November 14, 2013 RSS feed / Front Page

Testing the test

Local teachers try out Smarter Balanced

The interactive, computer-based tests that come with the new Common Core state standards are more difficult than the recently eliminated Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) system tests, according to local teachers. More...

Health & Wellness

ACS to embark on landmark study

East County residents sought for cancer prevention project

When the results of the American Cancer Society’s first Cancer Prevention Study came out in 1964, the nation learned for the first time about the link between cigarette smoke and lung cancer. More...

Atria cuts ribbon on million-dollar expansion

BIG REVEAL—Above, Atria Hillcrest senior living community maintenance director Hector Arjon holds up the red ribbon after executive director Michelle Norton, center, cut it to signify the grand More...

Autistic resident finds purpose with help of locally founded nonprofit

Organization provides vocational training in film, TV and video games

Each time Joel Castro Jr. checked his grades at the end of another semester, he grew a little bit more dejected. More...

Schools

Regents gather to celebrate Blue Ribbon designation

La Reina High School has been named a 2013 National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. A celebration for the honor will take place from 2 to 2:45 p.m. Mon., Nov. 25 in the school gymnasium. More...

Giving the gift of understanding

Thousand Oaks High School senior Julia Rivalta is giving hope through language.  The 17-year-old founded the Spanish-English Language Club, offering free weekly English lessons at the Newbury Park Library to Spanish-speaking adults who want to l More...

High School Hi Lights

Newbury Park Panthers Fri., Nov. 15: Football jersey or shirt day Chinese bake sale/2 p.m. Safe schools committee/ A2/2:15 p.m. Marching band awards/cafeteria/ 4 p.m. More...

Business

Trio launch media production firm

Three creative brains are better than one. More...

WLV architect will design hangar to hold Air Force 1

Local architect Gary Heathcote of Heathcote and Associates Architecture was selected by Castle Air Museum in Atwater, Calif., to design a new Presidential Pavilion to house the museum’s newly acquired Douglas VC-9 Air Force One jetliner.  More...

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Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park Sept. 28 In the 2000 block of Teller Road, a 40-year-old woman was arrested on two counts of burglary. Oct. 1 A vehicular burglary was reported in the 100 block of Cathy Drive. Construction tools were stolen. More...

Faith

Israeli soldier to detail fight for Gaza

The Conejo Jewish Academy will host guest speaker Izzy Ezagui giving a lecture on “Israel’s One-Armed Warrior: A Soldier’s Tale of Struggle and Perseverance” at 8 p.m. Mon., Nov. More...

Briefs

Workshop offers parenting advice   Godspeak Calvary Chapel is starting a free ongoing parenting workshop for new and expectant mothers from 9:30 to 11 a.m. the first and third Mondays of each month at the chapel, 2697 Lavery Court, Ste. More...

The Art of Being

Finding your authentic voice   As a mentor, I recently presented a teleseminar for writers on the subject of finding their authentic voice and how to bring it into their creative writing process.  More...

Columns

Hot Flashes

The feast of the fussy: part deux

“I dun’t yike it, Yaya,” complained the smelly toddler, scrunching his nose in disgust while checking his iPhone for email. More...

A fight worth having

• AHMANSON RANCH: 10 YEARS LATER •

For more than a decade spanning the turn of the millennium, a small group of people, mostly women, stood up to one of the nation’s largest banks to block the development of a new city in the pristine hills of eastern Ventura County.  The e More...

Chumash museum extends contract with park district

The Chumash Indian Museum in Thousand Oaks will continue sharing its historical and cultural programming for at least another five years, after renewing its partnership with the Conejo Recreation and Park District last week.  More...

Community

Taking command

T.O. resident named to top military post with California Air National Guard

Col. David Bakos, the new commander of the 146th Airlift Wing in Camarillo, has dedicated his life to serving people—people, he says, who are the motivation and reason for his success. Bakos replaced former commander Col. More...

