July 18, 2013 RSS feed / Front Page

No new trial for Lefkovitch

Convicted physician will be sentenced Aug. 5

Former Thousand Oaks family doctor Barry Lefkovitch, who was convicted in September of sexually abusing three of his female patients, is in jail awaiting sentencing after he was denied his request for a second trial.  More...

Health & Wellness

Late doctor among first to specialize in geriatric medicine

Dr. David H. Solomon, who led a major expansion of the UCLA Department of Medicine, created the campus’ geriatrics program and was the first board-certified endocrinologist in Los Angeles, died July 9 at his home in Thousand Oaks. More...

Nonprofit expands care for caregivers

Senior Concerns celebrates grand opening of support center

Thousand Oaks resident Suzi Hogan began providing aroundthe clock care for her mother after rescuing her from an abusive retirement home in Kentucky three years ago.  But the challenge of looking after the needs of her aging parent, who suffered More...

On the Town

Wine festival gets finer with age

The Thousand Oaks Rotary Club will present its 12th annual Midsummer Eve Wine Festival from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Sat., Aug. 17 at Hyatt Westlake Plaza, 880 S. Westlake Blvd., Westlake Village. More...

Scenic Film Fest starts tomorrow in Malibu

The Resource Conservation District of the Santa Monica Mountains will host the Wild Scenic Film Festival tomorrow, July 19, at the Malibu Civic Theater, 23825 Stuart Ranch Road, Malibu.  The festival will include an environmental fair and food t More...

Liaison looks to boost filming in Ventura County

Kelley will promote local shoots

To promote Ventura County’s role in film and strengthen the local economy, the Economic Development Collaborative-Ventura County, which oversees the county’s film commission and the online directory venturacountyfilm411.org, recently cont More...

Sports

Linemen do the heavy lifting to keep in offseason shape

Boys in trenches join skill players at tournament

The linemen aren’t just sitting around while the skill players are away at passing tournaments. Ventura County’s finest linemen are keeping in shape this offseason by flipping tires and pushing trucks. More...

Pets

Taking a discount approach to no-kill

Nonprofit offers low-cost surgeries to help control pet population

Ending euthanasia in animal shelters in Ventura County has been a longtime dream of Diane Bentz.  To help make the dream a reality, in 2009 the Simi Valley resident opened Valley Veterinary Non-Profit Corporation, which offers low-cost spay and More...

Pets of the Week

SWEET PAIR—Gemma is an altered female and Keystone is an altered male; both are tan Chinese Shar-Pei mixes about 2 years old. They are playful and get along well with small dogs. More...

WLV vet treating dog maimed in July 4fireworks attack in L.A.

It’s not unusual for pets to feel the heat on July 4. More...

Letters

Don’t pin repairs on Dos Vientos

So sorry that, after some 36 years in the Conejo Valley, my first letter to the editor of the Acorn cannot be positive.  More...

Who would want to buy The Lakes?

So the Ventura County grand jury recommends the City of Thousand Oaks sell The Lakes property (Acorn, July 11)?  Well that is all well and good; however, who would buy a piece of property whose income has dropped from $267,000 annually to $156,0 More...

Cartoon gave wrong message

Bill Stanford’s cartoon that appeared on page 4 of the July 11 Acorn conveys a dangerous and erroneous message to your readers.  Leaving a dog unattended in a vehicle, even if there were an ice block inside with them, is not “sitting More...

Columns

Ask The DMV

Q. I noticed that the number on the license plates I received doesn’t match the number on my registration card. What should I do?  More...

Close encounters of the disastrous kind

All I could think was, “OMG, I’m doomed. Now I have to spend a whole evening with this guy, and we have nothing in common!”  Thus began just one of the many awful first dates I’ve been on. More...

The man who didn’t hear too much

I have an odd sensitivity to low sounds. But I can’t hear anything else. It’s not a problem. It’s been this way for years. I’ve managed. I’ll continue to manage.  Sometimes I ask people to repeat what they say. More...

Actress sent for mental health check after allegedly setting fire in front of T.O. home

Actress Amanda Bynes was detained and hospitalized on a psychiatric hold Monday night after she allegedly set a small fire in the driveway of a home in Thousand Oaks, according to authorities. More...

Fleeing car thief leaves path of destruction

CRIME SPREE

A man suspected of stealing a vehicle in Ventura, crashing it in Newbury Park and, hours later, carjacking another vehicle in Newbury Park and leading police on a high-speed chase is facing a litany of felony and misdemeanor charges.  More...

D.A. alleges T.O. bank robbers are affiliated with Long Beach Crips

The three people arrested earlier this month on suspicion of twice robbing a Thousand Oaks bank are members of a Long Beach-based criminal street gang, according to the Ventura County district attorney’s office. More...

Community

Walmart cometh

National retail giant will open grocery store in N.P.

AWalmart Neighborhood Market is coming to Thousand Oaks in early 2014. More...

Cab ordinance flagged for changes

Drivers no longer have lifetime ban for DUI, reckless driving

The city’s growing number of taxicab drivers have a new set of rules to follow. More...

Court date for accused coach pushed back

Court proceedings for a local youth soccer coach charged with sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl last month have been continued to July 31, according to Ventura County Superior Court records.  Chris Capellini, 25, of Camarillo is facing a fe More...

Calendar

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THURS., JULY 18  TOTAL Toastmasters  Noon at Thousand Oaks City Hall, Oak Room, 2100 E. T.O. Blvd. Newly elected president Daniel Goldberg presides. No charge for guests. Phone: 805.498.3393.  Patriots For Liberty   More...

Schools

Winds of change blowing at Thousand Oaks’ La Reina

Private Catholic school to undertake major assessment

Significant changes may be coming to La Reina High School as it approaches its 50th anniversary.  Among the modifications that may be considered: turning the all-girls Catholic School into a coeducational school with both genders learning togeth More...

3 CVUSD grads named National Merit Scholars

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation recently named approximately 1,800 additional winners of National Merit Scholarships financed by colleges and universities. More...

Business

Catch the vapors

The e-cig business is booming, but is ‘vaping’ really a safe alternative to smoking?

Stepping into 805 Vapor in Thousand Oaks is somewhat like walking into a neighborhood bar for a drink. But there are no alcohol bottles on the shelves. More...

Credit union hosting homebuyers workshop

Kinecta Federal Credit Union will host a free homebuyers workshop on “How to Succeed in Today’s Competitive Homebuyers Market” from 10 a.m. to noon Sat., July 20 at Newbury Park Mortgage Center, 2751 W. Hillcrest Drive.  More...

Eye On Local Area Stocks

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Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park   July 5  In the 1700 block of Tipperary Lane, a 21-year-old man was arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance and for possession of drug paraphernalia.  July 6  More...

Family

Butterfly Wishes

Families take part in the eighth annual More...

Teen center offers a pair of workshops

The Thousand Oaks Teen Center will offer these programs at the center, 1375 E. Janss Road.  Self-defense workshop from noon to 1 p.m. More...

Mountain area lush with opportunities for family fun

Make it a summer of discovery close to home

The Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area will provide plenty of opportunities for families to stay local this summer and still be able to enjoy a world of fun and discovery.  Native American lore  More...

Editorials

Go wild, take your Acorn on vacation

Full Story

While on vacation, don’t forget a photo of you and your Acorn

Summer’s here and that means the annual Take Your Thousand Oaks Acorn on Vacation photo contest isn’t far off. Soon you can vote for the winning picture by taking part in our special online poll.  More...