July 3, 2014 RSS feed / Front Page

Crosswalk suit dismissed in summary judgment

Plaintiffs’ attorney had asked for $300 million in damages from City of T.O.

The lawyers who filed a $300-million lawsuit against the City of Thousand Oaks on behalf of a woman and two young girls who were hit by a van while crossing Thousand Oaks Boulevard in May 2012 will appeal a judge’s ruling in the city’s fa More...

Health & Wellness

When the mercury rises, so does the danger for drivers

Never leave pet, child in car

With summer come rising temperatures.  The California Highway Patrol is reminding motorists to be prepared when taking a trip, even a short one, when the heat is on.  “Summer is officially here,” said Officer Miguel Duarte of th More...

Program enhances sensory motor skills

Possibility Kids in Thousand Oaks, a nonprofit organization started in 1993, will offer an Advanced Sensory Motor Integration Program this summer for nonverbal children with autism and for slow learners.  This is a whole family integration proce More...

Dole pledges $1 million to Triunfo Y

Money intended to create interactive cafe

Dole Foods has pledged $1 million to develop an interactive computer center and cafe on the first floor of the new Triunfo YMCA, which is under construction in Westlake Village.  The donation boosts efforts to meet the funding goals to create a More...

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THURS., JULY 3  Third Of July Fireworks Extravaganza  4 to 9:30 p.m. at Arroyo Vista Community Park, 4550 Tierra Rejada Road, Moorpark. Two bands, Elvis tribute, games, flag presentation. Food for sale. Fireworks at 9 p.m. More...

Schools

Grad refuses to let her future be dimmed by spine injury

Campaign started to fund rehabilitation

A freak accident on a windy April day forever changed Sarah Pettersen’s life. More...

New website is by local teens, for local teens

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An Incredible Passage

‘GIVE ME YOUR TIRED, YOUR POOR, YOUR HUDDLED MASSES YEARNING TO BREATHE FREE’— Cypress Elementary School Principal Paula Willebrands, foreground, plays the part of the Statue of Lib More...

Business

University program asks business majors to solve societal problems

Imagine making a donation to a charity that measures its success by returning every penny to the benefactor as quickly as possible.  More...

$ BUSINESS BITS

Freshly squeezed   An organic juice shop, Juice Ranch, opened at Village Glen Plaza, 2847 Agoura Road.  New beauty salon   Le Joli Salon opened at the North Ranch Pavilions Shopping Center, 1125 Lindero Canyon Road.   More...

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Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park  June 19 Two men, both 19, were arrested in the 900 block of N. Ventu Park Road for being under the influence of a controlled substance. More...

Faith

Foster kids benefit from warehouse

Church aids charity in opening storage facility in Newbury Park

Thomas wore a new suit when he received his high school diploma.  More...

Synagogue names new cantor

The New Shul of the Conejo recently hired Paul Dorman, an ordained Jewish cantor and songwriter, as its new in-house musical prayer leader.  Founded in 2011, the New Shul serves Jews of all backgrounds and worship traditions.  More...

LDS church hosts sewing event for African children

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will have a sewing event titled “Sew Happy to Serve” to make clothes and items for children in Africa from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tues., July 15 at 1600 Erbes Road, Thousand Oaks.  More...

Family

Couple supports others facing the same tragedy

A clear relationship between a “Transformers” movie and a cancer support organization might not be obvious to some people, but for Jason and Heather Donatini, a simple matter of connecting the dots led them to start the Thousand Oaks-base More...

Saluting Our Scouts

Joseph Emil Barnes, 17, of Boy Scout Troop 730, recently attained the rank of Eagle Scout.  He was recognized for his achievement on June 1 at St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church in Newbury Park.  More...

Girl Scouts make symbolic crossing

TRANSITION—A troop offifth-grade Girl Scouts based at St. More...

Editorials

Like it or not, pension proposal deserves place on ballot

One doesn’t have to be a card-carrying member of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association to find fault with some of the choices made by opponents of a groundbreaking Ventura County pension reform initiative.  More...

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Looking forward to another 43 years

After taking the day off for Memorial Day, our staff had to chuckle when a local resident called to ask, “Is Manna still in business?”  We’ve been serving our friends and neighbors in need right here in “Old Town” T More...

City picks up tab for day laborer supervision

Thousand Oaks is dipping into its general fund to keep a paid coordinator on hand to maintain orderly conduct at the city’s day laborer site near Hampshire Road and the 101 Freeway, where men wait daily in hopes of getting picked up for work. More...

