October 3, 2013 RSS feed / Front Page

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BITING COMMENTARY—Linda and Stan Organ’s photo of a young tiger cub taking a bite out of their favorite hometown newspaper has been selected by online voters as the winner of the 2013 Take Your Thousand Oaks Acorn on Vacation contest. More...

Council may act to change city’s current campaign finance law

Ordinance favors incumbents, 5-term council member says

Do Thousand Oaks’ campaign finance restrictions give incumbents a virtual stranglehold on city office? This question and others were debated by members of the City Council at a campaign finance reform study session held Sept. 16 at City Hall. More...

Time Warner Cable drops KEYT news station in East County

Loyal KEYT News Channel 3 viewers in eastern Ventura County got a shock last week when they turned on their televisions and discovered the local ABC affiliate was no longer available. More...

Nonprofits, schools can apply for $45,000 in grants

Money intended for beautification, environmental efforts

The City of Thousand Oaks Public Works Department will be accepting online applications for the 2013-14 Community Enhancement Grant Program through 5 p.m. Wed., Oct. More...

Local adventurer, 77, conquers California’s Mt. Whitney in a day

It is midnight, pitch dark, when 77-year-old Cathy Ungar begins a strenuous 14,500-foot climb to the top of Mount Whitney, the highest peak in the contiguous United States. More...

Where rivalries are born

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Nonprofit at center of fight to end cycle of homelessness in T.O.

The woman who walked into the Thousand Oaks office of Lutheran Social Services last Thursday was in dire straits. She had been living in her car. More...

Squirrel of the Month

MASTER OF ALL HE SURVEYS—Jill and Jon Mueller sent in this photo of an imperious squirrel perched over their backyard in Westlake Village. More...

A plethora of pumpkins

A LITTLE FRIGHT—Thousand Oaks resident Kyle Lauhoff, 8, reacts as his dad reaches through a wall of pumpkins in the pumpkin house at Underwood Family Farms in Moorpark on Sept. 28. More...

On the Town

Two shows, 1 weekend

Motown legends take stage Saturday; gospel artist on Sunday

The Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza at 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. will present the following concerts:  Motown legends The Temptations will perform at the Kavli Theatre at 8 p.m. Fri., Oct. More...

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THURS., OCT. 3  Extreme Quilters Art Quilt Show  10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Oct. 21 at Thousand Oaks Community Gallery, 2331 Borchard Road, Newbury Park, next to library. Contemporary and art quilts from 18 textile artists. Gift boutique. More...

Drawings pay tribute to spirit of So Cal

Artists’ reception planned for Oct. 19

California Lutheran University’s Kwan Fong Gallery of Art and Culture will feature an exhibit titled “Southland: Drawings from Southern California” from Thurs., Oct. 10 through Sat., Nov. 16 with a reception at 7 p.m. Sat., Oct. More...

Business

The importance of customer service

Going the extra mile pays off for local vendors

It’s that time of year again.  Shoppers, whether they like it or not, may find themselves humming along to “Jingle Bells” drifting from the department store’s sound system.  More...

Pets

Living on the edge

Studies show large carnivores face obstacles to survival

Despite urban sprawl, mountain lions, bobcats and coyotes remain an important part of the local ecology. But the growth in man’s footprint has made it increasingly difficult for the cats and canines to survive. More...

Pet of the Week

SHE’S GOT SPUNK—Koda is a female Labrador retriever, pit bull, and mastiff mix about 2 years old. She is good with small children, gentle but with high energy. More...

Faith

Couple open hearts and home as they adopt Haitian twins

In June 2012, Jim Lee, director of spiritual life at Oaks Christian School, and a group of 20 students were visiting an orphanage in Portau Prince, Haiti, when he noticed a tiny girl who reminded him of his daughter.  As Lee knelt down to speak More...

Young Jews help out during High Holidays

FAITH IN ACTION—Temple Etz Chaim USY organized “Operation Isaiah,” an annual food drive for members of the Thousand Oaks congregation over the High Holidays. More...

Choirs will present holiday preview

Emmanuel Church will host open houses for its choirs—Novum Voce, a consortium of voices which performs three to four times a year, and the Emmanuel Choir, which leads worship at the 9 a.m. Sunday blended worship service—from 7 to 9 p.m. More...

Editorials

Newspapers, why we still love ’em

Beginning Sunday, publications across the country will celebrate the 73rd annual National Newspaper Week. More...

Political Cartoon

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New tests could come this spring

Legislature votes to cease STAR exams

Conejo Valley Unified School District students may be able to leave their No. 2 pencils at home when testing time begins this spring if Gov. More...

