April 30, 2015 RSS feed / Front Page

Conejo schools usher in new era of testing

CASPP a part of Common Core

Nearly 3.2 million students across California have already or soon will begin state-mandated testing, and Conejo Valley kids are in the thick of it. More...

Health & Wellness

Westminster Free Clinic running short on volunteers

For two decades, the Westminster Free Clinic has striven to fulfill the basic healthcare needs of the community’s low-income and uninsured residents. More...

Hospital honors those who serve

BIG WINNER—Above, Los Robles Hospital CEO Natalie Mussi awards Linda Pearson with the Los Robles Hospital Frist Humanitarian Award during the Volunteer Recognition Dinner for Los Robles Hospita More...

Lifesaving lesson

Local students learn sidewalk CPR

Westlake High School seniors got a taste of disco on April 14 when “Stayin’ Alive” was the theme of the day.  The students were learning sidewalk CPR, a hands-only form of cardiopulmonary resuscitation that, it turns out, can b More...

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THURS., APRIL 30 ‘Freeze Frame’ 7 p.m. today and May 2 at Calabasas High School, 22855 W. Mulholland Hwy. Calabasas Dance presents spring concert. Food trucks open at 5 p.m. Tickets: $12, $17 and $22. Extra charge for food trucks. More...

Schools

Weathersfield students get some facetime with T.O. mayor

Adam visits local elementary school

Mayor Al Adam faced what may have been the toughest Q&A session of his political life last week. More...

No debate: Colina shows strong at nationals

The Colina Middle School Debate Program, for the third time in four years, received an invitation to the National Middle School Public Debate Program Championship Tournament.  The tourney took place on April 18 at Polytechnic School in Pasadena. More...

Lifting up VETS

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Business

Book offers new marketing strategies

First-time authors Mike Paule of Oak Park and Shelly Dubow of Thousand Oaks have written a book that made it to No. 1 in three business categories on Amazon.com in early April.  More...

Local comic shop giving away free comics Saturday

This Saturday, May 2, is Free Comic Book Day, and Arsenal Comics & Games in Newbury Park is obliging.  From 11 a.m. until supplies run out, the shop on Michael Drive, next door to Domino’s, will give away free comics to customers. More...

EYE ON LOCAL AREA STOCKS

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Police

TOPD warns against drinking and driving on Cinco de Mayo

Heavy police saturation planned for tonight in Thousand Oaks

Planning to “Drinko for Cinco” as the saying goes? No problemo—just be sure to find a safe ride home before you start. More...

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park  April 14 A 51- year- old woman was arrested at Ashwood Court and Felton Street for driving under the influence of alcohol and driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent or higher.   More...

Family

Bikers band together for vets

Rick Burrus Veteran Memorial Ride starts at Elks Lodge

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MD tackles vaccine controversy

The Butterfly Center and Pregnancy Newborn Taskforce will present a free Community Baby Talk titled “The Vaccine Controversy” by Dr. Kenneth Saul from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wed. May 6 at center at Horizon Hills, 33 Greta Street, Rm. More...

Host families needed

Gphomestay, in partnership with La Reina High School in Thousand Oaks and Saint Bonaventure High School in Ventura, is seeking hosts in the Thousand Oaks or Ventura areas for international students for the 2015-2016 school year.  More...

Columns

Flying Squirrel

Money abroad

While watching a recent episode of ’60s throwback-favorite “Mad Men,” I saw something that took me way, way back—traveler’s checks.  Watching series character Sally Draper affix her signature to a book of American E More...

Life in the Single Lane

‘Beyond Borders’

I cried almost continuously for two hours as I watched the movie “Beyond Borders” recently. More...

Conejo Valley Days: then and now

Now in its 59th year, the city’s signature western festival has done much to correct past failings

Over the course of its 59 years, Conejo Valley Days has had as many ups and downs as its carnival merry-go-rounds. More...

Candidates in high gear ahead of June 2

Signs stamped with the names of the four City Council candidates went up across Thousand Oaks this week, signaling the start of a relatively short election cycle.  More...

