November 26, 2014 RSS feed / Front Page

Accident on Friday sends rat poison flying

Driver arrested on suspicion of DUI

A section of Avenida de Los Arboles near a public park and elementary school had to be closed for several hours on Friday after a collision between a car and a truck resulted in a fire and toxic spill. The accident occurred around 10:50 a.m. More...

Health & Wellness

A new approach

County health takes groundbreaking stance to fight teen marijuana use

While marijuana use has been legalized in many states for medical purposes, and in four for recreational use, long-term research indicates that teens who smoke pot could be damaging their brains. More...

On the Town

Holiday music fills the air at CLU

California Lutheran University will present its annual free Christmas Festival concerts, featuring choral ensembles and the university symphony.  The groups will perform at 8 p.m. Fri., Dec. 5 and at 4 p.m. Sat. and Sun., Dec. More...

Show done in style of 1940s radio

Actors read from scripts, provide live sound effects

Panic Productions will present special fundraising performances of “The Panic Holiday Radio Hour,” featuring Norman Corwin’s classic radio play “The Plot to Overthrow Christmas” and a cavalcade of holiday songs.  More...

Repertory company to host auditions for ‘Iolanthe’

Ventura County Gilbert and Sullivan Repertoire Company will hold auditions for its spring show, “Iolanthe, or the Peri and the Peer,” from 2 to 6 p.m. Sun., Nov. 30 at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. More...

Sports

The Bleach Boys

Boy band? Dance quintet? Nope, these guys form the stout offensive line for Newbury Park’s football team

Zach Okun mangles defensive linemen, linebackers and defensive backs on the football field.  The 6-foot-5, 324-pound right guard is the main attraction for the stout Newbury Park High offensive line.  Okun, however, isn’t the only Pan More...

Magic run ends

La Reina High’s volleyball team tried to treat the CIF-Southern Section Division 4AA championship like every other match.  The Regents chatted about school and weekend plans on the two-hour bus ride to Cerritos College in Norwalk on Nov. More...

Teams Stay Hot In The Fall

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Pets

Plight of the bumblebees

With a dry winter again predicted for Ventura County, local beekeepers are taking steps to avoid another major honeybee die-off.  The lack of rain means fewer plants and less food for the bees. More...

Holiday boutique benefits homeless pets

A holiday boutique benefiting homeless pets in need of medical care will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat., Dec. 13 at the Agoura Hills Animal Shelter at 29525 Agoura Road.  More...

Pet of the week

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Faith

No Room at the Inn nativity display coming to St. Paschal’s in T.O.

Opening night gala is Dec. 12; proceeds benefit local homeless

No Room at the Inn will display more than 600 nativities at the 22th annual event Dec. 12 to 14 at St. Paschal Baylon Catholic Church, 155 E. More...

Cal Lutheran recreates first Xmas

California Lutheran University students and staff will join with community members to reenact the Christmas story in the Mexican tradition of Las Posadas from 7 to 9 p.m. Sun., Dec. More...

Letters

Rethink teen driving laws

My three (count ’em, three) 16-year-olds just got their drivers’ licenses on the same day. I’m proud and terrified.  More...

Lazy dog owners cross the street

Your Nov. 20 editorial (“The lazy minority give all dog owners a bad name”) was long overdue. More...

TPP is bad for the middle class

Have you heard of the Trans- Pacific Partnership trade deal? More...

Editorials

Thanksgiving is here so it’s time to talk turkey

On the day after Thanksgiving we’ll bet your waistline will be a little bigger than it was the day before.  That’s OK—it just means you had a lot to be thankful for this year.  More...

Political Cartoon

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FOR THE RECORD

The crash statistics for Avenida de Los Arboles that were published last week were incorrect. Here are the correct figures. The statistics provided to the Acorn were misinterpreted, resulting in the error. Sorry for any confusion.   More...

Cost of Erbes Road work swells to $12M

Council OKs another $1.1 million

After months of hearing bad news from the job site, the Thousand Oaks City Council learned this week just how much additional money it would require to finish the job on Erbes Road.  More...

No mask, no gun, no shame

Robber hits Bank of the West in T.O.

Police are searching for a man shown in surveillance images robbing a Thousand Oaks bank last week.  The robbery occurred about 12:50 p.m. Nov. 20 at Bank of the West, 180 N. Moorpark Road. More...

Community

Park district adds off-leash areas

Mini dog parks coming next year

Thousand Oaks dog owners will soon have three new places where their canines can legally run free.  At its Nov. More...

Date of final visioning meeting set

Thousand Oaks residents have one more chance to help guide the actions of future city leaders over the next 50 years at the final Visioning 2064 meeting next month. Mayor Andy Fox will lead the session set for 9 to 11:30 a.m. Sat., Dec. More...

Ex-security head at retirement community guilty of theft

Former University Village employee admits that he stole from residents

The former head of security at University Village senior living community in Thousand Oaks will be sentenced Dec. 17 for stealing from the elderly people he was paid to protect, according to court records.  More...

Calendar

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THURS., NOV. 27  Turkey Day Dash   More...

Schools

An annual outdoor adventure

Twenty-year tradition is put together by parents

School snacks aren’t what they used to be, at least not at this year’s Open Classroom Leadership Magnet’s Fall Festival. More...

Capstone classes force students to take a deeper look

Inspired by news reports of a woman who faked a pizza delivery call so her abuser wouldn’t know she was actually calling 911, a group of Thousand Oaks High School students are researching new methods of communicating with the emergency dispatch More...

Building Block Battle

La Reina hosts Lego League Tournament
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Business

Entrepreneur’s latest venture catches whiff of success

Biz idea appeals to sense of smell

Local entrepreneur Pete Turpel is helping other business owners turn scents into cents—and dollars.  The Newbury Park man has recently started a marketing firm, FifthScent, that uses specific scents to help brand businesses and give custom More...

BofA cutting staff in Simi

Rumors of layoffs at Bank of America are true.  Next month the banking giant will reduce its Simi Valley staff by 70 people in its legacy asset servicing division, which BofA created to handle default mortgages when it took over about $1.5 trill More...

EYE ON LOCAL AREA STOCKS

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Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park  Nov. 10 Someone vandalized Newbury Park High School’s artificial turf football field.  Nov. 17 A 44-year-old man was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon in the 1300 block of Newbury Road.   More...

Family

Boy’s hospital care sparks book drive

Grateful family gives back to CHLA

Joshua Solis is a lucky lad even though he was born with a genetic bone disorder—multiple hereditary exostoses—which causes benign tumors to grow on bones. The growths can cause pain and inhibit movement.  More...

Family Men

A feast of burden

Overeating makes no sense to me. More...

Holiday hike a gift for local families

The Conejo Community Center and the Conejo Valley Botanic Garden will present the annual Jingle Bell Hike from noon to 2 p.m. Sat., Dec. 13 at the Conejo Community Center, 1175 Hendrix Ave., Thousand Oaks.  More...

Columns

Hot Flashes

Darkness before the dawn

What am I doing? I’m listening to the same song over and over. My mascara is running, my eyes are red and I just wish I could stop blubbering.  There’s that song again. More...

Flying Squirrel

Travel gifts

The gift-giving season is here. More...