February 13, 2014 RSS feed / Front Page

Firm hired to review charge of misconduct against retiring chief

Questions surface about what commander did to trigger inquiry

Representatives from Thousand Oaks City Hall spoke out this week in support of soon-to-be retired Cmdr. Randy Pentis after a story surfaced in the Ventura County Star last Friday about an internal investigation into an alleged act of misconduct. More...

Local family loses everything in fire

Father coaches JV soccer at TO High

Esteban Piñeda Jr. returned home from school Feb. 5 to discover his family’s home on Shady Brook Drive engulfed in smoke. More...

Health & Wellness

Hospital to share life-saving technique

Free ‘handsonly’ CPR training offered Feb. 9

Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center will offer free hands-only CPR training to the community from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wed., Feb. 19 in the main lobby of Los Robles Hospital, 215 W. More...

New pet is the perfect medicine

Love takes many forms, and humans are fortunate in being able to express in poetry and song the depths of their affections.  In the past 10 weeks I have come to share my life with a kind and sensitive soul unable to verbalize his feelings on Val More...

Information is online—you just need to know where to find it

As 2014 is underway, I wanted to give you a quick overview of the Medicare information you can now get online. The website www.Medicare. gov has a wealth of information that you may find helpful. More...

Calendar

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FRI., FEB. 14  Moorpark Women’s Fortnightly Club   More...

Schools

Why La Reina High School decided to stay girls-only

To our friends and family in the Conejo Valley, this past year, La Reina High School commissioned a study, primarily to evaluate the school’s business operations and secondarily to assess enrollment models, including a co-institutional enrollme More...

High School Hi Lights

Newbury Park Panthers Fri., Feb. 14: Presidents Weekend no school through Mon., Feb. 17 Tues., Feb. 18: You Matter Week through Fri., Feb. 21 More...

Business

Now is the time to prepare for tax season

Wise taxpayers may want to take advantage of winter months indoors to prepare for tax filing season this spring. More...

EYE ON LOCAL AREA STOCKS

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Pets

Great Backyard Bird Count takes flight on Feb. 14

The 17th annual Great Backyard Bird Count will run from Fri. through Mon., Feb. 14 to 17.  Wild Birds Unlimited at 720 N. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks, a backyard bird feeding and nature specialty store, is a sponsor for the event.  More...

Pet of the week

LOOKING FOR A FRIEND— Pancakes is an altered orange domestic shorthaired tabby mix about 8 years old. He is a playful indoor cat who gets along with cats and dogs. More...

Faith

Teens meet for faith, fellowship

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Jew to share his story of conversion from Islam

The community is invited to hear Mark Halawa, who now goes by the Hebrew name Mordechai, about his journey from being a Muslim living in Kuwait to an observant Jew living in Jerusalem and studying at a Yeshiva (Jewish religious seminary) at 8 p.m. More...

Visiting professor will discuss ‘God’s Knowledge’

Linda Zagzebski will explore “God’s Knowledge and Ours” at the 27th Harold Stoner Lectures on Tues., Feb. 18 in Samuelson Chapel, 165 Chapel Lane, on the campus of California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks.  More...

Letters

In defense of Padre Serra

In response to the letter published in the Jan. 30 Acorn, I want to say that all Native Americans do not feel the same way as Mr. Valentin Lopez does.  More...

Change date of public hearing

A “Public Hearing” sign regarding the installation of a wireless antenna has been in public view near the tennis courts at Wildwood Park for several months, yet no hearing date was written on the sign at the time it was placed in public v More...

School board should reconsider

Shame on the CVUSD school board. At their Feb. 4 meeting, they not only made a bad decision, they made a mockery of our representative system in doing so.  More...

Editorials

Matter of right and wrong

For an organization that abhors bad publicity, Conejo Valley Unified School District is getting all it can handle this week courtesy of one ex-senior class president and his parents.  More...

