August 8, 2013 RSS feed / Front Page

Officers belly up to prevent alcohol-fueled crimes

Thousand Oaks police, local bars working together to combat drunk driving,fights

Police have been cracking down on late-night, alcohol-fueled disturbances at local bars and restaurants—and making an effort to ensure patrons are sober before they get behind the wheel.  More...

Health & Wellness

No reported West Nile cases in humans this year in county

In 2012, there were a record 7

Although the number of dead birds that have tested positive for West Nile virus are up across the country since 2012, there have been no reported cases of the disease infecting humans in Ventura County this year.  West Nile virus is carried by m More...

Joint replacement classes offered

Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association will hold joint replacement classes to prepare patients for total knee or hip replacement surgery.  Home preparation, exercises and information about rehabilitation will be discussed.  More...

Make-A-Wish grants Oaks shopping spree

HEEL HAPPY—Above, Frida Lagunas, a 14-year-old Make-AWish Foundation recipient, and her mother, Domi, of Santa Barbara, shop for quinceañera shoes at The Oaks mall in Thousand Oaks on Aug. 3. More...

Calendar

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THURS., AUG. 8  Conejo Valley Cloggers  6:45 to 9 p.m. at Old eadows Center, 1600 Marview Drive, Thousand Oaks. Open to men, women and children. No special shoes or partner needed. $6. Contact: Julie Morris. Phone: 805.216. 9854. More...

Schools

WHS instructor brought AP physics back from the dead

For his efforts, teacher nominated for national award

When teacher Scott Holloway arrived at Westlake High School in 2007, only 13 students—out of more than 2,000—were enrolled in AP physics. More...

T.O. resident to lead Moorpark middle school

Moorpark educator Adam Rauch wants to give every student the best opportunity possible to reach their potential.  “Failure cannot be an option,” he said.  Rauch, 37, who served as the principal of Mountain Meadows 21st Century L More...

Business

Martial Arts Studio Owner Writes Ninja Book

Stephen K. More...

Sweet Taste of Success

Sweet Arleen’s, a local recognized retail gourmet cupcake operator, announced the launch of its nationwide rollout.  More...

Newbury Park Custom Wigmaker is Hair to Stay

As the Conejo Valley’s premier professional wigmaker, Judy Carr is known for her expertise, creativity and devotion to her clients.  Carr’s 45 years of experience in the custom hair good industry ensures that she is wekk prepared to More...

Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park   July 23  Police arrested a 28-year-old man in the 2800 block of Camino Dos Rios for being under the influence of a controlled substance.  July 25  A residential burglary was reported on Greenmeadow Drive.  More...

Family

Actress, singer will lead kids’ music and dance workshop

A free music and dance workshop for children ages 8 to 18 will be offered at 2 p.m. Mon., Aug. 12 at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley Anderson Youth Center on the Los Cerritos Middle School campus, 1980 E. More...

Tennis exhibition pits youth against experience

Contest is Sunday at Sunset Hills CC

The Youth vs. Experience tennis exhibition will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sun., Aug. More...

Family bonds by building robots

Hobby involves engineering

At first glance, the garage of the Vasquez family in Newbury Park looks pretty typical. More...

Letters

The city’s wandering plan

Thousand Oaks is a beautiful place to live today, but I’m afraid that our city will suffer in the future with the politicians’ endless pursuit of growth and tax revenue.  Take Hillcrest Drive, for example.  More...

Coyotes are a threat to pets

Warning— watch your small pets.  The story in last week’s Acorn regarding the dreadful attack on two small dogs by coyotes, compelled me to write.  Since the beginning of July, it appears there has been a spate of further coyote More...

Help for families, friends of addicts

In the Aug. More...

Editorials

Political Cartoon

Full Story

It’s all relative

With the City Council in the midst of a two-month hiatus, the timing couldn’t be worse for a City Hall PR nightmare.  Whether legally within its rights or not, Thousand Oaks has found itself in the unenviable position of having to oppose a More...

City’s focus should be on the kids

Guest opinion

In recent weeks, Ventura County media have published articles about the Albert Einstein Academy for Letters, Arts and Sciences, and the challenges we face with zoning restrictions imposed by the City of Thousand Oaks.  More...

Grand jury indicts tanning salon owner on eight charges

Haw ordered to avoid all contact with minors unless there is another adult present

The owner of a Thousand Oaks tanning salon was indicted Friday by a Ventura County grand jury on felony sex crime charges that allegedly occurred between 1998 and 2011. More...

CVUSD had designs on Rancho Conejo prior to charter

Corporate Center Dr. building was targeted as new home for continuation school

Officials from Albert Einstein Academy for Letters, Arts and Sciences said this week that they decided to open in a Newbury Park industrial building because Conejo Valley Unified School District had been considering the same facility for a high schoo More...

