December 5, 2013 RSS feed / Front Page

Blood results released for driver convicted in fatal crash

Toxicology report reveals bath salts

Alejandro “Alex” Pope had a form of the synthetic drug known as bath salts, a substance similar to ecstasy, in his blood when he crashed his car the morning of April 9, killing one of his passengers, according to the Ventura County distri More...

Health & Wellness

Christmas Shoppe expands to include children with disabilities

ACTION aims to aid low-income families

Tana Seufert has found inspiration in various places throughout her life.  For many years Seufert was inspired by her daughter, who had to use a wheelchair and died four years ago at age 21.  Seufert says she is inspired each day in her par More...

Nonprofit wraps up for a cause

The fifth annual UCAAN (United Cancer Advocacy Action Network)GiftWrap4aCausereturns to Janss Marketplace, Hillcrest Drive at Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks.  The gift wrapping storefront is at 173-D between Radio Shack and Karma Indian Cuisine.&n More...

Fun in the fresh air

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THURS., DEC. 5 Open House And Holiday Boutique More...

Schools

Safer routes: Crosswalk improvement effort complete

Safety enhancements added near six schools

Six school crosswalks in Thousand Oaks have received lights and other safety features with help from state and federal grants.  The crosswalks are near Wildwood, Aspen, Maple, Acacia and Glenwood elementary schools and Redwood Middle School.&nbs More...

OCS alumna named Rhodes Scholar

Aurora Griffin, the 2009 Oaks Christian School valedictorian, has been named a 2014 Rhodes Scholar.  She will attend Oxford University to pursue a Master of Philosophy in theology and Christian ethics with an emphasis in bioethics.  More...

Panthers play the holidays

Newbury Park High School music students will offer the following events during the holiday season.  The Panther Band will go caroling for donations throughout local neighborhoods from 4: 30 to 8: 30 p.m. Dec. More...

Pets

Puppies wait for people at Family Fall Fest

THEY COME IN PAIRS— Calabasas High School volunteer Sepehr Akhaean, 14, cuddles with Rescue Me Inc. More...

Pet of the Week

BLACK BEAUTY—Kitty is a black domestic long-haired mix about 5 years old. She gets along well with children, dogs and other cats. She is also litter box trained. More...

Benefit show is All for Love

All For Love Animal Rescue will host a special fundraiser on Sat., Dec. More...

Faith

Standing with Serra

T.O. priest lends his knowledge to TV series about founder of California missions

During an uprising at the San Diego de Alcala Mission in 1775, Junipero Serra stood between hundreds of rioting Native Americans who burned mission buildings, killing a priest, and the soldiers who wanted to punish them. More...

United Way campaign intends to provide ‘Help Beyond the Holidays’

United Way of Ventura County will host the inaugural “Help Beyond the Holidays” campaign to help families in need with basic essentials from Mon., Dec. 9 through Fri., Dec. 20. More...

Briefs

Series will look at faith versus science The Conejo Jewish Academy will offer a two-part series titled “Permission to Doubt,” an open dialogue on faith, skepticism, Bible authorship and science, at 8 p.m. on Mon., Dec. More...

Letters

Fruits, veggies a better choice

Another side of Ahmanson Ranch The orgy of self-congratulation over the demise of the Ahmanson Ranch project compels me to make a few observations. More...

FOR THE RECORD

Ventura County Democratic Party chair David Atkins was misquoted in last week’s article about Jeff Gorell’s candidacy for the 26th Congressional District. More...

Editorials

Ready, set, shop

Pardon us if we haven’t fully embraced this year’s holiday shopping season. The changes being foisted upon us seem dubious. Where does it all end?  More...

Political Cartoon

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Wastewater, water rate hikes proposed

Thousand Oaks residents who purchase their water from the City of Thousand Oaks are facing a double water whammy.  Those customers may see their water bills go up about $6 a month and their wastewater bills increase $1.40 a month for the next tw More...

