August 1, 2013 RSS feed / Front Page

Fact or myth: Are burglars marking target with an X?

Some Thousand Oaks residents are reporting unusual marks on the ground around their homes.  T.O. resident Jennifer, who did not provide her last name, noticed a black infinity sign in front of her house this month. More...

Health & Wellness

A guide to what home health services are Medicare-approved

Medicare

Medicare covers a variety of healthcare services that you can receive in the comfort and privacy of your home, including intermittent skilled nursing care, physical therapy, speechlanguage pathology services and occupational therapy.  More...

Camp offers week of relief for cancer patients, families

Camp Keepsake 2013 is accepting applications for its weekend retreat Oct. More...

Caregiver seminar offered at Goebel

Senior Concerns will bring its Mobile Caregiver Support Center to the Goebel Adult Community Center from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thurs., Aug. More...

On the Town

Tickets on sale for Renaissance fair

Medieval festival is this November in Simi Valley

Come November, Simi Valley resident Dennis Michael will trade his button-down shirt and slacks for a doublet, trousers, a pair of hose and a feathered cap.  The 61-year-old television producer will perform at Nottingham Village, a traditional Re More...

Rising country singer has VC roots

Former American Idol contestant could be Nashville’s next big thing

A little more than a year ago, country singer-songwriter Ann Marie Boskovich pulled out her guitar and strummed the hopeful chords of what would become the title track on her debut EP.  The song about perseverance and independence took the title More...

Harpist to headline Gardens of the World concert

The Gardens of the World will host a free concert featuring jazz harpist Lori Andrews from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Sun., Aug. 11 at 2001 E. More...

Sports

CLU aquatics center plays host to Junior Olympics qualifier

The Conejo Simi Swim Club hosted its fourth annual Southern California Summer Junior Olympics Competition last week.  More than 1,000 swimmers ages 7 to 18 from 30 clubs throughout Southern California attended the meet at Cal Lutheran University More...

World Series run ends

Thousand Oaks Big League team falls in U.S.finals

Ricky Davis finally accomplished his goal of playing in a Little League World Series.  It just took six years longer than he thought.  “Every kid dreams of playing in the World Series (in Williamsport, Pa.) when they’re 12,&rdqu More...

Westlake All-Stars capture section title

PLAY BALL!—TheWestlake PONY U-6 All-Star baseball team won a section championship in Bakersfield. More...

Pets

Pet of the Week

LOVES TO PLAY—Shady is a female black-and-white Labrador retriever about 4 years old. She is very friendly and playful. She loves toys and to play in the kiddy pool. More...

Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park   July 20  A man, 23, was arrested in the 1800 block of W. Hillcrest Drive for public intoxication.  More...

Family

Grab your boots, the fair is here!

Annual county celebration runs through Aug. 11

The 138th annual Ventura County Fair opened Wed., July 31 at the fairgrounds, with winners of the poster contest participating in a ribbon-cutting ceremony.  The fair will run through Sun., Aug. 11.  More...

T.O. resident the wind beneath ‘Planes’ wings

Local man directed latest Disney flick

While the military and civilian pilots did their gravity-defying exhibition runs high in the blue skies above him, a young Klay Hall would sit at the Ventura County Naval Base and draw pictures of airplanes. More...

Superhero helps chemo patient deal with treatments

T.O. residentfinished book while being treated for Hodgkin’s

Cancer could not impede Scott Rogers’imagination and creativity.  While recovering from chemotherapy treatments, the 45-yearold Thousand Oaks resident spent his time creating a 32-page, fullcolor comic book.  Titled “Bedbug,&rdq More...

Editorials

Political Cartoon

Full Story

Website’s a step in the right direction for transparency

Want to know how much the city pays annually for employee benefits? How about salaries? Or landscaping, consulting fees or vehicle repairs? And how have those numbers changed in the last five years?  More...

Breaking News - 8/6/2013 9:58 PM

Convicted MD sentenced to eight years in prison

Judge: 'Defendant's lack of remorse is stunning'

Former Thousand Oaks family doctor Barry Lefkovitch, who was convicted in September of sexually abusing three of his female patients, has been sentenced to eight years in state prison. More...

Charter school told it can’t open in Rancho Conejo area

Albert Einstein Academy finds itself at odds with city zoning laws

The first day of school has been tentatively delayed to Sept. More...

City unveils online tool to boost budget transparency

Where are your local tax dollars spent? The answer is now a few clicks away. More...

