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Suspected wallet snatcher nabbed

A Ventura County transient was arrested June 24 on suspicion of theft and fraud after the Thousand Oaks Police Department received a record number of calls in response to a video they released two days earlier.  More...

Health & Wellness

Salsa teacher helps students overcome depression through dance

Jose Hernandez hit a low point in his life when the end of a bad relationship caused him to withdraw and not want to see other people.  It was 2006 and the Chatsworth resident had become angry and then depressed as he tried to push his feelings More...

Diabetes sisters will meet next week

Diabetes Sisters PODS group of Ventura County/San Fernando Valley is a support group for women with Type 1 diabetes seeking to connect with others who are living with the disease.  Members meet to discuss their successes and challenges in living More...

Train 4 Autism runners make good time at Love Run

ACROSS THE FINISH LINE—Runners with Train 4 Autism celebrate their success at the Love Run in Westlake Village last month. More...

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THURS., JULY 2  Camarillo Community Band   More...

Schools

College Corner

Tackling those college application essays

The school year ended several weeks ago, and it’s not too early for incoming high school seniors to start working on college application essays.  If you begin the process now, you will have time to write multiple drafts of each essay. More...

Fun and games at Cypress Carnival

SURPRISE SPRAY—Bobby Mitchell dodges the shot of silly string aimed at him through the prize door at the Cypress Elementary School Carnival on June 5 in Newbury Park. More...

Teens at Ventura youth correctional facility graduate from high school

Patrick Jefferson assured teens at the Ventura Youth Correctional Facility that it was OK to smile during a milestone some may have thought they would never experience: their high school graduation. More...

Business

DreamCatcher Playground receives $10,000 donation

CBC Federal Credit Union recently donated $10,000 to Play Conejo for the Rotary Dream- Catcher Playground at Old Meadows Park in Thousand Oaks.  The DreamCatcher Playground will be open to all children, including those with special needs, and th More...

CLU to host two programs

California Lutheran University will present the following two programs at the Ahmanson Science Building, Richter Hall, room 101 on the Thousand Oaks campus.  Both events are organized by the IEEE Buenaventura Section, serving the technical commu More...

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Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park   June 11  A woman, 26, was arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance on the 101 Freeway west of Wendy Drive.  More...

Faith

Intensive yet quick process for bar and bat mitzvahs

Rabbi and cantor design accelerated four-month program

Children in today’s world have busy schedules. More...

Pastor aims to restart struggling Thousand Oaks Baptist Church

The Thousand Oaks Baptist Church began in 1965 and grew into a thriving place of worship with hundreds of members and a Christian school that operated in the 1970s and 1980s.  Then in the 1990s, the church at 2685 Calle Abedul began to decline. More...

Nonprofit needs pjs and suitcases

Residents are asked to bring used suitcases or new pajamas for Interface, a nonprofi t aiding abused women and children, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. More...

Letters

Tea party leaders harming country

I have to agree with Tim Smight in his letter about the crazy election results.  We now have a tea-partysupporting fundamentalist cleric on our City Council elected by 9 percent of the registered voters.  More...

Volunteer to monitor OLAs

Conejo Valley is going to the dogs. Changing demographics show that more households contain dogs than children. People own dogs for companionship, and it’s only natural that they want to enjoy their local parks with their canine.  More...

GMOs have gotten a bad rap

Ms. Stewart’s letter published June 25, “Weed-killer is a dangerous toxin,” takes rightful exception to the Conejo Recreation and Park District’s perhaps too-easy recourse to Roundup (glyphosate) weed killer.  More...

Editorials

Summertime jobs are hot this year

School’s out and many high school and college students will be—or have been—searching for a summer job.  There’s good news for those teens hoping to earn a few extra bucks during the break.  More...

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FOR THE RECORD

• An image in last week’s paper purported to show the southeast corner of Rolling Oaks and Los Padres drives, but the photo actually showed several hundred feet to the south. More...

City sells apartment complex to Many Mansions

New owner plans renovations

The city has agreed to sell a low-income apartment complex in Thousand Oaks to local nonprofit Many Mansions for its appraised value of $6.25 million.  More...

Conejo Valley Days breaks even this year

Event took in about $200,000

When Conejo Valley Days returns next year it will be doing so with balanced books.  For the first time in years, the annual celebration of the area’s Old West roots broke even this spring.  When owner Frank Akrey purchased the Conejo More...

