May 1, 2014 RSS feed / Front Page

Bowling alley backers hard to pin down

Plans for a recreation center with a bowling alley and indoor skateboarding area at the Janss Marketplace could be finalized by the summer.  More...

High-flying fun

GIGGLES—Sheridan Stone, 5, of Calabasas soars on the bungee jump during the Rotary Club of Thousand Oaks’ annual chili cook-off on April 27 at Conejo Creek Park. More...

Health & Wellness

Pavley pushing bill to put heroin antidote in hands of first responders

Naloxone can reverse overdoses

The California Senate Health Committee voted 5-0 recently to approve a bill by state Sen. Fran Pavley (D-Calabasas) that would put a life-saving antidote into the hands of first responders to prevent drug overdose deaths. More...

Cancer Support Community fielding team for breast cancer walk

The Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara invites local families to join its team for the Revlon Run/ Walk for Women in Los Angeles on Sat., May 10. CSCVVSB will provide round-trip bus transportation from Westlake Village. More...

Connecting

My kind of hero   “I just need some tips on stress management,” he told me. “I’m not at the top of my game and I need to be.”  More...

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THURS., MAY 1  Senior Citizen Art Show   More...

Schools

Conejo Valley students shine at choral fest

The Conejo Valley Unified School District presented its 10th Annual All District Chorus Festival last week at the Fred Kavli Theatre, part of a nine-day event focusing on the arts in the public school system.  More...

B&G Club members do some gardening

FLOWER POWER—Members of the Redwood Boys & Girls Club in Thousand Oaks had fun planting flowers while learning all about what makes a garden grow during afield trip to DIY Home Center in Th More...

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Business

Oaks mall touts new solar panels

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Office condos proposed for former city property on Conejo Center Drive

A developer says he plans to build industrial buildings and office condominiums on a nearly 8-acre property purchased from the City of Thousand Oaks in March.  Conejo Merchant Ltd. More...

Ventura lawfirm expands into Westlake Village

Ventura-based Ferguson Case Orr Paterson LLP has opened an office in Westlake Village to accommodate its expanded roster of attorneys and to serve clients in the Conejo Valley, Simi Valley, Moorpark, San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles.  Four at More...

Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park April 7 A woman, 28, was arrested for inflicting corporal injury on a spouse or cohabitant in the 1800 block of W. Hillcrest Drive. More...

Faith

Newbury Park parish prepares home for a trip to Mexico

Volunteers to pre-build house destined for needy family

Members of Monte Vista Presbyterian Church in Newbury Park will build their third Hands of Mercy House on Sat., May 10.  The house will be prefabricated in the church parking lot and placed on a trailer.  A group will then accompany the hou More...

Briefs

Temple hosts open house on Hillcrest More...

Church needs help sorting dresses bound for Ethiopia

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has made 350 dresses for a school in rural Ethiopia and needs volunteers to sort, size and prepare the dresses for shipment this month from 9 a.m. More...

Family

Artist to paint to music at youth festival

Event is May 10 at Janss Marketplace

Gregory Adamson, an artist known for his fast-paced painting to music, will create two original works of art at the Janss Marketplace Youth Festival of Arts from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. More...

Host families needed

Choice Plus, a nonprofit organization, is looking for local families to host boys and girls ages 15 to 18 from a variety of countries, including Germany, Portugal, Spain, Italy and China. More...

Saluting our Scouts

A Court of Honor was held March 22 at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church in Thousand Oaks to honor Sean Sarkis Walters of Boy Scout Troop 787, who earned the rank of Eagle Scout on Dec. 19.  More...

Editorials

Now leaving pension station

Buckle up, Ventura County. Stoked by the signatures of more than 40,000 voters, pension reform is a speeding locomotive headed straight for the November election. More...

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FOR THE RECORD

Last week’s article regarding Regency Centers’ appearance before the Thousand Oaks City Council included an error. Councilmember Al Adam thanked the audience for coming and requested that they return for the May 13 hearing on the matter. More...

Teen killed walking on 101 Freeway in Thousand Oaks

17-year-old L.A. resident pronounced dead at the scene Friday night

A 17-year-old from Los Angeles was killed Friday night when he was struck by a car on the 101 Freeway in Thousand Oaks. More...

