December 19, 2013 RSS feed / Front Page

Convicted driver, 20, to be sentenced Monday

Alex Pope facing up to 11 years for causing death of Nick Cwayna

A 20-year-old Newbury Park man convicted of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and DUI causing injury will learn his fate Monday when he is sentenced in Ventura County Superior Court.  More...

Shutting down shop: City Hall closing for a week

Persons looking to get face time at Thousand Oaks City Hall will be out of luck between Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.  City offices will close at 1 p.m. Tues., Dec. 24 and won’t reopen until 7:30 a.m. on Thurs., Jan. 2.  More...

Health & Wellness

Utilize Medicare’s preventive screenings

You may have heard about “preventive health care.” What does that mean?  At its most basic, preventive health care means living a healthy lifestyle. Eat a balanced diet. Exercise regularly. Maintain a healthy weight. More...

Take care when using ATMs

The Thousand Oaks Police Department offers these safety tips when using an ATM this holiday season.  Visit ATMs only at welllighted and populated locations. More...

Eyecare group adds practice

Miramar Eye Specialists Medical, a regional ophthalmology group since 1983, recently announced the newest addition to its practice, the Lynn Eye Medical Group in Thousand Oaks. More...

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THURS., DEC. 19  Conejo Valley Bonsai Society  7:30 p.m. at Westlake Village Community Center, 31200 Oak Crest Drive. Club’s annual holiday potluck. Phone: 805.373.1330.  FRI., DEC. 20   More...

Schools

CVUSD bolsters tech staff to prepare itself for testing under Common Core

The Conejo Valley Unified School District is gearing up for the first round of computer-based assessment testing this spring under Common Core and will add a new position to its technology services department as a result.  More...

Chumash descendant paints tiles for open house

Sarafina Julian, a junior at Oaks Christian High School who is of Chumash descent, will paint tiles with pictograph designs for those individuals who purchased a tile at the Chumash Indian Museum.  The tiles will be integrated into a tomol exhib More...

Briefs

Locals graduate from CLU   The following local residents graduated from California Lutheran University in August. More...

Business

Entrepreneurship institute aimed at veterans

California Lutheran University will launch its Veterans Entrepreneurship Institute in January by offering 10 three-hour Saturday workshops for military veterans.  Nelson Pizarro, an assistant professor of entrepreneurship in CLU’s School o More...

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Pets

Marine bird barely escapes battle with plastic bag at Malibu beach

Reminder that litter can turn deadly for animals

A male royal tern was rescued at Malibu’s Westward Beach Dec. More...

Pet of the week

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS—Hazel is a female white and gray domestic shorthair mix about 9 months old. She gets along with other cats, but does not do well with other animals. More...

Family

Wrapped with love

Newbury Park teen donates 150 blankets to L.A. mission

Talia Johnson is sharing warmth this holiday season.  The 14-year-old Newbury Park girl has been working tirelessly since October to collect blankets for the Fred Jordan Mission, which primarily serves those living on the streets in downtown L.A More...

Ugly sweaters in style at T.O. Teen Center

GOOAAALLL!—Valerie Radford, 12, left, and Danielle Huchingson, 13, react after Radford scored a point while playing table soccer during the Ugly Sweater Party at the Thousand Oaks Teen Center o More...

Guild sponsors oil painting demo

The Westlake Village Art Guild will present an oil painting demonstration by Vadim Zanginian, art instructor at the Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art, at a dinner meeting on Tues., Jan. 7 at Los Robles Greens’ West Ballroom, 299 S. More...

Columns

Ask the Arborist

Storm’s a-brewin’  The Super Bowl, professional football’s biggest day, is Feb. 2 in New Jersey’s Metlife Stadium, the first time ever it will be played inside an open-air stadium in a cold weather environment. More...

Eye on the Conejo

Merry Christmas!  I’ve been in the holiday spirit more than ever this year.  It’s easy. More...

On the Trail

Pencil in Circle X

There is a distinct transition from Little Sycamore Canyon Road in a far-flung corner of Los Angeles County to Yerba Buena Road in Ventura County. More...

Defendants plead guilty to T.O. bank robberies

Men convicted of robbing Citibank branch not once, but twice

The two remaining defendants in a local robbery case involving a Thousand Oaks Citibank branch pleaded guilty to felony charges Thursday, according to Ventura County Superior Court records. More...