County public health prepping citizens for threat of nuclear attack

Sixty years ago, a nuclear attack was considered a doomsday scenario.  But now, experts believe that such an attack is actually survivable. More...

City Council denies liquor license, cites oversaturation, crime

Attempt to open liquor store on T.O. Boulevard denied

The Thousand Oaks City Council has determined there is too much crime coupled with too many alcohol vendors in an area around E. Thousand Oaks Boulevard to allow another liquor license there.  More...

Developer going ahead with senior assisted-living facility

Neighbors have said they’re opposed to higher density

The developer of a proposed assisted-living home on E. More...

Burst water heater forces park district to close popular gym

New floor will cost CRPD $100,000

Regular patrons of the Thousand Oaks Community Center gymnasium will have to play elsewhere until the end of November while a contractor replaces the facility’s 41-year-old floor. More...

Educator to be honored at B&G auction

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley will host the 11th annual “Stand Up for Kids” gala dinner and auction at 5 p.m. Sat., Oct. More...

Briefs

Author will sign books at B&N   Local author and inspirational speaker Heather McCloskey Beck will sign copies of her book, “Take the Leap,” at 2 p.m. Sun., Oct. 13 at Barnes & Noble, 160 S. More...

Saluting Our Scouts

Westlake Village Girl Scout Troop 60578 recently earned its Silver Award.  The Cadettes from Westlake High School, Los Cerritos Middle School and Colina Middle School created “Protect Our Paws” to help animals in need in the communit More...

Council on Aging to host volunteer planning meeting

The Council on Aging will have its first planning meeting for volunteers at 8:30 a.m. Thurs., Oct. 10.  This breakfast event will be about the Thousand Oaks Senior Adult Master Plan, which is ready for implementation.  More...

Beauty pageant seeking contestants

Girls and teens are sought to represent their city or county at the Miss or Miss Teen California International Pageants.  Crowning Glory Productions Inc. More...

Birthday bash in WLV

Conejo Valley residents are invited to a family-friendly day of activities, games, food and entertainment at the 11th annual Westlake Village City Celebration on Oct. More...

Health & Wellness

Learn about new healthcare landscape

The healthcare environment will change in 2014, with all Californians required to have health insurance and new opportunities for coverage opening up for those who do not have insurance.  More...

Briefs

Open house Wednesday in T.O.   In honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, the Thousand Oaks office of the Department of Rehabilitation will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Wed., Oct. More...

Schools

10 things every parent should know about Common Core

If you have only a vague idea of what Common Core State Standards is, you have plenty of company. More...

It’s official: Einstein Academy not opening in Thousand Oaks in 2013

After battle with city, proposed charter unable to secure new location

About 250 students who were set to attend the Albert Einstein Academy for Letters, Arts and Sciences in Newbury Park this fall have been forced to hurry elsewhere, after the public charter school was unable to secure a location in time to open for th More...

Briefs

Catch dancing Lancers on Oct. 12   The Thousand Oaks High School Dance Team will present the second annual Dancing with the T.O. Stars at 7:30 p.m. Sat., Oct. 12 at the school gym, 2323 N. More...

Sports

The Acorn’s High School Football Game of the Week

Thousand Oaks Lancers (3-2) at Oaks Christian Lions (4-1) Friday, 7 p.m. Oaks Christian High

Welcome to homecoming week for the Oaks Christian High football team.  More...

Weekend schedule

Westlake vs. St. Bonaventure Thursday, 7:30 p.m. at Santa Barbara City College  Newbury Park at Royal Friday, 7 p.m.  Calabasas at Moorpark Friday, 7 p.m.   More...

Marmonte East standings

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Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park  Sept. 1 A 56-year-old man was cited in the 200 block of Timber Road for vandalism.  Sept. 18 A residential burglary was reported in the 1800 block of W. Hillcrest Drive.   More...

Family

Youth Leadership Congress taking applications

The Youth Congress Leadership Program, now in its fifth year and sponsored by the Conejo/Las Virgenes Future Foundation, is accepting applications from students in grades nine through 12.  The program is an opportunity for teens to develop leade More...

Letters

Letters

One Book choice questioned The Thousand Oaks Library has given our community an invitation to read “The Art of Fielding.” The call is an offer to read and discuss a book. More...

Columns

Flying Squirrel

Get hostel   If you travel with your family, you’re probably used to a certain style of lodging. Maybe you’re a Courtyard family. Or a Holiday Inn Express troop. Perhaps you favor Sheraton or Hilton accommodations. More...

Hot Flashes

Pin the tail on the dummy  Been to a birthday party lately?  More...