TO Transit buys 2 new CNG buses

Federal grant to cover half of $1-million price tag

Two new compressed natural gas buses—together worth about $1 million—will be transporting passengers in Thousand Oaks starting next year.  The City Council unanimously approved the purchase of the 23-passenger coaches at its Nov. More...

Thousand Oaks woman ordered to repay her 83-year-old victim

She cashed checks intended to pay bills

A Thousand Oaks woman who stole tens of thousands of dollars from an elderly Calabasas woman by forging her checks this past summer has been sentenced to eight months in county jail and five years probation, according to Ventura County court records. More...

On the Town

Comedic mystery full of killer laughs

‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’

Most mystery fans are familiar with “The Hound of the Baskervilles,” the famous novel featuring Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s indefatigable detective, Sherlock Holmes, in which a marauding hound from hell attacks unlucky victims in Engla More...

Calendar

THURS., NOV. 14  Woodland Hills Republican Women  10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Woodland Hills Country Club, 21150 Dumetz Road. Workshops on various current issues. $25 for luncheon. RSVP requested. Contact: Jane. Phone: 818.225.0843.   More...

View the paintings of Tony Pro

An exhibit following the artistic journey of award-winning painter and instructor Tony Pro of Westlake Village will run Sat., Nov. 23 through Sat., Feb. 8 at California Lutheran University.  An opening reception is set for 7 p.m. Nov. More...

Sports

Warriors save the best for last

Something was missing.  The first half of the Marmonte League football championship game pitting cross-street rivals Westlake and Oaks Christian high schools was relatively uneventful.  There was no glitz, no glamour, no playoff intensity.& More...

Lancers Leap to victory

Girls’ volleyball team advances to second round

Jane Lamp doesn’t want her Thousand Oaks High girls’ volleyball career to end.  The senior libero wants to extend her time with the Lancers for at least another week. A CIFSouthern Section Division 1A championship sounds nice.  More...

Lions ready for next match

Oaks Christian High’s girls’ volleyball team continued its dominant season with a 25-9, 25-10, 25-13 sweep of Glendora at home in the opening round of the CIF-Southern Section Division 2AA playoffs on Tuesday.  Tri-Valley League cham More...

Pets

Latest lion death highlights need for wildlife tunnel, agency says

Animal was struck and killed by car Oct. 7

DNA results indicate a mountain lion killed last month on the 101 Freeway in Agoura Hills was a male that could have helped propagate the dying Santa Monica Mountains population.  A motorist saw the dead mountain lion on the shoulder of the free More...

Welcome to ‘Holey-Wood’

A vast, double-trunked native sycamore grows in a parking area just off Mulholland Highway in rural Agoura. Its bark appears to have been the victim of a machine gun fusillade.  More...

Boutique benefits shelter

Healthcare for Homeless Animals, a nonprofit that funds medical care for homeless pets at the Agoura Animal Shelter, will host a holiday boutique from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat., Nov. 16 and Sat., Dec. More...

Family

All-in-one sports center brings fitness fun to Simi Valley

Platinum Gymnastics is now Platinum Sports Center

After serving Ventura County residents for 10 years as a gymnastics center, Platinum Gymnastics Academy has a new name and an expanded new home with a lot more to offer.  More...

Family Men Don't Wear Name Brands

Video games are cheaters   For fun, my 10-year-old son decided to play a Wii Sports video game. He kept losing. Where’s the fun in that?  More...

Patriotism: pass it on

PROPER SALUTE—Thousand Oaks resident Art Davis, a veteran of the Vietnam War, shows his grandson, Ayden Hernandez, 2, how to say the Pledge of Allegiance after the pair hung the Stars and Strip More...

Editorials

What it’s like to go without

The arrival of the holiday season means many things to many people.  For most children, it’s a time of boundless joy primed with colored lights, abundant presents and, yes, breaks from school. It’s pure bliss.  More...

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Letters

Former sheriff does his part   More...