September 25, 2014 RSS feed / Front Page

Superintendent shares bond details

With interest, total cost to taxpayers: $305 million

Conejo Valley Unified School District has big plans for the $197 million that would be generated by the sale of a series of bonds if voters approve Measure I in the upcoming election.  First, though, the district is working to educate community More...

Health & Wellness

The OTHER Side of 50

Aligned in death   Death is a certainty for all of us, but the “where” and “how” are increasingly our own choice.  I’ve been in the room for a handful of deaths and have heard clients and friends recounting sto More...

Advice on end-of-life decisions

Senior Concerns will present a seminar, “The Final Exit: Creating a Loving Experience for You Both,” from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tues., Sept. More...

On the Town

Swapping suds

Moorpark Beer Fest back Oct. 11

Shaun Smith, the co-founder of Institution Ale Company in Camarillo, said he and his colleagues enjoy rubbing elbows with other beer lovers in Ventura County—especially when it’s for a good cause.  More...

Thai culture will be highlighted at weekend festival in T.O.

The rich traditions of Thailand will come alive Sunday with the inaugural Taste of Thailand cultural festival.  The festival will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sun., Sept. 28 in the lawn area by Muvico at The Oaks mall, 350 W. More...

Company’s premiere concert features Broadway veteran

Of Note Productions will present its premiere concert starring Tony- winner Faith Prince at 8 p.m. Fri., Oct. 10 in the Agoura High School performing arts education center, 28545 Driver Ave.  More...

Sports

The Acorn’s High School Football Game of the Week

Thousand Oaks Lancers (4-0) vs. Simi Valley Pioneers (2-2) 7 p.m. Friday at Simi Valley High

The undefeated Thousand Oaks High football team will play Simi Valley for the first time since 2011.  Simi Valley head coach Ryan Taggart enjoyed a memorable first season leading the Pioneers in 2011. More...

Other local football matchups

Dominguez (3-1) at Westlake (2-1)   More...

Weekend schedule

Dominguez at Westlake Friday, 7 p.m. Birmingham at Oaks Christian Friday, 7 p.m. Cathedral Catholic at Newbury Park Friday, 7 p.m. Murrieta Valley at Moorpark Friday, 7 p.m.   More...

Pets

Butterfly’s playful flight makes a mountain walk special

There is a rocky knoll above the Backbone trail in upper Trancas Canyon that provides a scenic overlook. More...

Pet of the week

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License your pet

Beginning in October, Ventura County Animal Services will use a new automated citation animal license program for pet license enforcement.  The program will apply to pet owners in Ventura, Camarillo, Moorpark, Simi Valley and Ventura County&rsqu More...

Obituaries

Kimberly “Sammi” Brazenor

Kimberly Brazenor, “Sammi,” age 58, of Thousand Oaks passed away suddenly on July 31.  She was born in Fayette, Ohio on Feb. 9, 1956. Sammi was the fourth of five children. She graduated from Fayette High School in 1974. More...

Family

Youth project sends message

Weathersfield students plant pinwheels for peace

UNITY—At right, kindergartners Jordana Cimber, left, Julia Ball, hiding behind a pinwheel, and Tyler Kroll hold up the pinwheels they made for the Pinwheels for Peace project at Weathersfield E More...

Kids can help break Lego record

As part of the citywide anniversary celebration, the World Record Lego Chain Event will take place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sat., Sept. More...

Letters

Upset about tip jar proliferation

Tip jars and requests for tips have become so commonplace that even serve-yourself eating establishments that require the customer to assemble their own meal, seat themselves and bus their own tables are asked, even before digesting their food, to le More...

3 Feet for Safety unenforceable

The Three Feet for Safety Law—another insane California law passed by, and for, a special interest group.  Nearly unenforceable on most roads. But no matter. This is California. More...

Hayden wrong choice to speak

I read with some amusement, a bit more sadness, and yes even some surprise that Tom Hayden will speak to the Democratic Club of the Conejo Valley at their largest fundraiser to raise monies to elect Democratic candidates.  Really? More...

Editorials

When is a parade more than a parade?

“So far as I can see, a procession has value in but two ways—as a show and as a symbol, its minor function being to delight the eye, its major one to compel thought, exalt the spirit, stir the heart, and inflame the imagination.”&nb More...