Community

High-speed chase ends in death

Motorcyclist hit 100 mph on Lynn Road, police say

The man who led authorities on a high-speed motorcycle chase through Newbury Park Saturday night died from multiple blunt-force injuries, the Ventura County medical examiner’s office said Tuesday.  The motorcyclist has been identified as 3 More...

Westlake Village axes senior housing

Proposal for old hospital site rejected by council

After heated debate at a meeting on July 24, approval of a new senior housing complex on a 6.5-acre site in the heart of Westlake Village appears headed for defeat. More...

Resident dragged over wall trying to free beloved pet from coyote’s jaw

Backyard attack leaves 2 dogs dead, owner in mourning

On July 17, just as she’d done first thing every morning for the past 12½ years, Linda Florey let her two papillons, Andre and Chloe, out into the backyard of her Thousand Oaks home. It was about 7 a.m. More...

Calendar

Calendar

THURS., AUG. 1  La Leche League Of Camarillo  10 a.m. Free breast-feeding support for pregnant and breast-feeding moms. Call for location. Phone: 805.504.3782.  Democratic Club Of Camarillo   More...

Schools

More and more students opting for an online education

Web classes work, just not for everybody

Due to advances in technology, online education has become an effective alternative for students who wish to earn a degree from the comfort of their own home. But Internet lessons are not for everybody. More...

Camp offers youths chance to perform

‘Everybody has lines,’ program director says

The director paired off six young girls and gave members of each pair different roles to act out.  One member assumed the character of a television reporter, while the other chose to play a popular cartoon personality who would be interviewed ab More...

Host families need for student exchange

ASSE International Student Exchange Programs is seeking local host families for international high school boys and girls. More...

Business

Chamber undertakes rebranding

Biz advocates redesign website, newsletter, logo

The Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce announces a complete rebranding of the organization that includes the launch of a redesigned logo, website and e-newsletter.  T h e process included extensive member and community input to ensure th More...

Workforce Investment Board names new officers

Soules is head of Corwin Press

The Workforce Investment Board of Ventura County recently elected new officers for two-year terms.  Mike Soules is the new chair, and Sandra Werner is the vice chair.  Soules is president of Corwin, a SAGE company in Thousand Oaks. More...

BUSINESS BITS

T-shirt prints  Shirt Shop 33, which specializes in apparel screen printing design, opened in July at 2993 E. Thousand Oaks Boulevard.  Autism services  More...

Faith

T.O. man organizes benefit concert

It’s been called the forgotten tornado.  Yet the people of central Oklahoma whose lives and homes were torn apart will never forget the May 19 twister that ripped through the quiet community whose history reaches back to the Civil War.&nbs More...

Drumming to reach the Divine

FAITH THROUGH MUSIC—Ken Meyer of Congregation Or Ami in Calabasas leads worshippers in a drumming exercise. More...

Piano concert will support cancer research

Paul Fagundes and Duncan Bohannon will present “Hope from a Classic,” a piano concert to benefit the Avon Foundation, at 3 p.m. Sun., Aug. 18 at St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church, 5801 N. More...

Letters

Developments invite crime

Keeping up with local happenings as of late, I can’t help but feel the City of Thousand Oaks has become some kind of bastion of boobery, with all the developments being proposed and land grabs, rezoning, etc.  I don’t understand the More...

Hillcrest wrong place for projects

I’m responding to the Acorn editorial saying the Hillcrest Drive critics are off base.  No. 1: You say we are not rejoicing over new construction. Not correct. We welcome development of the property, but what it was zoned for.  More...

T.O. needs senior housing

Thank you for your recent editorial entitled “Hillcrest critics off base.” On behalf of those working at Many Mansions, I appreciate your reasoned counsel in regard to our plans for a proposed project for low-income seniors on Hillcrest D More...

Columns

Show me the money

It seems the recent topic of firstdate disasters has paved the way for more discussion about dating challenges and exploits for those of us in the Single Lane.  More...

Shark Week

People don’t watch TV communally anymore.  Remember the “ Charlie Brown” animated holiday specials? Everyone tuned in . . . at the same time. And it was all people would talk about the next day. More...

The fabulous fare-thee-well

On a mild afternoon last winter my two dogs and I found ourselves in terra incognita when a freeway traffic jam forced me to exit at Griffith Park in Burbank. We’d been heading home to Agoura Hills after a brief getaway.  More...