June 27, 2013 RSS feed / Front Page

Police seek information on 30-year-old cold case

UNSOLVED MURDER

Sometime in the early morning hours of June 18, 1980, or in the late night hours of the day before, the body of a young, pregnant woman was dumped in the upper parking lot of Westlake High School.   School was out for summer vacation.  More...

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Health & Wellness

Pooches pitch in to fight cancer

  BARK FOR LIFE—Clockwise from top: Westlake Village residents Susie, left, Willow, 2, whippet Audrey and Nico Cortez walk in the second annual Bark for Life fundraiser at Berniece Bennett Park on June 23. More...

Senior Concerns to open caregiver support center

New program features mobile unit

As part of an ongoing effort to reach a greater number of family and unpaid caregivers throughout eastern Ventura County, Senior Concerns will open its new Family Caregiver Support Center on July 1.  The center will serve family caregivers of pe More...

Singing away the blues for cancer support

IN FINE VOICE—Clockwise from top: Maryana Palmer, left, and her son Devin Kuretski sing together during karaoke night at Cancer Support Community in Thousand Oaks on June 21. More...

Calendar

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THURS., JUNE 27  Portuguese Fraternal Society Of America  11:30 a.m. at Carrow’s restaurant, 2401 Harbor Blvd., Ventura. No-host luncheon. Open to any person of Portuguese descent or interested in Portuguese culture. RSVP requested. More...

Schools

Conejo school district unwilling to pay to move playground set

Equipment, unused since elementary school closed in 2009, headed for storage

A playground set that once belonged to University Elementary School has been dismantled and will soon go into storage, despite past talks of transferring the equipment to another campus for continued use by the community.  More...

Retiring teacher trained knights at Weathersfield Elementary

Peter Joel created a fantasy world for students

For every second-grader who walked into Peter Joel’s classroom, going to school was transformed into a grand adventure.  Full of dragons to slay and exciting missions to complete, Joel’s Dragon Valley Forest at Weathersfield Elementa More...

Kids craft robots at STEM camp

MAKING CONNECTIONS— Charlotte Hughes, 7, of Thousand Oaks builds a “battle bot” during Robotics Handson STEM Camp at White Oak Elementary School on Thursday. More...

Business

City taking aim at illegal signs

With the recession in the rear-view mirror, the City of Thousand Oaks is again getting tough on businesses that post illegal signs.  In an effort to improve the appearance of commercial areas, city officials are leading a push to get rid of unpe More...

Winery opens tasting room on Thousand Oaks Boulevard

Sunland Vintage Winery will open its tasting room today, Thurs., June 27, at 1321 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Ste A-108, Thousand Oaks.  More...

EYE ON LOCAL AREA STOCKS

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Faith

Group gathering support for youth ministry

Committee raising funds to start club to reach local teens

As a teenager, Frank Ladwig yearned for stability in a home that was riddled with alcohol abuse. His difficult family situation while growing up in Colorado Springs, Colo., in the 1950s led him to make bad choices, he said. More...

CSL minister will be ordained

The Order of Ordination will be conferred onto Linda Fisher in a New Thought celebration from 4 to 5 p.m. Sun., June 30 at the Center for Spiritual Living Westlake Village, 880 Hampshire Road, Ste. V, Westlake Village.  More...

Family

Kids can learn Chumash culture

The Chumash Summer Day for kids, a Native Day workshop, will be offered Mondays and Tuesdays in July from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. More...

Saluting Our Scouts

SOARING—Nakul Gupta, 15, a Boy Scout from Troop 787, was awarded with the rank of Eagle Scout in December. More...

3 Conejo Valley residents honored for work with vets

Men are part of Military Order of World Wars

Region XIV of the Military Order of the World Wars presented awards to local residents at its annual convention on June 1 near Los Angeles International Airport.  The outgoing region commander, Thomas E. More...

Editorials

Be vigilant at the bank

The sight of police helicopters buzzing overhead has become way too frequent in Thousand Oaks since the start of the year. The biggest reason: an alarming string of unsolved bank robberies. More...

Political Cartoon

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Breaking News - 7/2/2013 1:39 PM

Suspected bank robbers in custody

Pursuit followed daytime robbery of Citibank on Moorpark Road

Two men and one woman were arrested Tuesday afternoon in connection with a bank robbery that occurred just after 11:20 a.m. in Thousand Oaks, according to Ventura County Sheriff’s authorities. More...

Hot temps worry local health officials

Provide list of do's, don'ts

Ventura County Public Health officials have activated a Ventura County heat emergency plan and are warning residents to take precautions to prevent heat-related illnesses. More...

More bank robbers elude arrest in T.O.

Monday heist makes 5 in 5 months

Authorities are still searching for the two men who robbed the First Bank & Trust in Thousand Oaks on Monday.  The bank, at 2797 Agoura Road, south of Westlake Boulevard, was also the site of a heist on May 10.  More...