Community

Grants help pay for roadwork

Funds will cover unanticipated changes

The city has received almost $3 million in grants to help pay for future street maintenance and two nearly completed capital projects.  Cliff Finley, the city’s deputy public works director, announced the grants for improvements to Erbes R More...

101’s Westlake Boulevard on-ramp reopens

The southbound 101 Freeway’s Westlake Boulevard on-ramp has reopened after a monthlong closure in conjunction with the expansion of the 101-23 interchange in Thousand Oaks.  The ramp, which reopened June 30, was realigned to accommodate th More...

Structure fire leads to drug-related arrests

The breakout of a fire in Newbury Park last week has lead to two narcotics-related arrests.  Jared Sullada, 25, of Moorpark and Jason Mulhall, 33, of Westlake were arrested on suspicion of cultivation of marijuana and manufacturing concentrated More...

On the Town

A trail worth traveling

Guests can taste wines made locally

One does not need to travel far to experience fine wine when wineries within the county cater to novices, connoisseurs and everyone in between, according to one local winemaker.  “There are so many more people who could know more about wha More...

Hot wheels and cool cars at cruiser show

TIME MACHINE—Thousand Oaks resident Julie Casarez checks out the totally groovy interior of Robert Thompson’s heavily customized 1974 GMC van at the Cops and Cruisers Car show held at the More...

Let the good times roll

Conejo Food and Wine Fest supports local food banks

GOOD FOOD, GOOD COMPANY—Top to bottom: Hugh Cassar, front right, founder of the Cassar Foundation, and his wife, Keets, are the platinum sponsors of this year’s Conejo Food and Wine Fest More...

Sports

Thousand Oaks socks Moorpark

Thousand Oaks Little League’s All-Stars wasted no time scoring runs.  The 11- and 12-year-olds put up 10 runs in the first inning of its 22-0 win in four innings against Moorpark Little League in the opening game of the District 13 Tournam More...

Robin’s song

All-American gymnast helps Oklahoma secure NCAA title belt

Alec Robin reached his tipping point.  He started doing cartwheels and forward rolls in his home at 2. He had been a gymnast since he was 4. He was a dynamic, hardworking, cerebral athlete who loved performing on a stage. More...

Wild run at Wildwood

Acorn reporter offers first-person perspective on race

Editor’s note: Acorn staff writer Jonathan Andrade ran the 10-kilometer race at the Wildwood Trail Run on June 27 in Thousand Oaks. This is his account of the experience. More...

Pets

Killing wildlife with kindness

If you find an injured or orphaned bird or mammal and call the California Wildlife Center for advice, the first thing you will be told is to put the animal in a box with air holes and a towel as a cushion and, above all, leave the animal alone. More...

What’s the buzz about bees, birds and other pollinators?

Every year, the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture signs a proclamation designating a week in June as National Pollinator Week. More...

Pet of the week

LUCKY BOY—Lucky is male beagle about 8 years old. He is very playful and walks well on a leash. If you would like to adopt Lucky ask for ID No. More...

Obituaries

Joseph Errol Niven

Beloved Husband and Father

SYRACUSE, UT – Joseph Errol Niven, 87, passed away on June 20, 2015.  He was born September 29, 1927 to Glen Errol Niven and Alice Alfretta Sabin.  Joseph married Lois Arlene Adee on November 24, 1951 in Hollywood,  California. More...

Family

Family Men

Freedom on the Fourth

“Do you wanna have people over for the Fourth of July?” my wife asked.  “No,” I said.  Then she suggested all the people we could invite over.  “Why’d you ask what I want if you’re gonna have p More...

Family farm receives state assembly honor

A popular Ventura County farming business was recognized as a Small Business of Year during a special day at the state capital.  Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin (D-Camarillo) honored Underwood Family Farms with the distinction on June 10 during the More...

Civil grand jury recommends changes in county foster care, adoption systems

About 200 kids placed in foster homes in 2014

Better communication and more collaboration between the Ventura County Human Services Agency and its partner organizations are needed to improve the county’s foster care and adoption system, according to a new report by the Ventura County civil More...

Columns

The OTHER Side of 50

What else isn’t she telling me?

Every morning while walking my dog, I call my mother from my cellphone.  More...