June 18, 2015 RSS feed / Front Page

Scooter-driving bank robbers get probation, time served

Two Thousand Oaks men who in April admitted to robbing a U.S. Bank branch were given their punishments Wednesday. More...

Health & Wellness

UCLA Health program encourages exercise

Walk with a Doc’ in Westlake Village

UCLA Health will present its monthly “Walk with a Doc” program starting Sat., June 20 from 8 to 9 a.m. at Triunfo Community Park, 950 Aranmoor Ave., Westlake Village. More...

Got What it Takes?

Newbury Park Steelers hosts football skills competition

SPEED AND AGILITY TESTED—Top to bottom: Coach BJ Wright starts the timer on Izayiah Lopez, 9, and Logan Rake as they race off the line during the three-cone drill at a free football combine hos More...

MMA studio offers free self-defense class

Bas Rutten’s Elite MMA gym will host an open house from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sun., June 28 at 880 Hampshire Road, Ste. X, Westlake Village. More...

Calendar

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THURS., JUNE 18 Channel Islands Gulls 11 a.m. at Saticoy Country Club, 4450 Clubhouse Drive, Somis. Social hour 11 a.m., luncheon at noon. Ron Ota of Flower Power Florist in Camarillo gives program. More...

Schools

WESTLAKE

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Student’s curiosity takes him to Stanford

Valedictorian blazes his own trail

When 2015 Westlake High School valedictorian Ben Hannel started thinking about applying to colleges his sophomore year, he worried about having to fit into a mold.  More...

SENIOR STANDOUTS • WESTLAKE

Editor’s note: Senior standouts are selected by their respective schools, and profiles are compiled from questionnaires filled out by the students.  Maddie Simons   More...

Business

OSH location in T.O. sells for record price

Minnesota-based company buys building

Providing further evidence that the area’s housing market is on the rebound, a building containing garden and home improvement retailer Orchard Supply Hardware has sold for $16.75 million.  More...

Eye On Local Area Stocks

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Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park June 4 A 21-year-old woman and a 24-year-old man were arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance in the 2800 block of Camino Dos Rios. More...

Faith

Taking action

SERVING THEIR NEIGHBORS—At left, Evan Friedmann and Sue VanDerripe helpfill backpacks for My Stuff Bags, a Westlake Village-based organization that provides supplies to foster children, during More...

Make sharing joy a mission

After a recent conversation with a fellow Christian, I hung up the phone realizing one important thing: Joy is only contagious if we can somehow manage to maintain it when we’re around those who clearly aren’t joyful.  Wouldn’t More...

Faith Personified

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Letters

Not a fan of new off-leash areas

The Conejo Recreation and Park District believes they’ve done a service to dog owners with the land they set aside for fencedin play areas—but they are wrong.  More...

Say no to North Ranch cell tower

The City of Thousand Oaks is once again allowing an outside corporation to build another cellphone tower near homes and families while ignoring the concerns of its citizens, and we’re praying someone can help us stop it.  More...

Weed killers a hazard to public

The Acorn’s June 15 article about CRPD’s use of Roundup is only one example of the park district spraying our parks.  More...

Editorials

NPS designation will further protect open space

A U.S. National Park Service study that’s been seven years in the making is nearing its conclusion. More...

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FOR THE RECORD

•In last week’s article regarding CRPD’s use of Roundup, it was stated that the weed killer has been shown in some studies to cause cancer. More...

Is BID bidding to change Measure E?

Minutes say yes, members say no

Minutes from the monthly meetings of the Thousand Oaks Boulevard Business Improvement District, approved by the City Council June 9, underscore the taxpayer-funded organization’s efforts in the past year to get more housing units allocated to t More...

CRPD listens to concerns over Roundup

Herbicide a key ingredient in district's plans for removing grass from local parks

What could have been a volatile meeting between Conejo Recreation and Park District representatives and a group of Westlake residents ended peacefully Tuesday evening with both sides feeling satisfied compromises can be reached. More...

Community

Free lunch (really) through CVUSD

Schools offering summer meals for those 18 and under

Whoever said there’s no such thing as a free lunch wasn’t aware of the Summer Food Service program available to anyone 18 and under and new to the Conejo Valley this year.  More...

Gone Gorell: Well-known local Republican named to City of L.A. post

Former Assemblymember Jeff Gorell will soon take over a new post as a leader of security for the second largest city in the U.S.  Ending speculation that he might run for the Ventura County Board of Supervisors, Gorell, 44, was appointed deputy More...

Cost of crossing guards a concern for City Council

Price tag for 25 guards: $180,000

Thousand Oaks city leaders say they’d like outside help to shoulder the $180,000 annual cost of employing 25 crossing guards near local public schools.  More...

On the Town

DIY pizza parlor brings creative twist

Pizza has come a long way from its humble beginnings in Naples, Italy, and Urban Pizza in Thousand Oaks is riding high on the wave of the fast-casual, create-your-own craze. More...

Mixoff makes most of margaritas

Soroptimist International of the Conejo will present its 14th annual Margarita Mixoff fundraiser from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thurs., July 16 at the Gardens at Los Robles Greens, 299 S. More...

Broadway tunes mark Father’s Day

Ventura County Gilbert and Sullivan Repertoire Company will present a Father’s Day concert at 2:30 p.m. Sun., June 21 at Hillside Center for theArts, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks.  More...

Sports

USC thrives with Zambri

Trojans men’s golf coach, a Westlake grad, guides team to school’s best NCAA tournament finish

Chris Zambri’s life revolves around golf. More...

Miracle on Ice, Part Deux

NO GOONS ALLOWED—The Westlake High boys’ ice hockey team defeated Santa Barbara 9-4 last week to win the Ventura County Varsity Hockey League championship. More...

No shortcuts for long jumper

Noelle Schiller earns top-10finish at state meet for Warriors’ track and field team

It’s not easy to outwork Noelle Schiller.  The Westlake High sophomore track and field star rarely takes a day off.  “I train every weekday,” the long jumper said. “On the weekend, I usually hit the gym. More...

Pets

Hollow posts double as death traps

Conejo Open Space Conservation Agency rangers are saving wildlife one pipe at time, and the Conejo Valley Audubon Society applauds them.  What do wildlife traps and open-topped vertical pipes have in common? More...

Pet of the week

GUIDE-OWNER NEEDED—Melo is a male white and tan miniature poodle mix about 6 years old. He shows little interest in small children but seems to get along with other dogs. More...

Family

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Children enjoy pioneer games at Stagecoach Inn
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Tons of activities for kids at library

The Thousand Oaks Library will offer the following programs at its Newbury Park Branch at 2331 Borchard Road and Grant Brimhall Library at 1401 E. More...

Local boy plays at national convention

Brendon Gong, 12, of the Sequoia Boys & Girls Club in Newbury Park had the honor of showing off his talents on the piano at the national Boys & Girls Clubs of America Convention in Chicago on May 15.  More...

Columns

Hot Flashes

Dad

He creates award-winning science projects out of toothpaste, egg cartons, the lint from the dryer and Cheez Whiz. He solves gnarly word problems by drawing elaborate diagrams to explain how that plane landed in Paris at 5:02 p.m.  More...

Ask the Arborist

Saving trees during the drought

I look at my front yard and tears well up in my eyes.  The beautiful lawn I used to have is but a mere memory of the lush, dark green Marathon sod I put in over 20 years ago. More...