagreements flare up when a family member runs the show.  For Luigi Colella, father knows best.  Colella, one of the top prep boys’ pole vaulters in the nation, is coached by his fathe More...

CLU offers youth camps

California Lutheran University is organizing and sponsoring youth athletic camps this summer.  Water polo, soccer, volleyball and football camps developed by CLU coaches will be run with assistance from Olympians and student-athletes at the univ More...

The big hitters

Oaks Christian boys’ golf team enjoys its best season, places third at state tourney

Tom Placke didn’t freak out during the CIF State Boys Golf Championships.  Placke just kicked back while his Oaks Christian High boys’ golf team made history.  More...

Pets

So your child says it’s time for a pet

COMMENTARY | Pet care

One of the highlights of my childhood was the opportunity to have just about every kind of pet a kid could want, such as turtles, birds, cats and dogs.  More...

Pet of the Week

WHO’S OUT THERE?—Susie is a female gray tabby domestic shorthair about 8 months old. She likes to sit and look out the window and likes to snuggle. More...

No-kill shelter in Santa Paula to celebrate anniversary

Santa Paula Animal Rescue Center, a no-kill shelter in Ventura County, will celebrate its first anniversary from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat., June 15 at the rescue center, 705 E. More...

Columns

The good stuff

Dear Boompa,  Without your Ramos fizzes, Sundays really hang me up the most.  More...

Summers of the past and future

What’s your favorite season? For many people, summer is the No. 1 time of year.  As a child, I loved summer. It meant a three-month reprieve from school. When I was growing up, almost every summer day was spent outdoors.  More...

Happy Father’s Dismay

The world is against me.  My son is approaching his teenage years—he’ll be 10 next month—and his friends are pushing me out of the center of his universe. More...

Common Core comes under fire

Speakers express anger over changes to school standards

Tensions ran high at a community forum Monday night where the topic of discussion was the controversial implementation of the Common Core state standards at Conejo Valley schools. More...

Prescription drug task force looking at T.O. psychiatrist

Doctor may have overprescribed pain killers, according to police

A Thousand Oaks psychiatrist is under investigation for allegedly treating patients while on drugs and overprescribing opiate painkillers after being arrested twice in the past three months on suspicion of driving while impaired. More...

Community

Coach of travel soccer team jailed on suspicion of having sex with minor

Capellini is due in court today

The coach of a Conejo Valley travel soccer team was arrested June 6 on suspicion of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old player, according to authorities.  Christopher Capellini, 25, of Camarillo was arrested just before 6 p.m. More...

Neighbors not pleased with plans to construct assisted-living facility

Developer originally planned to build 7 homes there

A proposal to build an assisted-living home on E. More...

Deficit causes council to eliminate position in theater department

CITY SPENDING

As part of adopting its next two-year budget, the City of Thousand Oaks will eliminate a technical services manager at the Civic Arts Plaza to save $130,000 a year as theater officials try to cover a nearly $500,000 operating shortfall over the next More...

Calendar

Calendar

THURS., JUNE 13  Woodland Hills Republican Women  10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Woodland Hills Country Club, 21150 Dumetz Road. Fashion show featuring memorable women in history, luncheon, silent auction. $65. RSVP requested. Contact: Carol. More...

Schools

Going along with the program

Inability to hit benchmarks has school feeling the heat from the state

Conejo Elementary, the city’s longest-operating school, is making major changes aimed at increasing the standardized test scores of its 400 or so students, most of whom come from lowincome households.  More...

School commemorates half century

CELEBRATING 50 YEARS—Three past heads of school, Pat Morris, Carol Clark and Eileen Doyle, along with the current head of school, Nancy Whitson, celebrate the 50th anniversary of St. More...

Battle over birthday treats continues

CLASSROOM NUTRITION

Classroom celebrations involving food, including cupcakes on student birthdays, will soon be limited to two per month per class if the Conejo Valley school board decides to adopt a new student wellness policy next week.  More...

Business

Calleguas water district joins board of EDC-VC

Calleguas Municipal Water District has joined the Economic Development Collaborative-Ventura County board of directors as a board liaison. More...

Speaker to share networking tips

The Ventura County Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners will host its dinner meeting from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thurs., June 27 at Los Robles Greens, 299 S. Moorpark Road.  More...

EYE ON LOCAL AREA STOCKS

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Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park   April 6  A 22-year-old man was arrested in the 200 block of McKnight Road for forgery and possession of a stolen check.  May 29  More...

Faith

Local teens bake for bat mitzvahs

Three Valley Outreach Synagogue teens found a sweet way to celebrate their bat mitzvahs and serve society at the same time.  Lauren Lefitz, Sadie Emmitt and Victoria Wildman learned how to bake, decorate and sell cupcakes on behalf of Cupcakes f More...

Temple hosts magic show

Temple Etz Chaim will host a magic and comedy variety show from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Sat., June 15 at the synagogue, 1080 E. More...

Pianist performs for day school students

STORY OF THE SONGS—Israeli pianist and composer Rami Bar-Niv tells students at the Conejo Jewish Day School about his compositions and worldwide concerts during a visit to the Janss Road campus More...

Letters

Keep program’s focus on science

I was recently informed that, thanks to budget cuts and decreased participation, the popular Outdoor School program might be replaced with a program that focuses more on character building than on natural sciences and the outdoors.  More...

Common Core the ‘last straw’

Whether we like it or not, Common Core, or as I like to call it, Collectivist Core, is coming to CVUSD.  I’ve spent a considerable amount of time trying to find out all I can about the program. More...

Time for lawsuit against Edison?

Homeowners purchasing solar panels are learning that despite Assembly Bill 920, which requires utility companies to pay households or businesses for any extra electricity produced by the customer’s solar power system, Edison will compensate con More...

Editorials

Political Cartoon

Full Story

Let’s show Dad some real love

Society makes it simple when it comes to showing love for Mom. More...

Project will promote safety for all users

GUEST OPINION Lynn Road bike lanes

We have a saying in public works: “Public works is the foundation of our city.”  Our mission is to improve the quality of life for residents and businesses in our community, whether it is providing potable water, tree-lined roadways More...