July 16, 2015 RSS feed / Front Page

Health & Wellness

Burning to look good

Sunburn art a hot new trend

A new summertime trend that involves getting a tattoo-like sunburn has doctors concerned about a potential increase in skin cancer.  Medical experts say choosing to do “sunburn art” even once can increase a person’s risk for de More...

Don’t forget: Burn ban in effect

With increased fire activity and dry weather conditions, the Ventura County Fire Department has suspended all burning permits and open fires for Ventura County. More...

Local athletes enjoy sizzling summer

Nothing can cool down these rising stars

This special section is reserved only for teams who win first place during a tournament or regular season.   More...

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THURS., JULY 16  Channel Islands Gulls Charity Bingo Lunch  11 a.m. at Alexander’s Restaurant, 1050 Schooner Drive, Ventura Harbor. Social hour 11 a.m., luncheon at noon. Play bingo. Raffle tickets for sale. Proceeds go to charities. More...

Schools

Local school districts among SoCal’s ‘Best for Your Buck,’ study finds

CVUSD ranked No. 5

Families looking to settle in an affordable community with good schools would do well to move to Thousand Oaks or Oak Park.  According to a study conducted by the consumer finance website NerdWallet, Conejo Valley and Oak Park unified school dis More...

Honorees announced for B&G Clubs gala

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley has announced the honorees for the 13th annual Stand Up for Kids gala dinner Sat., Oct. 24 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Westlake Village.  More...

No change in CVUSD vaccination policy this fall

District outlines protocols in wake of SB 277

By now, most parents are aware of a controversial state Senate bill signed into law June 30 that makes California one of three states that doesn’t allow exemptions for religious or personal belief reasons when it comes to vaccinating children a More...

Business

Startups need cash, not tax breaks, to thrive

The struggle to bring our economy back from the Great Recession is well underway, and there are some encouraging signs. But this recovery has been slower, harder and more uneven than any in our history. More...

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New chiropractor in town

BodyRestoration Chiropractic, an integrated chiropractic wellness center, will host its grand opening celebration from noon to 4 p.m. Sat., Aug. More...

Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park   June 29  A commercial burglary in which someone broke a window and took more than $950 worth of property was reported at Newbury Park Vision Center in the 2200 block of Michael Drive.  More...

Obituaries

Danny Torres

DANNY TORRES, 57, DIED PEACEFULLY ON JULY 1, 2015 after a long battle with cancer.  Danny was proud to be a UPS feeder driver and teamster for nearly 30 years, working in Santa Barbara and Newbury Park.   More...

Jerry Yair Yahalom

JERRY YAIR YAHALOM DIED PEACEFULLY AT HOME, after a sudden short illness, surrounded by family on May 18, 2015. Jerry lived an extraordinary life during an extraordinary period in history. More...

Family

Super Science

Library program gets kids thinking

EXPERIMENTS—Above, Yash Agarwal, 10, of Newbury Park blows bubbles from a wand he made out of toothpicks and carrots during Family Science Night at the Newbury Park Branch Library on July 8. More...

Steps to surviving summer vacation

Well, it’s happened again. Summer vacation has begun. Those most glorious of days for youths yet the ones most dreaded by parents.  Why? Because, as most parents are aware, unstructured time is when many kids get into trouble.  More...

Columns

Flying Squirrel

The traveler’s mindset

“I’ve just returned from a vacation during which everything worked exactly as I planned it would,” said nobody ever.  Yes, when you travel, things you don’t expect continually happen. Your flight gets delayed. More...

The OTHER Side of 50

Traveling with medication

It’s not unheard of for foreigners to be detained overseas for mailing out or bringing in the same medicine they use at home. More...

Saluting Our Scouts

Evan McConnell, 17, of Boy Scout Troop 730 recently achieved the rank of Eagle Scout.  ACourt of Honor will be held July 19 at St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church in Newbury Park to honor his achievement.  More...

Selleck settles

Actor reaches deal with water wholesaler

Tom Selleck has reached a tentative settlement with Calleguas Municipal Water District over thousands of gallons of water allegedly taken from the district for use on the actor’s 60-acre ranch in the Hidden Valley area of Thousand Oaks. More...

Taxpayers learn toll for special election

The City of Thousand Oaks will pay about $194,000 for costs related to the City Council special election held in June.  The total was slightly less than the anticipated $200,000 cost.  More...

