May 14, 2015 RSS feed / Front Page

Gutter ball: Plans for Janss bowling alley derailed

Project requires more capital, mall owner says

A two-year effort to open a recreation center with a bowling alley and indoor skate park at the Janss Marketplace appears to have collapsed due to a lack of funding, a city official said this week.  More...

Business comes under fire after owner lashes out over negative review

Vulgar Facebook post quickly goes viral

The owner of a Thousand Oaks restaurant and nightclub is in hot water after a response he wrote to an online critic went viral. More...

Health & Wellness

Love Run serves as engine of Meals on Wheels program

Funds raised by road race ensure ‘no one is turned away’

Living alone with severe osteoarthritis, 79-year-old Mary- Ann found it increasingly difficult to trek to the local grocery store, lug home bags of food and put them away in her cupboards. More...

Oh, baby!

March for Babies Ventura County Walk at Conejo Creek Park North raises money for the March of Dimes and reunites former patients of Los Robles NICU
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Back in the Groove

Conejo Valley Days hits 59th year strong

SPECIAL GUEST—Dave Grohl makes a surprise appearance at Conejo Valley Days on May 9 to perform with Chevy Metal, a band led by Foo Fighters’ drummer Taylor Hawkins. More...

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THURS., MAY 14  Simi Valley Community Council  11:30 a.m. at Best Western Posada Royale Hotel, 1775 Madera Road, Simi Valley. Michelle Foster and Jill Haney discuss Special Olympics Host Town Simi Valley Program. Bring materials   More...

Schools

Retiring teacher a Maple staple

When Linda Mason began teaching at Maple Elementary School in 1979, her classroom had no walls. There were no computers and every teacher had classroom aides for part of the school day. More...

FHA students bring down the house

Six Newbury Park High School FHA-HERO Chapter members took top awards at the 68th annual FHA-HERO: The California Affiliate of Family, Careers and Community Leaders of America state leadership meeting April 25 to 28 in Fresno.  Individual awards More...

High School Hi Lights

Newbury Park Panthers Fri., May 15: SBAC testing through Fri., May 29  AP testing  IB testing through Fri., May 22  ASG event/faculty cafeteria/7 to 8:30 a.m.  Honor roll barbecue/10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  More...

Business

Chinese drug maker purchases property near Amgen

Sale reportedly for $10 million cash

AChinese pharmaceutical company has paid nearly $10 million in cash for an industrial building in Newbury Park that had been vacant for two years, the firm that brokered the deal announced April 29.  More...

Marketing mixer to feature wine, appetizers

The Public Relations Society of America California Gold Coast Chapter will host a mixer to bring together marketing and PR professionals for an evening of dinner, wine and networking from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. More...

EYE ON LOCAL AREA STOCKS

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Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park   April 19  Three men, 18, 19 and 20, were arrested for burglary in the 4800 block of Borchard Road.   April 29  A 53-year-old man was cited for battery in the 4500 block of Calle Norte.   More...

Faith

New Greek Orthodox Church built in Byzantine style

Gary Kyriacou likened the process of building a church to the ebb and flow of water in a creek.  The priest has helped the congregation of St. More...

Physician to speak on wartime traumas in Israel

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Let Us Pray

Message of hope delivered on National Day of Prayer

Message of hope delivered on National Day of Prayer More...

Letters

Care for yards even in drought

How happy I am that so many residents are taking the drought seriously and not watering their lawns? Extremely.  What’s troubling me is that this may be seen as an excuse to not do any yardwork at all. More...

Farmers should be saving water

I recently heard that California residents are responsible for using approximately 15 percent of our state’s water supply and that agriculture is responsible for the other 85 percent.  More...

Students should pass on CAASPP

Students in Conejo Valley Unified School District are being denied classroom instruction and preparation for legitimate tests and college entrance examinations to make time for taking federal voluntary assessment tests.  The voluntary assessment More...

Editorials

In face of criticism, biz owners must take the high road

Recession or recovery, bear or bull market, windfall or lose all, it doesn’t matter: Life is hard out there for small businesses.  More...

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FOR THE RECORD

A feature story in last week’s edition about Thousand Oaks resident Evan Stephens (“How green was his valley”) said John Ford’s 1941 classic “How Green Was My Valley” was filmed at Paramount Ranch in what would bec More...

Trustee wants provision added to district policy regarding transgender students

School board to vote tonight on incorporating controversial state law into district policy

The Conejo Valley Unified School District Board of Education will vote tonight on how best to incorporate provisions of a controversial state law that allows students to choose whether to use the boys’ or girls’ restroom based on the gender they iden More...