Community

Water treatment plant the first of its kind in Ventura County

Facility makes salty groundwater drinkable

As the region’s drought continues to make headlines, innovative water treatment technologies are in greater and greater demand.  More...

Cartel ‘keyholder’ pleads guilty in gang extortion ring

More than two years after a grand jury returned the largest criminal indictment in Ventura County history, a local high-ranking associate of the Mexican Mafia is now facing 27 years and four months in state prison for his role in an extortion and dru More...

Westlake wall proposal soundly rejected

A request by a North Ranch homeowner to build a 500-foot soundwall along Westlake Boulevard was denied by the planning commission this week. More...

On the Town

Teen artists shine

Student works on display in Agoura

The Westlake Village Art Guild Student Awards Show April 24 at the Historic Reyes Adobe demonstrated that art education is thriving in the Conejo Valley.  Seventy pieces of art by 55 students from Agoura, Oak Park, Thousand Oaks, Newbury Park an More...

This is no ordinary coffee shop

On your next trip to work, you might want to stop by Caffe Connections in Simi Valley for a cup of your favorite brew or a tasty breakfast or lunch treat.  More...

Temptation drives ‘The Graduate’

Show opens May 8 in T.O.

Conejo Players Theatre will present “The Graduate” from May 8 through 30 at the theater, 351 S. More...

Sports

Local LAX teams jostle for playoff positioning

Several programs having breakout seasons

Girls’ high school lacrosse teams in Acorn country are gearing up for postseason action.  More...

Lions survive first hurdle

Squad expects to qualify for playoffs

It’s been an up-and-down season for the Oaks Christian High boys’ tennis team. The Lions (10-7 overall, 5-4 in the Marmonte League) have faced both winning and losing streaks during their first goround in the Marmonte League. More...

The sky’s the limit

Westlake High swimmer Sean Sutedjo wants to take his future aspirations to new heights.  “My dream has always been to join the Air Force Academy,” Sutedjo, a 17-year-old senior, said.  He’s always been interested in planes More...

Pets

Rescue dog deeply loved even after her final breath

Today I put my Juno to sleep. I still remember the day I rescued her. She was just a few months old and had already been through a lot. The first night we brought her home she was too sick to get up. More...

Turtle show offers tips on care

The California Turtle and Tortoise Club Valley Chapter will present its annual Turtle and Tortoise Show from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. More...

Pet of the week

MORE TO LOVE—Timmy is an altered male orange tabby American shorthair mix about 13 years old. He is very friendly and loves to sit in your lap. If you would like to adopt Timmy, ask for ID No. More...

Faith

100 Years of Remembrance

April 24, 2015: The day when Armenians around the world (including this author) solemnly commemorated the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.  More...

A letter out of the darkness

April 24 marked the 100th anniversary of the start of the Armenian Genocide, where roughly 2 million Armenians in the Ottoman Empire were massacred under order of the Young Turk government.  More...

Briefs

Day of Prayer draws spiritual leaders Howard Wennes, former interim president of Cal Lutheran University, will be the keynote speaker for the Southeast Ventura County YMCA’s 16th annual National Day of Prayer Breakfast on Thurs., May 7 at CLU& More...

Letters

Group not satisfied with CVUSD response

The February 2015 NPHS student magazine, “Let’s Talk About Sex,” is inappropriate for minors and should not have been approved by the Conejo Valley Unified School District.  More...

City should live within means

At the recent City Council goal-setting session, it was revealed by the head of the city’s finance department that within the next few fiscal years city spending will exceed revenue.  This is a gap that will widen with each fiscal year tha More...

Beautification appreciated

On Saturday the City of Thousand Oaks completed a beautification project on the Gainsborough parkway from Lynn Road, eastward adjacent to the property of Racquet Club Villas.  More...

Editorials

It’s a no-brainer: Take the Common Core test

Student and parent fear over the new Common Core standards and testing is baffling.  The new test in the spring of each year must be taken by students in third through eighth grades and by high school sophomores and juniors.  More...

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FOR THE RECORD

The subhead in last week’s page 1 story about a $500,000 grant from the TOPASS Foundation to Conejo Valley Unified School District was misleading. The funds did not come from the former redevelopment agency. More...