July 9, 2015 RSS feed / Front Page

Local men accused of robbing several East County gas stations

Two men suspected of robbing at least seven gas stations and liquor stores in Ventura and Los Angeles counties were arraigned this week.  More...

Health & Wellness

Local freshwater swimming holes not so fresh after all

Heal the Bay report finds high fecal indicators

At Heal the Bay, we care about water quality and public health. Our Beach Report Card has been helping beachgoers and swimmers make informed decisions for many years about where to go with friends and family for a safe day at the beach. More...

Briefs

Butterflies released in memorial event Buena Vista Hospice Care will present its annual Remembrance Ceremony by releasing 1,000 butterflies at 9:30 a.m. Sat., July 11 at Triunfo Community Park, Triunfo Canyon Road, Westlake Village. More...

On the Town

Brent’s bounces back

Popular deli rebounding after highly publicized salmonella outbreak

The operator of a popular local deli says he is committed to winning back the public’s trust after the restaurant was linked to a salmonella outbreak in late 2014. More...

County policy still in question

Although customers may be returning to Brent’s, questions linger as to why the county’s Environmental Health Division did not notify the public about the salmonella outbreak last year.  The decision to not issue a press release had t More...

Tickets go on sale for Rotary Wine Fest

The Rotary Club of Thousand Oaks will present the 14th annual Midsummer Eve Wine Festival from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Sat., Aug. 15 at the Hyatt Westlake Plaza, 880 S. More...

Sports

Somers is now in season

Thousand Oaks resident is first-year head coach for Oak Park girls’ basketball

Erin Somers should bring her ID to games.  A photographer mistook Somers for a player during team picture day. More...

Gilmartin is Mr. Met

Conejo Valley pitcher beefs up New York’s bullpen in rookie season

Sean Gilmartin has a knack for hitting his targets.  The 25-year-old preserves leads for the New York Mets as a lefthanded relief pitcher, and he’s sharp behind the scope of a rifle while hunting deer in Southwest Texas.  Gilmartin&rs More...

‘It’s time for Dodger baseball!’

ONE UP, ONE DOWN—Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Jimmy Rollins throws out a runner at second base during the Dodgers’ 2-1 loss to the New York Mets on July 3. More...

Pets

Red-shouldered hawks experience growing pains

The parents of the two redshouldered hawks born and reared in a sycamore on my rural Agoura property this spring recently shifted from flying lessons to hunting prey tactics.  It would require an interspecies translator to fathom the foursome&rs More...

Pet of the week

CURIOUS BUT SHY—SHY Sammi is an altered female domestic longhair calico cat about 4 years old. She is a little cautious and a sweet cat. If you would like to adopt Sammi, ask for ID No. More...

Faith

Jesus Christ the star of latest CPT production

To paraphrase John the Baptist in “Godspell,” “Prepare ye the way of Conejo Players.”  The new staging of the effervescent Stephen Schwartz musical had a rousing opening last Friday night; the energetic, sparkling product More...

Thoughtful food: a religious perspective

There’s a joke that Protestants have three sacraments: baptism, Holy Communion and potlucks.  More...

Music a blessing at UMC’s Pizazz Camp

Spaces remain open for students entering grades one through eight this fall in the 23rd annual Pizazz Music Camp at the United Methodist Church of Westlake Village, 1049 S. More...

Family

Love animals? Los Angeles Zoo seeks volunteers

Information meeting is July 18

People who love animals and working with children can serve as a volunteer at the Los Angeles Zoo.  More...

Saluting Our Scouts

Nathan Cobasko, 17, of Boy Scout Troop 799, attained the rank of Eagle Scout last November. A Court of Honor will be held on July 25 at St. Paschal Baylon Church in Thousand Oaks to honor his achievement. More...

Campers perform ‘Hairspray’

The 18th annual Kids Acting Out West Summer Theater Camp will present four performances of “Hairspray Jr.” at 11 a.m. Wed., July 15; 7 p.m. Thurs., July 16; 2 p.m. Fri., July 17, and 7 p.m. More...

Columns

Hot Flashes

Just a kid

Spring is the season for it.  It’s the season when a kid burns through cleats because his feet grow so fast. It’s the season when he learns that Batman underwear and sliders don’t mix. More...

Life in the Single Lane

H-e-l-p!

Recently I was enjoying a delicious homemade popsicle when a chunk of it lodged in my throat. More...

Looking up at The Lakes

Even as sales trend in right direction, city doesn’t expect to start receiving rent

A surprise move when it was first announced in early 2014, the decision to bring Lassen’s grocery store to The Lakes shopping center is paying early returns, the city’s top economic official said this week. More...