Final RDA ruling: no money for auto mall

City learns fate of remaining redevelopment agency dollars

A two-year tug of war between the state and the City of Thousand Oaks over who should control millions in former redevelopment agency proceeds has ended in a draw.  More...

Local wineries make their mark

It didn’t happen overnight. More...

Community

City, park district purchase 7 parcels for preservation

Furthering its goal of establishing a complete ring of open space around the city, the City of Thousand Oaks will spend $197,000 to acquire seven properties spanning 4 acres just south of the Civic Arts Plaza.  The City Council approved the priv More...

Gorell exit opens door in 44th

Two show interest in running for Assembly seat

Two people expressed interest in running for the 44th State Assembly District after Assemblymember Jeff Gorell (R-Camarillo) announced last week that he will run for the 26th Congressional District against U.S. Rep. More...

Fire department officials warn of threat of flooding

Areas hit by Springs fire susceptible

The Ventura County Fire Department is warning residents that, despite the area’s drought conditions, everyone needs to prepare for flooding when storms arrive. More...

On the Town

Nanny turned pop star plays holiday hits

Singer/songwriter and “American Idol” finalist Brooke White will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wed., Dec. 18 at the Scherr Forum Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd.  More...

Singer to perform vintage movie tunes

California Lutheran University will host a free concert featuring singer Laurie Rubin from 2 to 4 p.m. Sat., Dec. 14 in the William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art, 60 W. More...

Bee documentary creating a big buzz

Discussion with expert after screening

A documentary film that explores the mysterious collapse of honeybee colonies around the world, “Queen of the Sun: What Are Bees Telling Us?,” will be screened at a community forum at 7:30 p.m. Fri., Dec. More...

Sports

Newbury Park ready to defend league title

High school girls’ basketball teams in the Marmonte League reached new heights in 2012-13.  Newbury Park went 14-0 in league action. Agoura captured a CIF-Southern Section championship, and Calabasas advanced to a section finale.  More...

Warriors make another memorable run at state

Westlake boys’ cross country team snags second place at state meet; La Reina girls savor 11th trip to Fresno

This was a state meet to remember. Local high school runners and teams made indelible impressions at the CIF State Cross Country Championships at Fresno last weekend. More...

Business

A taste of Paris on High Street

WLV native opens caramel-making business in nearby Moorpark

The Rue de Turenne is a street that lies in the heart of Paris.  The narrow roadway runs through a historic district known as “The Marsh,” famous for its historic architecture, art galleries and boutiques lining the right bank of the More...

Hollywood Storage shows heart this holiday season

For the fourth consecutive year, Joseph Becker of Hollywood Storage and Bill Formanek, executive director of The Children Come First Inc., will collect and distribute gifts for children in the Ventura County Foster Care System.  New, unwrapped g More...

Eye On Local Area Stocks

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Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park Nov. 21 A residential burglary was reported in the 200 block of Poplar Crest Avenue. Grand theft from a vehicle was reported in the 300 block of N. Castilian Court. More...

Family

Lighting up the night

Couple’s popular light show will have special twist

Ed and Valerie Higgins are taking their annual holiday light show to a whole new level of giving this year.  The husband and wife, who draw hundreds of visitors to their home every December with their stunning display of dancing lights and holid More...

Brownies delight in good deeds

Troop organizes drives to feed seniors

GENERATIONS MINGLE—The members of Brownie Troop No. 60923 visit seniors at the Florence Janss Apartments on Nov. More...

Working with tools from the past

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Columns

Life in the Single Lane

Sex and the city   I’ve never really understood how the show “Sex and the City” got its name.  Frankly, I don’t see what a metropolis has to do with sex, except perhaps to provide a frenetic, colorful backdrop for th More...

The OTHER Side of 50

Turkey basters: an endangered species   This November, for the first time in 25 years, my husband and I traveled back east for Thanksgiving.  More...