Ex-physician sentenced to 8 years in penitentiary

Former Thousand Oaks family doctor Barry Lefkovitch has started an eight-year state prison sentence after being convicted in September of sexually abusing three of his female patients.  Ventura County Superior Court Judge Ryan Wright handed down More...

Community

City Hall passes pension reform

Employees agree to contribute—in return for raises

For the first time since the 1980s, city employees are contributing to their retirement pensions, an expense that cost taxpayers $2 million a year. More...

Gas line discovery causes two-month delay

LYNN BIKE LANES

Construction of bike lanes on a 2.5-mile section of Lynn Road resumed last week after it was stopped for almost two months due to the unanticipated discovery of an underground gas line at the excavation site, according to project manager Dan Lazo.&nb More...

More people come forward in molestation case against Tan LA owner

New criminal charges have been brought against a Thousand Oaks tanning salon owner who was arrested last December on suspicion of molesting an underage boy who worked for him more than a decade ago.  Gary Alan Haw, 49 of Agoura Hills, is the co- More...

On the Town

Luxury dealership to host wine tasting

Event sponsored by Women’s Council of Realtors

The Women’s Council of Realtors will host its fourth annual Wine Festival at 5:30 p.m. Thurs., Aug. 29 at the O’Gara Coach Rolls Royce Dealership, 3610 E. More...

Rotary wine festival includes auction

The 12th annual Midsummer Eve Wine Festival will take place from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Sat., Aug. 17 at the Hyatt Westlake Plaza, 880 S. Westlake Blvd., Westlake Village.  A dozen or so wineries will pour more than 30 different wines. More...

Women’s club hosts new members

The Westlake Village Junior Women’s Club will host a new member social at 7 p.m. Tues., Aug. 20 at Zin Bistro Americana, 32131 Lindero Canyon Road, Ste. 111, Westlake Village.  Wine and appetizers will be served. More...

Sports

Baseball skippers go way, way back

Former Thousand Oaks teammates Goldfield and Gintherfind success teaching the game

Matt Goldfield and Tom Ginther reunited at a Conejo Oaks baseball game earlier this summer.  The Conejo Valley-based skippers go way back.  Goldfield, the head coach for Newbury Park High’s baseball team, watched his stepson Nick Lovu More...

Jordan sets gold standard in pool

Cal Lutheran swimmer is up for NCAA Woman of the Year award

Nothing can top capturing a gold medal at the Olympics.  Cortney Jordan is up for an award that could be just as sweet as the gold medal she won at the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games.  Jordan, a recent Cal Lutheran University graduate and a More...

Meeting a World Cup soccer legend

TIME TO SIGN—Victoria Cue, 13, of Thousand Oaks, center, and Hayley Garriot, 13, of Torrance receive Brandi Chastain’s autograph during the Olympic Development Program’s Regional So More...

Pets

Pet of the Week

MORE TO LOVE—Indiana is an altered male blackand white tabby about 3 years old. He is an indoor cat that needs to warm up to people. If you would like to adopt Indiana, ask for ID No. More...

Squirrel of the Month

‘DON’T FEED THE WHAT?’—While on vacation in San Francisco this summer, Kylie Herring, 9, visited Golden Gate Park with her family and couldn’t resist offering a treat to More...

Faith

Thousand Oaks church adds new position of worship director

Two Sunday services offer familiar hymns, rock music

The United Methodist Church of Thousand Oaks recently hired Raymond “Ray” Schnurr to fill the newly created position of worship director.  Schnurr has been leading worship and music ministry in both small and large churches since 198 More...

Labyrinth walk provides respite

Event includes warm-up ceremony

Prince of Peace Episcopal Church will host a silent labyrinth walk from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thurs., Aug. More...

Angelic Voices Inspire Hope

Mwamba Children’s Choir tours and records albums to raise awareness and funds for fellow Ugandan orphans of cholera, war and AIDS

SINGING STRONG—Top right, 10-year-old Benjamin Kasule sings a solo during a performance of the Mwamba Children’s Choir at Unity of the Oaks church in Thousand Oaks on Aug. 4. More...

Columns

A county fair with ocean air

You don’t have to travel far to know we have the best county fair in the whole world. If you’ve already been to this year’s edition of the Ventura County Fair, you know I’m right.  More...

Seeing stripes

It’s the new black. More...

Fishing Frenzy fun

It warms my heart to see and hear children having fun.  When kids—especially toddlers— enjoy themselves, you can recognize it in their eyes and in their smiles. More...