March 19, 2015 RSS feed / Front Page

Impact of Amgen reorganization on T.O. campus still unclear

Thousand Oaks-based biotech giant Amgen has announced another round of layoffs. More...

Health & Wellness

CLU athletes taking part in landmark concussion study

T.O. university one of 21 participating

California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks is among 21 universities in the nation selected to participate in a comprehensive study of concussions and headimpact exposure over the next three years.  More...

The OTHER Side of 50

Carrots or cookies

When I was a kid, my mother taught me a lesson about appetites and hunger. More...

On the Town

Having a look around

Reporter gets preview of what’s to come at new-look Westlake Plaza

The sounds of loud machinery and construction were replaced by the strums of a guitarist and conversations among city leaders, reporters and others set to tour the newly renovated Westlake Plaza on March 12.  More...

Ageless opera still delights

Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic opera “Iolanthe” premiered in 1882 in London’s Savoy Theatre, the first of their plays to debut there. More...

Celebs team up with B&G Club to honor youth ‘superstars’

The community is welcome to attend the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley’s 12th annual Superstars of the Year Celebration from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sun., March 22 in the Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. T.O. More...

Sports

Lancers want to contend in deep Marmonte League

Enough is enough.  Thousand Oaks High’s boys’ tennis team is determined not to suffer the same fate it has endured for three straight seasons.  More...

One for the books

Jenna Mencarelli has Westlake track and field record in 400-meter run

Records are meant to be broken. Track and field athletes train for years to attain the fastest times and notch the best marks for their specific events. It takes countless hours of hard work and dedication to etch names in the history books. More...

On the road again

ON TARGET—Taylor Spence and the Westlake High softball team play at the Torrance National Tournament this weekend. The Warriors (2-3 overall) open the tournament at 2 p.m. More...

Pets

A fling with the lion king

The Thousand Oaks Acorn ran an article March 5 evoking the nostalgia that surrounds one of the city’s former big draws, Jungleland.  More...

Pet of the week

THAT FACE—Lulu is a 6-year-old female black and white Boston terrier. She’s as cute as can be but needs to be in an adult-only home. If you would like to adopt Lulu ask for ID No. More...

Faith

St. Julie’s recognizes St. Joseph’s Day

St. Julie Billiart Catholic Church will celebrate St. Joseph’s Day on Sun., March 22 at the church, 2475 Borchard Road, Newbury Park.  The event will start with a procession at noon, followed by St. More...

Finding the beauty in life’s imperfections

I knew what it was when I saw it lying there beneath the rose bush. Beneath Lucky’s rose, the one we planted in his memory because it seems roses live longer than our dearest four-legged friends.  More...

End-of-life planning for Catholics offered

St. John’s Seminary will sponsor another in a series of forums on end of life and estate planning for Catholics at a free “Life is Changed, Not Ended” seminar from 9:30 to 11 a.m. More...

Letters

Students have rights too

The Supreme Court has ruled: “Students don’t shed their constitutional rights at the schoolhouse gates.”  More...

Show kids the system works

I’m writing this letter in support of the NPHS staff, students and newspaper. More...

Adviser should be replaced

The sex issue of the NPHS journalism magazine is inappropriate for minors. Its message: “Students, have sex, now.”  The giant front cover is a simulated erect penis held by a girl’s hands that is applying a bright red condom. More...

Editorials

In taking offense, parents make Prowler’s point for them

This week’s community-wide debate over whether the Conejo Valley school district and Newbury Park High School were wrong to allow a student publication to publish a cover story and photos on sex says a lot about the place we live.  More...

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FOR THE RECORD

•Last week’s article about declining enrollment in Conejo Valley Unified had two errors.  More...

SPLIT OPINIONS

Parents, students sound off on Newbury Park HS teen sex story

The Conejo Valley school board will not take action in regard to editorial decisions made by student journalists at Newbury Park High School, trustees decided this week. More...

