September 5, 2013 RSS feed / Front Page

Talking with Tex

Influential former park district GM left behind a lasting legacy

At the helm of the Conejo Recreation and Park District for nearly four decades, Tex Ward earned a reputation for getting his point across with a minimum of words. More...

City Council takes show on the road

First meeting following summer recess will be held at Dos Vientos Community Center

In an effort to open communication with local residents, the Thousand Oaks City Council will venture out of City Hall for its first meeting after the summer recess next week. More...

Health & Wellness

A friend till the end

In the final months of her life, an elderly woman could not communicate with her family and did not seem to hear them. But when two Hospice of the Conejo volunteers sang to her, she moved her foot to the beat of the music.  More...

Ambulance costs may be covered with help of Medicare

Medicare

I certainly hope you never need an ambulance, but during a medical emergency you may require the services of one.  If you have Original Medicare, Part B (medical insurance) covers ambulance services to or from a hospital, critical-access hospita More...

Dementia group offers support for caregivers

The Dementia Caregivers Support Group meets from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month in the Circle of Friends day room, fourth floor, Belmont Village Senior Living, 3680 N. More...

Calendar

Calendar

THURS., SEPT. 5  Camarillo Women’s Club  10:30 a.m. at Sterling Hills Golf Club, 901 Sterling Hills Drive, Camarillo. Breakfast buffet. More...

Schools

Learn at the library

FREE CLASSES

The Thousand Oaks presents the Learning@Your Library Fall 2013 class schedule.  Classes are free but due to limited space, registration is required. More...

Common Core available in print

The new Common Core standards are available in print for the first time.  More...

Cal Lutheran welcomes 2,800 undergrads

Freshman class numbers 550

More than 2,800 undergraduate students have started classes at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks. Classes in the Bachelor’s Degree for Professionals program began Sept. 3, and traditional undergraduate courses started Sept. More...

Business

Hot rides, chilled wines

Women’s Council of Realtors hosts annual gala at luxury car dealership

HIGH-CLASS AFFAIR— Above, Chole Yates of Paul Martin’s American Grill talks with Mary and Al Lavorato of Thousand Oaks during the fourth annual Women’s Council of Realtors Wine Fest More...

BUSINESS BITS

This feature takes a brief look at economic activity affecting the Thousand Oaks, Newbury Park and Westlake Village areas.   Eastern medicine  Conejo Acupuncture is now open at 3188 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd.  More...

Simply Music lessons offered in T.O.

Sheri Reingold is celebrating her 10-year anniversary of teaching piano to musicians both young and old in the community.  Reingold uses the Simply Music teaching method, a curriculum that has students playing a repertoire of 30 to 50 pieces in More...

Police

T.O. man may be linked to string of burglaries

CONEJO CRIME

A Thousand Oaks man was arrested last week on suspicion of committing numerous residential and commercial burglaries throughout the tri-county area over the past several months, according to police.  More...

Police probe of alleged gang member nets 3 arrests

An alleged gang member suspected of tagging graffiti on more than 90 different locations throughout Thousand Oaks over the past two years was arrested during a traffic stop Aug. 29, according to authorities.  More...

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park  Aug. More...

Family

Fiction in a Nutshell winners announced

Recently we asked our readers—those with an active imagination and a knack for writing—to put their creative juices to work in the Acorn’s annual Fiction in a Nutshell contest. More...

Heat sends families flocking to splash pad

REFRESHING—At left, Anita Schmucker cools off at the splash pad at Oak Canyon Community Park in Oak Park on Aug. 31. More...

Story times offered for wee folk

Libraries have weekly programs

Fall story times are beginning at the Thousand Oaks libraries.  Grant Brimhall Library community room, 1401 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. Before library hours use the main library entrance.  Babies and Books: for babies up to 24 months. More...

Columns

The seasons of Yosemite

Yosemite National Park has been in the news lately, and not for good reasons. The Rim fire, now the fourthlargest blaze in state history, has consumed more than 368 square miles (though none in the valley, the heart of the park). More...

Got taste?

Apparently not.  More...

Breaking News - 9/10/2013 2:29 PM

Driver of vehicle in fatal accident arrested on suspicion of DUI

One man, 26, and one woman, 23, are dead following late-night accident on Potrero Road

Alcohol is believed to have played a role in last night’s crash on Potrero Road that left two people dead: a 26-year-old male from Newbury Park and a 23-year-old female from Thousand Oaks. More...

Single-vehicle accident near Lake Sherwood leaves 2 dead, 2 injured

Car collided with backhoe parked along Potrero Road

Two people are dead following a late-night car crash on Potrero Road west of Lake Sherwood involving an automobile and a piece of construction equipment. More...