Suspected Taco Bell robbers taken into custody

Tips from the public led to arrests, police say

Just one day after surveillance camera images were released to the public, two arrests have been made in connection with the armed robbery of two Taco Bell restaurants in Thousand Oaks this month, police announced Friday. More...

Not an easy fix

County undertaking arduous task of asking property owners to pay up for sidewalk fixes

Hundreds of homeowners in unincorporated parts of Ventura County will soon receive letters in the mail asking them to pay for sidewalk repairs. More...

Charities file suit over mishandled funds

A lawsuit is pending in Ventura County Superior Court this week against a Moorpark man accused of stealing about $2,400 in proceeds from a benefit for two Thousand Oaks-based charities that aim to help sick children. More...

Community

Cops make 4 DUI arrests during checkpoint

Four people were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol during DUI/driver’s license checkpoints at two locations in the city Saturday night.  The checkpoint was initially set up for westbound traffic on Hillcrest Drive, west o More...

FOR THE RECORD

Thousand Oaks resident Brandon Sideleau, who was featured in an article last week about his efforts to track crocodile attacks around the globe, graduated from Westlake High School in 2001, not 2011. More...

State treasurer advocates for teacher pension reform during T.O. talk

The California teachers’ pension system is headed for default unless a fix can be found, state Treasurer Bill Lockyer told a small gathering in Thousand Oaks last week.  More...

On the Town

A big bad New Year’s blowout

Ventura natives perform Dec. 31 in Thousand Oaks

Residents can celebrate the New Year to the tunes of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy at 8 p.m. Tues., Dec. 31 at the Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd. More...

The Movie Nut

’Tis the season when studios, knowing that Academy Award nominations are about a month away, release some of their better movies—direction is more disciplined and characters are more fully written and more sharply played.  More...

Agoura Hills teen touches piece of rock ‘n’ roll history

Guitar Center lets student grasp Clapton’s legendary ‘Blackie’

Agoura High School student Jeremy Elder recently channeled his inner Eric Clapton.  The talented 14-year-old actor and guitar player performed in the musical “Godspell,” which wrapped up Dec. More...

Sports

All tangled up

No weak high school boys’ soccer teams reside in the rugged Marmonte League.  “Every team in the league is tough,” Royal head coach Ignacio Saldain said. “There isn’t a team you can beat up on. More...

Lion is a lady

Amanda Longan is standout captain and goalie for the Oaks Christian girls’ water polo team

Amanda Longan is the Oaks Christian High girls’ water polo team’s kind-hearted captain.  Longan, a junior goalie, has organized many sleepovers and dinners in her two seasons as team captain.  She’s energetic and friendly. More...

Oaks Christian assistant Clausen will guide Coyotes football team

The Coyotes have made a big splash.  Calabasas High has hired Casey Clausen to lead the football team.  An Oaks Christian assistant coach for the past six seasons, Clausen, 32, replaces head coach Christian Pierce, who went 3-27 in three se More...

Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park  Dec. 5 A woman, 21, was arrested in the 600 block of Rancho Conejo Boulevard for possession of controlled substances, being under the influence of drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.   More...

Faith

Local Christians celebrate Las Posadas tradition

Celebrated in Spain and Mexico, T.O. parishioners embrace Jesus’ journey in a whole new way

About 2,000 years ago, Mary and Joseph searched for lodging in Bethlehem, where Mary could give birth to Jesus.  According to a Biblical account, the couple had traveled more than 90 miles from their home in Nazareth to Joseph’s hometown o More...

Teens lend a hand to FOOD Share

TEAMWORK—Alianna De Castro, Nadav Harari, Aaron Goldberg, Sophia Gaynes and Liora Bregman from the Sherut L’Olam Teen Leadership Corps of Malibu’s Shalom Institute sort canned goods More...

Bad Santa: Was St. Nick ill-tempered?

Although St. More...

Letters

Sharing an important lesson

I was very inspired by the Acorn’s Nov. More...

Put ACA to a vote of the people

A question for the Republican Party: If you could earn the gratitude of a nation by lifting a great burden off the shoulders of millions and cutting the deficit in half, bringing certainty back to business, restoring the 40-hour work week, lowering h More...

Headed in the wrong direction

I would like to weigh in on the discussion about Obamacare.  Just like Peggy Burns, I believe in taking care of my own health care and do not need big government telling me what to do.  More...

Editorials

Holiday message good year-round

The lights are up, the stockings are hung, the trees are decorated and the stores are abuzz with shoppers seeking that perfect gift.  It’s almost Christmas.  More...

Political Cartoon

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