March 13, 2014 RSS feed / Front Page

Bubbles on the brain

FEELING SOAPY—Threeyear old Ethan Bergman, in town from Los Angeles, looks at himself in the mirror after the “Amazing Bubbleman” put bubbles on his head during a science event for More...

Health & Wellness

Local seniors help their own

Group is forming nonprofit to benefit senior community

Joe Naso said the last 76 years of his life have been good.  The Simi Valley resident served in the military and raised five children. More...

MATES golf classic includes auction, lunch

Players are needed for the MATES Community Network St. Paddy’s Day Golf Classic, which will kick off with a shotgun start and bagpipes at 8 a.m. Sun., March 16 at Los Robles Greens Golf Course, 299 S. More...

Laughter, the best medicine

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On the Town

Program brings art to parking structure

To some, the Civic Arts Plaza’s parking structure is nothing more than a place to put cars. To others, it may be a great gateway to local government, music and theater.  But for others it’s a massive blank canvas.  More...

Gilbert & Sullivan Repertoire players shine in seaworthy production

From the rocky seashore of Cornwall, England, the most lovable, gullible buccaneers in theater (with apologies to Captain Hook) take to the seas again at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts’ Theatre on the Hill in Gilbert & Sullivan’s c More...

Sharks, Jets renew rivalry in T.O.

‘West Side Story’ opened six-day run this week

Theater League’s national tour of “West Side Story” began a week’s worth of performances Tuesday at the Civic Arts Plaza, and all signs have pointed to its being worthy of rave reviews from across the country. More...

Sports

Seventh heaven to eighth title

Oaks Christian girls’ soccer team snags eighth CIF championship

Winning never gets old.  Oaks Christian High’s girls’ soccer team won its eighth CIFSouthern Section championship on March 8 by defeating St. Joseph 2-0 in the Division 3 finale at Warren High.  More...

Second city blues

Westlake boys’ basketball squad falls in CIF finals for second straight year

The Westlake High boys’ basketball team couldn’t get comfortable under the bright lights of the Honda Center in Anaheim.  Canyon of Anaheim, playing eight miles from campus, rattled the Warriors.  More...

JSerra subdues Oaks Christian

The end was inevitable, but it still hurt for Duncan Miller.  A senior for the Oaks Christian High boys’ basketball team, Miller fouled out with six minutes, 25 seconds remaining in the Lions’ 83-62 loss to JSerra in the CIF-Southern More...

Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park  Feb. 12 A 27-year-old man was arrested for burglary in the 2000 block of Teller Road.  Feb. 27 Items were reported stolen from a vehicle in the 400 block of Whitegate Street.   More...

Family

Foundation, sandwich shops unite to help families in need

For the second year in a row, the Talbert Family Foundation has been designated as a local charity partner in Jersey Mike’s Subs’ Month of Giving in March.  Proceeds from the fundraiser will allow foundation owners Lloyd and Julie Ta More...

Saluting our Scouts

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Beautiful Bubbles

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Columns

On the Trail

Lessons from the seafaring tiger

After watching director Ang Lee’s visually stunning screen version of “Life of Pi” for the nth time, I still find it hard to accept that the Bengal tiger named Richard Parker is a computer-generated phantom.  The tiger is portr More...

Flying Squirrel

Rest assured if you’re insured

If you’ve seen the national weather news, you know this winter has been tough on much of the country. When winter unleashes that kind of fury, travel plans are often disrupted. Flights are delayed and canceled. More...

Life in the Single Lane

Age before beauty?   I like little old men; I have for a very long time.  If I had to take a guess, my infatuation probably began when I was about 11 years old. It was then that I met both of my grandfathers for the first time.  More...

Deputy injured in crash at intersection

Accident happened this morning at intersection of Moorpark, Olsen roads

A Ventura County Sheriff's deputy is recovering at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center after a multi-vehicle crash Tuesday morning in Thousand Oaks. More...

