December 11, 2014 RSS feed / Front Page

Council calls for special election

Electorate will choose who fills Jacqui Irwin’s seat

A special election will be held June 2, 2015, to decide who will replace former Councilmember Jacqui Irwin, who was elected to the Assembly in November. More...

Release of high-profile inmate has citizens in uproar

Chad Schmidt, who in 1999 admitted to attacking several girls near NPHS, paroled

A man convicted in 1999 of raping a female at knifepoint inside a Newbury Park High School bathroom—in addition to several other sex-related offenses involving multiple victims—was released from prison Saturday, according to the Californi More...

Health & Wellness

Dangerous to touch, healthy to eat

The prickly pear cactus has been used for thousands of years for food and medicinal purposes, mostly by Native Americans. More...

Beachfront runs aid cancer patients

The Cancer Hope Foundation will host its fourth annual 5K and 10K runs on Sat., Jan. 10 at the Ventura Promenade beachfront course.  The race day schedule: registration at 7 a.m., 10K begins 8 a.m., 5K starts 8:30 a.m. More...

On the Town

It’s a cappella with a little edge

Straight No Chaser, a male a cappella group, will perform at 8 p.m. Mon., Dec. 29 at the Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 T.O. Blvd.  More...

Reagan Library hosts saxes

The Reagan Library will present “A Saxophone Christmas” with two identical concerts at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Sun., Dec. More...

‘Nutcracker’ opens next week

Moorpark Civic Ballet will present its performance of “The Nutcracker” at 1:30 and 6:30 p.m. Sat., Dec. 20 at the Scherr Forum, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. T.O. Blvd.  More...

Sports

Panthers’ season runs out of time

Newbury Park football team falls to Paso Robles in Northern Division championship game

Tears rolled down the Panthers’ faces like the heavy rain that fell on War Memorial Stadium’s grass.  Newbury Park High’s football team watched the CIF-Southern Section Northern Division championship slip away in a 13-10 setbac More...

A game of mud, blood and tears

Atrocious field conditions affect Newbury Park’s chances to win a CIF football title

Newbury Park High’s football team had the swagger of a champion. A crew with few, if any, discernible weaknesses was destined to win the school’s first CIFSouthern Section championship since 1993. More...

Business

Ventura County unemployment rate trending downward

It’s an early holiday gift for Ventura County residents: Unemployment rates in the county are on the decline.  More...

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Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park  Dec. 1 A 34-year-old man was arrested for a hit-and-run taking place on Newbury Road at Michael Drive.  A residential burglary was reported on Donald Avenue.   More...

Family

Fixing boredom blues

The holidays are over. More...

Library presents holiday program

The Thousand Oaks Library will present a free family holiday program for all ages.  Franklin Haynes Marionettes will perform “Santa’s New Sleigh” on Sat., Dec. 13 at both libraries: 11 a.m. at Grant Brimhall Library, 1401 E. More...

Rock, scissors don’t stand chance against ‘Paper’

Group wins T.O. Teen Center’s Battle of the Bands
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Columns

Hot Flashes

The finish line

At their 30th wedding anniversary, my parents jazzed up the joint with a bucket of bubbly, some funky piano and a bunch of salty old friends. More...

Eye on the Conejo

In the holiday spirit

Last weekend was a genuine kickoff to the holiday season for my wife and me.  On Friday we attended the Christmas concert at California Lutheran University, which has become an annual tradition for us. More...

Flying Squirrel

December travel

The lights on the house are up (check). The tree is up (check). More...

Hells Angels find trouble in Ventura County

Members of motorcycle club arrested after attending Christmas toy drive event near Ojai

Four members of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club were arrested Sunday after leaving a Christmas toy drive event in Meiners Oaks near Ojai. More...

Artistry In Motion

Thousand Oaks High students showcase their moves

‘NO-FLEX ZONE’—Elijah Aguilar, above, performs a hip-hop dance with the Thousand Oaks High School All-Male Alumni Team during last weekend’s Artistry in Motion winter dance pe More...