The Oaks owner facing hostile takeover

Company behind Camarillo outlets seeks to buy T.O. mall

The Macerich Company, which owns The Oaks mall in Thousand Oaks, announced this week it has rejected an unsolicited proposal from the owner of the Camarillo Premium Outlets to acquire Macerich, in part because the offer was deemed too low.  More...

Community

Volunteer effort bringing oaks back to Rancho Sierra Vista

Hundreds of trees being planted along Potrero Creek

A Conejo Valley area that’s been missing indigenous oak trees since ranchers flattened it for grazing cattle will soon have roughly 2,000 new saplings, the result of a county grant and the work of two conservancy organizations and plenty of vol More...

Council to sit down for annual goal-setting meeting on Tuesday

Meeting won’t be at City Hall

The annual City Council goal-setting meeting, when the council discusses what it will try to accomplish in the coming year, will be held next week. The meeting will be Tues., March 24 at the Los Robles Greens Banquet Center. More...

City considers taking action to discourage use of rodent poisons

Experts say anticoagulants harm local wildlife

The Thousand Oaks City Council is considering a resolution that would urge businesses not to sell and residents not to use a type of rodent poison that’s being blamed for harming local wildlife.  More...

Calendar

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THURS., MARCH 19 Pleasant Valley Garden Club More...

Schools

What the heck is ‘kendama’? Ask your middle-schooler

Japanese game invades local schools

A new toy fad is sweeping through area schools and has created what is called the “kendama craze.”  A kendama is a traditional Japanese toy and looks like an oldfashioned ball-and-cup game. More...

La Reina playing host to statewide robotics competition

Middle and high school girls from across California will gather at La Reina High School for the All Girls’ Showcase VEX Robotics Competition on Sat., March 28.  Twenty-four all-girls teams will compete against each other with robots create More...

VC Mock Trial results

Editor ’s note: Last week’s article on the 2015 Ventura County Mock Trial competition failed to include Trinity Pacific Christian School of Thousand Oaks. The Acorn sincerely regrets the error. More...

Business

Opening opportunities

Boutique features vendors with special needs

As the owner and founder of Epic Luis Art, 14-year-old Luis Tirado finds satisfaction in creating and selling greeting cards, acrylic paintings and beaded bracelets.  More...

Briefs

Oaks GM joins Chamber board Aaron Spector, general manager of The Oaks mall, has been named to the board of the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce. More...

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Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park   March 7  A 20-year-old man was arrested for being under the influence of controlled substance and possession of methamphetamine, a cont ro ll ed substance, a controlled substance for sale and burglary tools at Hillcrest Drive More...

Family

Family Men

Man of the sea

I come from a long line of stubborn Picarella men. If we craft an argument (and it’s most definitely a form of craftsmanship), then we can’t back down whether we’re right or . . More...

Their lucky day

Children delight in CRPD St. Paddy’s Day celebration

STRIKING GOLD—Top, children race tofind coins during the Leprechaun’s Lucky Gold Hunt at Thousand Oaks Community Center on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17. More...

Easter fun at fairgrounds

Ventura County Fairgrounds Foundation will host the inaugural spring carnival over Easter weekend at the fairgrounds, 10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura.  Event hours are 5 to 10 p.m. Fri., April 3; noon to 10 p.m. Sat., April 4; and noon to 7 p.m. More...

Columns

Hot Flashes

Lucky

Sometimes it’s just too tempting.  “By the time you’re done complaining, Sara Heartburn,” my mother would gently remind me, “you could have already done something about it.”  More...

Auto Club offers free driving workshop

The Automobile Club of Southern California will offer a free educational workshop to help parents and teens prepare for driving from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. Tues., March 31 at the Alex Fiore Thousand Oaks Teen Center, 1375 E. More...

On the Trail

Rock art

The natural landscape typically wows on a grand scale, with plunging waterfalls and erupting volcanoes, bubbling geysers and towering summits, gigantic waves and spectacular canyons.  What’s up underfoot, or at ground level, is easy to ove More...