April 9, 2015 RSS feed / Front Page

Providing a voice to the voiceless

Human trafficking hard to detect, harder to prosecute

Part one of a three-part series Ventura County law enforcement is battling a burgeoning crime whose victims are often hidden, unable or afraid to report their abusers, and thus forgotten: human trafficking. More...

Health & Wellness

Petition seeks to turn polluted site into national monument

Field Laboratory in the midst of extensive cleanup

With cleanup underway at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory, an online petition asking President Obama to designate part of the site a national monument by the end of the year has been gaining ground.  More...

Lodge hosts blood drive

A blood drive will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sat., April 11 at a bloodmobile parked at the Thousand Oaks Elks Lodge, 158 Conejo School Road, Thousand Oaks.  For information, call (805) 496-2477.   More...

Don’t get trapped in Medicare gap

Medicare helps to pay for a wide variety of health services, from flu shots to hospital stays to hospice care. But it doesn’t cover everything. More...

Calendar

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THURS., APRIL 9  Soroptimists Of San Fernando Valley   More...

Schools

The ABCs of Education

Parents: Confused about the latest school lingo? You’re not alone

When it comes to the language of public education these days, it seems a doctorate in education is needed to decipher all of the acronyms. More...

Sycamore debate team on the rise

Young program already establishing itself among area’s best

Two teams of three from Sycamore Canyon School in Newbury Park have qualified to compete April 18 at the Middle School Public Debate Program Western Regional Championship in Pasadena.  They are Priya Setty, Eesha Chattopadhyay and Veronica Seixa More...

Music-inspired marathon

MATES teachers, parents run to raise $$$

  SWEATING IT FOR STRINGS—A group of parents and teachers from Meadows Arts & Technology Elementary School in Thousand Oaks ran in last month’s Los Angeles Marathon to raise money for the school’s music department. More...

Business

Marketing firm delivers 337 sleeping bags for homeless

Mustang Marketing, based in Newbury Park, drummed up a total of 337 sleeping bags during its third annual drive that ended March 30.  The sleeping bags were delivered to Lutheran Social Services Community Care Center of Thousand Oaks to provide More...

Fitness studio is newest addition at The Lakes

Burn 60 Studios, a high-intensity interval-training studio and celebrity fitness hub with a flagship location in Brentwood, has opened a second facility at The Lakes shopping center, 2200 E. More...

Hairport in holding pattern in T.O. for 30 years

One of the first men’s salons in the Conejo

Hairport Men’s Salon in Thousand Oaks is celebrating 30 years in business.  The salon opened in 1985 as one of the Conejo Valley’s only men’s salons. More...

Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park March 27 A 23-year-old man was arrested in the 500 block of N. Ventu Park Road for resisting, obstructing or delaying a peace officer. In the 500 block of N. Ventu Park Road, a 46-year-old man was arrested for public intoxication. More...

Faith

Church hosting women’s retreat

Newbury Park author will be featured speaker

The “Come Away” Women’s Mini-Retreat will take place from 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. More...

Jewish Passover holiday rich in traditions

Jewish households throughout Ventura County will celebrate the final night of Passover this weekend.  The eight-day holiday pays tribute to the Jews who escaped from slavery in Egypt 3,300 years ago.  “Passover is the most observed ho More...

Letters

Measure E is not outdated

To those of you looking for ways around Measure E, I remind you that we the people passed that measure because we wanted to preserve the quality of life in Thousand Oaks and protect it from developers and business owners seeking to boost their profit More...

Let mixed use succeed first

In reading the news in last week’s Acorn regarding housing on Thousand Oaks Boulevard, I’m compelled to communicate a few interesting facts.  More...

Left-turn system needs to change

One improvement that can be achieved in Thousand Oaks is to reduce driving time and traffic congestion on city streets. The way to achieve this is to eliminate 99 percent of the left-turn arrows where one lane is turning left.  More...

Editorials

Why we don’t call them Emails to the Editor

Did you know April is National Card and Letter Writing Month?  Does that seem archaic?  The art of letter writing—once the primary method by which the story of our lives and the history of nations passed among generations—has mo More...

Cartoon

Full Story

Transient charged with false imprisonment after late-night break-in in Thousand Oaks

Woman was home alone when man came through her window at 2 a.m., police say

A 44-year-old transient from Thousand Oaks is facing charges of false imprisonment by violence. More...