Thousand Oaks house call doctor, husband arrested

Elderly Camarillo woman died in their care, police say

A Thousand Oaks house call doctor and her husband have been arrested on suspicion of crimes related to the death of a Camarillo woman they were treating in the summer of 2014. More...

Rock star cameo part of fun-filled CVD

Organizers call 2015 best in recent memory

It was a big year for Conejo Valley Days, the area’s annual Old West-themed spring fair. More...

Community

Three arrested in snack shack burglary

Surveillance cameras, installed two weeks earlier, catch thieves in act

It appears some Newbury Park sluggers are also super sleuths.  Efforts made by members of the community’s PONY Baseball league have led to the arrest of three people and the identity of a fourth who league officials say broke into the snac More...

Grassy areas headed for endangered list, CRPD votes

District to further turf replacement, use of reclaimed water

With the goal of decreasing its overall water use by a third, the Conejo Recreation and Park District approved last week a host of significant measures aimed at conservation. More...

Report water waste

If you know of irrigation or sprinkler problems at a park in Thousand Oaks, the Conejo Recreation and Park District wants to hear about it. More...

On the Town

Fresh off hit show, Garofalo takes T.O.

Comedian Janeane Garofalo, star of Bravo TV’s new hit show “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce,” will perform at 7 p.m. May 31 at the Scherr Forum Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd.  More...

Actor will share talents in master class

Of Note Productions, a nonprofit organization, will present a master class with Broadway and film actor Rogelio Douglas Jr. at 10 a.m. Sat., May 23 at the Grant Brimhall Library, 1401 E. More...

This summer’s sure to rock

CRPD unveils lineup for Concerts in the Park series

The Conejo Recreation and Park District’s 2015 Summer Concerts in the Park Series kicks off with The Stonez: A Tribute to The Rolling Stones on Memorial Day at 5 p.m. More...

Sports

Out with a bang

A perfect regular season was the perfect way to go out, but perfection doesn’t always have a storybook ending.  In his 18th and final season leading the La Reina High track and field team, Robert Lopez directed the Regents to the Tri- Vall More...

Three Lions get the job done right in America

Oaks Christian baseball stars stay consistent during a season of transition

Adam Kerner was bored on a Saturday night.  Kerner and Oaks Christian High baseball teammates Carson Rudd and Jack Aldrich decided to go Zohan on their locks.  “Let’s bleach our hair,” Kerner said.  Aldrich’s ha More...

Warriors thrive on court

Westlake boys’ tennis singles stars help team win third straight league title

Connie Flanderka, the Westlake High boys’ tennis head coach, knows talent when she sees it.  Warrior sophomores Brandon Lam, Cody Lin and Andrew Whitehouse ooze with superstar talent.  More...

Pets

Odd bedfellows: yucca plant and yucca moth thrive together

Yucca whipplei is among the final wave of native plants coming into bloom this spring on the chaparral-coated flanks of the Santa Monica Mountains. More...

Pet of the week

SHY BUT SWEET—Baby is an altered male black and white domestic longhair cat about 13 years old. He is a little standoffish, but after he gets to know you he is very sweet. More...

Let us hear your ‘tails’

The Acorn invites you to send your favorite pet story for publication on the Critter Corner page. We love our pets and want to give them the recognition they deserve.  More...

Family

What dreams may come

  CHOREOGRAPHY—Dance instructor Ellenie Gales invites fans to join her on stage at the second annual Dare to Dream Music Festival at the Thousand Oaks Teen Center on May 2. More...

Butterfly Center hosts community baby shower

Expectant moms, dads invited

All pregnant women and soonto be dads are invited to attend a free community baby shower, “Blooming Mothers To Be,” from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. More...

Mom-daughter duo promote early reading

Tracy Newman and her daughter Charlotte Dean will kick off the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program at 11 a.m. Sat., May 16 at the Grant Brimhall Library, 1401 E. More...

Columns

Flying Squirrel

Fly or drive?

With Memorial Day approaching, I’ve been reminiscing about the three-day weekends of my childhood. More...

Life in the Single Lane

“You’ll know that you miss someone very much when every time you think of that person, your heart breaks into pieces.”  — Anonymous  Every day I get an inspiring quote sent to me by email, which, I find, usually sets More...

Vacation Photos

Take Your Thousand Oaks Acorn on Vacation

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Boys Team Charity, Inc.

Conejo Valley graduating seniors

Boys Team Charity, Inc. Conejo Valley League was formed in 2011 to give boys and their parents the opportunity to assist the community through team and individual projects.  More...