July 25, 2013 RSS feed / Front Page

Actress detained in T.O. on psychiatric hold

In a bizarre incident that has shone the tabloid spotlight on T.O., actress Amanda Bynes was detained and hospitalized on a psychiatric hold Monday after she allegedly set a small fire in the driveway of a home in Thousand Oaks.   More...

Health & Wellness

Do you have the skills for nonprofit leadership?

Working for a nonprofit can be tremendously rewarding and fulfilling. It may also require skills not customarily employed in forprofit careers.  At one time in my past, I was responsible for an $80-million business and almost 400 employees. More...

Swelling feet could mean a problem with veins

Podiatry health

This column is about a littleknown problem called chronic venous insufficiency (CVI). If you are under 50 and trim, healthy and active, then you do not have to read any further. More...

Calendar

Calendar

THURS., JULY 25  ‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’   More...

Schools

The new Common Application

The new version of the Common Application opens Aug. 1, but smart seniors have already completed the main essay and can spend the rest of the summer writing supplemental essays, as well as essays for University of California and other colleges.  More...

Trail from school to park going ahead

St. Patrick’s, CRPD reach deal

The administrators at St. More...

Conejo Valley students show achievement from coast to coast

Emily Dora Dinino of Westlake Village was named to the dean’s list at the Peabody College of Education and Human Development at Vanderbilt University.  Dinino is a freshman majoring in human and organizational development.  St. More...

Business

City of WLV honors business

The City of Westlake Village and the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce launched an ongoing Business Recognition Program last year that honors outstanding businesses in Westlake Village. More...

New Italian eatery opens on T.O. Blvd.

Portofino Italian Bistro, has opened one block from the Civic Arts Plaza at 2350 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd.  Lunch hours are from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday.  Dinner hours are from 5 to 9 p.m. More...

PacTrust moves into the area

PacTrust Bank announced the opening of its new residential lending office in the Westlake portion of Thousand Oaks to serve the Conejo Valley community.  The bank’s temporary offices are at 2625 Townsgate Road, Ste. More...

Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park   July 12  On S. Ventu Park Road, a 58-year-old man was arrested for unlawfully camping in public and resisting arrest.  A 47-year-old man was arrested for DUI on Ventu Park Road north of Lynn Road.  More...

Faith

Healing Through Hope

T.O. missionary relays inspirational tales from her time in Africa

Teaching kindergarten at the Esther School, a Christian school for orphans and underprivileged children in Zambia, has taught Rachel VanGent that education can bring hope for the future.  One of her students was walking with her mother when the More...

“If you don’t ask, you don’t get”

“If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place.” — Nora Roberts   More...

Artist to speak at luncheon

The Thousand Oaks Christian Women’s Connection invites all women to attend the luncheon featuring “Entera–The Artist” from 11:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wed., Aug. 14 at Los Robles Greens, 299 S. More...

Letters

Parks should be open to public

The Springs fire consumed more than 24,000 acres of parkland, including plant and animal life. More...

Remove railings in median

I second the concern raised by Craig Burns regarding Dos Vientos residents being responsible for repairs to the Springs fire (Letters, Acorn, July 18).  This is not justifiable.  In addition, the wooden railings installed in the first place More...

Keep Walmart out of T.O.

Glad to have read about Walmart coming to town in the Acorn (July 18).  Thank you for keeping us informed regarding our city government. Our busy lives keep most of us from the city’s happenings.  More...

Editorials

Political Cartoon

Full Story

Hillcrest critics off base

So much for a stress-free summer in Thousand Oaks.  Since the kids let out for vacation in early June, our peaceful hamlet has been hit with one uncomfortable headline after another: a string of bank robberies, an officer-involved shooting, a de More...

Don’t handcuff VCPA with budget cuts

Realignment

Thanks are due to the Acorn for highlighting the very serious issue of California’s 2011 realignment program and the potentially detrimental impact on public safety as more serious offenders return to Ventura County for custody and probation su More...