Adam takes road less traveled to mayorship

Al Adam mounted three hardfought campaigns for a seat on the Thousand Oaks City Council before his election in 2012. His persistence paid off: On Tuesday Adam took the seat in the middle of the dais as the city’s new mayor. More...

Community

Park plans OK’d by board, now must face judge

Mandate still in place from 2008 suit

A Ventura County judge will have the final say on whether the Conejo Recreation and Park District can move forward with a decades-old effort to create a community park in the northeast corner of the city. More...

Rains don’t change region’s water outlook

Residents urged to keep conserving

A heavy downpour last week plus another expected today through Friday will help temper the state’s water crisis but won’t put any major dents in California’s record drought.  Despite the rain, which the National Weather Service More...

T.O. 2064 process comes to end

Input from residents used to create ‘vision for the future’

After eight months and more than 30 meetings, the Thousand Oaks Visioning 2064 process is a wrap.  About 90 people attended a meeting on Saturday at the Grant Brimhall Library to finalize the findings of the effort, which sought to craft a list More...

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THURS., DEC. 11  A World Of Nativities   More...

Schools

Rise for the judge

NPHS senior receives ‘supreme’ honor

At the rate he’s going, Courtney Brousseau will be president some day. More...

Grants will aid sports-related projects across the city

NPHS gym to purchase new video board capable of showing game highlights

A $32,000 video board that will display snapshots and achievements of Newbury Park High School athletes will be installed in the school gym by January with the help of a $16,000 Sports Facilities Endowment Fund grant from the City of Thousand Oaks. More...

High School Hi Lights

Newbury Park Panthers Fri., Dec. 12: Toys for Tots drive through Fri., Dec. 19  Winter holiday grams through Wed., Dec. 17  More...

Pets

Mr. Schnitzel rides again

Mr. Schnitzel, a 5-year-old chocolate-and-tan, green-eyed, shorthaired dachshund from Newbury Park is training for the race of his life.  More...

Pet of the week

ALL EARS— Gucci is an altered male black-and-tan Rottweiler about 4 years old. He is sweet and playful. To adopt Gucci, ask for animal ID No. More...

Faith

Church presents Handel’s ‘Messiah’

Westminster Presbyterian Church will present George Handel’s “Messiah, Part I,” corresponding with Advent, Christmas and the life of Christ, at 3 p.m. Sun., Dec. More...

Hear ‘Tales of Christmas’ at Emmanuel tree lighting

The spirit of Christmas will ring with music when Elation Arts presents “Tales of Christmas,” produced and directed by Kim Harris and Ed Rouse, at 4 p.m. Sat., Dec. 13 at Emmanuel Church, 588 Camino Manzanas, Thousand Oaks.  More...

Las Posadas held at T.O. UMC

United Methodist Church of Thousand Oaks will host a Las Posadas Celebration, open to the community, at 3:30 p.m. Sat., Dec. More...

Letters

Walking friends thank stranger

My friend Ruth and I do our best to walk every day. The day before Thanksgiving, a man we didn’t know stopped his car and gave us an envelope containing two gift cards and a note.  More...

There’s a reason for leash laws

This is in response to Don Daly’s encounter with a crazed woman he met on the street while walking his dog (Letters, Dec. 4). She allegedly threatened him with a Taser because he called her out for not using leashes on her dogs.  More...

Make mixed use accessible to all

I recently read an article in the Acorn about a proposed mixed-use development in Thousand Oaks, but when I read the description I found this mixed use somewhat limited for my expectations for our beautiful city.  More...

Editorials

Will Al Adam be worth the wait?

If Al Adam truly desires to leave a lasting mark in his first go-round as mayor of our wonderful city, as he proclaimed at Tuesday’s reorganization meeting, he’ll have his shot.  More...

Political Cartoon

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Acorn seeks political cartoonist

When the Acorn says we’re “all local, all the time”—we mean it. And that should apply to our editorial cartoons as well. More...