December 25, 2014 RSS feed / Front Page

Health & Wellness

Local doctor working to ensure vets get better care

New Year’s Eve gala set to raise funds for rehab center in Mammoth

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On the Town

Singers enjoy themselves in school’s holiday concert

All of the local high schools in the Conejo Valley produce winter choir concerts around this time of year, but as good as they all are, none can approach the level of professionalism and excellence of the Newbury Park High School program.  More...

Santa’s Night Off

Tipsy Goat’sfirst SantaCon delivers good times

PARTYING FOR A CAUSE—Top, Jamie Goodman, second from right, waits for some attention from the bartender during SantaCon. More...

The Movie Nut

The story itself should have been an obstacle.  How could it be possible to tell this true, mostly internal tale of a woman hiking alone for three months in the wilderness— and make it interesting?  The answer: Apply talent.  More...

Sports

Time to celebrate

Counting down the top local sports stories of 2014

Decorate the Christmas tree, light up the menorah and nestle kindling in the fireplace—it’s time to celebrate a great year in sports.  Local teams and athletes in Acorn country flourished in 2014.  More...

QB Clausen starts for Bears

Jimmy Clausen started his first game since 2010 on Sunday, and things didn’t go as planned for the former Oaks Christian High quarterback.  More...

Pets

Pet of the week

OLD GREEN EYES—Cal is an altered male medium-haired gray tabby with pale green eyes about 6 years old. He is very sweet and playful. If you would like to adopt Cal ask for ID No. More...

Animal adoption centers need helping hands

Animal Services calls for volunteers

Ventura County Animal Services is hoping that animal lovers will make it their New Year’s resolution to help care for the homeless animal population by becoming VCAS volunteers.  VCAS’ first volunteer orientation of 2015 will be at 1 More...

Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park  Dec. 7 Two men, 50 and 54, were cited for drinking alcohol in public in the 400 block of Ventu Park Road.   More...

Family

Life begins anew at the L.A. Zoo

Baby otters, giraffes among star attractions

The L.A. Zoo is hosting a holiday light spectacular in the evenings through Jan. 4, and during the day visitors can see some new additions to the zoo’s animal lineup.  More...

TOPD unveiling Kid Print ID system

The Thousand Oaks Police Department will introduce its new Kid Print ID system to Conejo Valley residents beginning Wed., Jan. More...

Letters

Background on pen pals offered

A Google “alert” delivered Anna Bitong’s Dec. 18 story (“Pen pals of over 50 years and many miles reunite”) to me.  This is not the first such story I’ve read during the past 50 years. More...

CVHS building’s historical value

Did you know that the Conejo Valley High School building is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year?  More...

City chose not to prevent damage

To the mayor and council of Thousand Oaks: Thousand Oaks’ family, friends and neighbors in Dos Vientos affected by the Dec. 12 mud slides are hurting because city officials chose to do nothing.   More...

Editorials

When it counts most, Thousand Oaks gets it right

Over the course of the year, many different opinions about our community have been expressed in this newspaper, some glowing, others not.  More...

Political Cartoon

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Suicide by cop attempt fails

Man, 49, begged police to shoot him—they used Taser instead

A man armed with two handguns and a bow and arrow was arrested by the Thousand Oaks Police Department last week after a tense standoff during which, officers said, he repeatedly told deputies to shoot him.  More...

Proposed art museum to take place of old Taco Bell

Supporters seeking $250,000 to renovate building next to Civic Center

While the opening of the California Museum of Art-Thousand Oaks is still years away, supporters are pursuing a more immediate goal: They’re setting up an interim location that will offer art exhibits and programs. More...

Community

Wrong-way driver causes crash

Suspected drunk driver enters southbound 101 heading north

A four-car accident involving a wrong-way driver on the 101 Freeway resulted in one person being sent to the hospital with serious injuries in the early morning hours of Dec. 18.  More...

City will continue to pay for day laborer site supervision

Paid supervisors will continue to keep watch over the city’s day laborer site near Hampshire Road and the 101 Freeway through June 2015—and likely beyond that date.  More...

County makes compromise on sidewalk repairs

Supervisors back Parks’ suggestion

Ending a 36-year practice of having homeowners in unincorporated areas pay for any and all sidewalk repairs, Ventura County will pick up the tab for some sidewalk fixes when workers are already in the area repaving streets.  More...

Calendar

Calendar

WED., DEC. 31  CAPE Comet Glow Run   More...

Schools

Choirs give voice to seasonal cheer

Thousand Oaks High School’s choral music program has been revitalized since choral director Janna Santangelo took the reins several years ago. The fruits of her labor were on display at the school’s performing arts center on Dec. More...

Holiday music fills the night

  BRASSY CAROLS—Members of the Newbury Park High School band—Colin Milhaupt, Bennett Phan, Matthew Chow and Stephen Nagatoshi—perform for a homeowner in Newbury Park on Sunday. More...

Winners of Student Film Festival announced

The winners have been announced for the Reagan Library’s second annual Student Film Festival.  The event Dec. More...

Business

Owner of Simi Valley mall mulling freeway signs to boost business

Neighboring Simi Valley could have a freeway sign controversy brewing.  With renovations at the Simi Valley Town Center mall well underway, developers are now looking to boost visibility with eight new signs.  More...

$ BUSINESS BITS

Hair salon for men  18/8 Men’s Salon opened at Westlake Plaza.   Early childhood learning  Newbury Oaks Preschool opened at Village at Dos Vientos on Via Las Brisas.   More...

EYE ON LOCAL AREA STOCKS

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Faith

Temple hosts holiday meal every Christmas

Event draws 150 to 300 each year FILE PHOTOS

A Jewish temple and Christmas dinner might not seem the most likely combination, but a Thousand Oaks temple has been feeding meals to the hungry and those with nowhere else to go every Christmas for the last 20 years.  More...

Christmas services planned throughout the Conejo

Christmas in the Conejo will be filled with song and spirit for those who seek it. Churches throughout the valley will welcome parishioners and community members alike for afternoon and evening services both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.  More...

When you’re holding on by a thread

I pulled the ribbon tight into a bow and placed the package beneath the tree.  That’s when I saw the little ballerina ornament, delicate and suspended by her life-line among the branches . . . More...

Columns

Hot Flashes

The best-dressed list

I might be weary. Perhaps a tad cranky. Slightly high on peppermint bark.  But there’s hope.  Just knowing my booze is better-dressed than I am for holiday celebrations ensures a good night’s sleep.  More...

On the Trails

Dreaming of a green Christmas

Someone’s going to have to rewrite a few classic Christmas standards in keeping with our weather shift from a parched to plush landscape.  Local residents who cherish Currier and Ives images of snowladen rooftops and sleigh rides through s More...