Calleguas P.O.’d at Magnum P.I.

Wholesaler alleges actor hired truck to steal water from fire hydrant

A regional water wholesaler has sued actor and film producer Tom Selleck, star of the 1980s television series “Magnum, P.I.” for allegedly stealing truckloads of the precious liquid for his 60-acre ranch on Potrero Road in the Hidden Vall More...

Community

Dinner crowd gets serving of drama

Police pursuit ends in kitchen of local restaurant

Diners at Holdren’s Steaks and Seafood in Newbury Park were treated to a side of cop drama Friday when a police pursuit spilled into the restaurant’s kitchen at about 6:45 p.m. More...

Directors get lowdown on district’s use of Roundup

Following a recent uproar at Russell Park, the directors of the Conejo Recreation and Park District asked for and received a full presentation by district staff last week on CRPD’s use of Roundup as part of its ongoing turf removal efforts.&nbs More...

Trailer fire sparks blaze next to 23

A burning trailer triggered a small brush fire south of Tierra Rejada Road last Wednesday along Highway 23, causing a major headache for afternoon commuters.  The July 1 blaze started after a trailer loaded with rubberized materials and adhesive More...

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Schools

Youth programs among those to benefit in grant giveaway

City provides $85,000 to support arts endeavors

A year after financial troubles nearly shuttered Cabrillo Music Theatre, the nonprofit arts company will use an $8,500 grant from the City of Thousand Oaks to expand its programs for kids and seniors.  More...

Teen takes third in national speech/debate contest

The National Speech and Debate Middle School Championship, which took place June 18 to 20, included local student Joy Chen, 13, who emerged as the third-place winner in the nation in the Student Congress.  Joy defeated more than 70 competitors i More...

Governor signs bill eliminating belief exemption

Public school kids without health excuse must be vaccinated, law says

A law that bars religious and other personal-belief exemptions from school vaccinations received majority approval in the state Assembly last week and was signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Jerry Brown.  More...

Business

Themed parties get everyone into the act

Wearing a leather bomber’s jacket, aviator hat and jodhpurs at a recent 1920s-themed party in Newbury Park, Penny Hill played the role of the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.  More...

Sign company adds Newbury Park location

Rubber Neck Signs, a familyowned company based in Oxnard, has acquired Sign Solutions in Newbury Park and opened its new store at 2393 Teller Road, Ste. 105.   It is the second location for the company. More...

$ BUSINESS BITS

Montessori School  Montessori School of North Ranch has opened at 1125 Lindero Canyon Road.   Help for businesses  SCORE, an assistance center for small businesses, is now open at 516 Pennsfield Place, No. 206, Thousand Oaks. More...

Police

DUI checkpoint planned for Saturday in Thousand Oaks

Location undisclosed

The Thousand Oaks Police Department will conduct a DUI-driver’s license checkpoint within the city limits between 9 p.m. Sat., July 11 and 3 a.m. Sun., July 12. The exact location has not been disclosed. More...

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park   June 18  In the 2800 block of Camino Dos Rios, a 24-year-old man was cited for being under the influence of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.  June 20  More...

Obituaries

David J. Sauvageau

Thousand Oaks, CA—David J. Sauvageau, 54, of Thousand Oaks, formerly of West Brookfield, Mass., died suddenly on Wednesday, July 1, at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.  More...

Christopher Charles Biggs

Christopher Charles Biggs, beloved son, brother, grandson, boyfriend, nephew, cousin, and friend, passed away on June 28, 2015.  More...

Alan Simpson

76, Newbury Park, (Agoura Hills) died peacefully June 29, 2015 surrounded by his family. He heroically fought cholangiocarcinoma (bile duct cancer) for two years. Alan was born in Scotland, immigrating to California in 1964. More...

Letters

Assisted-living facility is needed

I want to respond to your June 25 article regarding Oakmont’s proposed assisted-living facility on Rolling Oaks Drive in Thousand Oaks.  In the article, you make it appear that the new facility would be replacing open space and do not talk More...

Proposal was misrepresented

In reading the article on the proposed assisted-living facility, I was taken back by some of the comments made by Mr. More...

Developer left information out

There are many homeowners who will be directly affected by the Oakmont assisted-living project on Rolling Oaks Drive.  Only 10 of the homeowners were notified. I’m one of them. More...

Editorials

Drought vigilantes on patrol

It’s no surprise that the new water conservation requirements have precipitated a form of class warfare in the Conejo and Las Virgenes valleys. More...

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FOR THE RECORD

Last week’s article about the Defeat the Drought expo mentioned that of the city’s three water purveyors, the City of Thousand Oaks has the strictest restrictions on watering. More...