Revised BID proposal seeks to add 206 dwelling units

The Thousand Oaks Boulevard Business Improvement District has submitted a request with the city to allow construction of an additional 206 housing units on Thousand Oaks Boulevard.  More...

Community

Firefight aided by nearby lake

Sherwood blaze doused quickly

Firefighters quickly contained a small brush fire that ignited next to Lake Sherwood last Thursday.  Around 12:32 p.m. More...

D.A. doesn’t file charges against woman in credit union crash

Case sent back for further investigation

Criminal charges have not been filed against a woman whose Jeep SUV went into the front of a Newbury Park credit union building last week, injuring three and causing thousands of dollars in damage. More...

An easy way to ruin the Fourth of July

Cops step up patrol for DUI

For many people, the Fourth of July celebration includes alcohol, but the holiday quickly goes from festive to fatal when people choose to drive after drinking.  Over the July Fourth holiday period in 2012, 78 people were killed in alcohol impai More...

On the Town

Fourth of July Festivities Round-Up

Complete list of things to do on Independence Day

Here's our lineup, by city, of local activities celebrating Independence Day. Enjoy, and have safe and happy Fourth!CALABASASLakeside Fun Run WHERE: Calabasas Lake, 23400 Park Sorrento. More...

Ride into the danger zone

Kenny Loggins plays CAP tonight

Grammy Award- winning singer and guitar player Kenny Loggins will perform at 8 p.m. Thurs., July 3 at the Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Box Office, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd.  More...

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Sports

Flag football fun

Conejo Youth Flag Football Association celebrates 45 years teaching the game

Football is a rough and occasionally brutal sport.  It’s not easy trying to execute a complex play while 11 defenders attempt to bulldoze the guy with the pigskin.  Football is still one of the most-played sports among young athletes. More...

Reporter, hoops coach wins Peabody Award

Steve Delsohn, an ESPN reporter and head coach for the La Reina High basketball team, has won the Peabody Award, one of the top honors in journalism.  More...

Relay team gleans gold

FAST FLYERS—Thousand Oaks Flyers youth track andfield stars Catherine Atkins, Kayla Klusman, Layne Consales and Kathryn Givvin won the girls’ 4x100-meter relay in 53.75 seconds at the Sou More...

Pets

The sinister little wasp assassin

Recently I was offered a chance at qualifying for a new, super-duper credit card from a local bank. It wasn’t gold, platinum or silver—it was a sapphire card, and it would come with a surprise gift. More...

Loud noises from fireworks may upset some animals

ID tags help lost pets get home

Each year around the Fourth of July holiday, hundreds of pets become frightened by the lights and sounds of fireworks and run away from their homes and yards. These pets, lost and confused, often end up at animal adoption centers. More...

Pet of the week

FURRY FRIENDS—Taz and Bugzy are altered male black-and-brown otterhound-briard mixes about 9 years old. They have bonded and would like to stay together. More...

Obituaries

MICHAEL WILSON

Michael Henry Wilson passed away from lung cancer on June 26th at his home in Westlake Village. He was 67 years old and had a peaceful transition with his family at his side. More...

Richard Damian Chivaroli

of Westlake Village, California peacefully entered eternal life on Saturday, June 28th 2014 at the age of 60. More...

Letters

Students aren’t guinea pigs

According to the Acorn’s reporting, poorly performing teachers in CVUSD go through a two-year mentoring program, followed by what could be a 90-day dismissal process. More...

Welcome service members home

Patriotism in action: We wave flags, watch fireworks, eat hot dogs and burgers, and decorate in red, white and blue to celebrate our country and the freedoms we cherish on July 4.  Others of our citizens celebrate in a different way, putting the More...

Is history repeating?

We Thousand Oaks property owners and renters are still paying for the mismanaged and irresponsible $88-million school bond passed by voters in 1998.  More...

Columns

Eye on the Conejo

Ground zero for driver frustration   Do you remember a worse time for driving on local freeways?  I don’t, and I’ve lived here for 35 years.  More...

Hot Flashes

“Nize Day!”   Like many of us in this corner of the world, we didn’t start here.  Our special valley called us out of the metro, out of the smog and, in my case, out from the tundra.  More...

The OTHER Side of 50

Lessons of rock

A confession: When I was young, “good” rock ’n’ roll somewhat eluded me.  I was born in 1958. More...