Political Cartoon

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FOR THE RECORD

A letter in last week’s edition asserted that Joel Price, a candidate for Thousand Oaks City Council, had voted to preserve a policy that granted lifetime, taxpayer- paid health benefits to qualifying council members and their families.  More...

Driver, 21, remains in jail following fatal accident

Local woman struck, killed by car while trying to cross Westlake Boulevard; driver suspected of DUI

A 33-year-old Thousand Oaks woman was killed Friday when she was struck by an alleged drunk driver while trying to cross Westlake Boulevard near Townsgate Road. More...

Assembly candidates meet again in Acorn-CLU forum

In their only planned debate before the November election, Assembly candidates Jacqui Irwin and Rob McCoy will square off Sat., Oct. 11 at California Lutheran University. More...

Community

Sheriff Joe headed to T.O.

Controversial Arizona lawman will speak at GOP fundraiser Oct. 13

Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the controversial sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, is scheduled to speak Mon., Oct. 13 in Thousand Oaks at a fundraiser for Conejo Valley Republican Women Federated. More...

‘Explosion’ reported in Newbury Park

E. Kelley Road neighborhood feels jolt

Six homes in Newbury Park were temporarily evacuated Monday afternoon after reports of an explosion on E. Kelley Road near Dorrit Street. The “explosion” turned out to be nothing more than blown fuses on a power pole.  More...

Enterovirus case confirmed in county

Respiratory illness has been striking kids across the U.S.

One of the state’s four confirmed cases of enterovirus D68— a mysterious respiratory illness that has been affecting children across the United States—has occurred in Ventura County.  More...

Calendar

Calendar

SAT., SEPT. 27  Rummage And Yard Sale   More...

Schools

Student tablet program remains a touchy topic

Infrastructure cost is one obstacle

Electronic textbooks are coming, but they won’t be employed in Conejo Valley classrooms just yet.  While some of Southern California’s smaller school districts, like neighboring Moorpark Unified, and gargantuan ones, such as Los Ange More...

B&G Club unveils new game room

PLAYTIME—At left, Becky Fleishman, director of development for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley, races with Sarahy Estrada, 13, on an activity ball during a tour of the refur More...

Andersen wants school districts to have more local control

Editor’s note: The order in which candidate spotlights appear was chosen by a random draw. John Andersen, candidate for the Conejo Valley Unified School District board of trustees, thinks his time has come. More...

Business

Builders lament county’s anti-development sentiment

Research shows more homes needed, but support hard to come by

Housing is scarce in the county and available inventory will only shrink further unless local governments and residents can find a way past opposition to new development, according to speakers at the 13th annual Ventura County Housing Conference Sept More...

Ladies’ night out supports cancer nonprofit

The Oaks mall and Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center will present an evening out to support breast cancer awareness and education with the Paint the Town Pink event from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Tues., Oct. More...

A decade later, Newbury Park breadmaker still on the rise

The Great Harvest Bread Company in Newbury Park celebrated its 10th anniversary in the community on Sept. More...

Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park  Sept. 10 Two men, 49 and 54, and a woman, 55, were cited for unlawful camping in a field on Ventu Park Road north of Hillcrest Drive. More...

Faith

Local Jews support lone soldiers

About 2,700 of the men and women serving in the Israel Defense Force are not citizens of Israel. The so-called “lone soldiers” have no immediate family in the country. More...

Church offers help for the holidays

A seminar titled “DivorceCare: Surviving the Holidays” is for those facing the holidays after a separation or divorce.  The seminar will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Sat., Oct. 11 at the United Methodist Church of Thousand Oaks, 1000 E. More...

Dolan feted for 40 years at St. Max

As he prepares for his parish’s celebration honoring his ordination 40 years ago, the Rev. Jarlath Dolan, pastor of St. More...

Columns

Eye on the Conejo

Parade enthusiasm   My children were born and raised in Thousand Oaks. They lived in the same home throughout their entire childhoods.  My wife and I moved frequently in our lives. She was from India and moved several times in the U.S. More...

Life in the Single Lane

It’s like a box of chocolates   A new friend and I recently got together to chat about dating, relationships past and present, and a myriad of other topics of interest to single people.  We commiserated about bad first dates, awkward More...