Regency will alter plans due to outcry

More trees will be preserved

In light of the public disapproval over the legal felling of protected oaks at Westlake Plaza, the owner of the shopping center has agreed to make changes to a $25-million renovation plan in order to preserve more trees.  More...

Forecast: Sunny with a chance of recession

Politicians see it one way, but not all economists agree.  City leaders from Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village and Agoura Hills appeared last week at an economic forecast hosted by the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce and spoke in mostly More...

Community

CRPD meetings to gauge support for creating off-leash zones

District wants to section off parts of existing parks for dogs

A series of meetings will be held this month to gauge public sentiment for a park district plan to section off parts of existing public parks to create off-leash zones for dogs. More...

Westlake coach facing 4 felonies

A Westlake High School junior varsity basketball and softball coach pleaded not guilty April 24 to all charges related to his alleged sexual contact with a 15-year-old female student athlete over spring break.  More...

Young families being priced out of the Conejo Valley, experts say

The Conejo Valley real estate market may be improving, but it’s becoming increasingly diffi cult for middle-class families to own or even rent in the area, according to experts at a housing forum last week. More...

On the Town

Local tribute band still rockin’ 10 years later

Queen Nation marks milestone with Saturday concert at The Canyon

Queen Nation, a tribute to the band Queen, will perform at 8:30 p.m. Sat., May 3 at The Canyon club, 28912 Roadside Drive, Agoura Hills.  More...

Get in the right mood at wine, jazz fest

The band Ambrosia and other jazz and R&B musicians will headline the third annual California Jazz and Wine Festival from 1 to 4 p.m., Sun., May 18 at Conejo Creek Park North, 1379 E. More...

Activist musician to share unique brand of rock

Internationally renowned singer Johnny Clegg will perform at 7:30 p.m. Sat., May 10 at the Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Center, 2100 E. More...

Sports

Grizzled rookies

Five of top 10 starters are freshmen for deep, talented Westlake boys’ tennis team

The Warriors are good now.  Just imagine where they’ll be in the next few years.  More...

The mighty Lancer

Softball standout aids TOHS softball squad through transition year

Breana Valenzuela hides behind her bulky Beats by Dre red headphones on game day.  The Thousand Oaks High softball junior drifts into another world while listening to the latest country jam or Justin Timberlake chart-topper.  More...

Throwing strikes for baseball coach

REMEMBERING A PITCHING GURU—Thousand Oaks High baseball pitchers Jackson Simonsgaard, left, and Wyatt Birg open boxes of baseballs for guests to sign during an April 27 memorial for local coach More...

Pets

Genius or not, dog finds a way out of a dead-end hike

When any child in my grandmother’s care dared suggest she was a somewhat antiquated model, she would counter, “What do you know about anything? Who do you think you are, Einstein?” More...

Pet of the Week

STILL PLAYFUL—Hennesy is an altered male gray tabby domestic shorthair mix about 11 years old. He likes to play but should be in an adultonly home. He gets along with other cats and dogs. More...

Our own Jurassic Park

I happened to notice a rerun of “Jurassic Park” on TV the other day and chuckled to myself.  If I want to watch dinosaurs, all I have to do is step onto my patio.  I’m convinced our backyard near Suburbia Park in Thousand More...

Letters

Remember the D-Day troops

My wife and I just returned from a 10-day trip to France, highlighted by an extensive tour of the Normandy Landing beaches and the American cemetery there.  More...

McCloud wrong place for facility

As a resident of Oaknoll Villas senior community, I want to comment on your April 3 article about an assisted-living facility proposed for 250 McCloud Ave., right across the street from Oaknoll.  More...

Don’t plant trees by sidewalks

I read the “Ask the Arborist” column April 10 regarding the oakworm infestation in some of the oak trees, and that triggered a pet peeve I have: the planting of trees in the middle of sidewalks.  More...

Columns

Hot Flashes

Weenie Apple   It was Mom’s nickname given to her by her brothers: 81-pound Weenie Apple.  And the name stuck like tartar on 12-year molars. More...

Life in the Single Lane

The Pursuit of Happyness   I’ve been hit with a bad case of spring fever. I noticed it when I found myself feeling somewhat envious of the bunnies and birdies pairing off all around me. More...

On the Trail

Renewal at Rock Ridge   Is there a trail in Oak Park that does not go up, as in Empire State Building kind of up? More...