March 6, 2014 RSS feed / Front Page

He's no ordinary lawman

Q&A with new T.O. Police Chief Cmdr. Tim Hagel

Newly appointed Thousand Oaks Police Chief Tim Hagel has explored the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, traveling as far as the polar ice cap. More...

TOBA asks to increase boulevard housing capacity

Group wants city to permit an additional 400 residential units

A group of property and business owners along Thousand Oaks Boulevard, led by commercial developer Rick Principe, is petitioning the city to allow more apartments to be built in the downtown corridor, a change they believe will clear the way for mixe More...

Health & Wellness

Pros, cons of signing on for Medicare benefits at age 65

So you’re turning 65. Congratulations. It’s time to start taking advantage of your Medicare benefits. And just how do you do that?  First, here’s a quick overview of the benefits:  Medicare has four parts: A through D. More...

Resolve to dissolve issues with new group

RTD-Resolve to Dissolve Everything that Doesn’t Support Your Highest Good is a new group meeting from 7 to 9 p.m. Mon., March 10 at the the Center for Spiritual Living-Simi Valley, 1756 Erringer Road, Ste. 100.  The Rev. More...

Briefs

Cancer website unveils redesign More...

Calendar

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THURS., MARCH 6  Conejo Valley Woodworkers Assoc.  7 to 9 p.m. at Redwood Middle School, 233 W. Gainsborough Road, Thousand Oaks. Demonstrations and use of woodworking tools and machinery. For ages 18 and up. Contact: Tom Denton. More...

Schools

GSA club sponsoring St. Patrick’s Day dance

Event seeks to bring together students from area high schools

For the first time in its 10-year history, the Newbury Park Gay-Straight Alliance, in conjunction with GSAs from Thousand Oaks High School, Agoura High School and members and allies from several other local area high schools, is sponsoring a dance. More...

Homework assistance program gets big boost

The Calabasas-based Dr. More...

CLU receives estate gift for scholarships

California Lutheran University has received its largest donation for scholarships ever, a $4.67-million estate gift from John R. More...

Business

Twenty Oaks development underway

The New Home Company has begun construction on 25 acres of land on a site overlooking Thousand Oaks, where it will build a gated enclave of 20 spacious single-family homes. More...

BUSINESS BITS

Middle East cuisine A Lebanese restaurant, Mama’s Hummus, opened at the Conejo Gateway Plaza at 779 N. Wendy Drive in Newbury Park.   More...

Sharpshair leads eWomen Network

Carrie Sharpshair was appointed managing director of the newly established Calabasas chapter of eWomenNetwork. More...

Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park  Feb. 17 A 33- year- old woman was cited for using someone else’s credit card without permission in the 400 block of S. Reino Road.   More...

Faith

Tradition of ashes ushers in Lent

For Christians everywhere, Ash Wednesday ushers in the Lenten season that leads up to the holiest day of the year—Easter. Christ’s resurrection on Easter signals redemption for all.  Ash Wednesday was yesterday.  More...

Group will ‘Say It With Flowers’

The Thousand Oaks Christian Women’s Connection will have a luncheon, “Say It With Flowers,” from 11:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wed., March 12 at Los Robles Greens Golf Course, 299 S. More...

Jewish community would like to see more inclusive programs

Children with special needs should be included in worship services

The Jewish community is coming together to support families with special needs.  In addition to programs offered at local schools and in the community, children with disabilities should be included in activities at their houses of worship, said More...

Family

Audience members turn wedding guest

Comedy pokes fun at Jewish matrimony

If you had a choice of attending one of two weddings, would you pick elegant, traditional nuptials followed by the perfect reception or would you prefer a rollicking family affair that reflects the quirky characteristics of the guests? More...

Squirrel of the Month

VITAMIN C—Lynne Bean captured this furry fellow enjoying a meal of oranges in her backyard in the Wildwood neighborhood of Thousand Oaks. More...

Wet weather warmly welcomed

STORMY DAY—A break in the showers allows a light mist to form in Hidden Valley last Friday. More...

Editorials

Why the rush to change?

The Thousand Oaks Boulevard Association is back in the news this week with a request to drastically alter the city’s General Plan to allow more apartments in the downtown corridor. More...

FOR THE RECORD

A headline in last week’s Thousand Oaks Acorn was incorrect. The report on the Calabasas highway collision that killed cyclist Milton Olin Jr. has not yet been submitted to the district attorney’s office for review. Olin was killed Dec. More...

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Traffic relief: Caltrans to restore 101-23 connector to two lanes

Pressure from City Hall convinces transportation department, contractor to change work plans

A five-day traffic nightmare for commuters using the 23 Freeway between Thousand Oaks, Moorpark and Simi Valley is coming to an end. More...

101-23 related lane closure snarling traffic in T.O.

