May 22, 2014 RSS feed / Front Page

Notice anything different?

The five Acorn newspapers— Agoura Hills-Calabasas Westlake Village-Oak Park, Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Camarillo and Moorpark— are rolling out a new front page design this week.  We ’ v e also added a Contents page and rework More...

Health & Wellness

Prep the family for summer fun

Whether taking a road trip or simply hitting a pool or water park this season, creating family fun is all about being prepared.  “Make sure you have everything you need to keep the kids entertained, happy and safe. More...

Actor joins Amgen’s ‘Breakaway’ walk

IT TAKES A TEAM—Breast cancer survivor Nancy Gifford, center, walks with actor Patrick Dempsey, right, during the Breakaway from Cancer walk on May 18 during the 2014 Amgen Tour of California i More...

Cookie profits go toward cancer research

SMART COOKIES—Girls from Brownie Troop 60779 at Ascension Lutheran School in Thousand Oaks decided to support Shred Kids’ Cancer by purchasing T-shirts from the local nonprofit to be worn More...

Calendar

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THURS., MAY 22 Portuguese Fraternal Society 11:30 a.m. at Carrows Restaurant, 2401 Harbor Blvd., Ventura. No-host lunch. For any person of Portuguese decent or interested in the culture. RSVP requested. Contact: Cora Corella. Phone: 805.483.4168. More...

Schools

Is school really out for summer?

Many high school students see June coming with a glint of freedom in their eyes. But are they really free come summer? The answer to that really depends. Students who hope to attend a selective college might consider the following:  More...

District hires companies to help advance bond

Furthering its goal to pass a $197-million bond measure in November, the Conejo Unified School District Board of Education voted Tuesday to hire two firms to provide bond counsel and help develop the resolution and get it on the ballot.  More...

Briefs

Filmmaking camp offers free tuition Movies By Kids and KidzCity, in conjunction with the Academy of Arts and Science nonprofit in Westlake Village, will offer free tuition for its Summer Academy of Movie Making and Animation camp from June 30 throug More...

Business

Cashing in a get-out-of-jail card

Local bail bonds agent breaks stereotype about her industry

Most people have no idea what to do or who to turn to when they need a bail bondsman.  They may envision having to go to a shady part of town to deal with a tattooed brute in a neonsigned storefront.  More...

City’s second Chick-fil-A opens May 29

Thousand Oaks newest Chickfil A restaurant will open Thurs., May 29 at 449 N. Moorpark Road, the former site of El Torito. Expect a crowd. More...

New WLV Target store hosting job fair at Hyatt

The new Target store opening at the Shoppes of Westlake Village will host a job fair from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wed. through Fri., May 28 to 30 at the Hyatt Westlake Plaza, 880 S. More...

Faith

Churches join forces to encourage more families to foster children

Ventura County officials are asking area churches to promote foster parenting. They’re not asking them to foster children but are asking them to foster families, foster love and foster hope. More...

Family

SoCal families face reality: The suburban lawn is dead

Lush green lawns are quickly becoming a thing of the past.  A statewide drought—and rising water costs—have forced many homeowners to use less water in and around their homes.  More...

Family Men

What are we watching?  I’m always baffled when Americans speak out against our American way of life.  Ours is a country built on freedom, faith, spirit and sacrifi ce. More...

Community baby shower on the horizon

All pregnant women and soon-to-be dads are invited to attend a free community baby shower and breast-feeding expo from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. More...

Editorials

Tour of California organizers—take a victory lap

We wish Great Britain’s Sir Bradley Wiggins—champion of the 2014 Tour of California— could have made room atop the podium Sunday for the many people who contributed to the day’s success, for they truly deserved to don the yell More...

Why Cabrillo needs your donations

Cabrillo Music Theatre is celebrating its 20th anniversary this summer with a spectacular production and a challenge. More...

FOR THE RECORD

article about the changes the City Council is considering making to the oak tree law, speaker Robert Chauls was incorrectly referred to as Charles Chauls. More...

Breaking News - 5/27/2014 1:41 PM

Bear killed by car on 101 Freeway

A black bear was struck and killed by a vehicle at around 10:20 p.m. Monday on the northbound 101 Freeway in Westlake Village. More...