Massage therapist accused of sexually assaulting client with disability

Alleged assault happened at Massage Envy on Thousand Oaks Boulevard

A Thousand Oaks massage therapist has been arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting a 25-year-old female client who has a mental disability. More...

CRPD board member: ‘Turn the water off’

The city’s lush, green parks will soon be dry and brown if the Conejo Recreation and Park District follows the admonition of one of its leaders. More...

Community

Power line removal set to start in early 2016

City going ahead with plans to underground utilities along stretch of TOB

In an effort to beautify a stretch of its signature thoroughfare, the City of Thousand Oaks is moving ahead with plans to remove 48 power poles and place overhead utilities underground along T.O. More...

City receives plans for large-scale development on TOB

Beverly Hills developer eyes vacant 6-acre lot

There’s a new player looking to build mixed use on Thousand Oaks Boulevard. More...

Conejo Rec & Park will help get out the vote, to an extent

To encourage Thousand Oaks residents to participate in the June 2 special election, the city has stepped up its get-out-the-vote efforts and is seeking the assistance of area organizations, agencies and businesses.  More...

On the Town

Magical tale set to debut on Kavli stage

Mary Poppins’ opens April 17

Cabrillo Music Theatre presents the regional professional premiere of “Mary Poppins,” a musical based on the Disney movie, from April 17 through 26 at the 1,800-seat Kavli Theatre at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. More...

Mason rocks The Canyon on Sunday

Notable rocker Dave Mason is coming back to The Canyon club in Agoura Hills on Sun., April 12. He’s played the venue several times and always draws raucous applause from his devoted followers.  More...

Hollywood comics will bring the laughs

Comedy series returns Saturday

The Hillcrest Center for the Arts will present HashtagComedy at 7:30 p.m. Sat., April 11 at 403 W. More...

Sports

Hitting all the right notes

Ryne Benson, a transfer from Arizona, adapts to Newbury Park boys’ volleyball team

Ryne Benson’s first volleyball memory is unforgettable.  The Newbury Park High senior recalled his first match as if it was yesterday.  “I was in seventh grade,” the 18-year-old said, “and I remember sitting right ba More...

Baseball team feasts on foes for Arizona title

GOLD GLOVES—The Adam Kennedy Baseball Development U-10 team of Thousand Oaks won the Triple Crown Sports National Spring Championships. More...

Regent rookies give top-ranked team an edge

Thank goodness for freshmen.  La Reina High softball head coach Mike Best had his first losing season in his 22-year coaching career last spring when the Regents sputtered to a 4-16 record.  Rookies have stepped up for La Reina, now 7-3 ove More...

Pets

Collar challenges crafty canine

My new dog used to garner all sorts of adulation as we paraded through neighborhoods far and wide. He came from the Agoura Shelter as a handsome blue-eyed fellow with unusual speckled markings in black, white and copper.  More...

Pet of the week

BEAUTIFUL APPALOOSA— Rusty is an altered male, red and white roan Appaloosa, about 16 years old. He is a lovable and mellow horse that needs a good home. More...

Women escaping abuse can get safe haven for their pets

Ventura County Animal Services provides a foster care program for the animal victims of domestic violence. The program enables women to leave an abusive relationship sooner by providing safe shelter for their pets.  More...

Family

Local B&G Clubs honor their best

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley honored its top youth at the 12th annual Superstars of the Year Celebration on March 22 at the Kavli Theatre. More...

Community can come to Maple’s Aloha Festival

The 2015 Family Day Aloha Carnival will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Sat., April 18 at Maple Elementary School, 3501 Kimber Drive, Newbury Park.  This event is open to the community.  More...

Planning a memorable vacation

Summer is almost upon us and it’s time to start planning the family vacation. Even if the budget is tight, the opportunity to spend quality time with spouse and children is not something that should be passed up. More...

Columns

Hot Flashes

Remembering

In the photo above there are six little faces. All cousins, all crazy, all in for a weeklong birthday bash like none other.  Why? Well, this is no ordinary stinkin’ birthday. More...

On the Trail

That old devil wind

A wind devil came whirling out of a neighbor’s driveway one warm afternoon recently.  The day had been gusty earlier but by then had grown becalmed. More...

Flying Squirrel

RV travel

If you’ve driven along the coast on a holiday weekend and seen the line of RVs enjoying our fantastic sunsets, you might’ve thought, “That looks like fun!”  And if you’ve ever seen your neighbor spending an entire d More...