Get in the groove

SOUL SOUNDS—Above, Fay Fischman, center, of Thousand Oaks boogies with Daniel Hart, left, of Sherman Oaks during the Motown Soul Revue concert in the park on July 21. More...

Amgen pays $15 million in whistleblower lawsuit

Company denies it gave doctors illegal kickbacks for prescribing cancer drug

Amgen Inc. More...

Community

Primate at park causes stir in WLV

Mandrill belongs to wildlife rescue organization

Not everybody sees a monkey as a sweet and lovable animal swinging from tree to tree in the zoo.  A mandrill monkey and its owner visited Three Springs Park in Westlake Village last week and sparked the ire of another park visitor.  More...

Commission grants special-use permit to pet disposal business

A new business in the city will offer a purportedly greener, gentler alternative to pet cremation—the process by which animal remains are properly disposed. More...

Design contract awarded for Lang Ranch Park

The development of Lang Ranch Community Park in Thousand Oaks is gaining momentum less than six months after local park officials unveiled their newest concept for the project.  More...

On the Town

Classics in the Park to present ‘Doctor’s Dilemma’

Classics in the Park will present George Bernard Shaw’s “The Doctor’s Dilemma” at 8 p.m. Sat., Aug. 3 and 10, and 2 p.m. Sun., Aug. 4 and 11 outdoors in the courtyard at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. More...

Speaker shares ancient Japanese art form

BONSAI—Ken Fuentes with the Conejo Valley Bonsai Society gives a demonstration on trimmingficus trees during the group’s meeting on July 18. The society meets at 7:30 p.m. More...

Club also makes hits in the kitchen

Sunset Terrace is a destination for more than just dancing and drinks

Can a great nightclub also be a great restaurant? Can a place that caters to young revelers also satisfy cost-conscience foodies looking for a unique and tasty meal? More...

Sports

Made for Mader

Panther track & field starfinds niche as throws specialist

Before Kendall Mader became a two-time state finalist in the discus, she was a multisport athlete trying to find her true calling.  Mader, an incoming junior at Newbury Park High, was too aggressive on the soccer pitch, and she didn’t get More...

TOLL squad reaches World Series

Thousand Oaks Little League’s Big League team qualified for the Big League Baseball World Series, which started Wednesday and runs through Wed., July 31 in Easley, S.C.  More...

Bonkers for Bronco champs

ON TOP—The Newbury Park PONY baseball team won the Bronco National League championship by winning 15 straight games. More...

Pets

Pet of the Week

FRIENDLY FELINE—Vanessa is an altered female calico domestic medium hair cat about 3 years old. She likes to cuddle and is very sweet. If you would like to adopt Vanessa, ask for ID No. More...

Vet participating in study on cat kidneys

A veterinary clinical trial with 35 study sites in the U.S. More...

Family

Scott McDonald and Alexander Cauchon

Scott Michael McDonald, 17, and Alexander Jai Cauchon, 16, of Thousand Oaks each earned their Eagle Scout rank at a joint court of honor on June 15 at the Teledyne Technologies Auditorium.  Scoutmaster Bill Ackerman of Boy Scout Troop 761 presid More...

Soldier returns home with medal for valor

Army specialist reunited with family, friends after tour of duty in Afghanistan

A 2010 graduate of Thousand Oaks High School, Specialist Shane Raede recently returned from his first deployment with the 3rd Infantry Division out of Fort Stewart, Ga.  He was awarded the Army Commendation Medal with Valor for his meritorious a More...

Columns

I heart California

Do you have to be a foreign tourist to truly appreciate California? More...

Splish splash

Old Trusty just bit the dust.  He dined on his last meal of Tide and quietly conked out in the euphoria of the spin cycle. More...

Look out below!

I’ve been asked many times how nonnative trees get to where they’re growing and why they’re planted in foreign environments.  It does seem strange to have trees growing in locations and climates that are totally unnatural to th More...