Recent Westlake High grad among dead in Santa Barbara shooting

Former WHS water polo player was in her first year at UCSB

Veronika Weiss, a 2013 graduate of Westlake High School, was one of the six people killed during a Friday night shooting rampage in Isla Vista near the campus of UC-Santa Barbara, the Thousand Oaks Acorn has learned. More...

Theater group in danger of folding

Lack of donations, rent hike puts Cabrillo in jeopardy

Donations have been coming in from around the country since Cabrillo Music Theatre announced last week that it may cancel its upcoming season if it doesn’t raise $250,000 by Aug. More...

Community

Newbury Park man found in possession of bomb-making materials, police say

Neighbors alert cops to shotsfired

A Newbury Park man was arrested last week on suspicion of weapons-related felonies and possessing bomb-making materials after a late-night report of shots fired led law enforcement to his home.  More...

Trio fights back against home invader

Masked teen enters house with gun, leaves in cuffs

Three people were able to thwart an attempted home invasion robbery in Newbury Park last week. Around 2 p.m. More...

Police on lookout for seat belt violations

Don’t want to wrinkle your suit? Just making a short trip? More...

On the Town

A Delicious Day

Full Story

Summer music back in Agoura

Sunday evening series to feature Ambrosia, Van Halen tribute

The Acorn Newspapers will be the Platinum Sponsor for the 2014 Summer Concerts in the Park series in Agoura Hills.  All concerts will begin at 6 p.m. More...

What’s New On DVD?

Hollywood’s latest DVD releases include a pair of films starring the great Robert DeNiro and a PBS home-entertainment offering that profiles tennis legend Billie Jean King. Walter Mitty is back, too, and so are the Beverly Hillbillies.  More...

Sports

Making waves at CIF meet

A horde of high school swimmers from Westlake, Oaks Christian, Thousand Oaks and La Reina flourished at the CIF-Southern Section finals last week at Riverside Aquatics Center.  The Westlake boys’ swim squad took 10th in the Division 1 team More...

CIF-SS swim finals: In a nutshell

Swimmers and divers starred in the pool at the CIF-Southern Sectionfinals last week at Riverside Aquatics Center. Here’s how locals fared at the meet: GIRLS More...

Volleyball players snag league honors

Seven players on the Oaks Christian High boys’ volleyball team earned Tri-Valley League honors.  Brandon Dawkins, Ricky Figueroa and Jack Heath made the all-league first team for the Lions.  Adam Snyder is a secondteam selection, whil More...

Pets

Sea lion caught in gill net barely escapes death

After six days of attempting to catch a California sea lion with a gill net embedded in its throat, the Marine Mammal Rescue Team of the California Wildlife Center finally met with success.  More...

Pet of the week

TWICE THE FUN—Mikey is an altered male tan-and-white Chihuahua-terrier mix about 8 years old, and Teeny Peanut is an altered female tan-and-white Chihuahua-dachshund about 6 years old. More...

Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park  May 1 A 20- year- old woman was arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance in the 2100 block of Newbury Road. More...

Obituaries

Walter Jackson “Jack” Pace, Jr.

August 2, 1928 – April 2, 2014

WALTER JACKSON PACE, JR. PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 85 on April 2, 2014 in Sand Springs, Oklahoma. Jack was born in South Bend, Indiana to Walter and Mildred Pace. More...

Letters

Teach youths about Hitler

The situation involving a group of ill-informed Oak Park students tweeting birthday wishes to Adolf Hitler leads me to believe that the teaching of history at the high school level hasn’t improved since my graduation in 1968.  More...

Reaction to tweets excessive

While I don’t condone the actions of the Oak Park High School students who tweeted insensitive remarks towards the Jewish community, I’m a little perplexed at our society’s reaction.  We seem to hold the indiscretions of teenag More...

Change rules on tree trimming

Several years ago I was awakened by a loud crash at 3 a.m. More...

Columns

Ask the Arborist

Bring back tree advisory board

Much has been written about the removal of so many trees at the Westlake Plaza shopping center, causing residents to question the current processes for removing healthy and unhealthy trees within our city.  Now the City Council is considering ch More...

Flying Squirrel

Fastpass to Disneyland   Do you remember when Disneyland ticket prices were under $20? That would’ve been way back in the 1980s. More...

Life in the Single Lane

Birds of a feather   People are a lot like flamingos. More...