August 22, 2013 RSS feed / Front Page

That stinks

Sewer line improperly emptied into drain system

City officials are trying to determine when and how a sewer line behind Mastro’s Steakhouse in Thousand Oaks was illegally connected to the city’s storm drain system, causing about 3,500 gallons of raw sewage a day to pour into the drain More...

Bowling alley planned for Janss mall

17,000-square-ft. fun center also includes skatepark, arcade and bar

Bowling could be coming back to T.O. A combined bowling alley, indoor skateboarding area, arcade and lounge may open at the Janss Marketplace, the Acorn learned this week. More...

Health & Wellness

Brownley touts reform during clinic tour

Congresswoman met with staff at T.O. Planned Parenthood

Wider health insurance coverage for women is among the benefits of the Affordable Care Act, which has also led to collaborations among healthcare providers to fill a shortage of doctors, according to local Planned Parenthood staff.  More...

Caregivers and their spouses

There came a time in our marriage when my husband, Peter, did something so extraordinary that I fell in love with him all over again.  You might think it was a grand gesture, like a surprise trip to Italy or a diamond necklace. It wasn’t. More...

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THURS., AUG. 22 Thousand Oaks Photo Group 6:30 p.m. at Goebel Adult Community Center, 1385 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. Pete Scifres gives presentation on using ProShow Gold to prepare media shows using digital images and soundtracks. More...

Schools

Home-school charter offers alternative

At the end of every summer, Emily Wells spends several hours reviewing the state education standards and planning her curriculum for the coming school year. But the Westlake Village resident is not a credentialed teacher. More...

District to hire nutrition director

Conejo Valley Unified School District is in the process of hiring a new child nutrition director to oversee food services and manage more than 100 employees at its campuses.  More...

Oaks Christian headmaster in final year

Administrator has been with private school from day one

The 2013-14 school year will be Jeffrey Woodcock’s last year as headmaster at Oaks Christian.  The faith-based private school in Westlake Village announced Woodcock’s retirement this week. More...

Business

NAWBO meets tonight at Agoura Sheraton

The Ventura County Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners will host its monthly dinner meeting today at 5:30 p.m. Thurs., Aug. More...

Free career workshops offered

Thousand Oaks Community Service Center will host the following free job and career workshops from 9 a.m. to noon at 80 E. Hillcrest Drive, Ste. 200, Thousand Oaks.  Mon., Aug. More...

New Westlake retail center brings Target, Total Woman

Developer trying to attract In-N-Out as well

The developers of The Shoppes at Westlake Village say they’re looking to turn the new retail center north of the 101 Freeway into a city hub with places for the community to shop, eat and relax.  More...

Police

Supervisor’s son accused of selling Oxycontin

Police say Peter Foy II was mailing drugs to Kentucky

The son of Ventura County Supervisor Peter Foy pleaded not guilty to multiple felony charges during his arraignment on Aug. 20.  More...

Sheriff's Blotter

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DUI checkpoint planned

The Thousand Oaks Police Department traffic bureau will conduct a DUI-driver’s license checkpoint within the Thousand Oaks city limits between 9 p.m. Sat., Aug. 24 and 3 a.m. Sun., Aug. 25. More...

Motoring

Ask The DMV

Q: I’d like to know more about the types of payment accepted at DMV offices.  More...

Letters

Seniors deserve a place to live

In 2009, when the Thousand Oaks City Council approved the Senior Adult Master Plan, it endorsed the SAMP vision for the future senior community of our city, namely to develop a seniorfriendly community.  More...

Hillcrest not set up for housing

Shame on you Many Mansions. President Rick Schroeder has stated that senior housing is a priority of the city. More...

Are older folks really a threat?

Kay Sikra’s letter in the Aug. 15 Acorn is the latest in a series of letters denigrating seniors in their opposition to senior housing projects on Hillcrest.  More...

Breaking News - 8/28/2013 8:42 PM

TOPD looking into actions of Westlake football players in Hawaii

Alleged altercation between seniors and freshmen happened Aug. 21

After spending most of Monday and Tuesday responding to an alleged act of hazing by members of the Westlake High School football program during a team trip to Hawaii, the Conejo Valley Unified School District has released new information today. More...

Holiday brings early deadlines

    Acorn offices in Agoura Hills and Camarillo will be closed Mon., Sept. 2 for Labor Day.     Due to the holiday, the deadline for real estate advertising and editorial submissions is noon on Thurs., Aug. 29. More...

County to decide charter school’s fate

Students and teachers attached to the Albert Einstein Academy for Letters, Arts and Sciences will learn Monday whether they can begin classes next month in Newbury Park or will be forced to go elsewhere.  More...

Fallen fire captain to be honored Saturday in WLV

A memorial service for fallen Los Angeles Fire Department Capt. Matthew McKnight will be held Saturday in Westlake Village. Hundreds of firefighters from across the region are expected to attend the 11 a.m. More...