City responds to critique of oak tree policy

Is Thousand Oaks guilty of a double standard when it comes to its oak tree removal policy? According to the Ventura County grand jury, yes, but according to the city, no.  More...

Community

Oak removal request draws ire

Trees stand in way of 36-unit apartment complex

A developer’s request for permission to chop down five trees to accommodate a 36-unit apartment complex in Thousand Oaks is facing opposition from residents, despite the fact that the city would require new trees to be planted in their place.&n More...

City wins case against man who sued over lack of handicapped space

LAKES LAWSUIT

The City of Thousand Oaks was not legally required to include a handicapped parking space when it installed 26 angled parking spaces in front of The Lakes shopping center on Thousand Oaks Boulevard in 2010, according to a Ventura County Superior Cour More...

Newspaper will come out a day early next week

Will be delivered Wednesday

Because next Thursday is Independence Day, the Thousand Oaks Acorn will hit the streets a day early, July 3, on a Wednesday instead of the typical Thursday.  Please be aware.  Also, deadlines for advertising and editorial submissions to the More...

On the Town

Shakespeare Festival starts Friday

The 17th annual Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival at California Lutheran University will open with “The Tempest,” directed by J. Michael Arndt. Performances will begin at 8 p.m. More...

Local symphony debuts new name

The Pacific Pearl Symphony Orchestra, an allvolunteer orchestra in Ventura County and charter member of the Pacific Pearl Music Association, has adopted a new name: Westlake Village Symphony.  More...

Conejo Valley Art Museum displays ‘Quiet Beauty’

Conejo Valley Art Museum is exhibiting “Quiet Beauty . . . The Art of Fiber and Clay” through Sept. 1 with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Sat., July 13 at Janss Marketplace, Ste. 193 C, 275 N. More...

Sports

Summer football returns

CONEJO CLASSIC

What do people think about on the first day of summer?  Firing up the grill? Watching fireworks? Going to the beach? More...

It’s a win-win for Thousand Oaks lacrosse

GOOD SPORTS—The Thousand Oaks U-13 Green team defeated the Thousand Oaks White team 8-6 to secure the Southern California Lacrosse Association youth championship. More...

Newbury Park Steeler will suit up for Team USA

Spencer Sanders is heading to Canton, Ohio.  No, he’s not in the Pro Football Hall of Fame—yet.  A 14-year-old from Camarillo, Spencer participated in USA Football’s U.S. More...

Pets

Pet of the Week

CURIOUS CAT—Smokey is a female brown tabby and calico domestic shorthair mix about 14 years old. She is curious and likes to explore her environment. She also likes being petted. More...

The perils of parenting in the wild

The man-made lake at Seminole Springs in rural Agoura supports a population of red-eared sliders. These turtles are a nonnative species popular as pets but often released to the wild. More...

Police

Man shot by deputies charged with assault

Defendant allegedly drove vehicle at cops

The driver who was shot by Thousand Oaks police June 15 after he allegedly smashed into one patrol car and attempted to reverse into another has pleaded not guilty to two felony counts of assault upon a peace officer, according to court records.  More...

Alex Pope defense team requests 4-month continuance

19-year-old has been in jail since April on $500,000 bail

Court proceedings for a Newbury Park teenager charged with gross vehicular manslaughter have been continued to Oct. More...

Man wanted for exposing himself in CLU women’s locker room

According to the Thousand Oaks Police Department, a man who entered the women’s locker room at the Gilbert Sports Arena at CLU on May 22 returned to the locker room on June 12 and exposed himself.  Both incidents occurred around 8 p.m.&nbs More...

Letters

Confederate flag inspires anger

While riding my bicycle home from work last week, I saw one of the more disturbing things I’ve witnessed in my life—albeit my life has been pretty tame.  More...

Keep Kelley site commercial

The Conejo Valley Unified School District Board of Education’s acceptance of a bid from a developer to make the Kelley Road/Timber School parcel into a large mixed-use commercial/ residential project in spite of its current commercial zoning (A More...

Abuse of sign code is rampant

Thousand Oaks residents breathed a sigh of relief when the local Chevy dealer withdrew its demand to build a 15-foot display sign.  More...

Columns

Grand Canyon in a weekend

Raise your hand if you’ve lived in Ventura County a long time and have never been to the Grand Canyon.  I bet there are a lot of hands up.  For some reason, visiting the Grand Canyon, as close as it is, seems like a hassle. More...

A slow bloomer

This year is a blur.  Even though the view from my room is always a tad fuzzy, what happened to those other seasons? I lost ’em between the Rockettes and the marshmallow bunnies.  More...

Fire!

Bad things happen. And people always say, “It could be worse.”  Those are terrible words of encouragement. Nobody ever gets up off the floor after being told what they just went through isn’t the worst it could be.  More...