July 3, 2013 RSS feed / Front Page

Saturday bus service begins in August

Rides will be free for first 60 days

After nearly 30 years of no service on weekends, city buses will soon be running on Saturdays. The additional service day, approved by the City Council June 25, is tentatively set to begin Aug. More...

Health & Wellness

Eco-friendly tips to save energy, stay cool

Environment

Summer is here in Ventura County, and you’re probably dreading the increased air conditioning bills that come along with hotter weather. More...

Teen turns personal trauma into help for breast cancer patients

Daniel Aronsohn, an Agoura High graduate who is heading to UCLA in the fall, was 14 when his mother, Audrey, was diagnosed with breast cancer and received a double mastectomy in 2009.  The word “cancer” was enough to strike fear in t More...

June was a deadly month in Ventura County pools

Follow these tips to prevent drowning

June was a tragic month in Ventura County when it comes to accidental drowning.  Over four days, June 8 to 11, four Ventura County residents, including a 10-year-old, drowned in residential swimming pools.  With summer underway, Ventura Cou More...

Calendar

Calendar

WED., JULY 3  Fireworks Extravaganza   More...

Schools

School calendar is furlough-free for first time in four years

Prop 30 boost means no mandatory days off in 2013-14

Besides having a full school year without furlough days, students in Conejo Valley Unified School District can expect to see a slow influx of new technology into the classroom in 2013-14. More...

CVUSD board vetoes plan to change focus of Outdoor School

Trustees want more parent input

Conejo Valley’s Outdoor School, complete with its exploratory nature hikes, Earth science focus and overnight cabin experience, is staying exactly the way it is—for now. More...

Ladera students use creativity to solve problems

FINE MINDS—Ladera Elementary School’s Odyssey of the Mind team are, front row left to right, Kernan Lee, Tyler Jackson and Sam Snow, and, back row, coach Jacqi Warner, Jennifer Leo, Kate More...

Business

BUSINESS BITS

Holistic healthcare for kids   Children’s Total Wellness, a store specializing in providing pediatric integrated holistic medicine, opened in April at 1459 E. Thousand Oaks Boulevard.  Sexy fashions   More...

Financial services firm launches in Simi

Retirement and estate planning consultant Hal Reniger has launched Mackinac Strategies, a financial services firm specializing in retirement plan exit strategies and Social Security benefit maximization. More...

EYE ON LOCAL AREA STOCKS

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Police

Serious felons filling county’s two jails

Part one of a two-part series

An estimated 117 state parolees may be released early onto the streets of Ventura County by the end of this year, following a federal court order made to Gov. More...

Two arrested on suspicion of armed robbery spree in Thousand Oaks

Initial arrest was on a stolen vehicle charge

Two El Rio residents were arrested last month on charges of armed robbery. According to the Thousand Oaks Police Department, six street robberies were reported throughout the city on June 18 and 21. More...

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park   June 21  In the 200 block of Acacia Lane, a 27-year-old woman was arrested for domestic violence.  June 22  More...

Family

Kids leap, toss and run at annual B&G Club track meet

TINY ATHLETES—Far left, Nathan Binon of Thousand Oaks flies while doing the long jump at the second annual Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley track meet. More...

Student does semester in South America

Corey Rhoades of Thousand Oaks recently spent a three-month semester living in Chile while studying at Harding University in Latin America. More...

T.O. Teen Center sponsoring trip to Universal

The Thousand Oaks Teen Center will host a trip to Universal Studios and City Walk from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. More...

Columns

Another reason to love the Conejo

While watching “ True Blood” on HBO the other night with my daughter, I was reminded of another reason I love living here.  Bugs. Specifically, the lack thereof.  People who’ve come here from other parts of the U.S. More...

Lost in translation: Part 2

Well, folks, it seems I struck a chord with my recent discussion about words and phrases for us and our single friends.  I talked about spinsters, divorcers, separatees, guy pals and even love buddies, but came to the conclusion that there wasn& More...

Home safe home

My husband and I are in the planning stages of renovating our living quarters, including the downstairs bath, kitchen and living room.  It dawned on me as we began our plans: 30 years ago, homes were designed for a person of average height who h More...

Not this time

Latest T.O. bank robbery, at Citibank on Tuesday, ends with 3 in custody

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...

Board agrees more work must be done

District answers grand jury report

While all 21 public school districts in Ventura County have undergone training in security and campus threat assessment, some schools are still not following police recommended safety procedures, according to a county grand jury report released May 1 More...