Community

Neighbors growling over proposal to house tigers in rural Malibu

Property lies a matter of miles south of Dos Vientos

A woman’s plan to keep Siberian tigers on a property in unincorporated Ventura County, south of Newbury Park, has upset a few neighbors who fear the animals could escape.  More...

Ride T.O. bus for free on Saturdays

Thousand Oaks Transit has begun Saturday bus service from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on the same four routes as weekday service.  Saturday service will be free to all riders though Oct. 12.  The Thousand Oaks Transportation Center at 265 S. More...

NPS forming plan for invasive plants

The National Park Service is preparing an environmental assessment for an invasive plant management plan in Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.  The public is invited to attend a scoping meeting for the invasive plant study at 6:30 More...

On the Town

Residents boogie down in Moorpark

BOOGIE WOOGIE—Nancy Kalein of Newbury Park dances to the music of Rob Rio, Boogie Woogie Hall of Famer, piano man and vocalist, at Tierra Rejada Golf Club in Moorpark on Aug. 10. More...

Vettes vroom into T.O.

Red Line Corvettes, in conjunction with the Thousand Oaks Police Department and the Conejo Recreation and Park District, will host the 20th annual All Corvette Show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sun., Sept. 15 at Conejo Creek Park, 1379 E. More...

Get stepping with T.O.’s Buckles and Bows

Square dancers welcome newcomers

The Buckles and Bows Square Dance Club of Thousand Oaks will offer beginner square dance classes Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. from Sept. 3 through May 2014 at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. More...

Sports

Lancers favorites to win fourth straight league title

It won’t be a one-team race for the high school girls’ volleyball Marmonte League title this season.  Agoura and Westlake have high hopes to dethrone defending champion Thousand Oaks, which has won three straight league crowns.  More...

Lacrosse team conquers the West

TRUE MAVERICKS—The Los Angeles Mavericks U-17 boys’ lacrosse team went 5-0 to win the All West Showcase in Morgan Hill recently. More...

Pets

Fostering love

Westlake Village resident opens her home to dog and its 10 pups

A retired intensive care nurse, Gale Haley of Westlake Village provides a safe haven for abandoned animals with special needs.  Haley has been fostering dogs for Agoura-based L.I.F.E. Animal Rescue since 2006.  L.I.F.E. More...

Not your ordinary housecat

CRITTER TAILS

The clamor of the crows made us look up and across Westlake Lake from where we were standing.  It was just before 5 p.m. Sun., Aug. 4, so with full daylight it was easy to see the big cat, except when it stepped into shadowed areas. More...

Household cleaners can be harmful to pets

Household pets are adorably curious, but they can’t read labels or plant their own gardens.  One of the biggest mistakes pet owners can make is to underestimate a pet’s curiosity and overlook dangers of common household items.  More...

Faith

CLU’s Interfaith society wins $1,500 grant for outreach efforts

Group encourages cooperation among faiths

Interfaith Youth Core recently awarded California Lutheran University its Best Overall Campaign award for CLU students’ efforts to promote interfaith cooperation during the previous school year.  CLU received $1,500 to increase the scope o More...

Gathering will focus on homeless children

The impact of homelessness on children will be explored from 7 to 8 p.m. Thurs., Sept. More...

Program looks at role of God

A program titled “From Vatican II to Pope Francis: How God’s Spirit Moves the Church in the World Today” will be presented Wed., Sept. 18 at the Serra Center, Padre Serra Parish, 5205 Upland Road, Camarillo.  More...

Family

Summer camps come to a close

PADDLING ALONG—Boys & Girls Club members,front to back, Melissa Hooper, Alec Papadol, Andres Cabrerea and Emmy Klem go canoeing at Camp Elk in Wrightwood. More...

Farmers market ripe with fresh choices for school lunches

T.O. market is on Thursdays at 1:30

As summer winds down, school will soon be back in session and the Ventura County Certified Farmers’ Market Association is providing an opportunity to educate kids on the importance of healthy eating through its Back to School program.  The More...

CRPD has spaces available in pre-K classes

Limited spaces are still available at the Conejo Community Center for the prekindergarten class meeting Monday, Wednesday and Friday from noon to 2:30 p.m. More...

Columns

Burnt toast

Be anything—but don’t be boring.  Those words hit this old broad hard but needed to be said, shaking me down to my pink Havianas. You see, it was my first day on the air and maybe there was a little hot air also. More...

Nonstop or not?

If the Flying Squirrel were flying from Agoura to Santa Barbara, would he choose a nonstop flight or a connecting one with a layover in the city of Ventura?  Clearly this is an absurd question. More...

Life is always changing

You’ve either dealt with an elderly person—or you will be—or you yourself are getting old.  At the very least, you know someone who took care of or is taking care of a frail, old family member— probably a spouse, parent, More...