Latest Caltrans lane closure frustrates drivers

Traffic piled up again this week after Caltrans closed a lane connecting the 101 Freeway to the northbound 23 with no signs alerting drivers to the change. More...

Statements shed light on incident that led to suspension

Contis maintain it was district that erred, not them

The security guard called upon by Larry Conti the night he and son Dominic confronted a football player at the Westlake High School homecoming game last October said in a statement after the incident that the elder Conti “grabbed the juvenile&r More...

Apartment boom driving TOBA request

Mixed-use development—long discussed but never yet realized—could become a reality on Thousand Oaks Boulevard in the near future amid growing interest from developers to build residential units on the thoroughfare. More...

Community

Amgen sheds more staff

Thousand Oaks-based biotech company Amgen Inc.—Ventura County’s largest private-sector employer—is cutting jobs at its headquarters again. More...

Briefs

Tax collector to open new office More...

Foy Jr. sentenced to 6 years, no parole

Peter Charles Foy Jr., the son of Ventura County Supervisor Peter Foy, has been sentenced to six years in state prison with no opportunity for parole.  Peter Foy Jr., 35, pleaded guilty Feb. More...

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THURS., MARCH 13  Woodland Hills Republican Women   More...

Schools

WHS seniors give a crash course in Shakespeare

Comedy draws laughs, funds for free clinic

A trio of local teens is taking “comic relief” seriously.  The Westlake High School students are donating the proceeds from their recent production to help Thousand Oaksbased Westminster Free Clinic provide medical assistance to peop More...

Redwood students awarded for creative thinking

A five-student team from Redwood Middle School was awarded the Ranatra Fusca Award for Outstanding Creativity at the regional competition of Odyssey of the Mind on March 1 at San Marino High School.  The Redwood team also qualified separately to More...

NPHS dance has Grand performance

Squad wins big at WCE championship

The Newbury Park High School dance team won the 2014 State Grand Champions title on March 8 at the West Coast Elite State Dance Championships in Corona, Calif.  The team competed in six categories and earned first place in intermediate dance, in More...

Business

Some retailers still feeling the pinch in post-recession years

Mid-level retailers—storefronts not offering “rock-bottom prices” or dealing in high-end luxury merchandise—are still struggling to get a foothold in the years after the recession, according to Rick Lemmo, senior vice presiden More...

EYE ON LOCAL AREA STOCKS

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Pets

Social media a savior for lost pup

The power of social media recently helped a small gray dog named Gizmo find his way home.  On Feb. More...

Pet of the week

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Faith

Buddhist Center opens doors to community

The Tushita Kadampa Buddhist Center will celebrate its third anniversary with an open house on Sat., March 15 at the Water Court in Westlake Village, Ste. More...

Temple Aliyah to host Purim carnival

Temple Aliyah will present the following Purim festivities at 6025 Valley Circle Blvd., Woodland Hills.  Young family Purim service and costume parade at 5:15 p.m. More...

Briefs

Megillah readings part of celebration More...

Letters

Community helps in disaster

On Feb. 5, our family’s house caught fire. It was a devastating experience. We lost everything in a matter of minutes.  In two years living on Shady Brook Drive, we barely talked to our neighbors. More...

Canyon corridor a ‘priceless jewel’

I was so pleased to see the front-page story on March 6 regarding the beginnings of a plan to create a bridge for wildlife across the 101 Freeway at Liberty Canyon.  The corridor that runs through Liberty Canyon, under the 101 and into Chesebro More...

Spend funds on people, not lions

It’s disturbing to realize that environmentalists and local officials are serious about a nonsensical $10-million wildlife corridor across the 101 Freeway to allow a handful of welcomed mountain lions to cross the road (as of tonight, the Depar More...

Editorials

Get it together, Caltrans

The expansion of the 101-23 freeway interchange in Thousand Oaks already has drivers seeing red—brake lights, that is.  More...