October 31, 2013 RSS feed / Front Page

Health & Wellness

Los Robles Hospital earns ‘A’ rating for safety

Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center received an “A” grade in the latest round of hospital safety scores administered by the Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit that advocates for patient safety.  More...

Fundraiser for a friend

Woman was recently diagnosed

A multifamily yard sale and bake sale took place last weekend in the Three Springs community of Westlake Village, to raise funds for resident Brenda Barry, who has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.  All proceeds from the event will go to be More...

Autism Research Group hosting workshop

Local nonprofit Autism Research Group will host a workshop titled “Teaching Perspective: Talking to Individuals with Autism” from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Wed., Nov. More...

Calendar

Calendar

THURS., OCT. 31  Trunk Or Treat   More...

Schools

CLU: a global place of learning

Week of events celebrate university’s international students

California Lutheran University will highlight its increasing number of international students with International Education Week activities from Nov. 11 to 15 on its Thousand Oaks campus.  The observance is a joint initiative of the U.S. More...

Common Core critics to host town hall meeting

Group is upset over ‘data mining’

A community town hall meeting to discuss schoolchildren opting out of Common Core “data mining” is set for 6 p.m. Wed., Nov. More...

Problems solved at annual TriMathlon in T.O.

Students in grades 2 through 5 compete

Regional students put their math skills on display last weekend, earning money for local schools and winning prizes for themselves in the Mathnasium of Thousand Oaks 2013 TriMathlon contest.  The top three winners in each of the grades represent More...

Business

No bones about it—this bank loves Halloween

CREEPY—Peter Mogg, branch manager of Union Bank at Thousand Oaks Blvd. and Moorpark Road, and banker Martha Ortiz show off just a few of the many Halloween decorations the branch chose to use this year. More...

Immigration expert to speak at economic forecast

The California Lutheran University Center for Economic Research and Forecasting will present its 2014 Ventura County forecast at a seminar from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fri., Nov. 8 at the Serra Center, 5205 Upland Road, Camarillo.  More...

Eye On Local Area Stocks

Full Story

Family

Take these steps to avoid a frightening situation

Parents must be proactive to prevent pranks, injuries

The Thousand Oaks Police Department reminds residents that Halloween is tonight, the time of year when most children are wearing a costume and visiting local homes.  On average, twice as many kids are killed or injured while walking on Halloween More...

Family Men Don't Wear Name Brands

Trick or too many treats

Wives want to control what we husbands eat because they can’t consume everything like we do.  Maybe I’m making a harsh generalization. That’s only because I can’t be harsh with my wife in person. More...

Free program offers advice on talking with elderly

Senior Concerns will present a free program titled “Having the Talk with Aging Loved Ones” from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Tues., Nov. More...

Columns

Ask the Arborist

Great oaks from little acorns

Apparently many of you have been visiting our beautiful parks lately because I’ve been hearing a lot about all of the acorns dropping from the majestic oak trees. More...

Hot Flashes

The Costco cruise

I love having a grocery cart that doubles as a mosh pit.  Oh, Costco, you so bad. More...

Trick-or-treater hit by SUV in Newbury Park

12-year-old girl suffered broken pelvis, remains in hospital

A 12-year-old trick-or-treater was injured last night when she was struck by an SUV as she crossed a street in Newbury Park, police said today. More...

City tweaks Social Host Ordinance

Law allows police to fine people who host underage drinking parties

Thousand Oaks residents cited by police for hosting an underage drinking party will now be required to perform 120 hours of community service—up from 60 hours—after their first offense.  The change was among several revisions to the More...

Amgen layoffs affect 100 in Thousand Oaks

Company attributes firings to ‘restructuring’

About 100 employees at Amgen Inc. received notices Oct. More...

Community

New home rehabilitation program receives infusion of federal funds

Grants will aid low-income residents

Federal funds previously earmarked for creating a year-round homeless shelter in Newbury Park will instead go to the city’s new Residential Rehabilitation Program to help pay for repairs to aging mobile homes, condos and single-family residence More...