Community

So far, so good: Water use falls in first month after mandate

Customers of Thousand Oaks’ three water purveyors reportedly used nearly a third less water in June than they did during the exact same period two years ago—a sign that residents are heeding the governor’s drastic conservation manda More...

NASA takes note of online petition

A movement asking President Barack Obama to designate a portion of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory as a national monument has the attention of NASA, which has deferred the impending demolition of a historic rocket test stand at the site in the hill More...

City libraries no longer employing adults with disabilities

T.O. ends 15-year contract with PathPoint, says most tasks became obsolete with introduction of new technology

Julie Brooks spent five years working at the Grant Brimhall Library checking in returned books and doing other small tasks before she lost the job that paid her minimum wage last month. More...

On the Town

Musician offers original tunes at park

Third concert in series takes a break from tribute bands

Hawaiian singer-songwriter Justin Young will be the star of Sunday’s Summer Concert in the Park sponsored by the Conejo Recreation and Park District.  Young, whose music blends pop, soul and folk with influences from his native Hawaii, wil More...

Power of music personified

Singer discovered voice through song

The Elation Arts Series at Emmanuel Church will present William Martinez in “SIGNing the Song” at 7 p.m. Sun., July 26 at 588 Camino Manzanas, Thousand Oaks.  This story of love and encouragement shows how dreams can come true. More...

Entertainment is back at the Gardens

The Gardens of the World in Thousand Oaks will host its 13th annual free summer concert series titled “All That Jazz” for four Sundays in a row beginning Aug. 2 from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at 2001 E. More...

Sports

Bynder the Maccabi

Newbury Park star soccer striker will play for Team USA at Maccabi Games

Benjamin Bynder started playing soccer at age 6. There was only one issue . . . “He used to cry every time I made him go to practice,” Rob Bynder, Ben’s father, said. More...

Regents surge on lacrosse field

  ALL-STAR GLORY—La Reina High lacrosse player Cameron Mendez earned MVP honors at the Southern California All-Star tournament. Her twin sister, Sarah, was La Reina’s team MVP this season. Olivia Sebold is a U.S. More...

TOLL all-stars keep winning

Thousand Oaks Little League’s 11- and 12-year-old baseball team is thriving this postseason.  The all-stars beat Orcutt American 5-3 on Tuesday in the first round of the Section 1 Tournament. The boys play Goleta Valley at 6 p.m. More...

Pets

Barnyard birds heard loud and clear

We bought a barnyard  Well, not exactly. Sometimes it just feels that way.  I like to say that I live “in the country.” In truth, I live in rural Agoura, in a community of narrow streets packed with more than 200 mobile homes. More...

Pet of the week

SHY BOY—Pichon is a male white miniature poodle mix about 18 months old. Pichon is a bit shy but becomes playful when comfortable. If you would like to adopt Pichon ask for ID No. More...

Faith

University mourns loss of first full-time pastor

Swanson offered guidance to CLU students for decades

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St. Matthew’s welcomes Jews for Jesus rep

Stan Meyer, a member of the missionary board of Jews for Jesus in Southern California, will preach the sermon during the two services at 8:30 and 10 a.m. Sun., July 19 at St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church, 1360 S. More...

When fishing for dreams, cast out far beyond the break

I remember spending countless hours as a little girl watching a red-and-white bobber float along still waters. After awhile I’d get impatient, reel it back in and cast out to yet another “perfect” spot. More...

Letters

Don’t restrict Lakes parking

What a nice fluff piece about The Lakes and Lassen’s in the July 8 edition of the Acorn. More...

Many Mansions’ sweetheart deal

Something just doesn’t add up in the deal for Many Mansions to purchase Schillo Gardens affordable apartments from the City of Thousand Oaks (Acorn, July 2).  More...

Rosebushes mar Potrero trail

Has anyone else seen pieces of rosebush with thorns left deliberately in the middle of the trail in the Potrero Ridge area north of Reino Road? More...

Editorials

Drought has Calleguas taking drastic defensive measures

Most editors and producers in the news business have learned to follow the credo “If a story sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”  The missing hiker who survived a mountain lion attack? Flesh wound from a feral cat. More...

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FOR THE RECORD

John Billin, general manager of Los Robles Greens Golf Course, wanted to clarify his statements regarding the use of Roundup made in the July 2 Acorn. Billin said a combination of methods would be used to remove turf at the course.  More...