Closure could be in place through the end of the year

The sudden reduction of two lanes down to one on the southbound 23 Freeway as it segues onto the southbound 101 interchange, snarling traffic between Thousand Oaks and Moorpark, will stay in place through the end of the year, officials said today. More...

City seeking army of volunteers for Amgen race

Preparations for the arrival of the Amgen Tour of California have begun in earnest in Thousand Oaks, which on May 18 will host the final stage of the professional cycling race for the fourth time in the event’s nine-year history.  But this More...

Community

New face enters 44th fray

Candidate, 26, steps forward with days to spare

Small-business owner Mario de la Piedra, the third Republican candidate to join the race to represent the 44th Assembly District, says his goal in seeking office is to help Ventura County businesses.  More...

T.O., Qingdao make it official

More than 50 doves circled in the air above a ceremony celebrating a three-day visit of four delegates to Thousand Oaks from its sister city in China.  Thousand Oaks Mayor Andy Fox and Shibei District, Qingdao Mayor Jie Zhang each released a dov More...

Night of crime lands man, wife in prison

T.O. couple convicted of robbing three women at gunpoint in December

A man who, together with his wife, robbed three women in Agoura Hills and Westlake Village in December will spend eight years in state prison for his crimes.  Ryan Mendoza, 28, of Thousand Oaks was sentenced Feb. More...

On the Town

‘Pirates of Penzance’ sets sail

The Ventura County Gilbert and Sullivan Repertoire Company will present “The Pirates of Penzance” from March 7 through 30 at Theatre on the Hill, Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. More...

Flute concert features works of French composers

Organist Dr. John Weaver and his wife, flutist Mariane Weaver, will present a concert, “Let’s go to Paris,” at 4 p.m. Sun., March 16 at Ascension Lutheran Church, 1600 E. More...

CLU symphony, choir join forces for special show

Concert is tomorrow night at university

The California Lutheran University symphony and choir will perform works by Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn at 7:30 p.m. Fri., March 7 in Samuelson Chapel at 165 Chapel Lane south of Olsen Road near Campus Drive on the Thousand Oaks campus.  More...

Sports

Warriors keep dancing

Boys’ basketball team will play Canyon of Anaheim for Division 2AA championship

The Westlake High boys’ basketball team took a different road to the CIF-Southern Section championship game this March.  Westlake’s explosive, uptempo offense last season took the squad to the section finals. More...

Fight for great eight

Oaks Christian girls’ soccer squad wants to snare eighth CIF title in school history

The sky is blue, Hercules is strong, and the Oaks Christian High girls’ soccer team will play for a CIF-Southern Section championship.  So, what else is new?  The Lions, who have won seven section championships in school history, will More...

Hoop dreams

Oaks Christian boys’ basketball team in CIFfinals

A.J. More...

Pets

Turkey vultures deserve love too

When I was a child, a favorite game of the neighborhood kids was to lie on someone’s front lawn, in what we thought was a perfect dead man’s pose. What were we doing? More...

Pet of the week

BE MY BUDDY—Bowie is a male black and tan Lhasa apso/ schnauzer mix about 6 years old. His personality is catlike—he likes to approach people on his time. More...

County Animal Services enforcing dog licensing door to door

Ventura County Animal Services will be going door to door in neighborhoods in unincorporated Ventura County later this month, ensuring dogs have their rabies vaccinations and are licensed.  More...

Obituaries

Charles R. (Bob) Martin

93, passed away~on February 22, 2014 in Westlake Village, California, where he resided since 1971. Bob was born March 19, 1920, in Austin, Minnesota. More...

Joe Windsor

After a valiant fight, Joe Windsor, a resident of Simi Valley, passed away Friday, February 28th at Cedar Sinai Hospital. With his entire family by his side, he died from complications from a bone marrow transplant. More...

Letters

Two wrongs don’t make a right

I know I’m old-fashioned, and it appears I’m in the minority with regard to this Conti family melodrama, but when do two wrongs make a right?  I do not know all the facts, and if someone were to make insulting comments to my sister I More...

Bike lanes not being used

I drive up and down Lynn Road three weekdays a week at lunchtime and at close-of-business time.  Since the new bike lanes have been implemented I have to date seen two cyclists on the stretch of road between Gainsborough and Hillcrest Drive.&nbs More...

Wait times for left turn too long

Whoever is in charge of the flow of street traffic in the Thousand Oaks and Newbury Park areas should be fired.   What a nightmare.  I know how much T.O. loves their left-turn arrows, but give me a break.  More...

Columns

Ask The DMV

Q: Tax season is here. How do I determine the vehicle license fee portion of my annual vehicle registration fee? I’ve heard it can be deducted on my income tax.  More...

Eye on the Conejo

Successful food drive   The shelves at Manna, the Conejo Valley food bank, have been generously restocked, thanks to local residents and Boy Scouts.  I volunteered to help the food drive on a recent Saturday morning.  More...

Hot Flashes

Sweet Jean   Over the Activia display at Albertsons, we ran into each other.  More...