Plans for T.O. Boulevard apartment complex to proceed

Housing units would be first built on boulevard since 2004

Barring an appeal by a member of the public, a developer is moving ahead with plans to put a 36-unit apartment complex on Thousand Oaks Boulevard, the first housing units built on the boulevard in nearly a decade.  More...

Surgical hospital staff wins battle over alleged forced unionization

Nurse says workers were told to join SEIU after takeover

Roughly 200 nurses and support staff at Thousand Oaks Surgical Hospital have been freed from unwanted unionization after winning a settlement dispute against the hospital’s parent company and two major affiliates of Service Employees Internatio More...

On the Town

Comedian headlines Nov. 16 Alliance for the Arts soiree

Annual gala raises much-needed funds for Civic Arts Plaza

The Alliance for the Arts, the official nonprofit fundraising arm of the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, will host its annual gala celebration “Through the Looking Glass: Reflections of the past; visions of the future” on Sat., Nov. More...

Circus Vargas in town

Circus Vargas will present its new show, Magikaria, Oct. 31 through Nov. More...

‘Million Dollar Quartet’ brings together four rock ’n’ roll legends

Score features music of Presley, Cash, Perkins and Lewis

The national tour of the Broadway musical “Million Dollar Quartet,” is coming to the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. T.O. Blvd., Nov. 5 through 10 as part of the Broadway in Thousand Oaks Series.  Show times are 7:30 p.m. More...

Sports

The Acorn’s High School Football Game of the Week

Oaks Christian Lions (7-1) at Moorpark Musketeers (6-2) Friday, 7 p.m. Moorpark High

Oaks Christian vs. More...

Weekend schedule

Simi Valley at Newbury Park Friday, 7 p.m.  Calabasas at Agoura Friday, 7 p.m.  St. Bonaventure at Royal Friday, 7 p.m.  Hillcrest Christian vs. Concordia Friday, 7 p.m. More...

Marmonte East standings

Full Story

Pets

Pet of the week

FULL OF ENERGY—Cooper is an altered male black-and-brown German shepherd about 2 years old. He is full of energy and well-trained. He walks well on a leash and loves to play in the water. More...

Faith

Missionary work takes unexpected twist

Local couple living in Mexico take in deaf boy separated from his siblings

About two years after starting their missionary work in Mexico, Johnny and Amber Thompson’s lives were forever changed. More...

The Art of Being

The above quote by Rumi is one of my favorites because it points to a place in our minds and hearts we can all meet if we are willing to go beyond categorically pigeonholing each other as right and wrong.  More...

First Baptist hosts ‘Trunk or Treat’

First Baptist Church and Academy will host Trunk or Treat, a safe family Halloween alternative, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. More...

Letters

Right or wrong, Brooks is entitled

This is in reply to the Acorn editorial “Ex-sheriff goes for the gold” in the Oct. More...

Ex-sheriff’s greed is mind-boggling

Poor Sheriff Bob Brooks. His $283,000 annual pension isn’t enough, and he feels he is owed another $75,000 a year. Yet the average Social Security benefit is a mere $15,000 a year, according to a recent survey by Bankrate.  More...

Putting pension in perspective

Regarding former Sheriff Bob Brooks’ pension of $283,000 per year and his suit to add $75,000 more, I offer a comparison that may bring some perspective.  More...

Editorials

The legend of Jack O’Lantern

Fall is in the air. For those of us in Thousand Oaks, that means it’s 80 degrees at noon and 40 degrees by sunset.  More...

Political Cartoon

Full Story

GUEST OPINION

Empty shelves at Manna are a scary sight

As the executive director of the Conejo Valley’s largest hunger relief organization, I am often asked, “Will it help more to give money or to give food?”  The simple answer is that both are vitally important to what we do.  More...