Political Cartoon

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Hard time: Bank robbers sentenced to 12 years in prison

Two men robbed Citibank branch twice last summer

Two men convicted of twice robbing a Thousand Oaks Citibank branch last year have each been sentenced to 12 years in state prison. More...

‘I don’t regret protecting my sister’

Westlake senior class president suspended, stripped of title after confronting boy over alleged harassment

Dominic Conti was eager to take on his duties as senior class president when he began his final year at Westlake High School last August. More...

Investment scam lands T.O. man in federal prison

A Thousand Oaks man was sentenced this week to three years and five months in federal prison for his part in a fraudulent investment scheme that cost dozens of investors more than $10 million. More...

Fight over pension initiative heats up early

Union members turn out to encourage residents not to sign

More than 50 opponents of a proposed pension reform measure that would affect employees of Ventura County showed up at Home Depots in Simi Valley, Newbury Park and Camarillo over the weekend to dissuade individuals from signing a petition supporting More...

Community

Lane closures signal start of 101/23 work

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GOP hopeful latest to leave race

Field down to 3

Another candidate has left the race to represent the 44th Assembly District as competition builds ahead of the primary this summer—and he’ll be managing the campaign of his former rival.  More...

County to rule on request to keep tigers on property

Malibu home is within 10 miles of Newbury Park

The Ventura County Planning Commission will decide today whether to allow an animal trainer to keep tigers used in films and television on a property in unincorporated Ventura County, south of Newbury Park. More...

On the Town

Fine dining finds a place at the Table

The Local Table opens its doors Dos Vientos

There’s a new place serving “California cuisine” in Newbury Park. More...

Americana concert offers musical mix

Singer/songwriter to perform in Newbury Park

Musician Merlin Snider and Pretty Good Acquaintances will present the Between Two Saints (Valentine and Patrick) concert of Americana music at 7:30 p.m. More...

Exhibit offers images that resonate

“Resonating Images III,” the third in a series of exhibits of representational art from 1900 until today, opens Thurs., Feb. More...

Sports

La Reina’s super senior

Brooke Tarver is wrapping up her prep career with memorableflourish

Brooke Tarver stood alone on Senior Night, but she was surrounded by family.  La Reina High’s basketball team honored Tarver, the squad’s only senior, on Tuesday night at home against Fillmore.  More...

Oaks Christian honors student-athletes

Oaks Christian High honored its student-athletes who signed national letters of intent to participate in college sports during a ceremony last week.  More...

Lancers run the court

Thousand Oaks boys’ basketball team trounces Simi Valley

The Lancers are a proud program.  Thousand Oaks High’s boys’ basketball team has fielded perennial winners in Ventura County for many years.  It’s no surprise when the Lancers handily beat a Marmonte League opponent. More...

Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park Jan. 5 A car was stolen from in front of a house in the 3500 block of Frankie Drive. Jan. 28 During a traffic stop at Newbury and E. Kelley roads, a 59-year-old woman was arrested for resisting or delaying a police officer. More...

Family

Kids can learn to swim at Conejo Y

Classes begin this month

Parents who want their children to be ready for summer swim activities can sign up their kids for winter/spring swim lessons at the Conejo Valley YMCA, 4031 N. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks.  The seven-week session runs from the week of Feb. More...

TOHS to host shred event

Thousand Oaks High School PTSA will host a document shredding fundraiser from 8 to 11 am. Sat, Feb. 22 at the school, 2323 N. Moorpark Road.  The cost is $10 per file box or its equivalent. More...

Parenting seminar offered at B&G Club

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley will present a free parenting seminar titled “Escaping Chaos” from 6 to 7 p.m. Tues., Feb. More...

Columns

Flying Squirrel

It’s cold and flu season. If your house is like mine, you might know someone who’s recently been laid low by a nasty bug or two.  So far—knock on wood— I’ve managed to miss the germs going around. More...

Life in the Single Lane

‘Bee My Valentine?’   More...

The OTHER Side of 50

What turns us into caregivers?   For Mary, it was when she began taking her dad to doctor visits. For Janice, it was when she began helping her mom in the bathroom.  More...