Dos Vientos homeowners may have to pay to fix guardrail

Borchard Road median was burned during Springs fire

The city will soon begin about $623,000 in repairs to a portion of a half-mile-long guardrail and median damaged during the Springs fire in May, but it is still not clear who will pay for the work.  More...

Community

Newbury Park pilot dies in plane crash

Experienced pilots and aircraft builders James Ayers, 67, of Newbury Park and Donald “Craig” Tempelton, 54, of Agoura Hills died in a plane crash near the Oxnard Airport on June 29.  More...

Organizers promise ‘best one yet’

FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR

Bursts of color will light up the night sky on July 4, when the city and the Conejo Recreation and Park District present Thousand Oaks’ annual Independence Day fireworks display.  “Let Freedom Ring” will start at 9 p.m. More...

Over the Hill Gang to host potluck

Ventura County Over the Hill Gang, a group for active adults age 50 and up, is inviting people who enjoy hiking, bicycling, cultural events, dining and other activities to attend a potluck and general meeting at noon Sun., July 14 at a private home i More...

On the Town

Performance promotes upcoming season

Cabrillo Music Theatre

If there’d been a roof, the singers would have raised it when Cabrillo Music Theatre presented a free concert June 28 in the courtyard of Westlake Village City Hall.  Cabrillo’s endlessly energetic artistic director, Lewis Wilkenfeld More...

Conejo Players musical showcases age of innocence

IN HARMONY—Eran Scoggins, left, Steve Giboney, Tim Reese and Daniel Jared portray Smudge, Sparky, Frankie and Jinx, singers from the 1950s and early 1960s who get an opportunity to perform the More...

Cooking meat in the heat

FIRED UP—Billy Sternberg of Moorpark, above, rotates tri-tip on the barbecue during the Thousand Oaks Elks Lodge’s Saturday barbecue on June 29. More...

Sports

Rangers bring law and order to West

INTERLEAGUE CHAMPS—The Newbury Park Mustang A Rangers won the Conejo Valley Interleague Championship by defeating the Westlake Bulldogs 8-2 in the championship game. More...

Grizzlies maul foes

BASEBALL MASHERS—The Conejo Grizzlies U-8 baseball team tookfirst place at a Memorial Day tournament. More...

Conejo Valley United rules the pitch

WIN THE CUP—The Conejo Valley United U-9 White girls’ soccer team wonfirst place at the Conejo Valley United Tournament of Champions. More...

Pets

Pet of the Week

READY TO DANCE—Sydney is an altered male black, long-haired Chihuahua-cocker spaniel mix about 3 years old. He is a sweet dog with a lot of energy who acts bigger than his size. More...

Devil-may-care pups make merry

CRITTER TAILS

There is a level of synchronization required to successfully navigate with a pair of frenetic young canine brothers yoked together via a clever “tandem walker” contraption.  I own one of the brothers and have been dog-sitting the oth More...

Faith

Residents sew dresses for women overseas

Members of the public can help

The Thousand Oaks Stake Relief Society of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will host a community service project from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. More...

Agoura man called to serve in Africa

Kevin Hamilton, an Agoura Hills father of six and a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has been called to serve his church overseas.  Hamilton, the Southern California public relations director for LDS, will move with his More...

Approaching 50, La Reina hires consultant to look toward the future

Catholic school to explore possibility of admitting boys

As La Reina High School approaches its 50th anniversary, the Sisters of Notre Dame, school administrators and board of trustees have hired Catholic School Management Inc., a consulting organization that supports the educational ministry of the Cathol More...

Letters

Rude behavior mars graduation

As a parent of a 2013 graduate of Westlake High School and a 2013 culminating eighth-grader from Lindero Canyon Middle School, I experienced two totally different graduation events just one day apart.  At LCMS, there are technically no rules, an More...

Forum attendees showed concern

The June 20 Acorn editorial was titled “Forum crowd showed poor form.”  I was there. In my opinion, the editorial should have been more accurately titled, “Forum attendees were concerned and informed.”  More...

Common Core changes needed

The concerns that I’ve been reading in the Acorn about Common Core standards are understandable, but as a parent of a child in the district I happen to think that Common Core will be good for our children.  More...

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Stay safe this summer

The arrival of summer, for some, comes imperceptibly. It edges forward on warm breezes and Vin Scully’s voice. More...