April 16, 2015 RSS feed / Front Page

District looking to buy two parcels near Amgen

Land would house maintenance and operations center currently on Kelley Road

Conejo Valley Unified School District has identified two properties near the Amgen campus that could serve as the future home of CVUSD’s maintenance and operations center, which is moving from Kelley Road in Newbury Park. More...

Client accuses masseuse of sexual assault

A Thousand Oaks massage therapist has been arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting a 25-year-old female client who has a mental disability. Gary Sperling, 67, of Woodland Hills, a therapist at Massage Envy, 3835 E. More...

Health & Wellness

The OTHER Side of 50

Healthcare decisions made easier

Aren’t online customer reviews wonderful?  They are those postings by people who invest time and energy to give their feedback on a recent purchase experience on sites like Yelp, Angie’s List or Amazon. More...

It’s Healthy Kids Week at Miller Y

The Miller Family YMCA of Newbury Park is celebrating Healthy Kids Week from April 20 through 26 at the Y, 320 Via Las Brisas.  Free activities include dance, karate and a family hike.  Kids can receive a Healthy Kids Week passport and coll More...

Panel discusses planning for healthcare

In celebration of National Healthcare Decisions Day today, April 16, Atria Grand Oaks senior living in Thousand Oaks will host a panel discussion with three experts in the field of medicine.  Social worker Lindsey Simpson will join Dr. More...

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THURS., APRIL 16  C.I. Gulls Plant Sale And Luncheon  11 a.m. at Wedgewood Banquet Center, 5880 Olivas Park Drive, Ventura. Bring plant to be auctioned off. Proceeds go to local charities. RSVP requested. Contact: Shirley. More...

Schools

Winning formula: TOHS dominates county science fair

Thousand Oaks schools made a strong impression at the 61st annual Ventura County Science Fair with individuals from TOHS placing first in eight of the 14 scientific categories.  This year’s theme, “Imagine,” inspired nearly 1,0 More...

High School Hi Lights

Newbury Park Panthers Fri., April 17: Campaigning, advertising for ASG board Senior picnic ticket sales through Fri., May 1/student store School supplies drive through Wed., April 29 More...

High schools to support K-9s for Warriors

The Interact clubs of Newbury Park, Thousand Oaks, Westlake, La Reina, Agoura, Oak Park, Oaks Christian and Camarillo high schools, with support from Rotary clubs in the Conejo Valley, will host the inaugural K-9s for Warriors fundraiser from 2 to 4 More...

Business

Hyatt Westlake not for sale after all

VP tells Acorn Thousand Oaks hotel is off the market

The owner of the Hyatt Westlake Plaza in Thousand Oaks has changed its plans to sell the hotel and conference center. More...

Al Adam, Linda Parks named to board of Economic Collaborative-Ventura County

City and county government officials from throughout Ventura County and a land-use consultant recently joined the board of directors of the Economic Development Collaborative-Ventura County.  More...

Chief medical officer joins Chamber

Dr. More...

Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park   April 5  A 23-year-old man was arrested for receiving stolen property, being under the influence of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance for sale in the 1200 block of Ramona Drive.   More...

Faith

The Art of Being

What do little children know that you don’t?

Recently, I flew to Las Vegas to conduct a seminar.  More...

Parking lot sale benefits Helping Hands ministry

St. Julie’s Helping Hands Ministry will host a parking lot sale from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sat., April 18 and from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sun, April 19 at the church, 2475 Borchard Road, Newbury Park.  Donations will be accepted from 8:30 a.m. More...

Catholic school turns 50

St. Rose of Lima Catholic School in Simi Valley is celebrating its 50th anniversary. More...

Letters

Proposal would hinder cleanup

I was saddened to read about the effort to see the Santa Susana Field Lab designated as a national monument. More...

Contaminants put health at risk

The priority for the Santa Susana Field Lab site is to clean up all the nuclear and chemical contaminants completely. The contaminants have been moving off site, causing problems with the surrounding communities’ health. More...

Yielding not the same as stopping

I take issue with CHP Officer Duarte’s statements (Acorn, March 26), “When a pedestrian is in a crosswalk, obviously, vehicles are required to stop” and “Vehicles have to wait until a pedestrian is safely off the crosswalk and More...

Columns

Life in the Single Lane

Reader response

I just never know when something I write will strike a nerve with more readers than usual. More...

On the Trail

Crawling back on the bike

Black widow spiders have been spending more time on my bicycle than I have.  My mountain bike has been shed-bound amid scampering lethal spiders as various life crises pulled me off it.  Years passed, and distracted as I was coping with mor More...