From shakeup to success

After rough start, park district now flourishing

A special series in celebration of the Conejo Recreation and Park District’s 50th anniversary this year. Although supported by 80 percent of area voters in 1962, the Conejo Recreation and Park District almost didn’t survive its infancy. More...

WHS suspends 6 players for role in hotel incident

Although a police investigation continues, Conejo Valley Unified School District has gone ahead and doled out punishments to the Westlake High School football players involved in a fight between freshmen and seniors at the Hyatt Place Hotel in Honolu More...

Community

Big cat’s big appetite

Mountain lion caught in act of kill

It’s not something you see every day in suburban Los Angeles, not even in the remote Santa Monica Mountains south of the Conejo Valley.  P-23, a young female mountain lion recently fitted with a tracking collar by the National Park Service More...

It’s the people, not just the parks, who make CRPD shine

Franklin D. More...

Recovery mission

Keeping condors safe and flying high

The largest birds in North America are closely monitored by local groups working to save the animals from extinction. More...

On the Town

Melodrama returns to Moorpark (at last)

‘The Shame of Tombstone’

Fall brings the end of summer vacation, the start of school, football mania and the beloved tradition of Moorpark melodrama at the High Street Arts Center. More...

Brewfest goes down easy

Kiwanis Club event lets beer makers toast their wares

BARLEY AND HOPS—Beverly Khoshnevisan of Newbury Park, at right, prepares to sample beer from Enegren Brewing Co. during BrewFest 2013, sponsored by Kiwanis Club of Thousand Oaks on Aug. 29. More...

“Closed Circuit”

Red herrings are one thing. More...

Sports

The Acorn’s High School Football Game of the Week

Newbury Park Panthers (1-0) at Thousand Oaks Lancers (0-1)

Friday, 7 p.m. Thousand Oaks High The Case Cookus era is off to a promising start. More...

Weekend schedule

Red Mountain (Ariz.) at Westlake Friday, 7 p.m. Palos Verdes at Moorpark Friday, 7 p.m. Saugus at Simi Valley Friday, 7 p.m. Hillcrest Christian at Laguna Blanca Saturday, 1 p.m. Oaks Christ More...

Marmonte East standings

League Overall Newbury 0-0-0 1-0-0 Simi Valley 0-0-0 1-0-0 St. Bonnie 0-0-0 1-0-0< More...

Pets

Pet of the Week

PRETTY KITTY—Snookums is an altered female black-and-white domestic shorthair mix about 14 years old. She is very friendly, likes men, women and children. More...

Pet brings owner peace in his last hours

CRITTER TAIL

Miss Tia came into our lives when she was about 2 months old, just a foundling.  At the time, my father was battling several health issues.  Tia and Dad had an immediate bond, and there was no question that she was his dog. More...

Faith

Monte Vista families enjoy summer send-off

FUN FOR ALL—Top, cousins Ella Bart, 3, of Ventura and Cody Bart, 5, of Newbury Park try out the new pinwheels they received at the Family Festival presented by Monte Vista Presbyterian Church o More...

Tashlich Walk marks first day of Rosh Hashanah

Participants will leave Hyatt Westlake Plaza at 5 p.m. today

Chabad of the Conejo will host a Tashlich Walk at 5:30 p.m. today, Thurs., Sept. 5, the first day of Rosh Hashanah. The walk will begin at the Hyatt Westlake Plaza, 880 S. Westlake Ave., and proceed to Westlake Lake. More...

Chabad to celebrate High Holy Days across Ventura County

Services taking place in T.O., Newbury Park and Moorpark

Chabad will offer High Holy Day services in seven locations throughout the Conejo Valley and expects to accommodate more than 3,000 participants.  Chabad of the Conejo will host Yom Kippur services beginning with the Kol Nidre service at 6:45 p. More...

Letters

Improvements seen at schools

I was at Redwood Middle School recently for orientation and walked onto a clean campus with well-kept lawns. More...

Hillcrest zoning is low density

Some of my neighbors have expressed many objections against the development that Many Mansions is planning to build at 2080 E. Hillcrest Drive. More...

Housing matter raises questions

I love the city of Thousand Oaks and have been here many years. But I wonder, is it a city of fairness? I understand the City of Thousand Oaks loaned $2 million to Many Mansions. I heard it was automatically approved. More...

Editorials

Political Cartoon

Full Story

Acorn contest has all the write stuff

Today the Acorn reveals the winners of its sixth annual Fiction in a Nutshell contest. Check them out on page 35.  More...