The seeds he planted grew into a university

Statue of Richard Pederson to be dedicated at CLU during Scandinavian Festival

When artist Paul Lucchesi saw a black-and-white photo of Richard Pederson surveying his Thousand Oaks ranch, he was moved to re-create the likeness with clay. More...

Council delays vote on tree law

Members ask staff to craft new ordinance

The City Council voted this week to extend a moratorium, in effect since last April, on aspects of the oak tree ordinance that allowed the removal of dozens of protected trees at Westlake Plaza last spring. More...

Community

Another committee? Council wants to appoint group to look at boulevard

Meanwhile, BID chair points finger at City Hall over lack of progress

As T.O. More...

Local agencies fall short in water conservation efforts

No more gentle nudges. Now it gets tough. Local residents are being told to cut back on their water use, and this time they won’t have a choice. More...

Thousand Oaks resident accused of lewd acts with minor

Man, 28, is elementary school teacher in Camarillo

A teacher at a K-5 school in Camarillo was arrested this week on suspicion of committing lewd acts with a minor between the ages of 15 and 16, crimes the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office says took place in 2011 and 2012. More...

On the Town

Street artists in the spotlight

L.A. art scene comes to Agoura

The Los Angeles art scene comes alive in Agoura Hills tomorrow, April 17, with a program that organizers hope will be a regular monthly gig at the city’s Whizin Market Square. More...

A special blend

The Scherr Forum Theatre will present a concert by the band Quattro at 8:30 p.m. Fri., April 24 at the Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd.  Quattro is an ensemble that blends Latin, pop, jazz and classical music.  More...

Two powerhouses collide in drama

A British playboy TV personality, producer and comic known for his A-list parties as well as his interviews with famous figures. A disgraced U.S. president recently resigned. Can two such characters be more diverse—or similar?  More...

Sports

Blue note special

Westlake boys’ volleyball team wants to upset Newbury Park for Marmonte title

The pillagers descended on the Westlake High gymnasium.  “There’s so many of them,” Chris Shaffer said.  Warriors started dropping like Australian flying foxes at an Uzbekistani discothèque. Defeat was inevitable.  More...

Finding a groove

Thousand Oaks High’s swim teams lost a handful of key contributors from last season, but the returners are capable of making waves this spring.  “We’re solid so far,” head coach Thomas Smith said. More...

The Saints are on the move

Hillcrest Christian baseball team is stampeding foes like cattle through the Vatican

Hillcrest Christian High’s baseball team is romping through Omega League foes again.  When the Saints (6-1 overall, 5-0 in league) go marching into league matchups, they’re out to prove last year’s breakout season was no fluke. More...

Pets

Providing special care for nature’s little acrobat

Squirrels. More...

Pet of the week

LAID BACK—Butters is a female tortie domestic shorthair mix about 7 years old. She is a mellow cat in need of a good home and some love. If you would like to adopt Butters ask for ID No. More...

Dine out and help homeless pets’ health

Healthcare for Homeless Animals will present a fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sat., April 18 at the Veggie Grill, 3825 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. More...

Obituaries

Donna Marie (Sigurdson) Ahlness

October 27, 1919 to March 30, 2015

Donna Ahlness was born to Alma and Hahn (H.J.) Sigurdson on the family farm outside of St. James, Minnesota. She was the third of six children. More...

Family

Residents head back to prom in support of Dreamcatcher playground

Dress code ranges from T’s to tuxes

This Saturday folks from across the Conejo Valley will be donning their bell bottoms, stepping into their boogie shoes and raising money for a special cause.  It’s time for prom again—but not just for high school students. More...

It’s chili time!

Rotary cook-off is back April 25

The Rotary clubs of Thousand Oaks and the Conejo Valley will present the 39th annual Thousand Oaks Chili Cook-off and Classic Car Show from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sat., April 25 at Conejo Creek Park South, 1300 E. More...

CVD Family Day needs volunteers

Volunteers are needed to help on Conejo Valley Days’ Special Kids Day Fri., May 8 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. More...

Editorials

If you love Mom, then it’s time to Draw Mom

If Mom had an actual hat for each role she played and wore every single one at the same time, she’d probably have a stack as tall as a skyscraper on top of her head.  OK fine, maybe not that tall. More...

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Take Your Thousand Oaks Acorn on Vacation

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Friday night soccer makes a comeback

Free clinics are open to players from across the county

Having spent thousands of dollars for his son to play club soccer, Coach Pat Curren knows firsthand the cost of playing the three-monthlong sessions.  More...